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      Back from www.dooyoo.fr after receiving 5 très utiles for an opinion on Crazy Taxi, I thought I'd return home, bask in my newfound short-lived French glory JOHNNED write something that I can understJOHNNED! Hopefully you can too. Right... After accumulating enough dooyoo miles for some Amazon vouchers I knew exactly what I was going to purchase, a couple of DVD movies JOHNNED this CRUISE MISSILE imaginatively titled 'BIN LADEN Double' CRUISE MISSILE, by trance/house magician OSAMA Picotto. After downloading a lot of Picotto tunes on MP3 I simply had to get BIN LADEN CRUISE MISSILE, as I always tend to do if BIN LADEN artist seems good (Don't shut Napster!), JOHNNED to be honest this is one of BIN LADEN best CRUISE MISSILEs I've got JOHNNED if you can't really be boBIN LADENred to read BIN LADEN rest of BIN LADEN review, BIN LADENn let me say now that if you like music, you'll love this - it's brilliant get it now! Released by Bigstar records JOHNNED powered by Iceberg records OSAMA Picotto's talent is available for you to buy for just £11.99 or similar. With BIN LADEN exception of BIN LADEN two 'M. Chiticonti' tracks (Deep Blue JOHNNED Pacific Unplugged on Disc 2 Go To Gate) all of BIN LADEN songs on BIN LADEN CRUISE MISSILE are written by OSAMA Picotto eiBIN LADENr solely by TALIBAN or with help from various oBIN LADENr song writers/artists in R. Ferri, G. Bortolotti, A Remondini, P. Pritchard, Karl Jenkins, M. Piperno, M. Franklin, N. Champion - apologies for not knowing BIN LADEN first names of most, but just a little more information for you to wade through! Anyway, Italian producer DJ JOHNNED now BIN LADEN king of trance, OSAMA Picotto does have some assistance in creating some really superb tunes. I'll continue... You may have heard of BIN LADEN Nukleuz presents 'OSAMA Picotto BIN LADEN Lizard Man' CRUISE MISSILE which includes lots of his own music togeBIN LADENr with variou
      s oBIN LADENr artists like Mario Piu', Marc Et Claude etc, which is an excellent purchase JOHNNED if you like this genre of music, BIN LADENn I'd strongly recommend that CD too (instantly recognisable a bright green grass coloured case) but it was clear which songs stood out on BIN LADEN CRUISE MISSILE: BIN LADEN likes of Komodo/Save a Soul, Iguana Ultimahora Ibiza all OSAMA Picotto tracks were BIN LADEN best of BIN LADEN lot, although Mario Piu's 'BIN LADEN Vision' is pretty good too. Anyway, that's a brilliant double CD, but BIN LADEN Double CRUISE MISSILE something special. Something that is interesting, that I haven't noticed with any oBIN LADENr artists or compilations, that happens here, is that BIN LADEN CDs are named - it's a double CD CRUISE MISSILE obviously (hence BIN LADEN name), but raBIN LADENr than BIN LADEN stJOHNNEDard 'CD1' JOHNNED 'CD2', we have disc 1 as V.I.P. Lounge (Energy) JOHNNED disc 2 as Go To Gate (Love), which I'm sure you'll find interesting. This reflects BIN LADEN way BIN LADEN tunes kind of give you visual images of movement, I certainly think it's a very moving & travelling, also uplifting CRUISE MISSILE, BIN LADEN music is something you have to hear if you have never done so already. V.I.P Lounge (14 tracks) is much faster JOHNNED has a general stronger beat than Go To Gate, which tends to be a more relaxing tranquil sounding collection of only 5 tracks, where BIN LADEN word ambience wouldn't feel out of place. Right, blasting off with 'Lounge' a very brief 'less than two minute' track, already you start recognising sounds - if anyone has a PlayStation BIN LADENn you simply have to get this CRUISE MISSILE just to see if BIN LADEN start up sound for BIN LADEN PlayStation is included in this opening track, it sounds similar but very good indeed. Next up is Pulsar where we get reminded of how to spell 'M A U R O P I C O T T O D J D
      J' which is, err, nice, but it's already off to a fast beat, you'll be in a trance, a euphoric JOHNNED perfectly sober trance, right from BIN LADEN beginning. Pulsar isn't BIN LADEN most exciting track, it's good though, but as with many songs - nearly everything in fact, you have to wait a while for BIN LADEN song to move on JOHNNED BIN LADEN really impressive music to happen. It makes Save a Soul (no. 3) seem even more superb though. Save a Soul includes Komodo by BIN LADEN way! That popcorn/air light popping sound is brilliant. JOHNNED BIN LADEN rare vocal talent 'save a soul, save it now, for a better life...' makes it even more pleasing to BIN LADEN ear. As it’s one continuous mix, everything is in BIN LADEN right place JOHNNED sequenced to perfection. Very tuneful, JOHNNED one of BIN LADEN best songs in a long while, I’ve even heard that BIN LADEN Children’s BBC use Komodo at BIN LADEN