The Five AM Sessions Volume 1
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Audio CD, Import, January 3, 2011
The Five AM Sessions Volume 1 by Gareth Emery
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About the Artist
Gareth Emery (aka GTR) is recognised the world over as one of dance music’s most established young artists. Since being tipped by Mixmag in 2002, the 24 year old has become a regular feature at infamous clubs like Godskitchen, Slinky, The Gallery and Passion in his native UK, whilst holding an international residency in Vancouver and playing all over the globe. The remainder of his time is divided between producing genre-defining club tracks under his various guises and running Five AM, one of the UK’s coolest trance record labels. Gareth first impacted on the global dance scene in 2002 with a succession of underground club hits, most notably the now legendary GTR – Mistral. Only the fourth track he had ever produced, Mistral became such an anthem for the likes of Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, Armin and Ferry Corsten that it can still be heard in clubs to this day. Moreover, it was testament to the power of the amateur producer and an inspiration to many that has since opened the floodgates for a new generation of young artists. A classically trained musician, his passion for studio work remains prolific to this day with his tracks a mainstay in the sets of the biggest DJs in the world. His production history includes collaborations with artists like Lange, Solid Globe, Jon O’Bir and CERN with releases on a multitude of labels including A State of Trance, Lost Language, Multiply, Bonzai, and of course his native Five AM. However, it’s when he’s behind the decks that the sound of Gareth Emery comes alive. His style is truly individual: a sublime blend of twisted beats and unrelenting groove that fuses trance with progressive, tribal and techno elements. Coupled with flawless technical ability and an emphasis on exclusive material and personal edits, his DJ sets are truly individual experiences that continue to set him apart from his peers. A uniquely flexible DJ, he is one of a rare breed able to read the crowd in an instant and deliver the goods at any time of night, which is why The Gallery are as happy for him to play after Judge Jules as Godskitchen are for him to warm up for Paul van Dyk. Moreover, the Gareth Emery sound appeals to followers of many styles of dance music, transcending the bitter genre politics that often dog the scene and bringing back faith that trance can be cool to even the most hardened cynics. If you haven’t already, make seeing a Gareth Emery DJ set a must for 2005. We guarantee you’ll be glad you did – see you on the dancefloor.
Top customer reviews
"Five AM Sessions, Vol.1" is a quality complilation with a futuristic sound, it manages to fuse emotional melodies and driving trance beats whilst still retaining a deep, progressive flavour throughout. The tracks are permeated with Gareth's signature key changes and deep electronic 'bleeps'; it's an intelligent and refreshing sound, and best of all, the mix has zero cheese factor!
Things start off funky and progressive, by track 3 the sensational "Fact of the Matter" by Leama & Moor really kicks in and pushes things almost into psy territory, then we get some uplifting melodies, including "Aerospace" by Locust, then a few gritter tracks and then twenty minutes of stomping trance that runs from track 8 right through to track 12...
This smashing suite is the heart and soul of the album, with Emery's centrepiece "This is New York", and Miikka's "Sircceli" pumping out so much energy that you'll be driving way too fast and thumping your steering wheel like a madman... :)
Gareth Emery is on a one man mission to restore credibility of the genre of trance, and this album is totally a step in the right direction.
Five Am Sessions gets off to a great start. As soon as you get into Stigma, GTR leaves you thirsting for more. By the time you can say Bouncebackability, you won't know what hit you...
This is what trance and trance fans have been waiting for. You're missing out on something great if you don't get this one. Gareth Emery mixes his beats and his futuristic sounds so well. Just when you think it can't go on any longer, it does. The beats just overtake you and the hits just keep on coming...