HEAD FOR THE HORIZON (mini album)
Melody : Above almost everything else, melody is an essential musical quality. Yours jumped out at us. Good melodies don’t come easy; you should be proud. Song Structure : We thought this song had a logical structure and all the parts were distinct. A good song structure generally has both repetition and surprise, and we thought you nailed it.
Arrangement / Instrumentation : Having a good arrangement, with the right instrumentation, helps give listeners a better sense of what’s happening melodically and harmonically. Your arrangements were just right. Nice job.
Mix / Blend:
In the studio, a good mix separates the men from the boys. It’s relatively easy to get good raw tracks, but mixing them right is an art unto itself. Clearly a lot of time and work went into the mix here. It’s paying off.
It sounds like you sent us well-mastered, high-quality files. We hear the details loud and clear. This is an essential quality for a commercial release. Nice job.
(Hello Music Aug 2010)
“Chiller Twist has been producing his eclectic brand of music since 1998. Pioneering the so called ‘melodic techno’ genre (honestly, who thinks up these labels?), he has drawn comparisons to Sasha, BT and William Orbit amongst others and been involved with remixes for the likes of Paul Oakenfold. A high credibility resume to say the least. So does the music match up to the hype?
Well as far as this release is concerned the answer is a resounding yes. The name of the game is variety as Chiller Twist exposes us to a wide range of influences drawn from the worlds of dance, rock and classical. The songs are on the whole incredibly uplifting and drenched in emotion. The indulgent production and vast soundscapes that he produces are particularly engaging. Most noteworthy is the haunting and emotional atmosphere of House of Morricone. The combination of rising and falling looped samples and the gently bubbling beats proves quite enchanting. And the eastern sample which forms the crux of Bootsy Goes East is also both hypnotic and enthralling in equal measures.
Where so many artists fall down by becoming too routine and formulaic with their sampling, Chiller Twist keeps things lively by cutting to and fro across genres, building up an extravagant yet blissful cocktail of sounds. Even on lengthy tracks such as Circle of Seven and Driverz of the Deep there’s enough going on to hold the interest. This guy is a rare talent indeed, and if you’re not averse to a little musical pampering it’s definitely worth checking out. 4/5”
(Bath.ac.uk January 2002)
“Though DIY culture remains the dominant ethos behind clubland and the music
that feeds it, few singles, let alone albums, these days escape from
obscurity without tapping into today’s system of established dance labels
and established magazines. That Chiller Twist’s self produced and self
released album The Way has already done so is testament to just how
impressive this debut release actually is.
Broadly based under the label progressive, it’s vastly more eclectic and
interesting, merging Bollywood samples and thumping house beats, with
tranced out melodies and impressively varied rhythms. It’s also the kind of
record that repeatedly hooks you in, with energy packed rhythms and toe
tapping crescendos engaging the listener with impressive regularity.
“If only all trance sounded this way,”MixMag declared and with the likes
of Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong and DJ Tiesto all recently lending their
support, MixMag’s wish will probably soon be granted. For Chiller Twist
himself, though, the story appears to have only just begun.”
(Jonty Adderley Skrufff.com Jan 2002)
“The elegant sounds of Chiller Twist have been voicing clubland recently with ‘Stringz Ultd.’ receiving plays from the likes of Oakenfold, Tiesto, Jimmy Van M, et al., and the impressive debut album ‘the Way’ has just stepped into the media spotlight.
The album in its entirety offers a unique blend of laid back progressive, graceful synths and dreamy melodies, along with a hint of ambient and subtle techno bass drums. The classy opener ‘Stringz Ultd.’ delivers a haunting warmth, shaped skilfully by the prolonged synths and the soft impulsive echoes of vocalist Moya Ruskin. ‘House of Morricone’ offers Balearic substance with a gentle repeated melody throughout and faded bass kicks solely intended for total relaxation. ‘Bootsy Goes East’ is a paced-down house affair introducing a touch of blues and jazz, boasting Chiller Twist’s distinctive and versatile ideas and style. The relaxation is over with the grinding bassline of album track ‘the Way’. A prompt and well defined production which builds into a cascade of luscious vocals, sweeping bass kicks and inspirational synths to produce, what is ultimately, one of the highlights of the album.
