06

Like the flu that just won’t go away, this little internet lot marks its 6th year online, more or less alive. Let’s see what has been and what you folks can look forward to. The content on the blog in the past 12 months was as airy as the breakdowns you find in an uplifting…

[Look Back] 2016 Top 20

2016 has been a tremendous year for Trance, with the tendency towards the old school sound becoming even more obvious than in 2015. Some strong originals dropped in these past 12 months, but remixes weren’t underrepresented either. All in all, for fans of the underground sound, it’s been an absolute delight. Let’s take a closer…

[Look Back] Remix of the Year: Angry Skies (Simon Templar Remix)

Here we are, the penultimate entry in this year’s look back series: Remix of the Year. As opposed to the previous categories, this was overflowing with strong potential winners. Take the infectious Factor B remix of North Star, the awesome Peter Steele remix of Machine, heck even the brooding progressive rework of Pocket Universe from You Are My Salvation and you’ve got some…

[Look Back] Producer of the Year: You Are My Salvation

We’re one step closer to the end of the year, and indeed of this series. Unlike the other categories, the pick for Producer of the Year was obvious to me since the beginning of 2016. I’ve been so impressed with his productions and the atmospheres he’s been able to create, that it inevitably pointed to him as the…

[Look Back] Watch Out For: Mad Tribe

Surprising no one, this third title in the series is awarded to a name that has caught my attention this year, a name I think you should add to your watch list in 2017. For the first time since 2013, this goes to a producer, rather than a label. Exciting stuff, eh? Judging by what…

[Look Back] Album of the Year: Mysterious Places

Another day, another award to give out. Album of the Year is yet another one of those massive titles which, if distilled to its core, comes down to this: has the LP been compelling enough to prompt repeated (often daily) plays? A shallow reason maybe, until you realize these repeated plays have nothing to do with setting some…

Monsieur Pourquoi – Décadence EP

Given everything that is and will be going on in your day to day life, a spot of luxurious self-indulgence every now and then wouldn’t hurt. That said, I’m not sure it’s the same kind of decadence the Research & Development Records crew had in mind when they put together their latest EP, courtesy of Monsieur Pourquoui.…

Para X – World Of Illusion

The greatest aspect of Trance is no doubt its sheer variety. Regardless of mood, there’s going to be a track to fit with it, be it Psy,  Progressive or Uplifting. For those of you in need of something epic or euphoric, the folks at Discover have got just the thing. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?…

3 Access & You with Ovnimoon ft. Aerotek – Machine EP

When you see 3 Access & You, Ovnimoon, and Lost Language in the same sentence, you know you’ve struck gold. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find the 3A&U crew is joined by fellow Chilean producer Aerotek on the assembly line. And because Christmas has a habit of coming early, Pure Trance regular Peter Steele is on hand to supply his tweaked take on the…

Huminal – Pocket Universe (You Are My Salvation Remix)

I’m one of those weird people who get tremendous enjoyment out of observing how a track builds up. Luckily, Swedish production whiz You Are My Salvation has a little treat for us all, as he takes on Huminal‘s Pocket Universe. A closer look is in order, don’t you agree? First released in March of last year under Proton Music’s Particles imprint, Pocket Universe joined Horizontal…