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Jul 04

Mark Knight’s ‘Second Story’

When he's not running his own hugely successful Toolroom brand, British house legend Mark Knight somehow still finds time to release tracks on other labels. For his new work Second Story, he makes his second appearance on cat-obsessed Suara, fresh off the back of remixing Y.E.A.H by label head Coyu and fellow Spaniard Ramiro Lopez.

Fitting into the label's sound effortlessly, Second Story is built upon relentless rhythms and a booming techy production style. There's plenty of Knight's signature dishes on the table too, with some old-school disco samples, the odd vocal snippet, and a viciously groovy bassline. It's a nice mix of styles that plays to Mark's ability to get creative in the studio, while still firmly concentrating on what people know and love. It's a skill that also bleeds into his work as a DJ, and with a seemingly endless calender of dates around the world this summer, you might just be able to catch Second Story being spun live by the man himself.

Get your copy of Second Story here.
Mark Knight - Second Story (Original Mix) [Suara]
Jul 03

Entranced 30

It's the big three-zero for Entranced as we bring you more of the week's finest new trance music. In this edition, we have fresh tracks from the likes of Allen Watts, Ben Nicky, and even a bit of Jean-Michel Jarre.

Allen Watts & Dreamy – Integrity (Original Mix) [Monster Pure]
A track by Allen Watts released on Monster is always an exciting prospect, and for this one, he's teamed up with Danish producer Dreamy (also known as Dawn) for an uplifting belter by the name of Integrity. Fast, frantic, and packed with rolling basslines and an utterly enormous lead riff, this one has been going down a storm with support from the likes of Simon Bostock through to Armin van Buuren. Grab your copy here, and check out the duo's Integrity chart here for more top trance picks.

Ben Nicky – 680 (Original Mix) [Vandit]
Bristol-based producer Ben Nicky returns once again to Paul Van Dyk's Vandit imprint for his latest work 680. Tough, uncompromising, and epitomised by the "get the fu*k out my face" sample, 680 starts off in proper hard trance territory. Yet as the track evolves, it becomes clear this is a good old bit of uplifting at heart. The main riff is one of those hooks that gets itself stuck in your head and could well launch 680 into "classic" territory in months to come, and support from the big names is certainly helping it along. Grab your copy here.

Jean-Michel Jarre & Tangerine Dream - Zero Gravity (Above & Beyond Remix) [Anjunabeats]
This one has been floating around for a while now, but this week finally saw the full release of Above & Beyond's remix of Zero Gravity, the work of synth pioneers and legends Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream. The original is set to feature on a forthcoming Jarre album, but Above & Beyond's remix has been released on their own Anjunabeats imprint in all its glory. Full of complex synth work, buzzing arpeggios, and massive soundscapes, the trio have done their forefathers proud with this one. In among the old-school synth goodness, there's also a taste of the Above & Beyond club treatment we know and love, making this remix ripe and ready for some mainstage festival play this summer. In the meantime, you can grab your copy here.

Johan Vilborg – Blossom (Original Mix) [Enhanced Progressive]
Swedish ace Johan Vilborg returns to Enhanced Progressive with another lush and chord-heavy piece of chilled-out prog trance in the shape of Blossom. As the name hints, this one has summer vibes running through its soul, and between the warming synth riffs and delicate little piano motifs, Blossom is bound to put a smile on your face and should get you moving on the dancefloor. You can grab your copy here, and check out some more of Johan's picks of the moment with his Blossom chart, over on Beatport.

ReOrder - Saivan (Original Mix) [Tytanium]
Rounding things off this week is another top effort from Czech producer ReOrder, who continues his rapid rise to the top with Saivan, his debut release on Sean Tyas' Tytanium imprint. An uncompromising piece of uplifting with a tough edge, Saivan is all about those huge supersaw riffs, though a subtle yet powerful bit of sidechaining after the drop is what really helps this one pump along, and should have you jumping up and down if you're lucky enough to hear it played live. If not, it still sounds pretty immense on a pair of headphones, so grab your copy here.
Allen Watts & Dreamy - Integrity (Original Mix) [Monster Pure]
Ben Nicky - 680 (Original Mix) [Vandit]
Jean-Michel Jarre & Tangerine Dream - Zero Gravity (Above Beyond Remix) [Anjunabeats]
Johan Vilborg - Blossom (Original Mix) [Enhanced Progressive]
ReOrder - Saivan (Original Mix) [Tytanium]
Jul 03

Friday Favorites 115

July 4 falls on a Saturday this year, which means we get an extra day with which to enjoy some of the US' most successful domestic products: industrialized beef and high fructose corn syrup. Mmm, yeah. Oh, and dance music. Thanks Founding Fathers! It's a very independent Friday Favorites 115.

