Armin van Buuren releases full Tomorrowland set from A State of Trance stage

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Armin van Buuren releases full Tomorrowland set from A State of Trance stageTomorrowland Armin Van Buuren 2018

Armin van Buuren has shared his entire Tomorrowland weekend two set from this year’s set at the A State of Trance stage. Those who missed, or daydreamers trying to relive that day in festival history can now listen through the 43 tracks, in order, of which he played. Van Buuren opened with a dedication to his son, Remy, who turned five, before dropping into his new song with Vini Vici and Alok featuring Zafrir, “United.” Powering through, the trance legend hits songs produced by himself and close collaborators in the genre space such as W&W, Vini Vici, Gareth Emery, Dash Berlin, Conrad Sewell, Shapov, Josh Cumbee, Maor Levi, Mark Sixma, Super8 & Tab, STANDERWICK, Emma Hewitt, Ben Gold, and many more.

Van Buuren’s nearly two-hour set was one of three sets he played at one of the biggest festivals in the world. The other two sets took place on Tomorrowland’s infamous main stage. If four hours from the trance radio behemoth isn’t enough, he played a seven hour trance set at Untold Festival in Romania earlier this month and shared the full stream.

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Dreamstate SoCal stacks its 4th edition lineup high with B2Bs and new acts

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Dreamstate SoCal stacks its 4th edition lineup high with B2Bs and new actsDreamstate 2 ALive

Insomniac‘s trance brand Dreamstate has grown unbelievably over its short time on the dance circuit, expanding from its singular stage flagship event in San Bernadino to an international brand with festival stops in Australia and Central America — plus an ongoing rotation of themed events to boot. However, the aforementioned home of the brand remains as a steadfast leader of its events, and a good indicator of what’s to come. This year, Dreamstate bookers have picked quite the fresh lineup for the Southern California event’s fourth edition.

A variety of fresh, new acts have made the roster this time around — a usual for Dreamstate SoCal, which last year hosted the world debut of Key4050, among others. This year, Gareth Emery‘s new audiovisual Laserface show is indicated to be the most anticipated headlining performance, with other huge names like Paul van Dyk, Sander van Doorn‘s Purple Haze alias, and Ruben de Ronde likely joining van Dyk on the main stage. Two notable resurrections — First State, and Ferry Corsten under his System F moniker — are also on the list.

Two other notable new duos making their California debut are Gentech and Lost In Noise. The former is comprised of Mark Sherry and Scot Project, while the latter is a combination of Indecent Noise and Lostly. They’re joined by a multitude of other B2B performances as well, like Arctic Moon & RAM, Chris Schweizer & Heatbeat, and Sneijder & Sied van Riel, among others.

It’s also worth noting that there are fewer acts appearing on the lineup than usual. Pasquale and the Insomniac team have yet to reveal if they’ve scaled the event down to fewer than four stages, or if they’ve granted fan requests of longer set times — potentially to compensate for the wide array of B2B performances on the bill.

 

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Armin van Buuren throws a seven hour trance set at Untold Festival [WATCH]

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Armin van Buuren throws a seven hour trance set at Untold Festival [WATCH]Armin Van Buuren Rukes

Untold Festival 2018 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania was a hit as festival season’s first weekend in August kicked off. Headliners included DJs and electronic acts such as The Prodigy, The Black Eyed Peas, The Chainsmokers, Jason Derulo, Parov Stelar, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Kygo, Steve Aoki, and Tiësto.

Fans who were unable to make it to Romania had the pleasure of streaming wild sets from the weekend — including a legendary seven hour set from Armin van Buuren, who’s known to do extended sets at this event. The legendary Dutch DJ closed out the festival, starting at 2:00am on Monday morning, and ending shortly after 9:00am. The ASOT maestro far outpaced his performance from last year, which lasted only a mere 5 hours.

Reach for this one as the work day gets going. It’s great for pumping out those deliverables and updating those spreadsheets, and by the time its over, the whole work day will have been spent in trance-induced bliss.

H/T: DJ Mag 

Good Morning Mix: Cosmic Gate bring the heat in latest Anjunabeats mix

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Good Morning Mix: Cosmic Gate bring the heat in latest Anjunabeats mixCosmic Gate

Gearing up for their performance at Montreal’s îleSoniq in August, German trance legends Cosmic Gate have unleashed a gorgeous hour-long Anjunabeats Worldwide mix.

