<Progressive Trance> By the time you read this Captain Hook will have played his first set in South Africa at Alien Safari’s Flying Circus event. As I write this I anticipate, judging by the 10 monsters that make up Human Science, he will have torn the dancefloor apart with his uncompromisingly massive tunes. His is a sound that redefines that link between the dark and twisty ‘minimal trance’ [as it was known circa 1999] and the new wave of large, phat progressive outdoor trance that seems to be surfacing amidst the plethora of melodic, fluffier stuff that prog has been associated with in recent years. It’s right on the button too. Slower IDMs [132-138] does not mean less intense as the ‘psy-pirate’ proves. Of course he has also become known for his Dubstep breaks but thankfully he does not over use this, something I feared he might do. But when the break does come you just know it’s going to beef the dancefloor up with the contrast it offers to the 4/4 beat. Captain Hook also enjoys his triplets, another winner on the dancefloor, again adding the appropriate amount of variety to some tracks without completely overdoing things. Most tracks are collaborations with other artists which adds a nice touch of variation but the best track belongs to his solo offering, Vertebra, a mean minimal groover that owes just a little something to the late Cosma’s legendary track Nonstop.
Dave Mac co-founded and was the Editor-in-Chief of BPM Magazine for the 10 years it existed. With over 20 years experience in all aspects of the music biz, he continues the legacy online with the dynamic IDM Mag.