Retroperspective 2014 – This made our year!

Retroperspective 2014 – This made our year!

Through the end of the year 2014 we had again our discussion within the Trance Attack Team, which tracks, moments and events were outstanding for us in 2014. The result is our “Retroperspective 2014”. There are in total 08 tracks and 04 events, which are particularly valuable for us to be emphasized once again.
 
So These tracks and moments made our year – in no particular order!
 
Retroperspective 2014
 
Debut of Pure NRG
Sebastian: This announcement was the biggest surprise in 2014 for me. Already combined for the „PureTrance 2“ mix-compilation, Rich and Giuseppe belong to my favorite tranceproducers form e. And this mix-compilation was already the best proof for me.But this new project transfered this special connection of both to a new level.It was also special as both decided to go another way as real live acts in thetrance scene has become really rare. The first teasers from the studio soundedamazing and I still know how I experienced the live stream from Argentina herein Germany. It was 6 AM in morning and I prepared myself for the daily work andjumped between bath and sleeping room to follow the stream and the twitterconversation. I had never a better start into the day, as this live debut waseverything I expected – great mash ups from there own classics, new remixes andof course new stuff. I took this live act as a good reason for an interviewwith both about the project. Hopefully there is more to come from both assingle artists and of course as Pure NRG!

Credit: Photo Kandi

Credit: Photo Kandi


 
Gai Barone – Mr. Slade (Solarstone Pure Mix)
Sebastian: Gai Barone’s „Mr. Slade“ was already one of my highlights in 2013, but unfortunately the track differed too much to my normal sets, so that i couldn’t play it regularly. As I read, that Solarstone made a „Pure Mix“ for his 3rd Installment of his „Pure Trance“ mix-compilation, I was more than excited. Over 2 more weeks were need till I could hear the first teaser and he did not disappoint! The main theme of “Mr. Slade” embedded in Richards Pure Mix arrangement – the perfect way to interprete this wonderful original! Richard gave the track more energy but without losing the charme of the original. In my eyes the perfect definition of trance.
Gai Barone - Mr. Slade (Solarstone Pure Mix)

Gai Barone – Mr. Slade (Solarstone Pure Mix)


 
ilan Bluestone & Jerome Isma-Ae – Tension
Sebastian: There are tracks which are outstanding – especially when these tracks are the result of a collaboration you did not expect. „Under My Skin“ from ilan Bluestone& Jerome Isma-Ae was such a track in my eye. Breaking with the normal „track structure“, „Under My Skin“ combined the best of both artists and was a realanthem form e 2013. Personally, I was really skeptical as the follow up to “Under My Skin” was announced. In my eyes, every follow up only could worse to thishuge track. But I was disabused. “Tension” became very quickly a favorite in myplaylists and sets and Ilan & Jerome conviced me in two points: a prejudiceis always wrong and much more wrong when it’s about a track from these two guys!
ilan Bluestone & Jerome Isma-Ae - Tension

ilan Bluestone & Jerome Isma-Ae – Tension


 
The Thrillseekers – This Is All We Have
Sebastian: Steve Helstrip describes „This is all we have“ as his „best track since Synaesthesia“.That’s a statement, as „Synaesthia“ is one of my alltime favorites and theoriginal vinyl from 1999 on Neo Records and the Re-Release on Vandit Records in2000 are part of my „old but gold“ vinyl collection. And for sure „This is allwe have“ is one of the most emotional tracks for me in 2014 – especially when you know about the backround of the track. The Piano melody keeps in your head already – so melancholic. Simply perfect to hold down and think about. When words fail, music speak.
The Thrillseekers - This Is All We Have

The Thrillseekers – This Is All We Have


 
Above & Beyond – Hello (Cold Blue’s Uplifting Remake)
Sebastian: With „Hello“Above & Beyond released one of the biggest hits in 2014. Over weeks thetracks was in the playlist of nearly every radioshow. And for sure, this breakis one of the most epic ones I heards for a long time. But the structure throughoutand how Tony, Jono and Paavo proceed after the break was not my really myfavorite. Tobi aka Cold Blue must have had the same in mind and turned „hello“with his interpretation into a more „trance“ track and gave this epic break amore uplifting build up. Exactly what I looked for and one of my personalhighlights in 2014. Too bad that it is still not available.
Above & Beyond - Hello (Cold Blue's Uplifting Remake)