Over the course of the mix’s 60 minutes, the duo take their listeners on a journey through some of their own hits, like their remixes of Gabriel & Dresden and Rank1, along with new Anjuna releases like Kyau & Albert‘s “Tube Hearts.” They also support fellow Germans like Melih Kor by opening their mix with his rendition of Three Drives’ “Greece 2000.” From start to finish, the mix is packed with serene progressive productions and dreamy trance tracks that demonstrate why these two have been considered some of the best in the dance music industry for nearly two decades.

Cosmic Gate will perform at the Canadian festival on Friday, Aug. 10. More information is available here.

Spencer Brown turns Ilan Bluestone’s ‘Will We Remain?’ into a 2.0 wonder

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Spencer Brown turns Ilan Bluestone’s ‘Will We Remain?’ into a 2.0 wonderIlan Bluestoned Steelyard 26th May 2018 By Luke Dyson IMG 1116

Anjuna wunderkind Spencer Brown has stepped up to remix the latest single from his colleague Ilan Bluestone‘s debut artist album, Scars, released earlier this year. “Will We Remain?” is a collaboration between Maor Levi and Bluestone, along with vocals form El Waves. Now with the addition of the remix from Spencer Brown, it’s an Anjunabeats all-star collaboration, with three label favorites in the mix.

The original mix of “We Will Remain?” is in the classic anthem style we expect from Bluestone with emotive and soaring vocals and a beating heart of a melodic drop with tech elements. In Brown’s remix, he brings the production energy to a stripped back, progressive trance place where El Waves’ vocals really shine at peak passion. Following a string of original mix releases, this remix is a welcome switch up from Spencer Brown as his talent expands.

 

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Good Morning Mix: Neptune Project spin 3 hours of Anjunabeats Classics

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Neptune Project

Who can appreciate an energizing bit of nostalgia set at a high tempo to kick off the morning? We certainly can.

Behold — trance duo Neptune Project have released their three-hour Anjunabeats Classics set in full, which they recorded at a boat party in Australia earlier in the year. They’ve spun quite a walk, or should we say, “run,” down memory lane, opening on an ethereal note with Above & Beyond‘s ambient number “Tokyo,” and continue on into the Tri-State classic, “Stealing Time.” The journey kicks off from there, launching into an array of Anjunabeats treasures from stalwarts like Andy Moor, Andrew Bayer, Luminary, Super8 & Tab, and more.

Enjoy the ride.

Greenhaven DJs make impressive Wake Your Mind Records debut

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Nicolas Mendoza-Conner and Trevor Haimes of Greenhaven DJs are known for their tech infused trance music. The duo have been gaining considerable momentum in the trance scene as of late, and will only continue on the heels of their two new releases, “The Unexamined” and “The Hall of Records.”

The duo spoke to DA about both of the tracks, commenting on their unique inspirations for the songs.

“‘The Unexamined’ took a lot of inspiration from the movie “Blade Runner 2049” and the work that Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch did. From the start we wanted to make a tech trance track with a danceable rhythm that would work on the dancefloor. Something dark and dystopian sounding, but at the same time providing a sense of hope and yearning. It took us 1 and a half years to complete this track.

The amount of time that went into the production of this track is apparent with its drawn out build into an elaborate chord progression. It’s dark influences compliment the commanding drop making it a great live performance track.

“‘Hall of Records’ is the followup to our hit ‘Portal.’ We started it in 2015 and it is easily the most complex track we have ever finished. Three years and we estimate over two thousand hours to complete. We would describe the tune as a dark/progressive/tribal sounding dance track with a middle eastern vibe. We chose to call it “The Hall of Records” after learning about a tale of late American prophet Edgar Cayce who predicted we would find a library containing knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians and Atlantis in a cavity underneath the Sphinx.

“Hall of Records” features vocals by Brooke Tomlinson, who Trance fans will recognize from previous tracks with Markus Schulz. This one has radio potential, and it combines many unique elements to create a hit whole. Both releases along with their extended versions are out now on Cosmic Gate‘s Wake Your Mind Records.

The Radar 106: Monoverse

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Monoverse

It’s rare in today’s climate to hear of reputable new trance acts rising out of the United States. Monoverse is one of those few, and is helping lead a new generation of producers who crave sounds of trance that aren’t currently dominating the market. He’s additionally known an incredibly hard worker, building his brand through consistent output and planting himself firmly on the East Coast circuit before being recognized by the Cold Harbour camp and breaking through onto the global sphere.

Since then, Monoverse has been on a seemingly unstoppable ascension in his career. His work can regularly be found not just on Cold Harbour, but also the iconic Future Sound Of Egypt, among others. He recently launched his Parallels brand through there, which he is now expanding into a party series as well for the finest in progressive trance.

