Posted by Jess on May 20, 2013
Lv’s latest upload is missing his typical format: powerful vocals on the hook and raspy bars – this one is pure bars all the way through and he puts the icing on the cake with a long acapella to finish it off. Sometimes a dude just has to rap.
Download: PropaneLv – We Outchea (via Lv’s Facebook)
Posted by Spice on May 1, 2013
A beautiful song for a beautiful day. Don’t be fooled by the mellow vibe — “Diamonds” boasts big, orchestral pads, an airy hook, and sublime vocals courtesy of Tania Zygar. This track is pure feel good music that’s pretty much made for warm spring weather.
Sidenote: in its Beatport description, this track is described as a “trancer.” I’ve seen this expression used before and I just want you to know that I don’t support it. Just because you’re planning to finish your ten-pager before going to pick up a sixer of Bud Light doesn’t mean you now have license to heedlessly use the letters E and R to nominalize things all over the damn place. Just yesterday my friend described an upcoming job interview as a “phoner.” This reign of terror must end.
Posted by Spice on May 1, 2013
2013 has been good to Mr. Corsten. Since January, he’s celebrated the 300th episode of Corsten’s Countdown and the 100th release on Flashover Recordings, has played a series of absolutely massive gigs (including Madison Square Garden), and of course launched the New World Punx with good buddy Markus Schulz. He even got a wild new ‘do — a nod to the New World Punk lifestyle, perhaps? Somehow, in the midst of all of this, he has managed to find time to hit the studio; “Black Light,” which dropped yesterday and will be immediately recognizable to anyone who’s seen Ferry live this year, is merely the first in a string of giant upcoming releases.
Simply put, “Black Light” is a banger. In the grand tradition of much of today’s trance, it borrows heavily from electro house — but to great effect. The hook is dark and ominous, the bassline packs a serious punch, and the fact that it all goes down at 132 bpm gives the track an added urgency. I’m also loving how the pitch on the leads drops off — very reminiscent of “Mammoth,” which has been a mainstay in Ferry’s recent live sets. If you’re loving “Black Light,” look for “F*ck The Bull$h1t” to hit Beatport on May 17th — it features a stirring, eerie, almost yearning hook and a drop that’s totally unexpected and built to get you in the zone. F*ck the bull$h1t indeed.
Beatport: Ferry Corsten – Black Light
Preview: Ferry Corsten – F*ck The Bull$h1t
Posted by Spice on April 18, 2013
Big, big track from Alvin Risk and Designer Drugs. Crisp, dark vocals (presumably from Alvin himself — we know he loves to sing), a killer hook and cool, plinky synths all make this a must-add to your spring rotation. I’m basically just loving this track’s vibe (and, of course, those trademark Alvin “pew pews” after the drop) and hope that we see more like it from this formidable production combo.
Posted by Mach on March 23, 2013
I am usually not one for Pop, but this track will have you moving, grooving, and singing along. The hook really gets to you hooked…seriously. Don’t let the genre scare you away, this track is worth every second of life taken to listen. “La La La” is being released by Virgin Records UK in May, day not yet known.
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 BIGLIFE on February 12, 2013
DOSVEC takes Rihanna’s vocals from “Diamonds” and combines it with The Knocks “Brightside” (TheFatRat Mix). This mashup highlights both side of the spectrum by starting off chill on the breakdown then hard on the hook.