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Niko Zografos returns to Future Sound of Egypt with new single “Porto Katsiki”

As the guy who was once just a fan has now established his name on a global level. San Francisco born and raised Niko Zografos returns to Future Sound of Egypt yet again with his new track ‘’Porto Katsiki‘’. After the successful reign of his single ‘’Mykonos’’ featured in the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix by Aly & Fila themselves, Niko continues with a steady flow of releases in some of the top imprints in the scene.

The SF DJ and producer is of greek descent, often spreading the love for Greece through dedicated tracks. ‘’Porto Katsiki’’ refers to one of the most beautiful beaches in this historic hotspot. It is a toned to perfection representation of current Uplifting tactics and nostalgic elements, which transform into a cheerful, yet emotionally powerful lead. Complimented with a portion of mysterious vocals, it generates a plethora of various emotions.

Key figure in the #TranceFamily movement in his area, Niko Zografos not only delivers on point productions, but also owns his own promotion company Phoria Events, responsible for some of the best trance shows in San Francisco, but is also a resident of the iconic Ruby Skye club. Named as one of the 5 acts not to be missed at Dreamstate SF by no other than Insomniac themselves, he just continuously grows a portfolio of legendary shows in his agenda.

Hard-working, good hearted and a guy of many talents, it is certain we are yet to hear the best of Niko Zografos soon. Buy link:

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You want it harder, faster and way, way louder?!! Then you’re gonna want it Sneijder, and you’re definitely gonna want it served up live from Buenos Aires!

Turn the dial up to eleven and assume that brace position for an hour & twenty of the Irish maverick captured in his slamming full-flight element in the Argentine capital. Every fader flip, FX knob crank, pitch warp, bass boom and resultant crowd whoop ‘n’ cheer coded real-time, raw, uncut and underground and mainlining its way to you this very month!

A man always on point, this is trance music served with more extra-shots than you can count and maxed out at XXXL! Music from the blunt-force likes of Richard Durand, Bryan Kearney, Alex Di Stefano, David Forbes, Will Rees and others are all whipped combustively into its mix. Bet on plenty from Sneijder’s own personal arsenal too, including his new flaming rework of Lustral’s epic ‘Everytime’!

‘Afterdark 001 – Buenos Aires, Compiled & Mixed By Sneijder’ coming atcha Aug 24th!

Sneijder fires ‘Afterdark001’s starting gun with a double tap of Alex Di Stefano gear. His Dogzilla ‘Dogzilla’ remix and the Italian’s own ‘The Sin’ set pace and tone. Representing newer blood, in quick succession Iain M, Project 8 and Paul Denton respectively fuel the fires in Buenos Aires with ‘Psychoactivity’, ‘Submerge’ and ‘Formula One’.

Cresting towards its midpoint, Sneijder opens up an elevating triptych of his own material. Nick Callaghan elevating, energizing collab ‘Absorb’, ‘Killer Instinct’ – his Picotto-esque team-up with Bryan Kearney and his freshly-minted update of Lustral’s classic ‘Everytime’ keep that mix-mercury climbing.

Richard Durand’s hot-from-the-mixing-desk ‘Lotus’ and one of this year’s biggest trancers ‘Need You’ from Will Rees’ on Kearnage ensure the euphoric levels are topped off, while David Forbes & Iain M’s ‘Intruder’ spin mix-matters back out tech-trance way. Capping the mix off, Sneijder drops his own tech-ily energized deuce ‘Neutralize’ and ‘Awakening’, before Bryan Kearney & Deirdre McLaughlin put a final vocally anthemic note to the mix with the empyrean ‘Open My Mind’.

You can pre-order/bookmark ‘Afterdark 001 – Buenos Aires, Compiled & Mixed By Sneijder’ here:


  1. Dogzilla – Dogzilla (Alex Di Stefano Remix)
  2. Alex Di Stefano – The Sin
  3. Iain M – Psychoactivity
  4. Project 8 – Submerge
  5. Paul Denton – Formula One
  6. Sneijder & Nick Callaghan – Absorb (Niall Mc Keever Remix)
  7. Sneijder & Bryan Kearney – Killer Instinct
  8. Lustral – Everytime (Sneijder Remix)
  9. Second Sine – Revolt (UCast Remix)
  10. Richard Durand – Lotus
  11. Will Rees – Need You
  12. Billy Gillies – Disturbance
  13. David Forbes & Iain M – Intruder
  14. Billy Gillies – Listen Up
  15. Sneijder – Neutralize
  16. Sneijder – Awakening
  17. Bryan Kearney & Deirdre McLaughlin – Open My Mind


