It’s been awhile since I posted some new trance, but quite frankly there just hasn’t been that much good trance released lately. Hopefully, the dry spell is over as this new collabo from Ferry Corsten & Giuseppe Ottaviani is amazing. Ferry has been on a progressive house kick lately, straying away from his trance roots. This track is a return to the sound that made him most famous, euphoric, uplifting, melodic trance.
My apologies for the lack of trance the last couple weeks. Hopefully the tracks tonight will make up for it. I’ll be featuring a couple Anjuna remixes along with some fast-paced Armin and vintage Tiesto.
First up is a brand new remix from Anjunabeats artist Ilan Bluestone. He takes Tritonal’s Bullet That Saved Me for a ride and works magic to the track. I was not the biggest fan of the original version but Ilan’s remix is something that I can definitely get down to. If you’ve been sleeping on Ilan Bluestone it’s time to wake the hell up. This guy is one of the fastest rising trance producers and all of his productions recently have been top notch.
Next is the Mike Koglin remix of Ronski Speed’s Sanity Dub. The original mix was my favorite track off Anjunabeats Vol. 10 and the Mike Koglin mix definitely does the original justice. It’s hard-hitting but keeps the original melody in tact, which I love. You still get that euphoric feeling even as the pace quickens. This is probably one of the better trance remixes I’ve heard so far this year.
Armin van Buuren has been promoting a Who’s Afraid Of 138?! campaign recently that I fully support. Even though Armin ventured into the electro sound somewhat it’s great to see that he still appreciates his roots in the BPM thumpin world of trance. His new album Intense is due out in early May and one of the tracks pays homage to his recent campaign. It’s appropriately titled Who’s Afraid Of 138 and I’m really digging it. I hope we see more of this out of Armin; his sound when he cranks up the speed is like non other.
Throwback Track of the Week:
This week I’ve got Tiesto’s most well known track of all time. Adagio For Strings is an absolute masterpiece. I long for this Tiesto and wish he would start producing trance again. Listening to his old albums and mixes is a real pleasure, and this song signifies the legendary status that he deserves.
Time for the weekly dose of trance courtesy of WHYH. This week, I’ve got some great tunes from Markus Schulz, Skytech, and a throwback OceanLab remix to please the masses.
I’ll kick things off with an awesome 4 Strings remix of Love Rain Down. This is a track off Markus Schulz’s Scream album, and this remix is definitely fits the uplifting, blissful category. Markus has been playing this in all of his ASOT 600 Expedition sets and the crowd reaction to this tune is amazing every time.
Cirez D is Eric Prydz’s techno alias, and one of his most renowned tracks is Glow. Markus Schulz puts a trance twist on this song with one of his famous Big Room Reconstructions. I love what Markus does with his edit. He doesn’t change the song one bit, just speeds it up a little and throws in some additional layers of fast paced drums.
Skytech has been making quite a name for himself in the trance scene the last couple years. He’s been getting support from all the titans like AvB, Markus Schulz, Protoculture, and Andy Moor. The stadium mix of What’s Wrong is by far my favorite track by him.
Throwback Track of the Week:
OceanLab’s On The Beach is one of trance’s most renowned tunes. A&B outdid themselves with Sirens of the Sea and I’m anxiously awaiting some new OceanLab material. Today, I’m featuring the Andy Duguid remix of On The Beach. This tune just screams summer to me. I’m getting ready for the sun, sand, and utter relaxation chilling on the Presidio.
Boom Jinx, Bullet That Saved Me, Euphonia, Indecent Noise, Jaytech, Kyau & Albert, markus schulz, Milano, Ronski Speed, Steve Brian, The Expedition, The Spiritual Gateway, Thomas Datt, tritonal, Vueltas
My apologies for not getting you Trance Thursday last night. I was preoccupied with the NCAA tournament and a case of Pyramid Hefeweizens. This week I’ll be featuring a brand new track from WHYH favorites Tritonal, along with some pure trance cuts that define what the genre is all about.
Bullet That Saved Me is the new single from Tritonal off their Metamorphic EP. It’s definitely more of a progressive song than trance, but if you don’t like that then you don’t like Tritonal. Chad and Dave are all about fusing genres and further developing their unique style. This one was made for the festival circuit and is sure to cause mayhem throughout the summer.
