DJ-Set, Progressive House | Weekend Mixes Year End Edition

Posted by on December 28, 2012

It is that time of the year, when the calendar fast approaches a new year and DJs give us reflective mixes on the music that they felt were the biggest tracks of the year. It is only December 28th, so the pickings are somewhat slim on these sets, but I couldn’t leave you guys hanging on this weekend, so here are the sets out now. We start things off with the 2012 retrospective episode of The Drop that mixes in 56 songs in 2 hours including their top 5 of the year (spoiler alert we agree with 2 of the songs). Next up are not one but TWO year end mixes from Laidback Luke, one being his own famous year end mix with its dizzying quick transitions averaging packing 70 songs into 70 minutes and then his mix for his imprint Mixmash records that only has a pedestrian 44 tracks in 70 minutes. Next up is Moiez and his year end mix that takes us through some of the biggest tracks of the year ranging from W&W’s “Lift Off” to DubVision’s remix of Committed to Sparkle Motion”. After the jump we have mixes from First State that mixes in 76 songs in 2 hours, the December mix from Dannic that includes a whole host of unreleased and exclusive tracks, a half hour mix from Jakob Liedholm that includes his now IDed track with Henrix “Close Your Eyes” that has been haunting me for the past several months and the 4th edition of Dzeko & Torres Rave’N podcast with some exclusive bootlegs and edits.

Laidback Luke 2012 Year End Mix


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)