Something on the #138 tip here from Jack Hoye a.k.a. Dreamy and Torsten Stenzel a.k.a. York. As you’d expect from Dreamy, it’s a melodically delicate but full on production. York provides his trademark blissed out balearic guitar refrain, weaving a lush tapestry amongst Dreamy’s lush soundscape. Of course, it’s not all hands-in-the-air swoon-endicing pads; we also get a big fat strobe-teasing killer trance lead. Nice!
Forerunners Lifecycle was originally released on Deep Blue Records way back in 2007. Label boss Solarstone pronounced it as his favourite ever signing. Fast forward 9 years and Solarstone has commisioned a selection of new mixes of this gem.
Greece’s finest trance export returns to Pure Trance (following the Solarstone collab Infatuation) with a solo outing, namely Pop Culture. An understated but driving and intelligently designed piece of music, solid percussion, evocative melodies, quirky twists and turns and of course, a nice phat hook. Simon Templar’s remix is exactly what we love him for; his instantly recognisable warm, smooth and meticulously produced pure trance sound, throbbing bassline, lush pads and an arrangement which evolves throughout, taking the listener on a deep trip.
Russian luminary Alexandr Smirnov a.k.a. Slam Duck has been making some waves in the progressive and even drum & bass scenes this year, with a slew of fab releases on labels like Spring Tube, Macarize, Enhanced and also featured on Pure Trance Vol. 4. This EP showcases his deep, warm and organic sound across two very different productions.
The First Lady of Irish trance, this is Dublin’s Maria Healy who has been releasing a stream of brilliant tracks this year on labels like Kearnage and Subculture. We’re more than happy to be a part of her continuing story (see what we did there?) to her rising status as one to watch with this rousing melodic 140bpm stomper on Pure Trance!