My friend tonight showed me this dope mix from the legendary duo Jack Beats titled Progressions. This mix serves as a preview to their upcoming album Careless.
Jack Beats as a group has a great story, the two DJs both had huge individual careers before joining together. Both were also true DJs, ripping up turn tables like few today can. Naill was formerly a member of Scratch Perverts going by the name DJ Plus One, and Ben was a former member of The Mixologists. Together, they have both turned their focus to producing some of the most bangin tracks you’ll find. I had the pleasure of seeing these guys live one time when they openend for Digitalism and they stole the show. They are truly a tough act to follow with the energy and pure skill level they bring to the tables. Enjoy the mix and check back for a post about the new album!
Jack Beats- Knock You Down
Jack Beats ft. Takura- Careless
Jack Beats- End of Love
Jeack Beats ft. Example & Diplo- War
Jack Beats- Just a beat
Jack Beats ft. Mnek- Fast Girls
Jack Beats ft. Chiddy Bang & Ov- About to Get Fresh
Jack Beats ft. Dillon Francis- Epidemic
Jack Beats – Hooligans
Jack Beats ft. Jess Mills= Somebody to Love
Jack Beats ft. Kid Harpoon- Storm
I apologize making this post a day late. My turkey and booze induced coma kicked in around 8 PM last night, and I was pretty much useless from then on out. Happy Trancegiving to all! Bump these tracks to get the weekend started off right.
My first song is more progressive than trance, but it’s just too good not to post. Every Day by Eric Prydz is the song of 2012 in my book. It was a break out year for the Pryda man and this was his masterpiece. The build on this song hooks you in, the vocals are intoxicating, and the synths don’t let you go.
OK, now it’s time to ramp up the BPM. Helsinki Scortchin’ is one of the songs that helped put Super 8 & Tab on the map. The build on this song is absolutely incredible. They bring in so many different layers of sound, and the vocal sample works perfectly. Once the drop comes, it’s guaranteed to get people jumping in the air.
I’m really excited to see Mat Zo at Ruby Skye next weekend. He’s been near the top of my wish list for quite some time. Loop (The Essential Unreleased Mix) is a really sick song that uses elements of progressive, trance, and techno. The breakdown really captures your emotions, and the structure of the whole track is beautifully crafted.
Beat Service is blowing the fuck up and rightfully so. The Estonian producer has gotten huge support from heavyweights like Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, Above & Beyond, and most notably Armin van Buuren. His remix of Will Holland’s Every Heartbeat is an uplifting, trance anthem. With a fabulous vocal contribution from Jeza, this song is a must play over the weekend.
Today I have two new tracks off of Daniel Portman’s newest EP “Radar”. The Swiss DJ has been gaining a fan base from all corners of the world for his unique fusion of techno and progressive house music. His soulful melodies make for more then just dance music.
Today, Tritonal released their new collaboration with Super 8 & Tab ARC. I’ve been waiting for this song to be released for weeks, and I’m stoked that it’s finally out. The song borders on a mix of progressive, big room, and trance. I really dig the sound overall. I think it uses the appropriate elements from each genre to create a song that appeals to a wide audience. As always, a download will be provided for listening purposes, but please support the artist and purchase this on iTunes and Beatport.
Now here are a bunch of songs that I don’t mind giving away for free at all…because that is exactly what the artist who creates them does. Kaskade uses his SoundCloud page to give away all the mashups he plays in his sets. He appropriately titles it Kaskade Music Mondays and uses the hashtag #KMM on Twitter. Today he offered up Empty Streets Cascade, a mashup he’s been playing on his most recent Freaks of Nature Tour. He uses the vocals from his hit Empty Streets and the beat from Tommy Trash’s Cascade and creates a flawless mix of the two songs.
The rest of this post will be a best of from Kaskade Music Mondays. His most recent FON mashups weren’t to my liking, so I’m going to feature some classics from past tours. Angel On My Reaver 76 is a mashup Kaskade played last summer during his Identity Festival Tour. It uses my favorite vocals of all time, Angel On My Shoulder, with the build from Marco V’s Reaver and the drop from Zero 76 by Tiesto and Hardwell. The result is quite possibly the best mashup of all time. The only way to describe it is absolute insanity.
Step One For Redemption is one of the most unique mashups Kaskade has posted. I love the versatility of this track. It could be played during a chill sesh or a party and work perfectly in either setting.
The title of this next one is awesome. Be Still Bang Bang is so contrasting in nature but that’s exactly what the song is. The soothing vocals of “Be still my soul” next to Franz Novotny’s banging beat.
I saved an absolute bomb for last. Michael Woods’ progressive banger First Aid was one of the best party tracks from last summer. The Move For Me vocals work phenomenally well with it. The ear that Kaskade has for all of these mashups is truly amazing. They sound more like remixes than two seperate songs mixed together. Check out his SoundCloud for about 25 more of these free giveaways.
My apologies for not getting Trance Thursday up yesterday. Just bump these tunes for your Friday parties instead! Duckies have a big game against Stanford tomorrow so I though a picture shout out would be appropriate.
This week I’ve got a variety of different Trance tracks that I think you’ll enjoy. First is a new original track from Seven Lions called The Truth. I’ve really grown to love Seven Lions sound. He is pretty much the only dubstep artist I’ll listen to anymore. The reason I’m featuring him in this post is because his style is more of a melodic, trance-infused dubstep. This song is his most upbeat one to date.
