Various Artists – Hypnotic Records, Dragonfly Presents ‘A Voyage Into Trance’ Mixed By Paul Oakenfold
A fascinating look back at the flowering of a genre — and a superstar DJ.
If we're being honest, A Voyage into Trance should instead be titled A Voyage into Goa Trance. Paul Oakenfold made his name as a superstar DJ by popularizing the Goa strain of trance music across Europe in the mid '90s, helped in no large part by this release, originally released in 1995. Goa is a state on the west coast of India and, as you might expect, its dance music iteration tends to feature tribal drum patterns and aims for transcendence. Oakenfold frequently staves off lengthy climaxes, however, waiting for the last third of the mix before letting some of the tracks play out in their entirety. While this might not be the style of trance that most modern audiences are used to, it's a fascinating look back at the flowering of a genre — and a DJ.