If Schulz history teaches us anything, it’s ‘don’t count on Markus to do the expected’! Whether it’s reinterpreting indie-folk with ‘Facedown’, getting collaborative with hip-hop’s hall-of-fame on ‘Sleepwalkers’, taking Dakota (and everyone else) down the rabbit hole or writing the lyrics for his ‘Watch The World’ album, his next artistic gymnastic is rarely more than a script-flip away.

In fact it’s right here!

The impulse behind ‘Upon My Shoulders’ came to Markus in a reflective moment shortly after his mainstage Tomorrowland set a year ago. “As a DJ, he says, when you look out across an audience like Tomorrowland’s and you see hundreds – thousands maybe, of people carrying others on the shoulders. It’s a powerful and stimulating and unifying sight, which sparks the imagination endlessly. Every one of those guys & girls has a connection with the other – a friendship and a story that – very likely – goes way, way beyond the physical bounds of the event. That thought, along with that unbeatable ‘upon your shoulders’ / ‘nothing can touch me’ feeling became something I really had to capture in a piece of music”.

The idea itself however proved to be more straightforward than the realisation.

What I had in mind I knew needed a male voice. Inherently I also was aware that far from every singer-songwriter could pull off a song like that. To nail it requires some first-hand experience of its theme. It had to be exactly the right voice, with exactly the right lyrical touch and connection to it. It was, he laughs, a bit frustrating there for a few months. The back of my mind was telling me I’d heard that voice before. I just couldn’t put my finger on whose it was!”

That was until Markus & crew were in LA, front end of this year and – serendipitously – ‘One Minute More’ came on the radio. The voice – Markus was more than aware – belonged to Sebu, frontman for indietronica duo Capital Cities’.

It was says Markus “the best kind of a lightning bolt moment. Tim, Mike (from Grube & Hovesepian) and I had remixed ‘One Minute More’ four years back, precisely because we loved his vocal so much. I said ‘we have to get Sebu on this track’. From there, all the missing pieces fell right into place. He has realised that moment, the feeling, the story and all brilliantly. Exactly as I had it in my mind, back at Tomorrowland 2017”.

If ‘Upon My Shoulders’ sounds in even the remotest bit familiar, well no major surprise. As far back as May’s EDC LV, Markus has been trialling versions and edits of it at his open-air sets. The joy, the spirit, the feeling and those zero-cares moments have all been swept up and into its strummed guitars, bold drums, irresistibly throw-your-hands-up melody and feverishly infectious vocal. Exhilarating, ebullient, enriching – the song that’s going to complete your summer is right here!

This one’s going out to ‘the real heroes’” says a tongue-in-cheek Markus. “If you’ve ever carried someone on your shoulders, either actually or spiritually – this one is all about you!”

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  1. Markus Schulz & Sebu (Capital Cities) – Upon My Shoulders (Extended Mix)


Entirely Australian team-ups don’t happen all that often, but when they do, they’re bound to turn the world of dance music upside down. A stellar merger of both acts’ highly acclaimed signature sounds, ‘Find A Way’ sees Feenixpawl and Dave Winnel emerge with a song that breaks boundaries and shatters expectations.


Listen to Feenixpawl & Dave Winnel – Find A Way


Making dance music lovers feel like small children setting foot in a three-story candy store for the very first time, ‘Find A Way’ has fans licking their lips in anticipation. Led by strong vocals, an alluring sense of wonder and a delicious mash of Progressive sounds, this song empowers and excites, taking listeners by the hand to help them through even the darkest of days.

Feenixpawl: “We’ve been mates with Dave for years and to watch him grow as an artist has been amazing. We were so happy that we were able to collaborate with him on this track. It was a song that we’d been toying with for a while, but we knew Dave would be able to add his magic touch to it. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!”


Dave Winnel: “I’ve always loved the Feenixpawl boys’ work, and to finally do a track together is very exciting. What’s even better is that we are all Aussies! They reached out to me with a wicked idea. I fell in love with the almost gospel-like vocals and jumped on the track straight away. We made the whole record over the internet, sending the project back and forth till we were all happy.”

