Transport 4

Transport 4

by Max Graham
     
 
Somewhere in between the third and the fourth volume of this immensely popular mix-CD series, the franchise underwent a name change, from Tranceport to Transport. It's a seemingly innocuous decision, but it says a lot about the music within. Canadian Max Graham helms the turntables this time, and he shelves the anthemic style of trance -- all gooey

Overview

Somewhere in between the third and the fourth volume of this immensely popular mix-CD series, the franchise underwent a name change, from Tranceport to Transport. It's a seemingly innocuous decision, but it says a lot about the music within. Canadian Max Graham helms the turntables this time, and he shelves the anthemic style of trance -- all gooey melodies, hooky synths, and ecstatic highs -- that characterized earlier volumes by Paul Oakenfold and Sandra Collins. On Transport 4, Graham delivers two discs of dark, moody, tribal-tinged dance music that recalls the progressive style of DJs like Timo Maas and John Digweed -- fierce, urgent, and sweaty, with a focus on ear-twisting sound effects. Graham's mixing is flawless (just try to pick out the seams), and his track selection displays real personality, proving that the Transport series will survive into the 21st century, though not without a little mutation along the way.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
As the fourth annual DJ chosen to represent Kinetic's popular Transport mix-album franchise, Max Graham officially enters the major league of international DJs from a stateside point of view. Given the amount of hype surrounding Montreal-based Canadian in early 2001, expectations were definitely high for Transport 4. Thankfully, Graham lives up to his mammoth reputation with this double-disc mix, proving that he indeed deserves his place on the growing pedestal of true "superstar" DJs. First of all, don't let the fact that Kinetic slyly changed the name of their series from Tranceport to Transport fool you -- though the savvy label may wish to distance itself from the inevitable trance backlash of 2001, Graham is a fairly straightforward trance DJ and fills his mix to the brim with the numbing sound. From the opening ambience of the album to its dizzying climax, glossy waves of swirling ambience and saccharine melodies wash atop one another with many of the tracks lasting upwards of ten minutes apiece; they call this trance for a reason, and Graham certainly knows how to mesmerize listeners, his set teetering perfectly on that paradoxical balance of meditative ambience and searing intensity -- the druggy sound of heart-pounding aural bliss unconcerned with funk, aggression, and intellect. For the most part, Graham plays it safe with his track selection as you'd expect given this album's mass appeal. Sure-fire producers such as Hybrid, Underworld, and Timo Maas carry the album during its most pivotal moments, while Graham proves himself to be a gifted producer -- his three contributions just may be the album's standout moments. Overall, don't expect any surprises here, just a well-assembled, no-brainer set of contemporary trance; Graham reached this point in his career by playing proven, popular records, not by being innovative or by taking chances.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2001
Label:
Kinetic Records
UPC:
0677285467820
catalogNumber:
54678

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. 2 Heavy - Deep Funk Project
  2. Electronik - Substructure
  3. Boy Versus Girls (Peace Division Dub) - Boom
  4. Turned - Ben Pound
  5. Strange World (Blackwatch "King Monkey Dub") - Greed Feat. Lesley
  6. Slow Motion (Van Bellen Remix) - Sugarglider
  7. Sudden Journey (Leon Alexander Remix) - Mad Dogs
  8. Dark Sympathy (Planet Heaven Remix) - Murph
  9. Vernon's Wonderland (Hybrid's Matrix Dub) - Vernon's Wonderland
  10. Tell You - Max Graham
  11. First Light - Ogenki Clinic

Disc 2

  1. The Nelson Effect (Original Mix) - Bladey
  2. Skin Deep (Gulf of Tonkin Mix) - Blackwatch
  3. Reformatted - Sonic Infusion
  4. Shoreline (Club Mix) - Max Graham
  5. Freet (Pascal Feos Mix) - Tata Box Inhibitors
  6. No Trance - Timo Maas
  7. Vogue (Computerhell Vocal Mix) - Ayumi Hamasaki
  8. High Life (Live Version) - Hybrid
  9. Kittens - Underworld
  10. Redemption (Max Graham Dead Sea Mix) - Conjure One
  11. First - Private Taste

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Max Graham   Primary Artist,DJ
Timo Maas   Track Performer
Hybirds   Track Performer
Vernon's Wonderland   Track Performer
Ayumi Hamasaki   Track Performer
Conjure One   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mortimer   Producer
Rhys Fulber   Producer
Murph   Producer,Engineer
Dobre   Arranger,Producer
Mike Truman   Producer,Remixing
Junkie XL   Remixing
Planet Heaven   Remixing
Peace Division   Remixing
Van Bellen   Remixing
Martin Buttrich   Producer,Remixing
A.C. Boutsen   Producer
Max Graham   Producer,Remixing
Mad Dogs   Producer

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