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!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Album Review: 'Golden' by Kylie Minogue



Back in the year 2001, there was this little, well actually, popular song "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" by Kylie Minogue.  The song along with the album 'Live From Sydney' went on to not only get critical acclaim, but acclaim from the masses. The mix of Kylie's vocals with a more electronic back drop in the song appealed to a wider audience. The rise of electronic music in the United States began to take shape, and was no longer "underground" or "just popular in the U.K./Europe".

Fast forward to present day 2018, where Ms. Minogue releases 'Golden'.  If you fall into the streaming side of music these days, make sure to listen to the entire album from the beginning to the end. Every song on this album is fantastic! Ms. Minogue's vocals are brilliantly fused with the many different musical genre influences in every song. The track listing on the album paints a beautiful picture as you realize the quality of writing for every song. Highly recommend you support Kylie by supporting this album currently out now!

Track Listing:

1. Dancing
2. Stop Me From Falling
3. Golden
4. A Lifetime to Repair
5. Sincerely Yours
6. One Last Kiss
7. Live a Little
8. Shelby '68
9. Radio On
10. Love
11. Raining Glitter
12. Music's Too Sad Without You (featuring Jack Savoretti)
13. Lost Without You
14. Every Little Part of Me
15. Rollin'
16. Low Blow

Monday, April 9, 2018

Song Review: "The Fall" by LUCIDS



Another song in the musical world of Indie Rock has reached the blog. A delightful band named LUCIDS from Grangemouth, Scotland has been added to the roster at Sound-Hub.  Along with a many others that have been featured on this blog, LUCIDS incorporate an authentic sound.

"The Fall" carries great vibes for the sound that seems to be coming from the U.K. and surrounding areas. It is a great all around song from the lyrics and vocals to the musicianship. This song grasps emotions as you listen, which is exactly what music is supposed to do. Please support this band by pre-ordering this track now. Official release is slated for May 5th!

Song Review: "Won't Last a Minute" by Jump Stone



It is time to return to our support of Indie Rock and Indie Bands on the blog. The importance as well as the prominence of Independent Labels finding great talent has changed the music industry as a whole. The trio of Jump Stone hails out of the U.K., and adds to the talented roster on Sound-Hub Records. 

"Won't Last a Minute" is an uptempo rock song with a great production. The trio has infused enticing vocals with a guitar feature, and a great drum feature. It is clear that this trio is passionate enough to hone their craft in music. Their sound meshes well with other artists on this label. This blog looks forward to following their career. Please pick up and/or stream your copy of "Won't Last a Minute" when it is released April 28th!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Track Review: "Safe from Harm" by Markus Schulz & Emma Hewitt



The past couple of years have seen Markus Schulz release both 'Watch the World' & 'The Nine Skies' as well as a 'Watch the World' Deluxe version. However, as most in the trance scene are aware, producers never stop producing new tracks. Some of these tracks get official releases or become additions to to their DJ sets around the world. Emma Hewitt has had her beautiful voice featured on many collaborations in the trance scene for years. Ms. Hewitt's collaborations with Cosmic Gate, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, and many more have been very well received by trance fans throughout the world.

With recent focus on with many sub-genres of trance, we can not forget or overlook the beauty of vocal trance. After all, music is subjective, and evokes different emotions for different people. A collaboration from Emma and Markus has been a long time coming. "Safe from Harm" begins with a solid beat sequence, followed by layered melodies, then Emma's vocals seal the deal. The track is everything you should want in a vocal trance track.  Do not just take our words for it, stream it here now!

 



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Track Review: "Aria" by Monoverse



This blog has been well aware of Monoverse through his rise in the trance scene over the years.  Monoverse's addition to the Future Sound of Eqypt label by way of the Parallels division has been a match made in heaven. His production sound meshes so well with the uplifting vibes of the label.

"Aria" immediately begins with a driving tempo, then the melodic layers kick in, followed by infections beat drops. With support from many radio shows/podcasts which includes A State of Trance, Corsten's Countdown, and various others, this track is going to keep gaining acclaim throughout the trance scene. Please make sure you support this track when it is released, in fact, it is available for pre-order NOW!
   

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Track Review: "Atlas" by Sean & Xander



From the previous track reviews to the 'Ode to Sean & Xander' recently on the blog, you should be well aware that this duo from Seattle is churning out great trance tracks. As stated before most of their releases have occurred on M.I.K.E. Push Studio, Coldharbour Recordings, and Flashover Recordings. However, their latest release comes to us from Blackhole Recordings, which is the label that oversees the aforementioned labels.

