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.
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.
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.
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.
Apologies for the absence of trance last week. However, I’ve got some amazing tunes for you today that will more than make up for it. We’ve got a couple new Armin van Buuren tracks to feature along with the two latest Anjunabeats releases. Let’s get to the music!
For 2013, Armin has welcomed some new challenges. One of them was creating the official film score for the Dutch movie Verliefd op Ibiza (In Love With Ibiza). Next to creating the score, he also produced the title song, the stunning Waiting For The Night. The original version is a more mellow trance offering from Armin. I wanted to feature the Beat Service Dub mix, which packs more of a punch and is destined to wreck clubs across the globe.
Next, we have a veritable BOMB from Armin and America’s Best DJ for 2012, Markus Schulz. These two trance titans have teamed up to provide the theme song for the ASOT 600 tour entitled The Expedition. The theme songs for Armin’s ASOT tours are really just a promotional tool, but they’ve given the trance community some full fledged anthems the last couple years. Armin’s Status Excessu D was the theme for ASOT 500, and W&W’s meteoric rise last year was in large part due to their ASOT 550 theme Invasion. The Expedition fittingly represents the best aspects of each artist, pairing Armin’s tireless energy and taste for the magnificent with Markus’ multifaceted sound.
iLan Bluestone follows up his previous Anjunabeats effort Capetown with the newly released Sinai. Much like Audien’s Wayfarer, this was yet another release that was premiered by Above & Beyond during their live Group Therapy 001 episode in Bangalore, India. Sinai, much like his previous releases, is a uplifting trance track with atmospheric synths, a lush soundscape, tribal style chants, and subtle trance styled electro stabs. iLan Bluestone is yet another name to watch on the vaunted Anjunabeats roster for 2013.
Ost & Meyer are back at it again, following up Lift Off (previously featured a couple weeks ago on Trance Thursday) with Here We Go. Yet another banger from Anjunabeats, this is set to be featured on the upcoming Anjunabeats Volume 10 compilation. The song combines entrancing piano melodies, atmospheric pads and an upbeat bass line that helps bridge the gap between progressive & trance. It defines that trance 2.0 sound that Anjunabeats has become known for.
We’re headed to the deep end for this week’s throwback track. Today, we’ve got a release from the Anjunadeep 02 compilation from 2009. Solarity is a production duo based out of London, and they’ve been providing eclectic tunes on the Anjunadeep label for the last several years. Diophantine is a simple, yet mesmerizing tune. The bassline is steady throughout, but the deep undertones and subtle nuances are what make this track so great.
I’M BACKKKK! And just in time to post my top ten trance tunes from this past year. 2012 may have been a breakout year for trance in the United States. The scene absolutely exploded here and the rise of the Trance Family was quite evident. I’m really excited to see what is in store for the genre in 2013, but before we get there let’s take a quick look back at the top 10 from 2012.
10. Tritonal- Slave (Tritonal & Ben Gold Club Dub)
Yes, I’m extremely biased toward Tritonal. I couldn’t make this list without posting at least one track from Chad and Dave. Slave was definitely the biggest track for the Tritonians from the past year. USA!
This was one of the more underrated trance songs of this year. The build draws you in right from start. Once the bass hammer is dropped, there is no looking back. After the epic build comes a beautiful breakdown that sets up the crazy euphoric drop. Mad props go out to Rafael Frost for this amazingly crafted song.
8. Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange feat. Kerry Leva- In And Out Of Phase
Time to get a little deeper with my second favorite member of the Anjunabeats family, Andrew Bayer. In And Out Of Phase was one of the standout selections from Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats Vol. 9 compilation. It’s definitely got more of a deeper, progressive feel, but is still plenty worthy of wrecking the dancefloor. Andrew Bayer has a new album coming out in 2013, and it’s safe to say he’ll have another massive year.
The original mix of Brute came out in 2011, but I’m able to feature this rework that was just released by Armin back in October. Brute is nothing short of a trance anthem. It’s trance music to the core with the fast pace, pounding drums, and heavy bass. The extra drum sequences added by Armin in this version put the icing on the cake.
Above & Beyond have been hammering out Bloom in most of their sets this year. It’s yet another banger from Anjunabeats and the perfect example of the ever growing trance 2.0 sound. The heavy bassline and pumping horns kick things off. The synth filled breakdown and drop get you lifted.