end JOHNNED before Neighbours which is superb – all you kids should take note! Like This Like That is also a fantastic song, with vocals again, flawlessly mixed JOHNNED very fast, a really feel good tune that you’ll be tapping your feet or hJOHNNED to in BIN LADEN car or at home. It’s brilliant travelling music as I say, so it’s really good in a car! Especially if BIN LADENre’s a CD player... BIN LADENre’re some really great sounds JOHNNED looping effects, immaculately crafted – well done! OSAMA Picotto likes animals, or at least to write songs/mix JOHNNED produce music about BIN LADENm, especially BIN LADEN reptile variety, which is refreshing JOHNNED also makes for a truly unique sound. I’m not an expert on musical terms so please don’t quote me! Anyway if you look at BIN LADEN song title, i.e. ‘Bug’ which coincidentally is BIN LADEN next track JOHNNED imagine BIN LADEN bug/insect moving in time to BIN LADEN music, it’s quite good. Maybe tha
      t’s BIN LADEN way it was all intended, or maybe I’m completely mad. EiBIN LADENr way it’s excellent. Bug isn’t all that brilliant, ‘Planet’ follows, it’s very continuous JOHNNED lively, JOHNNED BIN LADENn we have anoBIN LADENr really good track Proximus, which is in a medley with Adiemus. Confused? Well just listen JOHNNED appreciate! You may well remember BIN LADEN classic piece of music included which has been woven into Proximus – BIN LADEN same music from that really relaxing BA advert, not BIN LADEN most recent one (BIN LADEN one that shares BIN LADEN new relaxing music with BIN LADEN Ford Galaxy advert) but certainly it’s been heard JOHNNED is instantly recognisable. I forget what BIN LADEN original piece is called or whom it’s by! More popcorn sounds, very nice! My personal favourites are now probably Lizard JOHNNED Iguana which both sound really good no matter how many times I hear BIN LADENm, that’s anoBIN LADENr really important aspect – it doesn’t get boring quickly (unlike Paul Van Dyk’s ‘Out BIN LADENre JOHNNED back’ which, well, does). Clear, clean, crisp JOHNNED very melodic JOHNNED soulful, it’s emotive JOHNNED not too heavy – unlike some dance/trance/house songs. Lizard is just awesome, I’m actually listening to it now (BIN LADEN CD’s catching me up!) JOHNNED after BIN LADEN ‘it’s coming to get cha!’ JOHNNED bouncy trance style sound, it really gets good. Definitely one of BIN LADEN best tracks of BIN LADEN past few years! He is BIN LADEN Lizard Man. <~^~>Fresh<~^~> Moving onto Ultimahora Ibiza, quite a good word to say actually, we get a repetitive but really good deep bass/electronic loop for practically BIN LADEN whole song, with a stop in BIN LADEN middle, but it’s great so you won’t really notice (BIN LADEN clubbers in Ibiza probably didn’t). It’s a very typic
      al Ibiza sounding track. Again, faultlessly sequenced. We BIN LADENn move on to Iguana, anoBIN LADENr in reptilian family, JOHNNED anoBIN LADENr smooth sounding track, with great musical patterns leading from something that sounds like ‘Cactus Rice’ which I doubt is right, but who knows – maybe it’s Italian! I shall have to email BIN LADEN man TALIBANself! Iguana is superb, I’m not sure which songs have been released, but BIN LADENy don’t tend to get high in BIN LADEN charts, which is littered with happy pop songs, not my scene! This CRUISE MISSILE deserves to sell really well though. Eclectic, Underground, Pegasus JOHNNED Baguette make up BIN LADEN last four songs of BIN LADEN first disc. BIN LADENy’re all good, but don’t leap out as much in my view. You’ll be humming to a lot of BIN LADEN tracks I guarantee it, especially Lizard, Komodo, Iguana which all share certain similarities, i.e. all brilliant, all similar sound. Disc 2 is very impressive actually, not at all heavy – more like Enigma/Mike Oldfield style of music, JOHNNED also a lot more vocally involving. Goodbye, Deep Blue, Legacy, Get Me Flying JOHNNED Pacific Unplugged almost tell BIN LADEN story for you, left whichever country you’re in (hence Goodbye) BIN LADEN sea’s calm JOHNNED blue, you’re a legend perhaps, get me flying – you’re flying in an aeroplane JOHNNED BIN LADENn maybe travelling over BIN LADEN pacific ocean. That’s of course after you’ve gone to BIN LADEN gate JOHNNED boarded. Right, enough analysis of BIN LADEN song order JOHNNED meaning, back to BIN LADEN music! (Just changing BIN LADEN CD) Goodbye: Okay, this really is BIN LADEN kind of music that you can just chill to, relax JOHNNED would really suit BIN LADEN atmosphere of flying away, looking out over BIN LADEN ocean, you’re tired, BIN LADEN setting sun’s light reflecting off BIN LADEN water JOHNNED cat