"Atlas" encompasses every element that trance fans treasure in a great trance track. From the initial beat intro, to the melodic layers of uplifting vibes, to the beat drops, this track deserves more love from the scene. In fact, since it's release about a week ago, this track has been relatively absent in sets and/or radio shows and podcasts. Please support this track ASAP! Their hard work should not go unnoticed!
 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Track Review: "Banshee" by Stuart Ferguson



Yes, it is true our friends at OHM Music send us music to review. This blog likes to be transparent on all fronts, but if The Love of Music wasn't there to begin with, this blog is pretty sure the team wouldn't want our reviews. That being said, "Banshee" by Stuart Ferguson was brought to our attention. 

"Banshee" has an introduction that is reminiscent of a Coldharbour Recordings sound, but then a melody kicks in followed by a great beat drop. Oh, did you hear that? More intricate melody layers that put you in a state of trance. This blog is actually surprised that this track has not made its way onto recent sets or radio shows/podcasts yet, however, it is only a matter of time. Make sure you support "Banshee" when it is OFFICIALLY released April 6th!
 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Track Review: "Xeno" by Theology



Simply stated, OHM Music is churning out some really great trance tracks. It is just a matter of time when this little label will be a well respected label within the trance scene. For those who have been a fan of trance music for awhile may already know the name Theology (Matthew J. Bentley). Theology has had recent plays on Group Therapy with Above & Beyond as well as work on his own label Preterist Recordings.

"Xeno" shares both progressive and uplifting trance vibes. The layers of melodies are simply enhanced by the intricate beat drops. Thus, the extended remix by Jon Fast only adds to the overall package. Be on the lookout for OFFICIAL release March 23rd, and add "Xeno" to your collection to enjoy for years to come.
 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Track Review: "Drift" by DYLHEN



It has been awhile since this blog featured a new release from Coldharbour Recordings, however, the team has been churning out great tunes. The blog needed some variety, and with the vast world of  trance music, not every track or label can be posted at once. If you are new to the traditions set forth by Markus Schulz's Global DJ Broadcast and aforementioned label, you will find four annual episodes; one popular year ending set being the Sunrise Set.  At the end of 2017, a particular ID made onto GDJB as well as many other sets throughout the trance scene.  It's infectious melodies and beat drops intrigued many trance fans and followers of everything Markus Schulz.

"Drift" by DYLHEN brings that particular Coldharbour Recordings sound without compromising fundamental progressive trance vibes. The evolution in sub-genres within trance has allowed the art to attract those looking for something slightly different.  Being that the production quality is top notch, it is highly recommend you support this track currently out now at your earliest convenience!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Track Review: "A Slice of Heaven" by Ferry Corsten & Paul Oakenfold



The world has been going through a rough patch lately to say the least. The divisiveness of the political climate in societies across the world have been playing an integral part in the arts. People have always sought after escapism, but it seems like that has grown exponentially recently. There are many debates that can arise from passion in music, such as, a favorite artist or track/song. People seem to be forgetting how subjective arts are, and that a difference in opinion is not a bad thing.

The trance scene and community's passion comes in many different forms. A track by two well respected artists in trance with a positive message could not come at a better time. "A Slice of Heaven" by Ferry Corsten & Paul Oakenfold through the UNITY movement has garnered a lot of support. Both Mr. Corsten and Mr. Oakenfold have cemented themselves as trance music pioneers, and it showed in this collaboration. The track captures that euphoria that many experience while enjoying music. The melody layers and beats compliment each other so well, it is hard to figure out who contributed which intricate flare within the track.

As evident by other publications writing about this track, keep expecting to hear "A Slice of Heaven" in many sets and radio shows/podcasts for years to come. This track gets it's OFFICIAL release on March 2nd, so hop on over to your streaming and buying platforms of choice to show your support!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Track Review: "Dreamcatcher" by OMAIR Featuring HYDRAH



In recent months, there has been a rumbling about the future of OHM Music and it's founder Omair Mirza. Mr. Mirza left social media for a few months, then an article about this absence was published leaving this blog with questions. However, now it seems all is well with the release of a new track. Mr. Mirza has become a friend of this blog, and has chatted on Trending Topics with BB podcast about topics related to trance music.

