With tracks such as ‘Lily Of The Valley’, ‘Ksamil’ and ‘Hyperloop’, Dave Winnel already made countless fans slide to the edge of their seats in anticipation of his brand-new EP, and the wait has finally come to an end. Featuring four sublime tracks designed to push listeners into an almost Trance-like state, ‘Lily Of The Valley (The Journey)’ is the escape from reality so many dance music lovers seek for. The EP is also released in vinyl form.
“The idea for this EP came to life in 2014 when I started working on the successor of a track of mine called ‘The Great Valley’, Dave Winnel explains. ‘The Great Valley’ is named after the destination from the 1988 animated film ‘The Land Before Time’, where Little Foot and his friends tried to reach a place where they can be free and be themselves without a care in the world. Like ‘The Great Valley’, I wanted to write something without thinking, without labels or genres or rules. This EP was all about me letting go of what people might think of the end product, and that’s the predominant feeling I hope will shine through to and for all listeners when they push play.”
Dave Winnel’s new landmark piece features four stellar tracks that are as essential to the vibe of the EP as much as they tell magnificent stories by themselves. Title track ‘Lily Of The Valley’, for instance, was made in 2014 as the successor to ‘The Great Valley’, but was shelved till this very day. And ‘Ksamil’, which was the last of the four tracks to be written, was named after the Albanian beach Dave spent a month living nearby and contains an actual recording of the washing of the ocean there.
‘Hyperloop’ in turn was created in the studio Dave set up back at his family home, and thus oozes nostalgia whilst building splendidly on a lingering G# note. And ‘Brainbug’, which Dave Winnel states may even be his favorite track of the EP, was heavily inspired by the Trance and Tech Trance records he used to buy as a kid. Naturally, that track will work best on the vinyl version of this EP, which functions as a sort of director’s cut, offering longer, truer versions of each track to amplify the experience.
“I truly hope that listeners will be taken away completely when they press play on the EP or drop the needle on the first groove”, Dave Winnel concludes. “Don’t think about anything; just let it take you on a journey that will hopefully result in pure happiness.”
Known for dozens of infectious singles, collaborations with Armin van Buuren (‘The Race’) and Feenixpawl (‘Find A Way’) and commendable remixes for high-profile artists such as Adam Lambert, Armin van Buuren, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Clean Bandit, Gryffin and Bipolar Sunshine, Hardwell and Twenty One Pilots, Dave Winnel is continuously cementing his position atop the dance music scene. Having clocked up millions of streams for several of his originals and remixes as well as support from the scene’s finest, he’s rapidly ascending to dance music stardom. In the years to come, he’s bound to impact the dance music scene greatly in his own extraordinary way as a proud member of the Armada Music family, having only just renewed his deal with the Amsterdam-based record label.
To say that Luke Bond is on fire would be a gigantic understatement. The U.K. DJ and producer has been churning out top-quality Trance tracks in such quick succession it’s almost as if he’s come from some sort of music production planet, and he isn’t slowing down in the slightest. Today, he released a brilliant new single called ‘Maelstrom’, which isn’t just an instant crowd favorite. It also paves the way for his upcoming collab with Armin van Buuren, which is expected to turn a lot of heads upon release later this year.
Dropping fans off from the previous sonic firestorm into the next, Luke Bond again shows why he’s one of Trance’s hottest producers of the moment. Churning out tempestuous basslines, swirling melodies and thrilling harmonies with undeniable ease, the U.K. studio magician sucks fans from all over the world into this musical ‘Maelstrom’ he so expertly designed.
Luke Bond: “The idea behind ‘Maelstrom’ was to create something that has a more darker feel musically. Most of my previous songs tend to be major and happy, and this time, I wanted to write something that continued by epic theme festival bangers in a slightly different musical direction. The definition of a maelstrom, a situation or state of confused movement or violent turmoil, also reflects the tone of this song really well.”
Luke Bond, whose single ‘On Fire’ (feat. Roxanne Emery) was nominated for ‘Best Trance Track’ at the 30th annual International Dance Music Awards in 2014, has been on a huge roll since he returned from a sabbatical year spent honing his craft. With a tidal wave of stand-out singles, gigs on international stages at Electric Zoo, Godskitchen, Hollywood Palladium, Groove Cruise and Marquee Las Vegas, remixes for the likes of Cosmic Gate and Gareth Emery, support from Armin van Buuren on nearly every track he puts out, and a massive debut at the Road To 1000 stage at ASOT 900 Utrecht, the U.K. wonderworker counts as one of Trance’s most exciting acts of the moment. And for good reason, because tracks like ‘Maelstrom’ are why people from all over the world are falling head over heels in love with the genre.
‘The Connection’ does exactly what you expect.. it connects the crowd. At A State Of Trance 900 Utrecht they closed the mainstage and this tracks was one of the pillars of their set. Listen to this track here
The opening track of the massive set they closed the mainstage of A State Of Trance 900 Utrecht with, ‘The Connection’ exemplifies the synergy between both FUTURECODE members. From the soaring melodies to the impeccable synth layering and thumping bass, this cut is what quality Trance sounds like.
