Owen Royal – Deep House Mix 2013

Owen Royal - Deep House Mix 2013

Owen Royal – Deep House Mix 2013

DJ: Owen Royal
Genre/Style: House, Deep House, Progressive House
Mix Info: Deep House Mix 2013
Length Mix: 01:19:45
Tracks: 18 (eighteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 110 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Owen Royal – Facebook Fanpage

Don’t know why, but the other day I wanted to hear something nice and quiet, relaxing music. And obviously you go straight to Deep House music. Name one style more relaxing than this one? You simply can’t think of one right now, can you? Soundcloud decided to show me one of the most played Deep House mixes, which has 4.08 million listens since 2013! 4 million listens? Sweet Lord, that’s impressive. I always try to avoid mixes with high amounts of listens, because the majority aren’t my cup of tea, but this one I couldn’t avoid. I had to, I simply had to listen to it.

Owen Royal. The name doesn’t ring a bell. I’m sorry. But with this mix it’s engraved in my brain. It’s not his only mix on Soundcloud, you should check him out if Deep House is your cup of tea. It’s mine, so I will check out other mixes before I continue doing absolutely nothing (it’s Sunday). A nice coffee, speakers on maximum, and me enjoying this mix. What else could we ask for? Nothing.

This mix contains 18 tracks, and the tracklist at first didn’t make me excited, because I don’t know 80% of the artists. But the tracks spoke to me after I listened to this mix once, so I think it’s time for me to share the tracklist and let you experience it like I have!

tracklist

01. Rhythm Control – My House (Original Mix) (Acapella) 
02. Maya Jane Cole – Easier To Hide
03. Teenage Mutants & Andre Crom – Hanging On
04. Ben Pearce – What I Might Do (Club Mix) 
05. Duke Dumont – The Giver
06. Tensnake & Syron – Mainline (Dub) 
07. Nick Curly – Underground (Dennis Ferrer Remix) 
08. Justin Martin – Don’t Go (Dusky Remix) 
09. Yousef – Beg (Hot Since 82 Future Mix) 
10. Deep City Groove – Police Brutality (Dale Howard’s Brutal Mix) 
11. Cyruslo – High
12. Flashmob – Need In Me
13. Infinity Ink – Infinity
14. Flashmob – Hot
15. Maya Jane Cole – What They Say
16. Greg Mak – Voyage (Original Mix) 
17. Shadow Child & James Talk – Comb Over
18. Destiny’s Child – Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix @ 126 BPM) 

The tracklist is good. But one track stood out, and that’s of course Destiny’s Child ‘Say My Name’. But we’ll come back to that track in a minute.

Owen Royal picked a lot of amazing Deep House records, and they set the tone for my Sunday. It’s going to be relaxed and chilled. This mix can be played over and over again, the records are good, nice and relaxing. And especially because it’s Sunday this mix works well. It’s our relaxing day.

There are a few cross fading errors. Nothing major, 4 million listeners will probably disagree, but at certain points the tracks are not flowing into each other that easy. If the cross fading from one to the next would be improved , the mix would get 5 out of 5 stars. But there are sadly to many moments where it doesn’t flow that easily. But don’t let me put you off, don’t!

I was talking about ‘Say My Name’ earlier, and I can say that this version of Destiny’s Child record is seriously the best one I’ve ever heard! Can’t stand Destiny’s Child, but this version just sounds so much better! This is one of the best records ever made! The record before (‘Comb Over’) gets you in such a chill mood, getting you ready for the last record in this mix, which is seriously one amazing record! I can listen to this record over and over again!

A good mix. Worth to be played out loud on this Sunday. Enjoy it! Download it, and spread the love!

