Angry Man & Future Disciple – The Smuggler EP

The Smuggler from Bombay : LunaticThe highly anticipated EP from Perfecto Fluoro regulars Angry Man and Future Disciple is finally upon us. The combination of these two producers’ amazing talents results in something that’s greater than the sum of its parts. 1 + 1 = 3, if you will.

The original mix of “The Smuggler from Bombay” has been on our most wanted list since a sample was posted on Facebook a few months back. Between Angry man’s acid lines and Future Disciple’s techy drums, this track is a genuinely Goan. The breakdown is where the track shines: a euphoric melody is what makes the track stand out from the more template “tech-trance” tunes that are a dime a dozen these days. Harmonic Rush, the go-to producer of the moment, turns in a remix that somehow improves on the fantastic original. A more psy-like variation is the order of the day here with the product being exactly what is needed in the package. The way he uses the melody fits perfectly with his signature sound, making this almost the perfect track for the Fluoro faithful!

Angry Man is on his own for the second track of the release, “Lunatic”. Ever since label boss Paul Oakenfold played it last year, the anticipation for it has been sky high. It’s already received support from many big names in the trance scene. The Before Sunrise mix is the less aggressive, melodic version. We love how the melody is allowed to take precedence during the breakdown instead of the more standard fare remixes the producer has made recently. The darker After Dawn variation has had the better support from DJs thus far and it’s not hard to tell why. The bass line is harder and thr breakdown is more subdued.

Overall one of the most complete packages released from Perfecto Fluoro in a while. Make sure to check out all four tracks, available now on Beatport.

Armin van Buuren – Ping Pong (Original + Simon Patterson Mixes)

By now most people have heard the story behind this track, so we won’t belabor the point too much. The point is that, in the process of not trying to hard, Armin made something that’s damn good and damn fresh. And then Simon Patterson took the already bizarre original and corrupted it even further. It’s not trance, and it’s not mainstream EDM either. This entire release just has warehouse rave written all over it. Good luck trying to either of these mixes without reaching for the volume knob to crank it up.

Ping Pong (ARMD1173)Starting with the original mix, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Yes, the ping pong synth sounds like “Animals” by Martin Garrix, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. The track basically has 2 halves. The first one starts with that ping pong gimmick, and slowly and slowly the drum loops come in. By the time the track’s halfway done, Armin is slamming it all-out with tech trance drums. Following a complete silence, a massive acid melody comes in, and once again the drums slowly come back in. By the end the acid melody and the ping pong synth have converged into one. When you think about it, the track’s structure is actually pretty cool.

Note: You gotta pitch this up to 136, which is how Armin’s been playing it out for the last couple months. Not sure why it was slowed down to 130 for the release… sigh.

Ping Pong (Simon Patterson Remix)Now the Simon Patterson mix. While the original’s appeal is mostly novelty, this remix means real business: it’s “Ping Pong” on overdrive. It’s essentially the follow-up to last year’s remix of Neelix’s “Leave Me Alone”, but it’s certainly not a rehash. His mix includes sounds from psy-trance, breaks, and even a dash of Goa in that first breakdown. While Patterson’s only retained a few elements from the original, he’s kept that warehouse rave feel and pushed it even further. This one will certainly be causing some seizures on dance floors this year. Also, we’re pleasantly surprised that Armada would sign something that’s so psy-heavy. Recommended tempo on this one is 138-140.

You can pick up both the original and Simon Patterson mixes now on Beatport. Today’s the last day to use the MXMGMARCH promo code to get 15% off, so act quick!

Max Graham – The Evil ID (Mark Sherry Remix)

The Evil ID (Mark Sherry Remix) (RBR050)March, how I love thee. Such a flurry of great new tunes coming out this month… it’s almost too much to handle.

This track has been hammered out across the ASOT650 events this month (especially in Utrecht where Armin van Buuren, Bryan Kearney, and Jordan Suckley all played it in the same day) and in every radioshow / podcast as of late. Finally, we can get our gritty little hands on it.