"Dreamcatcher" featuring HYDRAH combines vocals with melody layers and great beat drops. The quinessential cocktail for a great trance track. Despite the fundamental qualities that make this trance, there seems to be a statement made about the overall sound of the label when you listen to this track a few times. With so many great labels in trance, an intricate sound enhancement can set you apart. Looking forward to more releases from OMAIR in the future! Support this track when it's released March 9th!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Track Review: "Expanse" by MBX



Despite the onslaught of labels producing trance music these days, the drive to keep producing quality tracks is still top of mind. This is especially true for the team at OHM Music, who have been featured on this blog many times before. Hailing out of Boston, MBX will add to the roster at the this label with the track "Expanse".

"Expanse" has all of the elements that make it trance music. The intricacy of and journey found in melody layers mixed with delightful beats and beat drops will make this track a sought after one for many sets and more. In fact, this track must have some remixes lined up. All around, "Expanse" should be added to your collection March 2nd!
 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Ode to Sean & Xander



This trance producer duo has been featured on this blog before, but with so many releases through M.I.K.E. Push Studio, the blog felt the need to highlight their talent. As explained many times before, the trance scene has been growing exponentially depending on your overall outlook. The road to becoming a successful producer in the music industry is extremely difficult, and when you combine passion with drive and talent, you get a duo like Sean & Xander.


"Gatekeeper" is what many trance fans like to call a pure trance track. The track has an uptempo beat sequence followed by a couple of layers of melodies. It may have some elements of psy-trance thrown in, but overall, the incorporation of layered melodies will hook any trance fan. Feel free to stream and/or buy this track at your earliest convenience.


"29" has been featured in many sets and radio shows/podcasts featuring trance over the past couple of years. The multiple layers of melodies have even inspired some big room constructions/remixes by Markus Schulz. Once you listen to this track, if you have not already, you will want to add this to your collection. The beat drops only enhance the infectious melodies.  It's clear why this track has become one of their most successful tracks to date.



"Total Recall" captures that uplifting trance feel many look for in...trance. Again, the incorporation of multiple layers followed by infectious beats will get you in that dancing mood. Their unique talent of finding new melodies is refreshing to find. Please stream and/or buy this track already currently released!



"In the Moment" captures what uplifting and euphoric trance are all about. Without becoming a broken record, the melody layers are brilliant. The accompanying beats enhance the track for your dancing pleasure.  Another one of their successful tracks to add to your collection!

Want more trance from the duo? Subscribe to their radio show/podcast Inspire to find other inspirational trance tunes.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Album Review: 'Man Of The Woods' by Justin Timberlake



This blog is aware that reviewing this album after reviewing the three previously released singles is overkill. However, with the Big Game performance around the corner, why not try to understand the entire story of 'Man Of The Woods'. So let's dive right in to the journey!

"Midnight Summer Jam" is an uptempo, well, jam, that features Mr. Timberlake's falsetto vocals as well as his comprehensive lyrics and vocals. The beat screams that is was co-produced with Pharrell, but that is not a bad thing. This song is going to be a break out hit whether it is released as a single or not. "Sauce" begins with an explanation and a killer guitar melody, then his vocals kick in, and you are immediately listening to the story portrayed by the lyrics. "Man Of The Woods" has a simple, yet catchy, baseline and kick, followed by the lyrics and vocals that even if you did not know it was about his wife, well, you know it is just that. 



"Higher Higher" is crooning song that immediately requires attention. The lyrics explain the struggle that stress presents despite success. Pretty sure that this song can relate to anybody willing to listen. "Wave" takes you with Mr. Timberlake to "paradise" through it's lyrics. The highlight of this song is the beats and guitars used to enhance your imagination. "Morning Light" featuring Alicia Keys, combines what each artist does best through lyrics, vocals, and "old-school" influences found throughout the song. This collaboration was inevitable. "Hers(Interlude)", "Flannel", "Montana", "Breeze Off the Pond", "Livin' Off the Land", "The Hard Stuff", and "Young Man" add to the brilliance of this entire album. Hope you enjoy the undertones, musicianship, and refreshing take on popular music Justin Timberlake brings to the industry. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Song Review: "Say Something" by Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton



Despite what many may or may not think, reviewing the single releases from Justin Timberlake's forth coming album 'Man of the Woods' must continue. The blog must stay consistent. In 2015, Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton performed together at the CMAs (Country Music Awards). To say it shook the country and pop crossover world up is an understatement. Why? Well, the collaboration worked so well. This sparked the question of a future collaborations by the duo.

Fast forward to present day, "Say Something" featuring Mr. Stapleton has now been released as a single off of 'Man of the Woods'.  The song captures both of their vocals well while also capturing the country roots Mr. Timberlake is stating he's influenced by. Incorporating Mr. Stapleton's crossover appeal was inevitable. This blog is looking forward to the entire story of 'Man of the Woods'.

