Category: Trance

Tribute Mix To Menno De Jong (2017)

Tribute Mix To Menno De Jong (2017)

Tribute Mix To Menno De Jong (2017)

DJ: Nico
Genre/Style: Trance, Uplifting Trance, Progressive Trance
Mix Info: Tribute Mix To Menno De Jong by DJ Nico
Length Mix: 01:13:29
Tracks: 12 (twelve)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 741 MB
File Type: .aiff
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Menno De Jong – Facebook Fanpage

Soundcloud is filled with awesome mixes, but before I pressed play on the mix I’m about to write about, it got me scared: has Menno passed away? Normally when it states the word ‘tribute’, it means the worst. But that’s not the case, thank God for that. It’s a dedication mix, an appreciation mix, made by someone called DJ Nico, to showcase how much he likes the music that’s been made by the mastermind Menno De Jong. The next thing that worried me was the size of the file: 741 megabytes of music? Bloody Nora, it has to be a great mix then!

I had to do a bit of research, because I’m not a walking Wikipedia. As I already know, Menno is a DJ and a producer, but he’s also A&R manager of In Trance We Trust. That’s another responsibility for an already busy man. I’ve just checked out his Facebook page, and it’s filled with literally everything music related: gig footage, releases on In Trance We Trust, pictures of himself and crowds, promoting his own event (which already took place, sorry, too late to get excited for that), etc.

He’s a busy bee, this Menno De Jong. I’ve seen his name before and heard tracks of him before, but never compiled into one hour and ten minute long mix. DJ Nico didn’t cram in a million records, just a handful and made sure they would be listened to by the listeners, and understood. I always feel that if a track is being played too short, people don’t understand the message, or feeling it generates. And when it comes to Trance you need to play records as long as possible.

tracklist TCD

01. Menno De Jong – Tundra
02. Menno De jong feat Noire Lee – Creatures Of The Night
03. Menno De Jong – Abhyasa
04. Menno De Jong & Adam Ellis – Solicitude
05. Menno De Jong & Talla 2XLC – Area 51 (Menno De Jong Mix) 
06. Menno De Jong feat Aneym – Your Heaven (Johan Ekman Remix) 
07. Menno De Jong & Kinetica – Aurealis
08. Menno De Jong & Adam Ellis feat Kate Louise Smith – Set To Sail
09. Menno De Jong feat Noire Lee – Creatures Of The Night (Adam Ellis Remix) 
10. Menno De Jong – Guanxi (Super 8 Remix) 
11. Menno De Jong – Any Other Day
12. Menno De Jong – Ahimsa

A very nice dedication mix, it has to be said. DJ Nico picked the finest Menno De Jong records, and made a very entertaining mix. The feeling this mix generates is that of ultimate bliss, and that’s what I was after today. It’s Saturday morning, and what better way to start today with a very good Trance mix, with records by someone who knows how to made excellent tunes.

The tunes are all amazing. The tunes are bliss. This takes me into a trancey mode, and I’m loving it. You basically can’t go wrong with Menno, he knows a thing or two about Trance.

There are serious dancefloor smashers in this mix. Tracks like ‘Creatures Of The Night’, ‘Area 51’, ‘Guanxi’, ‘Aurealis’, but the one that makes me move the most, and makes me feel the greatest, is ‘Tundra’. That’s just how I like my Trance music, no nonsense, just pure passionate Trance music.

DJ Nico’s mix is really interesting, and nice to hear. Menno would be proud. You don’t see that many tribute/dedication mixes online, but when you do find them, most of them are really good, like this one. A bit 5 out of 5 stars for it!


Perrelli & Mankoff Summer Mix (2017)

Perrelli & Mankoff Summer Mix (2017)

Perrelli & Mankoff Summer Mix (2017)

DJs: Perrelli & Mankoff
Genre/Style: Trance, Tech Trance, Uplifting Trance
Mix Info: Perrelli & Mankoff Summer Mix
Length Mix: 00:59:58
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 109 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 256kbps
More Information: Perrelli & Mankoff – Facebook Fanpage

Only a couple of weeks ago I discovered these two guys on Soundcloud, after Sied van Riel uploaded their mix for Rielism, promoting their own record ‘Lingering Mind’ (featuring Sara Houston) and more. That’s when I fell in love with their mix, and I went on a quest. Their Soundcloud page is filled with many records and mixes, basically hours of fun! And only 9 days ago they uploaded their latest mix, to celebrate the Summer (well, have we had a real Summer this year in the UK?). A few of their own productions/reworks can be found in here, so you should be a happy bunny on this sunny Sunday!

