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  • Progressive Review: Markus Schulz & Sarah de Warren - Light On (ZOYA Remix) out on Coldharbour recordings

     


    A fan favorite connecting the bond between The Rabbit Hole Circus and In Search of Sunrise 19 projects, Light On saw Markus Schulz in an emotionally pensive guise; inspired by an outstanding vocal performance by Sarah de Warren. It is provided a fresh perspective by ZOYA, who turns Light On into a warm, summer-feeling singalong; appealing for lower tempo, progressive-led trance followers.

    "Light On" Stream & Download: https://coldharbour.lnk.to/lightonrmx


    Dimitris Kechagias Review:
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    [item value="10"]Markus Schulz & Sarah de Warren - Light On (ZOYA Remix) [/item]
    [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Markus Schulz & Sarah de Warren collaboration Light On gets ZOYA's incredible remix treatment. Stunning deep melodic dreamy progressive trance with pulsating tribalish basslines and thumping percussion while colorful synths will hypnotize the listeners along with Sarah's to the point performance. She is simply incredible and this remix allow her voice to shine and come to the forefront and win the hearts and souls of progressive fans. Perfect for those in search of sunset or sunrise sets this summer! #PureGold Love IT [/content]
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  • Album News: Nicky Elisabeth - The Way Of Love out 20th September 2024 on Anjunadeep

     


    Dutch DJ/producer/vocalist and songwriter, Nicky Elisabeth announces her forthcoming debut album, The Way of Love, out 20 September 2024 on global label, Anjunadeep. The news comes alongside her new single, “The Lights”.

    Following her recent singles, “Close To You” and “The Game”, “The Lights” pairs Nicky’s gorgeous signature vocals with uplifting, shimmery synths and pop-leaning melodies soaring over an infectious, driving four-to-the-floor beat and bubbly bassline. An upbeat electronic-pop bop, the single is Nicky’s own anthem of empowerment. Tying in with the wider themes of her debut LP - which is a reflection and expression of self-acceptance and her journey in owning her creative voice - in her own words, “‘The Lights’ Is my personal anthem of empowerment. The song is about not being afraid anymore to finally start to believe in yourself and everything that you’re capable of.”


    Nicky’s recent singles have paved the way for The Way Of Love, on which she showcases her expansive sonic palette and deep musings on love, romance, and perceptions and the self. The debut LP promises a candid insight through Nicky’s creative journey, ambitions and desires, told through blissfully emotive and gently euphoric, electronic pop; equally as primed for sun-soaked festival crowds and club floors, as it is for inner world moments created through intimate headphones or home listening, or scenic, long drives. Drawing on her deep love of pop and downtempo home listening selections, as well as her selections and tacit club knowledge shaped by a decade spent DJing around the world, Nicky is carving out a strong signature sound.
    On her anticipated debut, Nicky shares “‘The Way Of Love’ signifies my own personal journey to finding self-love. In writing this album, I’ve experienced many creative and personal obstacles that needed to be overcome to reach the place I am now. I remember when I started writing many years ago, that I was obsessed with the idea of being able to capture my being in music. I desperately sought after authenticity to define myself sonically. Now, when I look back on that goal, it seems utterly absurd. This album is a collection of all the different shades and shapes I can take on as a person, and together they partly show you who I am, but never completely, as I am ever-changing.”

    Hailing from the South of The Netherlands and raised in Belgium, Nicky Elisabeth is a DJ, producer and vocalist, currently based between Amsterdam and London. Residing between these two clubbing capitals, Nicky had the epicenter of electronic music at her doorstep and became fully immersed in the electronic scene. Having DJ’d from the age of 18, turning her hand to production was a no-brainer. Nicky’s well-honed, effervescent sound blends elements of progressive house, techno and trance, and is always informed by her love of pop. With themes of love and emotion running through her music, there’s always an evocative feel to her productions.

    As a selector, Nicky has cemented her space in the club scene playing some of the world’s most cutting-edge parties and respected stages, from her underground beginnings with her residency at Amsterdam’s De Marktkantine, through to sets at fabric, Printworks, ADE, Awakenings, Red Rocks, DGTL, Lost Village and more. From large festival stages through to heads-down, intimate club shows, Nicky’s penchant for pop melodies and strong vocal hooks shines through in her DJ sets, finding her a dedicated fan base across the world.

