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.
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.
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.
Happy Monday WHYH! To get the week started off right, I’ve got an amazing new Anjunabeats release from my boy Audien. Nate Rathbun, aka Audien, just celebrated his 21st birthday last week and hails from the east coast shores of Connecticut. The relative newcomer is destined for greatness as evidenced by Wayfarer and his previous Anjunabeats release Eventide/Unity. It’s awesome seeing young American artists like Audien making waves in the trance scene and getting support from legends like Above & Beyond. Wayfarer is the perfect blend of progressive house and trance. It’s got an amazingly, uplifting sound with chords reminiscent of summer time. This song was the FIRST EVER song played on A&B’s new Group Therapy radio show. Nate also provided the guest mix for the last 30 minutes of the most recent Group Therapy 010 episode, which I’ve included below as well. This song is out on Beatport/iTunes today, so make sure to support America’s own Audien and purchase the track!
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!
9. Rafael Frost- Channel 4
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.
7. Armin van Buuren & Ferry Corsten- Brute (Armin’s Illegal Drum Edit)
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.
6. Norin & Rad- Bloom
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.
5. Ferry Corsten & Markus Schulz- Loops and Tings
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.
4. Above & Beyond- On My Way To Heaven (Club Mix)
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!
2. Omnia & Ira- The Fusion
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.
1. Gareth Emery feat. Christina Novelli- Concrete Angel (Incl. Craig Connelly Remix)
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!
Welcome in to another edition of Trance Thursday here at WHYH. Today I’ve got a new single from Gareth Emery and up and coming producer Ashley Wallbridge.
Last night I was actually having a discussion with Cookie Monster about the fact that lots of trance these days is just progressive house. This is a pretty good example of that. Good track, I just think people are losing track of what trance actually is. If you put an Apple sticker on a Dell…dude, its still a Dell. Hopefully when Count Van Count comes back, he can post some real trance.
Welcome back to another edition of Trance Thursday- my man Count Van Count is having some technical difficulties, and will be back ASAP. So you’re stuck with me, BigBird. This week I’m featuring Dutch duo W&W. These guys each had individual careers before joining up in 2007 to create W&W, and they’ve been an instant success. Their new single Lift Off resonated with me when I heard it because quite honestly, I don’t listen to much trance. This is much harder trance, and I dig it. I’m also a big fan of cool vocals, if you’ve got a song with a great build and a huge drop, why the fuck not?
So…”For all the people back on earth we have a message that we would like to send to you- Lift Off”
I like how these next two songs, Moscow and White Label, mesh together some harder elements with the trance undertones.
Invasion is an older track of theirs and is the most tradition trance sounding of the bunch. (apologies for the ASOT rip)
This last track, Shotgun is not for the faint hearted. I don’t know how they get away with labeling this as trance. But calling the song Shotgun, thats appropriate.
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.