There has been a suspicious lack over the last few years of really
really good trance electronica. The genre seemed to have hit its near-end
with the release of Fluke's Risotto back in 1997, and
the high climax of the genre came with the inclusion of Underworld's
"Born Slippy" on the Trainspotting soundtrack. This
era of soundtrack inclusion catapulted trance music into the mainstream
of Western culture. The after effects are still being felt, with many
action films still relying on heavy EBM for their fight sequences.
D:Fuse has been a DJ on the world scene for quite a while,
but is now turning his focus to creating songs that fit neatly into
a more trance-oriented listening environment. The songs on Begin
range from the up-tempo action mood music of "Other Side"
to the downbeat, moodiness of tracks like "Indecision (Chill
Version)". World beat rhythms make an appearance, subtly, on
"Into Me", the club-beat-4-on-the-floor mentality reigns
supreme on "Deep Seduction", and jazzy saxophone takes control
on "Know It's Late". The music is spacey at times, heavy
at others, but D:Fuse always seems to be able to draw some interesting
sounds into his music. Synthesizers range from digital to analog;
bright and crisp to think and meaty. The music on Begin is
mostly made for moving the body, whether it be in a tribal mating
dance, or in a slower more ritualized state of meditative contemplation.
Covering a varying range of emotions and situations, Begin
is full of the kind of style and musical substance that truly sets
great creators of electronica apart from the mainstream hacks that
have saturated the market of late. D:Fuse shows that he is among the
genre's greats, enriching his music with fantastic guest vocalists
and tremendously creative sounds and melodies. Drop in. Zone out.
2. Everything With You
3. Indecision (chill version)
4. Into Me
5. Missing Home
6. Other Side
7. A Light Less Broken
8. Deep Seduction
9. Know It's Late
10. Living The Dream
11. Blue Skies
12. Letter To A Friend
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