The Techno-Decade 90's

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Hyperactive techno trance from German-favored Cocooma tries to find the more melodic side to insane bpms and ADD, jack-hammer rhythms with varying success. Fusing trance's slower, more uplifting qualities to the spastic, dance-like-you're-in-Jacob's Ladder intent of hardcore house is an interesting (if unpopular) one, yet Cocooma seems subsumed under a banner of "beats over style" about half the time. Tracks like "Close to Me" are effective genre grafts in bizarre jungle, piano-flecked acid house, and happy hardcore, while the tune-minded, compilation-friendly "District of Power" has airy vocals that unfortunately shoot off clich├ęs with the rapidity of a female Scooter. With a little extra effort, hardcore trance might eventually get its day in the sun, but until that happens this is just a flawed EP that probably should've had the subtitle of "Shut Up & Dance at 220 BPM."

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