Remix of the year: Cold Blue for Joint Operation Centre feat. Kate Miles - Behind The Silence [Subculture]

When I first heard the original I fell in love with it and had it on repeat for days. Literally on repeat. There was no other track that could make me feel what this one made me feel: A deep good darkness. Buuuut, when I heard this remix there were some serious goosebumps involved. 

Cold Blue released this on August 24, with Subculture. You can grab your copy too, from here: subculture.choons.at/behindthesilence-coldblue 

If the original meant darkness to me, the remix is something else. As usual, Cold Blue managed to spin the track, the melody, the vibe of it into something le-gen-da-ry. Don't get me wrong. They both are legendary. And could easily be named some of the best tracks of this year. But Cold Blue made me love this even more. If that is possible. 

This music man's touch is out of this world. I know. I sound like a complete Cold Blue junkie again. But I can't handle it. I really like how he played with it and gave it a special light. The remix sounds a little bit more playful. A little bit dreamier. At least to me. At least to my soul. Just hit play and you' hear exactly what I mean. You'll see the dance party from my heart. The happiness, the joy, the eargasm this track gives. 

Enjoyed it on the dancefloor this year at Luminosity. I enjoy every second of it every time I hit the play button. It is one of my favorites for this year. Actually a lot of Subculture tracks are in my favorites this year. Really hope some are in your playlist too. They are doing great in the scene. They do this music justice. 

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Deep darkness: Joint Operations Centre released Behind the Silence with Kate Miles [Subculture]

This is something sooooo dark, but soooo damn good! Joint Operations Centre comes back with a bang! His new track with Kate Miles, Behind the Silence just got released with Subculture on August 3rd and it is definitely something to have in your playlist. 

Any day, Joint Operations Centre released something new, it is a good day. It does not happens that often, so we these kind of news makes me happy. Love John O'Callaghan's alias and work, so I can never keep quiet about it. It's been quite a while since he last released "Pathological effect".

It is the first time the darker Joint Ops sound has quartered a vocal, and a pretty darn special one it is too. Kate Miles is the girl on point. Together, she and John have conspired something hypnotic and alchemic for ‘Silence’.

Track sounds perfect. It has that darkness that captures your soul, but it doesn't make it a prisoner. It sets it free. Free to a world of deep sounds. Free to a clearer mind. Free to a goosebumpy state of mind. 

Production-wise, John warps up a storm, echoing ‘Behind’s vocal refrains, whilst catalysing its perc loops. Underlain by the finest resounds of doomy bass, he draws its darker parts into the FX banks, from which they emerge frayed, distorted, but charged.

While her sweetly sung tones initially veil the track’s darker heart, Kate’s song quickly stirs the waters deeper still. With John’s violin and pianoforte poignancies underpinning it, come the chorus, the Norwegian singer swings the emotional wrecking ball for a final time, laying its truth bare.

‘Behind The Silence’ dropped on August 3rd. Stream/download here: https://subculture.choons.at/behindthesilence


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Step "Into the light" with Factor B [Subculture]

Well, I have to admit it: I am not the biggest Factor B fan, but his latest releases convince me. Also, the Luminosity set had a huge impact on that. He chose very well the right tracks to close the Pure Trance stage (Copacabana) in the last day of the festival. It was nice to be there on the dance floor, dance like there is no tomorrow and enjoy every minute of it.

And his latest release, "Into the light" is really good. Subculture has a new name on their roster, a very good one. The Aussie producer hit the release gas last year with an anthem convoy by the year;s end included "Invidus", "Liberator", "Origins" and "Something Like a Cure". "Into the light" follows this April's "White Rooms", out of the gate. Brendan topped his work till now.

‘Into The Light’ got its first airing (where else but!) ASOT850 back in February. Inside Jaarbeurs it more than proved its mettle, when Brendan closed his Road To 1000 set with it.

“Armin van Buuren, Solarstone and label boss John O’Callaghan are just some of the spinners who’ve since rallied to its radio & club cause, while DJ Mag UK scored it 8/10.”

To be clear, style and energy-wise ‘Into The Light’ is not kidding around! If your set of speakers is in need of something that doesn’t stint on sonic force, mass or motion, look no further. With a tempo that’s goes straight for the primetime jugular, more rousing sub-melody flow than the Jetstream and a heart as big as an ocean, ‘Into The Light’s got you covered. Pick it up/stream here https://subculture.choons.at/intothelight

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New track: Alex Ryan - Cala Conta [Vandit]

Anyone who’s ever made the trip (and guessing that’s a fair few of you) quickly finds their favourite Cala on Ibiza. Whether you figure on Figueretas, feel the bass of Bassa, lounge on Llonga, dart for d’Hort, go turbo for Carbo, or shuck yer shorts on Salinas, quite simply everyone’s got their spot!

