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. 1 – “Within” by WILKI

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Ah the changing of the seasons. Back in the city full time. Lots of cool events coming up, so stay tuned. In the mean time, enjoy my new mix series. Going to be going back and forth between ze deep stuff and those sessi progressive vibes you know and love. Here is Vol. 1 and it was highly influenced by my love for all things Eric Prydz. If you are going to either of the upcoming shows in NYC, let me know. Me and Ralphy J will be at both. And it will be glorious. I actually have a half chub thinking about it right now…

EXCLUSIVE: Visions of Summer 6 by WILKI [FREE DOWNLOAD]

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Here it is ladies and gents. The last Visions of Summer mix for 2013. Think of it as the grand finale. Yes I could have made it 4 hours, but that seems excessive. So it’s almost 3 hours, and it’s nothing but beautiful productions from some of my favorite artists and labels. Of course there are some from the Anjunabeats camp, as well as several from the hottest rising label in progressive house right now, Ifonika, which has produced killer tracks from Roddy Reynaert and JimiJ…to name a couple. There are some older deep cuts, a couple edits from myself, a new single from The Chainsmokers, and numerous selections from the Enhanced imprints. Maybe if you’re lucky, I will post the tracklist. In the meantime, grab your favorite headphones or speakers and get into it.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Vitodito & Sedi vs. Zedd feat. Matthew Koma – Breathe In Trampas (WILKI Sessi Summertime Edit)

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It’s been awhile…I knowww. Got a new edit for you kids. The vibe is strong with this one. Sedi puts that magic touch on a sensational original from Vitodito and Matthew Koma‘s vocals just feel right. Throw it on and get that euphoric summer vibe. I will be at Audien and Adrian Lux tonight at Webster melting. Come join me. I’m sure you can figure out how to contact me. Cheers.

PODCAST: James Grant, Oliver Smith, Norin & Rad and Mat Zo – Anjunabeats Worldwide 300 [Free Download]

This is a very special edition of the Anjunabeats radio show. It’s episode 300, quite the milestone for the young label. And to celebrate, they give us 4 hours of beautiful trance and progressive house (real progressive house…not commercial shit). This is a shining example of what made Ralphy and I both fall in love with this label and its extremely robust arsenal of young, talented producers like these 4 bros. Each plays a one hour mix in this episode, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

RELEASE: Arty, BT & Nadia Ali – Must Be The Love (Original Mix) [Armind]

Ralphy previewed this collaboration a couple weeks ago, and it’s now released in full HQ format via Armind (Armada) Records and available on Beatport. If you didn’t know prior to this, Arty is next level. His production skills are way beyond his years. Teaming up with a legend in BT and the gorgeous vocal prowess of Nadia Ali, he has produced an elegant trance track that will appeal to the masses and help educate them on the future of the genre.

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