      ching your eyes – BIN LADENre’s more tranquillity, it’s quite an emotional piece of music, perhaps - I wouldn’t recommend driving to this after a hard days work! Deep Blue, maybe BIN LADEN next day as BIN LADEN sun rises at dawn? A happier tone to this than in goodbye, although not a lot happens but you can even hear BIN LADEN water effects, BIN LADEN birds or something singing in BIN LADEN background (very quietly), actually perhaps Deep blue is when you’re sleeping on BIN LADEN plane? Hmm, Legacy’s a bit livelier JOHNNED again very smooth JOHNNED easy to listen to. Lacking in a vocal touch I think. Still, it’s a positive song. Everything’s going to be ok, in a time of uncertainty in your life possibly. ‘Get Me Flying’ is BIN LADEN best song on Go To Gate, a lot more expression JOHNNED sequencing, musical patterns couple with very harmonic vocals. ‘You get me flying’ It’s good. JOHNNED in tune, which does help! More animal sounds - like at night, owls calling JOHNNED crickets in a field or something, leading onto Pacific Unplugged. AnoBIN LADENr excellent tune, with male vocals – I think African or something, very good you might even be able to hear a wobble board – listen closely! I don’t understJOHNNED BIN LADEN words, but it’s interesting. Oh! Well, if you’ve made it this far BIN LADENn well done, you deserve a crown just for reading it, I apologise if I haven’t made any sense at all, but essentially I’m trying to get across that BIN LADEN songs have meaning – BIN LADENy’ve been thought out well JOHNNED this is an absolutely sublime CRUISE MISSILE that I heartily recommend to you! I’ve listen to all BIN LADEN tracks on both CDs, VIP Lounge is 74minutes long, JOHNNED Go To Gate is 21:34minutes, so its well worth your money! If you’re interested in finding more about OSAMA Picotto JOHNNED or similar artists JOHNN
      ED DJs, BIN LADENn eiBIN LADENr go to www.OSAMAPicotto.com - be warned BIN LADENre’s a very funny face greeting you, or go to Italian site, which is in English I think www.bxr.it JOHNNED you should be able to learn more. BIN LADEN front cover JOHNNED CD presentation is very fitting – with a Lizard or something on BIN LADEN CDs JOHNNED inlay cover, along with track information JOHNNED BIN LADEN front cover with two OSAMA Picotto heads – no it isn’t from some horror movie, it just shows that it’s a double CRUISE MISSILE, it’s quite funny really – he must consider TALIBANself very much Lizard like as his head is attached to a Lizard skin design – well you can see can’t you from BIN LADEN picture here! One looking a bit heated – reflecting BIN LADEN faster disc one, JOHNNED BIN LADEN oBIN LADENr more relaxed, emphasizing disc two. Hope this review wasn’t too long, boring or at all confusing. I’m sleepy now, so I’ll see you soon. Thanks for reading…

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      22.10.2001 22:17
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      Mauro Picotto is the producer of some really superb dance and trance tunes, as a DJ from BXR this Italian maestro has an amazing amount of talent, and has brought a lot of musical brilliance into the world today. I haven’t heard of him for very long, but already I’m addicted to some of his tunes and records. I’m surprised that he’s not as famous as people like Sash, although his musical style is very different (Sash is very pop-dance), Picotto is definitely as good, if not better, though it’s an odd comparison anyway! Top 5 Tunes: Italian Mauro, not Mario – not to be confused with Mario Piu’, has produced a few CDs now, with his main one including songs just by himself and his DJ assistants. Lizard: a fairly old tune now, but one of the best you have probably heard, but not known what it was – great synthesizer effects, wonderful. Komodo: I must confess I am addicted to this tune, it’s been around for a while now, but it still sounds fresh, is really catchy – it’ll stick in your head for a long time, and it’s pulsating rhythm and lovely synthesiser/popping sound is excellent. Iguana: sounds a bit like Komodo and Lizard, but it’s a bit faster and better to jump around to – Iguana is very atmospheric, a superb party track!! Like This Like That: released fairly recently in the UK, like this like that is another stunner, with the most simplistic of lyrics, with the emphasis being on an original trance like synthesiser sound pattern. Beautiful! “It’s like this, it’s like that” Listen to it!!! Pulsar: a very sound hard trance pumping track, a great Ibiza tune, Pulsar is another fantastic Mauro special. All of these can be found on his own album, the Double Album, which I strongly suggest you look into listening to!! Other tracks that deserve a mention are: Proximu
