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It’s been nearly nine months since I last posted, but I am back with another Featured Artist post featuring Ellie Goulding. Ellie is just the second vocalist to be featured on my blog, following in the footsteps of the lovely Nadia Ali.

I’ve been listening to EDM for well over four years now, and while she may not have been a staple, Ellie has almost always been present in my playlists. Although she just began her rise to stardom in late 2011, Ellie was a massive superstar on the Internet far before. Those of you who have been on Hype Machine for as long as I have know exactly what I’m talking about. We knew Ellie was destined for greatness from the very beginning and it comes as no surprise that this playlist features NINE different remixes and one original song. I really wanted to limit the playlist to just one version of each track, but both “Burn” remixes are so good and vastly different from one another.

As is custom with most of my playlists, rather than ranking each song, I put them in alphabetical order. As is also custom, here is a little personal anecdote about each song! Enjoy!

 

As is often my reaction when I hear new remix with Ellie, I was immediately drawn to this track when my friend Pete played it on a drive back from Vegas. Motez is slowly becoming one of my favorite Deep House producers and I honestly think this is his best work. I’d also check out his “High You Are” remix if you like what you hear.

 

I originally planned on leaving this track off of the playlist because I did not want to include duplicate versions of the same song, but it’s simply too good. One of the groovier songs I’ve heard in a while and definitely my favorite dance music remix of “Burn”.

 

So I want to talk about Jeftuz for a minute because I discovered him in a very peculiar way just before he made it big. Plus, every music blogger wants to brag about how they discovered an artist before anyone else. Amirite?! Jeftuz is a Dutch R&B producer who recently got his break with Soulection. When I first found this dude, he only had one song with just over 100,000 plays on it. That song was Justin Bieber’s “All That Matters (Jeftuz Remix)”. Despite the original artist, this song is dope. I just checked and holy fuck, this song has over 1 million plays now! Anyway, I found Jeftuz by searching through Ta-ku’s likes on Soundcloud. I don’t even like Ta-ku’s music very much, but was compelled to sift through nearly everything he liked and man was I pumped to find Jeftuz among the pile. My other favorite Jeftuz songs are definitely “If Only You Knew (Jeftuz Remix)” and “Party Girls (Jeftuz Remix)”. His music is sex.

 

So by now most of you reading know that Slander is comprised of two of my best friends. And while I like everything they put out, when I heard the pre-release version of this song I was overcome with emotion. Derek once told me that his goal in making Trap was to bring out the feeling he once felt Trance gave him. As soon as I heard this drop, I knew he’d accomplished that goal. And now Heaven Trap is sweeping the nation! Hearing this live at the Yost Theater last weekend was an unreal experience and I hope you all get to experience this song live at some point in your lives. Yo, Chicago (July 25) and Madison (October 10) friends, Slander is coming for you! One last thing I need to add now that Slander is getting their music shared by blog after blog these days… I had to be one of the first with their first Seven Lions remix of “Days to Come”. If you haven’t gone back and explored their library, I highly suggest checking it out. However, the best song Slander has ever produced still has to be the “Avicii vs. Swedish House Mafia & Laidback Luke – ID2 vs. Leave The World Behind (Slander MashUp)”. FUCKING EDMOZER EXCLUSIVE RIGHT HERE!

 

I just heard this song last night for the first time. It’s awesome!

 

While I’m not super into Kygo’s overplayed Island-Vibey House thing, I think his remix of “High For This” is pretty awesome. I almost included Ellie’s original cover of The Weeknd, but wanted to keep the playlist skewed a bit more towards EDM with the exception of “Burn (Jeftuz Remix)”. I remember the first time I heard Ellie’s cover, I immediately had one of those “OMG what is this song?!” moments. Her voice is just too perfect and I can’t help but dream that a girl will one day sing this song to me.

 

Back in 2011, I dubbed this track the #6 song of the year. I don’t have much else to say about it, the songs speaks for itself, so here is what I wrote about it in 2011: “No story here. I love Bassnectar. The guy is a true showman who kills it every time he takes the stage. He has a truly unique sound that when paired with the beautiful vocals of the ever-remixed Ellie Goulding create my favorite Dubstep song of the year.”

 

This song brings me back because I discovered it on HypeM, which then led me to the first EDM mix I ever listened to in full – Alex Metric: DJ Mix – Aug 2010. The song is huge and this mix pretty much cemented my interest in electronic music beyond Deadmau5 and HypeM. Other notable tracks from the mix include “Swoon (Boys Noize Summer Mix)”, “Rainbow Trout” and “Babylon (Steve Angello Edit)”.

 

“Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes Remix)” is one of the first songs I found on HypeM and at the time, I considered it to be the best EDM song of 2010. You have to understand that back in January of 2010, I had no idea what EDM was and every dance song I heard was somewhat foreign to me. Nonetheless, this song was among the first tracks to open my eyes to EDM and chronologically sits behind only Tiesto’s “Silence (In Search Of Sunrise Remix)” as an influence on my current taste in music.

