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Times have been changing fast lately but if life can creep up on you, it usually means you’ve been enjoying yourself. Anyways, I moved away from Boston for the second time in my life to a new city, working a new job… you get the idea. Life is good as it’s ever been but Ralphy and I certainly haven’t been spending as much time on porches together as we used to. Bummer.

So that’s why I’ll be getting back on the music blogroll – simply because I have no frame of reference for the deep grooves, fan parts, and NSFW snapchats Ralphy sends me.

Of course, we never stopped swapping tunes. I suppose music just became more of a private thing this past year with so much else going on – expect to see some oldies mixed up in the coming weeks as I play catch up.

Fortunately for me, despite the relative expansion of the genre, there are many players in the trance family who’s sound doesn’t change as fast as life does. Super 8 & Tab have been making me smile with their signature warm pads and playful breakdowns for years. S8T has been putting out some quality productions as of late, and their remix of BT & Aqualung’s “Surrounded” is no exception. I expect they’ll be moving up in the Top 100 this year – I know I voted for them.

An similar old favorite of mine they did last august to Tritonal’s Piercing Quiet:

Moving on, lucky enough for Ralphy (and also the rest of you) the duo responsible for his magical night in London’s Ministry of Sound is back with some new heat that begs for spring loaded dancefloor.


Thanks to our boys Myon & Shane 54 for playing this on their podcast, International Departures, last week.

If you don’t know how long MS54 have been legends, first look at this:

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Then listen to this:

Then check out the full release of their new “summer of love” remix from last Friday – Wings by Tom Swoon.

To wrap things up for tonight here’s a remix I got a while back that I just haven’t been able to stop playing lately. Enjoy it while it’s still summer & Phil Chez is still on tour – Shoe Scene Symphony’s take on “It’s You It’s Me” by Kaskade:

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RELEASE: Richard Durand, Myon & Shane 54 present In Search Of Sunrise 11 – Las Vegas [Blackhole]

las-vegas-sunrise-1680-1050-3167Under his captaincy, he’s steered the good ship In Search of Sunrise into a new EDM era. Continuing its fine tradition of finding and breaking dance anthems, its been hailed by Mixmag as “the great trance series of them all” and become a cornerstone of music lovers collections the planet over. Today, Richard Durand is delighted to reveal the target for his fourth heat-seeker… Hold on tight as the series goes… in Search of Sin City.
The eleventh ‘In Search of Sunrise’ will naturally debut a rich seam of frontier-breaking, first-listen trance and progressive, along with other EDM aspects, hot from the desks of some of the world’s most talented sound-sculptors. Two discs will be compiled and mixed by the steadfast hand of Durand, but in 2013 Richard’s decided to give the album’s make-up… a bit of a shake up! This year he’s invited two other spinners along on the quest, with Hungary’s finest dance music export Myon & Shane 54 joining the expedition, particularly known for their Summer Of Love tuneage. They will be taking to the mix of the third disc, adding their sunrise-seeking spin to the release. On the album’s Las Vegas setting, Richard says: “with EDM in States having changed so momentously over the last couple of years, there really was only one choice when it came to the country for 2013′s ‘Search’. I’ve selected Sin City herself, Las Vegas to be the focus point of it all though. This album will be a celebration of everything that’s great musically about L.V. and the USA at large.”

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Vegas, Baby!

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In anticipation of their imminent Group Therapy launch weekender on May 17 & 18 at Wynn Las Vegas, the UK’s most popular DJs, Above & Beyond, have made a short film about their summer residency.

The video was made on location in Las Vegas and London by the acclaimed British director Steve Glashier, who also directed the band’s “On A Good Day (Metropolis)” video back in 2010.

Read more about the film/residency…

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Flight Facilities for ‘triple j Mix Up Exclusives’: 2002-2012

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Let me preface this by saying that this mix series has easily been the coolest I have ever listened to. Flight Facilities drop so much knowledge it’s even little overwhelming at times. Supporting their favorite tracks from each decade, while telling a story of the times throughout… it literally feels like you’re in some kind of hot tub time machine… This, obviously, is the last of the series, but if you wanna go back to the future.. or something.. follow this link to return to the start of it all – or perhaps read about the series on their blog - that is, if you’re into that kind of thing.

This is the final installment of the decade mixes. But this time it’s a little bit different.

This is the decade that turned us into what we are now. This mix is effectively our condensed dance music bible (believe it or not, there are lots of tunes we couldn’t fit in). The mix is done in the same style in which we remember our clubbing experiences. Most notably, The Bang Gang parties every Friday night in Sydney. Those guys were a HUGE part of why we became DJ’s in the first place. This mix will, for better or worse, dig up a few dance-floor ‘moments’ for anyone who took part in the madness.

So many of these songs are classics to us, and probably are to many others too. It’s hard to hear these songs without cracking a smile and remembering a great time of irresponsibility.

You won’t find too many mixtapes in this style anymore. And certainly not from us. But we had to show what this decade was all about to us, and how it brought us to what we do today.

We’re dedicating this mix to our belated friend and mentor, Ajax. He’s had more influence on this final chapter than anyone will ever know.

Thanks to everyone who got behind these mixes. It’s been a long ride.

2012-2022 Mix coming in 9 years.

NOTE: If you’ve downloaded the past mixes to your iTunes or Ipod, you’ll know that they are broken down into chapters by each song. Well, there are over 80 songs in this mix so breaking it down into 15 second portions was going to be a little ridiculous. So we’ve broken this one down into chapters by year. Some are longer than others (2005 getting 10 minutes – too many huge tunes in one year!). You’ll find the track listing in the ‘Lyrics’ section of the iTunes info.

Tracklist follows…

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Ambience Radio 018 with eleven.five Guestmix

tumblr_mke6t6L9GV1qf9rkmo1_500Ambience Radio is run by Ifonika Recordings rising star Adelaide Carleton and is aired every Saturday by PURE.FM. Every episode is extremely well put together and always features the best in progressive/trance music. If we’re lucky it will even showcase an exclusive new track or two. This last weekend’s episode featured a guest mix from USA talent eleven.five. Not not fraiche. If all this doesn’t have you convinced yet, ‘Power Drive’ is the third song… Why are you still reading this? Get lost for an hour of progressive goodness already… damn.

Tracklist follows…

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Hendrix Forever

Jimi Hendix is one of those artists that will live forever. And to prove this, he recently released an album from beyond the grave: People, Hell and Angels. Because he is no longer around to promote the album, talented artists around the world are delivering renditions to pay him homage. Check out Janelle Monáe and The Roots as they performed Hendrix’s “Little Wing” last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

(Thanks to Vibe To This for tipping us off to this awesome video clip!)