 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Track Review: "Sparks Fly" by Euphoric Nation & David Thulin featuring Marisha Mae



It's a new year, but does not mean finding new music stops here at this blog. Our friends at OHM Music are set to have another successful year of infiltrating the trance scene.  It's the little independent label that CAN. Euphoric Nation and David Thulin have been mentioned on this blog before, and it is nice to see they have teamed up once again.

"Sparks Fly" feature the lovely vocals of Marisha Mae, and boy do they mesh with the melody layers and beats provided by the team. The lyrics explain why "sparks fly", which is a nice bonus to have in a track. At the end of the day, if the lyrics really don't mean anything, does the track really mean anything?  Highly suggest to support the entire team when this track is officially released!

 

Album Review: 'Common Ground' by Above & Beyond



A few months ago Above & Beyond plus many others artists on the Anjunabeats roster threw a big party to celebrate Group Therapy episode 250.  Little did the Anjunafamily in attendance and watching around the world, know they were to embark on a journey. Yes, a journey to a new album from the revered group.

A few tracks from this forth coming album 'Common Ground' were revealed along with the album's artwork upon the closing of Above & Beyond's set during that epic milestone party. Once those tuned in heard the familiar voice of Zoe Johnston singing "My Own Hymm" to those beats and synths, it became clear that a follow up to the popular album 'We're All We Need' was on its way.

Let's fast forward to today (January 26, 2018), the album has been officially released despite haven't had "Tightrope", "Northern Soul", and "Always" available for days or even weeks now. Despite your personal opinions on albums from them or on your favorite particular tracks, the beauty is being able to decipher that for yourself. The ability for an artist to evolve over time should not be overlooked. Music is after all subjective to your ears. Highly recommend you buy or stream this album at your earliest convenience!

 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Song Review: "Supplies" by Justin Timberlake



As evident by our previous review, Justin Timberlake is on a mission to shake up popular music with his forthcoming album 'Man of the Woods', tour of the same name, and halftime performance at the Superbowl. The release of at least four songs leading up to the release of the album is genius. It let's the music market itself. 

"Supplies" has been described as a "Southern Jam" in a recent interview featuring Mr. Timberlake and Zane Lowe. The lyrics depict a story to interpreted for yourself, but nonetheless, interesting. The bass line and beats that make it a complete song, are refreshing with what is currently popular in music right now.  Feel free to check out the music video for an enhanced experience. Excited to for more gems from Timberlake and company! 



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Song Review: "Just for Us" by Francis and the Lights



Thanks to the internet and streaming times we live in for music, Spotify does not disappoint. While checking out the "New Music Friday" playlist, "Just for Us" by Francis and the Lights began to play. Upon much delight this song could not be skipped. Immediate thoughts of saving the song, and letting the world learn more about them via a post here on the blog became a priority.

"Just for Us" is all around quality song from beginning to end. From the musicianship to the lyrics and singing.  Be aware that this song uses heavy synthesizers and beats to catch your ear. Highly suggest you support Francis and the Lights either by streaming or buying their album.  Looking forward to following more of their career!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Song Review: "Filthy" by Justin Timberlake


*Disclaimer:  As this blog states, it's purpose to highlight talent through conversation. That being written, the blog is aware that Justin Timberlake does not need promotion.

For those who are unaware of the news, Justin Timberlake is slated to be the Superbowl Halftime show performer once again. Proving that after many years of pop culture shame for "NippleGate" one can be forgiven.  This is Mr. Timberlake's 3rd time performing at the one of the world's largest gigs after all. Let's not forget the first one as one member of NSYNC. The anticipation of what will happen has been brewing for fans and critics alike.

His already impressive roster of catchy songs and all around good albums have pleased the masses. However, with the news that a new album 'Man of the Woods' and new single release "Filthy" leading up to the performance at the Superbowl has been brilliantly executed. Justin Timberlake has been able to combine acting with music throughout his career.

"Filthy" co-produced with Timbaland has once again brought originality to popular music.  Just like it's predecessor "Sexyback", this song pushes the boundaries with lyrics and beats. As evident by the teasers leading to this release, the song has a lot of family influences as well.  Support of Justin Timberlake and team stems from his ability to reinvent his sound and make you look a the pop music landscape in a new light.

Still not understanding the song after a couple of listens? Watch the video, you may then understand
it better.

 

Looking forward to the album in it's entirety!