Ruben de Ronde & Louise Rademakers got some dope remixes on their track ‘Games’.
Great week for mister De Ronde. In the beginning of this week he announced that he will be hosting a Statement! Stage on Electronic Family this summer and the first names are Ruben de Ronde, Estiva, Matt Fax, Tinlicker, Grum, Lumïsade and Rodg.
Check the tunes here
Deploying their own renditions of Ruben de Ronde and Louise Rademakers’ latest offering, Matt Fax and HAKA turn the emotional original into two blazing cuts ready for the bigger stages. From Matt Fax’s blistering progressive to HAKA’s signature edit, these remixes of ‘Games’ are set to take the limelight and make the moment count.
‘A STATE OF TRANCE 2019’ IS THE SIXTEENTH EDITION OF ARMIN VAN BUUREN’S GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED MIX COMPILATION SERIES
From the softly progressing melodies to the angelic vocals to the mighty drops and more, Trance music has the ability to strike a chord in whoever listens. It spans so many different sounds and cultures, all the while staying true to its roots no matter what. This is exactly why fans just can’t seem to get enough of the A State Of Trance series and why Armin van Buuren left no stone unturned in putting together a brilliant track selection for the sixteenth installment of the series: ‘A State Of Trance 2019’.
Once again overflowing with the biggest Trance & Progressive records of the moment, ‘A State Of Trance 2019’ spotlights a grand total of forty records, all designed to immerse fans in a tidal wave of energy and emotion. Mixed seamlessly by Armin van Buuren himself, the album spans every inch of the genre through brilliant records from artists such as Super8 & Tab, Ørjan Nilsen, MaRLo, ReOrder, Fatum, Protoculture and Stoneface & Terminal, offering a spark of magic for every preference or flavor.
The A State Of Trance compilation series, which also includes the annual year mixes and several Ibiza-flavored installments, is one of the pillars of Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance brand, and the same can be said of its globetrotting event series – ASOT 900 is soon to land in both Kiev (Ukraine) and the California Bay Area (U.S.) after touching down in Utrecht and Madrid this year – the record label and of course the radio show itself. Broadcast every week to an estimated 42 million listeners in more than a hundred different countries around the world, the radio show has played a very important role in the growth and evolution of both Trance music as a whole and the ASOT community, and this amazing mix album definitely builds on that.
Mix 1 – On The Beach
1 Armin van Buuren vs Shapov – La Résistance De L’Amour
2 Maor Levi & OTIOT – Aria
3 Fatum x Genix x Jaytech x Judah – All In
4 Armin van Buuren x Lucas & Steve feat. Josh Cumbee – Don’t Give Up On Me (Trance Mix)
5 Fast Distance – Saga
6 Assaf & Cassandra Grey – All Of You
7 Armin van Buuren & Garibay – Phone Down (Club Mix)
8 Tenishia – Stella
9 Ahmed Helmy – Inside A Dream
10 Beatsole & Nostrangel – Sunsets
11 Protoculture & Profetik – Ultramarine
12 Tomas Heredia feat. TATA – Better Place
13 Orjan Nilsen x Dennis Sheperd x Nifra x Estiva – Cabin Fever (Orjan Nilsen Club Mix)
14 FUTURECODE x Ruben de Ronde – Trinity
15 Tom Fall – Solar
16 Sodality – Nazca
17 Super8 & Tab – Trigger
18 Above & Beyond vs Armin van Buuren – Show Me Love
19 Mark Sixma – X
Mix 2 – In The Club
1 Alexander Popov & Abstract Vision – Tesla
2 Orjan Nilsen – Reminiscence
3 MaRLo & Feenixpawl – Lighter Than Air
4 Sheridan Grout & Millennial – Awaken
5 Ralphie B – Fury
6 Rub!k – Escape Time
7 Armin van Buuren feat. Bonnie McKee – Lonely For You (ReOrder Remix)
8 Scott Bond & Charlie Walker feat. Murica – Can You Hear The Sound
9 Stoneface & Terminal and Dim3nsion – Kilig
10 Allen Watts & Maarten de Jong – Caffeine
11 Davey Asprey & Beatsole – Allies
12 Tempo Giusto – Dakini
13 Roman Messer & Davey Asprey – Eternity
14 XiJaro & Pitch with LightControl – Whispers Of Time
15 Aly & Fila – It’s All About The Melody
16 Armin van Buuren feat. Sam Martin – Wild Wild Son (Richard Durand Remix)
17 ReOrder – Escape The Ordinary
18 Frank T.R.A.X. – Nebuchan (Radion6 Remix)
19 Armin van Buuren – Lifting You Higher (ASOT 900 Anthem)
20 Jase Thirlwall feat. Victoriya – Dust
21 Armin van Buuren – Turn It Up