Now that dance music is gaining more and more of a foothold in the Asian market, it opens up a world of opportunities for many exceedingly gifted music producers who would’ve remained fairly unknown otherwise. A sterling example of the enormous talent that has remained hidden until now, Chinese producer Luminn has taken the leap and now finds himself releasing his debut single ‘Phosphene’ on Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance label.
Empowering and inspiring like a full spectrum of light, Luminn’s debut on A State Of Trance is a sublime Trance cut able to win anyone over. Armed with strong melodies, thumping kick-bass combos and a serene, pluck-driven breakdown, ‘Phosphene’ is that shimmer of hope that gets dance music lovers from all over the world through the darkest of days.
Luminn: “It’s hard to put this moment into words. The first time I saw Armin Van Buuren perform in a small club in Beijing, China back in 2009, I was utterly entranced. I didn’t understand the music, I didn’t know what trance or electronic music was, but my entire body felt electrified. The music was pulsing with energy. Nothing I’d ever heard before resonated with my soul the way this music did, and since then, it’s no exaggeration to say I’ve fallen deeply in love with everything trance. Trance, to me, is a language. It’s the one language that I know speaks from and to the soul, the one language that speaks from mine. ‘Phosphene’ is the culmination of all the work I’ve put in to learn this language. It’s me uttering my first words, my first resounding statement to the world. I hope this song brings to my listeners a beaming light of hope in their time of need.”
The first and only Chinese artist to have performed at a special edition of Transmission Festival in China, Ultra Music Festival and EDC, Luminn – whose name derives from the latin term “Lumen” (a measure of light) – has been electrifying fans with his own blend of Psy-Trance, Tech-Trance and Uplifting Trance since embarking on the scene. Awarded with a GFA (Golden Flower Award) at one of China’s most prestigious arts, film and culture award ceremonies for his contribution to the scene, he has shared the stage with many of the world’s most prominent electronic music artists, including Armin van Buuren, whose A State Of Trance imprint he now lands on with debut single ‘Phosphene’.
Armada Music’s next release sees contemporary tastemaker Moscoman serve up two versions of Three Drives On A Vinyl’s timeless masterpiece ‘Greece 2000’.
Israel’s Moscoman runs the Disco Halal label and has shown an original left of centre approach to acid, disco and techno for a few years now. He recently showcased his knack for exquisite melody in a new EP for Diynamic and now veers into brilliant progressive territory. The huge edit has already received strong support from the likes of Solomun, Âme, and Pete Tong amongst others.
Laden with deliberate rhythms, phasing percussion loops and sparkling melodies, this excellent take on the wonderful ‘Greece 2000’ marks a sweet trip down memory lane for all kinds of dance music lovers. It’s a track that will build the pressure on the floor and tease it before sending it into raptures, and also comes with a fantastic extended edit.
This is sure to become an anthem once again many years after it was first released thanks to this stylish remix.
Listen to Greece 2000 (Moscoman Remix) on Soundcloud:
You can buy a vinyl record here: https://bit.ly/2KpNCWN
It’s been a while since Feenixpawl and Georgi Kay struck gold with their single ‘In My Mind’ and Axwell’s super popular edit, but the trail of the Grammy-nominated, award-winning single hasn’t gone cold at all. Now over 70 million streams later, the Australian duo and L.A.-based singer-songwriter have linked up again, adding Mexican DJ/producer talent Sheco to the team for the song’s successor: ‘Dreams’.
A flawless follow-up to hit record ‘In My Mind’, ‘Dreams’ sees the Aussie dance music stars knock another one out of the ballpark in tandem with Sheco and Georgi Kay. With a strong focus on the sincere beauty of the mesmerizing chords and heavenly vocals, ‘Dreams’ is one of those songs that has fans closing their eyes and reaching for the sky to take in every inch of the Progressive House-scented wonder.