    Nicky’s talent for flawless dance floor bumpers and ability to command a crowd has seen her earn praise from electronic titans including TSHA, Solomon and the like. Her well-honed craft and musicality have led her to release on esteemed labels including Anjunadeep, Kompakt and DGTL Records. With a milestone year ahead promising a long-form project and a prospective live offering, Nicky Elisabeth is shimmering her way to the upper echelons of the electronics sphere.


    Vinyl Tracklist
    A1. Shape Of Me
    A2. The Way Of Love
    A3. The Lights
    A4. Dreams of Reality
    A5. The Game
    B1. Dusk
    B2. Last Dance
    B3. Shine
    B4. Fading
    C1. Dawn
    C2. Memories
    C3. Is This It?
    C4. Close To You
    D1. Sun
    D2. The Game (Club Mix)
    D3. Close To You (Club Mix)


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  • House Review: Qrion - Ice Palace out on Anjunadeep

     


    Following the nostalgic sounds of ‘Miyanosawa’, Qrion takes us on another trip down memory lane with ‘Ice Palace’, this time reminiscing about childhood memories of the annual Snow Festival held in Sapporo, the city home to the small town she grew up in. 

    “ I was making music in Austin as usual. It was a very windy and cold day. Although it was 20 degrees Celsius, it felt like minus 5 degrees inside my headphones. The cold air against my skin reminded me of the Sapporo Snow Festival I visited as a child.

    Winters in Sapporo are very cold, so I always wore my favorite red ski outfit and a hand-knitted hat with bear ears. I recall those rare family outings, where we admired various snow and ice sculptures and talked with my mother about how beautiful they were. My favorite memory was the large snow slide, where my sister and I would line up multiple times.

    What I still remember vividly is how warm my father's hand felt through his gloves, despite the freezing cold outside. While composing, I felt sad and cried, realizing I would never feel that warmth again.

    My inner clock stopped when I was a sophomore in high school, the year my father died. My body has grown, but it feels like my heart remains stuck in that time. Even now, it doesn't feel real, as if he is still away on a business trip to some far-off country. Accepting and understanding my father's death is a challenge I face as I move forward with my life. Now that I have quit drugs and alcohol, I feel like I am gradually making progress.” - Qrion
    After playing standout sets at California’s Lightning In A Bottle Festival and Anjunadeep Explorations, Qrion is set to perform at Anjunadeep Open Air New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles and Mexico City. 

    ‘Ice Palace’ is out now on Anjunadeep.
    Qrion Visualiser by Zee Yorke
    Release date: 9th July 2024

    Find IT HERE: https://anjunadeep.co/qipl.oyd


    Dimitris Kechagias Review:
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    [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Qrion is definitely on the rise with superb tracks under her belt. His track Ice Palace is melodic dreamy progressive house at its best. Blessed with colorful optimistic nostalgic melancholic melodies, cool playful vocal samples, chunky grooves, thumping kicks, metallic basslines, and majestic piano chords in the fluorescent breakdown leading to the super nice dreamy climax that you should experience on a dance floor under the intense strobe lights! #PureGold Love IT[/content]
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  • Album News: Luttrell - Life at Full Speed out 11th October on Anjunadeep

     


    San Francisco native Eric Luttrell announces his highly anticipated studio album 'Life at Full Speed', released on October 11 on Anjunadeep.


    First breaking into electronic music as part of the OWSLA-affiliated trio The M Machine, Eric embarked on his solo journey in 2016 with the acclaimed 'Need You' EP. This was followed by Anjunadeep favourites such as the 'Generate' EP and 'Intergalactic Plastic', championed by Annie Mac as the Hottest Record In The World. His musical progression continued with the launch of two studio albums, 'Intro Clouds' and 'Lucky Ones', as well as the captivating trilogy EP series 'Music For My Memories'. Luttrell's body of work has amassed over 100 million streams to date.

    Written over the past two years, 'Life at Full Speed' represents a new chapter for Eric. Becoming a father last year profoundly shifted his perspective on life and its purpose; and the album represents the ethos of embracing life to its fullest and seizing every moment.


    Featuring thirteen meticulously crafted tracks, "Life at Full Speed" embodies Luttrell's signature blend of indie-laced house music, characterised by uplifting melodies, intricately woven synths, and infectious grooves. A standout feature of the album is Eric's integration of his own vocals on some of the tracks such as "When I First Met You" and "Go". Additionally, Canadian artist Molly Moonwater joins forces with Eric on the single 'Something Right', enhancing its euphoric tone.


