Paul van Dyk - Evolution [2012]

Artist(s)
Paul van Dyk
Release title
Evolution
Label name
Vandit
Release year
2012

dmgtz96

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IMO, Paul van Dyk's last great trance track.
Evolution was a bonus track from the 2012 album Evolution. It's not even listed in the official tracklist, and I'm guessing this happened because PvD/Vandit couldn't clear the rights for the sample in this track. As far as I know, the riff is from a classic '90s techno production, but I don't know its name off the top of my head. This track is also NOT on Spotify.

Regardless... it's very PvD, and I'm glad it's the standout track from the album. It could be better, with more layers and underlying melodies, and less focus on the kicks, but overall it's still nice to hear if you like PvD's style of tech trance.

 

nightslapper

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the whole album is a huge degradation since the previous one 'In Between', no surprise though - those were dark times for trance, almost every album released in early 2010s was polluted by radio/commercial music
 
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dmgtz96

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the whole album is a huge degradation since the previous one 'In Between', no surprise though - those were dark times for trance, almost every album released in early 2010s was polluted by radio/commercial music
Yeah, I don't listen to the album itself. Just Evolution
 

nightslapper

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sledgehammer drum kick is definitely too much, I quite like the other drums/percussion stuff and certain synths (driving bassline and that rhythmic saw synth on top) give it a nice feeling of late 00s trance, some like Agnelli & Nelson's remix of 'Perfect' or their own track 'Sleeping in Airports'.

what I don't like is the main theme both in terms of melody (feels forced and uninspired as hell) and its synthwork is also really basic.

so to me it's far from solid, once again - just like everything else PvD puts after the In Between album. been over 15 years now man's doing borderline average musically yet still is considered as a Tier A trance DJ by a lot of fans. his marketing crew is alright.
 

dmgtz96

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This is a lazy production.
It's definitely lazy, but you have to consider that tech trance in 2012 was *bad*. There was too much noise, and most tracks had bad anti climaxes. Compared to the average Indecent Noise production from that era, Evolution isn't so bad