Guest Reviewer Alex Wright ahead of his monthly radio show Trance Encounters on 1mix Radio every first Friday of the month presents his top 5 anthems for this month and explains in his own words why these particular tracks make him happy and what elements through his own experience as producer appreciates more.
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Sean Tyas - Ambush (Original Mix) [Black Hole Recordings]
Released on his Degeneration Volume Two EP last December, this thumping Tech-Trance crossover has been re-released on Sean's debut album this month along with 13 other fantastic tracks that feature influences ranging from intense psy-trance, powerful melodic uplifting, tearout Drum & Bass, liquid, downtempo, and breaks to say the least. This track stands out as one of my favourites, as it proves that Sean Tyas' musical influences range from far places that all add up to make Trance great. Not much melodic content in this one, as it's a pure heads down fillertrack which could fit well into any Trance set in the higher BPM ranges. I would personally love to hear more tracks in this vain being created and played in Trance sets, as it adds for great diversity amongst more melodic tunes.
Pedersen & Farid - Going Back (Area51 Remix) [Elliptical Sun Energies]
With support from the likes of Aly & Fila, Armin van Buuren, Dan Stone, Daniel Kandi, and Manuel Le Saux, this remix release of the label's first catalog entry did an exceptionally good job at showing how a great melody can be transformed into equally special pieces of art by two quality producers. My personal favourite out of Mhammed El Alami's more soaring, uplifting take and Area51's tech-tinged version has to be the latter, as it provides a great "hands in the air" breakdown moment before flipping back in to rolling Tech grooves and teasing the brilliant melody back in. Played by Dan Stone at The Gallery last month, this remix just pips it to the post, however I have to also recommend the equally brilliant Mhammed El Alami remix as well.
Cold Rush & Mhammed El Alami - Aviana (Original Mix) [Always Alive Recordings]
In case you haven't heard of these two amazing talented artists before, I suggest you check both of their respective back catalogues, particularly their recent works. Both have an excellent winning formula for quality, powerful melodic trance and here they put their heads together to make 'Aviana', released on Daniel Kandi's Always Alive Recordings. Driving, straight forward grooves carry this monster along with rhythmic rolling basslines and an infectious main melody which sends the climax into pure, soaring euphoria.
Lewis Duggleby & Mark Landragin - Rotation (Amir Hussain Remix) [Digital Society Recordings]
Another excellent offering from Amir, this time in the form of a remix for Trance Sanctuary promoters Lewis Duggleby and Mark Landragin. Amir's sound has been a big inspiration to me as of late, with his excellent layering and EQ placement to create a beefy, driving and anthemic sound that has proven to work great on the dancefloor. Completely changing the key from the original and providing plenty of tension and a rewarding main section, this interpretation of the excellent original shows how Amir can effortlessly remix a track to make it his own.
Allen & Envy And Allen Watts - Vega (UDM Remix) [Together Recordings]
Released in its original form at the beginning of this year and picking up support from the likes of Armin van Buuren and countless others, the Leicester duo Allen & Envy's own 'Together Recordings' delivers this remix release which adds further diversity to the excellent melody in the original. Dmitriy Uskov aka UDM's remix is my favourite out of the package, with thumping drive and huge lead sounds making it perfect for any peak time set.