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Anthems Trance (2013)

Anthems Trance (2013)

Anthems Trance (2013)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Trance, Progressive Trance, Progressive House
Release Year: 2013
Album Info: Anthems Tramce
CDs: 3 (three)
Length CDs: +/- 3 hours
Tracks: 60 (sixty)
Label: Ministry Of Sound
Product Number: MOSCD343
More Information: Ministry Of Sound – Official Website

I’m always on the hunt for new music, and sometimes I do find albums I should have bought when they were red hot. The album I’m about to review is already 3 years old, but Trance is ageless, so it doesn’t matter to be brutally honest if you buy it in 2016 or 3694. Trance has the power to unity not only people, but whole nations. It has done so much for us music lovers during the 90s and beginning of the 00s, and now it’s a well established music style that has many followers all over the world. A much loved scene, and I can say I was part of it during the 90s when it grew. Bought many albums and many singles, and they all made me a very happy Dutchman. The music in general has changed, but with an album like the one I bought the other day it will take me back to the good ol’ days when Trance was different, yet more appealing to me.

Ministry of Sound is know for releasing many albums. Do they still have a club in Elephant & Castle? They probably don’t need to anymore, seeing as they sell more CDs than ever before. Every week you will see and hear a brand new CD, and I reckon 82% of the albums you buy nowadays are released by MoS. A powerful label, with a majestic history. They dared to release this monster album, which takes us back to the glorious days of Trance music. 3 CDs of pure bliss. But is it worth it? Is it what you are looking for?

As I said, it’s 3 CDs jam packed with tunes. 60 tunes in total, can you handle that amount of pressure? 60 tunes, coming to you through your speakers!

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CD One 
01. Faithless – Insomnia (Monster Mix)
02. Paul van Dyk – For An Angel (E-Werk Club Mix) 
03. Delerium feat Sarah McLachlan – Silence (DJ Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise Remix) 
04. Gouryella – Gouryella
05. Binary Finary – 1999
06. Tiësto – Adagio For Strings
07. Veracocha – Carte Blance
08. PPK – Resurrection
09. Planet Perfecto – Bullet In The Gun
10. Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire
11. Art Of Trance – Madagascar (Ferry Corsten Remix) 
12. Armin van Buuren – Communication
13. System F – Out Of The Blue
14. Rank 1 – Airwave
15. Brainbug – Nightmare (Sinister Strings Mix) 
16. The Thrillseekers feat Sheryl Deane – Synaesthesia (Fly Away) (Paul van Dyk Dub Mix) 
17. Mauro Picotto – Lizard (Claxixx Mix) 
18. Push – Universal Nation
19. Blank & Jones – Cream
20. Solarstone – Seven Cities (Stones Atlantis Mix) 

CD Two 
01. Robert Miles – Children
02. ATB – 9PM (Till I Come)
03. Darude – Sandstorm
04. Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400
05. DJ Jean – The Launch
06. Warrior – Warrior
07. Storm – Time To Burn
08. Da Hool – Meet Her At The Love Parade (Nalin & Kane Mix) 
09. Three Drives – Greece 2000
10. Jurgen Vries – The Theme
11. Liquid Child – Diving Faces
12. Southside Spinners – Luvstruck
13. CRW – I Feel Love (R.A.F. Zone Remix) 
14. Chicane – Salt Water
15. Grace – Not Over Yet (Perfecto Mix) 
16. Nalin & Kane – Beachball
17. Matt Darey feat Marcella Woods – Liberation (Fly Like An Angel)
18. York – On The Beach (CRW Radio Edit) 
19. Lange feat Skye – Drifting Away
20. B.B.E. – Seven Days And One Week

CD Three 
01. Tomcraft – Loneliness
02. Sash! – Encore Une Fois (Future Breeze Remix) 
03. Ferry Corsten – Punk
04. Above & Beyond feat Richard Bedford – Sun & Moon
05. David Guetta feat Sia – Titanium
06. Armin van Buuren feat Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like
07. Swedish House Mafia feat John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
08. Avicii vs Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One (Nicktim Radio Edit) 
09. Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash feat John Martin – Reload
10. Nicky Romero & NERVO – Like Home
11. Zedd feat Foxes – Clarity (Tiësto Remix) 
12. Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember
13. BURNS – Lies (Otto Knows Remix) 
14. OneRepublic feat Alesso – If I Lose Myself (Alesso vs OneRepublic) 
15. Tim Berg – Bromance (Avicii’s Arena Mix) 
16. Eric Prydz – Niton (The Reason)
17. Nadia Ali – Rapture (Avicii New Generation Radio Edit) 
18. Otto Knows – Million Voices
19. Porter Robinson – Language
20. Sander van Doorn – Neon

We can safely say that they’ve tried to jam pack as much as they could, and there are quite a lot of amazing tracks on this album, but sadly it’s a mixed album. And sometimes I wonder if that’s really necessary: I am a mix fan, but when it comes to Trance a DJ friendly album is more my thing.

