Category Archives: Trance
The Norwegian duo, Carl Louis and Martin Danielle are now officially to be called CLMD. So don’t be confused! They are Simply shorting their DJ name to just their initials. This is such a neat song, and just a real treat. A sweet progressive hit with a quality drum line and hypnotic vocals. I am definitely a fan of this. Black Eyes And Blue. Enjoy!
Sooo for those of you who didn’t get a chance to go, I am terribly sorry. Beyond Wonderland KILLED it this year. Words cannot describe how epic the scene was. We start our 5 hour journey to San Bernardino from Phoenix AZ… 5 hours isn’t too bad. Shitty part? RAIN. RAIN AND COLD. Did that stop us though? NEVER!! We will never give up on the pursuit to hear some kick as electronic dance music!
Swirling lights everywhere, fire breathing metal sculptures, dancers dressed as little ducks, sheep, and other crazy trippy characters. It was impossible not to feel warm from all the love that was pouring out of this event, you could barely tell it was only like 40 degrees outside. It was also impossible to decide who to go see. It was an incredible talent filled line up on every stage and it was so hard to choose, but we did our best! Front and center for my favorite Norman Doray, Moguai, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Hardwell, ATB, Arty, Gareth Emery, and yes Armin Van Buuren. Here are a few of my favorite pics from the show! Try not to miss out on what of the best events of the year next time!
Norman Doray killed it!!
Mad love for Hardwell
ATB Showing his love
The man who everyone was waiting for … Armin Van Buuren
Almost two weeks ago, English trance legend Ashley Wallbridge made a debut of his first full length album titled The Inner Me. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this release heard the news back in December, and have finally given a few listens through and selected some of my favorite tracks. The whole album is fantastic. Every song is uplifting and euphoric to mirror his traditional form of play. Though the tracks aren’t as long as I had hoped, being his first release, Ashley has done a masterful job. If you’re looking for a good album to kick back to, cheer up to, or zone out and happily listen to this would be a good call. Below is the tracklist with links to previews of my favorites. Overall World To Turn is by far my favorite because of the pairing with Andy Moor which is then again complimented with the wonderous voice of Gabriela. Honorable mention is Bang The Drum with the vocals of Audrey Gallagher. You can get the album on Beatport. Cheers
01 – Emotions
02 – These Walls
03 – Kopanang
04 – Careful
05 – Zorro
06 – Faces (The Inner Me Mix)
07 – Soul Seek
08 – Vision (The Inner Me Mix)
09 – Meta4
10 – Mumbai Traffic
11 – Keep The Fire
12 – Ibiza
13 – World To Turn (The Inner Me Mix)
14 – Bang The Drum
15 – Feel Again
16 – Jynx (The Inner Me Mix) [Bonus Track]
17 – Sunrise [Bonus Track]
Run Into The Sun is Corderoy’s first single to be released with the High Contrast label, and a brilliant piece of trance work at that. The intro starts off kinda of slow, dreamy, and with beautiful haunting vocals. Then everything changes at the 3:00 mark. Surprisingly there are a few back ground whomps that clearly have dub influence- but for all you hardcore trance fans like myself, don’t be deterred by this statement. They are very minimal, and work perfectly for such a big room trance track. Get this version and other edits on Beatport. Cheers
Soo Sweden has definitely got it going on, but I can’t like stress how much I love this guy enough. Alexander Adstedt comin in hot right now with this epic Illusion remix. Its 7 minutes of melodic, beautiful goodness… like 7 minutes in heaven, except we aren’t in middle school anymore, and this is not some song you get a little crush on and lust over for a bit. Its a song you can easily fall in love with. With some silky, sultry vocals from Lina Harriette and a beat that gets you completely entranced in the mix, its just an over all chill, electro-dance mix that is different from a lot of the stuff we have been posting lately. Its exactly what the doctor ordered. Come and get your breath of fresh air, courtesy of Alexander Adstedt. ENJOY!
Armin van Buuren vs. Andain vs. Nadia Ali – Promised Pressure (DJ Rozz Re-Edit Extended Mix Version)
What an incredible mashup! Combining two of my favorite trance songs of all times that have stunning vocals, Promises – Andian with Pressure – Nadia Ali. DJ Rozz has re-edited the mashup originally done by Armin Van Buuren that it was never released to the public… until now. Take a click, have a listen, and snag the song for free in the Rozz Soundcloud player below. Cheers!
