Thursday, March 17, 2016

Artist Review: Arkham Knights

At first this was going to be a review about one or a couple of tracks from the duo Arkham Knights, but due to how much they are blowing up the trance music scene right now, an artist review is clearly the better choice.

If you are unfamiliar with Arkham Knights, it is okay, they have only been around for a year upon joining the Coldharbour Recordings family.  Before the breakdown of the tracks currently on rotation on Markus Schulz' Global DJ Broadcast as well as many trance fans playlists, it important to point out how fitting their sound of trance with a techno darker vibe is with the signature sound from the label.

Let's begin with the track "Knightfall".  From the minute you press play the intro builds, then builds more, followed by the beat and the first melody to catch your ear. The intricate beats from there add another layer to the track, and you know it is going to continue to build.  The marriage of the beats with the melody will grab a hold of you, and you are in for that trance track that you can't help but love.

"Urban Decay" is not just your average upbeat trance track that the intro presents. Once the melodies kick in, it is clear that this track is meant to be listened to in its entirety. The interlude followed by the drop of a harsher melody layered on top will lend to your enjoyment of the track.

"Blackgate" immediately begins with a driving beat to get your body moving. Then the MELODIES kick in, and you will find yourself with your hands in the air, perhaps with your eyes closed in that state of trance. The layers of beats build once again, but you know the melodies are going to return with such vigor, then they drop! Take a listen for yourself, if you haven't already done so.

Last, but certainly not least, "Legacy". The pattern of intros with such a beat and tempo to grab your attention continues. The layering of melodies kick in to get you moving once again. THEN the track really begins to build, with an intriguing melody to keep the vibe high. The melodies retain strength throughout the track along with the back beats. This recently released track on Coldharbour delights many during a set by Markus Schulz as well as those who tune into the Global DJ Broadcast weekly.

Along with other artists signed to Coldharbour, Arkham Knights is on FIRE right now, and they are just getting started. Can you imagine the tracks not yet released or thought of yet? Whether you are a long time fan of trance or new to the scene, listen then buy a couple or all of their released tracks for your auditory pleasure.

P.S. Be on the lookout for the interview/chat with Arkham Knights on the Trending Topics with BB Podcast!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Track Review: "Perfect Imperfection" by Omair Mirza Featuring Avari

First of all, as a fan of Trance music and the Coldharbour Recordings family, it is an honor to review such talent.

"Perfect Imperfection" has been played in a few sets by Markus Schulz recently, so the recent world premiere of this track on the Global DJ Broadcast did not come as a surprise. Being in the atmosphere at a recent open to close set, feeling the energy of the room, and enjoying the track with others was a treat.

The upbeat yet mysterious intro of the track followed by the vocals of Avari set the stage of a solid trance track. The melodies mixed in with the beat accompany as well as highlight the building vocals.  A great vocal trance track has a well rounded story within the lyrics, and this track does. Obviously, the entire production was met well by all involved.

Out of personal experience, the attraction to trance comes from the emotional euphoria one experiences while listening. The range of emotions felt while listening is unparalleled. "Perfect Imperfection" fulfills this as the underlying Coldhabour sound resonates. It is nice to have Omair Mirza return to the Coldharbour family with such a well produced, upbeat, and well sung track. Not excluding the international influence on trance music, but it's nice talent comes from the U.S. as well.

Looking forward to this track's release on Coldharbour Recordings on Monday March 21st! The anticipation of the accompanying music video should add to the building popularity by trance fans everywhere. This track not only deserves more than one listen, but should be added to your collection upon release!

P.S. Tune into the upcoming interview/chat with Omair Mirza & Avari on the Trending Topics with BB Podcast

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Open to Close with Markus Schulz

As featured on Brooke M. Brown, the following is a review about the recent Open to Close set by Markus Schulz!