Fast Distance is one of those acts that has rocketed into the scene of trance. From late 2007 and up until now they have served us several singles and I think outstanding tracks such as Elysion, Kilimanjaro, Floating World and Playa De Oro deserves a mention. As for remixes they have already done a fair bit and loads more are on the way. Sadly Oliver Picart is no longer a part of the Fast Distance project but I am sure Belgian producer Franz Hlusek aka Arpegia can keep it up and live up to their previous standards. This is not their first appearence on Danny Powers' Nu-Depth label as they have already remixed Paul Miller & Michael Mystica's "Turn On" - but now ready with a brand new track with 3 remixes to compliment it.
The Original Mix is pumping from first bar introducing a tight kick and a subtle melody. The hats are bringing a bit upbeat trancey mood and goes hand in hand with the clap. The build-up is quite excellent bringing a few stabs and perfect fill-ins which adds to the quality of the track thus helps build some tension. As the bottom end is cut and the breakdown hits you, you have a beautiful leading melody working alongside some floaty pads. The melody captures an emotional feel and never goes too far but stays in that moment while it builds tension in an elegant way. The beats sets in again and then you have it - epic trance. The second break has a looped breaks sequence and it really works in a great way and creates some diversity to the track. The Onova Remix has a thicker kick drum and some different percussion elements. It has a moving bassline that should get people on the dancefloor jumping. The lead isn't as touching as in the original and the mix feels somewhat cloudy opposed to the original. This doesn't change the fact that this is a perfect peak-time trancer. That was quite a trance injection so lets move on to a remix which has been taken in a different direction. Fraser Hamilton, known as Frase gives us a progressive trance remix with softer beats and a deep bassline. The breakdown in his version resembles the original version's really well without copying it completely. The main melodies fits the tempo and the mood and the leading synth lifts the tune to higher level, combining progressive and uplifting trance. Last up is the Six Senses Remix. Sebastiaan has created a magnificent melodic univers in this mix. While the melodies are perfect and just as I personally like it, I feel like this mix could have reached a higher quality level if he had been paying more attention to the details. White noise, fill-ins, synth stabs, filters, etc could really have spiced this mix up and made it even more unique. If you are sucker for melodies then this is still the mix you want.
I was quite surprised with the quality of the Original Mix, which would be my pick. Fast Distance went that extra mile in this production and this is what I like about it. It doesn't rely only on melody and the beats but it is structured in a good way and the various elements creates some depth. Kudos to Six Senses for his remix which I also strongly recommend. If you want that extra power or a more progressive feel then you can find it in the Onova and the Frase mixes respectively.
You can download previews straight to your harddrive by following this link:
Fast Distance - Point Break MP3
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