<Trance> It is always interesting when an artist changes direction with his music to see whether the fans will follow or whether he’ll gain a whole new fan-base…or both. Love Technology, Proto’s third album could prove to be this release. In this very magazine he has stated that his new offering looks back to the roots of his first release, Refractions, widely regarded as a psytrance classic. Whilst there are certainly hints of that classic sound, Love Technology’s biggest influence seems to be from the club trance scene led by the likes of Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren and Tiësto. Notably Protoculture has avoided the cheesy, euro-vocals but all the other elements are there. Psy-trance and club-trance are closer bedfellows than ‘trance-headz’ may want to admit and this he proved with his blistering set at Origin this year which rocked the floor like no other DJ. Whilst I’m not a fan of euphoric music (not to be confused with uplifting) nor do I like transposing key-changes, I know an accomplished piece of work when I hear it and Love Technology is just that! It would be an injustice to his sheer talent [and hard work] if he does not end up on the bill with super-star DJs like Van Dyk, Van Buuren et al in the future.
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.