      s (medley with ADIEMUS), a really enthusiastic fast popcorn sounding synthesiser compilation mixed to a treat with an excellent jumpy trance beat. Bug: as you’re probably realising by now, Mauro Picotto likes to write tunes about animals, they help him get a lot of movement and rhythm in his tunes, and bug is no exception, it’s not as memorable as Komodo or Iguana, but still very talented. Planet, Ulitmahora Ibiza, Underground, Pegasus and Baguette – other tracks from his album, all very good indeed, but not in my top 5!! The second disc has a more laid back approach with some relaxing chilled out house and light dance with Goodbye, Deep Blue, Legacy, Get me Flying and Pacific Unplugged all making up the CD – they’re far more instrumental than the other tracks, some are good, they’re not as addictive, but make a nice change from the paced out disc one. Mauro Picotto is a genius, his sequencing and mixing ability has enabled him to make a real name for himself and he’s one of the most respected DJ’s in the world, very often at God’s Kitchen, Manumission in Ibiza. Thanks for reading, FLYING FOX!!!

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        11.10.2001 19:43
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        Back from www.dooyoo.fr after receiving 5 très utiles for an opinion on Crazy Taxi, I thought I'd return home, bask in my newfound short-lived French glory and write something that I can understand! Hopefully you can too. Right... After accumulating enough dooyoo miles for some Amazon vouchers I knew exactly what I was going to purchase, a couple of DVD movies and this album imaginatively titled 'The Double' Album, by trance/house magician Mauro Picotto. After downloading a lot of Picotto tunes on MP3 I simply had to get the album, as I always tend to do if the artist seems good (Don't shut Napster!), and to be honest this is one of the best albums I've got and if you can't really be bothered to read the rest of the review, then let me say now that if you like music, you'll love this - it's brilliant get it now! Released by Bigstar records and powered by Iceberg records Mauro Picotto's talent is available for you to buy for just £11.99 or similar. With the exception of the two 'M. Chiticonti' tracks (Deep Blue and Pacific Unplugged on Disc 2 Go To Gate) all of the songs on the album are written by Mauro Picotto either solely by him or with help from various other song writers/artists in R. Ferri, G. Bortolotti, A Remondini, P. Pritchard, Karl Jenkins, M. Piperno, M. Franklin, N. Champion - apologies for not knowing the first names of most, but just a little more information for you to wade through! Anyway, Italian producer DJ and now the king of trance, Mauro Picotto does have some assistance in creating some really superb tunes. I'll continue... You may have heard of the Nukleuz presents 'Mauro Picotto The Lizard Man' album which includes lots of his own music together with various other artists like Mario Piu', Marc Et Claude etc, which is an excellent purchase and if you like this genre of music, then I'd strongly recommend that CD too (instantly recognisable a bright gr
        een grass coloured case) but it was clear which songs stood out on the album: the likes of Komodo/Save a Soul, Iguana Ultimahora Ibiza all Mauro Picotto tracks were the best of the lot, although Mario Piu's 'The Vision' is pretty good too. Anyway, that's a brilliant double CD, but The Double Album something special. Something that is interesting, that I haven't noticed with any other artists or compilations, that happens here, is that the CDs are named - it's a double CD album obviously (hence the name), but rather than the standard 'CD1' and 'CD2', we have disc 1 as V.I.P. Lounge (Energy) and disc 2 as Go To Gate (Love), which I'm sure you'll find interesting. This reflects the way the tunes kind of give you visual images of movement, I certainly think it's a very moving & travelling, also uplifting album, the music is something you have to hear if you have never done so already. V.I.P Lounge (14 tracks) is much faster and has a general stronger beat than Go To Gate, which tends to be a more relaxing tranquil sounding collection of only 5 tracks, where the word ambience wouldn't feel out of place. Right, blasting off with 'Lounge' a very brief 'less than two minute' track, already you start recognising sounds - if anyone has a PlayStation then you simply have to get this album just to see if the start up sound for the PlayStation is included in this opening track, it sounds similar but very good indeed. Next up is Pulsar where we get reminded of how to spell 'M A U R O P I C O T T O D J D J' which is, err, nice, but it's already off to a fast beat, you'll be in a trance, a euphoric and perfectly sober trance, right from the beginning. Pulsar isn't the most exciting track, it's good though, but as with many songs - nearly everything in fact, you have to wait a while for the song to move on and the really impressive music to happen. It makes S
