Review: With trance music enjoying a current streak of vogue through club culture today it's important to remember legends of the past alongside what's going on now. In Search Of Sunrise volume 15 does exactly that by pitching artists like Jam & Spoon together with Jerome Isma-Ae in a Blade Runner-reminding remix to "Follow Me" - full of tension and release! Furthermore the compilation highlights the Gouryella project from Ferry Corsten with the epicly synth-drenched "Surga", while other bona fide numbers come from Markus Schultz, and Fonzarelli with '80s Italo disco trance throwback "In My Dream", while Peppemansion & Angelo Di Franco' are another highlight with their minimal burner "Mariposa". A secret weapon hidden deep within.
Review: This is one of those tracks which flows with an effortless beauty, the moment you press play you are taken to another place. Sun drenched, sandy beaches with a gentle breeze and a growing sense of excitement in the air. South Africa's Jason Van Wyk and Sweden's JPL hit the perfect combination of styles and influences on this collaboration with Jason's Balearic infused and softer melodies working in harmony with JPLs more rounded and clubbier sound. Cat Martins blissful and emotive vocals float wonderfully above, all coming together in creating a real treat for the senses. For the remixes both JPL and Pierre Pienaar up the bpms and peak time floor appeal. Each of these are deserve to be played out, so there is no harm in grabbing the lot!
Review: Holland's Black Hole recordings and the more purist Songbird subsidiary have long been at the forefront in discovering and nurturing young talent, with one of the real standouts of the past couple of years being 23 year old South African Jason Van Wyk. Following inclusions on In 'Search of Sunrise', and Cosmic Gates 'Back2Back' comp, he is back with his latest single, the simply stunning 'Winter'. His deeply melodic soundscapes are put on show with this picturesque moment perfectly depicting a cold winters night, and just right for those warm up sets or early hours respectively. With the likes of Armin, Ferry, Schulz, and Above & Beyond all supporting, it's a great lead into an album, which we are told is underway. One to watch for 2013.
Review: A recent relocation from the UK to Australia hasn't halted any productivity in Hayley Parsons studio as she starts 2013 where she left off with more brilliant progressive music on Songbird, this one titled '7th Heaven'. With the nod of approval already coming in from,; Armin Van Burren and Moonbeam, one of the trance scenes most underrated producers brings a wonderfully subtle emotion and uplifting flair to this light progger, with whispering intriguing vocals and syncopating melodies. Jimmy Kennedy & Aneesh Gera up the tempo and beef on their remix, which works really well.
Review: You can always count of Black Holes flagship Songbird label to keep the essence of trance alive, delivering some of the finest vocal trancers of the year they bring yet another from Somna & Vilo Caselle. Super tight production with some glorious layered synth lines, warming pads and a bubbling bassline which when graced with Sarah Jane Neilds uplifting and emotive vocal, create a real "moment". Remixes from Zodiax, and Akira Kayossa both deliver with their respective styles, each capturing the beauty that Sarah brings in the original.
Review: Black Hole subsidiary Song Bird have been on a great run of late, with Amurai's 'Valencia' and 'Capadocia' from Nafis both getting big love from the Juno office. The form is up kept for this fresh EP from upcoming duo Aeonism, albeit on a slightly deeper and more progressive vibe than the previous records. For us it's 'Twilight' that grabs the attention, carrying a little more pace and more of a dance-able / hooky melody to the title track. Both great productions with a sonically sophisticated finish. Whether it's for those very late night sets, or to get the floor started with a gentle simmer.. these two will do the job.
Review: Songbird continues on the path of delivering true trance for the die hard, with the latest single from Armin Van Buuren favourite Nuera featuring the emotive and enchanting vocals of Szen. 'Stuck' is a slick progressive roller with deep undertones and a simplistic arrangement built around the beauty from both Szens fragile tones and the stunning piano lines. Having already gained support on A State of Trance, this will no doubt be a firm fixture in the sets of Above & Beyond, Armin, and co for the weeks ahead. Get on it now!!