[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…

[Look Back] 2015 Top 20

Like last year, 2015 saw a bit of a resurgence of the ‘old sound’, so to speak. I’m not just referring here to new remixes of already established classics, but rather a more pronounced movement to ‘return to the roots’ and create genuinely engaging and memorable productions. Do you want examples? Well then why don’t you…

[Look Back] Producer of the Year: Daniel Lesden

Getting even closer to the end, we encounter the fourth category in the series, which is Producer of the Year. Though I’ve been impressed by the output of a fair few names this year, one of them did deliver the release which convinced me beyond any shadow of doubt. This mysterious name I keep referring to…

[Look Back] Watch Out For: Old Baby Recordings

The midway point ushers in a category with which you should be familiar from last year. In basic terms, this brings into the spotlight a name that has gotten my attention this past year, and which I strongly believe you should add to the watch list for the next 12 months. Hmmm, what name could…

[Look Back] Album of the Year: Cosmic Trance Mission

As we get one step closer to the end of the year, the second category zooms into view, a category which poses no less difficulty in choosing the nominee. Album of the Year is what I’ll detail below, so stop reading this sentence and focus on that. Seriously, this phrase has nothing interesting left to give. Astro…

[Look Back] Label of the Year: Lost Language

Just a few more sleeps until 2015 ends, so I say it’s high time we looked back upon this tremendous year. First up, Vând Sunete‘s Label of the Year. As you’d imagine, each year it gets harder and harder to pick just one name for this category. It’s not merely because of the sheer number…