For Alex Ryan, its Conta – a sandy enclave due west of San An, that quite clearly has made a special impression on the young producer. Returning to VANDIT’s ranks this week after his club hit ‘Atlantis’ stole hearts back in March, ‘Cala Conta’s a track that’s has soul to bare and spirit to burn.

If ‘Conta’ the track is anything to go by, Conta is indeed a place worth hitting. Sprung on a base of influential kicks, flamed percussion and sonorous bass, Alex stirs up its ether through female vocal harmonics. Every bit as engaging, its sub-melody sets it on its course to the break, where iridescent pads, translucent synths and, finally, ripping elevation await.

Moving, magical, inspiring or just plain up-for-it, whatever you seek, ‘Cala Conta’ will deliver. It’s available now through VANDIT here: https://www.beatport.com/release/cala-conta/2336860.

 

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Summer rush. Goosebumps rush. Euphoria rush: Cold Blue released a new track with Kearnage Recordings

New Cold Blue track alert! New Cold Blue track alert! He just released Rush, with Kearnage Recordings and it is one of my favourite tracks of this summer! This one went straight to my cart today! It is too great not to buy it and show some support for it.

Cold Blue makes a welcome return to Kearnage and showcases his immense talent for creating peak time trance monsters. Rush is destined to be one of the standout trance tracks for the summer of 2018 and has received early support from Bryan Kearney & John O'Callaghan. Don't miss out.

Early support from Bryan Kearney and John O'Callaghan. And how couldn't they not support it? It is huge!

Banged my head so hard on this one. Again, my colleagues at the office were a little bit surprised of what music can do to me. You'd believe after 2 years, they should be accustomed to that. But no. :) And I blame Cold Blue for this. He always finds new ways to amaze me and make me "manifest" on his music. 'Cuz it is a true manifestation on his latest track Rush. There is not only a dance party in my soul. It is a true journey. A true spiritual journey. I went to the moon and back. Definitely one of my favourites this summer. This year!

He opened his Luminosity set with this one. And it was the perfect opening, if you ask me. Right there, front row, on the dance floor, this sounded amazing. And other hundreds of people agree with me. They were right there. Next to me. Dancing like crazy. Crying. Feeling the joy. The pureness of the melody. Experiencing the magic. Enjoying it. Loving it.

Grab your copy of Cold Blue - Rush here: https://bit.ly/2m5PFEh.

I briefly saw him right before his set. And of course, like always, I forgot my own name. I forgot to speak English. I was on the verge of tears, while telling him how much his music means to me and how much it makes me happy. While telling him how much I look forward to his set.Even now, as I am writing this, I get really emotional. That short meeting gave me such a huge smile. Like always, Tobias was kind. And grateful. And simple. That's why I have this huge music crush on him. Because no matter what he is on of the most genuine music men around this industry. Because he always takes the time to bare with my emotions. With my thoughts. My music thoughts. Thank you, Tobias! Looking forward for the next one!


Shine Ibiza has an anthem now. The legend, Paul Van Dyk took care of it!

Sleeps counted less in weeks and more in days, the doors to SHINE - Ibiza’s new trance bastion unlock at Privilege’s Vista Club in early July. You know the dates, you know the day and you know the DJs (and if you don’t, those details are below!). You can have a reasonable guess at the music policy too, but the boys & girls at SHINE aren’t taking any chances there.

They dialled the Anthem Hotline and it was PvD who picked up. A between-albums project, under the Presents SHINE mantle, he rolled up sleeves and delivered a scene-setting encapsulation for his new residency.

Anthem by name and nature, the track wastes zero time in musically distilling the trance heart of Ibiza. Underpinned by a production as set-versatile as they come, Paul folds cyanic pads, temperate bass and chiming sub-melodies into its system. Super-heated key changes lift the track higher, before he draws its elements together, kissing them off fluently with a mainline that’s the very essence of Isla Blanca.

With DJ Mag commenting:as moments in trance go this month, there’s few to beat its effect - 9/10”, ‘SHINE’s ready to take you to some very special places indeed (though one in particular!). The one your brain will have on repeat all summer long, SHINE on that crazy island here https://bit.ly/2tLDzob from today or listen via Soundcloud here https://bit.ly/2lA48b4

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Omnia and Andres Sanchez remixed Lange & Sarah Howells - Out of The Sky and gave it a '18 fresh vibe

Once a classic, always a classic – ‘Out Of The Sky - Lange & Sarah Howells drops back out of the proverbial today, flanked by two exemplary remix revisions. Producers on point are Omnia and Andres Sanchez and artistically they’ve taken the lead track from Lange’s heroic ‘Better Late Than Never’ album to some very special places indeed.

No introduction necessary, that man Omnia scripts a blissed-out summer’s kiss of a mix, and one that holds an instinctive connection with Sarah Howell’s imaginatively penned, magically touching song. The Ukrainian uses fluttering synths, thermally undulating bass, elegant chord structures and innate key changes to repoint the track for the season ahead.