Monoverse’s dedication to his craft and growing reputation in the scene made him a natural pick for this edition of the Radar series. In his mix, the burgeoning trance talent offers up a sonic interpretation of where his is musically at the moment, featuring a series of well-mixed selections — some of which are exclusive. We see the full spectrum of the Monoverse sound, in addition to a look at what the genre truly means in his eyes. The result shows an artist with no sign on slowing down anytime soon.


Tracklist:

01. Tonal Axis – Rainfall (Monoverse Remix) [Pure Progressive]
02. The Stupid Experts – Bittersweet [FSOE Parallels]
03. Liam Wilson – Always With Me (Mir Omar Remix) [Subculture]
04. The Thrillseekers – In These Arms (Gundamea Remix) [FSOE UV]
05. Gordey Tsukanov – Radioactivity [FSOE Parallels]
06. Revkin – No Release [FSOE Parallels]
07. Anden – Venice Grind [FSOE Parallels]
08. Emerge – Whisper [FSOE Parallels]
09. John Fisherman – Andromeda [Exia Underground]
10. ID – ID [FSOE Parallels]
11. ID – ID [FSOE Parallels]
12. Digital Rush – I Should Be Free (Instrumental Mix) [FSOE Parallels]
13. ID – ID [FSOE Parallels]
14. ID – ID [FSOE Parallels]
15. ID – ID [FSOE Parallels]
16. ID – ID
17. Attila Syah & Ramsey Westwood – Horizon [FSOE Parallels]
18. Alex Wright – Aswan [FSOE Parallels]
19. ID – ID
20. Monoverse vs. Eco & Jennifer Rene – Aria Running (Monoverse Mashup)
21. Thomas Datt – Fluid Karma [FSOE Parallels]
22. Farid & Hidden Tigress – Diamond Eyes (Enzo Remix) [FSOE Parallels]

John O’Callaghan and Cold Blue create blissful atmosphere in latest Subculture Compilation

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Subculture

The time of year has arrived to showcase the current ethos of Subculture, John O’Callaghan‘s reputable trance imprint. The head honcho elects rising talent Cold Blue, who in the past two years has established himself as a prodigious new addition to the uplifting and tech circuits, to join him in mixing together the two-disc compilation. Together, the two have created what can only be described as bliss, with each mixer contributing a sentimental mix of melody and euphoria with a touch of edge.

John O’Callaghan opens the mix with an ethereal concoction of his own originals, and those of his friends and colleagues. His first selections lay strings on heavily, making for a cinematic listen that evokes a new-age orchestral feel. Calmness is attained briefly with Activa’s “Meridian,” before the Irish trance don reaches back into uplifting territory with a bout of Craig Connelly, then down into the tech side of the spectrum with his recent output, “Next Stop Muddy Waters.”

The second half of the compilation doubles as an album of sorts for the lauded Cold Blue, who features entirely his personal repertoire in his contribution. Not that this isn’t appreciated; his production abilities are diverse and well-honed, with the German newcomer displaying a particular affinity for crafty melodic arrangement. He reminds listeners of his most iconic singles throughout the past year, including “Speed Of Life,” “Once In Time,” and the more recent “Learning To Live.”

 

 

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Gabriel & Dresden whip up deliciously entrancing MMW mix [also, ENTER TO WIN Anjunabeats mega-prize package]

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gabriel & dresden

Deep passion manifested itself into a triumphant return for Gabriel & Dresden, whose crowdfunded album The Only Road exceeded already high expectations from trusting fans to become one of the top trance releases of 2017. The beloved duo have since been taking their new work on the road with them, attending to their global following’s craving for their clever and sentimental aesthetic.

The pair offer an enticing taste of what fans might expect from their forthcoming appearances both Ultra and at Above & Beyond‘s Common Ground Miami Music Week event, taking place March 22 at the RC Cola Plant. It makes for an enjoyable hour, flowing smoothly from the deep end of trance to a more energized soundscape, ending with their beloved remix to Andain’s “Beautiful Things.”

Those looking to go who have yet to secure their spot at the Common Ground show might be in luck, as Dancing Astronaut has paired with Anjunabeats to grant one winner a pair of Anytime Arrival tickets. They’ve added additional perks as well, including two tickets to Anjunabeach, slated for March 25 in South Beach, and some exclusive merchandise.

Win a pair of tickets to Common Ground Miami and Anjunabeach (Contest on Hive.co)
The contest ends on March 20.

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