Electro-House | Armin van Buuren & W&W – D# Fat

Posted by on February 25, 2013

D# fat

First things first: Armin van Buuren might have a production credit on “D# Fat,” but it ain’t trance. Nope, this collaboration with Dutch powerhouses W&W is electro to the core; in fact, it takes a leaf out of the book of “The Code” (another W&W special) and delivers a pounding bassline and hard-hitting, crunchy synth leads. Don’t let the piano riffs at the beginning fool you — this track packs a massive wallop and is sure to get dance floors moving as we head into the WMC home stretch. In all, “D# Fat” is a reflection of the next wave of progressive and electro house — it combines the best elements of both genres to great effect.

Beatport: Armin van Buuren vs. W&W – D# Fat

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.


Trance | W&W – Lift Off!

Posted by on December 3, 2012

W&W give us yet another massive track that displays their unique genre blending type of music that blows minds and rocks festivals worldwide. “Lift Off!” does just that, prepping you with a soothing, unassuming build that all of a sudden hits you like a ton of bricks with thumping bass and booming synths. The track has already been supported by every trance DJ who matters, including being a future favorite on ASOT, so get on this right now as W&W continue to make their mark with their unique, high energy trance.

Beatport: W&W – Lift Off!


Trance | Trance Tuesdays

Posted by on October 9, 2012

Greetings, Trance Family. I trust this post finds you well. While this particular family member is still reeling from a positively massive (to borrow Armin’s favorite word) few days — Jochen Miller and Armin van Buuren on Thursday; Above & Beyond on Saturday — it is now time to move past the weekend and pay homage to a sampling of the glorious releases that have dropped in the past week. And glorious they truly are.

First up is the remix package for the stunning “I’ll Listen,” a song that may seem languid and understated at first but which proves wickedly catchy upon subsequent listens. Never doubt the diabolical tendencies of Armin. Check out John O’Callaghan’s “dark” mix above and then join me in trance heaven after the jump.


Albums, Trance | Delerium ft. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (W&W & Jonas Stenberg Remix)

Posted by on September 27, 2012

It has been over a year since this track was first debuted, and with support from Tiesto, Armin, Cosmic Cate, Gareth Emery, Hardwell and many more this track has seen regular play for the past year by the top DJs worldwide. Any time you see W&W live, and if you have chance to, do it because they put together one of the best sets you will see, this Silence remix is sure to be a peak time moment, getting even the shyest of those in the crowd to display their singing prowess. There is something indelible about the Tiesto remix of the track, but W&W and Jonas Stenberg make this ripe for 2012 and beyond, ready for festival work well into next year. This was released as part of their first compilation album “MainStage Vol. 1“, which showcased some of the talents on their label like Rick Mitchells & Wezz Duvall, while adding several recent tracks from their own discography and songs from others that range from their style of hard hitting trance to more electro and progressive house. Get the album on BEATPORT or iTunes.

Beatport: Delerium ft. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (W&W & Jonas Stenberg Remix)

DJ-Set, Dubstep, Events, House | Electric Zoo Sets: Day 3

Posted by on September 5, 2012

The final day of Electric Zoo was a doozy. I still feel like I was hit by a plane and day 3 probably had a lot to do with it. Though I unfortunately missed it, Flux & Doctor P apparently put on one hell of a show in the Hilltop tent. The rest of the day was a bouncy, awesome day full of variety and great sets in all the tents. Get to them below and be sure to listen to each of the other days, DAY 1 and DAY 2 if you haven’t already.


Trance | W&W – Moscow

Posted by on July 24, 2012

With their latest release, Dutch duo W&W once again demonstrate that they’re nothing short of a force to be reckoned with. Like Gareth Emery’s “Tokyo” and “The Saga,” “Moscow” is next-gen trance with an energetic, electro-influenced edge, combing agile melodies with the kind of hard synths and driving basslines more commonly found in other corners of the electronic music scene. This is definitely a new and potentially controversial direction for the genre which I’m sure some people out there will take issue with — though I personally think that trance has more to do with evoking a certain state of mind than it does with conforming to a set of rigidly defined musical parameters. “Moscow” is out now exclusively on Beatport.

Beatport: W&W – Moscow