As an Electronica producer myself, I get excited by good atmospheric riffs; hooks and riffs that make you want to dance and I know when I’ve heard a good track when I listen and think ‘damn! I so wish I’d written something like that!’ Pulse Waves is actually one of the more original Trance tracks that I’ve heard recently on SoundClick. The high-pitched piano line is well composed and written and really does hit a note (no pun intended!) as far as my own personal listening pleasure is concerned.
The drum lines are intriguing and don’t simply just settle for the simple kick and hi-hat combo. When I listened more closely, I could make out some rather more complex percussion lines that play along more subtly than the main drum line - well programmed, therefore. Unlike most run-of-the-mill Trance tunes, the main riff line in this isn’t introduced by any means of a breakdown, but is introduced during the build, prior to the main breakdown, during the main beat. This works surprisingly well and as a result, the tune doesn’t really need any major requirement of a ‘big build up’ breakdown which Cosmicall intelligently avoids here. The overall sounding track is something that I think is very impressive since it flows along nicely; it’s a simple concept and it works well. Trance producers take note – this is ‘good’ Trance!
Sustaining Listener's Interest: 9.5/10
I really enjoyed this track, as you will have probably ascertained by the high-score! I’ve listened to it many times already and I love the main synth line which is euphoric, but not cliché euphoric and certainly not cheesy. I could imagine this going down a storm in a Trance club since it carries all the right ingredients. Consider this downloaded!
This feels very much more progressive than Pulse Waves and a little more on the commercial side of things which disappointed me a little. The sounds are not quite as impressive and the choice of beats feels more the usual blend of Trance that is heard in many of today’s productions. There are several channels and layers that do blend in nicely together here, but the more I listened, the more I found myself anticipating the ‘big breakdown’ moment which, it finally feels that it’s about to arrive at the end of the three minute mark in the way that it starts to wind-down – that is until a brief time-check when I realise that the end of the track is nigh.
This is well produced, but to be honest I don’t feel that it really compares to some of Cosmicall’s stronger Trance tracks (Pulse Waves being a firm example of evidence). There wasn’t really anything that caught my attention and made me think wow! For Trance to really impress me there needs to be that ‘wow!’ factor to really sustain an impression - and while this did try its damned hardest, I’m afraid that it just missed the mark.
Sustaining Listener's Interest: 7/10
It’s okay, which although is probably the most vague description that any reviewer can give, I feel that it sums up this piece. Some interesting ideas are thrown in there, but not enough to really impress me. Well, see what you think; after all, everyone has different tastes!
The beat, when it kicks in around the 01:15 mark, is a powerhouse of a track that is quite unexpected – good work; I like surprises! Trance is essentially the order of the day here and so far what we hear is a very well produced attempt at a euphoric effort – whether it’s the most original sound ever produced remains the subject of opinion; you’re given the kick and hi-hat combo, a few high-pitched, choir-esq vocals and a gentle synth string and bass line running in the background. I suppose you can make up your own mind really.
The main problem I had with this track was the lack of variation. Seven and a half minutes is a long time to stretch out essentially the same few bars with the odd effect and cymbal build-up every now and then. While the track uses a fast paced beat (around the 135bpm mark), there’s no particularly fast melody to sustain the interest in-between the different sections. Even though this wasn’t the intention – to me it just feels like it needs one. For about a minute or so after the beat kicks in the track does sound particularly impressive. But it’s basically that same minute which is then carried over the next six minutes. The track is good, but I suppose it mainly boils down to whether you like progressive or more melodic, rave-like trance. This effort, for me, felt more along the lines of the former.
Sustaining Listener's Interest: 7/10
A good solid trance effort, but unfortunately it didn’t ‘rock my boat’ so-to-speak. Good as a mid-set roller perhaps, but for those looking for more ‘hands-in-the-air’ style trance, you may find this just narrowly missing the mark to really satisfy.
In the opening minute or so, I am not disappointed. This so-called trance tune could easily qualify as a dance tune as well. It’s got all the elements.
Even though, the piece offers some nice effects and introduces a nice beat and bass, it seems like a three-minute plus intro. I do like the pads used here and the little voice samples are quite nice. After about five minutes, I am still waiting for something to happen that will knock my socks off, but it isn’t going to happen.
This electronica artist does what I do … be repetitive. Even with the nice effects and beat breaks, this tune could be cut down to about 4 minutes. That’s just my opinion.
However, the production is very well conceived and you electronica fans out there should give this one a listen. I probably don’t know what the heck I am talking about anyway!
Overall: not bad … but not great either.
So far I’m pretty impressed by this effort, although my only concern is that maybe everything has been thrown into the pan too soon, kind of like a cook in a rush to provide a meal for a full-on house party. Indeed, it’s almost four minutes into the track before we’re given a breakdown, by which time you’re left thinking ‘isn’t it too late to add anything new to this?’ And yes, judging by the last two minutes you’d probably assumed right.
In saying this however, the overall sound of the track feels very well written and in essence feels quite epic; for it certainly contains all the ingredients needed to provided that ‘hands-in the air’ / up close and personal style of trance that many of you clubbers might be looking for. Really, it’s basically no nonsense trance that does provide the goods.
Sustaining Listener's Interest: 8/10
I think this will need an acquired taste in trance to really appeal to the most hardcore of clubbing lovers. Some may be put off by the oversight of a big breakdown that accompanies trance-fests but it’s still enjoyable all the same
The tune carries on with a little further progression; so far concentrating on the beat and main synth melody, which isn’t too overpowering, which is a good sign otherwise this could have become easily irritating! The breakdown that comes along is fairly short lived before the main track breaks off again and it isn’t until around the 04:20 mark that we’re given, what I think is essentially, the main breakdown – I think.
Unfortunately, like so many trance tunes I’ve reviewed of late – this suffers from the ‘I’ve got a good groove and selection of sounds here, let’s use them all the way throughout the track’ syndrome. This sure as hell isn’t the first I’ve heard recently, and it certainly won’t be the last track I’ll review of this nature. The track’s production value is good with solid beats etc. but the main synth just carries on and on all the way throughout without really changing into any noticeable different melodies, which ultimately spoils, what could have been a very good track. Nevertheless, this one for the trance fans almost certainly – and is surely worth a few listens. From there it’s a case of making up your own minds….
Sustaining Listener’s Interest: 6.5/10 – a bit repetitive
Groove: 7/10 – again, not much change in the melody
It’s a fine effort at trance and will appeal to many fans of the genre, but for me ultimately it needed more variation. I think that if you rely too much on one sound it does have a detrimental effect on the rest of the tune. Give it a listen, see what you think!
Sounds Like: Kraftwerk ( Early AND Late )
Overall: 4 out of 5