SpaceOdyssey (Original Mix) is one of those trace tracks that not only you can’t ignore, but you want to hear more of. From the slow melodic entry complete with voice-over and countdown, through a paced build up and increasing bass, to what can only be called the “take-off point”, Shogun keeps you captivated from the very start. Then the real ride begins. Wavering melodies play back and forth with pounding bass that can only be described as a real interstellar journey! This is one track that really comes forth as its title describes!
First revealed as part of Armin Van Buuren’s Universal Religion Chapter 5, Lotus (Original Mix) is one beautiful track. I have always enjoyed the warm, future-forward sounds produced by Shogun and have marveled in seeing his sound grow more and more unique with every new release. With Lotus, Shogun’s redefining of melodic trance in his own style has reached a new milestone. Starting with a pounding bass-line and building into the signature Shogun melodic style, a perfect vibe rides us on an easy-to-feel wave that slowly builds with energy. It is almost as if you can see the lotus bloom rising out of the water with a determined air about what it is going to accomplish. Then, just as you expect a major explosion, Shogun gives us the opposite. A gentle rising melody with soft vocals tell us to “breathe…” and watch the lotus "rise and revive." That's exactly just what happens. The melody rises up and the lotus rises with you into a powerful and thrilling bloom of bass and melodies. This is one amazingly beautiful track with all of the rich feel and sensations that Shogun has become known for.
If you want to know what it means to “dream the trance dream” then Space Odyssey (Original Mix) and Lotus (Original Mix) will let you know exactly what it is! This is what I mean when I say "this is the future of trance!" I know I’ll be listening and dreaming to this pair of tracks a lot over the coming weeks!