While I’m on vacation, you’ll receive a recommendation each day, for the next 7 days. Focusing on the classics and classic sounding trance productions, this is my attempt to highlight some of the tracks you might not have known about, but which are, no doubt, quality pieces of musical history.
Here we are, sadly, at the end of the week long recommendation series. But don’t worry, it’s ending with a bang.
Day 7 focuses on one of the musical highlights of 2001, Tiesto’s dark and proggy Suburban Train.
Although today Tiesto is a name no longer associated with trance, the Dutch producer – whose real name is Tijs Michiel Verwest – was an icon of the genre in the late 90s / early 2000s. He was voted number 1 in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll 3 years in a row (2002, 2003 and 2004) and has had quite an influence on the EDM scene, having co-founded Black Hole Recordings and co-produced (alongside Ferry Corsten) the fantastic Gouryella. Also worth mentioning are Adagio For Strings and his third studio album, Elements of Life (released in 2007) which climbed to the top spot on both the Dutch album chart and the Billboard Top Electronic Albums, having also received a Grammy nomination in 2008.
His Urban Train / Suburban Train EP though, is the one that really ‘stuck’, as they say. Urban Train (the original mix) features the vocals of Kirsty Hawkshaw and is 9:20 in length. The one I’m recommending is essentially the instrumental version of the track, better known as Suburban Train, which clocks in at 10:25. Despite being quite long, it’s very very good.
I advise you to turn it up and ignore the neighbors. Believe me, it’s worth it.
Thank you for tuning in, and I hope you enjoyed it.
Country : UK / Style : Trance / Year : 2001 / Label : VC Recordings
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