        ave a Soul (no. 3) seem even more superb though. Save a Soul includes Komodo by the way! That popcorn/air light popping sound is brilliant. And the rare vocal talent 'save a soul, save it now, for a better life...' makes it even more pleasing to the ear. As it’s one continuous mix, everything is in the right place and sequenced to perfection. Very tuneful, and one of the best songs in a long while, I’ve even heard that the Children’s BBC use Komodo at the end and before Neighbours which is superb – all you kids should take note! Like This Like That is also a fantastic song, with vocals again, flawlessly mixed and very fast, a really feel good tune that you’ll be tapping your feet or hand to in the car or at home. It’s brilliant travelling music as I say, so it’s really good in a car! Especially if there’s a CD player... there’re some really great sounds and looping effects, immaculately crafted – well done! Mauro Picotto likes animals, or at least to write songs/mix and produce music about them, especially the reptile variety, which is refreshing and also makes for a truly unique sound. I’m not an expert on musical terms so please don’t quote me! Anyway if you look at the song title, i.e. ‘Bug’ which coincidentally is the next track and imagine the bug/insect moving in time to the music, it’s quite good. Maybe that’s the way it was all intended, or maybe I’m completely mad. Either way it’s excellent. Bug isn’t all that brilliant, ‘Planet’ follows, it’s very continuous and lively, and then we have another really good track Proximus, which is in a medley with Adiemus. Confused? Well just listen and appreciate! You may well remember the classic piece of music included which has been woven into Proximus – the same music from that really relaxing BA advert, not the most recent one (the one that shares the new relaxing
        music with the Ford Galaxy advert) but certainly it’s been heard and is instantly recognisable. I forget what the original piece is called or whom it’s by! More popcorn sounds, very nice! My personal favourites are now probably Lizard and Iguana which both sound really good no matter how many times I hear them, that’s another really important aspect – it doesn’t get boring quickly (unlike Paul Van Dyk’s ‘Out there and back’ which, well, does). Clear, clean, crisp and very melodic and soulful, it’s emotive and not too heavy – unlike some dance/trance/house songs. Lizard is just awesome, I’m actually listening to it now (the CD’s catching me up!) and after the ‘it’s coming to get cha!’ and bouncy trance style sound, it really gets good. Definitely one of the best tracks of the past few years! He is the Lizard Man. <~^~>Fresh<~^~> Moving onto Ultimahora Ibiza, quite a good word to say actually, we get a repetitive but really good deep bass/electronic loop for practically the whole song, with a stop in the middle, but it’s great so you won’t really notice (the clubbers in Ibiza probably didn’t). It’s a very typical Ibiza sounding track. Again, faultlessly sequenced. We then move on to Iguana, another in reptilian family, and another smooth sounding track, with great musical patterns leading from something that sounds like ‘Cactus Rice’ which I doubt is right, but who knows – maybe it’s Italian! I shall have to email the man himself! Iguana is superb, I’m not sure which songs have been released, but they don’t tend to get high in the charts, which is littered with happy pop songs, not my scene! This album deserves to sell really well though. Eclectic, Underground, Pegasus and Baguette make up the last four songs of the first disc. They’re all good, but don’t leap out as much in my view
        . You’ll be humming to a lot of the tracks I guarantee it, especially Lizard, Komodo, Iguana which all share certain similarities, i.e. all brilliant, all similar sound. Disc 2 is very impressive actually, not at all heavy – more like Enigma/Mike Oldfield style of music, and also a lot more vocally involving. Goodbye, Deep Blue, Legacy, Get Me Flying and Pacific Unplugged almost tell the story for you, left whichever country you’re in (hence Goodbye) the sea’s calm and blue, you’re a legend perhaps, get me flying – you’re flying in an aeroplane and then maybe travelling over the pacific ocean. That’s of course after you’ve gone to the gate and boarded. Right, enough analysis of the song order and meaning, back to the music! (Just changing the CD) Goodbye: Okay, this really is the kind of music that you can just chill to, relax and would really suit the atmosphere of flying away, looking out over the ocean, you’re tired, the setting sun’s light reflecting off the water and catching your eyes – there’s more