I’m really looking forward to seeing Ferry Corsten at POP on New Year’s Eve. He’s one of the true legends in trance music. His edit of System F Out Of The Blue and Cosmic Gate The Theme works so well. The mix is seamless; you can’t even tell it’s two different songs being mashed together. Prepare to get tranced out listening to this one.
Dyno by Mike Koglin and Genix was featured on Above and Beyond’s Anjunabeats Vol. 9 compilation. This was one of my favorite tracks off the album and I think you’ll see why. It’s so positive and uplifting, yet dirty at the same time. The pounding synths make you want to raise your hands in the air, but a shower might be necessary after the drop.
This week I’ve got a classic off Armin Van Buuren’s 2005 album Shivers. Empty State is a fast-paced tech trance banger. I love the vocal contribution from Mic Burns as well. This is a song fitted for a late night trance session, when the BPM gets cranked up a notch. It’s cool to see how Armin’s sound has evolved since his early production days.
Carnage is currently my favorite Trap producer, and if you listened to his 45 minute Festival Trap Mix Volume 1, you heard a huge tease at the end where he debuted his new single Bang and then took it away. Well, here it is. Hot off the presses- turn this up and enjoy your weekend. BANG!
Here is another brand new track, Carnage and Luminox remix Epic, the hit from Sandro Silva and Quintino. Just when you thought the build in this song couldn’t get any better….Carnage and Luminox get their hands on it and destroy it. Now this song is truly Epic.
After featuring John Dahlback’s title track, The Trip, from his new EP in my latest post I thought it only made sense to give you the other two tracks from Dahlback’s latest release. This EP follows up his 2 song EP titled Panic. I hope this is a sign he’ll be on tour soon!
For those of you who know me or have read lots of my posts, you know Dutch House is my bread and butter. I’ve gotten away from it a bit recently, mostly because there hasn’t been a whole lot of good music coming out of the genre. Chuckie, among other dutuch house producers, have been hugely disappointing as of late. But now I feel it starting to make another comeback, here are some of my recent favorites.
A couple months ago I posted the unreleased Afrojack banger Annie’s Theme, that he debuted on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 program. He didn’t give the song a title because “his music is art and needs no title” (Afrojack could never get away with being such a douche if he wasn’t so talented) so they stuck with Annie’s Theme for the release of this track.
Next up, a new one from John Dahlback. Dahlback never had a slump- let me clear that up. This guy has been killing it non stop while everyone else has been putting out garbage. No exceptions here, another banger. Enjoy The Trip
I featured young producer Angger Dimas on the blog a few months back, and he is back with a filthy remix of Yolanda Be Cool’s Before Midnight. This song incorporates nice vocals, and a mix of Electro and Dutch House together.
Last but not least, a new one from Tommy Trash. Tommy hasn’t gone anywhere lately, he has been churning out music. To be quite frank, I just didn’t like any of it. I kept listening, in faith that he would put out another classic in his due time. That time has come. Truffle Pig is another mix of Electro and Dutch house influences and gets two thumbs up in my book.
Another Thursday in the books and everyone knows what that means…time for Trance Thursday! This week I’ve got three brand spankin’ new tracks for you. It’s so awesome to see the rise of the trance scene here in the US. I think a lot of people are growing tired of the monotonous progressive and electro house releases over the past year or so. The positive effect of that is trance music is really coming to the forefront, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The three artists I’m featuring today are certainly helping lead the charge.
Starting things off, I’ve got an amazing new song from Orjan Nilsen called Copperfield. This is one of my favorite releases recently, it’s got such a unique sound and style. The mixture of techno and trance elements definitely catches your attention and the result is nothing short of incredible.
When I first heard that Above and Beyond was making a remix of Kaskade’s Room For Happiness it almost brought tears of joy to my eyes. Kaskade was my introduction to dance music and he’ll always hold a special place in my heart. Above and Beyond was the first trance artist I fell in love with so it felt like the stars were aligning with two of my favorite artists ever on the same song. Quite frankly, Above and Beyond’s mix blows the original out of the water. Their version is what the original mix should sound like. Uplifting, heavy synths, and the perfect trance elements to compliment Skyler Gray’s vocals.
Omnia is a young Ukrainian trance artist who really took off after his release with Ira entitled The Fusion. Cookie Monster featured his track Infina a couple weeks ago and I’m back today with his new remix of Cosmic Gate’s Calm Down. Omnia is already developing his own signature sound, and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for this talented producer.
Double dose of trance courtesy of WHYH today. I’ve got three new bangers and one throwback from 2007. There have been so many great trance songs released these past couple months, it’s almost hard to keep up with them. I’ll try and bring you the goodies each and every Thursday.
Kicking things off, we’ve got Estiva’s latest tune entitled Cliche. The Dutchman really brings it on this one. I love how the song starts off hard then slowly brings in the happy, upbeat melody. Estiva has been pumping out some great tracks and remixes recently. He’s definitely poised for a breakout 2013.
I wanted to speed things up a bit, so here’s a little Solarstone feat. Aly & Fila. The Future Disciple remix of Fireisland is trance music at its absolute finest. Fireisland cranks up the BPM and encaptures you with the lengthy builds and melodic breakdowns.
I’ve been listening to lots of older Tiesto recently and it’s crazy how much his style has changed. You can’t say he sold out because he didn’t need to, he was already the most popular DJ in the world. I guess he just wanted to appeal to a wider audience with his music. Regardless, his trance songs are his best works and Bright Morningstar is no exception. Emily chose this week’s throwback track, picking one of her favorites. It is very uplifting and beautiful. Classic Tiesto.