Let’s face it; trance “purists” who feel that melodic and uplifting trance is being crushed by the progressive/house end of the genre may never acknowledge the likes of Mat Zo and Gareth Emery as they seek to evolve the genre into the future. So be it and to each their own. But how can anyone debate real genius when it starts you right in the face? Take Gareth Emery for example. Following his massive success the progressive/house hit “Tokyo” and last year’s hear-it-everywhere, “Mansion” Emery now drops “Concrete Angel (Original Mix).” The track starts off with a driving bass-line that melds into seductive vocals by Christina Novellli and slowly builds in melodic energy. The energy of the melodic notes lift Ms. Novelli’s beautiful voice like a gentle wind to a plateau of sound that envelops you ever so firmly and serves to perfectly support the lyrics, “Let me breath you in, and breath the words in your mouth, Inside your shivering, the silence shouts so loud. I just want to, I just want to stay around, and while my heart beats I promise I won't let you down. If I'm somewhere else it doesn't mean that I don't see, That you don't trust yourself, that's why you don't trust me, It makes me crazy, when you're crazy, you don't speak, You think you know me, but what you know is just skin deep…” At 2:33 in, melodic waves give way to the building bass beat supporting the next layers of Ms. Novelli’s beautiful vocals. This rising interplay between driving bass, melodic waves and vocal textures wrap around each other like beautiful dancers swirling in chiffon clouds ending with break and drop that is pure Gareth Emery. Put simply, the over seven minute ride that Emery and Novelli take us on with Concrete Angel (Original Mix) is a masterpiece of how “pure” melodic trance and progressive trance can work together. The track is a beautifully crafted example of how to seamlessly bring both energy and emotion to the dance floor. Five stars to Gareth Emery for his dedication to the future of the genre! Needless to say, I am really looking forward to hearing this track drop tonight when Gareth Emery comes to Ruby Skye in San Francisco.