Two trance titans come together to rework the 1992 trance classic. The result is nothing short of incredible. Loops and Tings is a hypnotizing trance tune that got play across the globe in 2012. It was a staple for many of the top dj’s playing at Ibiza, ASOT Invasion, UMF, EDC, Creamfields, and Tomorrowland.
A&B released a slew of club mixes from their Group Therapy album in the last year. On My Way To Heaven was definitely the standout from the bunch. The buildup is one of the dirtiest we’ve seen from the UK group. It has a pounding, pulsing bassline and the vocals layered over the top are perfection. Having witnessed this song live at EDC and A&B’s Warfield show in SF, the drop goes off!
3. Dash Berlin feat. Emma Hewitt- Waiting (W&W Remix)
The original mix of Waiting was already a huge track in and of itself, but the W&W remix takes things to a whole ‘nother level. W&W probably experienced the biggest rise in popularity of any trance DJ(s) in 2012. The boys from the Netherlands took off thanks to help from Armin van Buuren. Their ASOT 550 anthem Invasion put them on the map, but this tune was by far their highlight of 2012. The drop is massive so crank this shit up to the max and get the party started!
Omnia and Ira are individual trance producers that teamed up to give us one of the year’s biggest hits. The song takes off right around the 1:00 mark. The glitchy synths and pounding bass grab your attention right away leading to the incredible build. The drop will make jump up and reach for the heavens.
Gareth Emery had another massive 2012 by releasing The Saga, DUI, and his remix of Labyrinth’s Last Time. However, Concrete Angel was by far his best song this year and IMO was the top trance tune of 2012. Thankfully, it was released all the way back in February so we got to enjoy the song for most of the year. I probably heard this track played in 90% of the trance dj sets I experienced live in 2012. That’s how massive this tune was. I also included the HUGE Craig Connelly remix for your listening pleasure. It was an incredible year for the Trance Family, cheers to an even bigger 2013!
Greetings friends! The San Francisco Giants just took game 2 from the Tigers and I’m headed to see Tritonal at Ruby Skye in a matter of hours. I’m pretty much on cloud nine right now, and can’t wait for another epic show with my fellow Tritonians. Because of the show, I decided to feature nothing but Tritonal tracks for the 4th installment of Trance Thursday.
Starting it off, I’ve got a brand new mashup from Chad and Dave. Much like Kaskade, the boys from Tritonal LOVE giving away free mashup goodies on their SoundCloud page. The latest is a blend of their epic track Slave with the lyrics from Tiesto and BT’s Break My Heart. Slave was the song that made me fall in love with Tritonal, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
Azuca was first premiered at EDC Vegas back in June. Cookie Monster and I experienced first hand what this track does to the festival crowd. This song is nothing short of anthem status, and it may have been the stand out track from what Chad and Dave declare as their best show EVER.
Tritonal’s remix of Caught reminds me a little bit of Zodiac by Jochen Miller. There are fun glitchy sounds thrown around at various spots. The combination of the beat, vocals, and chord progression will certainly put you into a state of trance.
To end things, I’ve got a really dope remix the boys did of Craig Connelly’s Absolute Electric. The signature Tritonal sound is very evident in this song. The breakdown in the middle portion of the song is incredible and really sets you up for the party that takes place in the last couple minutes.
I recently begun listing to Tydi the Australian progressive trance phenom. I really don’t get what took me so long to realize this kids greatness. He has spun next to greats like Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Markus Schulz and Paul Van Dyk and is the mastermind behind epic tracks like Vanilla, Calling, You Walk Away and Half Light. He recently released his new album Shooting Stars this past summer, full of euphoric melodies and harmonious vocals. Here are a my few favorite tracks of the album to sample, but I would suggest downloading the whole album.
I first heard this track at the Identity Festival in San Francisco. It was played by the smoking hot Nervo twins haha. Although the build up is 4 minutes and just ok, the drop is most spectacular and gets me moving! Download: The Good Men – Give It Up (2011 Edit)
I don’t know why I have never posted this song. It’s a must have, and one of the best Daft Punk remixes I have heard. The image of the white rabbit jumping on stilts at Beyond Wonderland to this song during Porter Robinsons set is permanently burned into my brain. Those of you who were there can relate. Pure jubilation! Download: Daft Punk – One More Time (Mike Candys & Jack Holiday Remix)