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Various Artists Godskitchen : Direct Review

Compilation. Released 2003.  

BBC Review

Banging Birmingham based trance club Godskitchen release another triple CD mix...

Damian Jones 2003

Godskitchen has become something of a global club phenomenon over the past decade along with the likes of Cream and Ministry Of Sound. Going by this latest triple CD, filled with banging 40 trance tunes, it is easy to see why.

Capturing three perfect clubbing moments in one night (11 pm, 1 am and 3am), Direct avoids the typical run-of-the-mill cheesy trance anthems and concentrates on a solid mix of mostly unknown dance floor fillers.

Hybrid's dark groover "Gravastar" sets the tone superbly kicking in with an eerie slapping bass. Despite the fact Push's tranced up remix of Moby's "In This World" is a million miles away from the little man's moody album version, this dressed up dance offering is still sure to go down well in the clubs as will the uplifting "Wandering Star" by Seraque.

Dutch trancer DJ Tiesto puts his magic touch to the Paul Oakenfold favourite "Flesh" by Jan Johnston, injecting this dance classic with a much harder, darker edge.

CD 2 cranks the mood up a gear drawing in big name mix-meisters such as Junkie XL (famous for the No 1 Elvis hit "A Little Less Conversation"), Tiesto and Oakie.

Bar the slightly cheesy lyrics, Tiesto's remix of "Tears From The Moon" by Conjure One is a perfect club anthem, oozing a thumping bass over shimmering vocals.

Armin Van Buuren's euphoric "The Sound Of Goodbye" and Cygnus X's dreamy "Positron 2002" are by far two of the strongest tracks on this triple CD. Its just a shame Tiesto and Junkie XLs monotonous effort "Obsession" is such a let down.

CD 3 makes up for this mere blip though, lifting the tempo up another notch with a selection of hard dance floor stompers. The pounding "Brazil" by Boca and the gothic sound of Umek's "Gatex" along with 100 mile an hour mover "Modifier" by Pale X reflect the mood of a truly accomplished trance album.

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