New track: Cosmic Gate spreads some 'Universal Love' [Wake Your Mind Records]

More news on the Cosmic Gate front these days: Nic and Bossi just released a new track called Universal Love, under their own label Wake Your Mind Records.

Also, WAKE YOUR MIND DEEP RECORDS opens its doors with first release from Marcus Schössow and Matthew Felner's Gardenstate project. 

Their latest update before the release of their fourth "Wake Your Mind Sessions" compilation, is the release of their 'Universal love'. A track that takes them off the Cosmic Gate''s grid, as never before: a dazzling, convention-shaking tale of two tones.

Something different and fresh, a sonic safari, upping the thump (& funk!), letting the filters rip and bringing it with some tech n distort tumult. The guys played with everything and more for this track: from piling on the speaker pressure with analogue bass, FX grind, 3030 whip and cranked reverb, to the break that brings an nice proportioned script-flip and drops FX-effected chorus from Natural Born Grooves classic 'Universal Love'. "Peopleeeeee geeet readyyy for this Universal Love" and enjoy this timely vocal that only spreads the message of love and happiness far & wide!

In other breaking Cosmic Gate news this month, the coming of ‘Wake Your Minds Sessions 4’ has served as the perfect springboard for Nic & Bossi to launch the new division of their record label. With Wake Your Mind Records romping past its 50th release, its new Deep imprint commenced release operations earlier in the month. ‘Delta’ from Marcus Schössow and Matthew Felner’s gardenstate project had the honours of opening Deep’s discography, which (naturally enough!) can also be found within the grooves of the May 1-released ‘Wake Your Mind Sessions 4’ album!  

Cosmic Gate’s ‘Universal Love’ is out this week and is available to stream/purchase here. (https://cosmicgate.complete.me/universallove), while Wake Your Mind Sessions 4 can be pre-ordered here.

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New track: MARKUS SCHULZ & DAIMY LOTUS - ARE YOU WITH ME [Black Hole Recordings]

‘Indestructible’ in name and nature, with its Feb-released/Adina Butar-sung first single, Markus Schulz gave us a big open for his upcoming 2020 album. Now with spring in full swing, he’s primed a new precursor for it - and one that comparably resonates with ‘brighter days’ vibes.

‘Are You With Me’ introduces planet dance to an entity the Dutch music & festival scenes have been familiar with for time - the reflective songs & affecting tones of Daimy Lotus. Lyrically ‘Are You With Me’ delivers something that’s half question and half statement - creatively echoing the complex & occasionally conflicting natures of a relationship. At its centre though, the message is clear: exposing vulnerabilities in the pursuit of clarity is worth the emotional price. Daimy delivers her message with a burgeoning spirit that - come the end of the chorus – becomes absolute.

A task to which it’s more than equal, Markus’s Album Mix lets Daimy’s voice & song do all the heavy lifting. As moving as it is memorable, he backs it with guitar thrum, trace piano and persuasive percussive elements. His Extended Mix meanwhile is an APB for the airwaves. Upping the drums and pulsing with advanced tempo & energy, it has lust-for-life written big print large throughout.

An anthem for those with the guts to lay it on the line (and shake off some uncertainty in the process), ‘Are You With Me’ drops today and is available to stream/purchase here (markusschulz.complete.me/areyouwithme).

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Shine Ibiza has a new anthem by Paul Van Dyk and Alex M.O.R.P.H.

The whiff of sunscreen, the scent of surf, the hint of a mojito - close your eyes and you can almost smell it!! Yup - real terms, Ibiza’s right around that corner and for that you’ll be needing yourselves an anthem! Something equatorially-hot in places, evocatively flyaway in others and one that’s never, ever less than elevating?! 

With summer on their mind, early April saw Paul van Dyk and label-mate/super-chum Alex M.O.R.P.H. whack up the thermostat and hotfoot it into the studio. Channeling their inner sun (wasn’t hard!), the pair co-created this year’s anthem for SHINE Ibiza’s soon-to-be season-long run at San Antonio’s legendary Eden.