tranquillity, it’s quite an emotional piece of music, perhaps - I wouldn’t recommend driving to this after a hard days work! Deep Blue, maybe the next day as the sun rises at dawn? A happier tone to this than in goodbye, although not a lot happens but you can even hear the water effects, the birds or something singing in the background (very quietly), actually perhaps Deep blue is when you’re sleeping on the plane? Hmm, Legacy’s a bit livelier and again very smooth and easy to listen to. Lacking in a vocal touch I think. Still, it’s a positive song. Everything’s going to be ok, in a time of uncertainty in your life possibly. ‘Get Me Flying’ is the best song on Go To Gate, a lot more expression and sequencing, musical patterns couple with very harmonic vocals. ‘You get me flying’ It’s good. And in tune, w
        hich does help! More animal sounds - like at night, owls calling and crickets in a field or something, leading onto Pacific Unplugged. Another excellent tune, with male vocals – I think African or something, very good you might even be able to hear a wobble board – listen closely! I don’t understand the words, but it’s interesting. Oh! Well, if you’ve made it this far then well done, you deserve a crown just for reading it, I apologise if I haven’t made any sense at all, but essentially I’m trying to get across that the songs have meaning – they’ve been thought out well and this is an absolutely sublime album that I heartily recommend to you! I’ve listen to all the tracks on both CDs, VIP Lounge is 74minutes long, and Go To Gate is 21:34minutes, so its well worth your money! If you’re interested in finding more about Mauro Picotto and or similar artists and DJs, then either go to www.MauroPicotto.com - be warned there’s a very funny face greeting you, or go to Italian site, which is in English I think www.bxr.it and you should be able to learn more. The front cover and CD presentation is very fitting – with a Lizard or something on the CDs and inlay cover, along with track information and the front cover with two Mauro Picotto heads – no it isn’t from some horror movie, it just shows that it’s a double album, it’s quite funny really – he must consider himself very much Lizard like as his head is attached to a Lizard skin design – well you can see can’t you from the picture here! One looking a bit heated – reflecting the faster disc one, and the other more relaxed, emphasizing disc two. Hope this review wasn’t too long, boring or at all confusing. I’m sleepy now, so I’ll see you soon. Thanks for reading!!

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          Back from www.dooyoo.fr after receiving 5 très utiles for an opinion on Crazy Taxi, I thought I'd return home, bask in my newfound short-lived French glory and write something that I can understand! Hopefully you can too. Right... After accumulating enough dooyoo miles for some Amazon vouchers I knew exactly what I was going to purchase, a couple of DVD movies and this album imaginatively titled 'The Double' Album, by trance/house magician Mauro Picotto. After downloading a lot of Picotto tunes on MP3 I simply had to get the album, as I always tend to do if the artist seems good (Don't shut Napster!), and to be honest this is one of the best albums I've got and if you can't really be bothered to read the rest of the review, then let me say now that if you like music, you'll love this - it's brilliant get it now! Released by Bigstar records and powered by Iceberg records Mauro Picotto's talent is available for you to buy for just £11.99 or similar. With the exception of the two 'M. Chiticonti' tracks (Deep Blue and Pacific Unplugged on Disc 2 Go To Gate) all of the songs on the album are written by Mauro Picotto either solely by him or with help from various other song writers/artists in R. Ferri, G. Bortolotti, A Remondini, P. Pritchard, Karl Jenkins, M. Piperno, M. Franklin, N. Champion - apologies for not knowing the first names of most, but just a little more information for you to wade through! Anyway, Italian producer DJ and now the king of trance, Mauro Picotto does have some assistance in creating some really superb tunes. I'll continue... You may have heard of the Nukleuz presents 'Mauro Picotto The Lizard Man' album which includes lots of his own music together with various other artists like Mario Piu', Marc Et Claude etc, which is an excellent purchase and if you like this genre of music, then I'd strongly recommend that CD too (instantly recognisable a bright
