Album Review – The Sound Of Garuda: Chapter 3 Mixed By Ben Gold
The newest installment of the popular series, The Sound of Garuda: Chapter 3 is a two-disc masterpiece mixed by one of the label’s marquee DJ’s, Ben Gold. Ben is taking over head-mixmaster duties on this edition from Gareth Emery, the label’s founder and an indisputable legend in the trance and progressive games.
Whether you are a long-time Garuda connoisseur or you are just listening in to see what all the commotion surrounding Garuda artists such as Gareth Emery, Ben Gold, Ashley Wallbridge, and Craig Connelly is all about, you don’t want to miss this collection! The album features instant classics such as Ashley Wallbridge’s “Yin Yang,” W&W & Ummet Ozcan’s “The Code,” and Ben Gold’s “Mesocyclone.” Listeners are also treated to newcomers KhoMha, Eximinds and Craig Connelly, whose tracks fit right in with the heavyweights’.
Mix 1 is all over the map. The almost harrowing, high-impact Mikkas remix of Emma Hewitt’s “Rewind” and Lange’s track with Audrey Gallagher, “Our Way Home (Noah Neiman Remix)” sound of soul and depth. These tracks, along with album exclusives like Russ James’ “My Mind (Rafaël Frost Remix)” and Thomas Ulstrup’s “Disco Fever” make up for the questionable inclusion of Arty’s Rock N Rolla Remix of Ferry Corsten’s “Rock Your Body.” The remix is certainly hard-hitting, but it’s a far cry from his remix of the Ferry Corsten classic “Punk.” Fortunately, listeners can just shrug their shoulders and resume their jam sessions, as the rest of the album is eclectic, but completely flows. The standout track from this first disk is Ben Gold’s new single “Amplified,” which fits right in with that classic Garuda sound evident throughout the second mix.
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Tracks like Gareth Emery’s new one, “Layers.” Tritonal & Ben Gold’s proven hit “Apex,” and the standout surprise of the mix, Solid & Sean Truby’s “Meerkat” are what seasoned Garuda groupies came searching for and will find on Mix 2. Ben Gold pays homage to the previous two installments of the Sound of Garuda, as his mixes exemplifies the foundation of the label – big room, hard-hitting, and delectably techy. Perhaps the distinguishing feature of Mix 2 is the mixer himself – Ben Gold’s remixes of “Tokyo” and “Mumbai Traffic” give the already-prolific tracks even more brightness and bounce.
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Here’s the bottom-line: tracks like the ones featured on this compilation are the reason that we die-hard trance and progressive fans can stay proud. Garuda’s sound is here to stay! Make sure you grab The Sound of Garuda: Chapter 3 on Monday, May 13, just in time to get you in gear for summer festival season.
In Trance We Trust.
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