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DJ Tiësto – In Search of Sunrise, Vol. 7

DJ Tiësto – In Search of Sunrise, Vol. 7

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Double CD set from Tiesto in 2008 with his album, In Search of Sunrise 7. On this outing Tiesto takes us to the Far East. ISOS 7 was completely mixed and recorded in Thailand. The first disc expresses the beauty of Asia, whereas the second one offers an energetic view on how trance goes down when it is played with an Asian flair. The track list reveals the genuine style of Tiësto put together in the In Search Of Sunrise 7 Asia. The concept driven DJ mix series I.S.O.S. looks to explore the unique sounds of a specific geographic region with past stops in Ibiza, Lation America and LA. Tiesto has spent over two decades in the electronic music world and he is recognized as the ‘World’s Number One DJ’. Many top artists call on Tiesto for his vision in remixing their tracks as he

Dj Tiesto – In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia (Album Samples 1)

CD 1
1 – Banyan Tree – Feel The Sun Rise
2 – Andy Duguid featuring Leah – Wasted
4 – Motorcitysoul – Space Katzle (Jerome Sydenham Remix)
7 – Jerry Ropero featuring Cozi – The Storm (Inpetto Remix)
8 – Kamui – Get Lifted
9 – Cary Brothers – Ride (Tiësto Remix)

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Disc: 1
1. Feel the Sun Rise – Banyan Tree
2. Wasted – Andy Duguid
3. Yohkoh (King Unique Original Mix) – King Unique
4. Space Katzle (Jerome Sydenham Remix) – Motorcitysoul
5. Feel the Rhythm (Ton Tb Dub Mix) – Three Drives
6. To Forever (Moonbeam Remix) – Rachael Starr
7. The Storm (Inpetto Remix) – Jerry Ropero
8. Get Lifted – Kamui
9. Ride (Tiesto Remix) – Cary Brothers
10. Denial – Airbase
11. Reason To Believe – Dokmai
12. 6am (Kyau & Albert Remix) – Cressida
13. Power of You – Allure
14. Hua-Hin – Clouded Leopard
Disc: 2
1. Blossom(Lounge Mix) – Steve Forte Rio
2. Crossroads – Zoo Brazil
3. Kenta – Beltek
4. Rush – Sied Van Riel
5. Driving To Heaven (Mat Zo Remix) – Tiesto
6. Just a Thought – Carl B
7. Melkwig – Kimito Lopez
8. Whenever I May Find Her (Joni Remix) – JPL
9. Casa Grande – Estiva / Marnix
10. Wounded Soul – Existone
11. Something For Your Mind (Guiseppe Ottaviani Remix) – Kay Stone / Andre Vislor
12. The Curtain – Hensha
13. Tanz Der Seele (Yomc Remix) – DJ Eremit
14. Beyond the Stars – Manilla Rising

Dj Tiesto – In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia (Album Samples 2)

CD 1
10 – Airbase featuring Floria Ambra – Denial
11 – Dokmai – Reason To Believe
12 – Cressida – 6AM (Kyau & Albert Remix)
13 – Allure featuring Christian Burns – Power Of You.
14 – Clouded Leopard – Hua-Hin

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My comments on Tiesto’s ISOS 7 are subjective in regard to his prior efforts ISOS 1-6. Some of my comments are my reactions as the CD was playing in time.

Disc 1

1. Banyan Tree – Feel The Sun Rise
(great intro. Tiesto describes it as “asian flutes.”) 5/5
2. Andy Duguid featuring Leah – Wasted
(great transition from ‘Feel the Sun’ rise into ‘Wasted.’ Tiesto feels
“goosebumps.”) 4.5/5
3. King Unique – Yohkoh (King Unique Original Mix)
(at first it’s like wtf is King Unique doing on this CD? It seems out of place on the tracklist. But when you listen to it, it’s actually a very good fit. Very solid track.) 5/5
4. Motorcitysoul – Space Katzle (Jerome Sydenham Remix)
(Nothing memorable about this track) 4/5
5. Three Drives – Feel The Rythmn (Ton TB Dub Mix)
(takes a while to build but eventually satisfies) 4/5
6. Rachael Starr – To Forever (Moonbeam Remix)
(nothing special about this vocal track.) 3/5
7. Jerry Ropero featuring Cozi – The Storm (Inpetto Remix)
(a bit of cheese with the vocals. Take out the vocals and make it a strict
instrumental track.) 2.5/5
8. Kamui – Get Lifted
(truth in advertising. very uplifting instrumental trance with backing secondary vocals. Follows into an electric guitar-sequence. Kinda Asian sounding…with the guitars. Then leads into a combination of parts 1 and 2, into part 3, which is exquisite. One of the best tracks so far on this CD. definitely memorable. Would’ve liked to hear this track go on longer and Tiesto should’ve taken advantage and made the transition into ‘Ride’ more interesting). 5/5
9. Cary Brothers – Ride (Tiesto Remix)
(Spanish guitars driving the tune with background synths. It’s a great follow-up from ‘Get Lifted’ in that it’s a very uplifting track as well. definitely a change in the sound from tracks 5-7. Another track I feel that could’ve been great as just an instrumental, but the vocal is not bad either.) 5/5
10.Airbase featuring Floria Ambra – Denial
(the sequence of this mix is especially important going from two uplifting tracks. most likely willbe a down-tempo track before it leads into the final four tracks. and that’s exactly what it is. slower beat than tracks 8-9. female vocals. more spanish guitars in the background. Not a big fan of the vocal version. I would’ve loved to hear an instrumental version of this instead.) 3.5/5
11.Dokmai – Reason To Believe
(very abrupt mixing transition from ‘Denial’ into this track.In the first 30 seconds this track seems so out of place, but it eventually turns into a vocal track. This track,however, goes on way too long for my liking. Very mediocre track to place on ISOS) 2/5
12.Cressida – 6AM (Kyau & Albert Remix)
(Primarily instrumental track with some background voices. I’m lukewarm on this track. It’s not bad track, just seems very oddly placed.) 3.5/5
13.Allure featuring Christian Burns – Power Of You
(Initially, I’m hearing promise. I’ve been a huge fan of Allure’s productions. I hope they don’t let me down, but I’m not a big fan of Christian Burns and the other track he did ‘Break my fall.’ Ugh. Allure let me down. Just end the track already.) 2.5/5
14.Clouded Leopard – Hua-Hin
(what the CD ended? No, no, no. I can’t believe ‘Power of You’ was the big finale. Disappointing

