. Empire Bar & Izakaya, Christchurch
N-Trance (DJ set), 25th Anniversary "Set You Free" Tour. ONLY NZ date.
In 1994, ' Set You Free ' was re-released achieving a higher chart position of #39. N-Trance's next single was a eurodance song called "Turn Up The Power" which featured vocals from Rachel McFarlane , of Loveland, and a rap by T-1K. This song was a fairly big hit, getting to #23 in the UK & released in a number of European countries.
After a few years of performing live across the UK & Ireland, N-Trance's popularity and reception towards ' Set You Free ' had increased significantly. The record was in popular demand, and after a third release of the song in 1995, the single became a huge hit, being played by television and radio stations, reaching #2 in the charts, selling over half a million copies & becoming the biggest selling dance record of that year. The single was also released worldwide.
The group recorded their first full-length album, Electronic Pleasure , in the summer of 1995 at Marcus Studios London & mixed at PWL Studios (The Bunker) London, which featured seven of the group's ever-expanding roster of vocalists, including David Grant ,Gillian Wisdom, Jerome Stokes, Viveen Wray, and musicians such as Vinny Burns and Snake Davis . Similarly, N-Trance's musical range expanded, embracing rap, disco and other styles in its scope.
The group's next single, a surprising cover of the Bee Gees hit 'Stayin' Alive ', was not only a massive international hit, but also featured a vocalist/writer who would help define N-Trance's sound in the future, Ricardo da Force , formerly rapper with The KLF .
Upon its release in the UK it entered the charts at #2, and internationally it became one of the biggest UK exports of 1995, reaching #1 in Australia and being top 5 in a number of European charts.The release of further commercially successful singles, like 'Electronic Pleasure', afforded N-Trance the possibility of building their own recording studio in Manchester called Deep Blue. They spent the following year and a half recording their second full-length album, Happy Hour , which was eventually released in 1999.
Hit singles from the album included adaptations of Rod Stewart 's ' D'ya Ya Think I'm Sexy? ' and Ottawan's ' D.I.S.C.O.', and the hardcore techno clatter of "The Mind of the Machine", which featured the actor Steven Berkoff . 1999 was also the year Dale Longworth retired from N-Trance leaving Kevin O'Toole to continue. O'Toole also decided to retire from performing live for the forseeable future.