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I’ve already revealed the new Trance Nation compilation has been mixed by production duo Cosmic Gate.

The album features tracks by Jerome Isma-Ae, Boom Jinx, Matt Davey, Tiesto, and Marcel Woods as well as Cosmic Gate themselves.

I could write a review about driving basslines and soaring synths but I won’t. I’m simply going to tell you whether I think it is any good.

But first a little background. Cosmic Gate have created 5 artist albums, 28 singles and 46 remixes as well as 4 previous mix compilations.

They have achieved 7 Top 40 singles in their homeland of Germany as well as a UK Top 10 success with Fire Wire.

They were chosen by Ministry of Sound to create the latest Trance Nation compilation after previous editions by the likes of Above & Beyond, Andy Moor and Rank 1.

The first disc opens in slightly reflective mood exemplified by the Nic Chagall & Duderstadt track Alone With You.

Track 5 marks a change in tone with the more upbeat Boom Jinx ft. Justine Suissa – Phoenix From The Flames.

Mat Zo’s track Bipolar is guaranteed to appeal to those who like to spend time on a dance floor as will the chunky sounding Abstract Vision & Elite Electronic – Always Exotic.

I think CD2 is probably my favourite disc. It kicks off with an extended intro mix of All Around You by Cosmic Gate with Myon & Shane54 and keeps up the intensity with tracks such as Ost & Meyer – Scarlet Heaven and the Nash & Pepper remix of Tiesto – Flight 643.

Special mention goes to the Stoneface & Terminal remix of Cosmic Gate & Arnej – Sometimes They Come Back For Me and the excellent Coconut by Cold Blue.

Overall, I think this is a commendable addition to the Trance Nation series and well worth buying if you enjoy the chunkier, electro-influenced vein of the genre.

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