Sacred Cycles (Adam Beyer, Bart Skils, Layton Giordani Renaissance Remix)
With high-profile remixes of ‘Age Of Love’ and ‘Energy 52’ ruling the last two summers (for better or worse), the next reworked Renaissance classic is destined to do the same. Even more so, as it’s assembled a studio dream team who effortlessly summon the melodic techno sound that works so well in 2019. Listening to the first few minutes, it could be any recent Drumcode release, though this offers a functional build towards an extended breakdown, where the charms of the ’93 Lazonby original are allowed to shine. Its iconic FX and early studio trickery truly sound as good now as they ever did.
Lane 8 & Tinlicker
Lane 8 and Tinlicker unite their respective musical aesthetics here, with ‘Anthracite’ boasting a pleasing fusion of the beautiful musical arrangements of the former producer with the powered vocal progressive of the latter. It’s big enough that it could be aptly described as “mature trance”, holding on tight to its big progressive bassline in order to barely prevent it from tumbling into the trance canyon altogether. Its looped vocal sample is pure Tinlicker euphoria.
'For The Last Time'
Another excellent record rolls off the PROFF production line. ‘For The Last Time’ draws on a simple formula and delivers it with impressive precision. The Russian producer locks down one of his trademark tight grooves, with some lovely percussive touches and powerful synth bass, plus a melodic thread running through it that works perfectly with its effective, emotive vocal grab. A straightforward melodic prog record that punches above its weight.
Julian Wassermann & Florian Kruse
The two German producers unite here for a powerful release under Kompakt’s ‘Speicher’ banner — one of those straight-up melodic weapons that leaves an impact on the crowd each and every time. Working from the restrain-and-release playbook, ‘Gotland’ contains a decent amount of melody, though is really about the tension as it builds and builds over its duration.
ELAX is the alter ego of Boys Noize when he’s wading into melodic house and techno territory, and this particular monster has been in rotation in Solomun's sets for over a year, slipping out discreetly on Diynamic’s ‘Four To The Floor 12" compilation. It’s one of those rare dancefloor bombs with enough impact to inevitably carry it into the following year’s festival season. Rolling in on a sleazy, low-slung groove embellished with licks of percussion, it quickly balloons into dramatic excess, with humungous trance stabs big enough to fill a festival amphitheatre. Boys Noize puts his studio expertise to work for a record with a sheerness of scale that is just tremendous.
The new Gullen three-track EP is the result of Berlin staple Mobilee going a little deeper with its recent releases. The Spanish producer delivers a mini conceptual affair that examines the contrasting human states of “confrontation, optimism and relief”, drawing on natural sounds and ambience along with a few samples from classic folk recordings. It’s a lovely, warm, deep and melodic creation that still manages to channel a decent amount of dancefloor euphoria.
Another noisy Fatum powerhouse that’s built for maximum impact, while fitted simultaneously with a decent amount of grit for a nice, abrasive edge. Its unmistakable Duran Duran vocal sample really is only a small part of the bombastic picture. 'The Wolf' has synthesised guitar stabs, plus a shrill siren screech as its central hook, while Fatum’s trademark triplet basslines deliver tremendous amounts of power on the bottom end. The tension builds and builds over several acts, before slamming into a satisfying payoff every single time.