Share with us your views on different podcasts that you're subscribed to. Three aspects need to be taken into account, at least in my views including flow, track selection, listener interface (i.e. voiceovers, tracklists provided). I'll start.
A State Of Trance Podcast [Armin van Buuren] - Really not much to say about this podcast other than it's just a revised and overview on the 2 hour show and shaved it down into a bitesize 20-30 minute podcast.
- FLOW: Seems legit, 3-4 minutes per track with so-so transitions.
- TRACK SELECTION: Since it's only Armada tracks it can be very hit/miss, in most cases miss.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: Chapters for easy skipping, voiceovers and jingles and a nice feature of artworks.
- VERDICT: Very meh, if you're an Armada or ASOT fanboy it'll be fine for you. The sound quality is quite appalling but at least it only takes up about 20MB of space, however it's not really worth it.
Trance Around The World [Above & Beyond] - Two hours of cheesy stuff from Anjunabeats with a predictable guestmixer each week. Let's get hating!
- FLOW: Probably the only decent aspect of this, nice cuts and edits and not too long for each track along some good transitions.
- TRACK SELECTION: Anjunabeats galore! The usual suspects like Maor Levi, Norin & Rad and of course A&B themselves. Some other mainstream Trance type stuff and the odd gem from the Anjunadeep label. There's always a classic to finish off their part of the job which can be very nice to meh. Guestmix is usually shameless self promoting and overplayed crap.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: No tracklisting provided but plenty of voiceovers to guide you through and it's perfectly understandable unless Paavo takes over for the episode.
- VERDICT: If you like 2 hours of stuff you hear all the time on other shows and exclusives from Anjuna (not that exciting) it'll be good news to you. If not, just avoid.
Future Sound Of Egypt [Aly & Fila] - A one hour show full of energy and emotion, plus a f**k load of ID's.
- FLOW: It lacks flow and can drag on for about 6, 7 or even 8 minutes per track and not the strongest of transitions
- TRACK SELECTION: An impressive selection of thumping 136-140 BPM tracks, mainly consisting of Uplifting and some nice Tech-Trance bangers.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: Since Episode 250, it's been getting better at tracklisting, A&F now seem to announce it on their Twitter feed which is really pleasing for me.
- VERDICT: Basically just the pain of opening Cuenation, and noodle scratching to find ID's. Other than that it's essential to the Uplifting Trance fan.
Corstens Countdown [Ferry Corsten] - What used to be a Trance podcast, has leaned towards a more House affair.
- FLOW: Pretty much between the "just enough of a sample to judge" to "this track is just going on and on".
- TRACK SELECTION: As mentioned, mainly a House selection along with the predictable mainstream Trance tracks. Only different tracks would be from his own label, which are quite meh.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: No tracklist provided on the podcast, just but the voiceovers from Ferry will keep you up to speed unless you've already fallen asleep.
- VERDICT: Again, if you're a mainsteam Trance/ASOT listener it's right down your street. Lack of creativity overall, to which it was once a very listenable podcast about 2 years ago.
Infrasonic Podcast [MK X (a.k.a. Solis)] - Yes you guessed it, a roundup of the latest and forthcoming releases of the Infrasonic label.
- FLOW: Lags on for about 6-7 minutes per track with so-so transitioning.
- TRACK SELECTION: Nothing but Infrasonic and their sublabels. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: No tracklisting, no voiceovers but if you know the Infrasonic label well it shouldn't be a problem.
- VERDICT: Nothing bad to say, I am an Infrasonic fanboy so therefore it's good for me. Can't really specify for those who don't know Infrasonic that well. Up to you I suppose.
KEARNAGE [Bryan Kearney] - An hour packed with Techno, Trance and Uplifting. Some good stuff from this Irish LAD. What a shame it only comes once a month.
- FLOW: Faultless, 16-18 tracks packed into one hour along with some really good edits and transitions. Certainly won't make you fall asleep.
- TRACK SELECTION: Terrific selection of dancefloor driven madness and pumping energy along with some nice progressive at the start.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: Tracklisting, voiceovers; you certainly have enough info to get you through.
- VERDICT: To anyone who thinks Trance is dying, this is for you. A must have for all the 140 lovers out there.
Global DJ Broadcast [Markus Schulz] - After so many long years, the two hour show is finally available as an on-the-go podcast
- FLOW: Excellent flow, transitions are always crafted to perfection and no lagging on tracks.
- TRACK SELECTION: Truly a progressive listeners treat, not only in Trance but delving to Deep House, Progressive Psy and some delicious deep basslines. A fault can be guestmixes, but some can be good.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: Tracklisting and voiceovers provided so you'll be perfectly up to speed.
- VERDICT: If you have always treasured the Coldharbour sound, old and present, you should not give up hope. This podcast is a groovy, progressive treat.
Digital Showdown [Simon Patterson] - An hour of energy and raw beats of Trance, Tech-Trance and Techno.
- FLOW: Could be better but rolls out pretty nicely, solid transitioning.
- TRACK SELECTION: Good selection for 140 lovers but a very pleasing psy Trance selection.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: No tracklisting, but some voiceovers for the most part.
- VERDICT: Nothing bad to say about it, though it could have more punch to it. Still very much worth a listen. If you're a psy lover, you should definitely check it out.