They’ve tried, and boy there are a few amazing tracks on here. True classics, many will know them and many will love them. Art of Trance, Cosmic Gate, Mauro Picotto, Three Drives, Tiësto and more. But, I wonder, where did it go wrong? I thought this album was focussed on Trance specificly, and not other styles aswel. There are Trance anthems on here, but I would say that at least 50% of the tunes can not even be categorised in the same genre. Trance is unique, and many tracks have been made over the years, and they all sound like Trance. The tunes selected by MoS aren’t really Trance, more House, Club, Electro and more. It’s disappointing to buy an album which should have been focussed on Trance, but clearly hasn’t. Not the first MoS album I bought and was disappointed about.

I can name the anthems everyone knows and loves, but to buy the album specifically for them is a waste of money. I bought this at Asda for only a fiver, but this isn’t the album I was after. Trance album should ONLY have Trance anthems on it, and no Club, EDM, Electro, House or any other style on it. Why do big companies do make this mistake? Arcade did it in the 90s, Sony during the 00s, and now Ministry Of Sound.

Waste of a fiver. But I like the graphics. Nice and green.

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Attlas – Storyline: Vol 1. (2016)

Attlas - Storyline: Vol 1. (2016)

Attlas – Storyline: Vol 1. (2016)

DJ: Attlas
Genre/Style: Progressive House, Dance, EDM, Chill
Mix Info: Storyline Vol. 1
Length Mix: 00:52:35
Tracks: 31 (thirty-one)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Attlas – Facebook Fanpage 

2015 was a brilliant year for me. During the year I discovered new music, new artists, and the one that made the year more special was a new artist called Attlas. To me he was the biggest surprise, and what he did to the music scene was so unique and refreshing, he became an instant hit. The two mixes you can find on his Soundcloud page were listened by thousands of people, more than 100k+ people listened to these wonderful mixes (the ones I’ve reviewed) and I can say in all honesty that I’m probably responsible for most plays. I had to bookmark these sets, and whenever I want to hear them, I just press play and the mood changes completely. The same with his latest mix, this is such a superb set, this is a game changing set.

What he does is unique. Minimalistic music and film bits, that’s the best way to describe what Attlas does. Yes, many artists have used bits in tracks, but not as good as Attlas. The way he does it is so unique, he takes the music to the next level. This mysterious person has the capability to single-handedly change the music industry, and I think you should follow the flow that his music generates. Follow his path, the destination will be heaven, I garantee. I’ve never heard anything like this before in my life, so different and beautiful, his sets are the only sets I’ve heard so far which causes me to cry. And I never cry.

Attlas brings the best out of us. If there’s one name you should follow, it’s his. Many artists are well established, but never unique nor refreshing. Attlas does what he wants to do, and the result is that he will be known in the future as the ‘next best thing to happen to the music scene’. His name will be on a list, a list containing names such as James Brown, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and more. He is the biggest name to grow in the scene right now, and if you can, follow him on everything, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, etc. Trust me, his name will be known as one of the greatest artists of the 21st century.

