Jordan Suckley has been making quite a name for himself recently. I first heard about him when he remixed Gareth Emery’s “Global” a few years ago, but recently he’s joined the likes of Simon Patterson in waving the classic trance flag with influences of psy and tech. He just finished up his residency on BBC Radio 1′s In New DJs We Trust, but fortunately you can still catch him on Afterhours.fm every first and third Wednesday of the month. His sound really hits the spot; honestly, he’s one of my favorite DJs right now.
When I first heard “Santa Cruz” on BBC a few months ago, I thought, “yeah this is definitely a reworked classic or something,” but I was pleasantly surprised when he announced it as his new solo release on Liquid Recordings. It’s a perfect blend of all the sounds he’s into right now: some tech, some breakbeat, and plenty of oldschool trance melodies, and they all fit together to form one great, coherent track. I especially love how he kicks the track off with a 30-second breakbeat intro, like a little hat tip to all of us listening to the track at home in its entirety and not mixed in a club. I do wish, though, that the melody didn’t disappear only 30 seconds after the main drop. I keep wanting to hear it for longer.
This track deserves a spot in your library, so go grab it now on Beatport. Jordan Suckley definitely needs to be on your map if he’s not already. It’s so refreshing to hear the younger guys in the scene move the trance sound forward in a healthy direction.