Albums | Portrait Digital Presents: ‘Gallery:03’

Posted by on November 24, 2014

Welcome to the edge of the horizon. If you dare, bring your scuba gear, because we’re about to travel deep into uncharted territory. Here, the weather is unpredictable. You’ll find yourself caught between a warm breeze and icy chills. There are quiescent deserts, bustling forests, mystifying depths of ocean, and volatile skies. Indeed, Portrait Digital have brought forward a showcase of melodies and beats that can be commended for realizing, thus far, the pinnacles reached by the Melodic Progressive House/Trance genre in its story of evolution. Out December 1, 2014, The Gallery:03 eases our transition into the New Year and foreshadows a sense of what to expect in 2015 from the label.

The compilation invests in well-known talents like Roald Velden, Bee Hunter, and Denis Neve, names that have become recognized for their contributions to this scene. Gallery:03 could not start off more perfectly as Idle Earth’s “Darling, My Love Is Yours” instills feel-good vibes, soundscaping our minds into a state of positivity. Moving ahead, one realizes that the melodic progressive genre has managed to break barriers onto the dancefloor, as demonstrated by the magicians Kirill Nikolaev & Denis Neve’s in “Redline” – a track that was featured on Armin Van Buuren’s ASOT 689. Alex Byrka & EdNikoff take us into the abyss with “Atlantis,” followed by Kono who delivers a one-way ticket to drifting in the skies with “Sakuna.” Each track narrates its own story delegated by emotional breaks, chords and synths.

The Gallery:03 has conquered our expectations and is a true reflection of Portrait Digital’s caliber. It is consistent, it is quality, and it is divine.

DJ-Set | Kap Slap – SnowGlobe 2013 Set

Posted by on January 8, 2014


SnowGlobe was one for the books, there is no doubt about that. As expected, Tiesto crushed the first night, Kaskade did his thing the second, and Cut Copy brought in the New Year with a vibrant live set. What was unexpected was what happened when Kap Slap took the stage.  His set was on the second stage, earlier in the night (5:15 PM), and was competing with the legendary hip hop group Zion I on the main stage.  Regardless of the circumstances, come 5:45 PM, the Sierra tent was at capacity with every festival goer dancing their hearts out. Kap Slap kept the entire tent jumping, dancing, & singing for an entire hour and fifteen minutes. The highlight of his set was when he debuted his first original production which left the crowd with their hands in the air and ears asking for more. The transitions were flawless, his stage energy was unmatched, and he closed out his performance with one of his signature stage dives. Relive SnowGlobe 2013 with this heart racing heavy hitting hour and fifteen mix.

Preview, Trance | Ferry Corsten – Kudawudashuda [Preview]

Posted by on January 10, 2013

Ferry Corsten returns to his roots in his latest track — a play on “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” — which premiered to much fanfare on the New Year’s edition of Corsten’s Countdown. This is solid gold non-vocal trance that features a mesmerizing hook, heavy kicks, and incredible builds; aside from the retrofits of older tracks he’s been working up with Markus Schulz, “Kudawudashuda” is easily one of the best things I’ve heard from Ferry lately. It’s the kind of track that gets dropped at 4:30 a.m. when the club is still packed but things are starting to get weird and you’re moving without thinking and are utterly in the zone.

On a more general note, Ferry is one of the heaviest hitters in the game and a true master of the genre, and I am hopeful that this is an indication of the kind of trance we can expect to see in 2013 (I’m likewise encouraged by Armin’s “Who’s Afraid of 138?” campaign). No word yet on an official release date yet but look it for it to drop soon on Flashover Recordings.


DJ-Set | Kap Slap – New Years Mix

Posted by on January 10, 2013

In honor of the New Year, Kap Slap dropped an hour long mix. It’s packed with unreleased bootlegs, big room anthems, and everything else you’d expect from the man himself. Keep your eyes peeled, his latest mixtape drops in 5 days! Tracklist after the jump.


Electro-House | Rob Adans – Abash (Sebastien Drums & Whelan & Di Scala Remix)

Posted by on December 31, 2012

Rob Adans “Abash” became a bootlegging favorite of many this year including the great Axwell and potent combo on Sebastian Drums and Whelan & Di Scala got their hands on the song to make the definitive remix of this outstanding track. They keep the instantly recognizable melody from the original, then flip the song into a tough electo house song with a high energy, growling drop. Ring in the New Year with this song that is sure to set dance floors on fire.

Beatport: Rob Adans – Abash (Sebastien Drums & Whelan & Di Scala Remix)

Electro-House | Keane – Sovereign Light Café (Afrojack Remix)

Posted by on December 24, 2012

With Alesso remixing Keane’s very successful single “Silenced By The Night” to rave reviews, it was only a matter of time before another big name producer got their hands on a Keane track and made it their own. Afrojack slowly builds with a slow easy piano and the outstanding vocals from lead singer Tom Chaplin and then adds a blistering drop of pitched synths and a fast moving bass line. On the heals of his chart topping single “Annie’s Theme” and his upcoming remix for one billion youtube views “Gangnam Style”, as well as hosting a huge Jacked event on Pier 94 to ring in the New Year, Afrojack is continuing to assert his worldwide dominance on dance music.

Beatport: Keane – Sovereign Light Café (Afrojack Remix)

Mashups | DOSVEC – FIVE

Posted by on January 10, 2012

Now this is what I call a BANGER! DOSVEC harnesses the old school power Mylo’s Drop The Pressure and blends in four other new-school songs. Be sure to check the visuals above, they add that extra “umph” to DOSVEC’s masterpiece. Incidentally, it’s named FIVE for the New Year (2+0+1+2) and for the number of tracks he used in this mash.

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