Posted by Middy on April 6, 2013
Wow, Wichita State is crushing Ohio State. This is not even close, who woulda thunk it. The bartender refills my glass as I watch the Shockers do just that, shock the basketball world and everyone’s bracket. Man was mine totally ruined, but at least I wasn’t the guy who picked georgetown to go all the way — dunk city. I look at my phone, 8:10. I am pushing the limit of how long I can stay at the bar because I need to get over to Madison Square Garden and sneak down past some security guards to a seat that isn’t in the obstructed view section. I close out and head over to the Garden to navigate the line and get inside.
The line is nonexistent, so I walk through and head up to the first level to probe the defenses of the seat security like a prized fighter trying to find the weak spot of my enemy. I see some other people dancing the same dance I am and as a group we would like to thank the kid in the teal tank who was escorted out of section 102 and left the entrance unguarded, letting the stream of approximately me and 4 other kids into the section. Thank you, because my seat put me dead center and I could see the entire arena laid out in front of me.
Posted by Middy on March 28, 2013
American trance duo, Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed who call Austin, Texas home follow up their UMF ASOT 600 performance with the release of their new 3 track “Metamorphic I” EP. The duo have just relaunched their radio show in a new platform “Tritonia” as a tribute to the fans who make it all happen, kickstarting a new beginning in 2013. They have developed much of the same complex we have seen with other trance producers like Ferry Corsten, who produce more traditional, albeit genre pushing trance, however their sets and radio shows encompass everything from big room, to electro, to the more traditional uplifters, like the tracks they produce.
The EP shows the many directions the duo can go with their sound, from a more ambient to trance to some more festival ready, hard hitting electro trance. The EP starts with the single “Bullet That Saved Me” featuring vocals from Underdown. The track starts with a smooth, calming build, featuring the male vocals from Underdown and then vaults you into a pitched lead and a minimal, percussive drop that works outstandingly for Tritonal in the live arena. The next track is a total 180 degree switch in energy — the soothing “Bring Me Down” featuring the angelic vocals from Meredith Call brings together a beautiful instrumental of orchestral strings, subtle piano and atmospheric pads that create this very chilled, relaxing track, totally switching up the mood in the EP. The last track on the EP, “Deep Into Black” follows along a similar vein as “Bring Me Down” with a soothing piano melody and choral vocal bits that slowly develop over the space of the song, but never give you a “drop”, just one smooth ride from start to finish.
Metamorphic I” is the first of three, three track EPs to be released this year, so stay tuned to this space for more info on Tritonal. Check out the latest episode of Tritonia below to get a sample of what is to come, which just so happens to be their live set from Ultra.
Posted by Spice on March 27, 2013
At this point, it would appear that Omnia is basically incapable of dropping anything other than insanely catchy bangers. Let’s take a look at his track record — the young Ukrainian producer is responsible for 2012 standouts “Infina,” “No One Home,” “Hearts Connected,” and of course “The Fusion.” His latest is in keeping with this trend, thanks to dramatic, agile chord progressions that are impossible to shake from your head. While “The Light” got a soft release as part of Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance 2013 compilation, it officially dropped on Monday via Coldharbour Recordings. Anyone in attendance at ASOT 600 in Miami on Sunday will surely remember hearing it in Markus Schulz’s mindblowing, relentless set — as one of the penultimate tracks, it whipped the crowd into an absolute frenzy.
Beatport: Omnia – The Light
Posted by Middy on March 25, 2013
You could not go an hour without hearing his collab with W&W “The Code” on the various stages at Ultra across the two weekends and with his previous single “The Box”, still meandering its way into sets, it is fair to say Ummet Ozcan is here to stay. “Here & Now” represents the harder, more in your face sound we have heard in his hits lately but still remains true to his trance roots with bombastic synths, a driving bass line, distorted key play and soothing progressive trance interludes. “Here & Now” is already picking up support from the likes of Porter Robinson, W&W, Arty, Sander van Doorn and many more, so do not miss this one.
Beatport: Ummet Ozcan – Here & Now
Posted by Middy on March 18, 2013
One of my favorite cuts from Anjunabeats Volume 10, Kyau & Albert’s “Glühwürmchen” get its full single release in the aftermath of the compilation that has already seen the release of Norin & Rad’s “Aldo“. “Glühwürmchen” embodies the current sound of Anjunabeats with a slowed down tempo, gritty low end and an infectious melody. Coming off of the release of their artist album “Nights Awake” last month, Kyau & Albert are off a to a very good start this year.
Posted by Spice on March 15, 2013
South African producer (and one of our DJs to watch in 2013) Protoculture hits it out of the park with “Laguna,” his first original release since his 2012 smash “Perpetual Motion.” A catchy, dramatic hook and ethereal vocals set this track apart from the pack — it’s easily one of my favorites from the A State of Trance 2013 compilation. Though Protoculture won’t be joining The Expedition when it lands in Miami next week, expect to hear plenty of “Laguna” now that the season is upon us.
Beatport: Protoculture – Laguna
Posted by Middy on March 14, 2013
With the release of Anjunabeats Volume 10 in our rearview mirror, we now will see the single releases of the tracks on that oustanding compilation. First up comes from North Californian duo Norin & Rad, who have had a somewhat quiet start to the year supporting Above & Beyond on tour in Australia and in the US, while working on finishing up material for their upcoming album. With its genre defying sound “Aldo”, combines a progressive bass line with strong synth chords and atmospheric pads for this euphoric track that is sure to remain strong in the Anjunabeats and Norin & Rad catalogue for months to come. Next up on the docket is my favorite from the entire compilation, Kyau & Albert’s “Glühwürmchen”. If you have not read our recent chat with Norin & Rad, do so here.