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, just like they did with ‘Find A Way’ today.

Known for dozens of infectious singles, his work on his and Armin van Buuren’s festival hit ‘The Race’ 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 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 and bound to impact the dance music scene in extraordinary ways.


Easily one of the most energetic cuts taken from Chapter One of Ben Gold’s new album ‘Sound Advice’, ‘Strikes As One’ sees the U.K. Trance hero team up with Allen Watts to do what the title implies. By blending their respective signature sounds into an astonishing, all-powerful sound mash, they get the global crowd acquainted with the truest form of sonic power: this new melodic masterpiece

Listen to Ben Gold & Allen Watts ‘Strike As One’ here 


US progressive house/pop mainstay Morgan Page continues to blaze a trail through 2018 as he unleashes yet another masterful yet delicate EDM gem in the shape of ‘Let You Go’, out now on Armada Music worldwide.


Listen to Morgan Page – Let You Go


Long revered as one of the most definitive voices on the American electronic circuit by peers and fans alike, on ‘Let You Go’ the GRAMMY-nominated Page shows exactly how he earned his reputation. Light, effortless production falls somewhere between breezy pop ballad, dance floor elevator and the perfect end to summertime playlists. A lilting topline vocal is deftly juxtaposed against gently undulating piano arpeggios, jerking synths and sun-soaked percussion to create a cut that carries that easy kind of energy reminiscent of the very best sundown sets.

Currently in the middle of a US tour taking in NYC, Denver, Boston, Milwaukee, Vegas, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Portland, Washington DC and Seattle, Page also celebrated a huge personal milestone just weeks ago. Becoming a father for the first time to baby girl Bea Isabelle Page, Page unsurprisingly called her his “greatest collaboration”.

ADAM J & SOHA feat. HALIENE & MATTEW SLEEPER – Twilight vs Breathe (Reality Test Remix)

‘Twilight vs Breathe (Reality Test Remix)’ contains grungy beats and great harmonies. This is a must listen remix. Being one of the few female psy-trance DJs, but Reality Test is right on top of her game. Boys, you better watch out! Put on those rave shoes and let’s go. Are you curious?

Let’s grab it here 

In the wake of stellar renditions from the likes of Reality Test and Jack Trades, Funkin Matt delivers on remix duty for Adam J & Soha’s ‘Twilight vs Breathe’. Enveloping the heavenly vocals with grungy beats and beautiful harmonies, he gives an irresistible twist to the original that can easily be touted top playlist material.

ALPHA 9 – Sleepwalker

The Russian musician, producer and DJ ALPHA 9 has come up with a new track. This wonderful melodic masterpiece keeps Trance fans losing their minds over and over again. ALPHA 9 is the trance alter ego of ARTY. It’s just unbelievable how much music this young man can produce. Are you ready for another one?

Listen ‘Sleepwalker’ here

Keeping Trance fans around the world way too excited for them to fall into a soft slumber, ALPHA 9’s ‘Sleepwalker’ keeps the adrenaline flowing and one’s ears pricked up. An unmistakable piece of musical brilliance from the hand of the Russian sound architect, this dreamy cut cements ALPHA 9’s spot alongside Trance music’s finest and proves yet another kick-ass anthem in the wake of his other top-tier productions.


Seeing as both his sound and live sets are staples in the Ibiza club scene, it’s no wonder Armin van Buuren has decided to return to the White Isle with his latest ‘A State Of Trance’ mix album.

The fifth installment of the series and a wonderful addition to a summer season that saw Armin van Buuren head up his own Wednesday night summer residency at HÏ Ibiza, ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ strengthens both theTrance genre and the ASOT brand through forty-one sizzling productions in a two-part album ready to rock any electronic music fan’s world.

Listen to ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018 (Mixed by Armin van Buuren)’

Selected and mixed by Armin van Buuren himself, the ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ mix album is composed of two parts: ‘On The Beach’ and ‘In The Club’. Through a phenomenal blend of mouthwatering exclusives, gorgeous originals, top-of-the-line remixes and three records from the Dutch Grammy nominee and electronic music icon himself (‘Blah Blah Blah’, ‘Our Origin’, ‘United’), the mix album captures every inch of the Ibiza magic and allows
fans from all across the globe to experience the island’s thriving party scene at its best.