 

“Summit” is the lowly original to make it into this playlist, and for good reason. I actually just had to look up what genre this song is classified as because when it was first released it was labeled as Trance. It certainly isn’t Trance, but I don’t think its Dubstep either. Irregardless, I think this song shows Skrillex’s range as a producer beyond Brostep and obviously using Ellie on vocals takes it to a whole new level. “Summit” is probably one of my favorite chill EDM songs ever made.

 

Well I hope you read and enjoyed, but you probably didn’t. So for the first time on EDMozer, here is a full Soundcloud playlist!!! Follow me if you like!

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Okay, I finally did it! I listened to Above & Beyond’s entire discography, including their productions as Anjunabeats, Dirt Devils, Free State, OceanLab, Rollerball, Tongue of God, Tranquility Base and Zed-X. It took quite a while, but I believe I am ready to present to you my Top 20 Above & Beyond Songs of All-Time! I hope people looking to get into Above & Beyond find this post. I remember scouring the Internet back in 2011 for a list of Above & Beyond’s best songs and the best I could find was this Quora thread.

Now I have to provide a disclaimer for those of you reading this that may not know me. I am 23 years old and only started listening to Above & Beyond around the time Anjunabeats Volume 7 came out in October of 2009. Most of my listening was retrospective rather than listening to the music as it was released. I even featured Above & Beyond on this blog back in February 2012, but have learned so much more about the group, their history and their productions since. My love for Above & Beyond has only grown stronger over the past year and so has my knowledge and insight into the world of Trance. I also want to make it clear that I have been listening to some of these songs for years and others for just a few weeks.

Additionally, if you do not know, Above & Beyond remix themselves A LOT. So I only included my favorite version (usually the Club Mix) of each song.

Nevertheless, the following are my favorite Above & Beyond songs as of July 30, 2013. I tried to provide some historical context for each song, along with my personal discovery and experience with each track. I know several better than others, but you’ll get the gist. The songs are in alphabetical order because I do not feel comfortable ranking them. Enjoy!

Above & Beyond followed up 2004’s A State of Trance Tune of the Year Award with a second-straight award for “Air For Life” in 2005. The first single of off Above & Beyond’s first full-length album Tri-State, is just one of three songs to make my list that has a producer other than Above & Beyond accredited with the track. I love the driving bass in this song and would easily put it up against any other Above & Beyond song at 132 BPM. I wasn’t too fond of “Air For Life” when I first heard it, but know I would go absolutely crazy if they ever brought this back in one of their sets.

“Alone Tonight” is often regarded by fans as the best songs on Tri-State, however I do not feel this way at all. No disrespect to the song, but there are so many other incredible productions on that album. In all honesty, I don’t really like any of Richard Bedford’s vocals on Tri-State compared to those on Group Therapy. But like I said, the order in which I discovered these songs strongly affects my bias and I heard Group Therapy first. Regardless, this song absolutely belongs in my Top 20 and it deserves more of my attention going forward. Also, don’t just take my word for it. I know plenty of Trance fans consider this to be their all-time favorite song.

“Anphonic,” also known as the love child of Trance legends Above & Beyond and Kyau & Albert, is the only song to make the list with no vocals. I have often dubbed this as the best non-vocal Above & Beyond song, but it is so much more than that. Featured on Anjunabeats Volume 8, the first Anjunabeats compilation I listened to on the day of its release, “Anphonic” stood out immediately as a song that could invoke the same emotion as other heartwarming tracks on the album such as “Let Go” and “The Wonder,” yet without lyrics. Ultimately, it sounds more like a Kyau & Albert song than Above & Beyond, but it’s still more than deserving of a spot in my Top 20.

I pretty much love every Above & Beyond Mix on Sirens of the Sea Remixed and that is no more true than with “Breaking Ties (Above & Beyond Analogue Haven Mix).” This is yet another Above & Beyond masterpiece at 138 BPM. Beautiful melody, beautiful vocals – just listen. I absolutely love the acoustic guitar that comes in at 3:01.

“Can’t Sleep” and I have a bit of an odd relationship. It was one of the first Above & Beyond songs I ever listened to, however I did not start LOVING it until just a few months ago. Easily one of the most beautiful tracks Above & Beyond has ever crafted, “Can’t Sleep” is an emotional roller coaster driven by the heart wrenching vocals that I think anyone can relate to. I’d be lying to you if I said this song hasn’t brought me to tears more than a handful of times. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this song features my favorite lyrics of any Above & Beyond production.

“Every Little Beat” is about as far from a banger as you will find on this list, however, it is a staple in my Above & Beyond library because of my personal connection to the song. Now every Above & Beyond song has touched me on some level, but this one always reminds me of a girl. The lyrics are a bit forthright and arrogant, but man did they fit my situation perfectly (and she agreed). “Every little beat of your heart / You get a little closer to me / You’ve never been so happy since I’ve been around / I don’t want to tear your world apart / But that’s how it’s going to be.” “Every Little Beat,” the fourth single off of Group Therapy, has gotten me through some tough times and I’m all the better because of it.

