AXT027 Axtone Presents Thomas Gold (Sampler)
So, with all the rumors about the vinyl returning to our beloved label once more, I thought there would be no better time to look back on the very last vinyl
to come out on Axtone, as of today!
So while it's the podcast today, it was first launched as a compilation, with Thomas Gold behind the decks. The release featured an arsenal of recent axtone classics that were released after the Axtone volume 1 CD, some other signed tracks from other labels and a handful of exclusives from Thomas Gold himself. These exclusives were bundled together on a sampler, which got a vinyl pressing as well.
The very first on this sampler, and the opener from the compilation, is 'The Beginning'. At the time, this track really defined Thomas Gold his sound a little. To me it's definitely is the best gold track in terms of production I can think of. Sure, Sing2Me/Reach Out/Blow Up are a few of many examples of better tracks, but to me 'The Beginning' is track that he polished like no other in order to give the mix a clean start. And as an opener it does just that for me.
So personally, this remix is not what you would call an axtone favorite of mine
. Teenage Crime is one of my alltime favorite records in general, and I felt that this remix didn't do justice. The break is the only part I like, but since it's entirely taken from the Axwell Remix, the points aren't for gold. So hopefully some other members here like to revisit Gold's...edit
But even for me, this one is easily forgotten when looking at the other two final tracks on this sampler!
Although on the vinyl release, this track got replaced by 'Sing2Me', digitally Circles was definitely part of the sampler. 'Circles' is another Gold-styled original, but this time on a more proggy route. I can't say anything other than that the hook is absolutely fantastic. And like 'Beginning', 'Circles' sounds incredibly polished and refined. I would say that this is one of the more underrated tracks on Axtone, as as a 2015 stand alone release, I reckon that it would definitely be appreciated here. Good vibes.
'Fanfare'. This is definitely one of his most creative productions to date, and for me my all time favorite Gold record. The hook melody takes some time getting used to, but eventually it progresses into a massive thriving behemoth of a track with this very weird but appealing groove to it. This track idea doesn't come out of thin air, as Thomas used to be in a Fanfare band before hitting the decks, hence this track and the name of his podcast series. He even had this tour where he would have a fanfare band accompany the percussion of his liveset for a while.
So for me, this sampler and compilation bare great memories. It's a shame this release was the end of a vinyl era. But with Axtone teasing about certain vinyl-related pictures..one can hope for a return