Tiesto could’ve made some of the transitions in-between tracks more memorable, espeically with ‘Get Lifted.’Overall, the mixing is decent, but there are a few transitions between tracks that could’ve been worked longer or made more interesting. Lots and lots of vocal tracks. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, except when an instrumental re-work would’ve been more fitting. Overall, a much different sound than ISOS 6. I would’ve liked to see more effort to create tracks designated for building up the sequence of sounds. Track 13 was kind of a letdown for a near finale, and I would’ve expected 11 and 12 to build into it– but they didn’t give me the feeling of it. The sequence of sounds of tracks 1-9 are all in all solid. After 10, it sort of becomes a muddied focus to the end. ISOS traditionally have had great buildups to a great finale.
A great sequence finale for instance is ISOS 2, that ends with a huge bang with Max Graham’s ‘Airtight’ or ISOS 5 (2) from ‘Helsinki Scorchin’ into ‘Dont’ Forget Me’ (Guy Ehmetores Remix).

Dj Tiesto – In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia (Album Samples 3)

CD 2
1 – Steve Forte Rio featuring JES – Blossom (Lounge Mix)
2 – Zoo Brazil – Crossroads
3 – Beltek – Kenta
4 – Sied van Riel – Rush

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Disc 2

1. Steve Forte Rio featuring JES – Blossom (Lounge Mix)
(JES is awesome. Check out her new CD. Very different from CD 1’s intro. I like it a lot.) 5/5
2. Zoo Brazil – Crossroads
(okay. very interesting house track to move into. solid track otherwise.) 4/5
3. Beltek – Kenta
(not a big fan of the abrupt transition from ‘Crossroads’ into ‘Kenta.’ Another house track. Not a fan of this particular track.) 2/5
4. Sied van Riel – Rush 5:01
(So far, this CD reminds me a bit of ISOS 5 (2). This is a solid track.) 4/5
5. Tiesto – Driving To Heaven (Mat Zo Remix)
This track has a good sound and is a great lead-in to ‘Just A Thought.’) 4.5/5
6. Carl B. – Just A Thought
(A fantastic house track. Very melodic, even when driven by a heavy beat.) 5/5
7. Kimito Lopez – Melkweg
(pretty good downtempo track to chill after the energy of ‘Driving to Heaven’ and ‘Just A Thought.’ oooh… i just felt goosebumps, another very excellent track that takes awhile to buildup, but comes to a very satisfying finale.) 5/5
8. JPL – Whenever I May Find Her (Joni Remix)
(a house track. the transition into it is good, but nothing particular interesting here.) 3/5
9. Estiva vs. Marninx – Casa Grande
10.Existone – Wounded Soul
11.Andre Visior & Kay Stone – Something For Your Mind (Guiseppe Ottaviani Remix)
12.Hensha – The Curtain
13.DJ Eremit – Tanz Der Seele (YOMC Remix)
14.Manilla Rising – Beyond The Stars
apparently I ran out of steam. : )

Such a great intro by Steve Forte Rio and Jes, so I had high hopes of the direction of this CD. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that the CD moved into an onslaught of house tracks. I like that there’s a clearly defined build-up from 1-5 into 6. And then the downtempo in ‘Melkweg’.
The second CD’s tracks will be a little bit more harder to define if you favor trance over house music. What I do appreciate about the second CD is that there’s more of a defined focus. Tracks build on top of one another into a sort of climax and then the track that follows is a downtempo one.

At first, CD1 has the more impressive tracklist on paper. But in the end, CD2 has greater rewards if you’re more patient as the listener. Not necessarily because the tracks are that much better, but because the way Tiesto arranges them that makes CD2 better than CD1. The mixing is technically proficient on both discs, but I feel that Tiesto could’ve made an effort to make some of the transition more interesting. One series with some rather interesting transitions is NightMusic series and another ISOS with some pretty wicked transitions is ISOS 3.

Overall, I’d rank ISOS 7 above ISOS 5 and 6. It’s been awhile since we’ve heard a sound like this from Tiesto, especially on the first disc. But it’s a sound certainly worthwhile of the In Search of Sunrise name.

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