Float. Breathe. Dream. John O'Callaghan & Stine Grove - Our Destiny is pure magic [Subculture]

Fire in his production belly, John O’Callaghan has already (per Mixmag) “explored his dark side” this year with ‘Next Stop Muddy Waters’ and fortified club floors further with the magnificent ‘Choice Of The Angels’. Into May - and again exhibiting his renowned flexibility to produce across trance’s broader span - the Irishman’s charting a vocal course.

For ‘Our Destiny’, John’s connected with Danish singer/songwriter Stine Grove to conceive a nothing-less-than-spellbinding new single.

This is pure magic. I am listening to it on repeat now and I feel so light. So airy. Everything is perfect in this track: From melody, to lyrics, to vocals. Everything. John can never disappoint  and Stine Grove always sounded amazing! Ripe with illustrative song writing, her voice animates every word, lending each line more significance than the last. Touching, enrapturing and stirring, it adds yet another new dimension to John’s productions.

Naturally ‘Our Destiny’ carries all the hallmark studio punch and floor clout you’ve come to expect from JOC. Reflecting the refined nature of its vocal though, his underlying intricacies serve the track equally. Long, drawn filmic strings, unhurried piano and more measured bass movements underscore its midsection, before uniting with its drums & mainline to bring the post-break altitude.

A track that exists as much for subtlety as strength, you can experience John & Stine’s ‘Our Destiny’ here from May 25: subculture.choons.at/ourdestiny

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New track: Markus Schulz & Jes - Calling For Love [Coldharbour Recordings]

Having just last month brought floors to full roar through the Emma Hewitt-sung ‘Safe From Harm’, Markus Schulz is poised with another epic first-time team-up.  This time Markus x JES is the equation, and if you’re wondering how that’s never have happened before, well the queue forms to the left! Analysis is now academic as two of trance’s greats bridge the studio/song gap with the soul-stirringly moving ‘Calling For Love’.

In its all-day-play radio version, first contact with ‘Calling’ came through April’s interlinked ‘In Bloom EP’ and GDJB show. For it’s standalone release, Markus has club-equipped the Extended Mix with all the necessaries to see it reign equally at night. Tapping the tempo gas, ‘Calling’s production’s been galvanised by hardier drums, hastening snares, percussive march and - in its latter stages - synth-radiance. By turns strong, optimistic, defiant, wrought and lamenting, JES’ song is a swirl of contending emotions, lyrically & vocally encapsulating her theme.

‘Calling For Love’s official video will shortly join fellow ‘In Bloom’ single ‘Safe From Harm’s (which passed the 1 million YouTube views marker last week) online. Meantime, you can stream/purchase the Extended Mix of ‘Calling For Love’ here: http://markusschulz.choons.at/callingforlove

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Rising energy and a little bit of mystery: Cold Blue - A New Spirit [Subculture]

Cold Blue released a new track! Cold Blue released a new track! A New Spirit was out on May 4th and it couldn't be a better follow up for Learning to Live!

Having effected a career breakout last year, the opening months of 2018 have seen Cold Blue shift up another couple of gears again. With debut festival performances for the young German incoming at Tomorrowland, EDC Vegas and Airbeat One, studio-side he’s cemented his position equally firmly with a salvo of new heat-seekers.

His disc of the recent ‘Subculture’ mixcomp served as a de facto artist album, which showcased in ever-greater focus his artistic capabilities and there, amongst its number, was the indomitable ‘A New Spirit’. Few realised it at the time, but ‘A New Spirit’ had enjoyed first light several months early at last winter’s Dreamstate. Cold Blue flew it under the ID radar during his SoCal performance, as a blind taste test for the tune. The crowd’s reactive energy wave was all it took to convince him that it was ‘Learning To Live’s follow-up.

In the run up to Dreamstate, EDMIdentity described Cold Blue as “fresh, original and risk-taking”, all adjectives which serve ‘A New Spirit’ equally. Tobias draws celestial FX and cursive cruising sub-melodies into the track’s midrange, setting ‘Spirit’ on a deliberately measured climb to the heavens. Into that he adds epic guitar hooks and raincry harmonies, furthering its ether. As its mainline evolves, builds, swells and finally resolves at improbable heights, its godly synths will draw you into an embrace you may never fully emerge from!

For me this track building energy so nicely. It is is a continuous rising energy. It doesn't take you to a higher place and leaves you there. It takes you higher and higher. It literally lifts your spirit up. It has a mystery I couldn't figure it out yet. It draws my soul through different states, so different I can't find the proper words to describe them. This track is magical, and it really worked for me while working, while writing, while designing. I found it to be perfect in situations where you might need a little more motivation, where you might need a little more energy.

You can discover Cold Blue’s essential ‘ A New Spirit’ here.

