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Buckle Up Vol 2 The Trancelucent Garage ( July 2005 )

Le Lotus Bleu
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Posted : Aug 9, 2005 23:34
i'm with Shahar about the artwork.

Concerning the music, it's globally not my cup of tea.
Excepting the Misted Muppet , even if Dagan remains alone under 'The Misted Muppet', it still rocks my eardrums with this little medieval touch; Noga does it pretty nice too in a morning groovy funky style; & Systemic confirms some expectations i've put on him since his first Systemic On A Machine.


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Posted : Aug 28, 2005 02:31
i want to say my favorite track its number 9 amiznig vibe in this track...
all the other was nice but only this kill me!!!!!
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Posted : Aug 30, 2005 00:40
V/A – Buckle Up Vol. 2 (The Trancelucent Garage)

Cover: (front) + (back)

Artist: Various
Title: Buckle Up vol. 2 (The Trancelucent Garage)
Format: CD (jewel case)
Label: Tranceclucent Productions (Israel)
Cat. #: TPCDIL-012
Distribution: Boa Distribution
Date: July 2005

Track listing:

01. 08’08” System Nipel – Russian Gangsters
02. 06’51” Cosmic Tone - Element
03. 07’20” Electro Sun – Demons Halo
04. 07’35” Aquatica – Skydance (Rmx)
05. 07’56” The Misted Muppet – Snarling Zraw
06. 08’15” Noga - Acceleration
07. 07’38” Etic – 1 Day
08. 06’53” SystemiC - Systec
09. 06’53” Noga vs. Solar System – Above The Ground

.m3u-playlist: (all tracks!)


Safety first!

Trancelucent Productions from Israel is a funny label really – they’ve released some really, really cool CDs like the brilliant album From The Legend by The Misted Muppet + the two brilliant Etic albums Touch Ups and the recent Feedback… They are all cracking artist albums that I really enjoy – but unfortunately Trancelucent also has a tendency to release really crappy stuff… Like the Electro Sun album and the Cyberdelica compilation – and now this second Buckle Up compilation…The first one was released in 2003 and had a couple of good tracks – but the rest were forgettable… Now let’s hope this one is better…

Let me take you thru the tracks…

#01: System Nipel – Russian Gangsters
The compilation is kicked into gear by a couple of Russian gangsters in Israel: Ruby Yakubov & Anton Lunev… And this track is pretty much recycling… Boring neo full-on pads, ‘the DJs took pills to stay awake and play for seven days’ samples and predictable basslines… I have to give credit where credit is due though: I do like some of the melodic pads here – too bad it’s soaked in cheese… I mean – just listen to the breezy ‘I can feel it’ samples… Too much cheddar will make you… Puuuuuuke!

#02: Cosmic Tone – Element
“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the tunnel. I’m your DJ! And I’m gonna take you on a tour of the twelve inch. We’re gonna start here with the kick and the bass. Are you with me? Here we go! There are many elements of a track – I like it all!” It’s been a while since I’ve last heard anything from Israeli producer Roei Nissan – he’s a productive guy and has been involved in loads of releases already… As you might have guessed, this is very much uplifting morning trance… Full-on in nature, but not as fluffy as the previous track… Well, don’t get me wrong – we’re still very much on the lighter side of the spectre here, and the lengthy Music Instructor-like sample in the middle of the track totally ruins it for me… I would have absolutely loved this track when I was 13 – but I’m twice that now, and kiddie stuff like this doesn’t do it for me any more… Avoid!

#03: Electro Sun – Demons Halo
Here’s a new track by the young producer Nadav Elkayam… He released his debut album Pure Blue earlier this year and I only liked a few tracks from there… This is more full-on, but with a little more edge this time… Finally! The offbeat experimentation is this track is reminiscent of old Infected Mushroom and its pretty good – without being revolutionary… This is an ‘ok’ track… But ok doesn’t cut it in my book I’m afraid…

#04: Aquatica – Skydance (Rmx)
My last encounter with Aquatica (Elad Asi) was on the Cyberdelica compilation released by Trancelucent last year… That track was edgy full-on and was actually pretty good… And sure enough, this is pretty good too… We’re still in Israeli full-on world, but this isn’t as fluffy as some of the previous tracks… I’m guessing this is a remix to an older Aquatica track – whatever it is it’s the best track on this compilation so far… And that’s not saying much!

