Review: You can either argue that tunes from 1994 still sound fantastic because we've not actually come that far in terms of electronic music innovation, even if production capabilities have dramatically improved. Or, you could simply accept the fact that tunes from 1994 still sound fantastic because they were ahead of their time and built from such special stuff they were destined to stand the test of time. We prefer the second reading. And no matter what you think, it's impossible not to recognise just how good 'The Mercury EP' was, and still is. 26 years on, the lush ambience and laidback, bumbling lows of 'Mercury' are pure bliss, and 'OWG''s acidic techno-trance propulsion is an epic 6AM closer the likes of which can easily bring crowds to their knees.
The Age Of Love (Solomun Renaissance remix) (8:13)
The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella mix) (6:49)
Review: Shockingly, it's been 30 years since the Age of Love's eponymous debut first started ripping up dancefloors. Made by a pair of veteran Italian producers, the original 1990 version cannily combined the kind of dreamy, new age style melodic themes that were then dominating Italian house, with a bombastic, techno inspired groove that bore all of the hallmarks of the style that would become known as trance. This 30th anniversary reissue omits that original version, instead pairing Jam & Spoon's brilliant, mind-altering 1992 "Mix for Stella" version - a proto-trance classic that has been reissued numerous times since - with Solomun's heady, piano-sporting 2017 tech-house re-make. The latter incorporates many of the track's most familiar elements whilst giving it a new 21st century groove.