The styles so far have interweaved recognisably between each track, but ‘Circle of Seven’ offers a completely new sound. The melody of middle-eastern origin is soon succumbed by an ambient bassline, but both fall faintly to the powerful synths – all amalgamating to a tasteful yet slightly repetitive effort from Chiller Twist. ‘Do You Hear It?’ sounds as Chiller Twist’s earlier work, and combines a laid back progressive melody with a range of drum effects, vocal cuts and short symphonic synths. The closer comes courtesy of the rather tribal, ‘Driverz of the Deep’. Already developing a sound reputation with it’s appearances on albums ‘Interpretations II’ by Jerry Bonham and Jody Wisternoff’s recent mix compilation ‘Way Out There’.
An intelligent debut from Chiller Twist, ‘the Way’ boasts versatility, innovative production talents and a sound like no other. This album should meet demands from most dance music enthusiasts, but never seen to step into the obtrusive commercial market of the music industry. (4/5).”
(Gonzo – trance.nu Jan 2002)
“This could easily be another dull prog artist album that would only be bought by the producer’s mum and never listened to again. Single ‘Stringz Ultd.’ is like a Bollywood score made by BT; tunes pay homage to Ennio Morricone and Bootsy Collins; but it’s the title track that pulls the album into focus. Some prog producers are stuck in a talent vortex making disco-dulling records for their mates to play. But Mr.Twist has decided, fuck it, why not just make a good record that doesn’t sound like a splattered donkey turd. If only all trance sounded this way. 4/5”
(Viv Craske – Mixmag – December 2001)
“Dance music with a difference. This is an extremely impressive debut album from Chiller Twist. The band’s haunting melodies and sound effects are layered squarely over intoxicating rhythms to create mind-bending swirls of heady treats. Many electronic dance artists are guilty of providing a boring drone…literally one samey beat mixed with the same old techno sounds we’ve all heard one time too many. This is definitely not the case here. These folks (or this person…?) provide plenty of fodder for the imagination. The beats evolve from one style to another…sometimes dropping out altogether, only to be replaced by wonderfully spacey ambient music (we love these sections the best). There’s a lot of ground covered on this disc…making Chiller Twist a dance act that is anything BUT ordinary. Our favorite tracks here are “Stringz Ultd.,” “Bootsy Goes East,” and “Driverz of the Deep.” A solid, captivating, and refined effort. (Rating: 5+)”
(LMNOP Nov 2001)
“Precious little info is available on Chiller Twist – all we know is that he’s released a couple of singles that have been well received with trance jocks like Oakey, Tiesto and John 00 Fleming, and that he has his own Internet radio station, www.chillertwist.com.
If you, like me, are slightly scared off by the mention of the mainstream trance boys above, then don’t be, for this is miles away from the vapid toss that pervades the scene. It leans more toward a home listening experience than a selection of simple club tracks, and Chiller Twist’s variety of influences are worn on his sleeve for all to see, perhaps most blatantly in the epic vibes of House of Morricone.
The Bollywood trip-hop of Bootsy Goes East is a highlight, as is the shuffling funk of Circle of Seven. The album’s not without its weaker moments – the title track is little more than another take on the vocal trance formula, for example – but on the whole this is well worth a spin.
(Nathan Brown – Spaced Oct 2001)
“The mysterious Sl!m, better known as Chiller Twist has gained an impressive following of supporters, with names such as Paul Oakenfold, Jimmy Van M, Chris Fortier, Jody Wisternoff and DJ Tiesto just a few of the DJs who support him. Add to this high profile remixes for labels such as Bonzai (Velvet Girl), Additive (another Velvet Girl mix), ADSR (Sugarglider) and Perfecto (Jan Johnston) and it’s an impressive CV for someone who promotes himself via mp3.com.
Of course in addition to the remixes there are the productions. One of his most famous productions is ‘Driverz Of The Deep’ which has been on numerous compilation albums, including Jerry Bonham’s Spundae Interpretations II and Jody Wisternoff’s Way Out There album. With its luscious synths and solid bass, it fits perfect in both a progressive set or a laid back Balearic set.
Other standout tracks on the album include ‘Do You Hear It?’ laid back progressive house with a haunting use of strings and pads, to create an almost eerie feel. Current single ‘Stringz Ultd’ with its sweeping synths and melodies has been called ‘the ultimate Ibiza dream track’.
