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This release takes you back to the days when trance music ruled the roost. Gatecrasher was the place to be, Paul Van Dyk was god and Tiesto was just emerging on the scene. Fridge, or Ralph Fridge as he records under released this EP called 'Angel' at the end of the nineties on vinyl, before it got picked up and turned into a fully fledged release.
The original mix is where the pleasure is to to be found. A rumbling bassline of dynamic proportions paves the way for the breakdown which arrives after several minutes. The breakdown is what makes this song so epic. It has one of the most spinetingling breakdowns that you will hear in a trance track. It's all angelic voices and a gradual build of synths, before the kick drum arrives and starts gathering momentum before throwing you into a frenzy of bliss with a riff to die for. The riff just teeters on the point of heaven, with a melody that will make your jaw drop and cause your palms to go sweaty!
To add to the package, we also have the beefy Quake remix which offers up more of the same, but goes for a tougher feel. It still retains the essence of the trance original, but this one seems more about the beats. Great tough kicks and a solid bassline underpin this version. The third version is less frantic and offers something for the seasoned trance fan. More pads at play in the third mix and a deeper progressive stance make it more suitable for a wind down session.
This might be a short offering, but the overall package is polished and the original version still rocks to this day. You can buy it on CD and also on vinyl from online music retailers.
Original Mix Quake Remake John Johnson Remix Angel is one of Incentive's better releases, and odd bod Ralph Fridge (real name Fritsch, apparently called that because his mum always used to come home and find him snacking out of the fridge...(?)) ...anyway, it's an ok song along the same lines as Choral Reef by GD if you've not heard it, with some nice choir-style singing, and the absolutely *ace*spoken lyrics, "When darkness comes, there is still a light to save my soul. Sent me an angel." (!) Sadly though, it's not up to the standards (...giddy heights) of his previous effort, Paradise (to which the lyrics are, "Back in paradise"), that can be found on Gatecrasher Red, near the end of CD2. Quake and John Johnston provide remixes, and for once (thank fcuk) there's no radio edit. Sure the mixes are a bit short (below 7 mins) but that's doubtless infinately preferable to a 2-3 min edit. Out of the three, there's not much to choose from between the original and Quake mixes, probably the Quake one just clinches it for making it slightly less bland and a bit more thumping, and teases us slightly before breaking. John Johnson's effort is nothing special, indeed: it's instantly forgettable. Importance in the producer's discography: undecided because I only know of one other work by him to have been released in the UK: Paradise, on Additive, which probably didn't make the top 40. So I guess Angel was important... IF he cares about UK success.
Disc #1 Tracklisting