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Something to fuel the soul: Nikolauss - Overdrive [Extrema Global Music]

It is very difficult for me to talk about Andrei's work. I say this every time I want to write about his work. I fear I might be too subjective. Because, of course I am Nikolauss's biggest fan. Because, of course, I like each track he releases and I can't wait to see what else the industry has in store for him.

He released last Monday, Overdrive. A very strong track, perfect to celebrate 200 releases from Extrema Global Music. The label is doing great and Nikolauss is the right man for such a milestone. The track is so driving, so powerful and it got a lot if nice feedback from the fans. Grab your copy too here: extrema.lnk.to/overdrive.

Here we are. When we started thinking about who deserved this particular milestone, the answer was immediately clear. Andrei has been one of the most successful, consistent and ever evolving artist we ever had the pleasure to work with, he became a core team member of the Label and ultimately a true friend. We are very proud to introduce you Nikolauss - Overdrive, the 200th. Extrema Global Music release. There's nothing more to say. Just press play and be amazed. - Astuni

I called it "something to fuel your soul" for a reason. The track is one of those tracks to instantly pump you with energy and make your day better. It is a track to wake up to. To dance in the bus station. To run to. To run towards all your goals and dreams and smash everything that might come between you. I listen to this track after I read an email I might not agree with and immediately feel better. I listen to this track after I feel like there is no motivation, and I instantly get up and do better. I listen to this track for a while now to dream it and know each sound of it. To know each goosebump I'll get.

Just hit play and try it too.

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Music for the soul: Exolight & Suncatcher - Footprints on the Moon [Ava White]

I am looking at the blank space and I am trying to write something about this track. I am trying to find my words to describe this magic. I am trying to explain all the feelings I am getting and it is hard. It is so hard, because when I first heard the track, it left me speechless. It opened a lot of feelings I thought forgotten and literally stole all my words. Exolight and Suncatcher released on April 9th Footprints On The Moon with Ava White and blew a whole community with it.

This track should be called Footprints On The Soul. Because it marks you in a way you cannot ever erase. It is a track that engraves every sound in my soul and makes my whole existence smile. It gives me the purest goosebumps. It gives me a joy that is very hard to describe with words. It makes me see all my life in just a moment. But in the best way possible. And the happiest way possible.

It is a track like I haven't listened in a while. It is a true trance track that few are able to make these days. It is a track that reminds me of the older style and that makes me melancholic. It is a track to have on repeat and never get bored of.

Be sure to grab your copy too, and support these guys's work. I am 1000% they will not stop soon. And they shouldn't. When your music makes people happy, it is a clear sign, you should never stop.

Buy link: avawhite.choons.at/footprints

Supported by Armin Van Buuren, Aly & Fila, Manuel Le Saux, Roger Shah, Andrew Rayel, Photographer and many more.


New track: Suzanne Chesterton & Robert Lowe - Antus [Vandit]

In both solo and co-op form, Richard Lowe’s been a production presence on VANDIT‘s skyline for some time now. Through outings like ‘Levitate’ and his ‘Our Day’ & ‘March Skies’ team-ups with David Forbes, floor-side he’s been a rainmaker to some big, BIG club moments. Having written her own compositions from her single digit years, Suzanne Chesterton caught the musical bug even earlier. It took the meeting of these two likeminds for her first release to be fully realised though.

What though is an ‘Antus’!? Well, if you ask Google, it’ll tell you it’s “a World of Warcraft player with exceptional skills and the strength of a beast!” We’re not certain if this is the origin of Suzanne & Richard’s incarnation, but (and you can probably see where we’re going with this!) it does one heck of a job in describing it!

Trancefloor elevation to vertiginous levels is what the duo have conspired. Through ‘Antus’ powerplant drums, rimshot percussion drive, no-nonsense pace and tirelessly grafting synths, that’s exactly where you’re carried. Don’t look down (less you dare!) - ‘Antus’ from Suzanne & Richard towers from today! Score your copy hereabouts: https://www.beatport.com/track/antus-club-mix/10418974 or you can also catch a listen via VANDIT’s Soundcloud.


A mystical remix to dream to: Cosmic Gate & Super8 & Tab - Noom (Estiva Remix) [Wake Your Mind]

Me telling you for the Nth time I am a huge fan of Cosmic Gate and their music is old news. Me telling you how awesome Super8 and Tab are is again old news. But me telling you I am also into Estiva's work may be something newer. Wake Your Mind Recordings just release his remix on Cosmic Gate & Super8 & Tab - Noom and it is mint!

Nic, Bossi, Janne and Miika mastered the original, but Estiva wrapped it into a mystical journey! Less released, more unleashed, when ‘Noom’ came spinning out of ‘Materia Chapter.Two’s clear white yonder last year, scene-wide fever followed. Every bit equal to the sum of its artists, its cruising pads, thermal chords, synth elevation and mother of all mainlines bossed primetime like no other.

