Progressive House, Trance | Armin van Buuren’s 2012 Yearmix

Posted by on January 7, 2013

For some reason I’m only just getting to the magnificent feat of editing and mixing that is Armin van Buuren’s 2012 Yearmix. Armin spent close to a month chopping and refashioning 101 of the year’s top trance tunes into one blissful, continuous two hour mix that aired on A State of Trance at the end of December. Diehards will have already heard this in its entirety, but I’m calling your attention to it now in the event that it got lost in the holiday shuffle because it’s not something to miss. Not only does it provide an excellent and diverse cross section of the year in trance, but Armin’s unparalleled technical mastery is on display to the fullest extent (I cannot stress enough how agile, seamless, and creative his transitions are — if you have any sort of familiarity with these tracks, he’ll have you in total awe in about three minutes). Check it out below and be sure to take a look at the full track list after the jump.


Albums, Contests, Trance | Paul van Dyk – Evolution + Giveaway

Posted by on April 3, 2012

Paul van Dyk has finally released his 6th artist album “Evolution” and it does not disappoint. The wait has been excruciating for his fans after years of working on this album and countless release date delays (I went to an “Evolution World Tour” show in July last year). This album has something for everyone, from the long time trance heads, to even those who ignore everything that has to do with trance. The album crosses genre flawlessly from one song to the next with progressive anthems, some heavier tracks and of course plenty of that signature trance style from Paul van Dyk that made him the number one Dj in the world. Check out the album below and hit read on for a more in depth look at the album and the signed album & poster giveaway winner announcement (You have another 36 hours to claim your prize).


DJ-Set, Trance | Paul van Dyk ft. Arty – The Ocean

Posted by on March 23, 2012

Now this is just one of those trance combinations that you dream about. Arty is back to work with the legend Paul van Dyk on his studio album “Evolution”, delayed once more and now set to be released April 6th. This is the trance we used to get from Arty and what you expect from Paul van Dyk with some amazing female vocals to top it all off. This shows that Arty still has it in the realm of trance and whatever track he touches will be pure genius. This Paul van Dyk album is shaping up to be very interesting conglomerate of tracks with the progressive anthem “Verano“, “Eternity” a poppier track and now this trance masterpiece. Should be interesting to see how the rest of it all turns out. Also check out this interview with Paul van Dyk where he talks about the album including a drum and bass collaboration with arty?, his radio show and tears top 40 music a new one in the most calm and measured fashion. After the jump check out Mat Zo’s set from Group Therapy in Miami last night.

Paul van Dyk ft. Arty – The Ocean – iTunes Link



Trance, Videos | Trance Tuesday

Posted by on February 7, 2012

As promised last week, the second part of Dash Berlin’s music video series with his two singles “Better Half Of Me” & “World Falls Apart”. This Trance Tuesday has a strong progressive house influence, but these are big name artists with Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Jochen Miller, Nitrous Oxide’s remix of Above & Beyond’s “Formula Rossa” and others all contributing massive stuff recently. There are also some more traditional trance gems as well later in the post. Armin creates this more progressive house remix of Kirsty’s “Twilight” for Zouk Records, with some amazing female vocals, a well constructed guitar lead and pulsing synth chords. Get it on BEATPORT.

The trance legend, Paul van Dyk is getting ready to release his 6th artist album “Evolution” on April 3rd and just gave out a single for free to help promote the album. It is more of a progressive house type of a track, which could show a direction of the album, but I don’t think it is just because it features Austin Leeds, who is known for his progressive house. Get the free download and preorder the Album HERE.
Paul van Dyk feat. Austin Leeds – Verano

Jochen Miller teams up with Rank 1 to create this massive track with outstanding vocals from Sarah Bettens. Smooth melodic synths and a steady bassline mark this song with the perfect accompaniment of female vocals. Get it on BEATPORT.
DOWNLOAD: Rank 1 & Jochen Miller feat. Sarah Bettens – Wild & Perfect Day (Extended Mix)

This song from Ummet Ozcan starts out as what you would think would be a pretty standard trance build with a few piano motifs thrown in, but at around the 3 minute mark the song changes character rather drastically and drops into an uplifting progressive tune led by piano and light synths. Get it on BEATPORT.
DOWNLOAD: Ummet Ozcan – Cocoon (Original Mix)

Nitrous Oxide puts their own spin on this amazing single from the potent trance trio, Above & Beyond. The Polish trance producer keeps much of the original structure to the song, but adds a different feel to the bassline and a little more to the melody. Get it on BEATPORT. More trance tracks after the jump.
DOWNLOAD: Above & Beyond – Formula Rossa (Nitrous Oxide Remix)


Electro, House | Lazy Rich, Paul Van Dyk, & Matt Zo Remixes

Posted by on July 19, 2011

Lazy Rich has been absolutely killing it this year putting out some of the filthiest electro remixes I’ve probably ever heard. Make sure you check out his latest one below as well as the one we’ve posted earlier a few months back, it’s a must download. Glad to see Paul Van Dyk putting out a remix; a few of the classics who put edm on the map have been in the shadow of all these young guns and their fast rise to fame. Lastly, Matt Zo is a British (sigh) progressive dance producer who I had never heard of until I came across this remix…no homo, but it’s one of those songs that you just get lost in, turn it up and let it go.

DOWNLOAD: Rfew ft Dirty Radio – Under The Sun (Lazy Rich Remix)

DOWNLOAD: Moby – Lie Down In Darkness (Paul Van Dyk Remix)

DOWNLOAD: Above & Beyond ft Richard Bedford – Thing Called Love (Matt Zo Remix)

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