Ricky Mancini & Melinda Mohn
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Among The Roses
Love the change of flow at just past 3 mins!..
Nice track.. Trance Energy look out.. so well put together.. i can hear the work that has gone into this.. just awesome.
interestin flex ,not my sort of thing ,but i found myself listen to the tracks for 15 mins without realizing.lol..good work!
Powerfull tune, Nicely paced with a trance vibe. Strong voice.
mind blowing tune, the music is sweet, a sheer joy to listen to ricky, and melinda you have a beautiful voice, the voice of an angel, its like trance meets opera, quality.
great track!! would love to work with them vocals for a hardcore track?? it could be a whole new twist to an already incredible track...
classic euphoria! nice beat, snappy high percussion. only criticism is the vocals are a touch too loud in some places, otherwise awsome atmospheric tune!
Hey guys, sorry been away for too long... like this as usual- if i need a 'pick-me-up' this is where to come! Clean sounds as usual & wicked harmonies...
GORGEOUS harmonies! Loved this track, this is my favourite of your songs, it's high energy, yet is in keeping with that ethereal vibe U have in your music. Love how the song changes near the end too
True high energy! Love the smooth gentle yet powerful vocals! Like butter or better cream! Amazing production crystal clear sound! Love it! Rated.
Smudge from Smudgie
I'm pretty sure I haven't heard this one before. One thing I like about this is the rich cosseting ambience of the synth background. The vocals are very epic indeed, and nicely performed. I feel the bass beat could be thumpier, but thats more of a mix issue. There is so much going on on this that it required a few listens just to take it all in. A very accomplised piece overall and much more than a simple 'Dance' tune. Have another rate!
Interesting track. You have a very distinctive voice Melinda. I think there is a lot that is awesome about this track, but It doesn't have a strong enough hook in the lyrics to take it to the next level. I think that you have the potential to get wherever you want to go. I look forward to hearing more from you.
reminds me of something you'd find on the early euphoria cds and they werethe best...greast song
wow... love the trance feel to this and those vocals are wicked and i really dig the house sound!! Rated!!
Sry for missin this one, now to the track...
wow ricky does a dance track with lots of trance elements. Yay! Well i already luv the track and its been 10 secs. The effects on that synth u made are mind blowing. The hats are nice the drums and beat are all sick! kick going all distorted at points is tasty stuff.
Wow a trance breakdown about a min and half, those synths are so euphoric trance like.
When Mel's soothing voice comes in kinda fits in, never mind with the beat is so nice. excellent reverb and effects on the vox. Lyrics are all sweet and soothing too! I can never think of lyrics for my trax, lol.
Wow, what a transformation at 3:13. i like it goin all house type music now. Holy sh*t what the well happened at 3:45 neways that was fuken sweet.
Well production is probably one of ur best in my opinion. Preferred first half but this is my favorite stella track to this date. you probably know y, lol. Really enjoyed this listen. Fool not to rate this one, so i give it one big rating.
worthy of a place on dave pearces dance anthems, GETE
Not normally the stuff we'd listen to but we love this. Love the vocals/harmonies - this track just carries you along. Congratulations on the chart success. Rated
Congratulations Ricky & Mel #4 in the charts this week! Keep those hits coming! :)
nice melodies, superb vocal, definate trance chordsynths, all arranged well into one decent dancetrack. One thing i might add is the i'm not sure about the rather hardcore-ish kick... a more clean would suit it better imho,.. but then again your aiming a high energy track here sooo... rating, well done you two
Right on Ricky and Mel, nice production Ricky. Like WDM below said, this stands up to anything on the radio. I'm impressed. Take a rating and recomend and nom
From MD-1 to this?! It's commercial, melodic, well structured and produced and the vocals, as usual, are top notch. Taming the freakbeat? This stands up to most of the stuff you hear on the radio these days but it's got more emotion and atmosphere to it which helps it stand out by itself. One genre I don't like it the hi-energy stuff but this has got something about it that works really well. Nice one folks.
Theirs something about the trance music that just moves ya...it takes you somewhere else. The music gives the singer the ability to really move and soar and experiment. This is a great example mostly it works though occasionally notes sort of slip away as if a little lost. Thats all I notice but the music is top notch and I'd love to use your skills and remix our stuff. I could just listen to the music!.
I have listened to this a couple times now. Overall I really really like this song. I applaud the lyrics on this as well, and once again Melinda delivers a powerful performance! The backup vocals are simply beautifully done. Fabulous beats and the production is through the roof! You both work so very well together on your music projects. Be proud! :)
Ok, so I know absolute zip about dance music, but I am starting to like the trancey stuff after hanging around these parts... really melodic and emotionally powerful. A couple of minor things, I also think the vocals are a bit far forward, especially at the beginning, and would prefer to hear them with a few less effects. But a great track in my book...
sorry for taking so long to get to this one. Im not generally into the slower vocal trance, but this is a really strong piece with a definete commercial feel. Really excellent flow! I felt maybe the vocals were too far forward in the mix, but that ust a person pref I suppose. great stuff though man, i'm liking this new project of yours though!