I featured The Expedition by Markus Schulz and AvB a few weeks ago on Trance Thursday. The remix package has now been released and I wanted to showcase my favorite from the pack. Indecent Noise cranks up the BPM for his remix to the 136-138 range which I love. As the trance 2.0 sound dominates the genre right now, it’s nice to get back to the roots of trance.
Speaking of Markus Schulz, he just released a new single as well. The Spiritual Gateway is the official theme for Transition Festival in Prague. Markus is one of the most consistent producers in trance and this track does not disappoint.
Kyau & Albert just released a new album entitle Night’s Awake. My favorite song off the album is their collaboration with Ronski Speed called Euphonia. The Ronski Speed mix of this song speeds up the pace and packs more of a punch than the original mix.
The Thomas Datt remix of Vueltas by Steve Brian is pure trance at it’s absolute finest. It’s got every element that encompasses trance music and will truly put you in a state of trance and euphoria.
Throwback Track of the Week:
This week’s throwback track is courtesy of one of my Anjuabeats favorites, Jaytech. Known for his more mellow and deep style, Jaytech has been a staple on the Anjunadeep imprint for the last several years. His collaboration with Boom Jinx entitled Milano is one of my favorites and is perfect for any type of mood you’re in.
Last Saturday at The Warfield was one of the greatest concert experiences of my entire life. It was a night of pure, progressive, and amazing music thanks to Sir Fehrplay and Lord Pryda. To be frank, no one does progressive like the Pryda Friends camp. They are just on a completely different level compared to the rest of progressive house artists these days. Unlike my previous Pryda experience at Identity Festival, this was a concert full of fellow Prydateers (Eric’s term). This made the concert that much better because everyone in that room was on cloud nine listening to the amazing tunes Fehrplay and Eric had to offer.
Fehrplay could not have been a more perfect opener for this show. He got the crowd warmed up with selections like Fairfax by Jeremy Olander, Wakanapi by Pryda, and his own Nightride. He did a great job building up the anticipation for Eric with an impeccable track selection. My personal highlight from his set had to be when he dropped Jeremy Olander’s Let Me Feel. I’ve listened to it 50 times since it was released and hearing it live makes it all the more epic. My other highlights were Fehrplay’s remix of Everyday, Incognito, and his newest release I Can’t Stop It.
After Fehrplay worked the crowd into a frenzy, Eric Prydz stepped up to the decks to put us all into body bags. Eric delivered a classic Pryda set with masterful builds and flawless mixing. The 2+ hours felt more like one continuous song rather than separate tracks mixed together, that’s how good this guy is. He kicked things off with his MASSIVE tune Welcome To My House. He followed that up with an ID-ID that has the interwebs buzzing right now. Then came his unreleased Rotunda and another unreleased Pryda track that’s being dubbed Warfield ID. It was quite the pleasure to hear some unreleased stuff from Eric that I had never heard before. Next came Pryda- Glimma, the Eric Prydz Dub Mix of Let Me Feel, and Pryda- Juletider. Check out these two videos that cover this whole selection of tracks.
The second half of his set Eric got deeeeeeeeeeeep. Tracks that stood out during this part of the set included the EPIC mix of Cirez D- Knockout, Pryda- Power Drive, Guy J & Henry Saiz- Meridian (Pryda Remix), and my highlight of the entire night Faithless- Not Going Home (Eric’s Insomnia Bootleg).
Eric played not one, but TWO encores. If the sound engineer didn’t cut his sound he probably would’ve played all night. The first encore was his amazing We Are Mirage mashup and the second encore was his most classic Pryda track, Pjanoo.
Overall, it was an incredible night of music and absolute privilege to see those two masterful producers and DJ’s perform. Eric Prydz is going to be in the states all year so if he comes to a city near you, DO NOT MISS HIM. I’m lucky enough to see Fehrplay again at Vessel in SF next month.
