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24 Jun 13
20 May 13
Review: It's producers like Orjan Nilsen who keep the dance music scene exciting and moving forward. With no two tracks ever the same, Norway's shining light continues to rip every page in the rule book and merge the genre barriers with some of the freshest sounds around. His latest 'Violetta' is the second single from his forthcoming (and much anticipated) album, and it's another energetic assault on the senses, building like a sky scrapper before the ultimate in peak time drops. This is stadium sized music that sounds like a soundtrack to the biggest party on earth. Armin has been championing over the past weeks, now yours to get!
13 May 13
Review: Russia's prolific Alexander Popov has undoubtedly paved the way for a wrath of talented youngsters such as Arty over the past few years. He is best known for his beautifully dramatic and orchestral style which is showcased once again on this showstopper for Armind. The ultimate stamp of approval on just how awe inspiring it is, comes from it being the opening tune to disc 2 of Armins 'ASOT 2013' compilation. A much deserved feat no doubt achieved from his shattering melodies that made tracks like 'Elegia' and 'Awakening' such favorites, this is sure to hit all the right buttons and once again make both your hairs and arms rise to the sky.
29 Apr 13
Review: It has been two years in the making, but the wait is very almost over as on the dawn of releasing his fifth studio album 'Intense', Armin presents the first single to be lifted from it. With an instant "Essential New Tune" on Pete Tongs radio show (no mean feat for a trance artist), if this is anything to go by, his sound is taking a housier direction. With a strong a radio friendly vocal at the forefront, coming from the brilliant Trevor Guthrie who's tone and delivery take this skyward. Where the Original has crossover in mind, the monstrous remix from golden boys W&W certainly doesn't.. its an outright bass heavy assault on the senses, made to destroy all in its path. There's also; Antillas & Dankann, Giuseppe Ottaviani, and some guy called David Guetta providing remixes... You don't need to be told, this is essential!
22 Apr 13
Review: Norway's finest Orjan Nilsen continues to push the boundaries of electronic music, hot on the heels of his monstrous remix for the ASOT 600 anthem. He is back to his old tricks of mashing genres and influences from all corners. 'No Saint Out of Me' is as forward thinking as you can get (even by his standards), with a darker twist yet still bringing the vibe up with a big melody in the break and teasing throughout. These two contrasting elements working harmoniously with the progressive bass and beats. The production level is as on point as always and it's delivery on the floors will be destructive.
19 Apr 13
15 Apr 13
Review: The Moldavian master Andrew Rayel returns to Armind with two new tracks, of the highest production quality we have come to expect. He has switched things up for this double header and nicely surprises with much darker tracks. The sounds used and minor progressions are both sinister and eerie, with 'Zeus' still packing plenty of punch for the dancefloor but sounding like something to drop at 4am rather than peak time. On the flip he lightens the mood somewhat yet using more unique minor melodies and distant sounds, for the equally intriguing and powerful 'Musa'. Two mystical tracks which will instantly inject freshness into your sets.
01 Apr 13
11 Mar 13
25 Feb 13
Played by: Armin Van Buuren
Review: This tasty collaboration has been on the cards for some time, following the massive success of 'Must Be Love' (where the pair were joined by BT, and Nadia Ali). With one of the scenes hottest and most promising names joins forces with the undisputed king of trance, the result was always going to be massive, and this is everything we could have hoped for. There is a real elegance and sophistication about 'Nehalennia' with the pair holding back on the obvious and keeping the focus on both beauty, and warmth. The production is punchy and everything from the bubbling melodies to the whispering vocal effects are finely tuned and instantly memorable. All elements build to that magical moment at the breakdown.. The first of many these two, we hope.