My fondest memory of “Good For Me (Above & Beyond Cub Mix)” came at the end of TATW 450/ABGT 01. In what seemed like the end of an era. Above & Beyond decided to change the name of their podcast from Trance Around The World to Above & Beyond Group Therapy. The whole thing kind of made me feel uneasy and seemed like the finite moment when Above & Beyond parted ways with their old sound and embraced Trance 2.0 (although I think TATW 350 was the actual turning point). I’ve seen Above & Beyond live five times now and never have they ever played a song of theirs from before 2011 in my presence. Never. Oh how I have longed to hear any of the songs you see mentioned in this list live, which predate Group Therapy. Closing their set and TATW with “Good For Me” seemed like a fitting end to the show’s run, and so with it went a large part of the Above & Beyond I fell in love with. The original “Good For Me” was also voted Tune of the Year in 2006.

I don’t actually have any substantial memories associated with “Home (Above & Beyond Club Mix).” It’s another phenomenal 138 BPM track off of the Tri-State Remixed album that strongly resonates with me because of its pulsing bass line and strong vocals. “Home” also won Best Underground Dance Track of 2008.

“Love Is Not Enough (Above & Beyond Club Mix)” is the only “new” Above & Beyond song to make my Top 20. I’m not even really sure what to consider “new” Above & Beyond, but I am considering anything made one year after the release of Group Therapy as new. After all, this is the fifth single off that album and they still followed it with two others! Much like many of the “new” Above & Beyond songs, I did not like “Love Is Not Enough” at first. However, it slowly grew on me and I have learned to love it. The turning point for me actually occurred when I played it for a friend in my car while he was high out of his mind. He loved the song and I began to look at it differently as well. Other “new” songs just missing the cut are the Club Mixes of “On My Way To Heaven” and “Alchemy.”

A song that I believe is about saving the environment; ultimately has a very similar feel to the later mentioned “Satellite.” It starts out pretty hard, but then drops off into a very minimal build with excellent vocals from Justine Suissa. It’s definitely one of those songs that you would just stand at a show with your eyes closed while you belt out the lyrics in anticipation of the drop. Even though this track is 138 BPM, I still find it rather calming.

Above & Beyond’s award-winning 2004 Essential Mix is one of the most highly touted Trance mixes of the past decade. Filled with Trance classics, no song sticks out more to me than “No One On Earth.” This is partly because the mix lacks the amount of vocals you would find in an Above & Beyond set today, but nevertheless, this is the standout track on the mix for me. “No One On Earth” also began the wondrous relationship between Above & Beyond and vocalist Zoe Johnston. She later went on to provide all of the female vocals for Group Therapy. This was the second single ever produced by Above & Beyond under that name and still holds up as one of the best Above & Beyond songs ever made.

If I had to pick three songs to get someone new into Trance, “On A Good Day (Metropolis)” would without a doubt be one of them. I might go as far as saying that “On A Good Day” was the most iconic and recognizable Above & Beyond song, but then came along “Sun & Moon.” I have a special place in my heart for this song because it was the standout track from Anjunabeats Volume 8, which was one of the first albums to get me hooked on Trance. It features so many songs that I would now consider classics, but none made me bang my head and dance around my room like “On A Good Day (Metropolis).” I’m sure many of you feel the same way. The Acoustic Mix gave it a run for its money as far as making the list, but I had to go with this version because of its raw power and energy. Interestingly, a Redditor told me that this song was in fact a mashup put together by Myon & Shane 54 before it was released by Above & Beyond.

Hearing “Prelude” always brings me back to EDC Las Vegas 2011. Having somehow gotten separated from my friends, I found myself lost in a sea of 100,000 people at the mainstage for Above & Beyond. However, it was not that bad because I soon found comfort in a new female friend who had a similar admiration for the Trance trio. Embarrassingly, by the time EDC rolled around I still had not found time to listen to Group Therapy in its entirety and only recognized the songs I had heard on Trance Around the World. I’ll never forget the first time I heard “Prelude” because the girl I was with flipped out and I had to know the name of the song. I love its opening hard-hitting bass line that over time evolves into the classic Above & Beyond build that I have come to expect in all of their music. The track even made my Top 10 EDM Songs of 2011, however, I would definitely replace it with “Thing Called Love (Above & Beyond 2011 Club Mix)” today.

First of all, fuck yeah 140 BPM! I’m really into Trance songs that sort of desensitize you with really strong bass in the beginning, only to come back with an unbelievably beautiful, drawn-out build. Another great example of this is “Rebound” by Arty and Mat Zo. But I have to say this version of Satellite may take the cake. When the opening Psy Trance part drops out and all you have is mostly the bass line, I get fucking pumped – immediate head banging. The Floris de Haan Remix must also be mentioned.

The title track on the original album; “Sirens of the Sea (Above & Beyond Club Mix)” features what I think are the best vocals on the album. Beginning with the breakdown at about the 3:45 mark, this song always pulls at my heartstrings. I’m also a sucker for songs about sirens, including one of my non-EDM favorites “There There” by Radiohead. I’m certain that if Above & Beyond ever played this in one of their live sets these days, which they won’t, I would definitely choke up.