Vibe-wise, this year’s hymn to the hot stuff (says DJ Mag in their May issue 8/10 review) was never going to skimp on temperate Balearic feelgooderyPads & chords have palpably cyanic accents, the rich mainline gives it its thermal lift, while its firmer bass conveys all the necessary floor-drive”, the mag continued, concluding “we’re looking at an anthem in both name and nature her.

A track that condenses all the elements of SHINE’s unforgettable experience into seven minutes and eighteen seconds of trance perfection, the night’s 2019 ‘Ibiza Anthem’ is here. The one you’ll hum as you (eventually) head back to the hotel, the track drops today and is available here (https://VanditRecords.lnk.to/ShineIbizaAnthem2019).

Full details of SHINE Ibiza’s White Isle activities and line-up can be found below, w/tickets available online at www.shine-ibiza.com/tickets

A track that condenses all the elements of SHINE’s unforgettable experience into seven minutes and eighteen seconds of trance perfection, the night’s 2019 ‘Ibiza Anthem’ is here. The one you’ll hum as you (eventually) head back to the hotel, the track drops today and is available here (https://VanditRecords.lnk.to/ShineIbizaAnthem2019). Full details of SHINE Ibiza’s White Isle activities and line-up can be found below, w/tickets available online at www.shine-ibiza.com/tickets

11th July (Opening Party)
Paul van Dyk  (3 hour Closing set)
Aly & Fila (3 hour Opening set)

18th July
Paul van Dyk
Bryan Kearney
Menno De Jong
Alex Ryan
Saad Ayub

25th July
Paul van Dyk
John O’Callaghan
Will Atkinson
James Cottle

1st August
Paul van Dyk
Ben Nicky
Jordan Suckley
Paul Thomas

8th August
Paul van Dyk
Aly & Fila
Alex MORPH
Stephen Kirkwood

15th August
Paul van Dyk
Aly & Fila
Giuseppe Ottaviani
Jardin

22nd August
Paul van Dyk
Cosmic Gate
Alex MORPH
Chris Bekker

29th August
Paul van Dyk
Aly & Filab2b Paul Thomas (3 hour opening set)
Liam Wilson

5th September (In Association with Ibiza Trance Event)
Paul van Dyk
Aly & Fila
Jordan Suckley
ITE DJ’s

12th September
Paul van Dyk
John 00 Fleming
Grum
Woody van Eyden

19th September (Closing Party)
Paul van Dyk (3 Hour Closing Set)
Aly & Fila (3 Hour Opening Set)

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New Track: Betsie Larkin & White Zoo - Tidal Wave [Magic Muzik]

When you see Betsie Larkin, you know the track is a good one. And Tidal Wave makes no exception. Collaboration with White Zoo, this takes Betsie back to the release fore. Songs finished and new productions banked, with a literal wave of emotion she unleashes her first of the year.

A subtle-yet-devastating surge of soul-touch lyrics and heart-on-sleeve delivery, cut into an exceptional production, Betsie sends her ‘Tidal Wave’ your way now.

For its release she’s clubbed together with German boundary-pusher White Zoo, a producer who - through artist albums like ‘Into The White’ and ‘Zooperload’ – has himself generated waves aplenty. 

Across its three mixes, he cuts ‘Tidal Wave’s musical cloth from housier fabric. Percussive loops sit atop substantial bass, as White Zoo checks its funk with cooler warping elements.

Betsie pushes the envelope again, allowing her delivery a darkly grooving, almost hypnotising feel. Revelatory lyrics unfold, adding the final edge to ‘Tidal Wave’s emotionally charged swell.

A track every bit as much for heads & hearts, as it is for clubbing feet, you can experience ‘Tidal Wave’ here:(https://magikmuzik.choons.at/tidalwave). 

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STORY OF A TRACK: NIKOLAUSS – Nidavellir [SUBCULTURE]

Nikolauss - Nidavellir is out with Subculture since March 8th. The track received till now some pretty good feedback and I have to admit is one of my favorites from Andrei (Ok. they are all my favorites. ;)) ).

When I first told the story of a track, I wrote about Lifdagar (his first release with Subculture) and beside me having fun, people also enjoyed it. So, I decided to tell one more, because this track has an interesting story too!

