Space Odyssey: Mars – Mixed By Moonbeam Out On Black Hole Recordings
This is ‘Space Odyssey: Mars’ mixed by Moonbeam. Breaking the stratosphere, hurled up out of the troposphere and onwards, into the inky blackness.
With their first space odyssey, Moonbeam travelled at some magnificent speeds around the electronic music universe. Seeing them successfully orbit the second rock from the Sun, the ‘Venus’ mission concluded four years ago. Now those fearless Federators are ready to suit-up again, to take their second space shot. This time though the Russian duo are heading in the opposite direction. Past the blasted lunar landscapes from which they take their name, and upward towards that tiny mysterious red microdot on the night sky.
“Space Odyssey: Mars’ is another endlessly convincing turn by Pawel & Vitaly Khvaleev. With a genuine there-and-back, journeyman-feel, it is trance at both its most imaginative and authentic” 9/10 – Album of the Month, Mixmag – April 2014
For Odyssey II, the pair have compiled a tracklist to do their interplanetary journey supreme justice. In highly atmospheric and distinctly soundtrack-like fashion, tempos, tones, instrumentations and sub-genres change at the speed of sound. To do this they’ve brought together music from studio-astronomers like Cosmic Gate, Andain, Myon & Shane 54, Super8 & Tab and Julie Thompson, Jaytech, Andy Duguid and others. Mixing international names with homegrown talent, the mixes also mass audio from Moonbeam and their evermore renowned label stable. So climb aboard and strap in good ‘n’ tight, because musically Pawel & Vitaly are going further, wider and deeper than they’ve ever gone before.
“As the mixes slip fluidly between tracks, scarcely a micro-genre goes un-covered. Trance-hop anyone? Arguably covered on Fromance’s super-fat, downtempo ‘Back To Earth’. Techno, progressive, electro, house and melodic flavours of trance – it’s all here.” – Mixmag
ars’ departure lounge is the start-point for the outbound passage. Through the atmospherically detached chime of its PA, Moonbeam embark with their 2014 Mars Mix of ‘See The Difference’. Undercut with an anticipatory edge, Julia B’s vocals lends it an ice-cool veneer. With the metallic phase and super-flange of its techno margins, the brothers’ angle their own ‘Mirrors’ into the mix, further charting the course to deep celestial trance through Cosmic Gate’s ‘Wake Your Mind’.With the rushing thrust of its drum code and analogue distorts, ‘Close Your Eye’s from Semyon ‘Hells Kitchen’ Ermakov and Moonbeam’s own brooding take on Andain’s ‘You Once Told Me’ warp the mix Mars-bound. As Earth becomes but a dot behind them, Cary Less’ willowy vocals lend Progreg’s ‘Sing For You’ its floating, zero-grav vibe, while Kiholm’s dream of the ‘Long Journey Home’ is a suitably epic and progressive one.
With Mars now on approach Andy Duguid grooves hard with ‘In This Moment’, whilst Allesandro’s tough, minimal, distractedly haunting ‘Awake’ bleeps more ominously. Revealing the mission’s clandestine agenda, Mars Needs Lovers’ provide its outer marker, with the Russian duo’s vibrant 303-rolling ‘Lovethief’. As it slingshots round Old Red, Fromance get low-slung, moody and reflective on mix-1’s closeout track ‘Back To Earth’.
‘Space Odyssey: Mars’ Tracklist:
01. Moonbeam featuring Julia B – See The Difference Inside (Special Mars 2014 Remix)
02. Moonbeam – Mirrors
03. Cosmic Gate & Cary Brothers – Wake Your Mind (Extended Mix)
04. Moonbeam featuring Avis Vox – Twilight Is Coming
05. Hells Kitchen – Close Your Eyes (Original Mix)
06. Andain – You Once Told Me (Moonbeam Remix)
07. Progreg featuring Cary Less – Sing For You (Tvardovsky Remix)
08. Kiholm featuring Josh Money – Long Journey Home (Original Mix)
09. Moonbeam & Jan Zyabovski – Born To Scream
10. Andy Duguid & Audrey Gallagher – In This Moment (Original Mix)
11. Allesandro – Awake (Original Mix)
12. Mars Needs Lovers & Mmadcatz – Lovethief (Moonbeam Remix)
13. Fromance – Back To Earth
01. 2Fashion – Such a Shame (Moonbeam Remix)
02. Indifferent Guy featuring Eva Pavlova – Danger (Original Mix)
03. Joshi – Raging Blue (Original Mix)
04. Myon & Shane 54 with Natalie Peris – Outshine (Nigel Good Remix)
05. Da Fresh featuring Blackfeel Wite – Angel (Moonbeam Remix)
06. Orbik – If It’s Love (Original Mix)
07. Julie Thompson with Super8 & Tab – Your Secret’s Safe (Jaytech Rm)
08. Mier – Twisted Mind (Original Mix)
09. Matt Fax – Morevenin (Remode Mix)
10. qoob – Apollo-17
11. Vian Pelez – The Fountain (Extended Mix)
12. Tom Cloud & Antonia Lucas – Do It Over (Kris O’Neil Remix)
13. Marsbeing – Fancy
Space Odyssey: Mars out now through Black Hole Recordings