Above & Beyond – Hello (Cold Blue’s Uplifting Remake)


 
IKO – Heart Of Stone (Solarstone Pure Mix)
Tamer: Well, Solarstone never disappoints when it comes to pure trance. I’m not really a big fan of twilight to the extent that if I knew it was a twilight soundtrack, I would have never heard it. “Iko’s track first appeared on the soundtrack for the final chapter of The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn” That was my shock when I read a review about the pure Solarstone mix. Thank God I heard that track before reading this. That track wasn’t just my favorite track in 2014, but also a lesson I learned about judgment. Maybe I’ll watch Twilight after all. Good music is good music. 🙂
IKO - Heart Of Stone (Solarstone Pure Mix)

IKO – Heart Of Stone (Solarstone Pure Mix)


 
Ferry Corsten – Festival Crash
Karsten: The Track that pushing us back is Ferrys “Festival Crash”! For sure this is our Track of the Year in 2014 and a a fixed component in our sets. We saw Ferry playing his own Track on the Mainfloor at Nature One… Simply amazing!!! So much Energy to the People.
Ferry Corsten - Festival Crash

Ferry Corsten – Festival Crash


 
Gareth Emery feat. Bo Bruce – U (Bryan Kearney Remix)
Denis: Gareth Emery is always a guarantee for high quality electronic music. His songs have everything a chartstopper is known for, a catchy melody , memorable vocals and some musical sophistication that makes the song interesting. Is it possible to make such a song even better? Yes it is! To be precise, Bryan Kearney can do this. The energetic bassline combined with the original vocals and melody give the song a whole new character . Was the original a danceable track , then the remix is an absolute floorfiller. I remember exactly when I heard the track, in Bryan Kearney ‘s show Kearnage, for the first time. That was one of my musical wtf-moments in 2014. For me, exactly the right choice from the ASOT community for the song of the year. You just have to get in good mood and you have to just dance to this song!
Gareth Emery feat. Bo Bruce – U (Bryan Kearney Remix)

Gareth Emery feat. Bo Bruce – U (Bryan Kearney Remix)


 
Indecent Noise – Cerberus
Denis: A track like a sledgehammer. A bursting with energy bassline combined with throbbing chords, deep drops and unexpected twists makes this track for me to something special. The hard stance is not everyone’s taste, but to really freak out this track is just right. The pounding bassline is further driven in the Acid Test remix, so that ‘s no stopping there at 140 BPM. A trance track of the old school, but by far outdated and for me personally was “Cerberus” the track that made me look in the direction of acid again more, a subgenre that brings many good and interesting tracks.
Indecent Noise – Cerberus

Indecent Noise – Cerberus


 
Mayday 2014 (Dortmund, GER)
Denis: Being part of the trancefamily and the music loving society is always a pleasure, online and offline as well, but live? Live this is extraordanery! Who ever attended in such a music festival like mayday know what i mean. Everyone is into that music and i mean really everyone. For me it was a personal goal to participate in this event in 2014. It’s something really different to listen to the livesets on the stream platforms or to be there, to feel the vibe and the energy this music transports. A huge lineup was apportioned on five floors. One floor was the twenty dome – packed with a line up that came directly from the 90’s. Big names and heros from the early days like Dune, Niels van Gogh, Kai Tracid and Charly Lownoise and Mental Theo were part of this huge Lineup – all Legends and so was the show. Everybody knows every song and so the energy floats from stage into the crowd and back. After exhausting 6 hours of dancing to some legendary music up to 155 BPM and beyond – Charly Lownoise and Mental Theo nailed it – there was this happy feeling to be part of one great family. Hearing this music and feeling the power of the bass with full senses was stunning. So for me Mayday – Full Senses in 2014 was definetly a highlight.
Mayday 2014

Mayday 2014


 
We Are One 2014 (Berlin, GER)
Denis: When it comes to Open Air Events with electronic music in Germany there are big names like “Nature One”, or “Sonne, Mond und Sterne”, but there are also some festivals not so big – not yet! After moving the loveparade to another part of germany, berlin had no big open air festival in techno music. This had to be changed. So after starting the first We are One in 2010 as an indoor event – legendary initiator Paul van Dyk decided to move this event to open air. In 2013 there was the first one and so in 2014 came the followup. The lineup was full of quality names, like Maarten de Jong, Eric Prydz, Max Graham and Paul van Dyk himself. The historic surrounds of the location, the lightshow and of course the music made this event once more a have to be part of it for the next year.
We Are One 2014

