• THAT WAS 2009 – THE YEAR IN CHARTS

    16 Dec 2009, 21:52 by Addicted2Melody

    THAT WAS 2009 – THE YEAR IN CHARTS

    2009 draws to a close and yet again my all-embracing, all-inclusive and all-rambling review of the year’s electronic music returns – wordier than ever before... Slightly earlier than I'd planned, but isn't that always the way.

    On a personal level, it’s been a strangely disappointing year, so, this year more than ever, it’s been music and DJing keeping me going and giving life its colour. Trance, in particular, has been truly stunning this year, maybe better than it’s been since the “golden era” of 98-01. And that high standard itself has both kept me sane and yet at times driven me to states of embarrassing over-excitement and needless intoxication – something I’m sure most of my fellow trance addicts, Shpongloids and borderline paranoiacs can relate to. Whether this is my prediction that trance would improve in the final years of the decade coming true or just me looking a lot harder I’m not sure, but I’m still convinced trance fans, from both uplifting and techy ends of the spectrum…
  • GOD'S RECORD BOX - AN INTRODUTION TO UK HARD DANCE

    15 Jul 2008, 17:05 by Addicted2Melody

    GOD'S RECORD BOX - AN INTRODUTION TO UK HARD DANCE

    Without doubt the best thing about Last.fm is its capacity to open you up to new artists and genres. I personally feel that if you're not regularly uncovering new musical avenues through it you're probably not using it properly. As I've said in some of my other journals, my tastes have broadened to a huge degree over the last 3 to 4 years and particularly since joining Last.fm.

    But I'm still fully aware that, despite the "genius" of Last.fm, some genres still remain relatively well hidden. That's not Last.fm's fault of course - it's largely a reflection of lack of user input which in turn reflects, in a very general way, the "scale" of a given genre's scene outside Last.fm. In particular, the genre of UK hard dance (in this case referring to UK hard trance and UK hard house) seems to remain pretty well hidden, both on this site and in electronic music circles in general - something which has always baffled me considering the amount of talent within the scene. …
  • THAT WAS 2007 - THE YEAR IN CHARTS

    18 Dec 2007, 15:20 by Addicted2Melody

    THAT WAS 2007 – THE YEAR IN CHARTS

    Well, the year of 2007 is coming to an end. Only 13 of the 365 days remain. So, what's been massive in the world of electronic music this year? What has floated my boat? As is the case with most years, there's been plenty to savour.

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    TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2007

    10. The Chemical Brothers - We Are The Night
    (July / Freestyle Dust)

    http://www.astralwerks.com/Chemical/we_are_the_night/ecard/images/0094639415823-LF.jpg

    This actually took a while to grow on me, but I half expected it would. A clever album from a brilliant EDM act who have shown clear attempts at evolving their sound in subtle and intelligent ways. Do It Again, Saturate and Burst Generator stand out on this album. All great tunes.

    Favourite Track: Do It Again

    9. Infected Mushroom - Vicious Delicious
    (April / YoYo Records)

    http://media.musictoday.com/store/bands/93/product_large/I6DD01.JPG

  • MUSIC ACCORDING TO ME (2007)

    10 May 2007, 17:51 by Addicted2Melody

    MUSIC ACCORDING TO ME

    To me, if there’s one thing that highlights how difficult it is to imagine being someone else its music. As much as it is possible to find those that have very similar tastes in a very general sense, taste in music is such an individually unique thing. Although, it is just universally accepted that one man’s meat is another’s poison, when it comes to music I’d just love to know why that actually is. Is it just what you grow up with? Is it because of biology or chemical brain composition? Or are we just a bunch of incessant bandwagon jumpers who just always stick to their guns, buying into an image that a certain type of music is meant to create? Nature, nurture or society? I think most would concede it’s probably a mixture of all three. It just baffles me how one person can get so excited over something that someone else finds genuinely annoying, to the point where it gives them a headache. In a similar sort of way, what I write here…