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Perplex>>> Expression (Spun Records)

IsraTrance Junior Member

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Posted : Apr 1, 2006 03:42
Spun Records

PerPlex is Ronen Dahan and this is his eighth album and has been on all sorts of comps. Let's see what he has conjured up for us.

1. PerPlex Mind

This track begins with reverberating stabs as the bassline slowly crawls its way to the surface. When this track gets is a mover! Plenty of synthlines and lasers. The break is still pumping without all the synths, which allows only a short respite. Not a lot of variety but a powerful track nonetheless. A little short though at 6:15. 7/10

2. Squat it

Thunping kick and bassline right out of the gate with some wicked twisted acid lines. New synthlines rumble from the dark to intertwine with each other in a playful game. There is definitely a "no escape" vibe with the light melody that comes in afterwad. The chopped up sample is a nice touch. 8/10

3. City of Dust(PerPlex Edit)

This is a track by Space Cat given the PerPlex treatment. We have a nice synth arpeggio to start us off. The bassline joins the party as menacing synthlines watch our every move. The lead is sliced and then moves to the forefront, as the ominous melody slams into a break. The final lead just oozes with desperation right to the end of the track. Great work! 8/10

4. Show Me The Diamond

This track has a typical plodding bassline and assorted synths popping in and out of earshot. The lead has a metallic feel, but it is unspectacular. Out of the break the track rises to its full power with thick synths and more popping leads. For me, this one never delivered the "payoff". 6/10

5. Sex Drugs

Hi-toned schizophrenic lead appears above the standard full-on bassline with some nice effects. Add another lead and we have ourselves a burner! I believe that the sampled voice is from Beck, and I start to get depressed. Normally I do not like singing in my psytrance, but this is brief and well placed. The track is very powerful and very enjoyable. 8/10

6. Expression

"You know all about expression"

Please do not insult me with house music, it really is very cornball. Thank God it is short lived. Now we can get to the driving bassline, twirling leads, and sweet acid. The break mellows us out and then brings the melody back with a pounding kick. Great driving music for sure. Good track 7/10

7. Down To Earth (part 1)

Heavenly pads bring an angelic melody with a feathery lead dancing high above. The growling synth underneath begins to flesh itself out. The kick hits while the squelchy lead wreaks havoc on the senses. The pads come back but they are so full, it almost seems to much for the track and my ears to handle. The break brings a much needed rest and then they are right back at it. Good track, but it would've been better if the pads fit in while the tack was in full-on mode. Too many notes Salieri. 7/10

8. Bring it On!

Not to be confused with the movie about cheerleading with the same name. I don't know if Ronen likes that movie, so I will not speculate. The track has some nice leads and a toe-tapping rhythm. Lasers aplenty and a jumpy bassline. Infectious actually. Pretty decent track if not very varied. 7/10

9. Budha Stick

Isn't Budha spelled with 2 d's? Eh, what do I know, I'm just from North Carolina. This track has a galloping bassline with a nice wooden percussive element for added groove. The acid lead is there. Truth be told, it sounds like an extension of the previous track. The groove at the 4'30" mark is very catchy! 7.5/10

10. Relationchip (PerPlex RMX)

Screaming leads rise to a stacatto bassline. There are acid leads, sample saying "modify", and other metallic leads. There is a nice pace to this track and a good way to end the album.


I had very high hopes for this album. I like Ronen's work and was really looking forward to this one. After the first listen, I was somewhat disappointed, but with each listen afterwards, it grew on me. The sounds are fresh, and one cannot deny its dancefloor appeal. Perhaps some mor variation wouldn't be amiss. However, I can highly recommend this CD for anyone into the full-on genre, and for Dj's looking to kill on the dancefloor. Good work. Solid 7/10


Methodic Marble
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Posted : Apr 2, 2006 19:39
well 4 m this is one of the best´s full on album´s i have haver heard...

9 |10

good job
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Posted : Apr 3, 2006 09:19
great album i like it a lot           ~.~ Psy party means Aliens World ~,~
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Posted : Apr 3, 2006 12:31
It´s a great peace of art this album, very goood.
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Posted : May 3, 2006 11:03
Halfway through listening to this CD, I was ready to share here my utter dissapointment regarding this CD... One usual funky-groovy track after the other, always the same, nothing resonating.... bit cheesy... Dissapointed, especially because I had love the last two releases, especially the one on Utopia rec. This feeling culminated with ibiza's tune #6...

Then, suddenly, with the last 4 tracks, I found my money's worth !! Happy groovy Full On, right on (#7), funkier and smoother (#8) and great groovy stomper for ending (#10

These three tracks save the release, IMO

Faves: 7,8,10

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