Friday, July 29, 2016

Coldharbour Day 2016

It should not be a surprise that Coldharbour Recordings, the label independently run and owned by Markus Schulz is well respected by this blog. In the world of trance, there are many labels and artists cranking out great music these days. More on those to come, but it felt right to highlight the annual Coldharbour Day that just passed. Well known trance radio station AfterHours.FM hosted this event that featured 23 Coldharbour artists over 31 hours.

The line up included sets by Monoverse, Omair Mirza, Ron Alperin, Tenishia, Ronski Speed, Wellenrausch, Gai Barone, Mr. Pit, Artisan, Darren McNally, Arkham Knights, Fisherman & Hawkins, Rex Mundi, Danilo Ercole, Solid Stone, Grube & Hovespian, Nifra, Dave Neven, Mike Efex, Novaspace, Anske, Radio6, Dan Thompson, Solis & Sean Truby, Harry Square, and a special 4 hour set by the boss Markus Schulz himself.

If you missed any of these sets, take a listen here:

Monday, July 18, 2016

Track Review: "Oblivion" by Fisherman & Hawkins

One of the labels in Trance music that seems to be on FIRE right now is Coldharbour Recordings. That is if you didn't already know as a fan of the genre. Out TODAY is none other than the track "Oblivion" by Dutch Duo Fisherman & Hawkins.  

"Oblivion" fits its name from the beginning. The intro not only catches your ears, but touches your emotions. From the piano melody that is so simple, yet intricate, to the vocal out cry from a choir of a thousand voices. You can't escape the original melody before layers of melodies are added. The drop of the beat only highlights their creativeness as well as the trance distinction.

Take a listen for yourself, then visit Beatport to buy and download this track!

Friday, July 8, 2016

4th of July Weekend Event Reviews: Armin Van Burren & Paul Oakenfold at Release

This past 4th of July weekend welcomed well known DJs/Producers Armin van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold to Scottsdale, Arizona via the Release Pool Parties at Talking Stick Resort.

Haven't already seen both play live at the recent Electric Daisy Carnival week in Las Vegas. There were some expectations of what and what not to expect in terms of music within their sets. For instance, as evident by the review written for the Phoenix Trance Family of Armin van Buuren's set at Omnia Nightclub, was Armin going to bring us fans into A State of Trance or play the same set recently witnessed? The inclusion of Trouse and Trap isn't really to the delight of Trance fans, but may work to the party crowd out for a night in Las Vegas. Well, the set began just like previous sets, but quickly molded into a Trance set to the delight of Phoenix Trance Family and crowd out for a day in the sun. At one point, Armin asked the crowd to experiment by "Closing their eyes and raising their hands" to feel the positive vibes of Trance music. Overall, Armin Van Buuren gave a good set.

Paul Oakenfold is known as a pioneer for Electronic Dance Music in general, so the respect for him was evident by the crowd in attendance. Sadly, the crowd was a lot less than the previous day, but nonetheless Paul brought his Perfecto Flouro skills to Release despite the sun overheating the DJ equipment. The pure trance mixed with classics as the crowd got more and more into the set helped the overall great vibe to this Release party. If you are new to EDM, Trance or any other sub-genre, take a minute to educate yourself on the influence of Paul Oakenfold.