Arctic Vibes

This new Yotto track is surreal. It is less dark and aggressive than previous tracks while still maintaining an potentially ominous undertone. This track is ominous in the way that the frozen landscape of the arctic is. Images of the arctic are beautiful and serene but in reality, the arctic is indifferent to the fact that it is inhospitable and deadly.

Here are some more great deep tracks from a recent Armada album titled “In Too Deep.” Here is a mini-mix of the album. Go download the full album!

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Materia

Cosmic Gate shows no signs of slowing down. They recently released Materia Chapter 2 which is a worthy successor of Chapter 1. I have previously posted a few of the track from Chapter 1, but I’d like to refresh your memory before introducing Chapter 2. You can download Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Materia Chapter 1

Here is a teaser to show you how great the full-length album is.

am2pm- I love this track and the video.

Spectrum- This track combines the old school trance vibes of Cosmic Gate with the sound of Anjunabeats courtesy of Ilan Bluestone.

Fall Into You- The highlight vocal trance track of the album.

Materia Chapter 2

This entire post is meant to draw your attention to Chapter 2; however, I felt the need to post about Chapter 1 because I truly believe both of these albums are stellar and best enjoyed back to back. Not as many tracks are available for free from this newly released album, but I will post what I can. Again, I encourage you to download the full album.

AR

Tonight- This is the highlight vocal trance track of this album and the equivalent to Fall Into You from Materia Chapter 1. This is an exceptional track and epitomizes the genre. Emma Hewitt, like JES, is one of the instantly identifiable vocalists of the genre. I’ve included the video version and the extended version for you hardcore trance fans.

Bigger Than We Are

Materia Live

Finally, here is Cosmic Gate’s full-length performance from Tomorrow Land. Worth a watch. I love the opening track “Materia” and its techno-spiritual introduction.

 

 

 

My Own Hymn

Right on the heels of “Tightrope”, Above & Beyond has released another single. It features the magical Zoë Johnston who is practically the unofficially fourth member of the group. Her vocals have defined the melodic trance that Above & Beyond is known for. This single is a return to form and reminds me of many of the classic tracks on the original Group Therapy album.

Lyrically, the track is an uplifting meditation on happiness and self-worth. It teaches us that happiness is not an external condition but an internal one that we have the ability to generate. As the line “Heaven is in your mind” tells us, happiness only requires a shift in perspective.

ASOT Anthems

Check out these two trance epics from A State of Trance 800 and 750 respectively. 2:30 onward in “I Live For That Energy” is a flawless example of the genre. It is powerful without being frenetic. The vocal notes imbue it with a sense of detachment and control over the raw power.

This track starts with bass worthy of your best speakers. At 1:54 it opens up into a transcendent stretch with airy vocals. 2:55 is an abrupt transition as the song kicks into high gear. 3:36 on is pure trance and this track is delightfully dark.

Steps of Deep Slumber

Seven Lions has another smash hit with “Steps of Deep Slumber.” This track makes me feel as if I am discovering a lush and untouched planet. You can hear birds chirping and, the expansive intro makes me feel as if I am slowly taking in a grand landscape for the first time. At 3:00 the pace picks up and I imagine speeding across an alien savannah in a vehicle. The air rushes past my face. It is familiar in the way fresh outdoor air is, but there is a strange yet sweet foreign smell.

More new Seven Lions:

 

New Directions

As much as I love writing about trance and deep, I wanted to expand the blog’s horizon to include electronic. I used to hate the term “electronic” because it is so vague, but I have come to appreciate its usefulness is as a catch-all term. There are so many songs that fall somewhere between pop/alternative and dance/house. In between those two bookends there is an incredible variety. I decided to hand pick some of these tracks that I think fall sufficiently close to another EDM genre rather than pop. In summary, these are EDM tracks that embrace current trends in pop culture, but you won’t hear them on the radio.

Let me know if you would like more of these posts. Conversely, let me know if you think this blog should not feature these types of posts. Until then, I will continue to mix some electronic in. Below are some of my favorites that I have set to repeat. Enjoy!

 

Modd

We need to catch up on some deep together. I haven’t written an extensive deep post in a few months, so this mega-post should make up for it.

Kidnap Kid- Where The Sea Swings In Like An Iron Gate

This track isn’t relaxing like most other deep. It is peculiar and leaves me with a sense of anxiety and restlessness. There is constant musical tension and the song leaves you feeling like it never completely argued its point. Further, it urgently implores you to “Live now… Live now…” So what are you waiting for? Shut your computer and go live now.

Modd- Guron EP

This is a new artist to Anjunabeats that I am really enjoying. His music is ambient but with a strong base acting as a glue. It is like a gentler version of Yotto. Below is the recent EP. I love all of these tracks.

Anjunadeep in Ibiza: Part 1 and Part 2

This is over two hours of relaxing deep. These make for great ambient study music and I love using them as a soundtrack to my weekend activities around the house or in the evening.