• Martin van Zeelandt / TCD

Trance Origins (1991-93) (2022)


The last couple of months one specific user on Soundcloud got a lot of attention. And the DJ in question is 'J.O.E.' You must have seen his mixes fly by every so often, and his mixes touch upon a wide variety of genres. Today's mixes is a special one, and an educational one too. The focus is Trance music. And no, not the Trance we all know and love (Millennium Trance), but the early Trance. And when I say early, I do mean early: the tracks from the year 1991 until 1993! Now that's early, eh?

It isn't the Trance you are familiar with. It is the foundation of what was to become. The grounds on which Trance became popular. And you can hear a lot of influences for many years to come. These tracks might have been called Trance records, but they were inspired by other styles, like House, Techno, etc. But you can hear where the sound is going to. Only 9-7 years later would it become this world wide phenomena we all came to love.


I am one of those people who think you can't go any earlier than 1997, but there was already a huge scene in the making. Trance has been there for many years, but maybe because I was fully focussed on Hardcore/Gabber music, I just never paid attention. So now J.O.E. will take me on this journey to when I was 8 to 10 years old. And educate myself... it's never too late to learn.


  1. Resistance D - Cosmic Love

  2. Quench - Dreams

  3. Exit EEE - Epidemic

  4. Velocity - Future

  5. Humate - Love Simulation (Love Mix)

  6. Trans Motion - Message II

  7. Jam & Spoon - Follow Me

  8. Coloured Vision - Violet Rain

  9. Influx - Braineater

  10. Trans Motion - Pureerotomania (Container Remix)

  11. John Sferos - Trance Form

  12. Resistance D - Human

  13. Superspy - The Fall

  14. The Tempodorm - Tragic Myth

  15. Paragliders - Paraglide

  16. Paragon - Everything Was Legal

  17. No Man's Land - Termination Zx

  18. Influid II - Mastermind

  19. Insider - Destiny

  20. Gain Force - X-Emption (Mandala Remix)

  21. Amporh - The Dream

  22. Cryptic Diffusion - Adhesiveness

  23. Ultraworld - Streams

  24. Norman - No Big Deal

  25. Amporh - Fractal Accident

  26. Jim Clarkee - Daytona

  27. Jens Lissat - The Future

  28. ScanX - Aum

  29. Mandala - The Encore (Acid Mix)

  30. Virtual Symmetry - Discovered Theme

  31. Cryptic Diffusion - Epiphany

  32. Jones & Stephenson - The First Rebirth

  33. Out Of Order - Tears


This is a throwback mix. The music does not sound dated as much as you want it to be, but you can tell these tunes were made at the beginning of the 90s. It has this distinctive sound. Still highly enjoyable, don't get me wrong.


J.O.E. picked his favourite tracks from 1991 to 1993, and I can see why he'd gone with these tracks. Highly enjoyable, still influenced by a lot of other genres. Some even dab in the harder styles, like Hardcore. For example 'The First Rebirth'... an all time classic. A Trance song with a lot of Hardcore in it. Some would say it's one of the first big Hardcore anthems ever, but you cannot deny the Trance in this song. The song is definitely one of the strongest Hardcore anthems ever made. Without Trance no Hardcore? Is that a statement and a half?


All jokes aside, J.O.E.'s mix is highly entertaining and has got me thinking: how much great music have I missed? Was I way too focussed on the harder sounds released back in the 90s? I've got a lot of catching up to do. Starting with this mix. And hopefully more will come in the near future.


It always made me wonder: do these artists who made these songs actually know what their song led to? Did they know Trance would become such a world wide phenomena? They were there at the beginning and influenced many upcoming producers, who would (10 years later) take it to a whole new level.


I really enjoyed this mix. A few tiny mixing/cross fading errors, but nothing major. Be educated enough to enjoy this mix. Sit back, and enjoy!



DJ: J.O.E.

Genre/Style: Trance, Hard Trance, Acid Trance, Hardcore, Tech Trance

Mix Info: Trance Origins (1991-93)

Length Mix: 01:03:51

Tracks: 33 (thirty-three)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Release Year: 2022

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

More Information: J.O.E. - Soundcloud Channel


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