Zen Mechanics & Motion Drive - London Landscapes Single

Author: pr0fane
Date: Oct 14, 2009
Score: 8/10

The UK label Furthur Progressions have released a great EP, consisting of a track by Zen Mechanics and Motion, Drive as well as a remix by Visua.

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Release Details:

 

Artist: Zen Mechanics & Motion Drive
Title: London Landscapes Single
Label: Furthur Progressions
Format: MP3/Wave digital download
Released: September 2009


Review:

In the spring a new label saw the light of day. Furthur Progressions was the name, and behind this new player on the progressive scene were the two british DJ’s Bedouin and Hamish, who have played on major festivals like Boom, Universo Paralello and Fusion. The first release was the compilation “London Landscapes”, and it featured artists like Ace Ventura, Liquid Soul, Dickster and Shadow FX – very impressive for a first release, and it generally had a high quality, which is why I consider it one of the best progressive psytrance releases this year. Initially the release should have contained a track by Zen Mechanics and Motion Drive, but it got cut from the tracklist at some point, and now it’s here as a digital download release including a remix by Visua.

01. Zen Mechanics & Motion Drive - Outwards [136 BPM]

I consider both Zen Mechanics and Motion Drive among the best in the new breed of psychedelic trance artists, and both have succeeded in combining pounding, tight full on basslines with more fluid, hypnotic sounds of progressive trance. “Outwards” is just that; the bassline and groove sounds very Zen Mechanics-ish, while the mellow, classy morning elements seem to be Motion Drive’s touch. A real beauty of a track, and one that makes me wish it was summer again, so I can play it outdoors.

02. Zen Mechanics & Motion Drive - Outwards (Visua Remix) [136 BPM]

The Mexican progressive trance artist Visua is given the tough task to follow up with a remix of an already amazing track, and even though he doesn’t quite match the same quality as the original, it does have great potential. The bassline isn’t quite as distinct and in-your-face, but the whole track seems a bit more organic, groovy and hypnotic, and there are some extra melodic elements towards the end that really works well with the elements from the original. Good remix.


Bottom line:

Furthur Progressions have really released a great follow-up for their first release. This EP is one of the best digital download releases this year when it comes to progressive psytrance, and one can only wish that both Furthur Progressions, Zen Mechanics, Motion Drive and Visua will follow up with more in the future. Two great, hypnotic and energetic progressive tracks for less than 4½ Euro is a great deal as I see it. Recommended release.


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Verdict:

8/10

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