Various Artists

Pure Trance, Vol. 3

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The third installment in Water Music's Pure Trance series seems to have melody on the brain, which may prove confusing to the club-crawling cognoscenti but works out great for the rest of us. The album opens strongly with a remix of Dito's "Sky" and the lovely "Calling Your Name" by Jan Johnston, and although things start to slide into mere house-beat tedium with Jezper Soderlund's "Angel," they pick up again with the rhythmically varied "Don't Stop the Party" by Tory Kay and later with the sweet and lovely "Free (In the Name of Love)" by DJ Greenhead and DJ Nuke. There's also a welcome slice of Asian exotica in the form of Shahin and Shiva Sound's intriguing "Jeh Rog." Series producer Jose Antonio Oliva contributes the almost-funky "Saturday [Radio Mix]," and Moby makes an equally welcome appearance with a Ferry Corsten remix of "In My Heart." This is a good overview of some of the more interesting strains in club music at the turn of the century.

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