Yes Lange again- and Andrew Bayer! This time it includes the blissful vocals of Kerry Leva that are simply god-tier. The Club Edit of In And Out Of Phase offers and extension to an already soothing and euphoric releasing song. There is a breakdown halfway through the song that pulls in a series of strings which are a superb addition. Having a stressful day? Take a hear on this tune and that’ll change. Get it now on Beatport or via Direct Download. Cheers
Lange paired up with Audrey Gallagher to produce this exciting and love filled track Our Way Home. Audrey’s perfectly pitched vocals are always a great treat to a well-composed trance song. I’m always very appreciative and much of a sucker for some good guitar samples like we hear in this song. Fantastic love song. It was just released today so get it on Beatport or Direct Download. Cheers
This man seriously cannot be beat. Armin Van Buuren previewed his new track J’ai Envie De Toi on ASOT 547. The track will be one of many listed on the upcoming A State of Trance 2012 CD set to be released March 5th. We’ll definitely be doing a favorites review once that CD is released, but until then enjoy this preview ripped from episode 547! It has the typical tone of one of Armin’s powerful and more spiritual tracks. Wait for 2:28 for the full experience! Cheers
Tritonal did some incredible work remixing Super8 & Tab‘s Awakenings from a few months back. This new mix has all the same qualities of power trance. One could easily lose themselves in the uplifting, high paced, and high energy melody that the listener is put into. The release date was today, so head over to Beatport and get it or hit the Direct Download! Cheers
After releasing their album Piercing the Quiet awhile back, Tritonal evidently has unfinished business to take care of. With many of their songs off the last album still getting plenty of plays in clubs and shows, this club mix of Can’t Keep It In is no exception to their absolute talent of trance and progressive house. There’s still no word on an official release date yet, but here’s a Direct Download. Cheers
Ah the time has finally come. After weeks of waiting Gareth Emery‘s Concrete Angel has finally been released. The well constructed melody is a testament to the true skill and unique sound of Emery. Christina Novelli‘s lyrics are beautiful and give birth to a wonderful romantic trance song. If you wanna skip the intro of the song and get to the chase, fast forward to 1:36 and listen from there. I’m expecting some powerful remixes and edits to this song. Buy the track on Beatport or get the Direct Download. Cheers
I’ve been restraining myself from uploading this video for 2 weeks now and… JUSTCAN’TWAITANYMOREOK?! First time I heard it in Gareth Emery’s Trance Around The World 400 set (a must download) I instantly fell in love. It’s a perfect combination of stunningly beautiful vocals and construction of trance. The track drops February 13 so I’ll re-post then, but until then, fall in love with listening to it in this official video.
A few weeks ago I remember reading somewhere that Emma Hewitt was going to be releasing her first album. I also remember being absolutely ecstatic with the news! Emma (yet another Australian!) has a long history with the trance community who share a deep love for her beautiful voice and passionate dedication towards the genre. It’s about due time we see some individual stuff from her. Below is her official music video highlighting the single Colours alongside her beautiful voice. This track is very laid-back and slow, but it would be a sin for me not to post it. If you’re looking for something more upbeat and powerful, try the remix of the song that Armin Van Buuren slaved over for months, trying to get it absolutely perfect in honor of Emma. A true testament to her work. Listen and download that remix on Hulkshare or buy this original as posted below on Beatport.
In a scene dominated by male producers, it’s not very often you come across a female DJ, let alone one as attractive as British born DJ Rap. Pairing up with Australia’s tyDi, together the two produced the single Talking To Myself last summer. This remix by Maison & Dragen coming out on January 26 really spices up the original mix offering a sexier, more gentle, and kind splash of house into the progressive trance track. Take a listen below! Track is available on Beatport or Direct Download.
Oh boy! Ben Gold has done an incredible job remixing this track! I can’t put it much better than Armada already has; “UK producers Mike Foyle & ReFeel set the tone for 2012. With ‘Universal Language’, they land a warm, future classic for the trance loving crowds. Giving us a taste of summer with its guitar riffs, while keeping us warm in mid-winter, is the melodic gem…” Pretty much spot on how I feel when I hear this track. The stage has been set early for Trance in 2012. Other artists have a lot to live up to! I’ll definitely be buying this track on Beatport January 9th when it is released! Cheers
My second favorite day of the year has come, A State of Trance annual Yearmix has been just been released today! Following up Episode 540, which I posted 5 days ago, Episode 541 is the last ASOT Episode of the year. These 89 tracks from 2011 were hand selected by Armin Van Buuren and edited 4219 times to make up this epic 2 hour compilation! Check out the tracklist & order the special 2 disk set from the Armada Shop or listen/download on soundcloud as embedded below. Cheers!
That’s right! Another very exciting year in Trance has come to a close. The Top 20 Trance tracks of the year is an episode I always impatiently look forward to. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that the beloved host Armin Van Buuren has nothing to do with the tracks selected! This year there were 16,550 valid and confirmed votes which produced the beautiful tracklist in A State of Trance Episode 540! Counting down from number 20, Armin just mixes the tracks together as chosen by we the people. Stay tuned for our upcoming post with the official ASOT yearmix episode!
Download the mix here at Hulkshare: http://hulkshare.com/y7qxzurrbn8e
The Tracklist is as follows:
- Aly & Fila ft. Jwaydan – We Control The Sunlight
- Alex M.O.R.P.H. ft. Sylvia Tosun – An Angel’s Love (Vocal Mix)
- Above & Beyond ft. Richard Bedford – Sun & Moon (Club Mix)
- Shogun – Skyfire
- Orjan Nilsen – Between The Rays
- Gaia – Status Excessu D (ASOT 500 Theme)
- Arty & Mat Zo – Rebound
- Cosmic Gate & Emma Hewitt – Be Your Sound
- Ferry Corsten ft. Armin van Buuren – Brute
- Bobina ft. Betsie Larkin – You Belong To Me
- Andain – Promises (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love Mix)
- Andy Moor ft. Sue McLaren – Fight The Fire
- Gaia – Stellar
- Dash Berlin ft. Jonathan Mendelsohn – Better Half Of Me (Club Mix)
- Headstrong ft. Stine Grove – Tears (Aurosonic Progressive Remix)
- ATB with Dash Berlin – Apollo Road (Club Version)
- Dennis Sheperd & Cold Blue ft. Ana Criado – Fallen Angel (Dennis Sheperd Club Mix)
- Emma Hewitt – Colours (Armin van Buuren Remix)
- Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge – Mansion
- Armin van Buuren ft. Laura V – Drowning (Avicii Remix)