The very talented UK based dj and producer Alex Wright, who has releases on top labels like Always Alive, Levitate, Sundance, Veritas recordings and Elliptical Sun Energies with support from the biggest trance djs in the world including Armin van Buuren, every month selects and reviews his Top 5 tracks of each month ahead of his radio show Trance Encounters that is streamed on 1mix radio every 1st Friday of every month with great success and big growing following. Exclusively for 1mix radio Alex Wright offers his top 5 trance encounters for June 2016. Enjoy reading what he has to comment on each release with his knowledge as a producer and DJ and don't miss his radio show.
Daniel Kandi & Markus Wilkinson - Open Road out on Always Alive recordings
Taking us back to what he does best is Daniel Kandi collaborating with Markus Wilkinson for 'Open Road'. Really digging the rhythmic saw bassline that's layered on top of rolling subs and mid phaser arp basses, the characteristic acid sound from 'Make Me Believe' is also present here to add to the excellent soundscape. As the melodies begin to flutter their way in, an atmosphere reminiscent of Anjunabeats' characteristic 2007 uplifting sound is formed, the break boasts amazing uplifting chords with a huge open air to them.The melody is an energizing one which immediately makes you grin from ear to ear with both arms streched upwards towards the sky, Kandi is sure to play this one at Luminosity Beach Festival which should be one of many great highlights from the upcoming weekend!
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Jackob Rocksonn - Dynamic out on Beyond Belief recordings
Polish tech trance DJ Jackob Rocksonn got his first Future Sound Of Egypt play recently with this interesting and fittingly "dynamic" track. With plenty to keep the ears interested, a thumping offbeat groove propels things forward underneath an open-mouthed vocal chop and some rising detuned saws. A unique chord progression is unleashed in the middle of the track along with a breakbeat and
simple plucked counter melodies. Plenty of tension is built afterwards as the tune heads into a techy drop keeping all the crazy elements from the intro in tow. A perfect beginner to a diverse set in my opinion, and congratulations to Kuba for the support this one has received so far!
LTN Feat. Diana Leah - Crystalline (Frank Waanders Remix) out on Enhanced Progressive
Over at Enhanced Progressive, the remixes for LTN's debut album 'People I'll Never Forget' have recently been released and this one caught my ear in particular from Always Alive artist Frank Waanders. A very smooth yet pumping mix compliments Diana Leah's soft yet powerful vocal nicely and gives it a much desired uplifting treatment for the peak time dancefloors.
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Mike Squillo - First Glance out on Elliptical Sun Energies
New Yorker Mike Squillo has his first release of 2016 on melodic trance label Elliptical Sun Energies, delivering a dark and melancholy piece that harks back to oldschool Super8 & Tab sounds in my opinion. Beautiful delicate melodic touches are laced around pumping yet carefully crafted drums in the intro with tense vocal chops enhancing the mood. Smooth pads carry things along in the background like a soft warm cloud and a romantic piano melody is sprinkled down in the depths of the break. The lead melody is simple yet evocative and longing, making for a pumping yet sorrowful climax. Great unique production here!
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Zack Mia - Silver Spirit out on Digital Society Recordings
After the excellent 'Sector 7' with Daniel Kandi, Zack Mia is back this time on Digital Society Recordings with 'Silver Spirit'. Starting with some clever and creative transition effects and a mixdown style quite similar to Allen & Envy, the intensity is quickly built up with a frantic rhythmic acid line and neutral-sounding pluck arpeggio. Atmospheric pads are added to the drive before layers are stripped back down to some suspensful pads which play a nice Nitrous Oxide-esque sequence. A simple yet effective lead line opens up and plays on top of a techy breakbeat which then builds via a snare roll into a straight forward, driving climax.
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Latest Alex Wright News
Alex Wright - Greased Lightning (Incl. Mhammed El Alami Remix) out on Veritas Recordings
The British producer Alex Wright debuts on Veritas Recordings with his new single, 'Greased Lightning'.
The remix duties come from the the known talent Mhammed El Alami with a new quality one!
Alex Wright - Golden Gate [Available 24.06.2016] out on Always Alive Recordings
British producer Alex Wright returns to Always Alive Recordings with his second release in the blissfully serene 'Golden Gate'.
Serving up an elegant melody-driven uplifter Alex Wright's return to the label marks the producer one the scene's finest up-and-coming talents with sublime arrangements, effortless drive all tied up with a healthy dose of uplifting nostalgia.
We warmly welcome Alex Wright back to the label with the brilliant 'Golden Gate'.
In case you missed the show this month Trance Encounters #033 is now available to listen! Some great uplifting and darker sounds in this month's episode, including a blinder from Temple One! Also featured is my new track 'Greased Lightning'!
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. If you wish Alex to feature your track in his show and reviews or to book him for your next trance event please email him: alex_dj[at]live[dot]co[dot]uk
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