The last time I did a review, I happened to be checking out the first volume of the Tunnel Trance Force America series. I was definitely pleased with the disc and found it to be a great substitute to listen to if you couldn't make it to a club. Of course, it had me wondering why it was called Tunnel Trance Force to begin with. It so happens that the Tunnel is Hamburg, Germany's no. 1 techno location situated in the heart of famous red-light area St. Pauli in Hamburg.
That location started as a cult underground party series in the early 90's in the catacombs of St. Pauli and soon settled down directly in front of former Star-Club and became the most popular party location. After several other changes of location, the legendary Tunnel parties are now celebrated at the location The Front. The current resident DJs are DJ Dean, DJ Shoko, DJ Shane, Krid-Kid, DJ Joeker, DJ Apollo, and D-Jean-D, and they have made this excessive party sound, typical for Hamburg, known all over the region. Fortunately for us listeners, DJ Dean has decided to recreate the sound for us with this CD series.
Now we find ourselves with the release of the second volume of the Tunnel Trance Force America series. This CD is chock-full of amazing club hits and trance tracks that never disappoint and it even manages to improve on the first American release. Water Music Dance was wise to go with DJ Dean again for this project and we find him better than ever as he delivers another twenty tracks of hard pounding trance that never lets up and keeps you dancing until the very end. DJ Dean starts the mix off with the DJ Merlin and DJ C-Bass remix of one of his original songs, "Music is My Life." This definitely gets the music started right with the hypnotic beginning and builds up for the rest of the cd. DJ Jean never lets up after that and gives us some great trance from such artists and superstar DJs like Blank and Jones, Talla 2XLC, and ATB. In fact, DJ Dean uses the absolutely amazing Martin Roth remix of Blank and Jones' "Perfect Silence" which definitely shows this set is serious about showcasing some great trance. Some of the other great tracks on this disc are Cosmic Gate's "The Drums," Warp Brothers' "Blade," and Accuface's "Circle of Trust."
There isn't a single bad song choice on this cd and the transitions between songs are just as tight and flawless as before, proving that DJ Dean knows his music and how to please a crowd. You will be hard-pressed to find such a great collection of music being played like this in most clubs in America. Fortunately for us, Water Music Dance and DJ Dean have given us a taste of what they have to offer and what trance is all about.
I definitely suggest you go out and get both volumes of the Tunnel Trance Force America series. This is by far some of the best music that you will hear outside of a club and even in some clubs. If you are looking for music that demands your attention and keeps your ass in motion, then definitely check out what DJ Dean has to offer in this series and maybe you too will be envious of what the Germans get to experience live every week.