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Wednesday 19th, December 2007
Kyo & Gil La - Ultima
Updated: Friday 28th, December 2007

Enhanced Recordings is back in the game; first Sequentia "Eclipse" and now Kyo & Gil La "Ultima with more singles and a compilation on the way. It looks like 2008 will be a pretty big year for the label. This comes as good news for many as I know a lot of us are aware of the vast amount of releases stocked at the label's headquarters in the UK. Kyo & Gil's collaboration with Sean Tyas is one of the more upbeat songs featured in the label's catalog. Topped off with mixes from Tom Colontonio and Deep Voices, it's a fair assumption that every uplifting trance fan will be satisfied with this release.


Original Mix

An FX sweep brings in the kick, some subtle percs and a haunting synthy sequence. FX drop in and out in tradition with Tyas' past works. Slowly the percs build with the addition of several hat layers and a clap. A filter and FX sweep bring in the bassline, an acid riff and soon there after a soaring pad. Already you can tell this is going to be an energetic peaktime trancer. A chord progression appears, adding a bit of an emotional touch as the track continues on. The breakdown slowly works its way in as the pads and percussion slowly filter out. The lead pops in with no hesitation; a pulsing arp-like pattern much in the likes of Sean's previous works. Somewhat accessible and quite catchy, this lead is the star of the show. The progression of the theme itself is pretty nice, and quite original. The lead filters down quickly and following a soaring buildup consisting of rising percs, a snare roll and some sweeping FX, the chorus kicks in at full force. The lead seems to be the only defining aspect during the chorus but the track somehow doesn't sound empty. The percussion drops out after a minute or two and the lead slowly fades away. With another FX sweep, the intro theme comes back into focus. The pads and the chord progression from earlier hold our attention for a moment but quickly enough disappear. The track begins to unwind thereafter, slowly removing the melodic aspects before the percussion begins to phase out. All in all a tasty peaktime trancer. Not the freshest sounding production but still quite enjoyable.


Tom Colontonio Remix

Tom brings his usual punchy and clean sound to the table and gives "Ultima" a few innovative twists. Crisp, building percussion sounds off from the start. A rolling snare introduces the bassline, which is shortly joined by a few Discover-inspired plucks. A nostalgic acid riff begins to filter up and down, which very much reminds me of the sounds from the turn of the century. A blip riff joins the show shortly thereafter, lasting for a short duration as the breakdown drops in a moment later. After the percussion filters down, all that's left are the plucks and the acid riff. They're quickly joined by a soaring pad, just like the one from the original mix. An FX sweep and crash brings in the addition of a subtle piano riff and an unexpected chord progression. Shortly thereafter, another crash introduces a nice saw lead, which is rushed to filter in quickly by an approaching snare roll. The chorus kicks in and the saw lead takes over. New strings appear with the commencement of the chorus and of course the acid riff and the plucks are still present. The atmosphere is a bit more emotional and uplifting than the original due to the twists Tom has made, but the peaktime drive just isn't there. The chorus soon ends without much of a fuss and a second verse takes form. The kick then drops out, introducing the blip sequence from earlier on. A moment later the theme progression resurfaces, but unfortunately the chorus will not be joining in. The track begins to fade and fall apart slowly but surely thereafter. A quality effort from Tom, but unfortunately it falls short of touching the original and just by a hair.


Deep Voices Remix

Steve Baltes and Dyloot aka Deep Voices take a bit of a proggier approach, adding some necessary variety to the package. Chunky percussion filled with hats starts things off. Plucks much like the ones from the Tom Colontonio remix appear momentarily. An impressive panning effect brings in a subtle bassline, which is just a buzzy low end saw. The percussion quickly drops out shortly thereafter and a slightly more driving bassline appears. A cool flange effect brings back the percussion and introduces the intro chord progression from the original. In this softer, more progressive atmosphere the mood is much darker and quite relaxed. Pads (or saws?) soon filter in but vanish at the start of the breakdown. After a pause, the lead soon appears and gradually begins to filter up. Perhaps a bit detuned, blurry and not to mention sounding a bit dated, the saw lead has a bit of power to it. There is no buildup in this production; the percussion slowly works its way back in, layers appearing in groups at a time. The chorus ends as quickly as it began and the track slowly begins to unwind. To me the lead just does not fit in with the lush, chilled vibe that the song puts out. That aside this remix was quite decent. Not overly impressive mind, but it does add variety to the release.


Conclusion

All in all another hit from the Enhanced stables. The original really packs a punch with its powerful synths (the lead especially) and overall drive. Tom's remix is a more emotional offering with a unique theme and Deep Voices deliver a smooth and atmospheric approach for those looking for something a little more laid-back. The original comes out on top and that seems to be the consensus everywhere. Perhaps not the most original or freshest release in recent times but it definitely hits the spot for trance enthusiasts worldwide. 4/5


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DJ_Redstar

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