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Alex Wright Top 5 Trance Encounters April 2016 Print E-mail
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Alex Wright Top 5 Trance Encounters April 2016

Guest Reviewer Alex Wright ahead of his monthly radio show Trance Encounters that is streamed every first Friday of the month on 1mix Radio presents his top 5 anthems for April 2016. He describes in his own words why these tracks have attracted his attention as professionally educated music producer and most importantly trance fan. Enjoy reading them and put in your dairy to listen his radio show.

Ciaran McAuley - Isla [Digital Society Recordings] This guy's been on fire as of late pushing his own trademark sound that feels organic and natural in the way that it's produced. Full of warmth and satisfying melodies, his latest track 'Isla' was recently supported on A State Of Trance radio show and came second in the Future Favourite poll (one place in front of my own track 'Galactica'). His style has everything that a proper uplifting record should have, without trying to emulate the boshiness of the new generation of uplifting with maximized energy but rather focusing on the soul of the music with beautiful chord progressions and angelic female vocal refrains. This is music for blissed out summer weather which shouldn't be too far round the corner! (Hopefully.)

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Daniel Kandi & Zack Mia - Sector 7 [Always Alive Recordings] Coming back to the front line of his own label, Mr. Daniel Kandi has delivered another spotless production alongside the great up and coming talent Zack Mia. A nice tough groove gets things started with a classic rolling bassline to boot, and nice atmospherics swirl around in the backstage with spacious supersaws lining the sonic spectrum with anticipation of what is to come in the break. Subtle soft arps and vocal pads build up the excitement before the huge pads open and give way to a very catchy main hook line. This one shines bright as an outstanding uplifter and is bound to set a huge smile upon anybody's face, particularly on a buzzing dancefloor!

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Gautum Khaw - Moonglade (Sam Laxton's Moonshine Remix) [Beyond Belief Recordings] Another newcomer to the scene is Sam Laxton from Newcastle, previously known for making tight and impressive Dubstep and Electro House but has recently turned his hand to the sound of pure uplifting trance. After releasing a massive track called 'The Rise' on Solarstone's Pure Trance label, he has been selected for remix duties on Amos & Riot Night's very own Beyond Belief Recordings. Boasting clean drums and tight basslines in the intro, he raises the energy with a soft and subtle pluck melody and smooth pads before winding things down into a light piano melody line during the break. A great main melody shows that this guy has a great musical ear and stylistically it sits just between the area of energetic and beautiful trance which is what I love the most.

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Plutian - Ashgray [Elliptical Sun Energies] South Korean producer Plutian has been making some excellent tracks as of late and this is another one of them. Currently sitting at number 40 in Beatport's Top 100 Releases chart, 'Ashgray' features floaty underwater melodies and gorgeous airy pads which are complimented by grand string layers and a simple yet effective main pluck. Driving the track along is a crunchy saw bassline which sits nicely in the mix with the punchy groove making this an all-round winner for any uplifting trance fan.

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The Ashk One - Paradise (Derek Palmer Remix) [Levitated / Silent Shore recordings] Also receiving a surprise ASOT airplay this month was my good friend Derek Palmer, who has turned in an expertly produced remix of a lower BPM progressive trance track released on Manuel Rocca's Silent Shore Records sublabel Levitated Music. A tight groove carries this one along with dreamy melodies and breathy vocals, while floaty pads begin to surface their way into the foreground beside soft piano touches. The breakdown in this one is truly to die for, literally taking you to paradise. Pure goosebumps all over from the atmosphere created with the textures that Derek has so maticulously crafted together, making the climax a proper hands-in-the-air, jump-up-and-down-job. Melodic, uplifting trance served just the way I like it.

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Latest News About Alex Wright Alex Wright - Galactica (Original Mix) out on Levitated Music Early support from Armin van Buuren on #ASOT757 We are pleased to welcome the amazing English producer Alex Wright, who brings us his fresh air tune called ‘Galactica‘, a superb uplifter with chunky bassline, sparkling plucks and delightful leads, all wrapped in a warm atmosphere. This track will take you on a journey through an infinite galaxy! Buy at beatport click here

Don't miss Alex's Wright Trance Encounters on 1mix radio every 1st Friday of the month from 20.00-21.00 for the very best in trance and progressive.

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