Nidavellir is one of the Nine Realms and the place where were forged the most powerful and horrific weapons to ever torment the universe. Nidavellir is strong, rough, but delicate in the same time. Name is inspired from the Marvel universe, but the roots are in the Norse mythology, to whom I am a big fan. - Nikolauss

All started right after Lifdagar when Andrei sent another track to Subculture. John liked and the feedback was nice. There were some suggestions involved and Andrei worked hard on them and sent an update as soon as possible. At that time we were not sure yet if the track found its home, though.

Busy, busy times, all was happening around Amsterdam Dance Event. That meant lots of events to attend, lots of meetings to make it to and few time to check emails. Planets aligned, the Universe was good again and we managed to get to the In Trance We Trust event. It had a pretty mint line-up split in 4 separate rooms. And of course, John. And Neal. And Cold Blue (this last one is for me <3). We said we have to meet up, and somehow, right at the party seemed a good idea at that time.

We were in the crowd, enjoying music so much, when John started playing. We were still in the crowd, still enjoying the music and the people when suddenly Andrei recognized his track. At first Andrei didn't even IDed the track correctly. But hey, when you have so many, it gets confusing (I guess. haha!).

Andrei: Baby, this is it!
Me: (totally deaf). Which one?
Andrei: ID1! (cannot name if for obvious reasons). John is playing it!
Me: Really? ... (listening).. Ohh yes! Let's do a small video of it being played here!
Andrei: Yes. Let's go up on those stairs.
Me: (unlocks phone. Hits record.)
Andrei: (couple of seconds later) Ohhh wait! It is not ID1. Not my track with ID artist. It's ID2.
Me: You silly! Can't recognize correctly your own tracks!
Andrei: Ohhh! And it's the version without the last edits. I guess John didn't check the updated one yet.
Me: Well. I think he is testing it. And maybe he'll have an answer after that. :D
Andrei: I guess so.

I did hit the record button. I did try to stand still and have something decent as a video. But the results are completely different. We ended up with shorter shaky videos and nothing good to post anywhere. So, we decided to have the talks and just enjoy the set. John's set is a very special memory to me. It was magical. When a set makes me enjoy it that much, that I do close my phone, close my eyes and just feel it, I know it will get a special place in my heart.

At that time, the track was still an ID. ID2 in this story. And has been identified as ID long after. Naming it is another journey. It's about asking for deadlines, start panicking (me, of course) and having the Eureka moment at the last moment.



Track was sent around end of September - beginning of October. Track was released on the 8th of March. And a lot of tracks have a similar journey. I would even say Nidavellir's journey till release is a short one :D . A lot of tracks are kept as IDs, tested and crowd teased. There is no magic recipe of releasing a track right after pressing the export button. It needs to sit, to (maybe) be updated and to make the listeners curious with each sound.

Nidavellir had a really nice path till now, reaching no. 21 on Beatport the other days, and still going strong! It is amazing how much support it has from the trance community. It is great to see it played on amazing stages like In Trance We Trust at ADE, Dreamstate Australia and everywhere else around the world!

Hope you grabbed your copy: https://subculture.choons.at/nidavellir  and checked its journey through Andrei's socials: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube


Eargasm goals: Jes - Imagination with the Will Atkinson touch

Jes - Imagination (Will Atkinson remix) was out on February 22 and now is sitting very nicely as no. 1 in Beatport's Trance Top 100. The remix is out for days, but my soul has finally cooled off to write about it. If I was to write on the release day, you would have read a novel.

Jes's voice will always be through one of my favorites in the trance scene and Will Atkinson is one of the best in the scene. When there is a combination of these 2, you cannot expect anything else than perfection. This remix is a very serious contender for Tune of the Year. And I am not the only one to say it.

This remix is eargasm goals. It has everything it needs to be in every playlist in the world and for us to abuse that repeat button. :) It is love at first listen. It is driving, energetic, magic!

I can tell in your eyes, while listening to this, where you go, 'cause I have been to each state you are in now too. I know it's like a trip, maybe to me, a trip too far, moving forward, faster into my imagination, but let it run away with me.



