Liam Wilson recently joined the Pure Trance Events artist roster, he recently closed our massive show at Rong, Manchester and is also joining us on White Isle this summer, so there is no better timing for his second release on Pure Trance called Aspiration. The great thing about this record is it’s melodic simplicity; the lead riff gets right under your skin and the minimal vocal snippets trigger those goosebump moments you’d expect from Pure Trance. With a crisp and perfect polish from go-to mastering engineer Walter Coelho, this track is definitely a cut-above.
From it’s opening haunting chords, it’s clear this is a Pure Trance release of epic proportions. Simon Templar a.k.a. Jussi Paasonen (one half of Finnish production team Winkee) has carved out a niche for himself with previous releases Meltwater and To The Stars on our sister label Touchstone Recordings. Never rushing to the climax, his tracks build organically and methodically, staying true to the hypnotic and immersive sensibilities from which trance music originally took its name. The Alignment creates an intense and captivating atmosphere until the break at which a beautifully understated hook is released. This is one for peak time on serious trance floors, overlook at your peril!
Salt Tank are one of the most inflential acts in Trance’s long history, with a discography stretching back to the early 90’s with tracks like ‘Eugina’ & ‘Clone’, the former having received countless remix treatments over the years and being a one of a handful of blueprint sfor the balearic trance genre. Therefore, ‘Phoenix’s title could not be more apt. This collection of remixes spans several areas of the Pure Trance sound. First though, of course, to the ‘Voices from the Fire Mix’ – previously unreleased but recorded in 2008 and specially remastered for this release) which embodies the beauty of the Salt Tank sound – gently mesmeric layers of synths, light percussion and an incessant bassline take the listener on a beautiful trip through eyes-closed midnight trance music. Of course – the production has a winsome, retro feel to it, but that’s the plan. Also included the original sessions is the vocal version. And now for the remixes… Allende’s Remix – freshly stripped back and polished in its ‘EA3 Reconstruction’ from Solarstone’s Electronic Architecture 3 – presses the deeper prog-trance knobs and is arguably Anssi Hotti’s finest remix moment to date. Cranking up the octane is Sheffield’s Adam Ellis, who extracts the bare essentials from ‘Phoenix’ and injects them with some peak time #138 adreneline. Darker and harder still is Tasso’s #140 remix, wild but controlled melodic acidic mayhem. Welcome back Salt Tank, we missed you.
Salt Tank are one of the most inflential acts in trance’s long history, with a discography stretching back to the early 90’s with tracks like Eugina & Clone, the former having received countless remix treatments over the years and being a one of a handful of blueprint sfor the balearic trance genre. Therefore, Phoenix’s title could not be more apt.Cranking up the octane is Sheffield’s Adam Ellis, who extracts the bare essentials from Phoenix and injects them with some peak time #138 adreneline. Welcome back Salt Tank, we missed you.
Two hands down brilliant remixes here of our recent release Mantra. First up is Canadian/Romanian producer Andrew Alexandrov a.k.a. The Noble Six famed for his Subculture output, with a classy remix which stays true and faithful to the original version of this beautiful pure trance record, but cranks up the energy levels for harder peak time trance floors with punchy synths & a sprinkling of acid for good measure. The flip side of this remix package is a stunning deep, ambient progressive but still 100% trance remix from Henrik Zuberstein (a pseudonym of John O’Callaghan trivia fans!) which oozes class and sophistication. A 9:00 production that motors along at a sedate 123bpm; lead elements of Mantra weave and echo throughout the arrangement, enveloping the listener in swathes of FX, pads and space-echo. Lush.