Melody Maker | Album | 9 October 1993
TRANCE EUROPE EXPRESS
1. "Trance Europe Express" gives you two and a half hours of dance music over four slabs of vinyl or two CDs for your hard-earned ECUs.
2. Around half of the contributors are British. The vast majority of the others are north European. There's nothing from the French because they're way too busy hurling fish at their policemen to bother about yoof culture.
3. The wax is still wet on all but a couple of the cuts. Some, like ORBITAL's glowing "Semi-Detached" and SABRES OF PARADISE's "Inter/Lergen/Ten/KO", on which mainman Andy Weatherall puffs into a metal watering can, are brand new recordings. Some, like the "Millwall Mix" of THE ORB's "Majestic", which includes snippets of Monty Python, are exclusive remixes.
4. The bassline of "Midnight In Europe" by 030, who are led by Dr Motte, the German Alex Paterson, is astounding.
5. It can't be too much longer before Tony Thorpe, represented here in the guise of THE MOODY BOYZ, and Thomas Fehlmann, aka READYMADE, win the wider acclaim they've long deserved.
6. This compilation is not just a testament to the United Sweat of Europe. The best trance music is as much cerebral as it is physical. It's about getting into your head, as well as out of it. You really can enjoy a lot of these tracks in the comfort of your front room. You can delve into the 192-page book which comes with this album while you're doing so.
7. Berlin's COSMIC BABY has lips like Mick Jagger. No wonder he's being touted as the first techno superstar.
8. Europe is moving west at the rate of five kilometres a day. No, it's nothing to do with continental drift. It's all down to the rattling beats of THE BLACK DOG's "Xper!".
9. Mentioned in dispatches: THE DRUM CLUB, CJ BOLLAND, BANDULU, SPOOKY, MLO, DIY, BARBARELLA... The list goes on and on.
10. "Trance Europe Express" is actually worth nine and a half points, not 10. That spelling mistake on page 166 of the book is unforgiveable.