We Are One 2014


 
Nature One 2014 (Kastellauen, GER)
Karsten: 2014 was a great Year for us one of most memorial Moments was our Gig at the “Nature One” Festival in Kastellauen, Germany… 25.000 People raving the Place. We played on the “HeavensGate”-Floor on Saturday and met all the Crazy HG-Artists. We saw Ferry Corsten at the Mainfloor… what an amazing set! No less poignant were the Sets of ATB and Paul van Dyk. We hope Woody van Eyden and Alex M.O.R.P.H. invite is again for this Year. See ya.
Nature One 2014

Nature One 2014


 
Retroperspective 2014

Retroperspective 2013 – These tracks made our year!

Retroperspective 2013 – These tracks made our year!

In a democratic election, we voted within the Trance Attack Team, which titles were outstanding for us in 2013. The result is our “Retroperspective 2013”. There are a total of 10 tracks, which are particularly valuable for us to be emphasized once again.
 
A special surprise for us was that no track the high-flyer is included in 2013 as Armin van Buuren, Andrew Rayel or Dash Berlin in this overview. Behind this is no intention or calculation. 2013 was just a damn good trance year and has a lot of great titles brought forth.
 
At the end of our discussion these 10 tracks have justified to be highlighted once again separately.
 
These tracks made our year – in no particular order!
 

ilan Bluestone & Jerome Isma-Ae – Under my Skin

Chosen by Chris Halen, D-Vine Inc., Julio Cesar, HBintheMix
 
Chris Halen: In my opinion, it takes no great statements on this track. The title speaks for itself. Under my skin! In this sense. Love, Chris.
 
D-Vine: Inc.: One of the biggest surprises in 2013 for me as Ilan was already one of my favorite producers at the moment. I had absolutely no idea what I can expect when I read these 2 names together. But what I heard was a love with the first listen. The groove of Jerome combined the sensitive feeling of Ilan for energetic build ups in the breaks. And WTF I can’t get this melody out of my head. A track that nether gets old and boring… Loving it!
 

 
 

Vinny Troia feat. Jaidene Veda – Fade (Jerome Isma-Ae & ilan Bluestone Remix)

Chosen by Chris Halen, DuKa, D-Vine Inc.
 
Chris Halen: mhhh. What should I say to this. I think my wife can not hear this song anymore, since I have tortured her the last eight months with “Fade into You”! I´m in love with this track. a lovely voice with a pumping bass! and all this in a remix robe of Jerome Isma-Ae & ilan Bluestone. So this track is for me for: PARTY! and for all those who want to remember this festival season. Cheers, Chris.
 

 
 

Sergey Nevone & Simon O’Shine – Apprehension (Aly & Fila Remix)

Chosen by D-Vine Inc., Julio Cesar, HBintheMix
 
Julio Cesar: I heard “Apprehension” the first time on the local radio when i was on my way to play in a party… Remembering that i was driving and said what an amazing melody (lol, i like those kind of feelings), so i took my phone and used shazaam to get the name of the track. Unfortunately it wasn’t released yet… Arrived at the party i checked my promos email and luckily I got that amazing track and I played Sergey Nevone & Simon O’Shine – Apprehension (Aly & Fila Remix) that night. Fastest promo play ever! 🙂
 

 
 

RAM & Susana – RAMelia

Chosen by Julio Cesar, D-Vine Inc.
 
Julio Cesar: I heard RAMelia for the first time on Facebook, as I remember that it was posted on many walls and all the people talking about the sadness of this tune. So i heard the song and was impressed: “what an amazing tune and really you can feel the sadness in every word and also the melody”! The breakdown is amazing combined with the lovely voice of Susana. This is one of the best tracks of the year in my opinion because of the real emotional content that is expressed in the song. :’(
 
D-Vine Inc.: I was shocked about the sad news that Amelia passed away in front of the upcoming event “Grotesque Indoor Festival”. At this time I was in direct contact with Ram regarding the event for weeks and had absolutely no idea how should this event happen after such a tragedy. A few days later I received the information that RAM will play a special tribute set for Amelia at the Event. As I could not imagine how this could possible I can only pay my deepest respect for RAM’s decision. Some days after the event RAM sent me the soundcloud link of his tribute set. This was the first time when I listened to “RAMelia”. The pictures on the youtube videos from RAM and the audience when Ram played RAMelia have been the most emotional I’ve seen this year. Even I could not take part I was overwhelmed from the video. Every time I listen to RAMelia I have these pictures in my head. This is really the most emotional track in 2013 for me. RIP Amelia and all the best for you, Ram!
 

