Not a day goes by when we don’t hear Trance fans reminiscing about the days gone by, about the sound they fell head over heels in love with. Though progress and development are vital parts of any music genre as well as the scene as a whole, and sonic evolution therefore is meant to be, Armin van Buuren and Shapov have set out to please those still longing for the “good ol’ days”. Today, they go back to where it all began with their second phenomenal link-up: ‘Our Origin’.
The opening track of the ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ mix album (set for release on August 10th and available for pre-order now) and one of the most impactful tracks of Armin van Buuren’s mainstage set at Tomorrowland 2018, ‘Our Origin’ sees Armin van Buuren and Shapov deliver the perfect follow-up to previous collaboration ‘The Last Dancer’. Rooted in the sound that helped the genre’s popularity skyrocket, ‘Our Origin’ is exactly what fans bargained for: an exceptional, melodically irresistible masterpiece that takes listeners on a marvelous journey, just like in the old days.
Armin van Buuren: “’Our Origin’ was made with this year’s Tomorrowland theme, ‘Planaxis’, in mind. We wanted to create something fundamental not only to the current generation of dance music, but also to the sound that thrived so many years back. I’d like to think we’re really hit the mark with our new record, and I hope everyone will love the song as much as we loved creating it.”
Shapov: “I’m really happy to have done two collaborations with Armin, especially as I feel we’ve come up with a great combination of styles, like Progressive meets Trance. I feel both our styles are very similar in the sense that they both draw inspiration from the early days of Trance and that’s where the name ‘Our Origin’ comes from. After working on ‘The Last Dancer’ together and joining him on stage at Ultra Music Festival Miami this year, it feels amazing to have been able to work with him again. I really think we’ve managed to create magic once more with this new single.”
Since his year-launching ‘Lost Without You’ alongside singer Kate Miles, Craig Connelly has punched out one clubfloor-whacker after another. Frankly, if ‘This Life’ or ‘A Reality’, ‘Trouble In Paradise’ or ‘New York Sunday’ haven’t found their way to your ears, we venture you’re not leaving your bedroom enough!
With ‘Lost’ quenching some vocal thirst, Craig’s next outing sees him expand the bandwidth to add another instrumental earthmover to his 2018 canon. To Subculture have fallen those spoils, and Craig’s ‘The Universal’ gleams into existence today.
As ever the Mancunian producer brings an innate sonic balance to the track. He splits its airtime between heartfelt harmonies, mellifluous melodies, smartly constructed sequences and generating the kind of gravity-defying synth uplift that’d have Sir. Isaac Newton back at the drawing board.
Bold pace, fierce snares, driven, resonating percussion and crowd-flaming 303 preface the break’s pads, chords & pianoforte chime. Top of the drop, Craig turns that energy up to 11 (smashing the dial for good measure!) to deliver one defining moment, that’ll live long in the clubbing memory. ‘The Universal’ beams into your universe today. Get on the end of it here: https://subculture.choons.at/universal
01: ‘The Universal’