Another classic! I’ll be back to share my thoughts about this one later, in the meantime, drop us a comment and let us know who’s side you like better.
What to say about Mars Vs. Mystre vol 2? That’s like asking what do you say about playing catch with your dad. Or describing your first kiss. Or how it feels to hug an old friend you know so well they’re like family.
This tape, these two 45 minute sides, are the absolute pinnacle of the “SF Cybertrance” sound of the late 90’s. Mystre straight puts on a clinic. Non-stop rolling cyber lines over driving trance beats with tight, arpeggiated melody lines complementing his clean, well thought out mixes. The set reaches it’s zenith with “Curva Pelegrosa” by Wierdo at the 30 min mark, a song that really should be banded from listening while driving any sort of motorized vehicle due to its inescapable influence on the driver to exceed any and all posted speed limits. Then the set takes us home with what might be the best song by arguably the best trance producer ever, Paul van Dyk’s remix of “1998″ by Binary Finary.
So how can Mars answer that?? The same way he always did: sacrifice mixing and flow for some of the most clever, unique, emotional, uplifting tracks the genre of trance ever had to offer. Mars had more “hands in the air” tracks of any trance DJ this side of Tiesto and he throws them down, track after track after track on his side of this vs. set. Highlights included Nostrums best song ever, “Brilliant”, at 11:00 and “Mira!” by Mira, at 18:30 that is probably the last remaining “holy grail” track from this era that we’ve never found. I still to this day think that 0:00 - 22:00 of Mars’s side on this tape might be the best 22 minutes of cybertrance on record.
So if this were some kind of Cybertrance throw-down who’s side would you be on? Do you lean towards better mixing, constancy in sound and flow? Then you’re going with Mystre. Or maybe you prefer maximum emotion, fun, and euphoria? Then Mars is you’re horse, err pterodactyl, in this race. Where do your allegiances lie?? Leave us a comment!
But of course in the end we all win. Throw down some stars if you used to bump this back in the day, if you used rave like there was no tomorrow, if the music took you places you never knew possible!
Mars Vs. Mystre, Vol. 2 - Mystre Side
Mars Vs. Mystre, Vol. 2 - Mars Side
If you’d like the remastered, hi-quality CD of this mix, it’s available from F8’s shop HERE.