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Another month of excellent releases on the electronic music front for May of 2012. Proud to say that the legend Airwave kicks off this mix with his new single 'Trinidad Flashback' - a dark progressive hit under his 'Planisphere' alias, with the extremely talented Miika Kuisma on the remix end. I have been on a techno stint lately, including some hints of the genre in my productions and sets while still keeping flow on track. Terrence Fixmer caught my attention with 'When The Sun' which was a great compliment to the previous Planisphere tune. Continuing with the progressive & tech infused elements, a name that I never pass up is Luis Junior. HIs remix of 'Aquatika' by DNYO is quite possibly one of my favorite tracks at the moment - deep dark pad driven emo progressive with hints of techno. 'Dosem', another name I have an ear out for, lightens things up a tad with his upbeat, drivin' tech houser 'Tales Of Tomorrow', a tune that am patiently waiting to play out live.
Bryan Kearney, known for his relentless, destructive tech trance, trance and techno DJ sets, added his own tougher mark on the classic Nalin & Kane remix of Lustral's 'Everytime'. I recently played this at a gig of mine, and of course, that vocal created a buzz as usual. Basil O'Glue (who, in my eyes, is bringing back proper progressive trance and is one hell of a talent) creates a beautiful prog trance remix of Styller's 'All That Remains' on Markus's Coldharbour label. Back on the subject of classics, Max Graham's moody trancer 'Airtight', a longtime favorite of Oakenfold's back in the day, marks the mainstay of true trance in the rest of this journey.
Some names come and some names go, but every once in a while, you can tell who is going to be around for a good minute through their style, sound, and consistency. Will Atkinson (Borderline, Night Vision) has pretty much planted his foot deeply, and solidified the fact that he is a force to be reckoned with. 'Somewhere Else' reminds us of how this genre can actually place us in a different mindset 'somewhere else' outside of reality. The old style influenced gated synth riff def took me back to the early days where the sound was still so fresh. Next up we have a bit of a darker, more edgy sound from Sebastian Brandt, with his remix of Signum's 'Captured' from 2006. Simply put, this track has got a beast of a drive.
Continuing on with some proper uplifters, Reverse (who sounds a lot like Activa) takes you on an 'Endless Journey' as we get into the last few tracks of the mix. Not so much of a new release, but still a well put together tune that I have missed out on playing on previous promo mixes. Coming in at track 12 is my own take on an Activa's single 'Heads Down', which is a tad more bouncy, techy, and drivin' than the original. You can never go wrong with the old style 'PVD influenced' pluck melody that I kept in from the original masterpiece as well!
Another name that I have been following - 'Photographer' closes out this mix with his remix of 'Far But Close' on Silent Shore Records. I am convinced that this is one of Sean Tyas' aliases to continue making the more underground stuff, because if you listen closely, Photographer uses techniques and sounds from Sean's 2006 - 2007 sound. I could be dead wrong though. On that note, if you would like more info, please click and follow any of the below links.
Enjoy The Journey…
Progressive House, Techno, Progressive Techno, Tech House, Progressive Trance, Trance