    Lead single 'Make U Happy' comprises a playful piano, signature Luttrell synths and a catchy top line culminating in an irresistible, feel-good summer anthem. This track sets the tone for the album, offering a glimpse into its uplifting vibe. Among the album's tracks are previously released singles 'Sunshine', 'Space', and 'Sunrise Song', which have collectively amassed over 3.5 million streams and received acclaim from BBC Radio 1 and SiriusXM Chill.


    Pre-order 'Life At Full Speed' Vinyl: https://anjunadeep.co/lafs.oyd

    Vinyl Tracklist
    A1. When We First Met
    A2. Life at Full Speed
    A3. Make U Happy
    A4. Sunshine
    A5. French Bulldog
    B1. Sunrise Song
    B2. Falling
    B3. Something Right feat. Molly Moonwater
    B4. How Late Is Never?
    C1. Go
    C2. Space
    C3. Day In The Park
    C4. Butterfly
    D1. Make U Happy (Extended Mix)
    D2. Sunshine (Extended Mix)
    D3. Day in the Park (Extended Mix)

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  • Album News: Tony McGuinness - Salt out on Anjunabeats


    Before Tony McGuinness was Tony McGuinness of Above & Beyond, he was another artist, another music industry professional, another man entirely. Which is completely understandable. Because, for the Tony McGuinness who is finally releasing his debut album almost three decades after he recorded it, it was a whole other lifetime.

    Salt is the great lost solo project from the songwriter who would become the chief "male voice" lyricist in Above & Beyond. That is, as he puts it, "pretty much anything that a man is singing for Above & Beyond, I will have written it".

    Now, at last, in 2024, the fans, the followers and the fascinated can hear the DNA of that songwriting mastery. The heart of Salt's nine tracks were written by McGuinness in a heady six-month burst between 1995 and 1996, the result of classic '90s whirlwind romance in a London that was popping off with the explosion of club culture in the UK. Helping in the creation of these acoustic guitar-based, sparkling, pitch-perfect, psych-pop cameos of desire and feeling and loss... yes, there were – and readers of a sensitive disposition may wish to look away – drugs involved. Love was the drug, and Ecstasy was the love drug.


    But the essential truth, the essential artistry, the essential honesty of these songs remain the same. Salt is the singer-songwriter sound of McGuinness feeling his way towards the musician he would become – and, as one third of Above & Beyond alongside Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki, the band they would become, too.
    "In my life in the mid-'90s there were lots of new things happening," begins McGuinness. "There was the clubbing and the whole lifestyle that came with that – and there was writing songs about Shelley and me. That was something I'd never done, ever. I'd never thought my life exciting enough to write a song about, but it started to be the norm. And I guess as a songwriter, that would end up standing me in very good stead with the band who became my life."
    Shelley came into Tony's life like a brick through a window.

    At the time, he was working in marketing for a major record label. After a particularly successful sales conference presentation, he was rewarded by his boss with a weekend in a luxury hotel in the company of one of the label's biggest bands.

    There, over the clack of balls on baize in the games room, he locked eyes with an American who was a member of the band's entourage.
    "I walked in and there was this skinny, grumpy-looking girl smoking a fag," says Tony, "wearing a thin cotton dress, cardigan, black tights, Dr Martens. I said: 'Do you want a game of snooker?' She was like: 'Yeah, alright.' So we started playing snooker – and started a relationship over the three days that I was there. I really fell for her. When she smiled, she looked incredibly beautiful. When she didn't, she looked like she might kill you! She had one of those faces and I was utterly smitten."
    Tony convinced Shelley – already a seize-the-day-and-WTF-is-tomorrow? kind of girl – to forget returning to the US with the band and instead come to London with him. "We were in love," he says now. "I said: 'Come and stay with me. I don't know what's going to happen. But it'll be an adventure.'"


    Back at his Wimbledon flat one (very) early morning after a night clubbing, coming down as the sun came up, the fag reek and the hormones swirling, Shelley said to Tony what he still describes as "the immortal words, which I will never forget: 'Go and get your guitar and sing to me.'
    "And as a creative person, for whom the spark of creativity is always elusive, to have that excuse to play, and to have that willingness to hear – well, I think that's what a muse is, isn't it? So I went and got my guitar."
    After a spangled jangle through the repertoire of covers he could remember – "Crowded House songs and this and that" – Tony remembers watching Shelley exit the kitchen. "She had a Triumph motorcycle T shirt on. And I just went twang on my guitar and sang: 'biker babe, biker babe…'. And that's how that song came."