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who can write something that’s not cliché or already been said about “Sun & Moon,” but I’m going to give it my best shot. I vividly remember the first time hearing what is now one of the most-played Trance songs of all-time. I was listening to BBC Radio 1 on my walk to work when I heard that a new Above & Beyond song was going to be added to the channel’s playlist. Naturally, I was stoked and also intrigued because BBC Radio 1 hardly ever took an interest in Trance. The rest is history… so I will fast forward nine months to TATW 400. By this point, “Sun & Moon” was easily the biggest Trance song in the world, but I did not know its full impact until I heard it live streaming from Beruit. The crowd screamed so loud (song starts at 69:28) that it gave me goose bumps all the way across the world. That’s when I know the true power of Trance and what it meant to be a part of #TranceFamily.

My biggest mistake as a writer and tastemaker to this date was not including “Thing Called Love (Above & Beyond 2011 Club Mix)” in my Top 10 EDM Songs of 2011. That’s just preposterous considering that the song would easily make my Top 10 favorite songs of all-time now. I’m pretty sure this song falls into the same category as “Sun & Moon” these days. Above & Beyond plays it in every set still and many would consider it played out. But not me! I truly think that the final drop in “Thing Called Love” is my favorite ever. Above & Beyond spend the first four and a half minutes building up this anthem until it all comes crashing down in one massive crescendo. I get so pumped every time I listen to this song, whether it be live, in my car or wherever. I don’t know, it just has that effect on me. I know I’m not the only one.

For the longest time, “Tonight (Above & Beyond Remix)” was the only Above & Beyond song I had on my iPod. When I look back at their discography now, I find it so bizarre that this was the first song that got me hooked on the group. Selected as the International Music Summit (IMS) Anthem of 2009, this song serves as the slowest Above & Beyond Mix to make my Top 20 and is the only true Progressive song on the list.

“What It Feels Like For A Girl (Above & Beyond 12” Club Mix)” is widely regarded as the song that put Above & Beyond on the map. In fact, Madonna liked it so much that she used Above & Beyond’s version in her music video rather than her own. I think it’s pretty safe to say that when the “Queen of Pop” likes your version better than hers, you’ve made it. Honestly, this is my least listened to song to make the list, but I am learning to love it more and more with every listen. This is the epitome of a Trance classic.

It would appear to me that Above & Beyond don’t even like their version of this song because they always play the Kyau & Albert Remix in all of their sets. Nevertheless, I am a big fan of “You Got To Go (Above & Beyond Club Mix)” and particularly the initial bass line. I very nearly included the Original Mix in my Top 20, but as is true with most Above & Beyond Club Mixes, this version just adds that little something that was missing from the original production. Zoe Johnston’s vocal are beautiful and I’ll never forget belting them out at EDC Vegas 2011 with tens of thousands of Above & Beyond’s adoring fans.

In today’s Featured Artist post I am featuring one of my absolute favorite Trance DJs, Orange County-native Shogun. Unlike many of the other Trance artists that I listen to on a regular basis, I have only been listening to Shogun for just over a year. I can’t remember exactly when I discovered him, but I think it was some time last winter when my friend Andrew showed me an insane lineup for a rave in LA that he was included on.

I don’t know Shogun that well, nor have I really explored his library very deeply, but I love everything that I have heard from the guy that I voted No. 4 in this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll. Although, his Trance is much slower than most of what I listen to. I find his sound to be so complex and uplifting, yet sometimes find myself thinking that much if it sounds the same. I also like his remixes as a whole better than his original productions.

However, I would consider several of his songs to be among my favorite Trance songs of all-time. His original track “Save Me” holds a special place in my heart, while his remix of “Must Be Love” was the first new Trance song I heard in over a year that made me start checking out new music. My former co-worker Eric sent me the “Must Be Love (Shogun Remix)” and I was blown away after the first listen. That doesn’t happen very often to me with songs these days, and there was a long period of time where I would only listen to Trance from 2009-2011.

Like I said, I don’t know too much about the guy so I apologize for the lack of editorial included in this post. Nonetheless, his music is amazing and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! The following songs are roughly in order of how much I like them. There are many more so follow me on Spotify!

  1. Shogun – Save Me [132 BPM]
  2. Arty, BT – Must Be Love (Shogun Remix) [130 BPM]
  3. Ferry Corsten – Live Forever (Shogun Remix) [130 BPM]
  4. Tritonal – Broken Down (Shogun Remix) [132 BPM]
  5. Nadia Ali – Ride With Me (Shogun Remix) [128 BPM]
  6. W&W – Nowhere To Go (Shogun Remix) [132 BPM]

Bonus uplifting remix of one of of my all-time favorite songs: Shogun – Save Me (Ilya Soloviev Remix) [138]

DashI received a lot of Internet love for my post about Myon & Shane 54 yesterday, so I decided to feature my second favorite DJ Dash Berlin in today’s “Featured Artist” post.

It’s hard to even begin writing about Dash Berlin because of his huge impact on my taste in music, as well as my life in general. Just to get this out of the way, Dash Berlin is a group of three producers, but I am still unclear about whether they all still make music or if it is just one guy. Maybe someone can comment below and fill me in.