tracklist

01. Jens-Uwe Beyer – Hands
02. Jeremy Olander – Lunar
03. Ripperton – A Skilift Upstairs The Sleeping City (Max Cooper Remix) 
04. ATTLAS – Red
05. Kiasmos – Swept
06. Clark – 820689
07. Edamame – Some Whispers
08. ATTLAS – Jagged
09. Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Four
10. Vessels – Glass Lake
11. Stephan Bodzin – Birth (Super Flu’s Early Contractions Remix) 
12. Jens-Uwe Beyer – White Oversized Flame Yarn Bolero (feat John Stanier)
13. Aphex Twin – Stone In Focus (Benoît Pioulard Cover) 
14. Aftershock – Fade To Gret (Ambient Dub) 
15. Michael Cassette – Through The Windows
16. Bjork – Pleasure Is All Mine
17. Bjork – Hidden Place
18. African Children’s Choir – Lord I Lift Your Name On High
19. Drake – Brand New
20. Joris Voorn feat Kid A – So Long
21. Matt Karmil – Moment
22. Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime
23. Djrum – Ode
24. Weval – Gimme Some (Hunter/Game Remix) 
25. Roxy Music – Avalon
26. Pupkulies & Rebecca – Pink Pillow (DJ Tennis Remix) 
27. Djrum – The Miracle
28. ATTLAS – Tiff’s Theme
29. ATTLAS – Beginning
30. ATTLAS – Parallel Lines
31. Ryan Adams – Dear Chicago

Come on, name someone who can create such a beautiful looking tracklist?! Name one artist!?

Attlas/ATTLAS is a king. He’s the master of creating a legacy which will last a lifetime. This is such a superb set, nothing can come close to Attlas’ genuis-ness. How come only he can create this? Is it because he’s a musical God? Is he actually human, or not? Not many artists have blown me away in the last couple of years, not as much as Attlas did. He has this thing, and many might consider him gifted. He is indeed gifted, gifted with the power of creating a new level of depth in music. Movies and music, they blend well in an Attlas set.

The music is good. Not really a huge fan of Bjork’s voice, but in this mix it was suitable. Normally I would deduct stars (rating) but it doesn’t seem right to deduct anything, seeing as this is the best mix of 2016, and more mixes like this one will follow, according to what Attlas wrote underneath the mix on Soundcloud. Please let it be the truth, we need more mixes like the one you are about to listen to.

Best track? The first two. But the one that takes my breath away has got to be Jeremy Olander’s ‘Lunar’. Such a beautiful track, calm and peaceful. Attlas has picked the best tracks to start this wonderful journey through his wonderful music life.

I love Attlas, can you tell? His music is really great, his mixes are out of this world, and they all make me feel good. For once we’ve found an artist who’s unique and fresh, and his name…. is Attlas. Bookmark this mix, share it with your friends, and let yourself go. Let Attlas take you on an inspirational journey you will remember for a very long time.

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Olivier Abbeloos – My Early Productions Mix (88 – 96) (2015)

Olivier Abbeloos - My Early Productions Mix (88 - 96) (2015)

Olivier Abbeloos – My Early Productions Mix (88 – 96) (2015)

DJ: Olivier Abbeloos
Genre/Style: House, Rave, Techno, Deephouse, Breakbeat, Ambient
Mix Info: My Early Productions Mix (88-96)
Length Mix: 02:00:00
Tracks: 38 (thirty-eight)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: T99 (Olivier Abbeloos) – Facebook Fanpage

During the 90s many of us Europeans were fans of Quadrophonia and ofcourse T99, but many don’t know that one man was responsible for not only these duos releases, but so much more. Olivier Abbeloos has made so many great anthems, being part of T99 or Quadrophonia, but also under a few other aliases. His original name might be an unknown to you, but it’s time for you to acknowledge this man’s strength as a producer. He has uploaded a mix 2 days ago onto Soundcloud, to showcase his early productions, ranging from 1988 to 1996. Also another treat if you are an Oldskool lover: it’s recorded from vinyl.

Even I had to go to Discogs to find out how many aliases this man has used, and there are quite a lot! Cloud 9, Darkness, Inferno, Quantum, Random Generator, Vortex, Warp Factor One. Or maybe you are interested in which groups he has been? L&O, Orion, Quadrophonia, T99, Soul Patrol, Numatic, Nu Beat Kidz, Holographic Hallucination, etc. This Belgian producer has given so much to the music industry, and yet when you mention his name many will look at you strangely and wonder who you are talking about. But mention T99 or Quadrophonia and we instantaneously know the music they released.