This is yet another mix which has blown me away! They’ve gained a huge follower in me, and I’ve already reposted stuff they had on their Soundcloud page. But could I let their latest mix go by without writing something about it? Nope, I simply couldn’t. To me they are the rising stars within the Trance scene, and when Sied van Riel promotes your stuff/reposts (or whatever he does), it means you are doing something well. And well they’ve done with their latest mix, which was recorded in June, when we all thought we would have the hottest Summer ever…

Let me show you the tracklist. It’s kind of sexy, if you are into Trance. It’s a thing of beauty!

tracklist TCD

01. Joint Operations Centre & Shugz vs Dark Monks & Steve Murano – Insane Irene (Rusty Intro Edit) 
02. Perrelli & Mankoff – Opposing Force (Original Mix) 
03. Allen Watts & Dreamy – Integrity (Original Mix) 
04. XiJaro & Pitch – Reveries (Original Mix) 
05. Giuseppe Ottaviani feat Kyler England – Firefly (OnAir Mix) 
06. Perelli & Mankoff – Unlimited (Original Mix) 
07. Abel Ramos – Aquarius (Noon & Morgan ‘Katana’ Bootleg) 
08. Bobby Neon feat Lokka Vox – Regrets (Asteroid Remix) 
09. Sean Tyas – Banshee (Evan Pearce Remix/ P&M Edit) 
10. Bart Claessen – Playmo (Perrelli & Mankoff Rework) 
11. Richard Durand & Sied van Riel – Rivella (Original Mix) 
12. Jordan Suckley – Ritual (ReOrder Remix) 
13. CRW – I Feel Love (Kinetica Remix) 
14. Ummet Ozcan – Reboot (Perrelli & Mankoff Rework) 
15. Ron van den Beuken – Sunset (Ron van den Beuken Remix) 

What a mix! This is seriously an insane mix! With a lot of dancefloor smashers, this shows how alive and kicking Trance music is, and boy, it makes the hair on my arms stand up. This is really the stuff made by angels!

Shit, I do need to get Rielism 4. I keep forgetting to purchase that album. Please remind me to get a copy. My mind is always half filled. I keep on promoting that album, but forgetting to get it myself hahaha.

Anyway, Perrelli & Mankoff. Superstar DJs. You can deny it, but you are lying. And you well know it. They’ve made yet another smashing mix, which goes into the books as one of the best mixes of 2017. So many great anthems selected, but the one that stands out is ‘Rivella’. Isn’t that a drink they sell in the Netherlands?

They’ve selected the best of the best, mixed them together, and what do you get? The best of 2017. Well, their other mixes are also extremely good, so I can not say which one should be number 1, but to me they share the same position alongside Sied van Riel. Perrelli & Mankoff, they should deserve a bigger stage, and if you are here for some free music, please, do yourself a favour, and check out their Soundcloud page. Maybe a bit underrated, which they clearly don’t deserve!

What a smashing mix. This has put a smile on my face. Can’t wait for their next mix. This goes on repeat until the next one. Can they actually make a bad mix? I don’t think they can.


Sied van Riel – Rielism 161 [Producers Set] (2015)

Sied van Riel - Rielism 161 [Producers Set] (2015)

Sied van Riel – Rielism 161 [Producers Set] (2015)

DJ: Sied van Riel
Genre/Style: Trance, Progressive Trance, Uplifting Trance, Tech Trance, Vocal Trance
Mix Info: Rielism 161 [Producers Set] Length Mix: 02:00:00
Tracks: 27 (twenty-seven)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 137 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 160kbps
More Information: Sied van Riel – Facebook Fanpage

The last couple of months I’m getting back into Trance music, and only a few weeks ago I reviewed a mix done by Sied van Riel, promoting his own event in Amsterdam. I was sadly too late, because the event already took place. But no matter what, I got the Rielism-bug again! I remember hearing Sied van Riel’s mixes when I was still living in the Netherlands, and purchasing his albums via the internet, or buying them in my local CD store. Sied is to me the greatest DJ and producer that has ever came out of the Trance scene, and to find him again online made me extremely happy.