Anyway, my love affair with Dash Berlin began after the first time I heard “Man On The Run.” I can’t remember where I was or when I heard it, but let me tell you, this is the PERFECT Trance song. It pretty much set the tone for my interest in Trance and I have been hooked ever since. “Man On The Run” is in contention for my favorite Trance song, which will eventually be decided in the post I have been waiting to write since I began blogging – my top 10 Trance songs of all-time. Also, you HAVE to listen to the nine minute version. You have to.

The thing that makes Dash the shit is that his music goes so hard at times, yet still pulls on your emotions with his beautiful breakdowns and angelic vocals. And there is no better case for this than “Man On The Run.” Other Trance producers implement a similar style, but Dash has his own unique, raw sound that I’ve never heard anyone replicate. Take for example any of his 4AM remixes. He takes incredibly beautiful songs in their own right and recreates them with his own darker spin. My favorite example of this is “Not Giving Up On Love (Dash Berlin 4AM Remix).” Now I’m not the biggest Armin fan, but you can tell that the original was seriously missing something. So what does Dash do? He comes in and crushes it!

Another thing that I want to add to this conversation is my progression of Dash Berlin listening. After I fell in love with “Man On The Run,” I eagerly pursued his entire library. At the time, his two most popular songs were “Waiting” and “Till The Sky Falls Down,” however I became strangely attracted to the lesser-known “Never Cry Again” and “The Night Time.” Anyone who went to college with me might remember me banging my head away at College Library while you were slaving away studying. If you do, there’s a good chance it was to one of those two songs because I was obsessed!

I’ve been fortunate enough to see Dash Berlin live twice. Once at EDC Vegas 2011 and then a few weeks ago at EDC again. The guy is a really goofy showman who brings out an iPad and types stuff like “Music is Life” or other cliché stuff. But I buy into his shtick and so do most of his crowds because that is what Trance is about. #TranceFamily is no joke and there’s really nothing more enjoyable to me than belting out the lyrics to a Dash Berlin classic surrounded by his other diehard fans. As you can imagine, I was incredibly disappointed when he had seven minutes left at sunrise two weeks ago and didn’t clothes with “Man On The Run.”

The following songs are roughly in order of which I like most. There are a lot of other good ones that I did not include in this post, so follow me on Spotify or look them up yourself.

  1. Dash Berlin, Jaren, Mitiska, Cerf – Man On The Run (135 BPM)
  2. Jaren, Mitiska, Cerf – You Never Said (Dash Berlin Remix) (132 BPM)
  3. Dash Berlin – Till The Sky Falls (Dash Berlin 4AM Mix) (135 BPM)
  4. Ferry Corsten – Not Coming Down (Dash Berlin 4AM Remix) (130 BPM)
  5. Armin Van Buuren – Not Giving Up On Love (Dash Berlin 4AM Mix) (135 BPM)
  6. Dash Berlin – Never Cry Again (135 BPM)
  7. Dash Berlin – The Night Time (128 BPM)
  8. Dash Berlin & ATB – Apollo Road (Club Version) (133 BPM)

Also, check out this SICK video mix Dash did:

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It seems most of the big EDM blogs are obsessed with cranking out post after post with new music. And believe me I’ve been there. I used to spend HOURS scouring the Internet for new releases. Not for my blogs’ sake, but because I was addicted to being caught up on the latest and greatest in EDM. But now that I spend most of my time working, playing video games or grabbing drinks with friends, I think this blog serves as a great vehicle to expose people to awesome EDM that’s already out there. Which brings me to my next “Featured Artist” post about my #3 favorite Trance DJs in the world, Myon & Shane 54 (MS54).

Fun fact: Myon & Shane 54 are Hungarian. I don’t even think I can name another Hungarian DJ and seeing as I am ¼ Hungarian I think their nationality makes them pretty cool and unique.

My relationship with MS54 is interesting, well at least to me. I’ve been listening to them for years, but for the longest time I did not realize that I liked them as much as I do. I first heard about MS54 from Above & Beyond’s podcast formerly known as Trance Around the World. MS54 used to be on A&B’s label Anjunabeats so it was pretty common to hear their songs on TATW. However, it wasn’t until I heard the Myon & Shane 54 Refill of a remix by Cosmic Gate’s Nic Chagall called “Let Go” that I was hooked (I honestly have no idea what a “Refill” even is). The singer on the track is also arguably my favorite Trance vocalist, Aruna.

Story time – about a month after the release of the above mentioned song, Above & Beyond held their TATW 350 episode live from the Hollywood Palladium. Naturally, I stayed in on a Friday night to listen in live from my bed! I’ve pretty much whored him out on this blog since my return, but I was texting my friend Scott who was there about how jealous I was when all of a sudden, Above & Beyond opened with “Let Go.” I was so pissed, yet so happy. And thus began my interest in the duo. If you have not, and I am sure you haven’t, listened to Trance Around the World 350, you NEED to. It really symbolizes the period in which I got into Trance and where my interest in Above & Beyond was at its peak. People also accredit 350 with being the last set A&B played before becoming the 2.0 version of themselves. I will go into more detail about this some other time.

