Few electronic music genres are more misunderstood or the subject of greater hostility than trance. But that’s because a lot of it was and is terrible. But not the collected works of Nuclear Hyde … this is real trance music.
So what is their sound and why do I think it is more real trance than the music of, say, Tiesto?
Well, above all, their music fulfilled the core imperative of trance – it was relentless, hypnotic music where percussive sounds were balanced with melodic flashes, where the energy came from the balance of elements, not from taking the easy route of sounding really ‘hard’. Pulsing, bouncing, driving – pick your adjective, they all basically describe the sound perfectly. Tracks that didn’t rely on obviously anthemic elements to keep the dancefloor engaged and excited. And everything perfectly engineered with exemplary German precision to sound just gorgeous on a big sound system.
Pearsall presents Running Into Neon (A Nuclear Hyde Tribute)