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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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.

Feature photo credit: Sean Moore Photography

Premiere: Super8 & Tab – Seconds Away

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Super8 & Tab

Super8 & Tab are undergoing what is perhaps one of the biggest evolutions of their career. Having been iconic members of the Anjunabeats family for as long as most can remember, the Finnish duo have now moved onto new pastures that make up Armada Music.

Their move came from a desire to expand their sound with full creative freedom, and expanded they have. “Seconds Away” comes as one of the first revealed singles from their inaugural two-part album on the label — appropriately titled Reformation — and it is a veritable big room anthem made for the stadium.

Sarah De Courcy’s vocals complement the piece’s cavernous, robotic synthwork nicely, smoothing out its rough edges and making for a pleasant breakdown addition amid the surrounding chaos. Subtle piano chords and moving melodies complete the “Seconds Away,” giving it a more trancey feel.

“We first played Seconds Away live at ASOT 800 in Utrecht back in February 2017. Ever since it’s been hard to keep this track as an ID but finally now we can release it. We wanted to create something a bit different and had this baseline idea but it was Sarah deCourcy’s vocals that really took this track to a totally new level. She’s an amazing talented artist!” – Super8 & Tab

“Seconds Away” will be released as part of ‘Reformation’s’ first part, on February 23. Pre-order it here.

Premiere: Ferry Corsten & Eric Lumiere – Something To Believe In (Saad Ayub Remix)

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In a new remix coming out Jan. 19 on Flashover Recordings, Ferry Corsten and Eric Lumiere‘s “Something To Believe In” gets a gorgeous reworking from Canadian producer Saad Ayub.

Ayub classifies his interpretation of trance as “combining the light and dark sides of the genre,” something the listener sees showcased in this remix for Corsten and Lumiere. In the nearly six-minute rework of “Something To Believe In,” Ayub takes the listener on a journey through a transcendent soundscape, led by Lumiere’s emotive vocals. Dancing synths carry the melody and solidify the track’s trance classification with a dance floor-ready bass line. It’s a mesmerizing interpretation of Corsten and Lumiere’s 2017 track.

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Alpha 9 – You and I

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Arty released the majority of his music in 2017 under his Alpha 9 trance moniker, and it is looking like a similar start for his 2018 releases. The Russian icon is back with a touching new release titled “You and I.”

The groovy and upbeat introduction of the song borders on commercial pop, but immediately gives way into mystical, trance-inspired progression. “You and I” sends the listener into another world with its beautiful melodies that ebb and flow in and out of the commercial backdrop.

Alpha 9’s next show is at Exchange in LA with trance legend Ferry Corsten.

 

Photo credit: ASOT

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Jauz – Feel the Volume (Ben Nicky Remix)

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“Feel The Volume” is undoubtedly one of the tracks that propelled Jauz into the forefront of the bass community. Despite being released in 2014, the track remains a favorite of remixers.

Ben Nicky has just released his take on “Feel the Volume,” and has completely transformed the drop and added psy elements to it. Ben Nicky commented on the remix.

“I was always a massive fan of the original and it was great fun putting a mad hard twist on this anthem. It’s also become one of my biggest tracks in my sets across the globe this year.”

Jauz has shown his support for the remix, and he even played it during his 2017 Tomorrowland set.

 

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