16 Dec 2009, 21:52 by Addicted2Melody


    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…
  • Infected Mushroom - Legend of the Black Shawarma

    8 Sep 2009, 20:14 by irriadin


    Infected Mushroom - Legend Of The Black Shawarma
    Release: 09-08-09

    I have a confession. I have not been following Infected Mushroom since the days of Classical Mushroom, nor even Converting Vegetarians. I first really got into the duo in 2007, with the release of Vicious Delicious. So you'll notice that, perhaps, I'm not a "true fan" or whatever that means. It seems a commonplace occurrence that as bands deviate from their initial themes and sounds, there is a vocal group that is there to loudly yell "this band sucks now" or "they've really jumped the shark with this album," or even "this album sucks, why couldn't it be more like --insert older album--." Such is the case with Infected Mushroom... though to be clear this 'deviation' occurred with Vicious Delicious, as Legend Of The Black Shawarma is thematically quite similar to its predecessor. Some people will like that, others will not. I am of the former persuasion.