Sailor & I
Turn Around (Âme Remix)
Life and Death
Whispers in Berlin that its Innervisions crew had turned ‘trance’ had grown deafening, following some particularly euphoric performances at Mexico’s BPM Festival in January. Now we finally have proof in the form of this spectacular summer anthem Âme have turned in for the Life and Death stable. The original’s soulful singer/songwriter elements are adopted perfectly, wrapped around a twinkling, swirling cyclone of melody that peaks with an explosion of melancholic emotion. A definitive record that pushes the limits of what‘s defined as ‘progressive’ in 2014.
'Knowing We'll Be Here (KiNK Remix) '
Another wildcard entry, KiNK shows again how adept he is in balancing blissful warmth with the rougher techno edges. The former wins out here though, possibly more than anything heard before from the Bulgarian maestro. Rhythmically it doesn’t differ a whole lot from Avery’s original, though what it does add is that divine synth whistle, appearing out of nowhere to welcome the swell of a near trance symphony in the second half. Something like majestic.
The Silk stable scales to the skies here, with Russian producer Sound Quelle employing all the right elements — lushness, melody, deepness — and cannily combining them in a record that’s impossibly good. Its choral chants and organ melodies bestow an almost hymn-like gravitas, while it still maintains a shadowy darkness via its slew of other twisted vocal samples and heavy grooves. An evocative mix of the angelic and the devilish.
Lost & Found
A name considered all but lost to the progressive scene returns with a homerun for the formidable Lost & Found stable. Yunus’ original is a sublime deep groover with equal measures of progressive and tech, a versatile record that’ll fit a range of record boxes. That said, it’s near impossible not to be trumped when your label boss Guy J is on remix duties, who turns in a divine rework that’s stupendously deep. Both will put a smile on your dial.
After a solid run of vocal hits with borderline radio appeal, Eric Prydz returns to his pure dancefloor persona here, with an EP of four tracks packing that familiar Pryda punch. What else needs to be said? The brooding, sinister ‘Origins’ is the best of the lot, its looped vocal used to particularly hypnotic effect. There’s no concessions made, and it’s all the more exciting for it.
Something Good & CAPS
The studio collaborators summon summery bliss in this record for Macarize. A nice heavy house groove pins things down nicely, so the producers can indulge in some real larger-than-life melodic elements, in the form of scattered electro bleeps that build into a fully-fledged trance harmony, before the breakdown ushers in a vocal that signals even more good times. ‘Remember’ is the electro-progressive equivalent of a cheesy grin on your face.
French electro-progressive prodigy Matt Fax might have delivered one of the year’s best big room trance records with ‘Shift’. No-nonsense euphoria that strips out all the silliness. The harsh grind of the electro bassline syncs perfectly with the powerful melodies that kick in for the breakdown. Dark and driving, Fax stirs two cups progressive into his one cup trance to get things right. ‘Shift’ will let you put your hands in the air without feeling guilty about it.
Stoneface & Terminal
Stoneface & Terminal are forever resourceful in finding exciting new variations on driving club trance, and here strip back the fuss for a steely example of pumping electro-trance. Smartly they’ve kept the focus on the pummelling power of the electro bassline, while still doling out the necessary doses of ‘epic’ in the breakdown. It’ll bestow a tougher edge to your 3am euphoria.