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Trance Thursdays #01

Thursday, July 03, 2014

This is a new editorial dedicated to my passionate romance with Trance music. Trance is the genre that thrust me into this whole scene, and it's the reason I've stayed. My first experience with Trance started back in May of 2011, when I attended a four-hour Armin set at the now-deceased Roseland Ballroom in New York City. His set left me craving for more, and three years later I'm still bedazzled by the emotions it brings out in me. There really is no other genre in the world that makes you feel like this, and what's more, those very feelings are utterly pointless to try and put your finger on. This is the first of many editorial spiels you'll read from me about the genre, its producers, and the scene in general, so get used to it. I love this music, I'm a huge supporter of it, and as a consumer of it I feel the need to defend its honor as it is sometimes attacked, increasingly from the inside, I might add. Depending upon the week, the editorial may focus on one or two tracks, or could instead come in the form of a slew of ten or fifteen tracks I felt needed to be shared immediately. So without further adieu, I present OTB's newest editorial, Trance Thursdays!

W&W - System Overload

I find it only fitting to continue with my remarks about the changing scene and its so-called self-destruction with a track from W&W. Before W&W were innovating, abetting, and profiting from the peasant consumer's definition of "Big Room House," they were making some of the best goddamn Trance productions you could ever imagine. Heralded as Armin's proteges and generously brought in to the ASOT scene, the Dutch duo has wasted no time in producing a stellar album, titled 'Impact,' as well as numerous single releases played by various Trance DJs in their sets. One of the most melodic and thought-provoking of those is 'System Overload,' and I hope that you find a similar sense of connection to the track that I did.

Gigi D'Agostino - L'Amour Toujours

One of the first electronic dance music songs I heard when I was back in highschool (thus likely at the time dubbing it "techno). I suppose it's up to you to decide whether it can be categorized as Trance or not, but I've always enjoyed bumping this. Check out the other (original, I believe) version as well gotta love those haunting vocals. PS-Don't say I didn't warn you: the video's super weird. Throwback to 2001!

Daniel Kandi & Jack Rowan - Arigatou

My favorite kind of banging Electro-Trance, released on the Enhanced Recordings imprint (famous for similar releases from artists like Estiva, Beat Service, Tritonal)

Kiely Rich - Mach 7

Kiely Rich is a US producer I only recently got acquainted with, but he's certainly got some talent. Definitely spend some time looking through his Soundcloud, there are some definite gems in there (although I'll admit I wouldn't quite classify his general sound as Trance per se.)

DJ Shah ft. Adrina Thorpe - Who Will Find Me

Lastly, I'd like to share with you a track I only recently discovered, but it's entirely possible you're quite familiar with it as it's a bit older and is simply mesmerizing. Again, there are two versions, and I enjoy each for their own compositions. And yes, it's Trance: you have to listen to the entire nine or so minutes of each song or you won't get it.