Here are two melodic, driving and uplifting doses of pure trance music from Dutch brothers Arjen and Juriaan Hanssen. Both have their own unique qualities of course, but to easily distinguish one from the other we’ll just say that while Nostalgia nods it’s head fairly vigorously to the late 90’s vibe of records like Solarstone’s Seven Cities with its clattery loops and widescreen pads, Starlight is more of a forward looking piece of music with it’s eye firmly on the record boxes of the trance scene’s premier players.
This is a very special record – borne from a combination of Trance & classical music. The lead version here is the Solarstone Reconstruction that fuses an extract from Saint-Saëns ‘Aquarium’ (part of his ‘Carnival of the Animals’ symphony which turned heads back in 18XX) with Matt Smith’s instrumental. This is a magical pairing that has been doing the business on dancefloors via Solarstone’s sets around the world for nigh on 12 months as an ID. The Original version is a stripped back and straightforward affair, which stands out from the chaff for various reason, the most notable being that it doesn’t feature the obligatory breakdown, but instead keeps moving relentlessly over it’s 7+ minutes – a feature sadly missing in 99% of trance releases nowadays. A sophisticated release.
Following up his previous releases on Pure Progressive ‘Lost’ and ‘Triangulum’ (with Steve Arnold) this is Jamie Baggotts latest trip down the Progressive Trance highway. Debuted by Solarstone in Dolby Atmos at Ministry of Sound back in January this year, ‘Tibet’ is a perfect example of both why Baggotts is in such current demand both as Dj & Remixer & of his understanding of the essential elements that combine to create something with power & club effectiveness. On point.
Andretta are brothers Sherif and Sammy Andretta from Miami who have been releasing immersive progressive house music since 2009, on labels including Sleaze, Zerothree and Nervous. Nomads continues the brothers’ hypnotic, filtery and driving theme; it’s cinematic atmosphere and the unexpected addition of some very old school electro samples give the track a unique edge.
A team up of titans here with Eco & Driftmoon each bringing their specific skills to the production table. Trust is one of the fan favourites from Eco’s critically acclaimed album Wolves. The Original version has only previously been available in album or edit format, so it’s a pleasure on unveil this record in all its unedited majesty. The marriage of Eco’s edgy and rugged production with Driftmoon’s orchestral abilities really is something very special. Driftmoon’s Rework takes the track in a more club orientated direction; arpeggiated bass, gated claps and stabbed synths set things up perfectly for the peak time trance floors and the addition of a gritty lead synth post-break lifts this up beautifully.