Would anyone deny that 2011 was Dash Berlin’s year? The dutch DJ/producer rocketed up seven notches in the DJMag Top 100 DJ chart to an impressive #8. With a solid schedule of touring and instantly recognizable tracks like “Disarm Yourself” and “Better Half of Me”, Dash Berlin used 2011 to build his base across the globe. When I first saw Dash Berlin early in 2011 in San Francisco, I immediately tweeted, “I have seen the future of trance, and it is Dash Berlin.” In my Future Of Trance Top 25 for 2011, Dash Berlin deservedly takes spots #1 and #3.
And what a year it has been for the beautiful Australian vocalist Emma Hewitt! At just about every weekly turn, her wonderful voice was being featured on a new track. Working with the likes of Dash Berlin and Cosmic Gate, Ms. Hewitt has risen to global super stardom in the genre. Her vocals in Dash Berlin’s Disarm Yourself make it arguably one of the best vocal trance tracks since John O’Callaghan and Audrey Gallagher gave us the classic Big Sky. With the continued popularity in vocal trance and with every top DJ looking to have her work with them, there can be no doubt that we’ll see even more of Emma Hewitt in 2012.
2011 also saw strong, even great, efforts from rising star DJ/producers Cosmic Gate (which produced my #1 trance album of the year in Wake Your Mind), Aly & Fila, Blake Jarrell and Shogun. Core trance DJ’s such as Gareth Emery, John O’Callaghan and Armin van Buuren also gave us solid, often surprisingly evolutionary tracks to move to on the dance floor. All of which made attempting to select just 25 top trance tracks quite a challenge. Certainly not everyone will agree with my choices as listed – that’s expected. Assuredly, my list below contains some of what you will expect, but I’m betting some of my selections may surprise you as well. Take for instance my choice of Bryan Kearney with Ong Namo (Neptune Project’s In Search of the Mayans Remix) at #7. I found Neptune Project’s remix to be an effective mix of “old” style melodic trance and future-forward progressive overtones with sensual vocals driving the tune right to your heart. It’s just the type of trance mix that is becoming the foundation for the future of the genre. Another surprise may be my choice of Tristan D’s intensely energetic Interstate 5 (Original Mix) . From the first beats to the explosive end, you feel like you have a rocket strapped on your back. If you’ve never driven on Interstate 5 (and I have many times) one listen to this track will let you know exactly what it is like! Love the track big time!
I now invite you to take a look at my Future Of Trance Top 25 of 2011. Then take a listen to the tracks - if you haven’t heard them before. Who knows, you may come across something that surprises you and curiously invites you to dig just a bit deeper into this amazingly beautiful, technically exceptional music of today and tomorrow. Trance IS the future and it’s here NOW!
The Future Of Trance Top 25 Tracks of 2011
(as listed by Larry Eiring)
1. Dash Berlin feat. Emma Hewitt – Disarm Yourself (Club Mix)(Official Video is linked here)- Aropa Records (Armada)
7. Bryan Kearney feat. Snatam Kaur – Ong Namo (Neptune Project’s In Search of the Mayans Remix)- Future Sound of Egypt
13. John O’Callaghan feat. Betsie Larkin – Save This Moment (Gareth Emery Remix)-Subculture (Armada)
20. John O’Callaghan feat. Audrey Gallagher – Bring Back The Sun (Max Graham &Protoculture Remix)-Subculture (Armada)
Honored Mentions (All excellent tracks, I just had to place them somewhere!)>Right Face –Deep Impression (Adam Nickey Remix)- Enhanced Recordings
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