 
 

Rocking J & Pedro Del Mar – Krysta

Chosen by D-Vine Inc., Julio Cesar, Chris Halen
 
D-Vine Inc.: Another track I’ve not expected this year. It was purely coincidental that I heard the track in the guest mix of Roger Shah at GDJB as I could not hear this episode live and the podcast was not available for days. So I heard this episode some weeks later. At this moment “Krysta” was already released for weeks as part of the “In Search Of Sunrise 11 – Las Vegas” compilation by Richard Durand. How sarcastic… almost the title would be gone past me for a second time. Thank god, it isn’t! Really loving this energy inside the melody.
 

 
 

DuKa – Epic Injection

Chosen by D-Vine Inc., Julio Cesar, DuKa
 
Julio Cesar: I heard Duka´s “Epic Injection” the first time as teaser on the TranceAttack FB page. I was listening the intro of the song when suddenly the break arrived and I was really impressed. “This is a really epic injection”, I thought and I was really enjoying the feeling but it was a little demo of the tune. I tried to buy it but it wasn’t available as single track because it was a part of the recompilation. That day i was so excited about this tune that I told my boss about it and he agreed and wanted to sign that tune for the first realise of our label. Poorly that was imposible because the release was already planned. If you listen to this tune and know what im talking about! It´s epic!
 
DuKa: First we want to say thanks to all TA-members for your Support. You are Great!!! It was Great to see the Track keeps Running around the Globe. All of you should be knowing that is not Easy to be successfully in the Business. we hope to further mutual support in the next year.
 

 
 

Markus Schulz – Remember This

Chosen by D-Vine Inc., Julio Cesar, HBintheMix
 
D-Vine Inc.: I remember listening to the trackin a Worldtour edition of GDJB and it was the first time for ages that I looked to a tracklist to the name of track… an ID… Nether the less the track kept in an ongoing repeat for several time… Markus announced in this edition that he will reveal in the next gdjb the first track of his new album “Scream 2”. What an amazing moment as this episode was aired, Markus said the title “Remember This” and I hear again this melody. The perfect symbiose of an energetic, kicking base drum and a goosebump break and earcatching melody. For me truly the track of the year! And for sure I will “remember this” track!
 

 
 

Woody van Eyden – Nangulan

Chosen by D-Vine Inc., DuKa, HBintheMix
 
D-Vine Inc.: I heard “Nangulan” the first time live as Aly played it in his set at ASOT600 in Den Bosch on the “Who’s afraid of 138!?” stage and I felt directly in love with the guitar riff. It’s one of these tracks which are unique and keep directly in your ears when you listen to them the first time. Unfortunitaly I had to wait some time till I had the title of the track as Aly played it as one on many ID this evening. So I was quite happy as “Nangulan” was introduced a few weeks after ASOT600 as “Wonder Of The Week” at “Future Sound Of Egypt” as a new release of FSOE Recordings.
 

 
 

Giuseppe Ottaviani with Ferry Corsten – Magenta

Chosen by D-Vine Inc., DuKa, HbintheMix
 
D-Vine Inc.: The whole “Magenta” album was a highlight for me in 2013 – but the title track was and is still special for me. Ferry ad Giuseppe had a big part and influence for me in the last years, so I was really happy and curious as I read this collab the first time in the tracklist. The first listen was not disappointing for me. A track concentrated on the basics trance is all about and an ear catching melody. Really love this track!
 

 
 

London Grammar – Hey Now (Arty Remix)

Chosen by Chris Halen, D-Vine Inc.
 
Chris Halen: I cannot really remember when I listened first time to London Grammar. Certainly on one of our last trips to London. And as luck would have it, we have also seen Arty in the last two years, two times in London. What will become of two artists, which the one was able to convince a few years ago and a little secret tip? Clearly one of my top 3 tracks of the year 2013! And it’s massive massive summer tune! Conclusion: London Grammar 100% recommended – even far away from the EDM and welcome back – Arty! 🙂
 

 
 

Retroperspective 2013 - These tracks made our year!

Retroperspective 2013 – These tracks made our year!