21 Jan 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Trance, Stephan F Aka Dance Rocker, Armin Van Buuren, Genix, Paul Oakenfold
Review: Armin wastes no time getting stuck into the new year, with a brand new single which is to be the soundtrack to the forthcoming 'In Love with Ibiza' movie. What better producer to capture the beauty and emotion of the Island that makes everyone's summer. His electric lead line and nostalgic chord progressions work with a stunning vocal from Floria Cutler, which is sure to become a cult classic as well as an instant floor favourite. The dreamy Original is fairly chilled (which is where the beauty comes from), so Beat Service step up and delivery a pacier alternative that once again hits the spot.
03 Dec 12
Review: To round of what has been a monumental year for Russian youngster Arty, the Armind label enlist some fellow hot talent to bring their flavours to his anthemic BT collaboration 'Must Be Love' featuring the now imbedded classy vocals of Nadia Ali. All three of the new interpretations are of the highest quality, however for us its Armada regular Shogun who wraps the stunning vocals in gentle melody lines and subtle deepness which brings plenty of warmth. The breakdown is an absolute joy too, and If you want more power then head straight for Dannic's cut, while Au5 sits somewhere between the two.
30 Nov 12
12 Nov 12
American trance star Shogun has had another stellar year in 2012, both on the release front and with international touring, topped by coming in at an impressive 68 in the DJ Mag poll last month. He nicely wraps up the production year with yet another killer release, this time on Armind and it comes with lots more energy and euphoria then some of his previous. The aptly named 'UFO', thrashes lazer beam melodies light-years into the sky, with each and every layer building upon another with electrifying effect. Underneath the melodies he brings a fresh techy edge which we have rarely seen, which adds even more energy to the delivery. It is no wonder Amrin picked this one out for his flagship!
29 Oct 12
Review: Our favorite Armada label changes on a regular basis, but due to an amazing run with the likes of Orjan Nilsen and this killer new cut from Andrew Rayel, Armins' very own Armind steps into pole position (for the time being). The fast rising Moldavian producer teams up with songstress Jano for this quality trancer that first got showcased on 'Universal Religion 6'. Electro influences come through the throbbing bottom end, while Andrews melodic layers wrap around Jano's vocals to really bring it forward. True beauty is unleashed in the break with a spine tingling hands in the air moment guaranteed. Not much between the Club and the Original mixes.. all we know is you need it in your sets.
15 Oct 12
Review: You can always count of Finland's Orjan Nilsen to go outside-the-box with his productions, a man who is as prolific as they come, twisting and turnings at every release, jumping from tech to progressive to uplifting. This latest EP on Armind manages to bring elements of all those styles, with the stunning melodies on 'Burana' captivating on first listen while futuristic rhythms and a techno inspired energy drive them home. In total contrast for 'Filthy Fandango' he strips things right back for a tech meets prog roller that will do serious damage whether its early doors or peak-time. The perfect representation of his diversity and unrivalled creativity.
08 Oct 12
10 Sep 12
03 Sep 12
Played by: 2nd Phase
Review: Norway's forward thinking trance star Orjan Nilsen continues his prolific year with a return to the iconic Amrind. 'PhireWorX' is slightly different to his last few releases, an out and out party tune of which the power comes from simplicity. A massive hooky lead line takes centre stage and holds the attention throughout, while solid beats and shimmering effects build up alongside. It's a fusion of house, techno, and trance, all put together in the freshest fashion. No remixes needed on this one, as the Original can't get any better!
16 Jul 12
02 Jul 12
Review: Following on from his collaboration with Lee Osbourne earlier this year, Ali Wilson makes his debut on Armin Van Buuren's 'Armind' imprint. This whole track is worked around an incredible tribal vocal that is chanted throughout. Pan pipes keep the tribalistic feel a constant, whilst huge synths propel the track into a euphoric meltdown. If you want to bring the dance floor to their knees, you need this track, it's as simple as that.