I think I’ve written enough anecdotes already, but I’ll just add that I spent an entire month driving around Europe last summer listening to pretty much the same four songs on my phone. Those songs were “Promises (Myon & Shane 54 Summer of Love Mix),” “Our Way Home” by Lange (OMG the build at 4:15 O_o), “Miracle (Above & Beyond Club Mix)” and “Satellite (Floris de Haan Mix).”

To conclude, I’ve never heard a song I didn’t like by MS54. Their sound is so uplifting and melodic. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! The following songs are in the order by which I like most.

  1. Andain – Promises (Myon & Shane Summer of Love Mix) [132 BPM]
  2. Mark Eteson – Let Go (Nic Chagall Remix) [Myon & Shane 54 Refill] [131 BPM]
  3. Cosmic Gate, Myon & Shane 54 – All Around You [134 BPM]
  4. Myon & Shane 54 – Lights (Club Mix) [134 BPM]
  5. Velvetine – The Great Divide (Myon & Shane 54 Summer of Love Mix) [132 BPM]
  6. Above & Beyond – Every Little Beat (Myon & Shane 54 Summer of Love Mix) [134 BPM]
  7. Above & Beyond – Alchemy (Myon & Shane 54 Redemption Mix) [132 BPM]

Also, check out their podcast (their mashups are sick): International Departures

seven_lions_logo_hiresSo as most of you know by now, my absolute favorite genre of EDM is Trance. But today I have decided to feature one of my favorite artists right now who produces Dubstep. This is not your typical grimy Dubstep, but actually has an inherently trancey feel. His name is Seven Lions.

I first heard about Seven Lions from his remix of Above & Beyond’s “You Got To Go” but didn’t pay much attention to it because there are so many other good versions, including the Original, Above & Beyond Club Mix and Kyau & Albert Remix. I constantly go back and forth between whether the Club Mix or Kyau & Albert version are better, and sadly the Club Mix is not available on Spotify. Seriously though, take a listen to all of these. I include links unrelated to the posts as a whole because you should check them out as well.

My interest in Seven Lions only began maybe a few months back actually after I heard one of his songs on this sick extreme sports compilation video that I watched with my friend Colin. The song was so discernibly Seven Lions and every time I hear a track by him I can’t help but think of the word “triumphant.” His stuff is just so epic. I also want to thank my friend Andrew for sharing “Cosmic Love (Seven Lions Remix)” with me. I kind of shrugged it off at first, but holy shit is this song awesome.

I think it was my friend Kevin who said that it is nearly impossible to look cool when you dance to Dubstep. But I would try my fucking ass off to look cool if I ever get to see Seven Lions live. Him and Baauer have a close race for my favorite non-Trance producer. And I GET DOWN to Baauer.

So definitely give the songs mentioned above and included below a listen. Turn your volume way up and make sure you have some quality headphones or you’ll miss out on so many of the unique sounds Seven Lions incorporates into his music. Everything just sounds so crisp, yet mixed into a world of chaos.

Let me know what you think.

  1. Seven Lions – Days to Come
  2. Florence And The Machine – Cosmic Love (Seven Lions Remix)
  3. Tritonal – Still With Me (Seven Lions Remix)
  4. Above & Beyond – You Got To Go (Seven Lions Remix)

Bonus Slander Trap Remix: Seven Lions – Days To Come (Slander, 7DS & Direwolfe Remix)

I cannot believe it is true, but Laidback Luke is coming to Madison, Wis. on April 10. And tickets are only $20! Some have heard me claim that he is the best House DJ in the world, and while I still stand by this claim, I can write no further without commenting on his recent productions.

In my opinion, Laidback Luke was the No. 1 DJ in 2010 and has been a trailblazer for the Dutch House genre that has grown to mass popularity in the past couple of years. However, even though I voted for Laidback Luke in my DJMag poll this year (you only get five votes), his productions over the past year have been mediocre at best.

Nonetheless, this show is a must-attend because Laidback Luke’s track record speaks for itself. He is one of the most technical DJs in the world and a true talent. Many DJs just press play, as you may have heard, but every Laidback Luke show is unique because of the work he puts into his sets. I have only seen him twice before, but I have never seen a DJ that manages to fit more songs and more genres into one set on a consistent basis. He plays all ranges of House music, but has also been known to drop Dubstep, Hip-Hop and sometimes Trance into his sets.

I first got into Laidback Luke when reading through my buddy Jack’s blog called Big10HouseMafia. I downloaded every track that I liked and started to notice that I was downloading a ton of Laidback Luke. That may have been due to the amount he posted his songs, but even so, I must have collected at least 10 in the first couple of days of my search. Jack posts mostly Tech House now, which I don’t care for, but I accredit him with turning me onto Dutch House.

This list could be over 60 songs long, but I tried to pick the 20 best for people to decipher through prior to the show. Luckily, there is a lot of time.

