RELEASE: Roddy Reynaert – Higher Cognitive Process [Ifonika]

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As you enter the “Higher Cognitive Process,” you are immediately hit with a sense of wonder as to what you are about to hear, to feel, to experience. The layered synth melodies combined with the pulsating baselines of “Paracas” grip you firmly and never lets go. “Golden Ratio” begins with a greater emphasis on percussion. As it dives into another series of complimentary primary and secondary melodies, my head is immediately bobbing up and down in line with the powerful driving baseline. The breakdown is as smooth as a newborn’s fanny, and the primary melody is infectious and becomes entangled with a series of secondary synths that come in and out of the aural environment with great fluidity. If you can’t tell this is one of my choice selections off the album. The flawless production aside, the entrancing vibe is what makes this track a highlight for me as a listener and a set staple as a DJ.

With all of the pleasantries out of the way, Roddy Reynaert really dives into the deep end with “Awaken.” This track really brings the intensity and is definitely darker than its predecessors. This is the moment in the night where the club lights go down and the strobes and lasers turn on. Both trance influence is very evident here, and it works to perfection. What can I say about the next song? “Ahnk” is supported by all the top progressive and trance DJs across the world for a reason. It is packed with energy, evokes emotion, and makes you want to party. Can’t ask for much more than that in my opinion. The next track is one you have to listen to a few times to really grasp the full scope. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought I was listening to an Eric Prdyz set. In fact, I would be both surprised and saddened if Eric did not unleash this bad boy at Madison Square Garden later this year. It’s a weapon, pure and simple. And yes, you guessed it, “Vimana” is another favorite from the album.
“Angkor Wat” is a song previously released on Ifonika. I featured it in a mix last summer, for those of you who have been paying attention. For the album, Roddy puts a slightly different spin on the previous version, and I dig it. Playing this in a club is an incredible rush. The track pulsates through the speakers and puts the audience in a trance. The vibe is both dark and sensual, and I fucking love that about the track. Easily one of my favorites off the album…might even take the top spot.

Now I will touch on the track generating the most noise throughout the industry is “Yssim.” It an extremely complex track that gives off a really fun, bouncy vibe, and uses a number of really unique synths that would die to get my hands on (cough…cough). While it’s not my favorite, it definitely does a number on the dance floor. This chart topper is followed up by “Ellora.” And oh is she a beauty. Again, a lot of Prydz influence here. You are immediately surrounded by two lovely melodies that work in tandem as they take you into extremely powerful yet crisp baseline that really tests the speakers. Oh and that insane break down in the middle? Um yeah, hopefully I’m not the only one who had to go find a fresh pair of undies. When it’s all said and done, this one is my #1 on the album without question. I was absolutely blown away.
Full trance mode now as you enter “Green Eye Shine.” A really fun, synth dominated track with a familiar bouncy rhythm. Then Roddy slows the tempo a bit with “Discovery” and slides in with a real sexy groove. Definitely don’t sleep on this one people. Let it grow on you. Really special track and very well made.

As the album enters the final stages, Roddy loses me a bit with “Cuzco” and “Mellon.” If I had to choose any I don’t particularly like from the album, it would be these two. It’s like that hot girl you really want to get down with, but you just couldn’t make through dinner. The last three tracks on the album however are fantastic. “Youthed” features some really cool ambient sounds to go with the sexy, echoing lead melody. In short, I dig it. “Ring Of Templars” and “Goodbye” finish the album off in a very unique, and unforgettable fashion. Both fall into the chill out category on Beatport, but don’t let that fool you, they are full of emotion and are just as powerful as the club style tracks earlier in the album.
When its all said and done, Roddy’s debut album has helped put Ifonika on the map, and I cannot wait for what is in store for the rest of 2014 and years to come. Please, for the love of God, tell me a US tour is in the works.

RELEASE: Ilan Bluestone – Big Ben EP [Anjunabeats]

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Epic new EP from one of my favorite Anjunabeats artists, Ilan Bluestone. Fresh off of his latest hit single “Spheres” he drops a huge 3 track EP featuring entrancing melodies and euphoric synths. Huge support across the industry including legends, Above & Beyond. Been playing “Waves of LA” a lot and really dig the vibes. What’s your favorite?

FREE DOWNLOAD: TASTE Vol. 5 – “The Search” by WILKI

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My latest mix is features some of my favorite deep and dreamy progressive vibes, and since there were way too many to choose from I made it two parts. The follow up mix will be called “Found” and it will be released in early January. In the mean time, dive in and immerse yourself in the groove. Tracklist will be available new years day.

A Very Matt Fax Christmas

Advent Calendar 2010 - nov VS - 25.10.10The young frenchman has thought of a clever way to give his fans a treat this holiday season. He’s calling it his Advent Calendar and it will feature something new every day of December (I’m beginning to wonder how this kid finds time to like be a kid and kill zombies or something, but then again I’m glad he doesn’t). Sunday he took the reigns of Anjunabeats Worldwide for the 358th episode. I let it transport me from Boston -> Hartford that same day during all the Thanksgiving traffic and I couldn’t have cared less, so young David, I’d like to say publicly that I am very thankful for that.

Then, yesterday he had a verrry fraiche two song EP release on Silk sub-label ArrivalBeatport Link

The title track, “Orion”, is also featured on the newly launched Arrival 01: Destination United Kingdom compilation. “Orion” starts out smoothly with enjoyable pad layers and soothing sound effects. As the track progresses, numerous synths are added, and in the break, a lush theme melody emerges. Subtle piano chord stabs join the theme in creating a unique and mesmerizing atmosphere.

A darker groove is introduced in “Hidden Feelings”, where the break features a set of pleasant piano melodies and hypnotizing pad elements. The track continues in full effect, mainly enhanced by the powerful combination of the intriguing theme lead and rolling bassline.

Not quite sure what he has in store for us today, but if you haven’t coped the free download on his Facebook page, you could definitely start there. (link)

FREE DOWNLOAD: TASTE Vol. 3 – “Alive In Your Dreams” by WILKI

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Back again, serving up a heavy dose of deep progressive and trance vibes to take you to all the right places. Plenty of gems, lots of deep sensations, so turn it up and let go.

Tracklist up on my Soundcloud this weekend.

RELEASE: Arrival 01 – Destination United Kingdom Sampler [Arrival]

8405284Our forthcoming release, “Arrival 01: Destination United Kingdom,” is an exciting new chapter in the history of our Arrival imprint. This sampler features 4 standout tracks from the compilation, including new material from Kobana, Marsh, BXT, and SNR. Kobana’s new offering, “Sighted”, starts off with a smooth groove, soon followed by a tremendously well-crafted bassline. Introduced in the break, blissful background synths unite beautifully with the bassline, which also acts as the main lead in the song. “Smiling At You” from Marsh introduces a deep, unique rhythm, combined with light background melodies and a memorable vocal stem. Sweeping pad lines emerge later, and a hypnotizing atmosphere dominates the break, in which the main lead is introduced. BXT’s “Moments” starts out with a hard-hitting bassline and firm percussion lines. The enjoyable theme riff emerges in the break, which also features an accompanying piano line. Soon, the theme riff evolves into a true peak-hour lead, which provides additional energy to the song. “Kumba” by SNR begins with strong percussion elements and a growling bassline. Blissful melodies are soon included, and the break features extremely lush pads and delicate vocal stems. The main theme riff soon appears, and it is accompanied by a unique, light synth — the combination of which goes quite well with the energetic groove.

I’m not exactly sure where to start with this release. It’s VERY large. I’ll let the music do the talking…

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