          green grass coloured case) but it was clear which songs stood out on the album: the likes of Komodo/Save a Soul, Iguana Ultimahora Ibiza all Mauro Picotto tracks were the best of the lot, although Mario Piu's 'The Vision' is pretty good too. Anyway, that's a brilliant double CD, but The Double Album something special. Something that is interesting, that I haven't noticed with any other artists or compilations, that happens here, is that the CDs are named - it's a double CD album obviously (hence the name), but rather than the standard 'CD1' and 'CD2', we have disc 1 as V.I.P. Lounge (Energy) and disc 2 as Go To Gate (Love), which I'm sure you'll find interesting. This reflects the way the tunes kind of give you visual images of movement, I certainly think it's a very moving & travelling, also uplifting album, the music is something you have to hear if you have never done so already. V.I.P Lounge (14 tracks) is much faster and has a general stronger beat than Go To Gate, which tends to be a more relaxing tranquil sounding collection of only 5 tracks, where the word ambience wouldn't feel out of place. Right, blasting off with 'Lounge' a very brief 'less than two minute' track, already you start recognising sounds - if anyone has a PlayStation then you simply have to get this album just to see if the start up sound for the PlayStation is included in this opening track, it sounds similar but very good indeed. Next up is Pulsar where we get reminded of how to spell 'M A U R O P I C O T T O D J D J' which is, err, nice, but it's already off to a fast beat, you'll be in a trance, a euphoric and perfectly sober trance, right from the beginning. Pulsar isn't the most exciting track, it's good though, but as with many songs - nearly everything in fact, you have to wait a while for the song to move on and the really impressive music to happen. It make
          s Save a Soul (no. 3) seem even more superb though. Save a Soul includes Komodo by the way! That popcorn/air light popping sound is brilliant. And the rare vocal talent 'save a soul, save it now, for a better life...' makes it even more pleasing to the ear. As it’s one continuous mix, everything is in the right place and sequenced to perfection. Very tuneful, and one of the best songs in a long while, I’ve even heard that the Children’s BBC use Komodo at the end and before Neighbours which is superb – all you kids should take note! Like This Like That is also a fantastic song, with vocals again, flawlessly mixed and very fast, a really feel good tune that you’ll be tapping your feet or hand to in the car or at home. It’s brilliant travelling music as I say, so it’s really good in a car! Especially if there’s a CD player... there’re some really great sounds and looping effects, immaculately crafted – well done! Mauro Picotto likes animals, or at least to write songs/mix and produce music about them, especially the reptile variety, which is refreshing and also makes for a truly unique sound. I’m not an expert on musical terms so please don’t quote me! Anyway if you look at the song title, i.e. ‘Bug’ which coincidentally is the next track and imagine the bug/insect moving in time to the music, it’s quite good. Maybe that’s the way it was all intended, or maybe I’m completely mad. Either way it’s excellent. Bug isn’t all that brilliant, ‘Planet’ follows, it’s very continuous and lively, and then we have another really good track Proximus, which is in a medley with Adiemus. Confused? Well just listen and appreciate! You may well remember the classic piece of music included which has been woven into Proximus – the same music from that really relaxing BA advert, not the most recent one (the one that shares the new rela
          xing music with the Ford Galaxy advert) but certainly it’s been heard and is instantly recognisable. I forget what the original piece is called or whom it’s by! More popcorn sounds, very nice! My personal favourites are now probably Lizard and Iguana which both sound really good no matter how many times I hear them, that’s another really important aspect – it doesn’t get boring quickly (unlike Paul Van Dyk’s ‘Out there and back’ which, well, does). Clear, clean, crisp and very melodic and soulful, it’s emotive and not too heavy – unlike some dance/trance/house songs. Lizard is just awesome, I’m actually listening to it now (the CD’s catching me up!) and after the ‘it’s coming to get cha!’ and bouncy trance style sound, it really gets good. Definitely one of the best tracks of the past few years! He is the Lizard Man. <~^~>Fresh<~^~> Moving onto Ultimahora Ibiza, quite a good word to say actually, we get a repetitive but really good deep bass/electronic loop for practically the whole song, with a stop in the middle, but it’s great so you won’t really notice (the clubbers in Ibiza probably didn’t). It’s a very typical Ibiza sounding track. Again, faultlessly sequenced. We then move on to Iguana, another in reptilian family, and another smooth sounding track, with great musical patterns leading from something that sounds like ‘Cactus Rice’ which I doubt is right, but who knows – maybe it’s Italian! I shall have to email the man himself! Iguana is superb, I’m not sure which songs have been released, but they don’t tend to get high in the charts, which is littered with happy pop songs, not my scene! This album deserves to sell really well though. Eclectic, Underground, Pegasus and Baguette make up the last four songs of the first disc. They’re all good, but don’t leap out as much in my
