Following the success of the first Planet Love compilation, Safe Trip has delved even deeper into the roots and formative years of trance music. The result is a vivid snapshot of heady, trance-inducing music released between 1990 and 95.
Like its predecessor, Planet Love 2 does not deliver a straightforward chronological run-down of influential proto-trance cuts and key early anthems. Instead, it casts its net far wider for inspiration, joining the dots between trance-inducing tracks in a disparate mixture of interconnected styles.
Before trance became rigidly defined in the late 1990s, the term was more loosely used as a descriptor, with the tag variously being attached to tracks that combined elements of techno, ambient, breakbeat, deep house, electronica, progressive house, acid, tribal and new beat. What unified these disparate musical strands was an emphasis on groove, melody, atmosphere and more often than not psychedelic intent.