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ARMIN VAN BUUREN STRENGTHENS THE TRANCE EMPIRE WITH ‘A STATE OF TRANCE 2018’ ALBUM

Since the first A State Of Trance mix album shook the very foundations of the electronic music realm in 2004, Armin van Buuren has tasked himself with compiling an even better mix album every year to give the global Trance crowd what they deserve. In line with said progression, Armin van Buuren has once again outdone himself with ‘A State Of Trance 2018’ and delivers a mouth-watering mix album, which includes three brand-new singles from the five-time #1 DJ in the world himself.

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

Offering bite-sized slices of today’s best in Trance, ‘A State Of Trance 2018’ sees Armin van Buuren select and mix a grand total of forty-two top-drawer records, ranging from progressive-flavored cuts to uplifting monster tunes across two parts that prove even more remarkable with each listen. Comprising phenomenal offerings from scene leaders such as David Gravell, DRYM x Omnia, Fatum, KhoMha, Protoculture, Purple Haze, Super8 & Tab and of course Armin van Buuren himself, this brand-new installment of the highly acclaimed mix series once again provides fans and fans-to-be with music of such quality it’d be shameful to pass up on.

The A State Of Trance compilation series, which also includes the annual year mixes and several Ibiza-flavored installments, is rooted in Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance brand, as are the globetrotting A State Of Trance event series, the A State Of Trance 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 proven pivotal in placing Trance music on the map and this amazing mix album cements its position even further.

Tracklist

CD1 (On The Beach)

Armin van Buuren vs Shapov – The Last Dancer
Whiteout & Wilderness – Yalung
Tom Fall – Cyclone
Estiva – Bloom
Maor Levi – Nova
Three Drives – Sunset On Ibiza (BLR Remix)
Seven Lions feat. Rico & Miella – Without You My Love (Myon Definitive Mix)
Alex Sonata – Only One
Denis Kenzo, Fahjah & Kate Miles – Who I Am
Wrechiski – Fervour
The Blizzard – Tind
Alex Sonata feat. Dean Chalmers – Bridges
Purple Haze – Bergen
The Thrillseekers presents Hydra – Affinity 2018
Fatum – Violet
Super8 & Tab feat. Hero Baldwin – Burn
GNX – Empire
Joel Hirsch & HALIENE – Run To You
Protoculture – Sanctuary
Alex Kunnari – Sundown
Airbase – Vermillion

CD2 (In The Club)

Fatum – Mowgli
Kyau & Albert – The Night Sky
Simon Patterson feat. Lucy Pullin – Fall For You
David Gravell – The Future
DRYM x Omnia – Ethereal
Protoculture – Thirty Three South
Davey Asprey – Kaiju
KhoMha – Tierra
Armin van Buuren presents Rising Star feat. Fiora – Just As You Are
Allen Watts – Midnight
Assaf & Nianaro – Chapter Ten
Craig Connelly feat. Roxanne Emery – This Life
Roman Messer feat. Christina Novelli – Fireflies (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
Armin van Buuren vs Alexander Popov – Popcorn
Giuseppe Ottaviani – Till The Sunrise
DRYM – Spider
Beatsole & TH3 ONE – Maia
Sunset & Kiran M Sajeev – Just A Dream
Armin van Buuren feat. Conrad Sewell – Sex, Love & Water (DRYM Remix)
Dogzilla – Dogzilla (Alex Di Stefano Remix)
Armin van Buuren – Be In The Moment (ASOT 850 Anthem) [Ben Nicky Remix]

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Days like this….

It looks like an ordinary day….. I am just sitting at my desk doing my usual tasks, sipping a cup of tea…

But hey, wait….it’s Trance Thursday, a magical day when everything can happen…

And so it does…

I’ve just received this personal message from Armin van Buuren!!! The living legend himself, the artist who inspires me the most, took some time to say thanks for my ongoing support…..pinch me…I must be dreaming!

Armin and his fantastic Armada Music team are the reasons why this blog exists and keeps going,  I could not be more grateful for this sweet thought!!

Days like this…

 The hard work, the challenges…they all make sense!!

 

 

GIUSEPPE OTTAVIANI FEATURING THEA RILEY – ON THE WAY YOU GO

One of the numerous track-gems contained within Giuseppe’s ‘ALMA’ album trove, ‘On The Way You Go’ jumps back into focus this month. Spurred by two new interpretations from Statement! honcho Ruben de Ronde and the man himself, the track received its single-release stripes.

With a wistfully longing song at its core, ‘On The Way’s album original brought a wonderful complexion of shimmering air-spun melodies, backed by a more composed tempo. Through one of his trademark OnAir uprocks, Giuseppe passes those elements through a markedly different lens. Pace, bass and beat collectively throw their shoulders to its wheel, while ‘On The Way’s harmonies are allowed to soar higher and curve further.