Imagination is in our hearts since 2008, and it was remixed by Tiesto, Kaskade and others too. But if you ask me, no one did it better than Atkinson.

Letting JES’s ‘Imagination’ run away with him, over nine minutes Will’s rework takes it to any number of new dimensions. Rolling JES’s opening refrains over crisp breaks and then capitalising with 4/4 beats, he brings in a beast of a b-line and an irresistible riptide of surging sub-riffs. Will then deftly clicks it over into a thumping progressive tract, allowing - through pathos-soaked pads, synths and endless FX detail, that emotion to swell.

Finally - right when you think it’s topped out and hasn’t anymore road to run, he stunningly upscales again. With a break picked out by authentic guitars strains and heart-seeking chime, Will finally eclipses all with the kind of mainline uplift your night simply won’t recover from. 

Make sure to grab your copy here: https://magikmuzik.choons.at/imaginationremix.

Track also did awesome at ASOT 900 Utrecht the other weeks and Will perfectly illustrates the feels after in his latest video:



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Another day, another track: Another life by Cold Blue [Subculture]

Cold Blue just had the proper start of this year's releases! Another Life has been in our hearts for a while as part of his sets, but on January 25th this track just saw the daylight!

As usual, I am listening to the track on repeat and I am thinking what this track means to me. What it does and how I can describe the feeling better. And one thing comes through my mind: peace. Peace of mind.

This track is about quiet, tranquility, melody. Melody of life: another life. The life where you have nothing to worry about. The life where everything is quiet, but loud. The life where everyone is calm, but excited. The life where there is melody, but also noise. The life where there is a pure harmony between all these.

I am in love with the track. It's a great one to have in the playlist and as usual I grabbed my copy. Another Life is (of course) released with Subculture and received such great feedback till now. You can grab your copy here: subculture.choons.at/anotherlife.


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Happiness refresh: Maria Healy - Bay Breeze [GO Music]

I knew about the track coming and I was sure of a love at first listen. Maria Healy just released a new track: Bay Breeze with GO Music on January 25th and it's pure happiness!

This track is something refreshing. At least for me. It instantly put a huge smile on my face when I hit play. It turns each small moment into happiness. Into playfulness. I enjoy how this track makes me have a little dance party on my desk and how it brightens my day; my night; my everything. I enjoy slightly banging my head right and left on the beat. This is a track that makes you put in on repeat.

This track is a happiness refresh. If you feel down, or just don't have a good day, a good moment, this track is a right one to press play to. Or only if you just want to smile like stupid (like me actually right now), hit play. That is exactly what I am doing for the last couple of hours, since I bought my copy. :D

Maria is an artist I follow pretty much lately and I am in love with her work. I am looking forward to see her behind the decks at Luminosity this summer. Looking forward to hear this track while dancing in the hot sand of the Zandvoort beach.

I enjoyed seeing her sign this with GO Music, a label we all follow religiously. Not only because of Giuseppe, but also of his right sense for good music and awesome artists. Maria really deserves this signing and I am looking forward too many more!

Support the artist and buy your copy: gomusic.choons.at/baybreeze.

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New track: Myon & Late Night Alumni - Hearts & Silence [Ride]

September sees Myon renew a studio relationship first formed in 2014 with his debut co-production with the US Late Night Alumni collective. Tonally and thematically ‘Hearts & Silence’ picks up where ‘Under Your Cloud’ left off. It again underscores the brilliant, near-alchemic triangulation between Myon’s clubbier, more driving studio instincts, L.N.A.’s cooler housier, elements and the quiet persuasion of singer Becky Jean Williams’ empathetic, affecting vocals.

On the club mix Myon‘s techier contours and more electro-lining FX light the track’s touch-paper. Against its riding percussion lines and elegiacally bleeping intro melody, collectively they instil a lament-filled emotive to its early minutes.

As sensitively written as they are deeply moving, Becky’s ‘Hearts & Silence’ lyrics and vocal put the brilliance of her from-the-heart songwriting into sharpest possible focus. As the track moves towards the drop, those more wistful vocal accents fade, replaced - in feel and tone - with first hope, and then belief.