    Over the next few months, as Tony rode the rocket of their romance, the songs poured out of him. Not all the songs were inspired by Shelley. Aching piano ballad Crying, for example, came some time later and was inspired by another girl, "someone whose dad was a rocket scientist who inspired many Above & Beyond songs". But his songs from that period had a coherence – thematic, sonic, emotional – that felt fresh and empowering for Tony.

    Buying a sampler, eight-track tape-machine and mixing desk from the post-trip hop outfit Olive, he began recording the songs at home, helped and encouraged by Bob Bradley, a longtime friend and collaborator.
    "He just started constructing these sound canvases," remembers Tony of Bradley's groundbreaking early productions of his songs. "I'd never seen anybody do anything like Bob was doing. Making the drums up in the sampler. Different kit for every song. Different vibe for every song, [while retaining an overall, coherent feel]. It blew my mind. He loved trip-hop, and we were both really into Angelo Badalamenti and Twin Peaks – and James Bond music, The Beach Boys and Steely Dan."
    The result: a collection of alt-folk songs with glitter on their fingers and sweat – or, even, salt – on their skin. When, eventually, Shelley left, never to return, that tang of songwriterly salt was all Tony had to remember her by.

    And then, for the best part of three decades, Tony McGuinness forgot about the album. For one thing, he was gazumped by the rapid advances in recording technology – the basic kit on which he'd recorded the songs became obsolete, and his tape machine broke. Just as Shelley was a spirit in his soul, the songs were ghosts in the machine.

    But McGuinness never fully forgot about this memory capsule of emotion – and how it helped form the writer he is now. "That six-month period, with the willing audience I had – the muse, basically, of Shelley – gave me all the encouragement I needed to mine my own life in the future for subsequent songs. It became very natural to keep writing in that vein."

    So, having eventually managed to extricate the original recordings from the defunct kit, over the last few years, with the help of engineers and musicians who are part of the Anjunabeats family, he began sprucing up his distant recordings.

    It was slow going, but he was pleasantly surprised at how well they stood up – and their ongoing currency and, indeed, relevancy to the world of Above & Beyond. That was due in part to the connective tissue between his MIA solo project and a core element of the band's canon: their pair of acoustic albums. The Musical Director for those sets, released in 2014 and 2016, was Bob Bradley.

    "Fifteen years after we worked together on my songs, when Above & Beyond were thinking about doing the first Acoustic album, I thought: I know who I want to do it for us – Bob. Because I know what he did with my songs previous to them sounding like they do on the record. They were just me strumming a guitar. But they ended up being these things with strings and brass and backing vocals and all sorts."
    Gradually, Tony's songs took shape as an album deserving of its moment in the sun, almost 30 years on from its inception. A necessarily intricate process gained further momentum after his bandmates embarked on their own projects – Grant unveiled JODA in 2022, and Siljamäki put out his solo P.O.S. album in 2023.

    Finally, McGuinness felt the time was right.
    "As one of the team at our label Anjunabeats told me: 'This is your origin story, Tony. This is when you became the person that Above and Beyond has been using to write the songs for these 24 years.' And that's the truth of it," reflects McGuinness. "Before writing these songs, I thought that other people's lives, or books, or films or stuff that I make up was the only interesting material for a song. But these songs are when I started thinking that my own experiences, my own emotions and feelings were precisely what would make my songwriting better, more impactful and more relatable."

    Buy/Stream 'Salt': https://anjunabeats.co/tms.oyd 

    Tony McGuinness 'Salt' will be released on 12 July on Anjunabeats.

    Tracklist
    1-Biker Babe - Tony McGuinness
    2-Carry Me Home - Tony McGuinness
    3-Babydoll White - Tony McGuinness
    4-Salt - Tony McGuinness
    5-Crying - Tony McGuinness
    6-Cleaning - Tony McGuinness
    7-Love Me - Tony McGuinness
    8-Seven Flames - Tony McGuinness
    9-Long Way To Fall - Tony McGuinness

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  • Progressive Review: Various Artists - Anjunabeats Rising 18 out on Anjunabeats

     


    J Ribbon, maybe and Yeadon make their label debut on Anjunabeats Rising 18.

