Fridge / Redwing / Vectrex / Re-Mote
12": Ralph Fridge - Paradise / Promise Me Heaven[12AD036]
Released 4/99 on Additive Records. Written and produced by Ralph Fritsch and Detlef Hastik. Another quality trance/prog house crossover from the UK based Additive label. The best of the three has got to be the Nu Gray Mix which combines a euphoric operatic style backing vocal to a moderate paced trancer, whereas the Push (of 'Universal Nation' fame) remix is much darker with a slightly harder edge. 'Promise Me Heaven' is more akin to the Nu Gray Mix of 'Paradise', although it has a lighter bouncier air to it. An excellent 12".
CDS: Fridge - Paradise
Released 1999 on Orbit Records. The Nu-Gray and DJ Tom Stevens remixes are similar to each other and the most
stand-out of the set. Thanks to Brian Harris for this information.
12": Fridge - Angel[GOFO 9956-6]
Released 12/99 on Go For It! (Alphabet City GmbH). Written and produced by Ralph Fridge and D. Hastik. One last trance anthem for the year is 'Angel', and no doubt this will be rattling around in the clubs well into the new millenium, because its an absolute belter. The Club Mix is the better and more DJ friendly of the two cuts. The CD single of this track has also been released on Orbit (Germany) [cat no. 8964992] 2/2000. Further remixes are forthcoming, including a remix by Quake. Also released by Ralph Fridge is 'Paradise' on Additive Records.
CD Single: Fridge - Angel
Released 2/99 on Orbit Records (Germany). Written by Ralph Fridge and D. Hastik. Both the 7" and Video Cut are very similar edits of the Trance Mix - nothing new apart from the butchers knife. First chance to get this classic trancer on CD single, so don't miss it.
12": Fridge - Angel[IDJ-SPECIAL]
Released 2/99 on IDJ. Written by Ralph Fridge and D. Hastik. Additional production by John Johnson. This is a limited edition one sided promo of the John Johnson remix of Angel, by Fridge. It's a much deeper type of trance remix, that is a million miles away from the original Euro style trance anthem, and hence this should appeal to a different audience all together. It's well produced and overall is a quality remix, but don't expect the anthem status of the original.
CD Single/12": Fridge - Angel[CENTCD6]
Released 3/2000 on Incentive. Written by Ralph Fridge and D. Hastik. Additional production on track 2 by Quake and on track3 by John Johnson. Eventually the UK see's an official release of Angel with the new Quake remix, which is pretty good (more hectic with added 303's), although I still prefer the original Club Mix.
CD Single/12": Fridge - Mystery[GOFO 0174-6 / GOFO 0175-6]
Released 7/01 on Go For It! (a division of Alphabet City GmbH. Written by T. Cyba, H. Bleach, P. McFloyd & N. Krassilnikova. Lyrics written by T. Cyba, H. Bleach & P. McFloyd. Interesting that Ralph Fridge and D. Hastik aren't credited as the producers of this track - maybe a mistake on the record label??? The Club Mix is another thundering trancer from Fridge, featuring a prominent female chant/vocal (na-na-na-nah) in the breakdown that then carries over into the rest of the track. Paul Hutsch delivers a more progressive interpretation with fatter beats, squelchy electro-distortions and a huge anthemic mid-track breakdown. Both Kay Cee and Darbucca stick to the trance formula of the Club Mix, whilst Peaches & Cream come up trumps with the most interesting and varied mix of all. Overall the vocal kills this track for me, but for those of you who are partial to vocals then this will be an essential tune for you.
12": Fridge - Man on Mars[GOFO 0293-6]
Released 2002 on Go For It! (a division of Alphabet City GmbH. Written and produced by Ralph Fridge and Detlef Hastik. This vinyl release features the remixes of 'Man on Mars', the original of which was released earlier in 2002 including the Trance Mix by Fridge and a remix from Sven-R-G & Bass-T (Rocco and Topmodelz). But 'Man On Mars' is actually a remake from a 1998 tune of the same name by Komakino (also Ralph Fridge and Detlef Hastik), which back then included remixes from Talla 2XLC, Pulsedriver, Dj Jan & Christope Chantsiz. Thanks to Thomas Petersen for this information. Back to the present date though; both remixes on this vinyl are tough, uplifting melodic trancers, featuring vocoder spoken vocals (very 80's!) - quality late night material.
CDS: Fridge - Man On Mars[5050466-4079-2-4]
Released 1999 on F+Plus. Written by Ralph Fritsch and Detlef Hastik. Track 3 additional remix and production by Oliver
Laib. The Trance Mix is also good here. Thanks to Brian Harris for this information.
12": Redwing - Dreamworld[KOMA004-12]
Released 2000 on Komatune Records. Track 1 written by R. Fridge, D. Hastic, R. Mandrysch and G. Walter. Track 3 written by R. Mandrysch and G. Walter. Additional production on track 2 by M. Scheffler & G. Walter. All tracks produced by Vectrex. The Club Mix of 'Dreamworld' is a fantastic new anthemic trancer from Ralph Fridge, which I class as his best track to date. The Endymion's Hardbeat Mix sounds a little on the hollow side, whilst 'Fusion' pales against the strength of 'Dreamworld'. An essential tune.
12": Vectrex - Meteor[KOMA 001-12]
Released 1999 on Komatunes Records. Written by R. Fridge, D. Hastik, R. Mandrysch and G. Walter. Produced by Vectrex. The best of the three here is the Meteor Club Mix, although this isn't quite as good as the harder Endymion remix, which features on the remix vinyl. Fridge delivers a slightly disapointing remix, and 'Defcon' fails to deliver.
12": Vectrex - Meteor (Remixes)[KOMA 001-12R]
Released 1999 on Komatunes Records. Written by R. Fridge, D. Hastik, R. Mandrysch and G. Walter. Produced by Vectrex. Head straight for the Endymion Remix which takes the basic format of the Club Mix from the first vinyl and steps up a gear or two - this is a fantastic trancer.
12": Re-Mote - The Spirit[ABOVE008]
Released 12/02 on Abovethesky Records. Written and produced by R. Fridge, R. Mandrysch and G. Walter. Additional remix and production on track 1 by Audiowarp. Ralph Fridge, in yet another guise, delivers a storming trancer in the form of the Ralph Fridge vs Alex Rocco Remix. Top tune! This time round the beats are harder, the acid riffs are huge and the melody anthemic. Audiowarp offer a much darker and tougher remix, opting for the less-melodic approach.
12": Jushi - Requiem[AQL044]
Released 7/03 on Aqualoop Records . Written and produced by Fridge, Hastik & Mandrysch. The bad design of the label on this vinyl makes it somewhat confusing as to what the artist and title of this track actually is, but from what I can make out from the Aqualoop Records web site, this track is actually titled, 'Requiem' by Jushi, and is related in some way to the single 'Requiem' by Redwing (which is also Ralph Fridge) and something to do with the 'Theme' and 'Trancemaster Compilation'. If anybody can shine some light on this i'd be very grateful.
More importantly, 'Requiem' could be considered as one of the best trance anthems of this year IF, and only IF, you can get past the air guitar element of this tune, which features heavily in all three mixes and especially in the breakdowns. I say this because some people will no doubt find the guitar solo just a little too corny. Overlooking this element, 'Requiem' is about as uplifting a trance anthem as you're going to get. Personally, the Mr Philips Meets C-Base Remix is one to go for.