#05: The Misted Muppet – Snarling Zraw
Ahh – the muppets! Or rather just one muppet now, as Tal Hassidi left the band and it’s Dagan Israeli on his own… But the MM touch is indeed intact here – from the very first second the trademark sound is present – medieval intro complete with cembalo and the works… Very similar to the sound of the brilliant debut album From The Legend released last year – and yeah, that formula still works for me, and this is a stand-out track here… Multi-layered, darkish medieval full-on… Also the what-the-fuck-happened-to-my-speakers FX used towards the end of the track is sweet… A delicious track!

#06: Noga – Acceleration
The stuff I’ve heard from Noga Sudai has been in the better end of the full-on scale – I like his Etic-like progressive approach to full-on… And sure enough – this is pretty good too… That being said, this is still pretty fluffy, but hey – fluffy in a good way… This is very melodic, simple morning trance… The little kicks here are groovy and the general feel is enjoyable… Nice, but forgettable…

#07: Etic – 1 Day
“Why would I lie to you?... If that’s what you wanna do, you should do it!” When I looked at the tracklist of this compilation, I was only excited about the MM and the Etic tracks… Etay Harari has released two brilliant albums on Trancelucent and I really like his hybrid between progressive and full-on… This is just that – a funky number somewhere in between… Long, atmospheric, murky pads in the background – and a progressive rhythm-section with all kinds of spacy FX sprinkled all over the place… Another job well done by Etay… Another stand-out track!

#08: SystemiC – Systec
Dekel Maman (SystemiC) & Itay Milgrom (Synth Tec) also had a track on the Afula On compilation released by Com.Pact in 2004 – however this is the first time I hear their work… This is groovy full-on… Reminiscent of Sub6 and older Infected Mushroom – and it actually sounds pretty nice, though not particularly original… And that’s sad really, as these guys clearly have talent… The break-down bit is sweet indeed – fits the track perfectly… But still…

#09: Noga vs. Solar System – Above The Ground
“Why do I have to be humiliated in front of my guests by one of my own servants? The more license I allow you the more you take! If his grace is not satisfied with me he can dismiss me!” Noga Sudai is back for the last track – now in cahoots with Lior Lahav… They open up the track with a voice sample from some flick about Mozart – and they launch straight into a melodic, full-on piece… I like the harmonies here and the percussion with hints of progressive rhythms… Yeah, this is not a bad way to end this compilation at all, but I could have been without the cheesy female singing or moaning or whatever it is…*Sigh*

Well, IMO there’s only two stand-out tracks – the rest is simply too generic for my tastes… And two out of 9 is simply not enough for me to validate a purchase of a compilation… Of course this is a matter of taste and fans of the new Israeli full-on sound will have a field trip with this one… Others should probably take a listen before buying it… But enough common sense lessons for now!

A lot has been said about the controversial cover-art here – most people seem to dislike it… Again, I tend to disagree… Frankly I can’t get worked up about this – it’s obviously a piss-take on behalf of the Trancelucent crew – and I smiled the first time I saw it… I like it much more than say the cover of the newest Etic album… At least this one doesn’t try to hide anything…

Anyway, I didn’t really like this one – but I haven’t given up on Trancelucent… How could I with the amazing Etic album released simultaneously with this one? Enjoy!

Favourites: 5(!), 7(!)


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Posted : Aug 30, 2005 10:20
Nice review...I loved Snarling Zraw!!! Absolutely sucked me in and tore me apart...           _______________________________-______________________________
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Posted : Sep 7, 2005 11:41
okay, the cover is absolutely lame, i guess some kind of joke... It's pityful!

The music varies from the best to the worst cheesy trancy stuff! The Sytem Nipple track starts really good, grooving full on, but the end is just too cheesy for me...

on the worst side:

°i wont even talk about Cosmic Tone and Electro Sun tracks. Just awful... I mean, no offense Electro Sun, because I love your album and i'm really looking forward to the follow-up, but this track just doesnt do it for me...

°I had LOVED Aquatiqua's track n cyberdelicia, but this one, i'm sorry, is just a WOULD-BE extatic full on track, just a formula to my ears...

Now, let's move to the best! :top:

° The misted Muppet track, fast as always, but with a smooth vibe to it
°Noga's track, a perfect groovy smooth morning track!
°Etic: follows the pattern of his new album, excellent stuff that makes you feel like you're shifting to another dimension!
°Systemic: woooo Hooo! Groovy Full On!! Love it!!!!
°Noga vs Solar System: yeeeeehaaaa!!! Extatic full on!! Perfect track!!

SO except for the 4 first tracks which i quite frankly loathed, I'm happy to have listened to it to the end because the other half of this compilation is definitely worth the buy!!!! Overall, another fine release from Trancelucent!

Favourites: 5,6,8(!),9(!)
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