The hombre from Madrid, Andres Sanchez has been conjuring fire on many a label over the last year or so - FSOE, WAO138?!, Subculture, Grotesque, ASOT and Flashover among ‘em. On his mix, he strengthens ‘Sky’s club form, reinforces its later-night floor credentials and brings a raft of sub-melodies and arena-filling synth elevation to its summit stages.

Two mixes broadening the appeal of a classic yet further still, the Omnia and Andres Sanchez mixes of ‘Out Of The Sky’ are available from today, here: https://blackhole.choons.at/outofthesky

 

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New track: Frank Dueffel & Curtis Young - The Cartel [Vandit]

Let’s be frank, Mr. Dueffel’s back on VANDIT and after the club reception afforded ‘Adiabatic’ and follow-up ‘Wherever You Are’, we couldn’t be happr! Better yet, this time he’s brought a chum along with him!

‘The Cartel’ finds the Wesseling resident sat side-by-side in the studio with none other than Curtis Young. If that has you picturing hip-hop artiste and son of Dr. Dre, well allow us to disabuse you! It is in fact the young trance DJ & production hotshot from Belfast - a man who’s been making almost as many waves as Frank has of late.

‘The Cartel’ contrasts an elevating, optimism-fuelled soundbase against the vocal’s tenacious anti-drug polemic. With originality to burn, it squares drum romp & bass vibrancy with quick-running sub-melodies, awww inspiring (!) pad & chord motions and innovative FX. Gating up a storm in the break, its mainline synths point to the heavens to deliver its sky-bound soar.

Check ‘The Cartel’ out via the VANDIT SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/vanditrecords, or cut right to the chase and stash it in you collection via Beatport here: https://www.beatport.com/release/the-cartel-extended/2293820


Mesmerizing: Exolight & Suncatcher: Siren Song [Always Alive]

I told you in an older article, these guys: Exolight & Suncatcher are not going to stop! They just released last week, on June 8th a new track called Siren Song and it is too great not to write about it. I am finding myself again looking at a blank space and trying to put my thoughts in order to write them down.

It is hard. But in the same time easy. Easy because you cannot say anything bad about it. It is that great. Easy because it gives you shivers. Easy because, like Footprints on the Moon, this track gives me that crying vibe I am always having when the melody "sees" right through me.

Needing little introduction in their own right thanks to a string of stellar productions between them, Suncatcher's sweetly sun-kissed melodies combine with Exolight's unique approach to uplifting in a sublime joint production showcasing the very best of Always Alive's current roster. An expansive, engrossing uplifter from two of Always Alive's brightest, drift off with the brilliant 'Siren Song'.

The track is magic. Mesmerizing. Luring. It really transferred me into a different world. A world where happiness is happening. A world where bad feelings are washed away. A world where no one can reach and hurts us anymore. It hypnotises us into the joy. Into the goosebumps.

I also asked them a little bit about the track:

What inspired you to do this track? 

We always have a story behind our tracks. That's why they are so emotional. It's either something that happened to one of us or something that we feel when we are writing the track. Siren Song is all about that moment in your life when you finally managed to let go something that saddened you for a very long time. That last sorrowful feeling.

How did you work on it?

I started it (Exolight) and then we met in Suncatcher's studio, where we finished it.

Why did you chose Always Alive for the release? Or did the label chose you? 

We chose Always Alive, because we considered that is the label it fits the best, given the melody and sound of the track.

When will you have your next release? 

Pretty soon. We already sent it to the label and they were happy with it. We might play it first at Luminosity!

Be sure to grab your copy too, and support these guys’s work. Buy link: alwaysaliverecordings.lnk.to/ALWAYSA250.


New track: Jordan Suckley & Alex M.O.R.P.H. - Ambush [Vandit]

Jordan Suckley’s been in dynamic form for VANDIT of late. Only the other month he was in league with Sam Jones on ‘Pursuit’ and now - hot on its heels - comes the techy trappings of the equally ensnaring of ‘Ambush’. Jumping into the co-producer’s chair – and for the first time no less, it’s the inimitable Mr. Alex M.O.R.P.H. The collaboration dynamic might have changed, but the floor effects remain every bit as dramatic!

Drawing on metallic sounding percussion, marching drums and overwhelmingly danceable bass, ‘Ambush’ exerts substantial force from the off. A tongue-twisting sly side of Psy keep the gauges climbing, while roiling sub-riffs and boiler room atmospheres send its pressure higher still. Top of the drop and the pair unload a techy atom-splitter of mainline to fully spring ‘Ambush’s clubby trap.

‘Ambush is gonna getcha sooner or later! So get out in front of it here from today: beatport.com/release/ambush-extended/2292194.

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