This week I was privileged to be assigned with the task of promoting Irish trance legend, Gary Maguires debut artist album – iNSIDE, which is being released on Recoverworld next month. Being what I would consider to be a trance connoisseur, I was intrigued to see what a purist trance producer, could conjure up, and I was over overwhelmed with the quality and attention to detail that was presented to me.
Anyone who can trace their trance routes back to the early naughties – way before the term “EDM” ever existed, will know what I mean when I describe this album as a personal journey. It felt like I was listening to one of my favourite CD’s of all time – Gatecrasher Wet, and that is the biggest compliment I can bestow on this beautifully crafted work of art.
Opening with “Dont Believe The Hype” I was immediately faced with Gary’s dark signature undertones, combined with an uplifting edge and beautiful bass line. “Can’t You Hear Us” brought back memories of trance classic “Turn It Around – 4 Strings Feat. Vanessa van Hemert” whilst “Anonymous” introduced one of Gary’s talented siblings to enhance a melodious but vitally important respite to the tempo. “Its Complicated” was anything but – and quickly reminded me that I was on a journey of discovery and subtly drifted into “Playing Games”, which once again drew comparisons from the classic era of uplifting anthems, which defined many a memorable night out. “Rewinding Time” is guaranteed to grace many a set in clubland and can only be described as an epic trance classic. “Cangaru” featuring Anthony Quinn, gives you an ever so slight breather from the high energy workout, but respite is short lived as “By My Side” featuring Lisa Abbott catapults you in the next phase of the album and reminds you once again, that this is no ordinary production. Lisa’s vocals offset the angst that give us an insight as to the truth behind the album. Track nine – “Beer Goggles” combines originality, pace and imagination, leading in to “Make Believe” – which tracks back to a much darker and heavier vibe altogether. “Press Play” and “Clear Purpose” complete the story, and again take me back to my Gatecrasher days.
The finale is the title track iNSIDE, and draws together the family. Featuring “the Bro and Sis” it is by far my favourite tune. It stopped me in my tracks, having already lived every moment. The stunning vocal, piano riffs and sheer emotion left me in no doubt that, if I was in a club and this was dropped in a set, I would have “a moment” that I thought had been left in the hedonistic days of some of my most memorable nights in some of the best clubs around the World.
It saddens me that these days days talent is judged by Facebook “likes” and Twitter “followers”, hence the reason that many of todays DJ’s are in the popularity polls. Gary is a reminder and a testament to the reason why us purists still believe and still understand what it is like to stand in the middle of the dance floor and feel emotion.
Released on CD on the 16th June and the 30th June on digital format, this is not one to be be missed.
Gary Maguire – ‘iИside’ Track Listing
1. Don’t Believe the Hype (iNside Intro Version)
2. Can You Hear Us
3. Anonymous (feat. the Bro)
4. It’s Complicated
5. Playing Games
6. Rewinding Time
7. Cangaru (with Anthony Quinn)
8. By My Side (with CLSM) (feat. Lisa Abbott)
9. Beer Goggles
10. Make Believe
11. Press Play
12. Clear Purpose
13. INside (feat. the Bro + Sis)