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 winner. I am, of course, talking about Swedish production wiz You Are My Salvation.
YAMS had a terrific year opener with his atmospheric prog-breaks track Asynja on Greek label Blacked Out Recordings. As I specified in my review, referring to the breakdown, “If ever there was a moment in a track that warranted the use of the word EPIC in capital letters, this would be it“. It’s just unreal.
Slipping into the prog-trance side, the Swede delivered an astounding rework for Huminal‘s Pocket Universe on the Yang side of Yin::Yang Music. Full of delightful subtleties and the same rich atmospheric breakdown we’re used to, it pushed all the right buttons.
Even later still, the melancholic prog trance masterpiece that is What Makes Us Human landed on the main JOOF imprint to great effect. Yet again, it provided more than ample proof of YAMS’s abilities in terms of atmosphere-crafting.
The later release of his breaks remix for Shed My Skin (OLD SQL Recordings) and the prog slice that is Gryning (Swedish word for ‘dawn’) (Saturate Audio), drove the final nail in the coffin for the doubters of his work. However, as of this writing, You Are My Salvation has one more ace up his sleeve for 2016: forthcoming on December 26th under Deepersense Music is the goose bump-inducing remix for Chandrama’s The Lost Temple.
As far as I’m concerned, there is no producer more deserving of this title. For all of the hard work and fantastic releases he has put out, You Are My Salvation is Vând Sunete’s 2016 Producer of the Year.
Here are some releases / samples so you folks can hear for yourselves:
You Are My Salvation – Asynja | Blacked Out Recordings – VS Review
Release Date: 25.01.2016
Includes: Original, Chris Voro mixes
Huminal – Pocket Universe | Yang – VS Review
Release Date: 01.08.2016
Includes: You Are My Salvation Remix
You Are My Salvation – What Makes Us Human | JOOF Recordings
Release Date: 08.08.2016
Includes: Original, Omauha, John Dopping mixes
You Are My Salvation – Gryning | Saturate Audio
Release Date: 12.12.2016
Includes: Original, Vertruda mixes
And, of course, let’s not forget the stunning remix that’ll be out on Monday:
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the Remix of the Year winner. 🙂