Feenixpawl: “We’ve been looking for something to work on with Georgi ever since ‘In My Mind’, but of course there is pressure to recreate the magic of that song. We first met Sheco at a gig we played in Mexico, where we instantly hit it off. He’s a young, super-talented producer and we had already discussed doing a collab. Once we got rolling on the track with him and felt the energy in the studio, we immediately knew this tune would be perfect for Georgi’s voice. So we arranged a session with her in L.A. and ‘Dreams’ was born! We are super excited for this tune and we really feel it does the reuniting of Feenixpawl and Georgi Kay justice, almost 7 years after we first collaborated!”
Georgi Kay: “It’s crazy to think that ‘In My Mind’ was the first dance song I ever wrote. Working with Josh and Aden was an absolute dream back then, and working with them now, nearly 7 years later – is nothing short of magical. I think there is a reason we work together when we do. It’s not just to collaborate and pump out song after song, but rather to reunite when the stars align and the timing is right, when all the pieces seem to fit together. After countless collaborations over the years, I have learnt that the songs Feenixpawl and Georgi Kay create together aren’t just timeless anthems. They’re living, breathing entities that not only effect our own lives, but change and impact the world. And to be able to join forces with Sheco just goes to show that Josh and Aden are more than ready to give fresh talent a chance at making magic, just like they did with me back in 2011.”
Sheco: “When I heard ‘In My Mind’ for the first time, I felt something unique, something that made me want to make music with that same feeling and emotion. It made me want to produce progressive house at 15 years old. I was finally able to meet Feenixpawl at a gig in my city (Monterrey, Mexico), where I had the pleasure of warming up for them. Years later, we started to discuss a collaboration with the same feeling and impact as ‘In My Mind’. As we were working on the tune, we discussed sending it to Georgi Kay, who’s a super-talented singer with such an impressive voice. And that’s when ‘Dreams’ was born, a fitting title because that’s exactly what the song is to me. It is simply a dream come true for an unknown boy from Mexico. ‘Dreams’ is a song made with a lot of love and a great message. I hope we can all share that love with ‘Dreams’.”
Grammy nominees, DJ globetrotters and remixers to the likes of Jess Glynne, Kaskade, NERVO, Nicky Romero and Rihanna, Feenixpawl are two of Australia’s most prominent export products. With numerous worlds tours, hundreds of millions of streams and a truckload of awards under their belt, they have secured themselves a spot alongside electronic music’s most prominent tastemakers and show that they have what it takes to keep delivering the very best on every occasion. They did so with ‘In My Mind’ in 2012 and with buzzing singles such as ‘Find A Way’ and ‘Neon Sky’ more recently, and they’ve obviously done so now in collaboration with Sheco and Georgi Kay.
Mark Sixma is showing a different side of himself with his new track ‘The Clock’. The fast-paced track will give you enough energy to dance all night!
Faster than a speeding bullet, Mark Sixma’s ‘The Clock’ is about to stake its claim as one of this year’s foremost speaker-busters. Slamming down hard with its devastating bassline and accelerating synths, this cut is meant to defy time itself.
Are you missing the summer already? Ryan Riback decided it was finally time to give his own spin to the Armin van Buuren and Josh Cumbee hit ‘Sunny Days’. ‘Sunny Days’ is also part of the Armada 15 years Deluxe album that will be released next week.
Especially now that the summer season is nearing its end, fans can’t stop longing for the welcoming vibes of Armin van Buuren’s collaboration with Josh Cumbee. Now given that nostalgic yet modern twist by Australian DJ/producer Ryan Riback, ‘Sunny Days’ is back and ready to shine.
Allen Watts’ track ‘Algorithm’ came to be after he combined multiple old projects together into one track. The result is a pure trance masterpiece!
Tried, tested and perfected, Allen Watts’ ‘Algorithm’ is the secret formula to Trance that cracks dance floors and evokes moments of bliss. Uplifting to the bone and melodically irresistible to boot, this brand-new release on Who’s Afraid Of 138?! simply scores a perfect ten in terms of high-quality Trance music.