Because of Sied Trance was given a purpose in my life again, and my enthusiasme has been enlightened again. After 2005 I’ve lost interest, but the recent years it’s growing on me slowely. The first couple of years it took a while, whilst I was focussing on other styles too. But now Trance dominates my life completely. So much, that I’m downloading everything imaginable, and my hard drive is begging me to stop. There’s not a lot of room left, but I don’t care. Terrabyte or not, it should have room. Room for much more Trance.

Looking at Sied’s Soundcloud page makes a person very happy. For many reasons. The main reason is the fact that it’s jamn packed with Trance music, be it separate tracks or nice mixes. Or in this case, a proper mix, showcasing Sied’s own producing skills. This mix is filled with his own productions, be it originals or remixes done by him. It’s a heavenly mix, because it contains newer tracks (up until 2015) and the earlier stuff. The records that made me fall in love with him. Yes, heavenly.

tracklist TCD

01. Mark Sherry feat Sharone – I Will Find You (Sied van Riel Remix) 
02. Jose Amnesia feat Jennifer Rene – Invincible (Sied van Riel Remix) 
03. Sied van Riel – Sigh (Original Mix) 
04. Sied van Riel – Fearless (Original Mix) 
05. Sied van Riel feat R.O.R. – Closer To You (Original Mix) 
06. Sied van Riel – 514 MTL (Original Mix) 
07. Sied van Riel – Rush (Original Mix) 
08. Sied van Riel – Bubble Blower (Original Mix) 
09. Armin van Buuren feat Jennifer Rene – Fine Without You (Sied van Riel Remix)
10. Sied van Riel feat Chloe – Hear You Calling (Original Mix) 
11. Sean Tyas – I Remember Now (Sied van Riel Remix) 
12. Ashley Wallbridge feat Meagan Nealone – I Believe (Sied van Riel Remix) 
13. Sied van Riel – Mentalism (Original Mix) 
14. Sied van Riel – Mongoosed (Original Mix) 
15. Bolier & van Riel – Darkstar (Original Mix) 
16. Sied van Riel & Geert Huinink – Minimal Symphony (Original Mix) 
17. Sied van Riel – MME (Original Mix) 
18. JOC vs Sied van Riel – Adagio For Wings (Original Mix) 
19. Sied van Riel – Past Present Future (Original Mix) 
20. Sied van Riel – The Dark Matters (Original Mix) 
21. David Forbes – Questions Must Be Asked (Sied van Riel Remix) 
22. Sied van Riel feat Fenja – The Game (Original Mix) 
23. Sied van Riel – Changing Places (Original Mix) 
24. First State feat Anita Kelsey – Falling (Sied van Riel Remix) 
25. Hemstock & Jennings – Mirage Of Hope (Sied van Riel Remix) 
26. Sied van Riel & Standerwick – In A Perfect World (Original Mix) 
27. Sied van Riel & Bjorn Akesson – Repro Juiced (Bootleg) 

This is every Trance lovers’ wet dream! A production mix. Filled with tracks by Sied van Riel. My God, that’s just sublime. Before you start having a go, it’s from 2015, so it won’t have tracks from 2016 + 2017. But there are plenty of other mixes you can listen to, trust me.

In all fairness, I am biased. I’m truly in love with the music that Sied creates, since he emerged onto the Trance scene. His music is just picture perfect for me, so you would expect this to get the highest score, and you are absolutely right. I can not state the amount of happiness that filled me after I found this mix online. I never rielly knew that he made these kinds of mixes, I thought it was just the name of his label and the album, but turns out Sied is a busy man.

This mix might be from 2015, but it’s banging, even in 2017. This is sheer beauty, wrapped in a 2 hour long mix. So many great anthems are in here, from ‘Mongoosed’ to ‘MME’, to ‘The Dark Matters’… basically every tune in this mix. And I haven’t stopped listening to it. Sied is my personal hero, and what he has contributed to the scene is so much love, dedication and passion to make Trance music sound absolutely epic. And in this mix you will experience all of that, in 2 hours.

Sied’s mix is seriously tight. Can’t believe I’ve only found this the other day. It’s banging, it’s beautiful, it’s mesmerizing… it’s everything I wanted to hear in a long time. But I think I’ve found the best Trance mix of not just 2017, but of all time! Production wise Sied is the best, and mixing wise too!

