I have been waiting for this album to come out for a while, and I finally got a hold of it a few days ago. The original album was highly successful, with many of tracks being played/remixed by other professionals. It was the best vocal-trance album released last year, as JOC never does a bad job with vocal trance. So, what happens when an album achieves as much success as this one did? Answer: a remix album is made! The first thing that caught my attention was the number of songs in the album. With 27 full length tracks in total, this album surely packs a lot of great tunes into one place. There are actually only 11 different songs in this album, but most of them have more than 2 remixes to them. JOC has come a long way in his career, and he is finally getting some major recognition with the release of his own Subculture Label (a subgroup of Armada). What’s surprising is that his work on this album is abundant in vocals, but his sets are notably brimming with high energy. They remind me of the driving sets that PvD used to bang out back in the day. Here are a few of my favorite from the album:
JOC – Never Fade Away feat. Lo-Fi Sugar(Andy Duguid Remix)
The single for Never Fade Away was released in August of 2009, so this song was played a lot during that time. The Giuseppe Ottaviani is fast, but Andy Duguid’s version is more chilled and relaxing, kind of like a beach track. It’s pretty much a great opening song for any set or album.
JOC – Every Lesson Learned feat. Lo-Fi Sugar (Matt Hardwick Remix)
This is my favorite remix from the album. I’m not sure what it is about it, but the beat just puts me in a good mood. I also love the voice of Lo-Fi Sugar, and I think she does a great job on this one. Her singing matches beautifully with the hypnotic music.
JOC- Find Yourself feat. Sarah Howells (Heatbeat Remix – JOC rework)
This was the first single released off of the original album. You may have already heard the Cosmic Gate remix of this song, which received pretty heavy airplay. I like this remix because its a little bit harder than the original.
JOC – Big Sky feat. Audrey Gallagher (Markus Schulz Remix)
The Agnelli & Nelson remixof this song was probably the most overplayed track in 2007, but it still sounds good after you haven’t listened to it in a while. I’m not sure why this song was included in this album (since it wasn’t technically released in the first one), but Markus does a nice job on the remix. This version contains some piano work in the middle and is a bit slower, so I still prefer the A&N remix.
JOC – Out of Nowhere feat. Josie (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
This is just a solid track all around. Great music, great vocals, great production.
JOC – Take It All Away feat. Audrey Gallagher (Timmy & Tommy Remix)
Here is another track feating the nice vocals of Audrey Gallagher. There are actually 6 versions of this song on the album, and most of them are good. Also check out the Full Tilt remix along with the Marcus Schossow version.
JOC – Don’t Look Back (Sly One vs. Jurrane Remix)
This song reminds me of old school JOC. Sly One and Jurrane are coming up as one of Discover Records standout artists, and they leave a nice touch on this remix. I love it when JOC teams up with other Discover artists, as the resulting tracks are always trance bombs! Also check out the John Askew remix, which is great as well.
JOC & Giuseppe Ottaviani – Liquid Fire (Thomas Bronzwaer & Kristina Sky Remix)
Whenever there are 4 people who work together on the same song, the resulting product will usually sound pretty damn good. This one is not bad; I like the build up but I feel there could be more added to the song. Also check out the Temple One remix, which is a little bit more melodic but more or less the same thing.
JOC – Broken (Bryan Kearney Remix)
I love it when these two guys get together on a track. This is the hardest song on the album, and it does not dissapoint. The Mark Kavanagh remix is not bad as well, but I like this one more.