OUT NOW: VII Solo Vol. I - Mixed by Simon Patterson

Ohh well... After the amazing success with their first ever compilation, VII returned with a new pack of goodies: VII Solo Vol. I - mixed by the one and only Simon Patterson.

VII's magic lies into the concentration on the music of 7 artists. This very exclusive group, gathered in one place some of trance's cooler and more underground-respected names. This year, they chose to continue the compilation awesomeness with the Solo series (that "vol.I" makes me hope on more).

At the top of his game for a decade +, Simon Patterson inimitable sonic ethic needs little by way of introduction. A powder keg composite of psy, tech & acid, astutely synthesized with elements of the uplifting & the vocal, its formulation has been crafted over time. It’s one that since has made him as audibly identifiable as any DJ currently spinning within the genre. 

To ‘Solo Vol.1’s twin discs, Patterson brings that identity with renewed vengeance. Showcasing forty tracks (eighteen of which will only ever be available through this collection), it’s as defining as mixcomps come. Featuring masses of soundware from VII’s seven (Avalon, John Askew, Will Atkinson, Sean Tyas and Alex Di Stefano among them), there’s naturally also a wealth from Patterson, himself. Around the side you’ll find club ordinance from Astrix, Greg Downey, Sam Jones, Activa, Vertical Mode, UDM, Amir Hussain, David Forbes and others, uniting music on an album that doesn’t so much open the door to the clubbing spring, as boot it wide.

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Musically, Patterson will always take you up the mountain. This trip though was never going to start in the foothills. When a music comp calibrates with Astrix & Freedom Fighters’ neo-classic psy-fry ‘Burning Stones’, notice has been fully served. At head-spinning speed you’ll be staring down the barrel of Greg Downey take on Sunscreem’s ‘Perfect Motion’, Amir Hussain’s really very naughty ‘Nefarious’ and Beatman/Ludmilla’s reckoning of Dogzilla classic, ‘Your Eyes’. Crossing the midpoint, Simon ups the charge again with EverLight’s electrifying ‘Slippery Business’, some ‘Found My Silence’-type elevation from Activa and Sean Tyas’ Beatport assaulting ‘Chrome’. With ‘Shining Through’, Magnus beats the final path to disc one’s summit, before Simon plants the flag square with his and John Askew’s ‘Iridescent’.

Between ‘Solo Vol.1’s two mixes there’s no ‘big bomb/not quite so big bomb’. That’s put into the clearest of perspectives as Simon goes headlong into its second disc with his spin on Astrix’s ‘Take A Shot’. UCast’s floor-shifting ‘Motive’ and ‘Blink’ - Patterson’s fifth outing with semi-muse Lucy Pullin are hot on its heels. Not dropping but a bar of pressure, Simon uses the mix’s median to infuse it with a judicious measure of vocal elements. Richard Durand’s forceful revision of Greg Downey & Bo Bruce’s ‘These Hands I Hold’ gets an airing, as does Will Atkinson’s chart-topping rework of JES’s ‘Imagination’. Bringing mix matters to the near vertiginous apexes are Activa & Simon Bostock’s ‘Contour’, ‘Rocket Punch’ from Jordan Suckley (rewhipped by Alex Di Stefano) and Simon’s own purpose-built & album eponymous, ‘Solo’. A dazzling compilation that showcases Simon Patterson’s exceptional ethics to the nth degree, ‘Solo Vol.1’ mainlines April 5. Grab your copy:


