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DRAGONFLY - A better life through chemistry

___zahimi
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Posted : Feb 4, 2002 20:54:48
DRAGONFLY RECORDS - A better life through chemistry (Compilation)

1. Beacon - 12 MOONS
2. Rockclimber - NATINA
3. Open the sky - TRANSPARENT
4. Upgrade - APHID MOON
5. Invisible cities - BLACK SUN
6. Cambodia - PROMETHEUS
7. Instant delivery - NOMA
8. Awake - BAMBOO FOREST
9. Bluerst - KILLAHRTZ

anyone heard this one?
reviews please !
___zahimi
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Posted : Feb 10, 2002 08:38:25
no one ?
how come ? ? ?
___luizparreiras
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Posted : Feb 15, 2002 18:34:53
Well, i got my copy a couple of days ago, and finally had the time to hear it yesterday.
Longer review later (due in a couple of days), but just some first impressions: i was disappointed. After Order Odonata 6 i kinda was hoping for sth better. Anyway, as usual Prometheus delivers the goods. Bamboo Forrest is interesting, and 12 Moons and Killahertz are somewaht promising night traks.
:-)
cheers!
___zahimi
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Posted : Feb 16, 2002 00:34:10
style ?
___luizparreiras
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Posted : Feb 16, 2002 07:01:08
Progressive.
Some night, some morning.
:-)
___luizparreiras
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Posted : Mar 14, 2002 15:00:56
Well, as promised...it took some time, but i finally made it. :-)

>>VA - A Better Life Through Chemistry (Dragonfly - 2002)

Dragonfly has established itself as one of the premier labels releasing quality progressive music (take the series Order Odonata and Kamaflage as examples) and I believed this to be one more in a long series of morning gems. Unfortunately this is not so, and I’m quite disappointed by this disc, though I tend to think it is because of the wide presence of new never-before-seen projects. Anyway, at first glance this should please the fans of darker progressive sounds, not that happy, which is kind of a contradiction with the disc’s title, but never mind. Here we go for a track by track review:

1. 12 Moons – Beacon > follows the same path he started with “Bad Pets” (on DS’ Footprints). Progressive with a fat bassline (not El Audio fat though) some sound games well placed here and there, but with a nocturnal mood nevertheless. I still prefer his morning sounds anyway (USTA’s Sneaky Suspicion).
2. Natina – Rockclimber > new project releasing for the first time here, digging progressive, around 137 bpm, interesting, but somehow I think I miss something here, may be a well placed synth line, or a little snare or hi-hat, to add a distinguished touch to the music.
3. Transparent – Open the Sky > project joining the skills of the Natina guy above with another producer, it follows the same style as the previous track, though with a fattier and more digging bassline. With a stronger beat I believe this would wreak havoc on dancefloors, since it has a good dose of psychedelia, just the right amount, with some very neat melodic lines.
4. Aphid Moon – Upgrade > this had a track on Alchemy’s Conspirators of Pleisure which was quite enjoyable, dancefloor worthy full on, so I had high hopes for this one. I came out disappointed though, it seems he ran out of ideas, the music does not evolve, it gets stuck. Boring sounds, annoying even. Skip this one.
5. Black Sun – Invisible Cities (Tristan Rmx) > another project I hadn’t heard of, but since Tristan remixed it I knew something good would come out of it, as the guy always delivers some nice dark progressive tunes. So that’s exactly what we have here. Very interesting bassline, it will probably work well on club dancefloors. I think the intro should’ve been shorter, as the music starts rolling rather slowly, but from then on, it’s really nice, butt-moving stuff, which I really like.
6. Prometheus – Cambodia > Mr. Benji Vaughan, one of the grand masters of morning progressive, gives us some fantastic music here, with his usual uplifting bassline, very danceable, with some oriental touches that give the music a unique touch (and also it’s title). Very good track.
7. Noma – Instant Delivery > Magnus Anderson reappears after a long winter, showing his darker side here. Night progressive tune, rather uninteresting. It came out on 12” last year, so the Dragonfly could’ve put something fresh here. For Noma fans, I would much rather recommend the S-Range 12” just released on Spiral Trax, with his remix of Anthony’s Out of Range, a real morning gem.
8. Bamboo Forest – Awake > here the French boys give us a little taste of their upcoming album, soon out on Flying Rhyno. High quality full on, around 142 bpm, will most certainly be the most played track of the compilation. Nothing out of the ordinary though.
9. Killahertz – Bluerst > new English trio, they were helped by Gus Till in producing this track. Interesting sounds, tribal beats here and there, the same nightly dark atmosphere of almost all tracks, though it’s not exactly my cup of tea.

Conclusion: it will probably please the night-progressive diggers, though I still enjoy the Order Odonata style much more. My favorites: 6(!!), 8, 3
___Joseph
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Posted : Mar 14, 2002 16:27:11
defently...a very good compilation by dragonfly
good groups...and good music, progressive-dark
with touch of psychedelica :-)
___starjoker
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Posted : Mar 14, 2002 18:06:52
nice cd indeed...
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