    Anjunabeats Rising has introduced over 40 new acts to the label since its inception in 2021, including Alex Sonata & TheRio, Amy Wiles, Leena Punks, Naz and many more. The series is now back for its 18th volume, with new music from emerging UK producers J Ribbon, maybe and Yeadon.

    Progressive house producer Johnny Paul Newman signed to Pete Tong’s renowned label FFRR Records when he was just 15. Now releasing under his new alias J Ribbon, the 20-year old is already making waves in the Ibiza club circuit as a Hï Ibiza resident DJ opening for Eric Prydz this summer, alongside upcoming shows at Ushuaïa opening for Armin van Buuren.

    J Ribbon is also one half of dance duo Rathbone Place, whose 2021 single 'Be Free' saw support from Mark Knight, Jax Jones, Sigala, Bakermat and Martin Garrix, as well as BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Annie Mac, Arielle Free and more.

    London-based artist Harry Mabbutt, aka maybe, drops his hypnotic debut release ‘Intoxicated’ on Anjunabeats Rising 18. The eclectic DJ and producer played a head-turning set at our Anjunabeats Summer Social in London last month alongside label favourites Darren Tate and Oliver Smith, and we’re excited to see what’s next from the burgeoning talent.

    Manchester-based artist Yeadon boasts a string of successful releases on Stress Records, Global Underground, UV and his own label 10 Steps North. Inspired by late 90’s and early 00’s trance records, he’s achieved several Beatport Top 10 singles in recent years and amassed millions of streams across his catalogue.




    Dimitris Kechagias Review:
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    [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"] Anjunabeats Rising EP series continues with its 18th installment including 3 must play diamonds for any progressive DJ. J Ribbon's My Habitat is dreamy multilayered  progressive with hypnotic synths, relaxing strings, suspenseful driving basslines, pulsating kicks, thumping drums and cool old school vocal houses sample that works like a treat to build the ethereal result that will win the hearts of house and trance fans alike. Yeadon's Expanse is smooth groovy synthy focused deep progressive house beauty with balearic touches and melancholic tones. Playful application of vocal samples and even some nice colorful arising synths that add soulful classic house infusions. Maybe's Intoxicated is spacey dreamy electronic breaks meets drum'n'bass type of vibes with cinematic choir voices and stunning percussion along with touching synthy melodies to elevate the senses and get your mind tripping out after a busy night out. #PureGold Love iT[/content]
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  • Music News: Talla 2XLC & Alpha Breed - Beyond The Moon out on Technoclub Retro


    Talla 2XLC collaborates for third time with Alpha Breed aka Ralph Barendse, to update Ralph’s unforgettable classic Beyond The Moon, released back in 1999 on Deal Records/Combined Forces. After their exceptional reworks of Alpha Breed classics Epic Future and Missing Link, is the turn of Beyond The Moon, to return in the finest possible way, to mesmerize the modern trance audiences. The two trance icons cooked together in their studio the brilliant rework, packed with heavy thunderous metallic basslines, punchy kicks, pounding raw drums and relentlessly building with stunning progression synthy plucks. The breakdown is spacey to offer the perfect escapism on the trancefloor, with cinematic orchestral epic sci-fi atmosphere, airy harps and melancholic touching piano chords. 


    Suddenly out of nowhere, the classic timeless trance riff appears in its dark roasting slightly distorted style nodding to the rave era, exploding out of any proportion and building effortlessly, along with energizing drumrolls towards the outstanding climax. Massive euphoric synths, anthemic strings and sad piano chords to balance the euphoric sound, and let the crowd happily navigate out of earth and beyond the moon. When Talla 2XLC meets Alpha Breed, the trance community expects uplifting feel good trance as it should be done, by always respecting the original versions, and professionally updating them, to bring nostalgia to the older crowds, and introduce it loudly and proudly to the upcoming trance audiences. The rumors are true, Beyond The Moon by Talla 2XLC and Alpha Breed is finally out now on Technoclub Retro.





  • Trance Review: Darren Tate & Solarstone feat. Julie Scott - A Long Way From Home (The Remixes) out on Anjunabeats

     

    Alex Sonata & TheRio, James Grant and Jody Wisternoff remix Darren Tate, Solarstone and Julie Scott’s anthemic track ‘A Long Way From Home’.