That magical whistle, the progressive touch, the build up are just perfect. Moodying up ‘Noom’s tone, the Dutchman’s also Prydz-out its tempo, lent extra roll to the drums, applied more steel to its synths, flint to its FX and furthered its epic soar.

It is a track to lose yourself too. It is giving me a very free spirit vibe and I just close my eyes and my mind goes beyond this world's perspective. I am going to a land of mysteries. To a land of joy and happiness. To a land of possibilities. It is a track to wake up to. A track to dream to.

One to steer you into the spring, Estiva’s remix of Cosmic Gate & Super8 & Tab’s ‘Noom’ hits stores & floors this week. Lay hands and ears on it here.

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"Damaged" duo releases new track: Jordan Suckley & Sam Jones - Pursuit [Vandit]

When these two get together, be sure they will blow your mind with what they release. Two masterminds, one track. One hell of a track! Jordan Suckley and Sam Jones released "Pursuit" on April 6 with Vandit! Having previously left crater-sized impressions on clubfloors with their ‘Hijacker’ and ‘Wilma’ team-ups, this particular twosome already have an impressive track record together.

With expedited beats, furiously hissing hi-hats, staccato percussion and whip-crackin’ FX, the track shifts into fifth in no time at all. A tempo less measured in bpm and more in bhp, it sends wild stabs, crowd inciting pitch-bends and shunting bass roaring through its cylinders.

End-of-the-night, techier-minded mayhem”, (said DJ Mag in their 8/10 review) that “resolves around a right old razorblade of a mainline”, you can pick up the ‘Pursuit’ from today:beatport.com/release/pursuit-extended/2233717.

Do not even know what to say. The track speaks for itself. It is so powerful and so dark, you cannot miss it on the dancefloor. It is a track I would have in my gym playlist too. Cuz it driving enough to make me go through the routine flawlessly. It gave me some shivers, the track has some of mystery in it. Shivers of excitement, shivers of energy, shivers of magic. Magic to believe I can do everything I want everytime I hear this track in my earphones.

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New track: ALEX M.O.R.P.H. & MARK SHERRY – MAGNETAR [Vandit]

Whenever you see these two names in a track's title, you know it is huge! Alex M.O.R.P.H.'s uplift and Mark Sherry's tech madness combined will always turn into a proper choon! The 2 trance minds are insanely great and it kinda makes you wonder, why this didn't happen earlier. Why Magnetar didn't appear into our lives a couple of years ago.

Wasting zero time, the pair’s first studio union rolls out at pace with drum punch, metal-on-metal percussion and crowd-infecting vocal whoops & loops. Techy FX and bleepy, beamed-from-the-heavens sub-riffs are dispensed from Mr Sherry’s soundbanks. That leaves Alex to hardwire a mainline so galactic in scope & effect, a return from ‘Magnetar‘ may be beyond us all!

Magnetar  is exactly what you would expect from a M.O.R.P.H. and Sherry mix. A very nice melody, dreamy, uplifting but also playful combined with a strong and driving upbeat. Good track to listen to at the office and drive your rocker colleagues mad with having it on repeat. Good to start the day with too. It definitely kicks in the energy!

The mindboggling properties of their debut union are available now here beatport.com/release/magnetar-extended/2224170 through Beatport. Or you can feel its cosmic blast via VANDIT’s Soundcloud page!

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Dangerously perfect track out today: Richard Durand: Savage [Reloaded Music]

Ohhhhhhhh! This is soo good! This is sooooo delicious! Richard Durand - Savage finally got out today and of course I grabbed my copy, minutes after it got published. I had it on the to buy list for too long.

Mister Reloaded, Richard Durand, satisfies us with a severe club sound. The track title says it all, Savage stands for the new direction Richard has taken to destroy all the charts. Once again Richard is back to do what he does best, creating high-quality productions.

This is so right. This is so real. This is sooo savage! I don't even know how to properly express what I am feeling right now. I had the track on repeat for the last 3 hours, already drove crazy my colleagues at the office, I am in a constant dance party since I hit play. Danced on the bus on my way home (it is usual. it is normal) on it. I almost stopped to dance in the middle of the street. That is what this track does to me. And this is one of the criteria I put a track in the cart and grab it.

Another reason is the artist I've been following for so long, the artist that never, but never disappoints! Richard has released choon after choon and I am grateful for the perfect music he is putting out there. Savage, definitely,  makes no exception. It is pure energy. Pure fire! It pumped me up, it pumped my colleagues. It pumped the people that had a glimpse of it from my earphones. It is a track I will soooooo overplay and not get bored of. I just hope to hear it played live too somewhere, to completely destroy the dancefloor. :) Maybe Luminosity? Sure Luminosity. Richard will be there, and with something like this in the set, you can never fail. Never.

You can grab your copy too and support the beautiful people that work so hard to give us pure goosebumps: reloaded.choons.at/savage.

What are your thoughts about the track? Do you like sooo much too? Or I am just crazy?

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