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Ferry Corsten – Once Upon A Night Vol. 4

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Daniel Taibleson
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Released through Premier Recordings, November 28th 2013 Pre-order via iTunes here: http://bit.ly/1amZPjA

‘Once Upon A Night’s pages have been reopened and Ferry’s again ready to let the music tell the story. Tonally the fourth O.U.A.N. odyssey departs on calm waters with a brace of tranquillity from London-based producer Ad Brown. With the vocalized shine of ‘More’ and ‘Thrive’ prefacing the mix, through fresh studio names Ferry crafts new threads into ‘Night’s narrative.

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Drawing on audio from far and wide, Analogue Sound Department’s Daft Punk-ish ‘Rhodestep’, Timur Shafiev’s electronica-edged ‘Mainstream’ and the progressive harmonics of Amir Afargan’s ‘Dawn of Paradise’ light the mix’s path. Ducking its head into the big rooms for a moment, the midpoint finds Ferry debuting a track under a new pen name. Composed alongside fellow Hollander Joeri Lodders, the chip-tone channellings of LoCo’s ‘Out In The Field’ again subtly tweak O.U.A.N.’s character. Further in, ‘Is This Love’ from Zachary Zamarripa and Disco Freaks vs. Dayton Elliss ‘Take Me 2 The Sun’ inflect a grooving up-swell of house, before ‘Once Upon’ veteran REZarin signs the chapter off with ‘Signature’s flourish of pulse-racing anthemcs. On bringing the fourth phase of O.U.A.N. to fans, Ferry said:
With the diversity of dance music in general being bigger than ever before, my playground is endless. And with the sound of this compilation I hope you can hear that nothing is impossible.

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With its pace & tempo dialled in, Ferry doesn’t ease off the gas but for a second. The second disc’s prologue comes in striking, bombastic fashion, courtesy of Slovenia’s Beltek. His summer 2013 ‘Inhale’ release conspires to bring some whipping, festival-rousing techno stomp to ‘Once Upon A Night’s plot. Fleshing out that tech-ish lean comes Chris Schweizer’s steel-tough remix treatment of Giuseppe Ottaviani’s ‘Gave Me’ and Beat Service’s dazzling re-spray of Bobina’s ‘For Who I Am’.

In their December issue Album of the Month review, MIXMAG says: “In a relatively lean end-of-year album landscape, ‘Once Upon A Night Vol. 4’ stands head, shoulders (and the rest) out from the crowd – 9/10”

With skilled assurance Corsten proceeds to drive the mix onto trancier ground. Alongside his and Giuseppe Ottaviani’s floor-packin g ‘Magenta’ come the renegade, pitch-bent synths of Markus Schulz’s current club-rocket ‘Remember This’ and David Forbes’ fiery ‘Exist’. Providing ‘Once Upon A Night 4’s climactic twist-in-the-tale, Andy Duguid’s shimmering ‘Tiago’, Witness45’s synth-suffused ‘Thank You’ and the heady captivation of Venaccio’s ‘Foxy’ deliver its melodic-through-euphoric bookend. With the album’s sonic fable travelling the listener to the farthest reaches of its author’s musical mind, ‘One Upon A Night’s latest edition serves Ferry’s series a new level high. ‘Vol.4’ is yours to own from November 28th.

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01. Ad Brown with Tess – More 02. Ad Brown with Stan Kolev – Thrive 03. Analogue Sound Department - Rhodestep (Original Mix) 04. Timur Shafiev - Mainstream 05. Amir Afargan - Dawn of Paradise 06. Art Shumiloff & Jenia - Roxanne (Your Shape) (Original Mix) 07. LoCo - Out In The Field 08. Kukuzenko - Dangerbox (Original Mix) 09. Ad Brown with Shawn Mitiska - Pulse (Extended Mix) 10. Zachary Zamarripa - Is This Love 11. Disco Freaks vs Dayton Eliss - Take Me 2 The Sun (Dayton Eliss Remix) 12. Timur Shafiev - Glory (Edu Remix) 13. Patrick Hagenaar featuring Sarah McLeod - Magik (Kris O'Neil Remix) 14. REZarin - Signature (Original Mix)Disc 2: 01. Beltek – Inhale (Original Mix) 02. Giuseppe Ottaviani featuring Seri – Gave Me (Chris Schweizer Remix) 03. Bobina & Ana Criado – For Who I Am (Beat Service Remix) 04. Rafaël Frost – Masada (Original Mix) 05. Andy Duguid featuring Jaren – 7even (Mark Sixma Remix) 06. David Forbes – Exist 07. Giuseppe Ottaviani & Ferry Corsten – Magenta (Extended Mix) 08. Markus Schulz – Remember This (Original Mix) 09. Metric – Artificial Nocturne (Jacob van Hage Remix) 10. Francesco Rossi – Paper Aeroplane (Tom Staar Remix) 11. Andy Duguid – Tiago 12. Witness45 – Thank You (Original Mix) 13. Venaccio – Foxy