    With a legacy in dance music spanning over two decades and multiple aliases, Darren Tate is a prolific producer with an unstoppable urge to create. The UK Top 10 charting artist recently released his debut solo album on Anjunabeats, ‘Metamorphosis’, which has racked up over 2M combined streams to date. Featuring collaborations with Susie Ledge, Marcella Woods and Robyn Sherwell, the album marks the latest chapter in Darren’s glowing career.

    Trance titan Solarstone has been a pivotal artist in dance music for over twenty years. His balearic trance anthem ‘Seven Cities’ has been re-released 3 times and sold in excess of 500,000 copies, earning support from Armin van Buuren, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Ferry Corsten, Paul van Dyk and more. Scottish-born musician and vocalist Julie Scott is a former member of the accomplished Dutch band Mizpaha and renowned jazz ensemble Dash!. She’s also worked with members of the Residentie Orchestra and, in 2008, co-wrote and recorded several tracks on Solarstone’s album ‘Rain Stars Eternal’.

    ‘A Long Way From Home’ originally appeared as a sought-after ID supported by the likes of Nicole Moudaber, ANNA, Joris Voorn, Hernán Cattáneo, Maceo Plex, Joseph Capriati, Carl Craig, Nora En Pure and more. Now, label mainstays Alex Sonata & TheRio deliver a trance rework of the track, alongside a chilled breakbeat take from James Grant & Jody Wisternoff.

    Scottish-Italian duo Alex Sonata & TheRio rounded off last year by mixing the hotly-anticipated Anjunabeats Worldwide 11 compilation, which shot to #1 on the US iTunes Dance chart, and also dropped their ‘Feels Like Home EP’. They earned support from Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and Paul van Dyk, as well as the likes of David Guetta, Markus Schulz, Farius, Hernan Cattaneo and more on their releases in 2023 alone, and kicked off this year by embarking on their first run of international tour dates, with headline shows in San Francisco, Denver and more.

    Anjunadeep co-founder and A&R James Grant and Bristolian DJ Jody Wisternoff recently mixed the latest instalment of the highly-anticipated label compilation series, Anjunadeep 15. This year’s compilation sees Jody and James curate a diverse array of melodic offerings across two expertly crafted mixes, featuring tracks by Luttrell, PROFF, 16BL, Jon Gurd and more. They also integrate favourites from Anjunabeats, including Kasablanca, anam?, Darren Tate, and ANUQRAM, and downtempo Reflections tracks from Cephas Azariah, Talee, and Omfeel, showcasing the full spectrum of Anjuna sounds.




    Dimitris Kechagias Review:
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    [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Darren Tate & Solarstone beautiful dreamy driving progressive trance hymn feat. Julie Scott gets some brilliant remixes.  A Long Way From Home gets the remix treatment from Alex Sonata & TheRio who add their huge anthemic proglifting touch by employing tribal tech beats, thumping basslines, afro style percussion and superb drive building a magical journey leading to the long breakdown when the emotive vocal line is merged perfectly with euphoric uplifting synths that will create huge crowd reactions for sure. The climax is truly balearic summery and sunkissed to the maximum. You Just wish to be longer and not having to press the repeat button again and again. James Grant and Bristolian DJ Jody Wisternoff deliver the cinematic breaks remix that will become an instant playlist favorite in many chill out and Ibiza fun packed beach bars. Just imagine this great version to play while the sun is coming up and the new day starts. It is definitely nostalgic, cinematic and melancholic with that summery bitter sweat taste of life. #PureGold Love IT  [/content]
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  • Festival News: Tomorrowland joins forces with POPCULTR

     


    Discover a bespoke limited edition capsule collection, inspired by this year’s mesmerizing dragonfly stage design at Ushuaïa Ibiza

    Tomorrowland has joined forces with fellow Belgian clothing brand POPCULTR, founded by the legendary Dimitri Vegas, to create a bespoke limited edition capsule collection! Inspired by this year’s mesmerizing dragonfly stage design at Ushuaïa Ibiza – every Wednesday through summer, Tomorrowland hosts its own spectacular show at the famous poolside stage of the #1 outdoor club in Ibiza together with Belgian brother duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – the Tomorrowland x POPCULTR Capsule Collection features two unique statement pieces with a beautiful artwork, including a black hoodie and t-shirt. This special collaboration is expected to go really fast, acting quickly will be key…


    The limited edition Tomorrowland x POPCULTR capsule collection is now available, exclusively on store.tomorrowland.com, as well as at the festival grounds of Tomorrowland in Belgium.