18 Jun 12
08 Jun 12
28 May 12
Review: Once again Norway's Orjan Nilsen rips up the rule book, for his latest outing on Armins' Armind label. 'Endymion' is a high octane mix and blend of trance, electro, and techno.. Throwing standout elements of each genre into his musical blender and the results are seriously destructive. The razor sharp shuffling beats, are backed up by a gritting and growling bassline, while the synth stabs gradually build and transcend into a more uplifting breakdown. Never one to let the dance-floors stand still, he twists and turns relentlessly throughout.. Check this out, it's the sound of the future!!
30 Apr 12
Played by: Andrea Mazza
Review: One of the big success stories from last year was US based producer Shogun, who followed releases on Monster Tunes by joining Armin Van Buuren's empire, and subsequently playing at the recent ASOT milestone event as part of Beyond Wonderland in LA. His production game is what makes him stand above the pack and this latest in Armind is prime example with not one, but two fresh tracks packed full of melodic goodness. Both 'Amplify' and '550' are uplifting, and warm peaktime fillers with the later taking a slightly darker route with its tech-trance influence and minor chord structure.. Trust us, 2012 belongs to this man!!
16 Apr 12
Review: The leading lights for trance (and electronic music in general) on the beautiful Isles of Malta are Cyprian Cassar & Joven Grech. Holding arena sized shows and becoming national heroes after entering the DJ Mag Top 100. Their production game has always been strong, although of late they have upped things even more, and this is one of the finest we have ever heard from them. As always full of emotion, and piano-driven, this has all the potential and standout quality to be one of the early summer anthems of 2012.. Expect to hear this absolutely everywhere!
09 Apr 12
21 Mar 12
Review: It seems to be album mania at the moment, as here we get a glimpse of yet another full artist album, as Armind return with one of their best loved acts, the infamous all-American trio of Cerf, Mitiska, As always with the tricky first 'Single', you need to go big.. and it doesn't come much bigger than collaborating with trance legends Rank1. The Original holds all the song-writing and class of 'Light The Skies', 'You Never Said', 'Beggin' You', and it is unsurprisingly stunning. Our attention on this occasion however is taken by the pacier and ballsier Thomas Heredia mix. With Chris Reece also turning a punchy cut that will work in house and electro sets.. A contender for Album of the Year we feel, quite possibly!
12 Mar 12
Review: The trance world has been fortunate of late to be treated to a slew of releases from Armin, and this week we have yet another stunning production premiered on ASOT just a few weeks ago. Featuring the glorious topline of Ana Criado 'Suddenly Summer', as the title suggest will teleport you to the golden sands of Ibiza, as it gently warms the soul with delicate vocals, and mind-clearing melodies. The essence of this (as with many Armin tracks) is the core piano arrangement, which could stand up as a classical piece of work in its own right. Watch the eyes close and hands raise in the air as soon as you drop this one. Armin is well and truly back to his best, long may it continue!
05 Mar 12
Review: There isn't much much more exciting for trance heads then seeing a new Gaia production announced from the unstoppable Armin Van Buuren, and we have been chomping at the bit in anticipation for this latest for some time. This is punchy, and full throttle with a sexy French vocal and slightly darker chord progressions, with an overall ethereal sound that encapsulates the golden era of big room trance. From '4 Elements' back in 2011, through to the more recent 'Tuvan' and 'Aisha', Gaia has been the jewel in the kings crown and the seductive is already one of our favourites 'J'ai Envie De Toi'.. An un-missable future anthem!!
28 Feb 12
Review: Hot on the heels of the massive ASOT 550 celebrations, Armin's empire continues to dish out the quality trance, with flagship label Amrind delivering one of our favourite trancers of the year so far. Mark Otten returns with the glorious 'Hyperfocus', fuelled by a progressive groove and gently rising melody lines, it's both captivating and dance-floor friendly. Already getting hammered by the man himself and cohort Markus Schulz, new boy on the block Wezz Deval bashes out a pacier electro edged cut that holds all the glory of the Original but with just that extra needed bit of attitude... Seriously big!!
