GO again to heaven and back with Giuseppe Ottaviani and his ‘remixed’ Alma album [Black Hole]
What this man does to trance music, it pure magic! Giuseppe Ottaviani is the man to follow when we are talking about everything trance. He is a master man and he really knows everything about how to amaze the simple listener every day! Got the chance to interview him a while back and those 30 minutes are something I will always cherish for the rest of my life. When he first release Alma [ the album], I went to heaven and back while listening to it. When he announced Alma [remix], I pretty much did the same thing.
Giuseppe’s M.O. for the project was simple: take every track in ‘ALMA’s system and send it in a new direction. This he ensured through creative, hand-curated remixer picks that, alongside the aforementioned artists, came to include the likes of Omnia, Tenishia, M.I.K.E. Push and Robert Nickson, and latterly operators like Sean Tyas, Henrik Zuberstein and Monoverse.
Naturally Giuseppe also rolled up sleeves to give some of the album’s cooler and lower tempo tracks, the OnAir treatment. No less than five of ‘ALMA’ trove received clubbier upticks and conversely the Italian’s applied a rarer ChillAir mix to the Eric Lumiere-sung ‘Burn Bright’.
The album’s second coming arrived July 13. All things ‘ALMA’ will never be quite the same again!
So, exactly who’s remapped what?! Well, under his Henrik Zuberstein cloak, John O’Callaghan’s reimagined ‘Primavera’ as a coolly progressive number, complete with a drop that’ll put sundown shivers down your spine. Maintaining the prog theme, Monoverse runs a temperately bubbling acid line right through his refit of ‘Slow Emotion’. The Kyler England sung ‘Firefly’ meanwhile has been given a mainline redux by Omnia, whilst Tenishia supplies extra boom to the bass and emotive edge to Tricia McTeague’s song on ‘Loneliest Night’. Both Ruben de Ronde and Giuseppe have re-sketched ‘On The Way You Go’. Ruben deepens its soundwave, dramatically drawing out the break, while ‘On The Way’s harmonies are allowed to soar higher and curve further through G.O.’s OnAir mix.
Title track honours go to M.I.K.E. Push, with the man bringing added floor bite to its production, and giving the track the most epic of post-break paydays. ‘Ozone’ is another ‘ALMA’ alumni that’s been served two ways. Markus Schulz carves out a rhythmically hypnotic groove for his mix, before hitting release on its gliding, aerodynamic melody. Craig Connelly meanwhile puts his own spin on Giuseppe’s harmony, pressing the advantage by gating up the big synths and catalyses them through snare drum roll.
Given a number of remix options for the album, Robert Nickson went straight for ‘Brightheart’. Christian Burns’ chorus assumes an even more anthemic profile, when set against the Dutchman’s pads & synths. Sean Tyas refits ‘Slow Emotion 2’ with a boisterous and typically euphoric overcoat, which augers Giuseppe’s unveiling of the third ‘Slow Emotion’. A tougher excursion in the series, its tempo shifting dynamic is every bit as effective, surfing an uplifting break through to its tech-attacking conclusion. For ‘ALMA Remixed’ Giuseppe then serves a five-strong volley of his own OnAir elevations. In turn, ‘Wait Till You Miss Me’, ‘Miracle’, ‘Home’, ‘Countdown’ and ‘Aurora’ each take to the skies. For its concluding swansong, Giuseppe drops the house lights and cools the heels of ‘Burn Bright’, adding pathos, stirring splendour and denouement atmosphere to the album.
You can pre-order/stream Giuseppe Ottaviani – ALMA [Remixed] here today: https://blackhole.choons.at/alma-remixed
Giuseppe Ottaviani – ALMA [Remixed] 01. Primavera (Henrik Zuberstein Remix) 02. Slow Emotion (Monoverse Remix) 03. Firefly (with Kyler England) (Omnia Remix) 04. On The Way You Go (featuring Thea Riley) (Ruben de Ronde Remix) 05. Loneliest Night (featuring Tricia McTeague) (Tenishia Remix) 06. Ozone (Markus Schulz Remix) 07. Alma (M.I.K.E. Push Remix) 08. On The Way You Go (featuring Thea Riley) (OnAir Mix) 09. Brightheart (with Christian Burns) (Robert Nickson Remix) 10. Ozone (Craig Connelly Remix) 11. Slow Emotion 2 (Sean Tyas Remix) 12. Slow Emotion 3 13. Wait Till You Miss Me (featuring Sue McLaren) (OnAir Mix) 14. Miracle (with Paul van Dyk featuring Sue McLaren) (OnAir Mix) 15. Home (with Jennifer Rene) (OnAir Mix) 16. Countdown (OnAir Mix) 17. Aurora (On Air Mix) 18. Burn Bright (with Eric Lumiere) (ChillAir Mix)