Laidback Luke has been responsible for some of the biggest House anthems to date, including “Leave The World Behind” and “Show Me Love.” But he is also a remix master. “Delirious (Laidback Luke Remix)” was one of the first songs I can remember posting on Facebook that I dubbed a banger. “Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix)” and “Do! Do! Do! (Laidback Luke Remix)” are also definitely up there in my favorite songs of all-time.

Every song is worth a listen and the list focuses on the diversity of Laidback Luke’s portfolio of productions. Enjoy!

  1. Be – Laidback Luke, Steve Angello [House]
  2. Blau! – Laidback Luke & Lee Mortimer [Electro House]
  3. Brand New Bitch (Laidback Luke) – Anjulie [Electro House]
  4. Cinema (Laidback Luke Remix) – Benny Benassi [House]
  5. Delirious (Laidback Luke Remix) – David Guetta [Progressive House]
  6. Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix) – Wynter Gordon [Electro House]
  7. Do! Do! Do! (Laidback Luke Remix) – Carte Blanche [Electro House]
  8. Dutchano (Laidback Luke Edit) – Avesta & B Valley [Progressive House]
  9. Heartbreaker (Laidback Luke Remix) – MSTRKRFT [Electro House]
  10. Hey Sexy Lady (Laidback Luke Remix) – iSquare [Progressive House]
  11. Indestructible (Laidback Luke Club Mix) – Robyn [Progressive House]
  12. Leave The World Behind – Laidback Luke, Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Steve Angello [Progressive House]
  13. My G*O*D* (Guns on Demo) – Laidback Luke [Electro House]
  14. Pon De Floor (Laidback Luke Remix) – Major Lazer [Electro House]
  15. Show Me Love (Extended Mix) – Laidback Luke, Steve Angello [House]/Show Me One (Laidback Luke Bootleg) – Swedish House Mafia [Progressive House]
  16. Till Tonight – Laidback Luke [Progressive House]
  17. Timebomb – Laidback Luke [Progressive House]
  18. Turbulence (Club Mix) – Laidback Luke & Steve Aoki [Electro House]
  19. Who’s Wearing The Cap – Laidback Luke & Sander van Doorn [Progressive House]
  20. You Used To Hold Me (Laidback Luke Remix) – Calvin Harris [House]

Featured Artist: Nadia Ali

Most of the time when I listen to EDM, I pay attention mostly to the producer of a songs and not the vocalist. However, in this circumstance that is not the case. May I introduce you to the beautiful, the talented Nadia Ali.

If you don’t know Ali, her Twitter description describes here PERFECTLY: “I sing the songs that make you tingle when you’re dancing.”

Every song that Ali provides her vocals for becomes an instant classic, and as you can imagine, ranking the songs on this playlist in order was impossible because they are all phenomenal. No matter what genre she sings over, the song is always incredible.

I will go as far as saying that Ali has the best voice in all of EDM. Haley, who is featured on a number of earlier Kaskade tracks may be my second favorite.

The list is an attempt at my favorites in order. I am sure I have left out some songs she is featured in, but every one of these deserves a listen.

❤ Nadia Ali

  1. Pressure (Alesso Remix) – Starkillers, Alex Kenji, Nadia Ali [Progressive House]
  2. Fantasy (Morgan Page Remix Extended Mix) – Nadia Ali [Progressive House]
  3. Call My Name (Spencer & Hill Remix) – Sultan & Ned Shepard, Nadia Ali [Electro House]
  4. Believe It (Club Mix) – Spencer & Hill, Nadia Ali [Electro House]
  5. Keep It Coming – Starkillers, Nadia Ali [Progressive House]/Keep It Coming (Basto Remix) – Starkillers, Nadia Ali [Progressive House]
  6. Feels So Good (Club Mix) – Armin Van Buuren, Nadia Ali [Trance]
  7. Rapture (Avicii New Generation Extended Mix) – Nadia Ali [Progressive House]

NEW RELEASE: This Is Your Life (Club Mix) – EDX, Nadia Ali [Progressive House]

Featured Artist: Above & Beyond

How do I begin a featured artist post about my heroes, Above & Beyond (also Oceanlab)? These three guys, Jono, Tony and Paavo, mean the world to me, and the music they make is indescribable. Most of my readers are just getting into EDM, but really only getting into House. Trance is where EDM really reaches its “apex of music” status and Above & Beyond are at the forefront of that revolution.

House is fun to party, but Trance pulls at your heart and can truly be an emotional journey. Laugh all you want, but if you allow yourself to lost it and get lost in a trance (get it?), you’ll see what I mean.

For anyone that does not know yet, I will be traveling with the Wisconsin wrestling team to Champaign-Urbana this weekend, and just my luck, my favorite DJs in the world will be there on Thursday night! The show just sold out and the venue doesn’t even fit 1,000 people so this could be the best show of theirs I’ve seen to date.

I have seen A&B live twice, once at the House of Blues in Chicago when I had a fever of 103, and at EDC Vegas this past summer. I met a girl at EDC Vegas with the same passion for A&B soooooo that was sweet (Hey Jenna!). Every show is like a religious experience and they are the best showman in the business. Having three DJs is also pretty awesome because while one or two mix, the others can appeal to the crowd.

