by Rory James
Back for the new year, with 13 of some of the best in the realms of dance music - new, old, and classic, as per usual. A great start to 2013 with some top selections from some of my favorite artists at the moment, and of course, the never-dying legends of trance. Make no mistake though, there is most likely something in the mix that will appeal to the sticklers hehe.
Mike Griego kicks us off this time around with his remix of 'Transition Of Light', a progressive trancer containing a smooth rolling baseline, with just the right amount of melody and emotion. Niko Fantin follows through with 'Notas', an original of his own with a little more energy and drive to lead us up into something a bit more building, and melodic. Cid Inc and Guy J are responsible for 2 of my favorite tracks at the moment, which I blended back to back, picking up the energy a whole level upward before we get into some tougher beats. 'Sea Air (Cid Inc Remix)', and Guy J's 'We Do It Best' are at the very top of my list in the progressive house/trance categories. Two fantastic pieces of music and works of art IMO.
A swift mood changer comes upon us, as Marco Bailey and Rex Mundi turn out the lights and change the direction of the mix. I played Marco Bailey's remix of Eric Sneo's 'Inside Shadows' at one of my latest gigs here in NY, and gotta say, this track left an imprint on the dancefloor. Funny to see how devoted and strict trance lovers react to certain genres outside of their comfort zone, and I can happily say the response was rather satisfying. If blended, and timed right, it ca be done. Or maybe, with all the crossing of genres, many people have no clue what they are listening to anymore lol. OR, maybe some people intuitively know what good music is ;)
Rex Mundi takes the mix into a different 'Perspective', a true classic which prepares the listener for some more high energy material up ahead. Continuing with more classics, Filterheadz put a techy twist on their dub mix of 'Never' by the 'The Roc Project, a tune that used to be a Tiesto favorite. I actually played this one at my most recent closing set here in NY at the National Underground, playing with Shingo Nakamura, Zack Roth, and Jacob Henry. Crowd was LOVING it.
Solis and Sean Truby make a great attempt at a 2013 update to the more recent 'Elektra' , by Super8 & Tab, from 2008. On with more classics, Stoneface & Terminal are responsible for making my favorite remix of theirs of all time, which is of Thomas Datt's 'Evaporate'. Wait till you hear the drop on this one, it never gets old for me. Was in a bit of a Stoneface & Terminal mood, so I decided to go on with their remix of 'Ilimitado', by Duende - plain and simple, straight up drivin, high energy, epic trance!
Into the world of JOOF Recordings with You Are My Salvation's 'Until The End', a peak hour Psy Trance BOMB that I could not pass up. Alex M.O.R.P.H.'s Remix of Matt Darey's 'Eternity' (2006), was a perfect candidate to follow through with the relentless baseline of the previous edge cutter. To end off the compilation, label head Activa, signs on Mac & Monday to his ever so talented roster over at Borderline, with their original 'Yoruba' a newer trance tune with an old style feel and vibe. Enjoy The Journey…
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