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’
It’s been a while since Borgeous or Zack Martino touched down on Armada Music to brandish their brilliant production skills, but today, they finally return to the Amsterdam-based record label to bring the heat together. Merging their signature sounds into an irresistible sound mash, they proudly present ‘Make Me Yours’, a phenomenal offering premiered at EDC earlier this year.
Chalking up another super-infectious crossover single in the form of ‘Make Me Yours’, Borgeous and Zack Martino show why they’re widely regarded as two of the scene’s finest. A merging of soaring vocals, eruptive synths and alluring verses and choruses, the track is poised to dominate festivals and airwaves alike in ways similar to their previously smash hits.
For the last five years, American songwriter, DJ and producer Borgeous (John Borger) has had an astronomical rise to fame. With ‘Tsunami’, his biggest hit to date, the Las Vegas-based platinum recording artist hit #1 on iTunes in 15 different countries as well as #1 on Beatport, won an EMPO Award for ‘Track of the Year’, and was nominated for a Juno Award for ‘Best Dance Recording of the Year’. Equally prolific on the live front as he is in the studio, Borgeous played over 175 shows on his House of Borgeous tour in 2017 and burst into 2018 with the second part of the tour with a residency at Las Vegas’ Hakkasan to boot. Known for delivering masterstroke remixes for the likes of Marshmello and for Anne-Marie’s ‘FRIENDS’, Borgeous allows his fans to expect more and more as his sound continues to evolve.
Having enjoyed great success on the airwaves, Zack Martino truly is a star on the rise. After a handful of head-turning originals and remixes (including a remix of Borgeous’ ‘Sweeter Without You’), Zack Martino debuted on Armada Music via a Championship release called ‘Hold On To Me’ last year. He has since garnered over a million streams on Spotify with that record alone and now emerges alongside Borgeous to magnify the momentum big time.
Off the back of a colorful solo debut on Wall Recordings (‘I’m Not The One’) and a recent change in artist name, Chico Rose (formerly Ravitez) has returned to turn heads across the dance music realm again. For his freshman offering under his new name, the Dutchman has linked up with dance music star Afrojack and L.A.-based singer-songwriter Lyrica Anderson for a true crowd favorite: ‘Where Did The Love Go’.
A delicious slice of pop-dance crossover potential, Chico Rose’s brand-new offering to Wall Recordings has it all to become a staple on the airwaves. Made in collaboration with Afrojack and vocalist Lyrica Anderson, ‘Where Did The Love Go’ captures the beauty of summer’s fleeting moments and turns it into an unforgettable memory.
Since catching the dance music bug at a young age, Chico Rose (formerly known as Ravitez) has made quite a bit of name for himself on both the live front and through his productions. The Dutchman joined Afrojack on tour at major festivals such as Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Tomorrowland in Belgium, EDC in Las Vegas and Untold Festival in Romania, and teamed up with the electronic music phenomenon on a bevy of world-class records, including ‘The Great Escape’ with Amba Shepherd, which landed him over 2 million streams on Spotify alone. As a remixer, he worked his magic on esteemed singles from Zedd (‘Stay’) and Lost Frequencies (‘All Or Nothing’), proving to everyone out there that he deserves to be regarded as one of the scene’s finest talents.
Off the back of a blistering performance at Ultra Europe, a tidal wave of support from dance music luminary Marshmello and gathering a quarter billion total streams across hit catalog, rising star Crankdat has landed onto Armada Music for his debut release on the Amsterdam-based record label. Widely considered one of the most talented youngsters of the dance music realm with a mere 21 years of life experience under his belt, the Ohio native shows exactly why he’s rapidly become one of the most well-respected producers of the moment with ‘Say It’, featuring L.A.-based singer-songwriter Sara Skinner.
A paradigm of masterstroke productions, ‘Say It’ sees Crankdat blurt out a scurrying drum and bass rhythm kicking up dust while staying impeccably pristine in surround sound. Spearheaded by a contagious electric guitar riff turned inside out and Sara Skinner’s vocals tumbling from heaven, the track is pushed to top speed by urgent strings before coming to a climactic full stop. Simply put, this one’s sure to rush onto all the playlists that matter this summer.
