Giuseppe Ottaviani Releases Hands Down The Best Trance Album Of The Year With ‘Evolver’

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‘The producer’s producer’, as he’s often referred, are really just words until you’ve empirically witnessed how trance mastermind Giuseppe Ottaviani does that thing he does. The divide that separates what the audience hears and how it came to be however has been one Giuseppe Ottaviani’s been chipping away at for time. From audience-inspired idea-kernel to

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Blasterjaxx Release Debut Album ‘Perspective’

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World famed DJ/producer duo Blasterjaxx have finally unleashed their long anticipated debut album ‘Perspective’. Preceded by several highly acclaimed singles (including hit tunes like ‘Children Of Today’, ‘Never Be Lonely’ and ‘Super Friends’) the full, 23 tracks counting album is available now – released on the duo’s own Maxximize Records, under the wings of Spinnin’

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Kai Wachi Drops Divine Debut Album DEMIGOD

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Kai Wachi has long been one of the most promising bass producers out there. For years he has dropped next level tracks that prove why he’s one of the best songwriters and sound designers around. When I heard he was dropping an album, I had no idea what to think. Expectations were high and he

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Stereo Underground evokes stoicism in debut LP, ‘The Art of Silence’

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Stereo Underground evokes stoicism in debut LP, ‘The Art of Silence’The Art Of Silence Artwork Cover

Stereo Underground, born Yariv Etzion, has always been somewhat of an enigmatic talent despite his far-reaching influence. A co-founder of Israel’s BPM College, now one of the country’s premier musical institutions, Etzion and echoes of his expertise are already present among the thousands of students he’s taught over the years. It wasn’t until 2009, however, that he began shining a light on his productions under his current alias.

Now, a decade-long track record of excellence in the house arena has led to the mysterious artist’s most expressive project to date: The Art of Silence. The album marks his first foray into longform composition, and unveils Etzion’s stoic pedagogy across its 11 tracks.

The Art of Silence lands on the distinguished Australian imprint, Balance, setting expectations high for the unencumbered debut. Stereo Underground demonstrates he’s here to rise to the challenge, offering up a spacey, cinematic record meant to be savored, to be paid attention to. Its haunting, ambient opener “Flying Glow” toys with empty space, as the title suggests. Sparse soundscapes are punctured by dissonant notes that hit the ears at different angles, making for quite a textured piece despite its minimalism. It catalyzes a deeply contemplative mindframe—a theme that persists through the considerable length of the album. The Art of Silence is certainly evocative of the lonesome, countryside setting within which it was written.

Etzion’s penchant for precise aural architecture enters as the album builds in intensity. No element feels jarring; emotions swirl. “Above the Sea of Fog,” for example, feels a bit wistful and nostalgic, perhaps bearing images of young love or carefree childhood reverie. According to Etzion himself, the track was inspired by a painting of a similar name, created at the height of the Romanticism movement. Its warm, analog synths and cinematic arrangement feel fitting in any case. “Echoes,” inspired by Pink Floyd, is psychedelic doused in subtle melancholy, illustrated through its minor key and undulating, legato notation. “Wanderlust” feels like an adventure, taking listeners on a 7-minute ride that emulates the excitement one gets when traveling to new places.

Ultimately, the album is an introspective, aural meditation. Stereo Underground takes his audience with him as he reflects on his own life and place in the world. In doing so, The Art of Silence urges his fans to do the same.

Order a copy of ‘The Art of Silence,’ out on Balance, here

Andrew Bayer Once Again Demonstrates His Mastery Of Electronic Music With His ‘In My Next Life’ LP [Review]

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Andrew Bayer has always been, and will most likely continue to be one of my favorite producers. In fact, reviewing his track ‘Once Lydian’ was the article I submitted to EDM Sauce with my resume in hopes of starting to write about dance music…the rest is history. Now, nearly 6 years later, I find myself

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GRiZ Beautifully Blends Music & Culture With 5th Studio Album ‘Ride Waves’

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Multi-instrumentalist producer and performer GRiZ has released his fifth studio album, Ride Waves and it does NOT disappoint. Drenched in the creative passion and cultural connectivity of the artist, the LP sees GRiZ immerse himself into the soundscapes of his influences and the causes of today. Everything that GRiZ does encapsulates a feeling. Whether it be

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Super8 & Tab Time Travel In Their Compilation “Past, Present & Future”

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One of the oldest traditions in DJ culture, mixtapes have given listeners a consistent window into the musical thought process of countless of the planet’s top electronic artists. Super8 & Tab are continuing this tradition with their new compilation album, “Past, Present & Future”. As you might pick up from the title, the album reflects

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Best EDM Albums Of The Year 2018: EDM Sauce Critic’s Choice

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This year has been specifically special for album releases in the world of dance music. We saw the return of legends after decades-long hiatuses as well as brilliant debut efforts from both new and established artists. Over the last two months, we asked out staff to on their picks for the top honors in 2018.

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Alan Walker Releases Debut Album After Meteoric Rise To Fame: Does It Live Up To His Hype?

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I can see it now. Someone in the Pitchfork offices just finished listening to Alan Walker’s debut album. They are licking their lips, possibly even gently moaning as they plan how to systematically break down this album in the most brutal way possible. Seeing how they can produce the next viral sensation that was the

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ReOrder delivers his debut album – ‘IAMREADY’

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Biding his time, ReOrder hasn’t been hurried into sending his first album out there. It’s been ten years since the Slovakian studio head began making impressions on the scene, most recently through his outings on Black Hole, FSOE, Subculture, Monster and others. It was time well stayed: a period in which he honed his craft,

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