Sunday, April 22, 2018

E.P. Review: Markus Schulz Presents 'In Bloom Volume One'

Last year (2017), Markus Schulz introduced the fourth part of series of special episodes on the Global DJ Broadcast called "In Bloom" to feature vocal trance. This special episode features requests through Markus's social media and website. This addition blends nicely with the other special episodes throughout the year on the broadcast. Well, it is spring time, and 'In Bloom' has returned on the Global DJ Broadcast, but also in the form of a E.P.

'In Bloom Volume One' features vocals from JES, Emma Hewitt, Adina Butar, Ellie White and Victoriya. Many fans and players in the trance scene regard vocal trance tracks as a staple for the entire genre. Markus Schulz, Andy Moor, Dave Neven, & Anske have all captured those trance melodies while featuring beautiful vocals sure to make you think while uplifting during this Springtime season.  Feel free to show your support on every platform available!

Track List:

1. Calling for Love featuring JES
2. Safe from Harm-Club Mix featuring Emma Hewitt
3. Wild Dream by Andy Moor featuring Adina Butar
4. Try for Me by Dave Neven featuring Ellie White
5. Love Won't End by Anske featuring Victoriya

Tribute to Avicii

DJ Mag

When the news of the death of Avicii (Tim Bergling) happened two days ago, the electronic dance community worldwide began to mourn. When you look at the entire career of Avicii, it is almost hard to fathom just how successful and iconic this man truly was for the electronic dance music scene. Many other producers/DJs and celebrities have already made their thoughts known on social media and other platforms.

The amount of musical genres and styles Tim bridged the gap is amazing. The brilliance of combining Country with Electronic beats in "Wake Me Up" or feature the vocals of Etta James in "Levels" made EDM become mainstream.  The masses began to embrace electronic dance music more, which in turn has changed popular music. From Madonna to Coldplay to many other artists, his skills as a producer have been revered.

On the other hand, if you look at the health problems that lead to his retirement from touring a couple of years ago, and possibly (since details haven't been released) his death, this is all very sad. For someone to die at 28 in any regard is way too young!  Thoughts continue to be with his family and friends.

Sadly as when anyone iconic in music dies (Michael Jackson, Prince, Elvis), the support of their art will increase, however, Avicii's legacy will live on.  Shout out to Spotify for your "This Is Avicii" playlist! 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Track Review: "Fake News" by OMAIR

In a world where music can be an escape from all of the negativity going on, why not gain inspiration from present times? OMAIR A.K.A. Omair Mirza (featured on this blog many times) has taken upon himself to create a trance track that draws from the current United States political climate.

"Fake News" not only is titled from the catchphrase of the current U.S. President, but the track takes you on a journey of discovery. From the very first beat, to the melodic layers, to the final beat drops, this track should make you reflect on the times. "Fake News" has some progressive trance influence, but will be revered as a pure trance track. Along with the mystery OMAIR has created, make sure you support this track when it is officially released on OHM Music May 11th! Also, make sure to check out OMAIR's set at the quantumVALLEY stage at EDC Las Vegas 2018!

Album Review: 'Gem of the Peak' by FRANK

The vast world of music is showing really no signs of slowing down. The more the blog becomes aware of bands and artists creating great quality music, the more the blog is motivated to highlight their talent. An upcoming band FRANK has been making some waves in the world of Indie Rock.  Their addition to the roster at Sound Hub Records has certainly put them on the map.

Their debut album 'Gem of the Peak' has ten well developed songs.  It's clear that this band has put the time in to hone their craft, and the team at Sound Hub Records believe in their talent. The album is structured beautifully to take you on a journey.  Every song tells a story of love and heartbreak that is sure to relate to anyone. Even more in depth, their musicianship should not go unnoticed along with every vocal.  If you love feel good music with a tad of depth, then it is suggested you support this album when it is released May 11th! Make sure to follow their social media for their single "Life People" May 1st!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Album Review: 'Live At The Hollywood Bowl' by Above & Beyond (Acoustic)

For those who may not be familiar with Above & Beyond by now, should realize that not only are they known for their trance infused dance music, but their musicianship.  Above & Beyond have visited their acoustic roots before, but allowing fans to either live it or re-live it through audio/video recordings as well as a documentary once again shows their love for their fan base (Anjunafamily).

'Live At The Hollywood Bowl' strips away any uncertainty you may have about their craft. From the orchestra and band to the beautiful singers featured, every song has been brilliantly re-imagined. Whether or not you consider yourself a fan, you should appreciate everything represented by this tour and stop at the Hollywood Bowl. This blog can't recommend this enough!   Make sure you stream and/or buy every facet of this new release!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Track Review: "Expanse" by MBX (The Remixes)

If you are paying close attention to this blog, you will remember the review of "Expanse" by MBX. However, the blog is eager to review the remixes the team at OHM Music have compiled. Overall, the label has been successful fusing progressive sounds with pure trance sounds. Regardless of your taste, the quality of tracks really have been at the highest level. 

Whether you are a fan of remixes or not, you have to admit that a new take on a track can be refreshing. Lee Fraser, Roman Hope, Cyril Ryaz, and PSHKR have all done a brilliant job adding their flare while keeping with the original track. Make sure you support the entire team by picking up your copy at Beatport on April 27th!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Track Review: "Sparks Fly" by Euphoric Nation & David Thulin Feat. Marisha Mae (The Remixes)

Feel free to search through previous posts on this blog highlighting the power of a remix. In the world of dance music, more specifically, trance music, remixes give a new and delightful take a on a track that the original influenced. In the previous review of "Sparks Fly", much was highlighted in the powerful vocals by Marisha Mae and the collaboration by Euphoric Nation & David Thulin.

The return of "Sparks Fly" in remixes produced by Danilo Ercole, Spark & Shade, & Jackson Snapp not only highlight the original track, but have created new ways to enjoy this track. The team at OHM Music are on target with the quality trance produced. Please support these remixes on Beatport May 4th!