Check out this link for a full setlist from Eric’s set: http://www.1001tracklists.com/tracklist/25399_eric-prydz-at-the-warfield-san-francisco-united-states-2013-03-09.html
The trance community was blessed with a fantastic gift this Monday when Anjunabeats Volume 10 was released. The tenth installment from Above & Beyond showcases plenty of amazing new tracks from the Anjuna roster. It really is cool how every artist on the album fits the Anjunabeats sound and mold so well. I’m going to feature my five favorite tracks, but do yourself a favor and listen to the album from start to finish. It’s mixed flawlessly together by the trio of Paavo, Tony, and Jono.
Walter White is the brand new Above & Beyond track created specifically for this album. Their ode to the Breaking Bad badass, this song appropriately gets down and dirty. The first half of the song is a break from A&B’s norm, but the second drop has that classic euphoric sound.
A track that surprised me in a big way was Believe In Me by the young Russian, Arty. This is my favorite Arty song since the Around The World and Rebound days. He gets back to that type of sound and the result is fantastic.
If there is one word to describe Super 8 & Tab, it’s consistency. The Finish duo pump out quality track after quality track. Their latest hit L.A. on the Anjunabeats imprint is no different. It features the familiar chord play that makes Super 8 & Tab stand out above the rest.
I absolutely love this next song from Germans, Kyau & Albert. It’s just flat out fun! The title, Glühwürmchen, is German for glow worm. Easily one of the best titles ever. It’s impossible not to dance and jump around while listening to this song.
Ronski Speed is a veteran of the trance game who never disappoints. I’ve found myself listening to a lot of his stuff lately. Pink Skye is my personal favorite on the compilation, and one of two Ronski Speed songs that are featured. The middle of the track is a beautiful, harmonic chorus with soft soothing vocals. Then a surprise at the end with a nasty drop out of nowhere.
Got a new “trance” banger for you today. I love this track, I just truly don’t buy that it is trance whatsoever. Just call it what it is, a bangin progressive house song- there’s nothing wrong with that. Anyways, Armin Van Buuren and W&W have teamed up to produce this new anthem. The second drop sounds like dutch house, which is right up my alley. Look for this massive release to get a lot of attention in DJ sets at festivals all around the world.
Alexander Popov, Anjunabeats Volume 10, armin van buuren, arty, ASOT 2013, bt, Elektra, ferry corsten, Gaia, Humming The Lights, Kudawudashuda, Lost Language, Nehalennia, Ronski Speed, Sanity Dub, Skylarking, Super 8 & Tab, trance
My deepest apologies for not providing the weekly dose of trance last week. To make up for it, I’m giving you a double dose of Trance Thursday with six brand new trance bangers. This week’s throwback track is a classic from Super 8 & Tab and is one of my favorite trance songs of all time.
Ferry Corsten has been taking a lot of heat lately for straying away from his trance sound and producing more progressive oriented tunes. Well luckily for all of us, Ferry is back with a vengeance and getting back to his roots. Kudawudashuda was first premiered by Ferry at some of his NYE shows POP and White Wonderland. It’s a choppy, hard-hitting progressive trance track with blaring synths echoing during the breakdown. Let’s hope that Ferry continues this trend and continues to pump out more true trance for the rest of 2013.
The Anjunabeats Vol. 10 release party was held in NYC last weekend at Roseland Ballroom. Sanity Dub by Ronski Speed has been featured recently in Group Therapy Radio episodes. It’s an upbeat, progressive trance song with plenty of melodic and dreamy chords that we’ve come to love from Anjunabeats. The compilation album from Above & Beyond is slated to release March 6th.
These next songs were all featured in Armin van Buuren’s latex mix album, A State Of Trance 2013. I selected four of my favorites to share for Trance Thursday.
Nehalennia is a collaboration between Armin and Arty that no one saw coming. In a recent interview, Arty proclaimed that he would get back to his trance sound in 2013. Well this song is definitely proof of that, and if he sticks to his word we’re in for some great music from the young Russian this year.
BT’s newest release Skylarking is an absolute masterpiece. It’s melodic trance to the core and the perfect tune to relax and set your mind free. BT has been absent from the trance scene lately so hopefully this is a sign for more releases in the near future.
