Jono, Tony and Paavo are at it again with their brand new original, “Mariana Trench.” A song fittingly named after the deepest part of the ocean, Above & Beyond‘s latest release was revealed exclusively during ABGT050 at Alexandra Palace. Starting off slowly and peacefully, the British producers methodically layer pulsing synths to build the track until the two minute mark. At the drop, A&B’s deep rhythm picks up a notch or two, molding into a dance-worthy hybrid of trance and electro bliss. Grab the trance trio’s original Anjunabeats release through Beatport today.
While much of the industry is balancing the balance between networking and partying at ADE, massive news just arrived that Armin Van Buuren is extending his tour with additional dates during his North American leg. Though 2014 seems far away, the king of trance has revealed his tour plans, which span cross-country trips both in the United States and Canada. No word on the venues yet, but we hear that will be announced next week. Dates are below:
4/11 – New York
4/17 – Chicago
4/19 – Toronto
5/3 – Vancouver
5/9 – Los Angeles
TBD – San Francisco
The current musical climate has seen trance musicians abandon the harder and faster forms of the genre for more accessible “trouse” intersections with modern EDM’s sound. While Armin van Buuren‘s sound has similarly shifted over the years, the trance titan recently announced his intention to provide a new home for tracks embodying the uplifting sound of yesteryear.
Dubbed “Who’s Afraid of 138?!,” Armin’s new imprint started as an inside joke on his A State of Trance radio show before blossoming into one of the most popular areas at ASOT600′s Den Bosch performance. The label promises to showcase oft overlooked artists, with forthcoming releases from the likes of Photographer, Andrew Rayel & Alexandre Bergheau and John O’Callaghan.
After a three month hiatus, Finnish super-producer Joonas Hahmo is back with a summertime vengeance. “GT 83,” Hahmo’s newest release on his own label, Hahmo Recordings, is a melody-driven, high-octane anthem. The chaps from Above & Beyond have supported the track already, and this supercharged tune is packed with energy and sunny vibes — perfect for driving along the coastline with the windows down, or adding a little extra flavor to a DJ set. Wherever you play it, make sure to turn your volume up high. Be sure to grab it, out now, at Beatport.
This past weekend, Ferry Corsten excited electronica fans worldwide by dropping a new rework of his 2011 collaboration with Betsie Larkin, “Stars.” In doing so, the Dutch producer has taken the relatively tame original and subtly transformed it into a vertiginous trance hit that possesses all the makings of an international club sensation.
Andrew Rayel is an emerging Moldovian producer who is signed to Armada Music. His newest offering, “How Do I Know” features harmonic synths, an inescapable melody, and the angelic vocals of Jano. Trance fans around the world can rejoice knowing they have talent like this in their corner. If good music makes you feel, then great music gives you goosebumps.
Arty’s Together We Are podcast is a great place to find new tracks, and one featured in this past week’s episode is “Capetown” by Bluestone. This release on Anjunabeats is a melodic anthem that technically falls under the genre of ‘trance,’ but features uplifting elements and a harder section towards the end that make it perfect for a DJ set from someone like Arty or Mat Zo. It’s got tribal undertones and a very cool vibe that feels great for late nights or early mornings. Listen to the full release below and grab it on Beatport if you’re into it.
In “Stranger,” the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album Multiverse, Australian trance veteran Jaytech isn’t looking to do anything particularly groundbreaking. The vocals, from Dirty Vegas’ Steve Smith, are mature and restrained — an appropriate accompaniment to this elegant melodic trance/dreamy progressive effort. Soothing and unhurried, “Stranger” flows serenely through its seven-odd minutes. It won’t jump out at first listen but will probably linger in your subconscious until you find yourself singing “In love with a stranger” to yourself in an elevator somewhere with no idea how those words arrived in your brain.
“Stranger,” out now on Anjunabeats, has already received from Armin and Above & Beyond. Multiverse hits stores on August 13th.
Even though the DJ Mag Top 100 is essentially a popularity contest, we think everyone who loves dance music should vote. It’s a great way to support your favorite DJs and engage in some spirited debate with fellow dance fans. As an extension of our Where My Head’s At series, our editors will share their five favorite CDJ technicians, and tell you what makes them so great.
DJ Mag‘s Top 100 ranking has been the most reputable and trusted ranking system for DJs – but what does that mean? Year after year, dance music fans are asked to support their favorite DJs and producers with a vote on DJ Mag‘s poll, which makes the Top 100 a popularity contest rather than an accurate ranking. As the scene has boomed, fans have caught on and have been particularly critical about what the famed list ultimately represents. Arguments have been made on all facets, especially the debate of producers and DJs being ranked under the same terms. DA editors return to the roundtable to break down the heated subjects of DJ Mag‘s Top 100 in the midst of the 2012 voting.