Looks like Perfecto Fluoro has snatched up yet another artist from Discover’s and Borderline’s rosters, this time Finnish tech-trance producer Peetu Saino. With this EP, Peetu S delivers two uptempo trance tracks with a distinctly Goan twist.
In a similar vein as Angry Man‘s productions,”Mirage” is a full on tech beast. Think dark melodies, an aggressive bass line, and plenty of Goa acid. It’s a bit reminiscent of an old Hemstock & Jennings production, which is a very good thing!
The B-side, “Lost In A Better World”, picks up where the A-side left off. This time, though, he’s added a touch of India to the breakdown with a sitar and Hindustani vocal sample, really making the track stand out. The much better of the two for us, it definitely is one of the highlights of the year thus far.
This release is a fantastic debut for Peetu S on Perfecto, and we sure hope to hear more of his sound soon!
Following its relaunch last month, Activa’s label Borderline presents its next offering in the form of, hey, a free release!
While Activa’s sound has been moving down a subdued, slightly psy route, his Solar Movement guise is still around for the more hard-hitting trance. South African producer Andre Frauenstein, better known as Lostly, makes his second appearance on Borderline with a powerful remix for “Echowave”.
As much as I like the original mix, I feel like the remix is the slicker of the two. Somehow Lostly has managed to make a more subtle version while still keeping the power of the original intact. The melody shines whilst partnered with Lostly’s signature kick for which he’s known.
No need to wait and see, as both versions are available for free on Activa’s and Lostly’s SoundClouds! Check the links below.
Last week, Solarstone released the deluxe edition of his 2012 masterpiece album, Pure, on iTunes, complete with extended and instrumental versions of many tracks and previously unreleased remixes. Well, if you’re like me and have been collecting the singles over the past 2 years, you only need the new stuff, and this EP is for you. And damn, what an EP. It spans a number of genres and styles, and with 4 of the 5 tracks exceeding 9 minutes, each track really sucks you in.
First up is the extended mix of “Voyager”. In my opinion this was the best track from Pure, and I’m not sure why it took Solarstone so long to release it, but I’m glad he did. It’s the perfect representation of trance music. Complete with a proper intro and outro, this track incorporates a nerdy, scientific spoken sample; a subtle, soothing melody; a rich, driving bassline; and some diva-like vocal riffing into a hypnotic, 10-minute journey. The kind of meticulous attention to detail found in this track is hard to come by in music, so Solarstone, my hat’s off to you. The included Peter Hulsmans remix retains many elements of the original but slows it down just a hair and swaps out the drums for some chunkier ones. It might be up your alley, but the original steals the show in my opinion.
“Shake the Demons” comes in 2 flavors on this EP. The Healium remix is the progressive / slightly techy house version that plays up the acid line but sticks to the overall sound of the original. The Namatjira remix on the other hand… wow! Namatjira aka Joost van der Vleuten (who us tranceheads might remember from his 2009 remix of Boom Jinx & Oliver Smith’s “Sunrise”) created a deep house version of “Shake the Demons” that’s simply gorgeous. Granted, I’m not much of a deep house connoisseur, but it sounds great to me. Check it out.
Last up is the Suncatcher remix of “Fireisland”. The original was another standout track from Pure and, in my opinion, an instant classic. Suncatcher’s taken the melancholy original and morphed it into something more euphoric. Aly & Fila tried to do the same with their uplifting mix 2 years ago, but it was a bit overkill. This Suncatcher remix, however, strikes a good balance.
TL;DR: The extended mix of “Voyager” and the Namatjira remix of “Shake the Demons” are must-haves. The Suncatcher remix of “Fireisland” is quite nice as well. Check out the others and see if they catch your ear.
We’ve featured many of the fantastic releases on Activa and Simon Bostock’s label Borderline on this site, but there’s been some radio silence from them recently. Well, they took a short break to reinvent themselves, so to speak, and to kick off the label’s 2014 relaunch is a hot new collaboration between Seattle-based Michael Lee, better known as Magnus, and New York-based Thomas Datt (who you might have heard us talk about before ).
Considering it was announced almost a year ago, we’ve been waiting for “Binary Complex” for quite a while, and it certainly lives up to expectations! As to be expected with all Datt productions, the melody and bass line really stand out here, and when you mix that with Magnus’s pads and breakdown, the result is an absolute gem. We’re eagerly waiting to hear in a club as soon as possible.
A fantastic start to the new Borderline. With tunes coming next from Sonic Element and John Dopping, it should be full steam ahead from here on out!
Check out the sample below. You can pick up “Binary Complex” on Beatport now.
There’s a certain warm and fuzzy feeling you get when something that you thought was tucked away in the past makes a comeback – and not just for a one-time thing, but for good. Scott Bond‘s launched a new record label in 2014, REBOOTED, which brings hope of the return of that classic Gatecrasher sound. To kick things off, we get the return of one of the most iconic voices in trance – Jan Johnston. Yes, she’s been around for the last few years, but this is her first high-profile release in a while.
“Love Like This (Beautiful Needs)” (apparently they were two separate songs that got combined into one) comes in five flavors. The original is a slower, bouncier track, but it’s the four remixes where this release shines. Each one’s used the same main melody riff from the original, so I suppose it’s just a matter of which of the other elements you like best. The Allen & Envy remix has received some attention recently with two plays on Armin’s radio show, but for us it’s the Thomas Datt remix that steals the spotlight. He’s just nailed the old-meets-new sound perfectly with his iteration of the track. If you’ve been craving something with the same power and quality as “Flesh”, this is where to get your fix.
REBOOTED will definitely be a label to watch in 2014, and you can be certain that we’ll be covering its releases on this site. What a way to kick off the new year! You can pick up “Love Like This” now on Beatport or iTunes.
After making a few remixes for the label, psy-trance heavyweight Liquid Soul has his first solo release on Perfecto Fluoro. On this release are two Liquid Soul originals, “Have You Ever” and “Nirvana”, the latter with an Activa remix. Let’s talk about two of these three.
Where this release absolutely shines is Activa’s remix of the B-side, “Nirvana”. After taking a break from production for a while, this is remix marks Activa’s return to the scene. If this is where he plans on taking his sound, then wow, what a welcomed change! This remix is the perfect blend of psy with hypnotic, melodic trance. It captures the magic found in older trance tracks but without the deliberate, in-your-face classic sound heard in tracks like Rank 1 & M.I.K.E.’s “Elements of Nature”. This is not big and anthemic – this is for closing your eyes and getting lost.
The A-side, “Have You Ever”, is certainly different than what you usually expect from Liquid Soul on his home label, Iboga. Punchy, stabby, and monotone – something straight out of a warehouse rave. It’s almost like a psy version of Ørjan Nilsen’s “The Mule”. Honestly, it’s the vocal sample from Basic Instinct (“Have you ever fucked on cocaine?”) that makes this track downright filthy and great in the middle of a set. It’s certainly more of a novelty track, though.
The EP is out now on Beatport, so bounce on over there now to pick it up.