Simon Patterson - Solo Vol. I 

01. Astrix & Freedom Fighters - Burning Stones 
02. Greg Downey & Sunscreem - Perfect Motion (Short Mix) 
03. Denis Sender & DJ T.H. with Cari - I Found You (Maywave Dub Mix) 
04. Peter Steele & Simon Bostock featuring Kate Miles - My Place 
05. Neptune Project - Temple of Artemis (Rated R Remix) 
06. Amir Hussain - Nefarious 
07. Omega Drive - Crunch Driver 
08. Zach Zlov - Dimensions 
09. Project 8 - Inception 
10. Dogzilla - Your Eyes (Beatman & Ludmilla Remix) 
11. Omega Drive - Crazy Lazers 
12. UDM - Majeifa 
13. Adam Lindburg - Odyssey 
14. Aldous - Summer's Gone (Stoneface & Terminal Remix) 
15. EverLight - Slippery Business 
16. Activa - Found My Silence 
17. Sean Tyas - Chrome 
18. Magnus - Shining Through 
19. Felsmann + Tiley - February 
20. Simon Patterson & John Askew - Iridescent 
21. AudioStorm - Titanium (Outro) 
01. Vertical Mode & Javier Bussola - Galaxy Riders 
02. Astrix - Take A Shot (Simon Patterson Remix) 
03. UCast - Motive 
04. Will Rees - Weapon (EverLight Blackout Remix - John Askew Rework) 
05. Simon Patterson featuring Lucy Pullin - Blink 
06. David Forbes - Violent Skies 
07. Simon Patterson & Sam Jones - Rotavator (Sam Jones Remix) 
08. Avalon & Azax - Universal 
09. Liam Wilson - Textures 
10. Altered State - The Arena 
11. A & Z - Vulcan 
12. Amir Hussain & Alan Wyse - Knockout 
13. Greg Downey & Bo Bruce - These Hands I Hold (Richard Durand Remix) 
14. Prototype - Soundpiercing (Omni Remix - John Askew Rework) 
15. JES - Imagination (Will Atkinson Remix) 
16. Greg Downey & Alex Di Stefano - Among Us 
17. Simon Patterson - Solo 
18. Jordan Suckley - Rocket Punch (Alex Di Stefano Remix) 
19. Simon Patterson featuring Dave Wright - Northern Lights (UDM Remix) 
20. Activa & Simon Bostock - Contour 
21. Mikas - Luna

New track: Amir Hussain & Sarah Lynn - Colour of Your Heart [Amsterdam Trance Records]

Did I ever tell you how much I like Amir Hussain? And not only because he looks kinda cute (:D), but because he is a true music man! And that is (of course) better than anything else. :)

Lately I have been more into his music, and not only because he recognized me and my blog while at Luminosity (still hypped about it), but because I burst out of my bubble to see what else is out there beside my musical obsessions. (We'll talk about them later this year). And I don't regret a thing about it. His music is top notch and he deserves all the support in the world. I know I am always saying that about the artists I write, but it is true.

He released last week a very nice colaboration with Sarah Lynn - Color of Your Heart. The track is also the Theme song for Horizons Festival 2017 and it was released with Amsterdam Trance Records (old Razn Nitzan Music). Beside being a fan of Amir Hussain, I also like the vocals of Sarah. She has such a nice and crystalline warm voice and every tune she touches is a "on repeat" for me.

I am very visual person. Being also a designer that makes me always see tracks coming to life in front of me. It makes me feel like touching all those sounds and dance together. And Color of Your Heart made me fall into a dream. An eyes open dream, where I am in my happy place. My happy colorful place, where my heart literally goes through the whole spectrum and turnes into a rainbow. It took me out of the dark place, the place that makes me feel small. The place where I lost all my inspiration. It took me out of all that and it gave me lots of mixed feelings. Lots of happy thoughts. Lots of all those words I needed to be back here.

You know me. I don't talk about technicalities. I do not care about basslines, breakdowns, leads or stuff like that. I do not even know too much about them. I care about how a track makes me feel. I care about the goosebumps. I care about those endless dancing moments with the track on repeat.

And Amir's track definitely did all these for me cuz' I am listening to it for 2 hours now and I didn't get bored of it. And I know for sure, I will get my colleagues crazy again with having it on repeat at the office too. When a track is this good, I cannot help it. I play it. I dance on it. I go to my trance state of mind and completely lose myself in it. And, repeat. That easy. Amir got it really right with this one and I am happy to be able to listen and write about it.

Tha track got a lot of support (obviously) from Armin in ASOT 830 and 831, from Aly & Fila, Photographer, Allen Watts, Steve Allen, Mike Saint-Jules and many more. And it got support because it deserves it. It also got into Beatport's Top 100 Trance and it is sitting as we speak on the 11th place! Very close to Top 10, I really hope it goes there. I know I gave it a little push, by grabbing my copy. You can grab yours here.

Also, don't forget to support him and Sarah on their socials. Amir was lately quite active and I really hope to catch him on a Fb live again soon. ;)

And if you like what I am talking about here, just wait to see what I have in store for you. I know I always promise lots of things, but this time it is for real. I am out of my dark place and ready to rock (trance!). And like I said, Amir's track had a little something with me getting back some inspiration. Thank you for that!


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