Alex Wright is an occasional contributor to 1Mix Radio website, and a resident of this station with his monthly 'Trance Encounters' Radio Show.
Arcuate - Pismo [Elliptical Sun Energies]
ESE have had a strong start since launching at the end of last summer, pushing the lush, melodic side of Trance that labels like Anjunabeats were renowned for championing. This freebie from label mainstay Arcuate was released as a thankyou for them reaching 1,000 likes on their Facebook page this month, and it's nothing short of mesmerising, featuring playful vocal chops and floaty pianos, with a gorgeous pluck melody and enchanting chord progression to boot. YouTube
Ferry Tayle & Stonevalley - Battle Of The Barrels (Daniel Kandi's Classic Remix) [Always Alive Recordings]
The master is back on his own Enhanced sublabel Always Alive Recordings, this time remixing Ferry Tayle & Stonevalley's collaboration from Ferry's album 'The Wizard'. It's evident in that Daniel is the ultimate perfectionist within the uplifting subgenre, layering meticulous rhythmic basslines together on top of clean, punchy drums and smooth pads, along with a huge anthemic lead line that carries the climax into soaring euphoria. YouTube
Jackob Rocksonn - Dark Forest [Mondo Records]
I just had to include this Polish powerhouse in here again for this month's reviews, he's been on fire as of late churning out production after production. His sound has developed drastically over the latter half of last year and the level of detail in his sound design has become nothing short of staggering. This latest track from him demonstrates his constantly evolving ability to create well-rounded dark progressive trance that is full of tension and atmosphere. YouTube
Johchen Miller - Lost Connection (Andres Sanchez Remix) [Free Download]
This excellent remix came to me as a matter of chance from adding Andres Sanchez on Facebook last week. This was sent as part of his hello message and instantly intrigued me to check it out as I am a huge fan of the melody in the original mix of this track. As expected, Andres Sanchez has lifted it into 140bpm melodic Trance heaven, with a huge buildup and massively rewarding payoff! SoundCloud
Mohammed Khalila - Sakhnin [Always Alive Recordings]
Another Always Alive release from this month, 17 year old Mohammed Khalila from Israel makes his label debut with this lovely uplifter. Bright, clean production makes this track groove nicely into the break section where warm pads come to the forefront along with the catchy vocal chop line and supporting piano part. The main part of the pudding however is the beautiful lead melody, which is unique and memorable, building up to the powerful main section which is pure hands in the air, peak time material. SoundCloud
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