Sied, when are you coming to London? I want to hear your music being played live in front of me. I need Sied. Rielly!

Ps. I can’t pick a favourite. I simply can’t. He’s the one producer who’s tracks are ALL excellent.


Sean & Xander – Inspire 062 (2017)

Sean & Xander - Inspire 062 (2017)

Sean & Xander – Inspire 062 (2017)

DJs: Sean & Xander
Genre/Style: Trance
Mix Info: Inspire Episode 062
Length Mix: 01:00:00
Tracks: 13 (thirteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Sean & Xander – Facebook Fanpage

The more I get back into the Trance scene, the more music I come across. I’m on full Trance mode at the moment, and I’m seriously digging a lot I’m hearing. Recently I’ve been getting into Rielism mode (Sied van Riel’s music) and Perrelli & Mankoff, and via Soundcloud a duo called Sean & Xander pointed out a new mix they’ve uploaded only a few days ago, and they thought I might like it. Well, truth be told, they were right. I’m loving everything the Trance scene has to offer, so this was a nice welcome. I think in the last couple of days I was stalking Sied van Riel’s Soundcloud page. I need a break.

That break came in the form of a brand new mix, which is basically a radio show, presented by Sean & Xander. I’ve been out of the Trance scene for a while now, so I can’t tell you who is who. And I’ve never seen their names before. So I do apologise to those Sean & Xander fans on Facebook. They seem to have a huge following on Facebook: around 54000! Now that’s impressive. How did that slip by without me noticing it? I’m a huge music freak, so I should have noticed it.

Their show is broadcasted every Tuesdays on Trance-Energy Radio, and that’s another thing I didn’t know it excisted. It’s like I’m re-introduced into a scene which shouldn’t have been new to me, but it is. I reckon that between 2006 and 2014 I was fully out of Trance music, and only the last couple of months I’ve been drawn back into it.  This is yet another mix which makes me realise how awesome this scene and style is. So beautiful, so passionate, so ground breaking.

The tracklist was nicely added, so we know which tunes they’ve used for their radio show!

tracklist TCD

01. The Thrillseekers – In These Arms (The Thrillseekers presents Hydra Extended Remix) 
02. Davey Asprey – Passengers (Extended Mix) 
03. Ruben De Ronde x Rodg & Ben Gold – BombSquadKittens (Extended Mix) 
04. Stoneface & Terminal – Deepox (Extended Mix) 
05. Dark Fusion – Ressentir (Extended Mix) 
06. Max Graham & Neev Kennedy – Guiding Light (James Dymond Extended Remix)
07. Svenson & Gielen – We Know What You Did… (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix) 
08. Alexandre Bergheau presents I.D.K. – Deep Blue (Extended Mix) 
09. Perrelli & Mankoff feat Sara Houston – Lingering Mind (Extended Mix) 
10. Marco V – Alosaka (Extended Mix) 
11. Steve Allen & UDM presents Nightflyers – Nightflyers (Extended Mix) 
12. MaRLo – Onaj (Extended Mix) 
13. Gareth Emery feat Christina Novelli – Concrete Angel (ReOrder Extended Remix) 

I know I’m normally against progression of music, because I’m more a fan of the older stuff, but in this case Trance is only progressing in a good way. The music has got deeper and more emotional, and produced much better. If you compare this to the Trance from the early 00s, it’s such a different world.

Sean & Xander’s show/mix is a seriously good one. A lot of extended mixes. Basically every track is an extended version of the original, and the flow between them all is nice. There are two tracks I need to get used to, which is ‘We Know What You Did’ and ‘Concrete Angel’. It’s because I like the original a bit more.

The other 11 tracks are seriously insane. ‘Lingering Mind’ is the track of the moment for me, ‘Guiding Light’ a secret pleasure for me, because I can loose myself, but for me the best track in this mix has got to be ‘Ressentir’. Whatever it might mean, the track is just pure filth. It has influences from other styles, and a bit of the older Trance sound, and that combination works extremely well in this track.

Sean & Xander, you’ve gained a fan. I’m digging this mix a lot. Don’t know if I’m able to listen to your mixes on Trance-Energy Radio every Tuesday, but I’ll do my best to catch up via Soundcloud. This is Trance, just the way I like it!