Ruben de Ronde checks the tempo a touch, while deepening the drums’ resound and drawing out its drops. Adding extra dynamic effect, its acidic churn quickly translates into dancefloor burn, as Thea’s vocal is infectiously looped and chopped throughout.

 

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NEW ARMADA MUSIC SIGNEE STEREOCLIP EMERGES WITH ‘FEEL THE GAME’, THE FIRST SINGLE OF HIS FORTHCOMING SOPHOMORE ALBUM

As one of the latest stars to sign exclusively with Armada Music, Brussels’ Stereoclip sure knows how to make a big impression right off the bat. Today, the Belgian talent indulged the Amsterdam-based record label with ‘Feel The Game’, a haven of splendid grooves and above all magnificent first single from his upcoming second artist album.

 

Listen to Stereoclip – Feel The Game

 

The second Stereoclip release to hit Armada Music after ‘Don’t Try’ (feat. Tessa Dixson), ‘Feel The Game’ epitomizes a groove-laden masterpiece. Helmed by gliding synth swirls and hooking vocals, this record cements Stereoclip’s position at the pinnacle of dance music and marks a huge new addition to the electronic music realm that will serve a telling precursor of the rest of his upcoming sophomore album.

Through his own brand of deep, vocal-oriented and mysterious techno music, Stereoclip has been making waves in the dance music scene for quite a while. With the success of his 2016 album ‘Hometown’ as a crown to his hard work, the Belgian has been pulling out all the stops both in the studio and on the live front to further his career and to please the thousands of fans that have been hooked since they first learned of his masterstroke productions or peerless live performances. ‘Feel The Game’ proves that Stereoclip is gearing up for a mind-boggling homerun in album form and this song should already get fans mightily excited for the times to come.

 

Check out the official music video

 

MARKUS SCHULZ PRESENTS ‘IN BLOOM’ VOLUME ONE // ‘SAFE FROM HARM’ VIDEO ONLINE NOW

Be in no two minds, Schulz loves Spring, and following last night’s red carpet rollout for the season, Spring’s sure gotta love Schulz!

Over the course of the In Bloom Global DJ Broadcast all-vocal trance special, every voice was raised in the celebration of the inbound season. Throughout were premiere unveilings of four previously unheard studio works, alongside the freshly minted Club Mix of lead track ‘Safe From Harm’. Each, in their own right, a hail to the new season, collectively they comprised the show’s ‘In Bloom EP’ counterpart. Spring, frankly, never had it so good!

Case you missed it all unfold, here’s the recap…

March’s Emma Hewitt-sung ‘Safe From Harm’ (the official video for which is online now) planted the seed for ‘In Bloom’ square. ‘Safe’ rolled a second six on the special with its deep ‘n’ boomy Club Mix transportation. You always suspected it was lurking behind the original’s daytime radio version, and pow – there it was.

With barely pause for breath, Markus brought on a second producer/singer debut, which put him on a first-time team-up with another internationally celebrated songstress. Backed by some major league trance elevation, singing/songwriting doyen JES was ‘Calling For Love’. The Global DJ Broadcast forum lit up.

The dusky-tones of Adina Butar were up next up with a breath-stealing performance backed by none other than Andy Moor. (Now who saw that coming?!!) With opaque lyrics and a captivating delivery, Adina welled an emotional storm for ‘Wild Dream’, while Andy helmed its prog-trance production line… right up to his let-rip drop.

Lest you were thinking that the EP was a legends-only club, next up newer names received their ‘In Bloom’ call-up. Behind the scenes, Coldharbour master sergeant Dave Neven had been hard at work with Romanian vocalist Ellie White. On ‘Try For Me’, her beautifully figurative verse opened up onto the track’s anthemic end-of-the-night chorus. The online crowd roared.

That left Anske to closeout this epic round of premiering… and how. Alongside the crystalline delivery of singer Victoriya, the man from Vilnius went the extra mile in ensuring that Spring got sprung. Tracking the arc of its beautiful fluttering note patterns to perfection, ‘Love Won’t End’s ebbing, flowing synths developed into a sky-kiss of a trancer.

 

With all of this finery on board, the Markus Schulz Presents In Bloom Volume One bursts forth today. You can stream/purchase through all respectable outlets though this link: https://coldharbour.choons.at/inbloom

 

 

 

DON’T MISS! Amplifying the audio with the visual, the official video fro Markus & Emma’s ‘Safe From Harm’ it online now. You can take it to the beach here: https://bit.ly/2EZssKQ


Markus Schulz Presents In Bloom Volume One Tracklist:

01. Markus Schulz & Emma Hewitt – Safe From Harm (Club Mix)
02. Markus Schulz & JES – Calling For Love
03. Andy Moor & Adina Butar – Wild Dream
04. Dave Neven & Ellie White – Try For Me
05. Anske & Victoriya – Love Won’t End
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RAVITEZ HITS WALL RECORDINGS WITH SUMMER-TINGED CROSSBREED SINGLE ‘I’M NOT THE ONE’

With a bevy of highly acclaimed singles already under his belt, Wall Recordings regular Ravitez has returned to the label of dance music star Afrojack for another sublime offering. Right when the first rays of sun have started to drive the last of the winter cold away, the summer vibes of ‘I’m Not The One’ emerge to set the tone for the months to come.