I don’t even know how I began this list of my favorite A&B songs. It’s missing some of their biggest tracks, including “Alone Tonight,” “Can’t Sleep,” “Air For Life,” and so many others.

But it’s not just the songs A&B make, but what they do for the genre. Many of you may have been wondering what the hell the background on my Twitter, Timeline photo, as well as the photo that went along with my original EDM Playlists on Facebook is. Well, A&B’s label is called Anjunabeats (they now also have Anjunadeep) and the music they produce on it is all incredible. Basically, every Trance producer that matters, outside of Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto, is on their label. That’s a lie, but it’s not like any of my readers would know ATB, Dash Berlin, or even Gareth Emery.

I first heard about Above & Beyond in high school when I noticed two Facebook friends discussing one of the Anjunabeats volumes. There are now nine volumes. A&B uses them to promote the best tracks in a given year on their label all in one mixtape. Seriously, check them all out. It’s also interesting to see how their sound has changed over the years because A&B has taken a HUGE step towards Progressive, but I love it. These guys used to produce Trance track after Trance track hovering near 140 BPM (that’s really fast), but have recently settled in right around 134, not near Progressive but approaching it.

Above & Beyond also have a two-hour podcast that rocks my world weekly called Trance Around The World, which can be downloaded on iTunes. They hardly play their own stuff anymore, but it is my favorite sampling of what is new and progressive on the Trance scene. If you go to a school that is as cold as mine, THIS IS THE BEST MUSIC TO POWER WALK BETWEEN CLASSES TO.  Plus, their personalities really shine through and you get a sense that #trancefamily is truly worldwide.

Just listen to the power of “Sun & Moon” live from their 400th episode of TATW in Lebanon at 1:09:32!!! I know I was screaming out loud with half a million people around the world!

Oh, they also won Essential Mix of the Year, again.

The songs are in an attempted order of my favorites. Even though I got into them in high school, I kind of missed their true Trance roots, so other Trance fanatics would be pretty pissed with this list. Because of that, I encourage you to do some searching online for more of their tracks. All the songs are Trance, so I provided the beats per minute for you to differentiate the types within the genre.

EDIT: They are the No. 5-ranked DJ group in the world.

Listen, love and appreciate. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Above & Beyond:

  1. Sun & Moon (Club Mix) – Above & Beyond [134 BPM]
  2. Thing Called Love (Extended Club Mix) – Above & Beyond [134 BPM]
  3. Prelude – Above & Beyond [134 BPM]
  4. On A Good Day (Metropolis) (Extended Mix) – Gareth Emery, Oceanlab [134 BPM]
  5. Lonely Girl (Gareth Emery Remix) – Oceanlab [134 BPM]
  6. You Got To Go – Above & Beyond [132 BPM]/You Got To Go (Above & Beyond Club Mix) – Above & Beyond [132 BPM]
  7. Formula Rossa – Above & Beyond [128 BPM]
  8. Miracle (Above & Beyond Club Mix) – Oceanlab [138 BPM]
  9. Anphonic – Above & Beyond, Kyau & Albert [132 BPM]
  10. Every Little Beat – Above & Beyond [130 BPM]

Featured Artist: Avicii

The man, the myth, the legend – Avicii is coming to Madison, Wis. on January 24th for the second time in two years, but this time it’s twice as expensive (yay!). The Swedish native’s real name is Tim Bergling, but he also goes by Tim Berg and Tom Hangs (wtf?).

I stopped listening to Avicii a while back because he is a fuck, and stopped releasing music to go on tour to make his way into the hearts of college students all over the United States. It worked and he is now the undeserved #6 DJ in the world (I think he should be #11).

For many, Avicii is the gateway drug into EDM and I imagine a lot of people who have never been to a House music show will be attending their first when Avicii comes to town. My gateway DJ was Deadmau5, but that was a different time back then.

Avicii does not have too many original mixes to write home about, but he is a remix master, although “Levels” was my top song of 2011. There are over 60 songs in my library when I search for “Avicii,” so you can imagine how tough this list was to put together. The following is a list of my favorite 10 Avicii songs in order:

  1. Levels – Avicii [Progressive House]
  2. Seek Bromance (Avicii Vocal Extended) – Tim Berg [Progressive House]
  3. Let Me Show You Love (Ash & Avicii’s Hype Machine Mix) – Ash [Progressive House]
  4. Sometimes I Feel (Avicii’s Out of Miami Mix) – Sebastien Drums [Progressive House]
  5. Escape Me (Avicii Remix At Night) – Tiesto [Progressive House]
  6. Rapture (Avicii New Generation Extended Mix) – Nadia Ali [Progressive House]
  7. Hang With Me (Avicii’s Exclusive Club Mix) – Robyn [Progressive House]
  8. Make My Heart (Avicii’s Replacer Mix) – Toni Braxton [Progressive House]
  9. Drowning (Avicii Remix) – Armin Van Buuren [Trance]
  10. Sunshine – Avicii & David Guetta [Progressive House]
Bonus (Unreleased):
  1. Fuck School – Avicii & Nicky Romero
  2. ID2 – Avicii