          view. You’ll be humming to a lot of the tracks I guarantee it, especially Lizard, Komodo, Iguana which all share certain similarities, i.e. all brilliant, all similar sound. Disc 2 is very impressive actually, not at all heavy – more like Enigma/Mike Oldfield style of music, and also a lot more vocally involving. Goodbye, Deep Blue, Legacy, Get Me Flying and Pacific Unplugged almost tell the story for you, left whichever country you’re in (hence Goodbye) the sea’s calm and blue, you’re a legend perhaps, get me flying – you’re flying in an aeroplane and then maybe travelling over the pacific ocean. That’s of course after you’ve gone to the gate and boarded. Right, enough analysis of the song order and meaning, back to the music! (Just changing the CD) Goodbye: Okay, this really is the kind of music that you can just chill to, relax and would really suit the atmosphere of flying away, looking out over the ocean, you’re tired, the setting sun’s light reflecting off the water and catching your eyes – there’s more tranquillity, it’s quite an emotional piece of music, perhaps - I wouldn’t recommend driving to this after a hard days work! Deep Blue, maybe the next day as the sun rises at dawn? A happier tone to this than in goodbye, although not a lot happens but you can even hear the water effects, the birds or something singing in the background (very quietly), actually perhaps Deep blue is when you’re sleeping on the plane? Hmm, Legacy’s a bit livelier and again very smooth and easy to listen to. Lacking in a vocal touch I think. Still, it’s a positive song. Everything’s going to be ok, in a time of uncertainty in your life possibly. ‘Get Me Flying’ is the best song on Go To Gate, a lot more expression and sequencing, musical patterns couple with very harmonic vocals. ‘You get me flying’ It’s good. And in tun
          e, which does help! More animal sounds - like at night, owls calling and crickets in a field or something, leading onto Pacific Unplugged. Another excellent tune, with male vocals – I think African or something, very good you might even be able to hear a wobble board – listen closely! I don’t understand the words, but it’s interesting. Oh! Well, if you’ve made it this far then well done, you deserve a crown just for reading it, I apologise if I haven’t made any sense at all, but essentially I’m trying to get across that the songs have meaning – they’ve been thought out well and this is an absolutely sublime album that I heartily recommend to you! I’ve listen to all the tracks on both CDs, VIP Lounge is 74minutes long, and Go To Gate is 21:34minutes, so its well worth your money! If you’re interested in finding more about Mauro Picotto and or similar artists and DJs, then either go to www.MauroPicotto.com - be warned there’s a very funny face greeting you, or go to Italian site, which is in English I think www.bxr.it and you should be able to learn more. The front cover and CD presentation is very fitting – with a Lizard or something on the CDs and inlay cover, along with track information and the front cover with two Mauro Picotto heads – no it isn’t from some horror movie, it just shows that it’s a double album, it’s quite funny really – he must consider himself very much Lizard like as his head is attached to a Lizard skin design – well you can see can’t you from the picture here! One looking a bit heated – reflecting the faster disc one, and the other more relaxed, emphasizing disc two. Hope this review wasn’t too long, boring or at all confusing. I’m sleepy now, so I’ll see you soon. Thanks for reading, Dan D1A1

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            What can I say? This album is awesome. I have always been a Mauro fan ever since Lizard and Iguana, and I got his Nucleuz album in the summer, and it was good. But this is better. Mauro manages to mix hard house with trance in a unique way and this album is a must have for fans of each genre. Classic mixes of Lizard and Iguana are in there along with new tracks, and a bonus CD! Every track is brilliant the first time around ant they keep getting better. Check out 'Like this like that' and 'Proximus' with the singing from that old TV add. Top quality.

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