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LABEL: Flashover Records RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2014 GENRE: Progressive House
// review by Jeff

Hyper choon!

Always willing to hop onto a different musical train, Dutch musician and DJ Ferry Corsten always provides a new experience with every release. Originally a hardcore producer, he shuffled his way into the trance scene, capturing the hearts of millions with projects such as Gouryella and Veracocha. And of course, under his own name, he took to a buzzier electro sound in the 2000s. But one type of music he had yet to really delve into was breakbeat. Not one to shun possibilities, Ferry Corsten has now achieved that goal with a new track, "Hyper Love", featuring the vocals of Australian singer Nat Dunn.

The Original Mix, which is all we get, leads us in with a typical beat-based intro. Pianos slowly wedge their way into the fray with a melody reminiscent of many tunes from his 2012 "WKND" album. Nat Dunn's vocals are fairly lighthearted fare — not breathtaking, but not horrid either — this is what modern divas sound like, I suppose. Ferry then throws on some breakbeats in the background, and although they don't sound bad at all, they're a bit out of place in a track like this. I feel as though he was just looking for an excuse to toss in that UK breakbeat sound he enjoyed at the time without truly crafting a song around where they belong. Without haste, a beeping Morse code synth appears in the chorus that you'll either really dig or really want to dig... a GRAVE for! Though I do actually get a kick out of the sound, it may turn a few people off — not to mention the hypersensitive ears of the feline population. Most of the song is already revealed in the first half, as Ferry and Nat retread the same ground for the second half of the track (lyrics included).

Hyper Love isn't one of Ferry's worst tracks by a long shot, but it's also not his absolute best. What it does show, however, is his aural flexibility. There is a fair amount of variety in the types of sounds you'll hear in this one, so I'll give him some credit in how he melds together breakbeat, trance vocals, and whatever the heck that instrumental chorus is. All right, I'll recommend this one for a spin.


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