    Tomorrowland Belgium 2024
    ​Weekend 1: Friday July 19 – Sunday July 21
    ​Weekend 2: Friday July 26 – Sunday July 28
    ​Boom, Belgium


    About Tomorrowland

    ​​​​​​​Tomorrowland is one of the largest and most iconic music festivals in the world held in recreation area De Schorre in Boom, Belgium, organized and owned by the original founders, the brothers Beers. Tomorrowland was first held in 2005 and has since become one of the world’s most notable global music festivals, where music and magic converge to create an unparalleled experience. It takes place every year in summer and stretches over 2 weekends, welcoming 400,000 People of Tomorrow from over 200 countries, and selling out in minutes year after year. Tomorrowland caters to all genres in electronic dance music with hundreds of renowned artists performing across more than 16 different stages. More than a festival, Tomorrowland is a celebration of diversity and unity. Being a home to hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life, one of the most unique things about Tomorrowland remains the whole world coming together in one magical place with everyone being equal and uniting as one – symbolizing the values of freedom, respect, diversity, and solidarity.

    Celebrating 20 years of Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Belgium 2024 will take place across two weekends from July 19-21 and July 26-28. Set to open up a new world in the beautiful scenery of De Schorre in Boom in the summer of 2024, the festival’s new theme ‘LIFE’ is the prequel of the 2016 ‘Elixir of Life’ theme.

    Over the past 20 years, Tomorrowland has become a true worldwide phenomenon that connects people from every corner of the world through the universal language of electronic dance music. Renowned for its compelling storytelling, Tomorrowland has evolved into a global entertainment brand and media powerhouse with new festivals & events like Tomorrowland Brasil in Itu, São Paulo, Tomorrowland Winter in Alpe d'Huez in France, CORE Festival in Brussels, CORE Tulum in Mexico and CORE Medellín in Colombia, the radio station One World Radio, the record labels Tomorrowland Music and CORE Records, the Tomorrowland Academy (DJ & producer school), the music management & booking agency One World Artists, the Tomorrowland Foundation with Music & Arts Schools in Nepal and India, the apparel & accessories label Tomorrowland Store, Tomorrowland Leisure (the Tomorrowland themed aqua experience LIFE, the INVENIO custom bikes and matching cycling apparel in collaboration with Ridley), the Tomorrowland Home Collection (the Tomorrowland scented candles and fragrance diffusers in collaboration with Baobab Collection), the year-round MESA - The Tomorrowland Restaurant and Tomorrowland DJ & Experience Store in Antwerp, the Tomorrowland Kitchen at Gare Maritime in Brussels, the sustainability platform Love Tomorrow, the entertainment innovation hub Lab of Tomorrow in Boom, Tomorrowland Fiction, the Terra Solis Desert Destination in Dubai, the spectacular immersive experience The Great Library of Tomorrow in Barcelona and Madrid, a yearly residence at Ushuaïa Ibiza, the annual Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike shows in Sportpaleis Antwerp, the iconic Tomorrowland aftermovies, trailers and several exclusive documentaries, several groundbreaking digital festivals, the sparkling wine Solo Vida by Tomorrowland, the Acta Non Verba wines by Tomorrowland, Europe’s most spectacular rollercoaster The Ride to Happiness by Tomorrowland at Plopsaland De Panne, the specially painted aircraft Amare in collaboration with Brussels Airlines, the Tomorrowland hot air balloon Zephyr, Tomorrowland art projects (The Stairway To Unity, One World Bridge, Magical Troll Forest), the Tomorrowland Hymn by Hans Zimmer, Tomorrowland NFTs and much more.

    ABOUT TOMORROWLAND STORE

    Tomorrowland Store is the Belgian apparel & accessories label behind Tomorrowland, which creates high-quality, durable clothing with a positive vibe for the People of Tomorrow so that they can enjoy the magic of Tomorrowland, all year round. A lot of attention to details makes every item stand out and all the official Tomorrowland apparel and accessories are designed in-house, with carefully selected fabrics & shapes and attention to every detail. The Tomorrowland icon is truly unique and symbolizes freedom, the beauty of nature and equality. Bringing people together from all over the world and encourage them to unite, feel free and be nobody but themselves, is what drives us. Wearing official apparel means to embody the Tomorrowland soul and being part of the People of Tomorrow. 