Crankdat: “The production process of ‘Say It’ was absolutely seamless. I produced the beat earlier this year with no intentions of doing anything with it — sometimes I make very different styles of music for total fun, and so was the case with this, I just did it for fun. When I sent it around to my team and a few other trusted ears, everyone really liked it, and so arose the possibility of it becoming an actual release. I sent it to this vocalist I met on the Internet a few months prior, the super-talented Sara Skinner, as we had discussed working on a song in the weeks before. We never got in the studio together, never called about it, talked about it etc. She just took it and ran. The first demo Sara sent back was absolutely GOLD. She did her thing, and she nailed it. Afterwards, I finished processing the vocal and engineering the beat, and thus, ‘Say It’ was born!”
Sara Skinner: “Christian (Crankdat) sent me this track late one night, and I was so stoked on the music that I immediately set up a co-writing session with Karra (who worked with me on ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Time Warp’). I write all my music for my own project, but I’m pretty new at working on electronic music, so I hit her up because I needed to make sure this one was another really great one. We ran with our usual thought process and kept a strong focus on the melody and painting mental images with the lyrics. We recorded the vocals right there and then to capture the actual energy of the song in that moment. I’ve been really excited about this one; the track alone is epic, and I’m grateful to have worked on a song with such a well-respected guy in the scene.”
Dance Music’s Biggest Festival Tomorrowland releases:
‘The Story of Planaxis’
Mixed by Armin Van Buuren, Axwell,
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Lost Frequencies
TRACKLISTING: 3 x mixed CD compilation – 62 tracks in total
Release date: OUT NOW
Listen HERE (Mini mix)
Tomorrowland launches a CD in three volumes with exclusive sets by international DJs Armin Van Buuren, Axwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Lost Frequencies and exclusive Tomorrowland Summer Mix compilation.
Hands up anyone that has been to Tomorrowland? Those lucky enough to have visited arguably the largest festival in the world will tell you that it is an extraordinary experience. Located in the aptly named town of ‘Boom’ in Belgium, now in its 14th year, the sheer scale of the festival will overwhelm you. Think 16 stages, 400,000 people from over 75 countries split over two glorious weekends all with a will to dance.
Tomorrowland is a step beyond the conventional big festival, going all out on design, creating another world for the time that you are with them. The main stage itself is extraordinary, gigantic in size and scale with pyrotechnics, state of the art lighting and sound and packing a wow factor that would be hard to experience on this scale anywhere else.
The festival has steadily grown, due in large part to mainstream pop culture’s continued embrace of this decade’s Electronic Dance Music explosion. It eclipses some of the biggest events in the world when compared to internet social media chitter chatter. Tomorowland amasses more tweets, insta and FB posts than Glastonbury, Burningman, Cochella, and Ultra music festivals combined. Even more than the F1, Wimbeldon, The Oscars and Tour De France put together.
This year the theme is ‘The Story of Planaxis’ – a kind of lost city of Atlantis idea, think magical submerged cities, extraordinary sea creatures and underwater mystery and the namesake of this year’s compilation.
Now some of the festivals biggest names bring you their take on the Tomorowland sound. While Armin van Buuren, Axwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Lost Frequencies conquer the Mainstage during the first weekend, you can also enjoy the legendary mash-ups of their best tracks at home. The four DJs all made special 30-minute sets, exclusive to the first 2 volumes of ‘The Story of Planaxis’. The third volume offers a unique Tomorrowland Mix 2018.
Either as a memento of your experience or those that just want to sample the flavour of this incredible festival, this compilation will bring you a snapshot of the biggest tracks and high-octane moments of the event.
This is a download and physical release only including a Deluxe edition with 40-page booklet, and special copper hot foil embossed packaging. The CD is available now through Cr2 Records for the UK / IE and worldwide on iTunes through various WW outlets and record stores or online at www.tomorrowland.com.
This week all remixes from ‘Body’ will be released. Ørjan the Norwegian trance producer and DJ did an insane remix of ‘Body”, a real trancer. Blow up your speakers and keep on dancing.
Merging all seven previously released remixes into one exciting deal, this remix package of Loud Luxury’s smash hit ‘Body’ is the icing on the cake. Spread nicely across the dance music spectrum, this seven-color rainbow is about to spice up your day big time.
