Activa vs. Mac & Monday - A Light In The Dark [Borderline]

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Activa, Mac & Monday
Release title
A Light In The Dark
Label name
Borderline
Release date
Feb 4, 2022
Release type
Single

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Release date: 04.02.2022

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https://soundcloud.com/activaofficial%2Fa-light-in-the-dark-preview
 
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Push ~2003 melody. Love to hear it. Kinda need it to be richer and more prominent, but the track does sound good.
 

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I told you that this track is probably his co-op with Mac and Mondy, but you didnt believe me :) This is the best ouf of all the IDs that he played :) I agree with Gagi, this has the Push vibes all over :)

this will be surely at least 8/10 from me
 

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I've been listening to Activa's FSOE takeover at least 15 times, all the IDs are fantastic. This is the best possible way to relaunch Borderline: clean production, infectious, old school sounding lead, not a huge emphasis on the drop (something that modern tracks overdo most of the time), a good dose of acids, and above all, a nice up and down musical journey.

Now we just an ID for the track at 23m mark in his FSOE set <3. That kick is such a blatant PVD copy cat but so good at the same time haha. I assume it's the other Activa vs. M&M collab.
 
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It's alrate but it doesn't transcend me. It's like the foundation/template of the canvas track m.i.k.e did. The kick seems studish and the baseline for me needs depth but the floating panning elements I dig! I want the drive/emotion but im not getting a feel for yet.

Maybe I'm stripping this back too much or being overly harsh on something which isn't pitched or thick slab snare happy.
 
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neeeehh..

underwhelming, too simple and kinda flat. same problem as with most activa stuff. stays the same too much both energy wise, arrangement wise, rhythm wise. Melody feels underdeveloped and kinda random.

Unfortunaly not anyone of these twos best works.
 

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I made a comment saying how I was a bit underwhelmed but deleted it not wanting to sound like a negative arse. But after seeing a few other comments I'll pile on - it's got moments but the melody feels really lazy, and the breakdown basically follows the same formula of every modern uplifter these days. Activa's done way better with say, his tri-series tracks. I feel like "making a track sound like it was produced 10+ years ago" was easy points a few years ago but not so much anymore, it's still got to push the envelope forward somehow.

On the plus side, I'm stoked to see Borderline making a return! It was annoying to get some of those older releases when the label went down.
 
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I made a comment saying how I was a bit underwhelmed but deleted it not wanting to sound like a negative arse. But after seeing a few other comments I'll pile on - it's got moments but the melody feels really lazy, and the breakdown basically follows the same formula of every modern uplifter these days. Activa's done way better with say, his tri-series tracks. I feel like "making a track sound like it was produced 10+ years ago" was easy points a few years ago but not so much anymore, it's still got to push the envelope forward somehow.

On the plus side, I'm stoked to see Borderline making a return! It was annoying to get some of those older releases when the label went down.
Haha I saw the deleted comment, and after reading it I thought "why has he deleted such a good comment???", but I see this one is even better haha. Welcome to the forum!
 
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I made a comment saying how I was a bit underwhelmed but deleted it not wanting to sound like a negative arse. But after seeing a few other comments I'll pile on - it's got moments but the melody feels really lazy, and the breakdown basically follows the same formula of every modern uplifter these days. Activa's done way better with say, his tri-series tracks. I feel like "making a track sound like it was produced 10+ years ago" was easy points a few years ago but not so much anymore, it's still got to push the envelope forward somehow.

On the plus side, I'm stoked to see Borderline making a return! It was annoying to get some of those older releases when the label went down.

All opinions welcome mate. It's rare we all like the same track. Alot of us are genre crossing maniacs (thats with love gents) with eclectic tastes.
 

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Expected a lot more, despite having old vibes of PUSH being said, not feeling this at all, just an above average track
 

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Brilliant stuff, oldschool melody with his trademark sounds, and most importantly without cheese vocals.
 
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Despite not being his best work, I have to say that it's better than 90% of today's uplifting tracks.
 

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Things that are better than 90% of today's uplifting trance include sharting...and getting an acupuncture treatment...in your gentlemen parts.
 
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Liking it but not loving it, the melody I dont connect with. Will give it a few more listens.