Winter be damned!! If you 1) live deep in the southern hemisphere or 2) in the mind of Alex M.O.R.P.H. For the rest, battling with the inclement rigours of bombocyclones, snownados, icenamis or just plain rain, help is but a mouse click (or dancefloor) away. Squint a touch, picture your last beach holiday and hit play
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.
Porter Robinson’s newest project ‘Virtual Self’ has seen instant success, because well, duh. It’s Porter Robinson. Bring me one person on this earth who doesn’t like Porter Robinson. I just want to have a talk. Ghost voices has had it’s fair share of remixes, but one that slipped under the radar is the revision LA
Lately, it seems that with each passing day another headline streams across our screens that continue to further divide us; whether it be a political circus, social unrest or even a constant threat of war. Now more than ever we are interconnected with the world in an instant by the evolving technologies that surround us,
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.