I can still distinctly remember the last time I went clubbing: summer of 2009 – just before my so-called depression era and the year-long absent period.
It’s like therapy even up till now, and I suspect it will last for a very long time. I used to have a really (and I mean, really) wide variety of music on my playlist before trance came along.
Safe to say that I was a totally different person than who I am today. Either that or I’m simply breaking out off the extrovert shell I’ve carefully molded over the years.
But put me on a dancefloor this minute with progressive beats and sync a couple of vocal trance in the background, and I’m off the ultra-tense exterior I now put on every day.
Here are the bombs:
1. Eternal Flame (Solarstone Pure Remix)
– Alex M.O.R.P.H.
Release Date: July 26, 2013
Record Label: Armada
USD 1.99 @ Beatport
This is my personal pick from the Prime Mover remixes bundle. I think I could last a full night’s loop of the tune. It’s pure bliss – as if you’re in another world. Like when I danced in heels for a straight 4 hours during AvB’s line up at the 2008 LoveFest Afterparty and remained euphoric throughout. Alex M.O.R.P.H. has a got dozens of remixes I’ve loved throughout his decade-long career, particularly nailing it on his B2B remix of DJ Shah & AvB’s “Going Wrong” with Woody van Eyden, as well as the more recent remix of The Thrillseekers’ super old hit (in trance history), “Synaesthesia“.
2. Strangers ft. Tove Lo
– Seven Lions with Myon & Shane 54
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Record Label: Casablanca Records
USD 1.29 @ iTunes
Guess what, this is the first time I spotted a trance tune on a Hollywood movie soundtrack (“Strangers” appears on the “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” official soundtrack)! Also my first time listening to the vocals of Tove Lo, and she’s a different breed from MS54’s usual sidekick, Aruna, though equally ethereal. But I’ve been a longtime fan of MS54’s productions and remixes alike – I voted for them as one of the five spinners on DJMag’s annual Top 100 DJ voting for the last couple of years, though AvB’s still off the charts consecutively. I suggest you start educating yourself with their stuff by subscribing to their FREE weekly podcast, International Departures.
3. Go It Alone (Andrew Rayel Remix)
– Dash Berlin ft. Sarah Howells
Release Date: September 2, 2013
Record Label: Aropa Recordings
USD 2.49 @ Beatport
I’ve been in love with Sarah Howells’ voice since Lange’s epic 2008 record, “Out of the Sky”. The Kyau & Albert-remixed version still gives me the chills. Though trance is starting to become mainstream today and I’m all nostalgic about the classics, this is one of the tunes that caught my attention throughout the build-up.
What about you? What have you been listening to lately?