Trance is a genre that has become increasingly difficult to define. For some, it’s the uplifting style that the genre is most famous for, while for others, the recent big-room trend is what it’s all about nowadays. Both have their place, but dig back further to the days before the supersaw was even invented and you enter a world of acid rhythms, break-beats, chilled out strings, and live percussion. With over 20 years of evolution, trance has changed immeasurably, but it’s always been true to its roots. Now, one man presents his own take on the genre, and if you consider yourself a trance fan, it’s required listening.
John 00 Fleming has been part of the scene since the early days and his take on what trance means is backed up by a solid 20 year career. His latest album, One Hundred Ten WKO, is as much a tribute to the entire genre as it is a stunning original work. From the breakbeat style of tracks such as opener The Centre Of The Universe, to the moody progressive house beats of WR22, it’s a diverse affair, and perhaps best of all are the more chilled, ambient offerings such as Tears From Heaven and Time Lapse NGC-2264. There’s use of real orchestration too, recorded by John at the hallowed Abbey Road Studios, along with a plethora of “real” instruments and percussion, all of which blend seamlessly with the stunning and creative synth work.
There are no massive uplifting supersaws, no room-destroying breakdowns, and no soaring vocals–what you get is a journey. It’s emotional, meaningful, and works as well at home as it would in a club or on a beach. Old-school, with a hefty dose of psychedelia thrown in, the album still has a modern slant that never feels blasphemous towards the early history of the genre.
Out now on John’s own J00F Recordings, One Hundred Ten WKO is a rare example of an EDM album that draws on a long history, deep knowledge, and true passion for the genre, and as a result is a master-class in what trance music is truly about.