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When I was younger, I was hit by the real "beginning" of dance music. Acts such as "2 Unlimited" and "The Shamen" attracted my attention, and soon I was a big dance music fan, with a large tape and vinyl collection. With the introduction of CD's, I started to spend my money on those instead, since they offered better sound quality, but it had always been my dream to get my own set of decks and DJ like some of my heroes. Years and much musical advances later, I purchased my own set of the latest decks. I instantly started to spend my money, not just on CD's, but once again on the amazing audio medium that is vinyl. I was listening to the radio a few years back, and it was one of the dance shows on a Friday night, which I enjoyed listening to because I could pick up some of the names of the latest tunes to add to my collection. One of the tunes that really hit me was a melodical, bassy and spine-tingling. At that time I didn't know the name of the song, but I knew that I needed it in my collection. A couple of weeks later, the song I longed for on vinyl was getting more commercial airplay, as it got closer to the release date, and now I knew the name of it - Rank 1 Airwave. I was getting ready for the release, so I could be one of the first amatuer DJ's to get the record. On the release date, I made my way into town, and visited HMV with my £6. I walked into the vinyl section, and there it was, in a glistening, brand new, red and blue Manifesto design record cover. I grabbed it quickly before anyone else could buy it. Without bothering to check it out on the listening post, I instantly bought it. When I got home, the first thing I did was get my record collection out - I wanted to mix this beauty!! I worked my way through my records, which did include some big tunes already, but this was the biggest, and I planned to leave it to last. As I approached the mix, I had to choose wh ich mix to use - Dutch Force Remix it was. I listened to the record through my headphones to find the first beat, but found myself unable to stop there, but wanting more, as the synth stabs built up to a basic bassline kicking in, and soon a string based melody starts to hum in the background, and as all the synth, bass and strings came together, everything died, to make way for the melody on its own, which really sent a shiver down my spine and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The strings transform into synth, and when everything kicks back in, you know you are listening to a classic trance tune. I really love this song, and I still use it in every single mix I do, I never get bored of it, and nearly every time it still sends a shiver down my spine. If you don't have this record and you are a DJ, I suggest you find it quickly, and if you haven't even heard it......YOU ARE MISSING OUT!!!
The two records, 'Airwave' by Rank 1 and 'Day Time' by 4 Strings are very similar. I still don't know which I prefer. Anyway, Rank 1 break their way into the conciousness of ignorant common people throughout the UK with Airwave, some time early in 2000. The CD single has a Radio Edit, the Rank 1 vs Dutch Force Remix and ATB Remix. The Radio Edit is fine if you like a woman singing "I feel you... over the airwave" on it, the ATB remix is what you should really avoid, but listen to the Rank 1 vs Dutch Force remix again and again. I greatly reccommend this mix out of all of them. This looks to be turning out as my worst review yet but not nearly as bad as the other two of Airwave so far!! Ha ha ha! Anyway, to move on with the review and get it over and done with. Rank 1 are Dutch producers Piet Bervoets and Benno De Goeij. Dutch force is Dutch producer Benno De Goeij. Allright you work it out! But as producers go, there's not many to rival these two. Go and buy Airwave now. And it's funny, because when I first heard 'Day Time' I thought it was previous Rank 1 record, 'Black Snow'!! Ha ha ha! how funny? And another funny thing: I mis understood the meaning of 'rank' when I first heard the name of this act so I didn't see it as Rank 1 as in 1st place, I thought rank as in really nasty, vile and foul. Check out some remixes that Rank 1 have done for System F, Baby D and York.
Airwave is one of those tracks that only comes along 2 or 3 times a year, you hear it in the club, spend ages finding out what it is, wait months for the release date and then finally get your hands on a copy. It is quite a traditional trance tune with a 4/4 kick drum throughout, none of sasha's breakbeats for this one. The melody is very floaty, guaranteed to pick you up wherever you are, it is one of the most uplifting tunes ever. It does not have a vocal, but in my opinion this would ruin the track, making it far too cheesy. When played in the right place in a dj's set this makes the crowd go wild and is perfect for that last tune of the night, as you'll be humming it all the way home. It has been around for about 2 years, first being available on import, on ad & t, then getting a full uk release on Manifesto around a year ago. Juge Jules made it his 'tried and tested' tune of the week and it received similiar acclaim from Graham Gold on Kiss. The 12" release contains 2 mixes, the original and the dutch force remix. The dutch force remix is the one for me, the original incorporates a rather cheesy vocal snippet, probably added to receive maximum primetime radio airplay. The video for this track is quite poor, as for most trance tracks, it involves some people dancing around some pilots, mmm strange, it also includes some rather nice flight footage, quite nice for chilling to at the end of a night. When released the record charted at around number 3, this being quite a good chart position for a relatively underground track.
Its yet another fantastic record brought to you by the record label Manifesto. They have brought out a succession of hit songs in the past and they done it again! I loved listening to this song everytime it was playing on the radio, Ide drift away. Its a typical trance song,with the build up of the percussion and the synths then there is the calmness of the synth and then it breaks into an energetic...thing. Ide love to be playing that song in a club as the DJ. It was a song that ended up in most DJ's record box, It was even no1 in dave pearce's big 3 for a few weeks. im sure if rank1 brought out another tune it would be just as good.
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