ELEVATOR – Shinny (Harmony Mix) [1994]

I have such fond memories of Shinny. The White Room, Starlight, Streetlife, Planet, all places Shinny made an appearance for me. Always a blessing, in the sea of hard techno beats, those string stabs come out of nowhere and give everyone that brief respite complete with wide eyes and big grins. Absolute gem of a tune.

From Discogs
Taking it’s inspiration from German ‘oompah’ traditions and records like ‘Schöneberg’ by Marmion, ‘Shinny’ witnessed the birth of the UK nu-nrg movement. This type of sound really came into it’s own during 1995.

The ‘Harmony Mix’ is the best known, and not without reason. It’s a barrage of energy from start to finish. It starts with tight trancey beats fused with crunchy acid in a manner that probably owes a debt of gratitude to ‘An Accident In Paradise’ (Original Mix) by Sven Väth, but performs key changes along the way. This simplicity in itself will have you jumping about all over the place. Eventually symphonic chords start creeping in, until they take over on the majestic breakdown to probably reveal why this track is indeed titled ‘Shinny’ The track then continues with an additional ‘smaller’ breakdown later on, and comes to a logical conclusion with the melody bringing the track to an end. Never has Euro Trance sounded so inspirational.

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