Various Artists

That's Trance

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Trance, a form of techno, has excited club hounds and ravers in different parts of the world. But it's especially popular in Germany, where electronic sounds have been part of the musical diet since the early '70s. Back then, Kraftwerk's followers insisted that electronic music would only get bigger and bigger -- and, of course, they were right. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1977, club jock Rick Air was raised on electro-beats. Air has spun different types of dance music in Frankfurt clubs, but he sticks to trance/techno on That's Trance, which was assembled in 2000 and finds him providing a nonstop dance mix. The material is instrumental (with scattered samples here and there), and a ravelike ambiance prevails as Air turns his attention to such high-tech fare as Dark Horizon's "Final Force," the Paragliders' "Lithium" (not to be confused with the Nirvana gem), Airwave's "Above the Sky," and Exchange's "Volution." That's Trance isn't for the uninitiated; those who don't have a taste for rave music might find Air's mix intimidating. None of the tunes has an actual song structure, and this material is about the beat, the track, and the groove -- not the melody. But for those who are seasoned trance/techno enthusiasts, That's Trance is a CD to be aware of.

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