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Protonica - Form Follows Function

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Artist: Protonica

Title: Form Follows Function

Label: Iono Music

Date: 17-08-2012

Style: Progressive Trance

 

Tracklist:

 

1. Login

2. Greece

3. Subground

4. Serotonin Overdose (Protonica Remix)

5. Motion Control

6. Floating Point (Liquid Soul Remix)

7. Modification

8. Codes

9. Emerge

 

I expected this release to be a real good one. For the simple reason that Protonica has really impressed me with there previous work and the fact that they haven't released anything in a long time. So my hopes were high and somehow my ears were dying to hear this.

 

After the short Login intro track this album starts of with Greece. It's an extremely solid track, going straight forward like progressive should. All the effects during the song seem in place and as I'm listening I notice what made me like there style in the first place. It's not over the top, no cheap vibes or overdone voice-samples. Just straight up trance, in it's purest form. Subground really reminds me of there older work, taking you higher and higher using a basic yet original method. One of my favorite tracks from this album, bringing things back to the source. Serotonin Overdose is another killer and I have to say they did a great job on this remix. The original done by Rocky & Ace Ventura was ok but I prefer this one. It's just a little more solid so to say. Motion Control is a good follow up. At first it didn't really do it for me, it couldn't hold my attention all the way. But after a few more listens I could dig it somehow.

 

Now the original Floating Point was probably my favorite track from Protonica all time. So when I read Liquid Soul was going to remix this one, I was really wondering what he would bring. The original track matched the title for me, it got me to a floating point many times. It's hard to describe the remix from the old one, but let's say it's put in to a slightly newer and modern jacket. For me both work just fine, but I must say the original stays very special to me.

 

Modification is another favorite, if not my favorite. Slowly taking me further and further in a sort of minimal style. Actually all the tracks are made in a minimal way more or less. This track displays the power and originality of the entire album in my opinion, that sometimes less is more. Codes kind of brings out the oldskool progressive style that lies within there music. It was fun listening to but after a lot of Protonica tracks I find that it isn't there best work. Emerge is another track that exists out of simple trance-waves, keeping things basic. Great way to bring this album to an end.

 

After listening to the whole album I realize how you can create something extremely special in a simple way, that really brings out the best in trance. I recommend listening to each track from the beginning. Protonica's tracks intend to evolve in a slow progressing way and seem to just go with the flow. This way you really get to feel and experience the build ups. Also I seem to find it ok that a song takes so long to build up because it is clear that there is a story to tell in each track. So overall this is a great album in my opinion. When it comes to melodic progressive trance, it's probably one of the best releases of the year.

 

If you want to take a listen before buying it, I suggest checking out there Soundcloud.

 

Links:

 

http://soundcloud.com/protonica

 

http://www.psyshop.c.../inm1cd056.html

 

http://www.beatport....function/947569

 

http://www.ionomusic.com/

 

http://www.facebook.com/protonica.de

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Hm why do they have the full tracks on soundcloud?

That seems wierd to me as you can record them very easily using 3rd party software.

 

 

Nonetheless. Its a very nice album :)

 

First listen gives me about 3/5 so very good.

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prog4all    0

Hm why do they have the full tracks on soundcloud?

That seems wierd to me as you can record them very easily using 3rd party software.

 

I'm not sure but I think somehow they depend on a part of the people actually buying it after hearing the full stuff. I guess it works because I see this type of thing more often these days.

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healium    9

Really enjoying this album - one of my favorite recently - I enjoy this type of progressive - very spacious in the sound arrangements, catchy without being cheesy or commercial sounding.

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