06 Feb 12
Review: There aren't many who do uplifting trance as well as Russia's Alexander Popov. His orchestral musical talents, and blockbuster soundscapes are quite simply, epic. For his next Armind release however, he steps into a deeper, calming mode, albeit still laced with his trademark melodies. First heard as part of Armins 'Universal Chapter 5' it is now yours for the taking. With its proggy depth, melodic twists and orchestral touch, 'Elegia' is a versatile and dynamic tune to add a breath of fresh air to any set.
23 Jan 12
Review: Norway's Orjan Nilsen is one of the most forward thinking and innovative producers around right now, and for his latest on Armada leading imprint Armind, he once again impresses. Lead track 'Lucky Strike' is the standout from the two, with an instantly memorable synth line that will tear the roof off any club you unleash it on. On the flip is the more melodic 'Legions', which showcases his crystal clear production and immense musicality. Two killer tracks that will inject a refreshing dynamic to uplifting sets, and hold the attention of every ear in the room.
20 Jan 12
Played by: Spirit Tag, Juno Recommends Progressive House, Juno Recommends Trance, Stephan F Aka Dance Rocker, DJ Flore, Robaer
Review: There are just a handful of vocalists in the trance world who have successfully grown from featured artist to a name in their own right, and leading that pack is Australia's Emma Hewitt. With an album to follow, 'Colours' is a wonderful glimpse at what to expect, and via the always on point Armind label comes this very special remix from the man himself Armin Van Buuren. Built around Emma's captivating and instantly memorable vocal and Original orchestral elements is Armins epic as always production. Stadium trance from the master, with a progressive cut also on offer from Jerome Isma-Ae.
12 Dec 11
Review: American producer/DJ Shogun has had a pretty amazing year, rapidly rising from relative newcomer to one of the most promising future heroes. With releases like 'Skyfire' and 'Run To My Rescue' he can now boast a legion of a-list fans such as Armin and Paul Van Dyk supporting everything he does. 'Lotus' is sure to follow suit, and we think one of his finest to date. Blistering uplifting melodies that were destined for the Armind label, with a glorious hooky vocal, and a bonus track in 'Space Odyssey' which is equally as large.
05 Dec 11
Review: Kings Of Leon have never sounded so good, as Laura Jansen's beautifully captivating cover finally sees the light of day, in the form an seriously exclusive remix from non other than Armin Van Buuren. Having been one of the standout tunes in his global sets and arena tour over the past year, this an unmissable and stunning sing-along moment that will cause tears to weep, shivers down the spine, and every hand in the club raised sky high. Trance records really don't come any bigger than this, and it will be the perfect end of night tune for the festive period!!
02 Dec 11
07 Nov 11
Review: Armin Van Buuren may have recently lost his #1 DJ in the World crown to David Guetta, but he still remains the biggest name in trance. Every Summer season, fans wait with baited breath for the annual Universal Religion compilation. This year Armin mixed both discs live at his Space Ibiza residency, and once again its packed with the biggest cutting edge music. This sampler is prime example. 'Gundam' from James Dymond, the Daniel Kandi remix of 'Home' by Susana, and the monster Stoneface & Terminal remix of 'Fight The Fire' from Andy Moor are all on offer... Dive in!!
24 Oct 11
Review: Norwegian's leading electronic producer Orjan Nilsen returns to Armind with another EP of genre hopping epicness, that stands out a million miles from anything else out there right now. Its no surprise why this guy is one of Armin's hottest tipped names, with lead track 'Viking' thrashing down tech trance flavours with housey elements and more twist and turns than a white knuckle rollercoaster. 'Acthool' on the flip is a little lighter, albeit with plenty of mainstay to rock any floor.. If you heard any of the Armada or Top100 DJ sets out at ADE, you will know doubt have lost your mind to these... Snap them up now!!
26 Sep 11
Played by: Jorn Van Deynhoven