Thursday, February 28, 2019

Track Review: "Our Reflections" by MBX (The Remixes)

With every trance label and artist creating quality trance these days, it is hard to keep up with latest releases even if you pay attention to the many radio shows/podcasts available. However, upon getting an exclusive listen to the remixes of "Our Reflections" by MBX, it's clear the team has once again continued their integral part within the scene. OHM Music may not be a label most know about, but they should.

Upon its official release March 8, 2019, you have 3 separate remixes to indulge. H3 has created a deep mix that aligns with a progressive feel. Both Ambyt and Apollo Nash have created extended remixes that offer a new take while keeping the integrity of the original track. Despite your opinion on remixing music, please listen to these remixes and commend the entire team for their artistry.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Track Review: "Predator vs. Prey" by Fisherman

Your challenge as a reader or new reader of this blog is to search for previous posts featuring tracks by Fisherman & Hawkins. Together, this duo created some great tracks on Coldharbour Recordings and beyond. However, they are no longer a duo, but Fisherman has continued with great solo tracks sure to keep the great vibes going.

In order to follow up 'Jaguar' and the successful Airwalk Festival, the release of "Predator vs. Prey" is upon us as trance fans. Fresh off the presses on Coldharbour with plays on Global DJ Broadcast as well as in various DJ sets, this track not only incorporates the signature sound by the label, but also melodic layers you may think you have already heard. As the artwork above suggests, there is an overall theme to this track, which happens a lot in trance. Either way, please support this track currently out now!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Album Review: 'Tales From The Temple' by Key4050

Perhaps an explanation of who is Key4050 is necessary for those who have yet to warm up to the world of trance music. Bryan Kearney and John O' Callaghan have teamed up in both DJ sets and production to create Key4050. While both Bryan Kearney and John O' Callaghan have made a name for themselves through their solo production, DJ sets, and labels, this collaboration has been well received. They pride themselves in changing live DJ sets to showcase musicality.  Without going too much in depth about sub-genres of trance, they both feature uplifting, euphoric, and vocal trance in which some would revere as the core of trance.

'Tales From The Temple' is a labor of love by the duo that features 32 tracks on two "CD's" (parts for those who stream their music in this day and age).  Upon learning it took years to produce this album, release of this journey is fantastic. For those who have been fans of trance music for awhile, this album does not take word journey lightly.  In fact, as you listen to this album in it's entirety, you might get the sense of nostalgia of the trance released in the 1990's.  This collaboration just works, and they truly have created a masterpiece in a L.P. album. Please support this album in anyway you choose!


Monday, February 18, 2019

Track Review: "Traffic" by Tiesto (Arkham Knights Remix)

A history lesson is necessary prior to this review. One of electronic dance music's pioneers was DJ Tiesto back in the 1990's, in which most of his tracks were of the trance music genre. Then as electronic dance music became more popular, DJ was dropped from his name, and his sound and style changed. However, back then, one of Tiesto's most iconic tracks was "Traffic".

As evident time and time again on this blog, Arkham Knights have truly made a name for themselves in production out of Coldharbour Recordings.  This brother duo has been mentored by Markus Schulz, and has become one of the most sought out trance duos to date. Not only have they had success with original tracks, but their remixes have attracted quite the following.

Arkham Knights have managed to add their signature techno infused beats and re-orchestrate the original track brilliantly. In keeping the original track for the most part, you can not help but love the modern touches they have added.  Please support this track currently out now via Global DJ Broadcast February Top 20 Compilation!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Track Review: "Gemini" by Euphoric Nation

It's been awhile since we featured a track or artist from OHM Music, but upon listening to this tune, it was necessary to highlight the talent.  If you go back to previous posts, you might recall Euphoric Nation as a reliable artist on the roster. The collective team spearheaded by Omair Mirza has certainly made their name for progressive, trance, and soon techno.

"Gemini" incorporates driving beats that build in order to include the necessary melodic layers key to trance.  You can not ignore the progressive feel throughout the track, which bodes nicely with the overall sound the label has established. As the artwork and artist name suggest, a euphoric theme enhances the overall mood of the track. Please make sure to pick up your copy February 22, 2019!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Track Review: "Lethal" by Dave Neven

As you may know as a frequent reader of this blog, Coldharbour Recordings gets a lot of love around here. The darker sound spearheaded by Markus Schulz adds another layer to trance as well as techno with Coldharbour Black. In fact, Dave Neven has been featured many times in previous posts on this blog for his integration of melodic layers and interesting beats that align with the sound of Coldharbour.

"Lethal" is a track full of anthemic melodies mixed with deep yet enticing beats that set it apart from tracks released in the genre. No matter what label or sound is your favorite, you should support the evolution of trance as a genre. Mr. Neven has already shown his range through tracks that are vocal, collaborations, and solo efforts. "Lethal" is currently out NOW, so please support it anyway you can!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Track Review: "Need To Feel Loved" by Reflekt (Cosmic Gate & Foret Rework)

Unless you pay attention almost to the degree of unhealthy obsession with the happenings in trance, you might not realize the 20 Year Milestone Cosmic Gate is celebrating. However, this blog is well aware of all the previously mentioned, and excited to listen to new album, and to see where their world tour takes them.  The German duo has been creating great trance anthems and remixes that have been pleasing the masses (check out their remix of Gabriel & Dresden's "Only Road").

"Need To Feel Loved" is a great track by Reflekt in its own right, but a rework to celebrate longevity in electronic & trance music should be welcomed. The combination of deep driving beats, melodic layers, and delightful vocals make this rework fantastic.  Check it out for yourself!

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Album Review: 'Into Clouds' by Luttrell

Despite the fear of sounding redundant, it's time to highlight a close relative of trance music.  House music has inhabited many forms over the years, and just like trance, embraced what is called a progressive sound. That explained, a sister label to the popular label spearheaded by Above & Beyond Anjunbeats has spawned Anjunadeep.  As you can garner, the "deep" is a tribute to the house and techno sound that seems to bridge the gap among genres in electronic dance music.

Eric Luttrell was once in group embracing the many forms of electronic dance music, but has now found his solo way to the Anjunafamily as Luttrell.  His mellow yet invigorating melodies have garnered quite the following, and it's nice that 'Into Clouds' is doing just that. Whether a track features distorted/modern vocals or enticing melodies and deep beats, the entire album is unique while embracing familiar sounds in progressive house. This style of music featured on Anjunadeep is just catchy enough to get you to dance without wearing out its welcome.  Pick up your copy of 'Into Clouds' at your earliest convenience today!