Electronica is an art form of the moment. It's ephemeral, based on the emotions that a DJ picks up from a crowd (and by association, the drugs that were available that night), and it's therefore understandably difficult for DJs to recapture the mood and intensity of the temporal on disc. With Progressive Mix Session 1.0, D:Fuse has managed to set those moods in solid state. Beat-heavy and dance-driven, the disc loops up and down in a pattern that, with luck, will resemble your next EKG.
D:Fuse's first full-length has the personal approval of Paul Oakenfold, German trance DJ superstar, who has also chosen D:Fuse to open for him on his US tour. The subsequent influences and affinities between the two artists are going to be pretty obvious. You'll hear bits of the wilder side of the Chemical Brothers and "Ima"-style BT, with the alarms and the swift crescendos of beat samples -- most particularly in "E Craig", a remix of a Dutch Drum Attack tune. Many Moonshine artists have been accused of being more mainstream and commercial, using more common sources for their samples. D:Fuse draws from a wider variety of sources, and remixes world music a bit more. He seems to share this tendency with a majority of European electronica artists (the others are busy remaking disco tracks). His concentration is deep progressive house, which aside from the work of US artists Spooky and Deep Dish (and maybe Green Velvet) seems more the property of cool Brittania than anyone else. All of the tracks are club and dance oriented; Progressive Mix Session 1.0 isn't just house you listen to when you're in an experimental mood (which, much as I love Spooky, seems to sum up at least a bit of his stuff). D:Fuse's sound is more consistent and less dicey; "Tocharian" flows smoothly in a single sinuous line and varies far less often than most house tracks. There are fewer lows and highs in tempo or mood, and that's generally true of the whole album.
D:Fuse's differences from the standard make him stand out, hopefully insuring his future success. This album is probably going to push his name much farther into the vanguard of DJ superstars than he has ever been before.
There's no question that dance is going to continue to grow in popularity; its fan base has exploded since the early '90s. As with any scene, rapid growth in fans means a proportionate explosion of artists and practitioners. Gradually the hangers-on fall away, leaving only the true virtuosos. Be ahead of the learning curve: Progressive Mix Session 1.0 will defuse any argument about which disc to play next.