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.
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.
Egyptian duo Aly & Fila‘s label FSOE Recordings has seemingly remained committed to releasing quality trance music in 2018, as the label marked the start of the new year with a selection of captivating trance singles and mixes. Perhaps the most eye-catching of the tracks on display is Serbian duo Vintage & Morelli’s rework of Trance legend The Thrillseekers‘ “Amber.”
Opting for a somewhat unconventional approach, the duo has slightly diluted the quintessential trance atmosphere of the original mellifluent track, opting instead for a sound that borrows elements from deep house, which can be heard in the intro and percussion in the bass drop. While this may raise eyebrows, the duo has managed to merge the styles to perfection, delivering a fresh perspective on the original.
At the very tail end of 2017, Arty pulled off a surprise by releasing an hour-long trance mix under his Alpha 9 moniker.
It’s been nearly a year since the Russian producer revived the Alpha 9 name and began putting out tracks like “The Night Is Ours” and “Skin.” He cited creative reasons for bringing the old name back, wanting freedom to create all kinds of music.
“Closer to the end of  I noticed how much my music was different from what I’ve done in the past, and I felt like I had been neglecting my long-time fans and it didn’t feel fair. And that’s how I came up with idea of bringing the Alpha 9 alias back,” he said with the release of “The Night Is Ours.” “It gives me the freedom to not be bounded to a specific genre, allowing me to experiment and keep pushing my boundaries with Arty, while I can be as close as possible to my long-time fans using Alpha 9 moniker.”
His New Year mix is an emotive collection of music, flowing seamlessly from Arty tunes to Alpha 9 material. It kicks off with a new Alpha 9 track called “You and I” and takes the listener on a journey through the essence of Alpha 9/Arty as a producer.
Earlier this year, Ferry Corsten released hit track “Lonely Inside” as part of his Blueprint album release. The Dutch producer has now released his extended ‘Ferry Fix’ of the track, lengthening it with more sci-fi sonic additions to the release.
A mysterious trance opening propels the song forward for the first two minutes of “Lonely Inside,” giving the resonating chords a very terrestrial feel. The crux of the track comes when the melodic trance chords hit a high-pitched synth progression, making the track perfect backdrop to any trance festival set.
Corsten’s Blueprint has been regarded as one of the best albums of 2017 by many critics.
The Anjunabeats originators merge talents on “Destiny,” a single nothing short of sublime in its comprisal of resplendent synths that collectively climb to give way to a tranquil melodic centerpiece. “Destiny” treats listeners to an unexpected sweet spot at the four-minute mark, where the ascends in an atmospheric build that pushes forward into a carpet of sound that weaves together all its elements. A jewel of a collab, “Destiny” will undoubtedly result in calls for another Bayer meets Bluestone project in the near future.
In 2017, Anjunadeep shepherded a dazzling array of artistic deliverances. Old and new artists graced the label, including a slew of releases from acts like Alpha 9, Above & Beyond, Ilan Bluestone, and Oliver Smith — to say nothing of a storied return of the beloved progressive house and trance amalgamators Gabriel & Dresden. It’s more than safe to say that 2017 was an incredibly momentous year for the Above & Beyond clan.
Now, in an effort to showcase Anjunabeats’s 2017 stellar year, the trio’s offered up some of their best music of the past year. The Group Therapy best of 2017 mix boasts 23 stellar tracks and will be followed up by its part two on December 29.
01. ERKKA — Not Only Dark (Plural System) 02. Dirty South feat. Rudy — The First Time (Anjunabeats) 03. Way Out West feat. Liu Bei — Oceans (Anjunadeep) 04. Fehrplay — Aria (Anjunabeats) 05. Grum — Price Of Love (Anjunabeats) 06. Gabriel & Dresden feat. Sub Teal — This Love Kills Me [Gabriel & Dresden Club Mix 07. Tim Mason — Aalto (Anjunabeats) 08. Oliver Smith — Triangles (Anjunabeats) 09. Spencer Brown — Embarcadero (Anjunabeats) 10. Jason Ross feat. Lauren Ray — I Will Be There (Anjunabeats) 11. Andrew Bayer feat. Alison May — Signs Of The Fall (Anjunabeats) 12. ilan Bluestone feat. Giuseppe De Luca — Scars (Anjunabeats) 13. Genix — Olympus (Anjunabeats) 14. ilan Bluestone & Giuseppe De Luca — Frozen Ground (Anjunabeats) 15. Fatum — Superfecta (Anjunabeats) 16. Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston — No One On Earth [Gabriel & Dresden Remix 17. Genix — 6 AM Saint (Anjunabeats) 18. Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford — Northern Soul [Above & Beyond Club Mix] (Anjunabeats) 19. Above & Beyond — Balearic Balls (Anjunabeats) 20. Alpha 9 — Skin (Anjunabeats) 21. Fatum — Chocolate (Anjunabeats) 22. Dirty South feat. ANIMA! — I Swear [Jason Ross Remix] (Anjunabeats) 23. Seven Lions & Jason Ross feat. Paul Meany — Higher Love (Anjunabeats)
Maor Levi is back with his first, and long-awaited, solo track release of 2017. Levi has a rich history of releasing uplifting and melodic trance tracks, which ascended him into notoriety within the electronic music scene. Recently, the Anjunabeats protégé’s releases have been put on hold due to Levi joining producer/DJ group Bad Royale.
This fall it was announced that Maor Levi was leaving Bad Royale to pursue his solo career again, and “Aurora” is definitely worthy re-entry song for the producer’s re-induction into his solo career. A mellow intro builds into upbeat progressive chords with trance synths dancing around the propelling chords. “Aurora” is an uplifting melody that is sure to heighten any listener’s mood, and it is out now via Trice Records.
Joe Bermudez and South African vocalist Louise Carver have teamed up for melodic trance progressive fusion “Crazy Enough,” marking the duo’s second collaboration. Their first collaboration, “Sunrise,” hit the top spot on Billboard’s dance chart last summer, and “Crazy Enough” certainly has the capacity to do the same.
French DJ and remixer Retrovision has taken the catchy melody and added additional electronic layers taking the radio-worthy track to a club hit as well. “Crazy Enough” is reminiscent of Morgan Page and Deadmau5 teaming up with its captivating vocals and resonating chords.