Max Graham’s “The Evil ID” was the most villainous track of last year, and for 2014, Mark Sherry’s resurrected that eerie melody to create a tech trance beast. Besides the breakdown, the melody is sliced and diced up in various little bits and littered throughout the track, and it really works for something as dark as this. The drum work in this track is flawless, as to be expected from Mr. Sherry.

As soon as you buy this, though, do yourself a favor and speed it up to 136-138 BPM where it belongs.

Pick it up now on Beatport! The code MXMGMARCH is still in effect and will save you 15% off at checkout.

John Dopping – Words in Colour / Basically

The first taste of John DoppingWords in Colour / Basically‘s upcoming album Words In Colour is this brilliant EP, out now on Activa’s label, Borderline. Dopping really is one of the most underrated producers in the game.

First heard in Simon Patterson’s Full On Fluoro: Volume 01, “Basically” is the standout track here. As per usual with any Dopping release, the production quality is second to none. At just over nine and a half minutes, the track is a quite the journey. The powerful buildup and use of vocal chops is definitely something you would expect from a track on Borderline. The melody of the track is very melancholy, especially during the climax, but don’t take that to mean the track lacks power. Quite the opposite!

“Words In Colour” is a more progressive affair with an even stronger bass line.  Very similar to his previous release “Armageddon”, it’s a no-nonsense production with a brilliantly done breakdown.  Dopping’s signature riff is in full force with a bit of a psy-trance flair. If you like full melodic trance, then this will be the pick of the EP for you.

Dopping really puts his name in the spotlight with this great EP, setting the stage for what will presumably be an amazing album! Borderline has done an outstanding job picking up and nurturing this guy’s talents.

You can grab the “Words in Colour” / “Basically” EP now on Beatport.

Gareth Emery feat. Bo Bruce – U (Bryan Kearney Remix)

ImageLike clockwork, every March and April sees the release of a slew of vocal anthems, each vying for the precious spot as the track that everyone will be humming throughout the upcoming festival season. Gareth Emery’s label Garuda has been a strong contender in this race for the last few years: 2012 with John O’Callaghan’s remix of “Concrete Angel” and 2013 with Craig Connelly’s “Black Hole”. This year, Garuda’s unleashing two contenders into the ring: the upcoming Aly & Fila remix of Luke Bond & Roxanne Emery’s “On Fire”, and this.

So, let’s get the obvious out of the way. “U” is a complete rehash of “Concrete Angel”. Bryan Kearney’s mix uses the same synths and track structure heard in O’Callaghan’s remix 2 years prior, and they’re even in the same key (including down to the minor-to-major shift at the breakdown). Don’t expect much originality with this release. However, that’s not the point of this track. Kearney’s remix of “U” set out to be a well-produced, extremely polished, and catchy vocal trance anthem, and quite frankly, he nails it.

Where this track this outshines its predecessor, though, is in the vocals. Christina Novelli is a good singer, yes, but the lyrics of “Concrete Angel” were just more of the same… and a bit cringeworthy at times. Gareth Emery’s “original” is actually just a remix of “Alive”, a song by Bo Bruce (for the non-Brits among us, she was the runner-up in season 1 of the UK’s version of “The Voice”). Thankfully, this means we get lyrics written by an indie pop songwriter. In “Alive” / “U”, Bruce recounts a near-death experience in a car crash and subsequent resuscitation in a hospital, not something you hear very often in dance music. It’s really well done.

It makes me chuckle to think about how thousands of clubbers and festival-goers will be singing about death at the top of their lungs this summer. Wouldn’t be the first time, though!

Kearney’s mix of “U” is available now exclusively through Beatport, and you can save 15% off by entering the code MXMGMARCH at checkout.

Peetu S – Mirage / Lost in a Better World

Peetu S - Mirage EPLooks 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!

It’s on full release now, so you can go buy it on Juno, BeatportiTunes, etc.


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