The A State Of Trance brand includes not only the award-winning radio show, but also the label, the event series and the A State Of Trance compilation series, which in turn includes the annual year mixes and other mix albums in addition to the Ibiza-themed installments. The radio show is broadcast every week to an estimated 42 million listeners in more than a eighty different countries around the world, and has been pivotal in placing Trance music on the map and keeping it there.

Mix 1 – On The Beach
1. Armin van Buuren vs Shapov – Our Origin
2. Assaf – Trinity (Sound Quelle & Max Meyer Remix)
3. ALPHA 9 – Sleepwalker
4. Probspot – Blueberry (Daniel Wanrooy Remix)
5. Maor Levi – Light Years
6. Armin van Buuren feat. James Newman – Therapy (Super8 & Tab Remix)
7. Denis Kenzo & Sveta B. – Sweet Lie
8. Myon X Late Night Alumni – Hearts & Silence (Myon Club Mix)
9. Arty – Tim
10. Sodality – Challenger
11. Fast Distance – Cosmos
12. D-Mad – Comeback
13. Cubicore & Shane 54 – Budokan
14. Fatum – Petra
15. Jorn van Deynhoven – Fiesta del Sol
16. Henry Dark – Blue Days & Black Nights
17. Omnia – CYBERPUNK
18. Alexander Popov & Ruben de Ronde – Luna
19. Kyau & Albert + Steve Brian – Reverie
20. Maor Levi – Vintage

Mix 2 – In The Club
1. Armin van Buuren x Vini Vici x Alok feat. Zafrir – United
2. Beatsole – Pearl
3. Eximinds & Jean Clemence – Gravitation
4. Super8 & Tab – Blockchain
5. Rene Ablaze & Jam Da Bass – From Dusk Till Dawn
6. Tempo Giusto – Solace In Your Eyes (Decade Mix)
7. STANDERWICK – I’ve Been Thinking About You
8. Ben Gold & Allen Watts – Strike As One
9. Yuri Kane – Right Back (Solis & Sean Truby Remix)
10. Assaf – Heliades
11. The Noble Six – Black Lotus
12. Richard Durand – The Air I Breathe
13. Chris Schweizer feat. Roxanne Emery – Under The Light
14. Moonsouls & Zara Taylor – Let It Go
15. Oliver Cattley with Kiyoi & Eky – Zubr
16. Heatbeat – Stadium Arcadium
17. Allen Watts & Talla 2XLC – Equinox
18. Ultra Shock – The Sound Of E (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
19. Perry O’Neil – Wave Force (South Of The Stars Remix)
20. Splinta – Shock Therapy (Rising Altitude Mix)
21. Armin van Buuren – Blah Blah Blah


Any day we can bring you word of new undertaking from Joint Operations Centre has to be a good one, right?! It’s not something that happens so very often though. Amongst others aspects, John O’Callaghan’s alias enjoys the cachet of rarity – the better part of a year passing since ‘Pathological Effect’ made its presence felt.

If we’re going to see a release, August has traditionally been a good a month for the watchers. Those doing so in 2018 aren’t to be disappointed. Last seen on the label five years back (with ‘Under A Sea Of Birds’), ‘Behind The Silence’ marks Joint Operations Centre Subculture homecoming. It’s also the first time the darker Joint Ops sound has quartered a vocal, and a pretty darn special one it is too.

Last heard serving song to ‘Lost Without You’ for Subculture label-mate Craig Connelly’, Kate Miles is the girl on point. Together, she and John have conspired something hypnotic and alchemic for ‘Silence’.

Production-wise, John warps up a storm, echoing ‘Behind’s vocal refrains, whilst catalysing its perc loops. Underlain by the finest resounds of doomy bass, he draws its darker parts into the FX banks, from which they emerge frayed, distorted, but charged.

While her sweetly sung tones initially veil the track’s darker heart, Kate’s song quickly stirs the waters deeper still. With John’s violin and pianoforte poignancies underpinning it, come the chorus, the Norwegian singer swings the emotional wrecking ball for a final time, laying its truth bare.

‘Behind The Silence’ drops today. Stream/download here:


01: Joint Operations Centre Featuring Kate Miles – Behind The Silence