Review: Mr. Oz & Larry Lush – Northern Lights (Trance)

This review covers the trance track Mr. Oz & Larry Lush – Northern Lights.

This track was released in 1995 as part of a single.

The track starts off with a synth and a pad. An additional synth effect comes in periodically along with some drum hits. A synth string then comes in. A synth melody then comes in. After that, a vocal comes in which leads to a trance drum kit and bassline.

After a snare roll, the main melody comes in. The track then pulls back, leaving a slightly modified main synth melody. The drum kit then comes back. Some synth string then comes in to back the track. The vocals do repeat and contain a reverberation effect.

after a bit, a synth and drum kit is all that’s left as the rest of the track pulls back. Some synth effects then come in. An additional synth comes in. Vocal samples continue to drop in. After a snare roll, the track drops again, leaving the synth string and a synth effect. Some subtle hits pop in every so often.

A synth melody gradually comes in. The main melody then returns to the track. The drum kit also makes a return. After a snare roll, some elements drop out. After another round of the vocal sample, everything comes back in. The synth strings pull back. Other elements then drop out of the track. The main melody then drops out after a hit and clap with a delay effect. A voice sample then repeats before an effect builds up, leading the rest of the track out.

One thing I do like is the somewhat unique synth used in the main melody. It has that mid to high range sound while still integrating a sound that’s rather bassy. What likely created this is two synths being layered together. One is the higher ranges while the other is the more bassy sound. It works quite well because it gives the track a very bassy, yet melodic sound all within a single melody. To me, it sounds pretty neat even if the composition may be relatively simple.

What I also like is the vocal sample used. If it weren’t for that sample being used, I would start thinking that this track is a bit of a one trick pony. This vocal sample actually helps balance things out pretty nicely.

The varying drops are nicely realized. It’s not sudden and rushed, nor irritating. There is a nice flow to it that really adds that sense of flow throughout the track.

Overall, this is a pretty solid track. It has an interesting synth used for the main melody. The voice sample balances things out. It even has some pretty well thought out drops. So, a very solid track if you ask me.


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