 

Listen to Ravitez – I’m Not The One

 

With angelic vocals and enticing chords taking charge, Ravitez’s ‘I’m Not The One’ delves into delightfully colorful atmospheres and magnetic rhythms to draw listeners in. Juggling the distinct flavors of Pop and House, this perfect, synergetic mash of sounds rises to wow people time and time again.

Since catching the dance music bug at a young age, 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 recently 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. And if there were somehow still doubters then, ‘I’m Not The One’ will have proven them wrong today.

MARKUS SCHULZ PRESENTS IN BLOOM EP

Markus Schulz loves Spring! Over the course of the In Bloom Global DJ Broadcast all-vocal trance special, every voice was raised in the celebration of the inbound season. Throughout were premiere unveilings of four previously unheard studio works, alongside the freshly minted Club Mix of lead track ‘Safe From Harm’. Each, in their own right, a hail to the new season, collectively they comprised the show’s ‘In Bloom EP’ counterpart.

March’s Emma Hewitt-sung ‘Safe From Harm’ planted the seed for ‘In Bloom’ square. ‘Safe’ rolled a second six on the special with its deep ‘n’ boomy Club Mix transportation. You always suspected it was lurking behind the original’s daytime radio version, and pow – there it was.

With barely pause for breath, Markus brought on a second producer/singer debut, which put him on a first-time team-up with another internationally celebrated songstress. Backed by some major league trance elevation, singing/songwriting doyen JES was ‘Calling For Love’. The Global DJ Broadcast forum lit up.

The dusky-tones of Adina Butar were up next up with a breath-stealing performance backed by none other than Andy Moor. (Now who saw that coming?!!) With opaque lyrics and a captivating delivery, Adina welled an emotional storm for ‘Wild Dream’, while Andy helmed its prog-trance production line… right up to his let-rip drop.

Lest you were thinking that the EP was a legends-only club, next up newer names received their ‘In Bloom’ call-up. Behind the scenes, Coldharbour master sergeant Dave Neven had been hard at work with Romanian vocalist Ellie White. On ‘Try For Me’, her beautifully figurative verse opened up onto the track’s anthemic end-of-the-night chorus. The online crowd roared.

That left Anske to closeout this epic round of premiering… and how. Alongside the crystalline delivery of singer Victoriya, the man from Vilnius went the extra mile in ensuring that Spring got sprung. Tracking the arc of its beautiful fluttering note patterns to perfection, ‘Love Won’t End’s ebbing, flowing synths developed into a sky-kiss of a trancer.

With all of this finery on board, the Markus Schulz Presents In Bloom Volume One bursts forth today.

 

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ALPHA 9 – All We Need

 

Waiting for a well deserved chilling time today? Has your week been stormed by tons of meetings? Is school stressing you out?

Well, just sit and relax now, we got something perfect for you!

Alpha9 comes to the rescue with ‘All We Need’  where the beautiful plucked chords combined with heavenly, atmospheric sounds will carry you away into another universe.

Gurgling from your sound system at just the right pace, ALPHA 9’s new outing proves the sonic equivalent of a slight breeze on a hot summer day. Gentle and emotive at its core with a bit of punch mixed in for good measure, this song marks another signature ALPHA 9 record ready to enchant listeners time and time again.

Listen to ‘All We Need’ here

KHOMHA COMPLETES FOUR-STAR ‘ELEMENTOS EP’ WITH ‘TIERRA’

 After the huge support of Armin van Buuren during his set at Ultra, this gem is seeing the light!!

On the back of the three previous juggernauts of his ‘Elementos EP’, Colombian power Trance king KhoMha has emerged with the final part of the speaker-busting offering. Harboring the forces of nature as well as its peerlessly destructive power, ‘Tierra’ has been a crowd favorite since its premiere at A
State Of Trance 850 Utrecht and will have Trance fans bow before its might sooner rather than later as the masses at Ultra Music Festival in Miami have already done.

Listen to KhoMha – Tierra

Like an earth-cracking tremor of a KhoMha magnitude, ‘Tierra’ is a deeply rooted anthem any dance music lover
can rely on. Marks a patch of solid ground many a Trance fan can call home, this record rises as a devastating
festival highlight and one of the remarkably tempestuous trump cards of Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State Of Trance
2018’ mix album in one.

Since joining the Armada Music roster in mid-2016, KhoMha has seen his high-powered productions wreck stages
across the world, from Tomorrowland and Ultra to Global Gathering, A State Of Trance and back. With none other
than Armin van Buuren as his number-one supporter and smorgasbord of thumping releases still to come,
KhoMha is rightfully regarded as one of the heirs to the Trance empire.