Gaia is AvB’s heavy trance alias. He always cranks up the BPM on his Gaia releases and Humming The Lights is no different. Armin has been promoting a Who’s Afraid of 138 campaign recently, shifting the focus back to the true trance sound of super fast beats and pounding basslines. This song doesn’t quite get up to 138, but it seems we won’t be seeing any more We Are Here To Make Some Noise type songs from Armin.
Lost Language is yet another standout production from Alexander Popov. I love trance songs that start soft and slow. This track features exactly that with a brief, echoing voice sample. Then all of a sudden the bass starts thumping and the journey is off.
Super 8 & Tab released Elektra back in 2008. This is one of my favorite trance songs of all time and I think you’ll see why. It’s melodic and uplifting, yet funky and heavy at the same time. It features amazing progression, and it’s one of the songs that put Super 8 & Tab on the map.
Starting things off, we’ve got the latest Anjunabeats release and yet another song from the upcoming Anjunabeats Vol. 10 compilation. Nitrous Oxide brings us K.O. and I could not think of a more perfect song title. This track literally punches you in the face. Atmospheric synths, a grinding low end and quick key play are evident throughout while a minimal electro trance drop gives the track power for the live venue.
Rank 1 are titans of trance music and are widely regarded as one of the originators of the Dutch trance sound pioneered by AvB, Ferry Corsten, and Tiesto circa 2007. Their new collaboration with M.I.K.E. entitled Elements Of Nature should bring a smile to trance fans everywhere. A dark melodic tune with a fast-paced and uplifting vibe, Elements Of Nature puts a fresh spin on some of the more classic elements that encompass trance music.
Armin van Buuren’s 1999 hit Communication is undoubtedly one of the most iconic tracks in trance history. Its dark, haunting melody has stood the test of time, and while it certainly has a classic, late 90′s vibe it also still sounds amazing in 2013. With the ASOT 600 Expedition Tour right around the corner, Armin has released a 2013 remix package for Communication. Faruk Sabanci’s rendering enhances the airy piano theme and retools the main hook into a big, dramatic, and utterly riveting cascade of synths.
Ferry Corsten is without a doubt a legend in the trance scene. He’s been in the game for 20 years and continues to pump out hit after hit. His famous track Punk is one of his best efforts and one would think any remix would fail in comparison to the original. Well the young Russian, Arty, set out to prove the doubters wrong and boy did he ever. Released just over two years ago, Arty’s remix of Punk is one of my favorite dance songs of all time. I have never not heard this song go completely off in a live setting. Every time it gets played, people lose their shit and the dance floor gets destroyed. This is one of those songs that you’ll never get tired of, and when it gets stuck in your head it’s a pleasurable thing not an annoyance.
If you have not yet heard Eric Prydz’s Essential Mix that aired Friday night on BBC Radio 1, then I have a bit of advice for you. Set aside two hours this evening, dim the lights in your room, get a pair of high quality headphones or home sound system, and press play. This is quite possibly the most epic, intoxicating, hypnotizing mix of music that I’ve ever heard! Listening to this mix takes you to a completely different world, the land of Pryda. Within the first twenty minutes, I found myself completely lost in Eric’s beautiful, deep, melodic music. It seemed like I had merely listened to just two tracks, instead of the five that Eric had mixed together flawlessly over that period of time. He managed to throw in 15 unreleased tracks from the Pryda/Pryda friend’s labels, giving us a mix chalk full of tunes that I had never heard before. It’s amazing how Eric has released so much music in the last year, yet managed to go deep into his bag of tricks to give us these gems. You might not hear many of these tracks again for a long time, so appreciate this mix for what it is and the tunes Eric decided to showcase. A notable track comes from newcomer Cory Lasser who is based out of Brooklyn, NY. Apparently, he sent Eric his track Cypher in a Twitter message, and Eric loved it so much that he decided to feature it in his mix…how cool is that?! Other standout tracks include the Pryda- ID from his Epic Radio Podcast 003, Pryda- Liam, Pryda- Snaz, Cirez D- Drums In The Deep, and the absolute mega-bomb from Pryda called Power Drive. I’m going to go on record right now and crown this the Essential Mix Of The Year for 2013. There is just no way in hell that this mix is going to be topped.