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 theRadar 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.
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]
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.”
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.
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.
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.