These are just a few of the tracks on offer, each a diverse change to the previous, utilising all manner of samples from dubs to echoes, to Arabian flutes and techno bass drums, all meshed together into a cohesive, hypnotic mix of progressive styles, which if you are a fan of Orbital, you will appreciate very much.
A superb debut album from an artist who has much promise and only great things ahead in the future. With the ideas and inspirations transformed into chords on offer here, Chiller Twist definitely seems to know ‘The Way’ forward. 9/10”
(Simon Jones, Progressive Sounds Oct 2001)
“Debut dance album from a debut band that takes in a variety of genres within the dance format along the way. The synth drones of ‘House Of Morricone’ take on warming, ambient house undertones before building brick by brick into an enjoyably euphoric climax of snyth pads, female vocals and jangling drum loops. At nearly 10 minutes in length, ‘Bootsy Goes East’ at first appears to be one of those easily dismissable, yawn-inducing techno tracks, yet Chiller Twist revel in the opportunity to diversify their sound, hopping from techno to arabian dance to ambient chill with impressive ease. Despite some truly impressive moments, Chiller Twist is mostly a debut dance act still at the cusp of learning its trade. The title track is another absorbing slice of uplifting dance-floor melodrama, yet slightly let down by a turgid ending, whilst the ambient music-box sound of ‘Circle Of Seven’ provides further, enjoyable arm-waving dance-melody, but unfortunately runs out of ideas well before the 9 minute mark. On the plus side, the slightly dark, subtle melody of ‘Do You Hear It’ is a superb track, combining all of the necessary elements to ensure that Chiller Twist are truly capable of standing out from the crowd. Comparisons, have been made to Orbital, Basement Jaxx and Underworld, yet I find that a tad premature and prefer to imagine Chiller Twist as a decent alternative to BT or perhaps a youthful, dance-orientated Moby. Wherever you wish to bracket them, ‘The Way’ is undeniably an impressive debut release, promising much for the future and plenty to enjoy in the now.”
(Barcode magazine Oct 2001)
“Upcoming, if not already a scene competitor, Chiller Twist make a push for upward mobility for themselves as well as the label imprint Plum. Off the growing success of their more recent releases, Chiller Twist offer same past, present, and future samples of their multi-personality sound. Across the board this full album shows their work can appeal on many different levels, not just club tracks. For something different, when an hour-long mix just won’t do, pop this one in for a more subtle approach. Things to be included on this package will include: downbeat, house, trance, and drum&bass. Well rounded!”
(Kris Larson – djsinbox.com Nov 2001)
“i mentioned to sean the other day that i thought this year was pretty dismal
for dance music releases in general, i can count the albums i merit highly
this year on one hand.
and your album has just joined them!
absolutely wicked debut mate, lovely original melodies, nice vocals, great
production. i havent taken it out of my cd player since i got it!
i like the little oriental touches too…. probbly my fave songs are “the
way” and “driverz of the deep” can just imagine them coming thru fabric’s
sound system now actually 🙂
but the whole album works really well as one long piece of progressive
music… utterly classy- well done on a superb debut album !!”
(froupie – alt.music.rave)
“I’m seriously into it and will play it on my radio show, keep up the fine work dude !”
(DJOB1, Auckland, NZ)
“Making a debut release off England’s own Plum Project’s label comes Chiller Twist. This CD, entitled “The Way” is a new wave progressive step into a new world of elecronic jazz, techno funk, and fusion. The 7 tracker begins with a downtempo breakbeat track known as “Stringz Utld.” Immediately does it prepare you for an exotic trip through spacey and tripped out drum loops.
Tracks leading a jazz based structure are tracks like “Bootsy Goes East”and “Do You Hear It ?” bring a great deal of wisdom of the various percussion and acoustic instruments and the sound of soul. Other tracks may you want to roll out the CD players for the dance floor as tracks like “The Way” and “Driverz of the Deep” make get the floor heated for a long night of dancing. This release is something that will be an eye-opener for a crowd of all types that should see a lot of radio airplay.”
(Steven Albert clubradio.net and futurebpm.com Oct 2001)
“The Way” stands out from most of the electronic releases by its
wide diversity. Styles of Downtempo, Break Beats, House cohabit
by redefining each other amongs string arrangements, Middle
Eastern influences, dark synth waves, etc., always with a high
sense of melody.”
(Jean-Francois Fecteau – CFOU 89.1 FM Quebec, Canada Nov 2001)