To Armin van Buuren, the sound of music has become a natural high, a sanctuary, and the stimulus in life. With each year of his career passing, his role in electronic dance music has become more important. If anything, he inspires music lovers with his weekly radio show. Based on that show, is the annual compilation series, loved and anticipated by fans, music lovers and dance addicts. So here it is, A State of Trance 2014, mixed and compiled by no one less than Armin van Buuren.
A State of Trance 2014 features a great deal of brand new tracks, exclusive productions and remixes, mixed in only the way Armin van Buuren can. Setting forth the ‘On The Beach’ and ‘In The Club’ themes, Armin features a collab with Andrew Rayel, a brand new Gaia and tracks by Aly & Fila, Andrew Bayer, Gareth Emery, Protoculture, MarLo, Inge Bergmann, Allen Watts, Alexander Popov and many more. New found jewels of renowned names, brilliant discoveries by talents on the rise, you’ll find all of 2014 essentials in trance right on these two mixes. This is 2014, etched into music.
We’ve got the chance to take a listen to the full compilation before the release. Here’s our review for you!
CD1 under the ‘On The Beach’ headline concentrates mainly on vocal trance and progressive trance. Armin keeps a wonderful balance between vocal and non-vocal tracks and creates a great flow. Even Andrew Bayer’s “Once Lydian” breaks out of the frame with its dominant bass line. The perfect mix between vocal (our highlights: Alex M.O.R.P.H. ft. Natalie Gioia – My Heaven, Aly & Fila ft. Jaren – End Of The Road (Hazem Beltagui Remix), MaRLo ft. Jano – Haunted) and instrumentals (here especially Max Graham vs. Maarten de Jong – Lekker, Soarsweep – Between Empires) makes this mix to a real highlight and ensures a great harmonic listening pleasure. By the way Armin builds up perfectly the energy of the mix and prepares so the listener for CD2.
CD2 under the ‘In The Club’ headline concentrates much more on the big room anthems and personally for me: brings me back to Utrecht. Starting with “EIFORYA”, Armin does not waste time with a slow build up (there for you have CD1 😉 ) and continues directly with Ørjan Nilsen’s “The Late Anthem” and Alexander Popov’s “Quantum”! From anthem to anthem… Armin brings the diversity into the mix while blending between big room (like MaRLo – Visions and Ørjan Nilsen – The Late Anthem) and more uplifting stuff (like Jorn van Deynhoven – New Horizons and RAM – Kingdom Of Dreams) without reducing the speed or energy! The perfect soundtrack to prepare for a party or even directly for a party!
The mixes of both CDs complement perfect and build together a perfect package. Including many unreleased exclusive tracks, Armin created again an outstanding compilation and shows with both mixes what “A State Of Trance” is about. Great job, Armin!
A State Of Trance 2014 is out on the 28th of March 2014!
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CD 1 (On The Beach)
01. Adam Szabo & Willem de Roo – Medusa (Intro Remix)
02. Tommy Johnson ft. Nanje Nowack – Burn The Sun
03. Alex M.O.R.P.H. ft. Natalie Gioia – My Heaven
04. Dart Rayne & Yura Moonlight – Athena
05. Andrew Bayer – Once Lydian
06. Aly & Fila ft. Jaren – End Of The Road (Hazem Beltagui Remix)
07. Bogdan Vix & Renee Stahl – Forever
08. Fabio XB & Liuck ft. Christina Novelli – Back To You (Wach Remix)
09. Andrew Rayel ft.. Alexandra Badoi – Goodbye
10. MaRLo ft. Jano – Haunted
11. Soarsweep – Between Empires
12. Craig Connelly – Decibels
13. Gareth Emery feat. Bo Bruce – U (Bryan Kearney Remix)
14. Protoculture – Music Is More Than Mathematics
15. Max Graham vs. Maarten de Jong – Lekker
16. Markus Schulz – Destino
17. RAM & Susana – RAMelia (Tribute To Amelia)
CD 2 (In The Club)
01. Armin van Buuren & Andrew Rayel – EIFORYA (Intro Mix)
02. Ørjan Nilsen – The Late Anthem (Way Too Late Mix)
03. Alexander Popov – Quantum
04. Eximinds – Phoenix
05. Gaia – Empire Of Hearts
06. RAM – Kingdom Of Dreams
07. Type 41 – Mythology (Dimension Remix)
08. MaRLo – Visions
09. Inge Bergmann – Oblivion
10. Wach – Carthage
11. Jorn van Deynhoven – New Horizons (A State Of Trance 650 Anthem)
12. Dart Rayne & Yura Moonlight and Katty Heath – Stole The Sun (Allen & Envy Remix)
13. Simon O’Shine & Adam Navel – Marathon (Simon O’Shine Remix)
14. Allen Watts – Blackout
15. James Dymond – Siren’s Song
16. John Askew – Shine
17. Armin van Buuren – Save My Night (Allen Watts Remix)
18. Armin van Buuren – Ping Pong