3 more extended cuts from Disc 1 of Pure Trance Vol. 5 in all their glory. Solarstone & Forerunners collaborated on Dying Star, something which fans of Solarstone’s Subterranean Mix series will doubtless enjoy; smooth pads and subtle melodies which ebb and flow underpin this sonic soundscape while Forerunners creates the journey with his unique and fascinating production. Toronto’s Biologik presents Grey Skies, an 808 percussion sets the pace and a grinding, punishing bassline sets the tone for this intense trip into the bowels of deep trance machinery. Marcin Przybylski’s surname is a challenge to pronounce and his music also challenges genre cliché’s and stereotypes; Werther Effect – a synonym for media induced imitation effects of suicidal behaviour – is something refreshingly different, with curious vocal FX, bass tones straight out of Detroit and an unexpectedly beautiful haunting breakdown.
This one has been a long time coming. Back in 2008 Breakaway featured on Solarstone’s 2nd album Rain Stars Eternal, then in 2011 Solarstone’s Phuture Mix was released – an addictive techy remix which wormed its way into John Askew’s head and refused to leave his record box for the following 6 – 6!!! years. Despite loving it, John had been threatening to punch Solarstone’s mix square in the face and make something a damn site better for a long time, and finally he got off his lazy arse and delivered with his slamming acidic #140 mix. Huge.
Mike Dierickx clearly needs no introduction and Lost & Found is an example of why the man behind literally hundreds of trance’s biggest tunes is still at the very top of his game; thunderous bass, emotive synths, pounding percussion and pin-sharp production all combine into one killer track.
3 extended cuts from Disc 1 of Pure Trance Vol. 5 in all their glory. Chicago’s Nick Stoynoff gives us Omni; an exercise in the craft of less is more – a piece of music which uses expressive textures and hypnotic rhythms to create an immersive dancefloor atmosphere. Moscow producer Evgeny Lebedev’s ‘Deep Thoughts’ is just that; deep and thoughtful, propelled by a cavernous portamento bassline and echo-chamber-esque plucks. Utopia from Belgrade’s Jelly For The Babies and fellow Serian Odison uses layers of murky filtered piano, crisp percussion and a sonorous bassline to weave its own tapestry of progressive magic.
One of the star turns of Pure Trance Vol. 5, this is progressive trance at it’s finest; warm and spacious, hypnotic and exhilarating, this is the sound of mid-afternoon at Luminosity in the Netherlands. Horizons builds the tension via an extended intro, dropping in and out of the groove until, finally, a beautiful understated hook is released. Raising the BPM to 138 is Aonofriesei Danut a.k.a. Starpicker, fresh from his Future Favourite and Tune Of The Week on ASOT 780. His remix absorbs the trance-inducing beauty of the Original then injects strobes and lasers into it for full-on club explosiveness.