The next man behind Silver Planet’s third installment in the mix series comes from no other then one of the leading lights of the label himself, Chris Salt. Not only has Chris released a number of very solid productions on the label such as ‘Dub Sonar’ and ‘Atmospheric Graffiti’, but he has been very busy in the remix department too with reworks for the likes of Main Element and the Flash Brothers. This time he is asked to mix Fear 3, and he does a pretty damn good job showcasing what Silver Planet is all about.
The first disc really waste any time in getting into the thick of things with some very solid offerings early on, namely with solid remixes early by the likes of Chris Micali and Grayarea. Original offerings by Chimera and Yunus Guvenen also set the early pace in this mix, and the feel early on is quite smooth with a very nice melodic aura. Luke Chable’s very nice remix of Chris Salt’s ‘Dub Sonar’ is nicely edited with a Chris Salt breakbeat drum pattern, giving the track a different slant to what we have heard. ‘Syndrome’ by Ben Camp turns the heat up a little and introduces a sizzling baseline, shortly before Salt’s very own epic remix of ‘Ways’ by Flash Brothers looks set to start a solid ending to this first disc. Aidan Lavelle delivers a peak time remix of his own and introduces a delicious ending to the mix by Benz & MD in ‘Dead Calm’, and what is overall quite a summer like mix.
Disc Two definitely takes off where the first disc left. Andres & Xavier impress early with a driving effort in ‘Floating With You’ and Ben Camp returns again with some crisp beats and sinister baselines in ‘New World’, which is a great highlight in the album I must say. The absolutely brilliant Orchid remix of ‘Rainbows in the Sky’ by The Hypnotist thankfully is included and it drives the mix along, much like Chris Salt’s very own remix of Synergy’s ‘Hello Strings’. It’s followed by another one of Chris’ remix, this time his fantastic reworking of ‘Delta of Venus’ by Main Elements, and it marks the peak time moments of this second disc. ‘Carrier’ by David West continues the driving nature of the disc while Chimera delivers an absolute stunning breakbeat moment with ‘Natural High’. The deep baselines and twirling melodies of ‘Still Rain’ by Benz & MD close up what is a very pleasing album.
A very solid outing here by Silver Planet, and this showcase really does indicate why Silver Planet have constantly been a label at the forefront of progressive music. It’s quite delightfully mixed but most importantly, it is full of really stunning productions full of melody.
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