His mix has got many of his own tracks in it, but mainly it’s all about the collaborations that led up to these anthems. It’s nice to see the tracklist that he added, he also added who worked on which track alongside himself and when it was released. Timeless music, and if you see the amount of tracks he worked on, it will be difficult to forget his name. Olivier Abbeloos, one true House pioneer/creator. This mix takes us back to the days during which House music was at its peak. Before it all changed and became more money driven. The music was pure, unaltered, unedged, and most of all, beautiful!

A 2 hour mix, with a tracklist? This is my kind of heaven.

tracklist

01. L&O – Even Now
02. The Concrete Beat – It’s Not The Way To Do It
03. The Concrete Beat – I Want You
04. The Concrete Beat – Techno Funk
05. Plb System – Artificial Defence (Esta Loco)
06. The Beat Machine – Mr Zig Zag
07. Neon – Sexuality
08. Neon – I’m Holding On
09. Neon – Don’t Mess With This Beat
10. Soul Patrol – Hype It Up
11. Jarvic 7 – No Time To Waste
12. Trigger – Stratosphere
13. Destroyer – Senses
14. Trigger – Wisdom
15. Quadrophonia – The Wave Of The Future
16. Conga Squad – Jungleboy
17. Jarvic 7 – Neutron Magna
18. Holographic Hallucination – Rumble
19. QA 0-127 – Q-Unit
20. QA 0-127 – Uni-Polar
21. Dynetic – Smoke
22. QA 0-127 – Multi Coloured Diodes
23. Warp Factor 1 – Care 4 Me
24. Quadrophonia – Quadrophonia
25. Quadrophonia – Schizofrenia
26. T99 – Nocturne
27. T99 – Anasthasia
28. Quadrophonia – The Man With The Masterplan
29. Quadrophonia – Find The Time (Second Wave Mix By Jochem Paap) 
30. T99 – Catwalk
31. Quadrophonia – Intergalactic Crosstalk (Amazonia) (Infinite Wheel Remix) 
32. Conga Squad – Jungleman
33. Conga Squad – Steel
34. Valleyman – Boatdrill (On A Rowing Trip Mix) 
35. Conga Squad – Orion
36. Holographic Hallucination – Broad Daylight
37. Random Generator – Zone Paging
38. Vortex – Apvoc

I don’t need to express to you how much of a fan I was of T99 and Quadrophonia, the first single I ever bought was sadly not theirs (it was L.A. Style). But the second one I bought was Quadrophonia. But I do remember owning both the albums they released, but sadly over the years they’ve disappeared. Or maybe I lent them to someone and they never returned it to me. It doesn’t matter, because we’ve still got the music: it’s on the internet, and if you look closely you will find many videos. But to actually find a mix containing their most famous stuff and more, is beyond belief!

Timeless music. You can play it in any set, and the crowd will go mad. I remember buying compilations and Anasthasia was on each of them. Still a must listen to track, if you love Oldskool rave. Quadrophonia was slightly different, but still pleasurable. If you were unaware, Lucien Foort was also part of Quadrophonia. Too much info to handle, eh?

Olivier isn’t the only one who should get the credits for these great anthems, but he was one of the masterminds behind most of the 80s and 90s tracks, and you can find them all in this wonderful mix. Never has my inner kid expressed so much joy in hearing a mix as good as this one. This takes me back to my bedroom, standing on my bed, listening to a cassette on my ‘my first Sony walkman’, driving my parents insane. Those were the days!

He has delivered an awesome mix, and you can still catch him playing all over the place. I urge you to see this man, because his influence has been immense. Where would we have been if these 38 tracks were not released? Would we’ve actually listened to Rave music? Would there be a Rave scene? Who knows?

Still to this day ‘Anasthasia’ is a great anthem, and the best one in this mix.

I want to go back and get my CDs back! The singles are ruined anyway, but the CDs…. if I lent it to you, give it back!

Ps. no download ability. Maybe one day it will be, but for now we’ve got to press play again and again.

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