Another beautiful progressive workout from Arizona’s Brenden LaBonte aka Forerunners – a name steadily growing in repute, with recent releases & remixes on Max Graham’s ‘Cycles’ and Saturate Audio. Watercolour – as befits the title – is swathed in washes of colour & was a highlight of Solarstone’s recent Dolby Atmos show at Chicago’s Sound-bar (one of only two clubs worldwide with this sound system installed. Perfect.
Peter’s 5th release on Pure Trance is Phoenix. This classy, polished Pure Trance sound is a fine example of what Steele does so well. Solid kick, acidic arpeggiator, swelling vocal pads plus an understated, poignant and ever-evolving lead synth all do their bit to suck you in and keep you there.
This is the second of two E.Ps featuring Extended Mixes from Pure Trance Vol. 5. First is Russell G’s epic Driven, constructed around an infectious, intricate lead melody. Precise and inventive drum programming relentlessly Drives (see what we did there?) the track forward, it is definitely one for the tougher floors. Second is another in a series of collaborations between these two Romanian producers, Suncatcher and Exolight. An Andy Moor-esque progressive bassline is order of the day, in fact this track could be classed as prog-lifting if that were not such an awkward tag. Regardless of genre-specifics, a beautiful sun-kissed melody is the beauty within Nothing Like You, it’s definitely one for the dreamers.
This is the first of two EPs featuring Extended Mixes from Pure Trance Vol. 5. First up is the glorious Gods from Ocean State (a.k.a. Dean Roberts to his Mum!) – this is a track which has been a fixture of Solarstone’s sets for nigh on 12 months, it has the perfect breakdown, huge pads followed by a meticulously programmed filtered synth riff and a pay off which delivers on every level. Absolutely brilliant. On the flip is The Way Back – another dose of what Paul Denton does so well; pristine and euphoric uplifting 140bpm trance music.
Savitri is the latest collaberation between legendary – Dave Parkinson – and Amara. It is exactly what you’d expect from the man who has provided to presets and loops which countless trance producers rely upon for their bread and butter; a veritable feast of uplifting melodies, pounding beats and atmospheric FX.