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Two of trance’s younger stars brought their uplifting sounds to a select band of Sydney’s trance family in a small Oxford Street nightclub on Saturday. In contrast to the thousands attending the Atlantis festival at the Hordern Pavilion the next day, there was room for only dozens in Spectrum, but what this event lacked in quantity it more than made up for in quality.

We arrived just as the duo Constant Flight was finishing and Simon O’Shine was preparing to take over. We had seen him once before, in 2013 in Amsterdam as part of the Future Sound Of Egypt 300 celebration, but I didn’t have much of a recollection of that set, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

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What we got was an hour and a half of fantastic music, delivered with lots of enthusiasm to an appreciative dance floor. As well as his own tunes, such as Your Distant World and Wuthering Heights, we heard some classics, like Above & Beyond vs. Andy Moor – Air For Life and Armin van Buuren feat. Sharon den Adel – In And Out Of Love and some of his remixes, including Bobina – Winter (Simon O’Shine Remix).


He also mixed some psy-trance into the mostly uplifting set, with tunes like Coming Soon!!! – Become One (Interactive Noise Remix) and John Askew – Giving You Acid (Harmonic Rush ‘On Salvia’ Remix). And to finish it all off, he dropped the classic Sander van Doorn – Riff.

For the next ninety minutes, Amir Hussain treated us to more wonderful music. This was our first time seeing him play but we had listened to his mix for AH.FM’s 9 year anniversary massive celebration and so we were expecting great things. I wasn’t familiar with many of the tunes he played, but I loved them all.

Those I did manage to pick up were Matt Darey feat. Kate Louise Smith – See The Sun (Dan Stone Rework), Mat Zo – Lucky Strike (Amir Hussain Bootleg), John O’Callaghan – One Special Particle, Simon Bostock – Suraya and Agnelli & Nelson feat. The Burn – Shivver (John O’Callaghan Remix).


Although the crowd was thinning out, I was really enjoying myself and puzzling how people were able to drag themselves away when the music was so good. Having said that, we had to drag ourselves off just after Tonto came on, dropping Standerwick & Philippe El Sisi feat. Ana Criado – Magic Light and it was very tempting to stay and miss the bus home!

I really enjoyed the whole night – a world away from the epic productions that we have become used to, but pared back to the essentials of a decent sound system and talented DJs, sometimes the smaller, less heralded events can be just as special. Hopefully there will be more such nights put on by Mind Matter Atlas. I’ll certainly be looking out for them.

Thanks to Iván Agámez for letting me use his great photo.

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