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Album Review

Arguably BT was in some ways late in the game by the time Ima came out because if there was anything like a "golden age" of uplifting/transcendent/progressive house, it happened in the early '90s rather than the latter half. However, sometimes nothing makes an artistic effort stand out more than being defiantly out of sync with the times. While Ima's clean feel, sci-fi/blissed-out song titles like "Nocturnal Transmission" and "Embracing the Sunshine," and a generally happy way around the beat is miles away from the hip-hop/jungle/big beat styles prevailing elsewhere, it still is a fine if, at times, obvious listen. Certainly anybody interested in trance's aesthetics of beat and build will want to leap all over it if they find it; you could slip most of this album on at such raves and nobody would bat an eye. Samples and sonics indicate an interest in West Coast artists like the Hardkiss collective, but generally BT sounds like he's content in his own world. Sometimes things get a bit much — the semi-whale sounds on "Embracing the Future (Embracing the Sunshine Mix)" were a cliché long before in the first place — but the vibes and other touches on that same track help it and BT out from simply following others' footsteps. The two strongest tracks are perhaps unsurprisingly the poppiest, with vocals. "Loving You More," included in both a dub version of the original single and a further final instrumental mix, sparkles with energy and the undeniable power of a good if basic vocal hook, chopped up and looped in various ways. More accessible to general listeners would be his Cure-tinged collaboration with Tori Amos, "Blue Skies," included in two versions on a bonus disc shipped with initial copies. Said disc also includes a complete remix of Ima itself by Sasha.

Customer Reviews

Arguably trance's finest album.

If you decide to take the trip of Ima, you will not be dissapointed. You must be warned though, this album is very long, and people looking to get into electronic, I would not recommend this album.

For die hard-fans of any genre of electronic, this is a trip well worth taking.
The album in itself is one continuious strand of music, but the sound you hear diversifys with every track that passes. The songs are based on adding layer after layer of new material on top of one another. An excellent example of this "Sasha's Voyage Of Ima", where the 48 minute track utalizes nothing but electronic based noises, and layer after layer piled on top of each other. The sounds fade away seemlessly, leaving you enjoying the sounds that you are hearing, while not noticing the fade out.
The sounds used in said songs however, are amazing. If you take a look at "Divinity", it is based around a atmospheric almost haunting piano loop, and when the song picks up speed, you are amazed by the beats, and how seamlessly, they blend into the environment of the music.
If you are looking for electronic music with the sound of vocals behind it, look elsewhere. However, the one track that contains the use of vocals is "Blue Skies", and Tori Amos has a great voice, and once again, her voice blends in with the music perfectly.
The album is based under progressive trance, meaning you won't hear songs that are 2-4 minutes long that throw everything all in your face at once. The candle of Ima is slowly burning one, but does not take long to appreciate, if you don't quickly dismiss it.

Perfect for Writing

This is my favorite album to listen to while I'm writing. It's got driving bass lines combined with uplifting melodies. I'd recommend it highly to anyone looking for something more aggressive than classical music to listen to while you are writing a term paper or a legal brief!

Where it all started

All you need to know that first Oakenfold and then Paul Van Dyk came to BT and used his music in their hit DJ mix albums. Look at these guy's early stuff and all you see is BY. In my mind this guy is one of the masterminds behind what we currently know as Trance music. Unbelievable. I remember driving through downtown Toronto on the way to a night of clubbing and getting so stoked by this music. God bless BT.

Biography

Born: 1973 in Rockville, MD

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

His concept of epic house inspired by the classical training he received from an early age, Brian Transeau revitalized the British dance community in the mid-'90s and provided a point of entry for later dream house merchants like Robert Miles, Sash!, and BBE (though Transeau had, for the most part, left the style behind by the time of its pop success during 1997-1998). After his debut album appeared in late 1995 (as BT), Transeau hit the dance charts when his remix of Tori Amos' "Blue Skies" became...
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