The driving, hypnotic club music known as trance is featured in this generous, genre-defining, three-disc box set. Related to house and the more minimal strains of Detroit techno, trance gained prominence in the 1990s as the sound of choice for DJs intent on driving dancers to sustained, long-term ecstasy. Steady beats pulse and shift while minimal synthesizer lines are repeated over long cycles, creating a drone-like, endlessly looping effect.
ESSENTIAL TRANCE will please fans of the genre, yet it also serves as a fine introduction to those unfamiliar with this particular branch of electronica. The first disc, dedicated to the work of Dutch DJ Johan Gielen, is a case study of one man's deck-wrecking. Disc two, entitled CLUBBER'S DELIGHT: THE TRIBAL PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT, features tracks by Robbie Rivera, Peter Presta, and others major artists from the scene, while the third, entitled WORLD OF TRANCE, features cutting-edge sound explorations by international trance artists. The entire set represents this singular style's ability to liberate both mind and booty at once.