When I first found out that Sander was coming ‘back to trance’ with his Purple Haze alias, I was sceptical, like many trance obsessed purists. My worries we’re misplaced.
Right off the bat I was instantly blown away by the dark tone and sound quality in the production, of the movie score like track ‘Plum’, a true masterpiece in audio engineering.
The second track ‘Fall In’ takes the music in a completely new direction, soft relaxed vocal number with lyrics from James New, very summer friendly. Perhaps this would have been more suited to his Sander van Doorn releases, not Purple Haze.
‘Neiloj’ brings it back to business as usual, a dark electro trance track that reminds me of Ferry Corsten’s sound of ten years ago. I really enjoyed this track and its build-ups. ‘Contrast’ is a very nice proggy number which was fun to listen to. The fifth track is a vocal number from Aaron Bonus & Justic Gamella, the track fits in with Armada’s more commercial side of trance, very Armin – Embrace style in a lot of ways fused with UK pop.
‘SPECTRVM’ is the album titled track and single, a nice slow tech trance influenced track with a dark electro tingle thrown in. You plod along with it as it plays, more of a warmup track then peak time but noteworthy. When the 7th track on the album ‘Out Here’ started playing, it immediately grabbed my attention, the build-up was really enticing and leaves you wondering where this is going. The pads then come in and compliment the piece perfectly, in many ways this track is fitting with Plum, in the same realm of musical inspiration.
‘Phaedra’… WOW! The bassline is FILTH, reminds me of Deadmau5 style on some of his harder darker tracks. This for me is the best track on the album.
Track 9, ‘Kill Kitten’, is another melody driven number that matches the vibe of the majority of tracks so far from the album, it doesn’t really stand out but fits the theme, ‘Prysm [Eyes Wide Open]’ again could have come straight out of a movie score, fantastic production which sounds like a full orchestra is behind it, sonically breath-taking. Next up is ‘Roundabout [Purple Haze Remix]’ which is a fresh take on the original from his Sam Sharp alias, solid production with a very recognisable menacing breakdown, one of Sander van Doorn’s greatest productions with a fresh take.
‘Choir 1.0’ is unique in its tone but a bit too much noise happening at once for my taste, until that is, the break. It’s an interesting track, combining choir vocal techniques with progressive house melodies.
Finishing off the album is ‘Historia’ which, in a similar vain to the previous track has a male choir influenced vocal, but with a much darker electro sound behind it, the tone of the track is a perfect end to the journey of the album.
This album is more than I expected, the professional production stands out and grabs you. It’s one that I will come back to again for years to come.