Josh Bennett
Jungle Terror | Mike Cervello & Stoltenhoff - Uzumaki (Original Mix) [Barong Family]
I played this track in my set for SF Pride last weekend (listen here) and it set the crowd off something fierce. Uzumaki is part of a four-track free EP from Mike Cervello which also contains a collaboration with Cesqeaux. Download it here.
Nathan Codd
Bass | Seek N Destroy x ICHI - Maidan (Original Mix) [Kannibalen]
A personal favorite, ICHI, joins forces with Australia's Seek N Destroy for Maidan, a cinematic beatdown of a trap-dubstep hybrid. Arpeggiated builds even add a hint of trance and combine with tribal chanting for an engrossing larger-than-life feel. Other than that, it's violent, it's depraved, and it's unapologetic--just the way Kannibalen does things. Pick it up here.
Jesse Champagne
Trap | T-Mass feat. Jack U, Justin Bieber, Porter Robinson, deadmau5 & Kaskade - Language For Now [Free Download]
I'm usually not a fan of mashups, but my jaw hit the floor after tasting this concoction from T-Mass. In the crockpot, we have Porter Robinson's Language, deadmau5 and Kaskade's classic hit Move For Me, Jack U's Justin Bieber collab Where Are U Now, and a dash of melodic trap for seasoning. The result is a five-star musical meal that makes for the perfect party tune. Grab the free download here.
Mike Davies
Techno | Adam Beyer - The Crossing (Original Mix) [Toolroom]
It's tough to pick a favourite from Toolroom's Ibiza Underground 2015 compilation, but the opener from Adam Beyer is a good start. The Crossing is a fine example of the techno flavor the label is pushing at the moment, and it should go down a storm during Adam's innumerable sets on Ibiza itself this summer, with gigs at various spots ranging from Sankeys to Space and Sven Vath's Cocoon parties at Amnesia. The Crossing is available as part of the full Ibiza Underground album, which you can grab here.
Shea Kopp
Indie/Beats | Cleopold - Down In Flames (Original Mix) [Detail Co.]
Released on Chet Faker's label Detail Co., Melbourne artist Cleopold's new tune Down In Flames is a sexy cut that will have you swaying until the sun sets. Produced by Bag Raiders and featuring Cleopold's smooth vocals, the tune keeps a light hi-hat rhythm at its forefront and progresses with jazzy guitar riffs for added swagger. His past work includes lending his vocals to both Miami Horror and Cassian's tracks, but he'll be switching gears to focus on his solo venture and upcoming album. For more tunes from Cleopold, head to his SoundCloud here.
Marcus Dowling
House | Joris Voorn - Sweets For Piano (Boyfriend Remix) [Free Download]
A moombahton OG with a wild flair for the funky and progressive, Lithuania's Boyfriend has excelled over the past half-decade at sharing an ability similar to Jamie xx
in recalling that which we adore about classic house music. He blends these motifs with tropical and sometimes folky influences to place a personal stamp on his inventive productions. Dutch deep techno producer Joris Voorn's
cool, ambient, and steel pan-aided 2014 release Sweets For Piano is re-imagined as a thumping and swirling house heater, with the steel pan now being a key piece of Boyfriend's unique and magical-feeling flip. Grab this one for free here.
Michelle Gardner
Progressive House | Vicetone ft. Kat Nestel - Nothing Stopping Me (Original Mix)
I first heard (and fell in love with) Vicetone when they dropped Heartbeat in 2013, and I have been following them ever since. The feel-good vibes in their latest has me pressing replay, and it will definitely be on my holiday weekend playlist. When I interviewed them at TomorrowWorld last year, Ruben alluded to an unreleased song being his favorite. I wonder if this was it? Be sure to check out more of their stuff on SoundCloud.
Chris Downar
Tech House | Jaded - She Likes It [Black Butter]
She Likes It by Jaded is dark, catchy, and packs a mean attitude. It runs with a hypnotic rhythm, and the aggressive voice sample that says "she likes it rough" is sure to tap into the carnal urges of even the most stubborn dancefloors. I've been hooked on these beats all week long. You can get the full Big Round & Juicy EP here on Beatport.
Mike Cervello & Stoltenhoff - Uzumaki (Original Mix) [Barong Family]
Seek N Destroy x ICHI - Maidan (Original Mix) [Kannibalen]
T-Mass feat. Jack U, Justin Bieber, Porter Robinson, deadmau5 & Kaskade - Language For Now [Free Download]
Adam Beyer - The Crossing (Original Mix) [Toolroom]
Cleopold - Down In Flames (Original Mix) [Detail Co.]
Joris Voorn - Sweets For Piano (Boyfriend Remix) [Free Download]
Vicetone ft. Kat Nestel - Nothing Stopping Me (Original Mix)
Jaded - She Likes It [Black Butter]
Jul 03

Gladiator Has ‘Bad Blood’ With Taylor Swift

Los Angeles-based duo Gladiator (pictured) has finally released their remix of Taylor Swift's Bad Blood, arguably 2015's most ubiquitous hit single. Flipping it to meet festival trap expectations, this track now has legs in the world of EDM, too. ​

In the rework, Early 2000s-style marching band percussion is clipped into half-time breaks to join forces with Swift's tweaked vocals. As well, a warping electro swing provides a searing energy in the mix. In separating the metaphorical wheat from the chaff, this is a peak-hour champion of a track that streamlines the original and proves that while "band aids don't fix bullet holes," turning up just might do the trick. ​

Grab this massive and well-crafted remix here.
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood (Gladiator Remix) [Free Download]
Jul 03

Sasha Wants You To ‘Cry No More’ With Vaults’ Remix

When it comes to creating nine-minute epics, few producers truly come close to matching the efforts of Sasha. The UK legend has had a busy year so far, releasing his first original production in four years, plus the follow up, Ether, and now he's back with an official remix of Vaults’ hit song Cry No More.

If you thought that the London trio's chart-topping ballad was touching before, you'll be reaching for the tissues once this one picks up steam. Sasha opens the action with the original's unmistakable bell chimes before adding a soft progressive beat that propels the action onto the dancefloor. The main highlight is still the plaintive and captivating vocals, but somehow Sasha adds even more emotion in this Homeric audial effort.

Pick it up on Beatport here.
Vaults - Cry No More (Sasha Remix) [Virgin EMI]