Though their music Myon and L.N.A. skilfully shadow this transition. With evermore uplifting elements – orchestral strings, seaside atmospherics and beautifully crafted/strikingly elevating synths all supporting the shift, it swells to its heartening, enriching post-break conclusion. Classy, organic music making at its absolute finest, you can listen/buy Myon & Late Night Alumni’s ‘Hearts & Silence’ here: https://ride.choons.at/heartsandsilence

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Story of a track: Nikolauss - Lifdagar [Subculture]

How many times you wondered how a producer came up with a melody? What is the inspiration behind a specific track? How much did he/ she worked on it? What were the challenges? 

Even if I live with the producer, even if know most of the challenges, a track is still a mystery for me at first listen. I usually replay it for a couple of times, to give it a proper listen. I usually replay it for a couple of times to give some proper feedback. And with Nikolauss's tracks this challenge is the strongest one. He is too close to my heart, so sometimes talking about his work with him can be quite harsh. Or too nice.

Lifdagar means "life" in old Icelandic. And this track means "life" to me too. It is all about what love, joy, energy, pure bliss. It was one of the fastest melodies that took life in my mind, but the most challenging one to put it in a track. - Nikolauss

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When I first listened to Lifdagar, I was in a teambuilding with my colleagues and Andrei was home alone for the whole weekend. He sent me the link, and instead of "I miss you', he said "Please, let me know what you think about this track. Before thinking bad of him, for not saying "I miss you", you have to listen to the track again. Also, sometimes, many times actually, this is his way of expressing with no words. Sending a track and amaze me with what he can do. With how brilliant his mind can be.

This is pretty much our conversation about it: 

Me: Mmmmmmm. New sounds. 
Andrei: Yes. Do you like it? 
Me: It sounds interesting. There is a "thing" in the track at the beginning. It feels like the track is going backwards for a moment. Is that intentional?
Andrei: Yes. I tried to to get out of the usual. 
Me: Sounds nice. I really like the melody. 
Andrei: Sure? 
Me: Yes. Thought of a name yet? 
Andrei: Lifdagar. Old Icelandic word. Do you like it? 
Me: Mmmmm.. It sounds a bit heavy. 
Andrei: I don't think so. 

(2 days later, still away) 
Me: I really like Lifdagar. It sounds amazing! 
Andrei: :D So you like the name then? 
Me: It grows on me. 
Andrei: I love it. It is nothing common about it. It's different. 
Me: I fell in love with it. Madly. Like I did with you 5 years ago. 
Andrei: Come home. 
Me: Coming to pick me up? 
Andrei: YES.

That was pretty much it. I hit play and magic happened. I hit play and instantly fell in love with the melody, the vibe, the everything of the track. I put it on repeat, again and again and enjoyed every second of it. Every note of it. Lifdagar means to me, to Andrei , to us a lot. It is something different from him. Something mystical. Something to challenge his career and make him pursue this dream even more. 

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When he signed it with Subculture, when we saw John liked it, Neal liked it and they want it to the label, that was another special day for us. I usually show my joy like crazy, and Andrei is more quiet. He is happy with the results, but lets me show it. Lets me exteriorize all those emotions and pop the bottle of wine to celebrate.

I always joke with him about this, that I should leave him alone more often, if he does such amazing tracks like Lifdagar. But he always shuts me up when he insists that me being away was not the reason at all. It was the heat of the creative process. The moments, the special ones, when he opens Ableton and everything goes smoothly. All planets are aligned and work seems easy. If only every time would be like that!

Lifdagar had an amazing path till now, reaching no.3 on Beatport the other days, and still going strong in Top 10! It is amazing how much support it has from the trance community. It is great to see it played on amazing stages like Mainstage at Luminosity Beach Festival by John O'Callaghan (I was crying like crazy while in the crowd trying to see how people receive it, and they enjoyed it a looot!), at Subculture Australia by the same music man, and everywhere else around the world!

Hope you grabbed your copy: subculture.choons.at/lifdagar  and checked its journey through Andrei's socials: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube

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