The Future Of Trance In Action

The Future Of Trance In Action
Loveevolution in Oakland, California - Photography by Larry Eiring

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Kyau And Albert’s Once In A Life Is Alive With Tritonal’s Remix

Listen to the Tritonal remix of Kyau and Albert’s latest, Once In A Life (Tritional Remix) and you get the feeling that something big is about to happen. The good news is that what you are feeling would be correct.  The track which is shooting up the charts and getting top airplay by the likes of Above and Beyond on TATW starts out with a uniquely curious snapping beat and then quickly ramps into a driving bassline that will get you and everyone else on the dance floor moving. Your heart beats faster and faster until swirling melodies morph into vocals fading back and forth like waves on the beach. But these are not crashing waves, but soothing waves that beckon you deeper into the sound of trance at its best. Pulsating waves of energy seductively carry you higher and higher on a ride that leaves you breathless but oh so alive. This one’s going to generate a lot of life in the clubs and all you need to do is jump in and go along for the great ride.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Shogun Remix Brings John O'Callaghan's Perfection Home

Irish superstar DJ John O’Callaghan’s latest album “Unfold” contains a myriad of sensational tracks, including “Perfection”, but now producer Shogun has pulled together what I think will be the definitive remix of the track. The underlying warmth of Perfection (Shogun Remix) is highlighted with just the right amount of upbeat in the bassline. Swirling melodic up-tones wrap around the vocals of Cathy Burton like a velvet glove on a beautiful hand. All the while, you are being transported – in classic O’Callaghan style- gently upward to a nicely floating break-point, momentum building, energy rising until BAMMMM!, the gates open and it’s off to high-drive on the dance floor. Yes, John O’Callaghan and Shogun have given us a little bit of perfection for us to dance to over this coming winter in the clubs. Thank you!!

Perfection (Shogun Remix) lands at #18 on the Beatport Trance Top 100 this week.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Abstract Vision and Elite Electronics’ Latest, Never Forget, Hits the Mark All Around

The newest release from the duo Abstract Vision and Elite Electronic, Never Forget is not only a great effort, but with three well-done and independent sounding remixes in addition to the Original Mix, there’s  a remix for just about everyone. My personal fav is the Store N Forward Remix. This is the mix for the clubs. The hard-driving bass sound zip-morphs into a nicely melodic flow that is both warming and energetic. The energy builds slowly to several got-to-get-you-moving dance plateaus before rising to a crescendo that just about leaves you breathless, only to slowly drop you down and back up again. The Store N Forward Remix has just the right amount of ups and downs coupled with an amazingly beautiful trance melodic sound to bring the crowds at the club to their feet and still leave them some energy to spare. I predict this one will be very big for Abstract Vision and Elite Electronic.

Abstract Vision and Elite Electronic - Never Forget (Store N Forward Remix), Infrasonic Records.  (Currently #46 on the Beatport Trance Top 100)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Explosive New Track From Jorn van Deynhoven!

The producer that brought you the definitive mix of DJ RAM’s “RAMsterdam” is back with a hard-hitting and explosive new track, Spotlight (Original Mix). This track which appears on Armin Van Buuren’s Universal Religion Chapter 5 album starts out with hard-hitting bass and never stops satisfying from there. A swirling build-up plateaus with almost a sonic boom that melts into a warm melodic river of sound that carries you over the clouds that gradually turns into pulses of pure trance energy. In classic Jorn van Deynhoven style, Spotlight takes you out to the limits and back over and over, finally ending where you began. It’s a journey that is sure to leave you in the spotlight on the dance floor. Destined to be a trance hit, Spotlight (Original Mix) debuts at #8 on the Beatport Trance Top 100 Chart this week.

Spotlight (Original Mix) Jorn van Deynhoven, Armada Music

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

This Track Really Does Rise Like A Phoenix From The Flames!

The new track Phoenix From The Flames (Club Mix) released recently by Boom Jinx featuring Justine Suissa on the Anjunabeats label is made to move the dance floor. First, it’s great to once again have Justine Suissa back on a track that highlights her exceptional vocal range. Her soprano treatment just works perfectly here, especially on the refrain “now you’re coming back home, coming home to me….” The uplifting beat and building momentum throughout the track serves as just the right foundation of trance energy that will play well on the dance floor. There’s no doubt that this one is a winner for Boom Jinx. I think we can look for many remixes of this one. Expect a lot of play at the clubs - so go and dance your heart away like a phoenix from the flames!

Currently #7 on the Beatport Top 100 Trance Track List!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Yes...You should Believe (Sean Tyas feat. David Berkeley)

Sean Tyas has come at us again with another unique melodic trance anthem mix, this time featuring the smooth and sexy voice of David Berkeley. Believe (Original Mix), draws you in in typical Tyas style and keeps the momentum building at just the right measured pace and holds onto you with a firm grip in velvet gloves.  Berkeley's vocals will have the dance floor crowd rising up,  hands raised with bodies swaying as they feed off the emotion of the lyrics and sound. The repetitive "there's nothing I feel" that begins at the 5:05 mark ramps up and builds this emotional energy to even greater heights. In fact, I'd bet there may even be some tears streaming down some clubber's faces towards the end of this one. Seductive, emotional, mesmerizing...Sean Tyas and David Berkeley make you truly believe.

Sean Tyas feat. David Berkeley - Believe (Original Mix)  Released 11/7/2011 on Tytanium Recordings

Welcome to the Future Of Trance!

First, welcome to my new blog - dedicated to sharing my perspectives on what I think is the best in new trance music. I'll be sharing my views periodically (hopefully at least a couple times each week) with you and hope you'll submit your comments back. I'd certainly welcome that and so would the DJ's and artists who put their all into the music that I love with a passion.

As a matter of introduction, I'm just a regular guy living in Northern California. I "discovered" trance music about seven years ago via the music of Paul Van Dyk. Needless to say, I was hooked. Since then, I have gotten deeper into the scene. In fact, about 80% of the music I listen to is trance and 70% of my large iTunes library consists of trance tracks from many of the top trance DJ's today. I catch my fav DJ's whenever I can here in San Francisco and have seen Armin Van Buuren, Dash Berlin, John O'Callaghan, Markus Schultz, Blake Jarrell, Gareth Emery, Filo & Peri and Paul Van Dyk in 2011 alone. Add to these, I've had the privilege of meeting Giuseppe Ottaviani in person and am friends with the amazing Audrey Gallagher. With all of that under my belt and more to come, I think I'm somewhat qualified to air my views publicly.

I hope you'll find what I have to say informative, interesting and occasionally provocative. I also hope you'll become a follower and subscribe to my new FUTURE OF TRANCE blog! Thanks for participating.

To start things off, here's my favorite trance vocal track and video of 2011: "Disarm Yourself" by Dash Berlin feat. Emma Hewitt >

Here's what I said when the video was released and my view remains the same today:
One of the best trance videos I've seen in a long time for a deceivingly powerful song. By shooting in black and white and alternating the fast-paced exterior scenes with Ms. Hewitt's slow-motion close-ups, the video seductively and emotionally draws you in while visually driving home the song's message. The way the club scenes are shot brilliantly adds to the energy of the song and underscores what trance is all about. Simply, one awesome production!

This track and then seeing Dash Berlin live is what compelled me to enthusiastically state, "Dash Berlin IS the future of trance."

Comments, please!