Solaris International [Solarstone] - My latest discovery, a blend of heavenly Progressive House to spot on Trance.
- FLOW: Really good and just strings into a perfect mix. Hand crafted transitions and no laziness.
- TRACK SELECTION: Very broad and very unpredictable. Such a wide erray of sounds to keep faces smiling.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: Voiceovers after every single track should certainly make up the fact that there is no tracklisting provided.
- VERDICT: I only subscribed to it a few weeks and I'm kicking myself that I didn't pick it up sooner. Really a must have for any mature EDM listener.
The Gareth Emery Podcast [Gareth Emery] - A wide selection of EDM tracks ranging from House, Trouse, the odd Trance, Dubstep and even Drum & Bass.
- FLOW: No transitions involved other than a whoosh after each track but it flows really well limiting each track to about 2-3 minutes each.
- TRACK SELECTION: Very broad, but very much centered on House. Top marks for creativity but some of it can be trash.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: Voiceovers provided but no tracklisting. If you can keep up with it, I admire you.
- VERDICT: It really depends if you're a flexible EDM listener and are welcome to House, but if you're a picky, rigid Trance listener I'd give it a miss.
Tytanium Sessions [Sean Tyas] - He may have lost his roots temporarily but he has still got Trance flowing through his veins. One hour of cool prog and uplifting.
- FLOW: Just like with FSOE, it can lag for upto 7-8 minutes each and the transitions could be better.
- TRACK SELECTION: Can range to even Electro but overall its an Uplifting selection and is still keeping the high BPM tracks alive and helps support the lesser known labels.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: The best thing about this is it contains chapters to skip from tune to tune and also has full tracklisting and voiceovers, so no excuses for losing your way.
- VERDICT: For Trance listeners it's a good selection and would be a good choice to subscribe to, but listen beforehand to make sure.
Mainstage Podcast [W&W] - The dynamic duo from Holland with their selection of Progressive House and Tech Trance.
- FLOW: Flows very well with 15 tracks every one hour episode but the transitions can be untidy and compressed.
- TRACK SELECTION: A nice selection of big room tracks in House and Trance. Some episodes have very tasty ID's.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: Lack of voiceovers apart from the intro and outros but it has a provided tracklist.
- VERDICT: You may love or hate them but at the end of the day it's all down to taste. If big room is your style it should adapt to you but if not, you may want to skip this.
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Global Trance Grooves [John 00 Fleming] - Someone that has been here for a long time and it gives you a dosis of real trance, a podcast everyone that loves trance should hear.
Subscribe here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/g...301295540?l=es
- FLOW: It flows well, i think some songs could have a faster transition but other that its solid.
- TRACK SELECTION: The best part, you get some sexy Trance from all ranges from Psy to Progressive. You get some sweet guest mixes too most time from not well know DJ's.
- LISTENER INTERFACE: This is one sad part for me, you do get some voice overs from J00F but you need lot more to know who you listening because theres no tracklist provided and its kinda hard to get it.
- VERDICT: It is a really nice 2 hours podcast, the missing tracklist is a sad part but other than that its a rock solid Podcast for any trance lver.
Screw #TranceFamily, screw TrashBerlin, screw the heart hands, screw all the cheese music that shouldnt be attempting to the glory of Trance.LONG LIVE TO REAL TRANCE!!!
Solid idea for a new thread Neezy!
I think JOOF's show is not for everyone though I think most people on this forum prefer to listen to uplifting trance.
The Rave Podcast (Daniel Lesden)- Up and Coming Russian psytrance dj Daniel Lesden comes up with a selection of progressive trance and psytrance tracks, backed up with some great guest mixes. 2 hour show (1st Hour Daniel Lesden. 2nd Hour- Guest Mix).
Flow- Flow is solid but sometimes the transitions can be a bit quick.
Track Selection- For the most part, the track selection is solid. If you pay attention to the psytrance scene closely and follow the labels, a handful of the tracks will be instantly recognizable. However, he does pull in sweet tracks that keep me on my toes! The tracks are divided into chapters, which allows a very clear interface. Guest mixes have been great, with djs including Magnus, Ephedrix, Artifact303, Astral Projection, and Ovnimoon.
Listener Interface- Voiceovers from him are included like JOOF's podcast, but they are all in Russian. I don't understand the language, but that hasn't deterred me from listening to the podcast at all. After all his babbling in Russian, he does announce the track ID's.
Verdict- Great addition to your list of psytrance podcasts! If you need a switchup from JOOF's podcasts, he is your man!
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Great thread. I have not listened to GDJB for a while but I always enjoyed it. I have downloaded Kearney's and Solaris international off your recommendation.
I really enjoy J00F's show and also Radio Unity by Orkidea is worth checking out, I have not listened to it for a little while so can't really give a review.
The J00F podcast is splendid, just maybe a bit hard to keep up with. Really loving the psy influences in each track.
These guys had permission from JOOF Management to upload. David if you do like JOOF's podcast please have a listen to the older episodes.
I started listening to Kearnage on your advise and so far, I like it very much, only where can you get an overview of the tracklist? He talks a little fast so I would like an overview of all the tracks.
Wait a minute I already found the tracklist on this forum. Love this forum for all the information btw.
Last edited by leon92; 05-28-2012 at 17:52 PM.