Pure trance indeed. Melinda's vocals are ace as usual and really suits this sort of music. Another bloody good track.
love that intro! great vocals and true trance synths. Another top track.....
The track immediately grabs my attention. The melodies carry strong emotions. I love it at 1:55 when the vocals fade and the music comes back and then back agin into the vocals. Nice change at 3:14. Melinda's voice soars over this track. I love your collab. work together.
Just brilliant !!
Mel sounds wonderful and has that Seattle sexiness. Ricky this is just a wonder track created by two wonder artists. It has all the qualities required for a trance megahit.Well done
sorry for the late arrival. Wow guys you arn't holding back the genre mixing here! picked up at 1:00 for me with the percussion. I think the mix of 3:20 -> is a really awesome, vocally and with the piano style. I think it was just the distorted dance progression with the vox that didn't sit right with me. the backing vocals placed spot on. good work you two!
Very high energy indeed. Cool sounds and expressions.
Really different from your MD1 stuff. The vocals are great, something about the mix seems not completely right, the snare and the synths are sort of low in the mix whereas the kick and the vox seem a bit loud.
Well you know I just took a download already. I have to say this is pretty awesome. Melinda, you have a really great voice! Ricky, I think this song really fits for Melinda's voice and you did an awesome job making it. Really like the opening with those filters; a nice, breezy way to open up the track.
I played this 4 times straight, so you know how I feel about this one. I did tell you little, tiny, nit picky details, but ended up saying it could work pretty well the way it is lol. Though I did notice, as a singer's point of view, that I didn't quite understand what you were singing Melinda. Like the lyrics that have a verse that ends in "be far" (I believe)sounded like "before." Little tiny details, but that can help your performance. So in that case, I'd work on vowel shaping and probably anunciation too. Though the reverb might take away from anunciation. Just my two cents.
I have to criticize an awesome track. ;)
Rated, download, and nominated! Congrats you two for a job well done! :D
very nice track, liked all aspects including the synths, beat and vocals, top work, rated.
Had to come back for another listen mate, vocals are simply outstanding with the addition of the backing vocals, quality stuff and for me track of the week, once again well done both of you. Paul.
JUst read you've put backing vocals....Mel on Mel?????? IT'S FANTASTIC!! The vocal layering gives it a totally out-of-the-world-experience, you've done some outstanding production, mate, to bring out such an effect! STANDING OVATION!
Hey Great track!.....Really uplifting song!....superb arrangement, and love those vocals! Synth melodys youre playing are beautiful, and percussion is perfect.
Nice outro also, gives the whole track a nice twist, and and sense of unpredictability!
Superb production!.....A Stella performance all round guys!:)
Absolutely love this track mate, you can't fail not to like this from the second it starts, loving the euphoric build up to Mel's vocals then the listener is whisked off to dreamland, which happens to be in clubland, quality lyrics too I might add, it's a euphoric track which has a touch of sadness to it, quality mate, appreciation left for both of you. Paul.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAA ANOTHER GREAT SONG!!!
Mel, your voice on this is just outstanding. Well-crafted, Ricky!!!
first time around it was unrateable, so here i am to drop my rate off... i really am a fan of this stella project
Well first off i feel as tho Mels Vocals feel a little lost in the intro with the trance synth but when the drums come in they sit very nicely! I hear a few more little synth arps in here thats very Euphoric tbh! Have to admit Mels vox fill the mix up brilliantly! The filtered hats in this kinda sound like a lasgo track but they are sweet! At 3.48 theres a little bit of clipping when the filter increases actually its there when the filter sweep a few times.Oh and 5 seconds of silence at the end! hahah
Nah have to admit this is Euphoric, uplifting and funky all in one track! You 2 pulled it off again, before i wasnt sure about the change but honestly im warming up to it now! lol As i said the clipping is the only crit on this ather than that top track!!
Best of luck with it you 2!
Sounds great ,I think Mels vocals are just a little bit too loud in the mix though, not that they aren't great because they are. Great music and I like the lyrics, has everything going for it, just think you need to turn the vox down a bit top blend it better, other than that nice one :)
I like this for its mellow quality. That change works for me too. Keeps it from getting boring as I find usually happens with most trance tracks. Mel's voice is very powerful indeed! Have to say that its a bit tame for you tho Ricky ;) Good track guys!
at 3:51 i started really feeling the groove. good one guys. percussion is creative but still able to keep that four on the floor that will keep em out there, and well the vocals ar just as pro as it gets
oooooooooooooo you guys, this is a really sweet tune. all sounds superb!
Not may favourite style of music, but I can hear the quality in the track, and Melindas vox are excellent again. In fact GB talking about the change, 3.15 in that is my favourite part of the track after that. Good work you two :o) ONAGER
Two Filthy Minds, Twenty Fingers
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