KhoMha’s music has already sent shockwaves through electronic dance music circles and we haven’t heard his new remix yet. KhoMha, the very talented boy from Colombia just released his EP ‘Elementos’ and coming Friday this insane remix from ‘Fly Away’. We are curious what the future will bring for him.
Eighteen years after its initial flight, Vincent de Moor’s ‘Fly Away’ has returned to the launch pad. Now driven by the high-octane sounds of Colombian Trance star KhoMha, the 2000 classic is ready to shoot for the stars again.
In this day and age, for any come-lately producer looking to make their mark, a debut album must swiftly be realized. Hal Stucker however is not any producer and “day and age” – as you’ll see – plays zero part in ‘Electronic Excursions’ reckoning. Hal has no hidden agendas. He doesn’t desire an extra foot up the career ladder, more gigs, better billing or ‘to blow you away’ with his music’s dancefloor-filling capabilities.
No, both his and the ambitions of his ‘Electronic Excursions’ album decidedly lie in other areas.
In the pantheon of electronic artists’ LPs, there have been some sizeable pending times. Hal though might have out-pended the lot. Since his debut production (the Telica Records-released ‘The World Is Flat’) a not inconsiderable two decades have elapsed. Indeed for sixteen of those years, Hal was in full stasis, before Ruben de Ronde’s Statement! Recordings brought it off-ice with ‘Coral’ two years ago. Since, Hal’s productions have established a new DJ audience, engaging the musically enlightened likes of Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate, Rodg, Grum and others.
If you don’t already know, you’ve probably guessed anyway – Hal is considerably better known under another name. The ‘who’ is largely immaterial here (and possibly even unhelpful), as this album is an exercise in artistic emancipation. An opportunity to vent stylistically, after many years inside an ever-tightening perception box, it’s electronic excursions in name and nature.
“Over the last 12 months, says Hal, I’ve embarked on a little musical outing to try and create a body of work with depth & emotion that you could listen to anywhere. I know that could be a cliché, but it’s the truth. It’s been an absolute joy working on the album – my first body of work in 25 years of being in the music industry. It’s different, but I sincerely hope you all enjoy the album as much as I did writing it”.
Across 14 tracks, ‘Electronic Excursions’ is a refreshing master-class in not giving a flying one about the dancefloor. That’s not to say you wouldn’t dance to it. Only that it’s not its primary spur. The same goes for other conventions. Track runtimes regularly enjoy the luxury of 8, 9 10 or in the case of ‘Chaos Bowl’ 11+ minutes to play out their ideas, angles and sequences. Genre classifications are likewise largely redundant. Adjectives like ‘atmosphere’, ‘ether’, ‘mood’ and ‘journey’ play a far greater part in defining compositions like ‘Rubix’, Monlith’, ‘Conjour’ and ‘Chimes’. Tempos too enjoy greater-than-average bandwidth and while instrumentals are its norm, vocal interludes also exist (most notably on ‘Walking Over Fire’ sung by Emma Gillespie and Eilidh Hadden’s ‘Retrace’.
Funny How Things Stick: Mr. Stucker enlightens us to the evolution of his unusual artist name. “Many people are unaware that Hal Stucker is an alias conjured up back in 1998. The name actually came from reading an article written by the real Hal Stucker and after a few releases under this alias I got an email from the man himself. He was and still is based in Boston, has written articles for the likes of the New York Times, WIRED and other major publications in the US.
He asked me (and I quote) “did you just come up with the name or have you read one of my humble scribblings on your travels? I have been using your music as a talking point at my dinner parties over the years, it would be great to know”. I replied that I had read one of his humble scribblings’ and he was delighted!”
So now you know the ins-and-outs, you’re prepped for ‘Electronic Excursions’ arrival, in all its unshackled glory. That happens today and you can order Hal Stucker’s exceptional album here https://pure.choons.at/electronicx, as well as checking the album’s trailer video here: https://bit.ly/2mwiN7Q
‘Electronic Excursions’ by Hal Stucker tracktlist:
- Chaos Bowl
- Walking Over Fire
- Stars Bonus
- Retrace (Sunrise Edit)
A superb team-up between two of Trance’s finest, ‘Luna’ shines like a full moon on a dark, clear-skied night. Combining the widely acclaimed signature sounds of Alexander Popov and Ruben de Ronde, this track is adopted into Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ mix album and poised to make Trance fans swoon for years to come.