    All official Tomorrowland apparel and accessories are available online at store.tomorrowland.com.
  • Festival News: Don’t miss a single moment of Tomorrowland Belgium 2024

    Follow the magic of Tomorrowland’s 20-year anniversary from your living room and experience the festival at home, a truly unique front-row experience

     Just over a week before Tomorrowland kicks off its special 20-year anniversary edition! As usual, the People of Tomorrow across the globe won’t have to miss a single moment of the iconic festival this summer, which will revolve around this year’s theme ‘LIFE’ – the prequel of the 2016 ‘Elixir of Life’ theme. Music fans will be able to follow the magic of Tomorrowland Belgium 2024 via tomorrowland.com, the Tomorrowland App and on One World Radio, broadcasting live worldwide from the unique scenery of De Schorre in Boom and pulling out all the stops to give the people at home a chance to be part of a magnificent new chapter in the history of Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland will again be streaming in 4K, elevating the quality of the live broadcast to the next level and creating a truly immersive front-row visual experience, as well as focusing on upgrading the mobile experience thanks to a dedicated vertical set-up at the Mainstage.


    Broadcasting live during both festival weekends (July 19-21 & July 26-28) from this year’s mesmerizing ‘LIFE’ Mainstage, as well as from the impressive Freedom stage, people who couldn’t make it to the festival will be able to enjoy unforgettable performances from the world’s finest electronic artists, including Adriatique, AFROJACK, Agents Of Time, Alesso, Alok, Chris Avantgarde, Da Tweekaz, Don Diablo, Hardwell, Henri PFR, Indira Paganotto, John Newman, Kevin de Vries, MANDY, MATTN, Mau P, Meduza, NERVO, Netsky, Olympe, Öwnboss, REZZMAU5, Salvatore Ganacci, Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso, Swedish House Mafia, W&W, and many more.

    In between the festival weekends (July 22-25), Tomorrowland will be looking back at the best moments of the previous weekend and counting down to the upcoming on with a mix of unique DJ sets from different stages, including Mainstage, Freedom, Planaxis, CORE, Crystal Garden, The Library and Atmosphere.


    Experience The Gathering exclusively on One World Radio, broadcasting live from Tomorrowland all during both festival weekends

    ​Following years of tradition, One World Radio, Tomorrowland’s official radio station, will also be broadcasting live from the festival with hosts Adam K, Ben Malone and Justin Wilkes, giving listeners a unique front-row experience of Tomorrowland from their studio right in the middle of the festival grounds in De Schorre (accessible for festivalgoers). Kicking off with The Gathering at DreamVille on Thursday July 18 & July 25 at 19:00 CEST, One World Radio will be the only place where people can tune in to everything that’s going on at Tomorrowland’s one and only official opening party.

    One World Radio will be live from Tomorrowland every festival day between 12:00 CEST and 01:00 CEST, treating listeners to 13 hours of live sets every day from the different stages with many of Tomorrowland’s renowned artists entering the studio non-stop and lots of other exciting stuff going on. Festivalgoers will also be able to record messages at the studio to share with the rest of the world.

    Follow the magic of Tomorrowland Belgium 2024 live via tomorrowland.com, the Tomorrowland App and on One World Radio. Tune in to One World Radio with the Tomorrowland App or via tomorrowland.com, via DAB+ in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK, and Malta, and via FM in Romania (92.1 FM) and Spain (Mallorca and Ibiza).

    Tomorrowland Belgium 2024
    ​Weekend 1: Friday July 19 – Sunday July 21
    ​Weekend 2: Friday July 26 – Sunday July 28
    ​Boom, Belgium


    About Tomorrowland

    ​​​​Tomorrowland is one of the largest and most iconic music festivals in the world held in recreation area De Schorre in Boom, Belgium, organized and owned by the original founders, the brothers Beers. Tomorrowland was first held in 2005 and has since become one of the world’s most notable global music festivals, where music and magic converge to create an unparalleled experience. It takes place every year in summer and stretches over 2 weekends, welcoming 400,000 People of Tomorrow from over 200 countries, and selling out in minutes year after year. Tomorrowland caters to all genres in electronic dance music with hundreds of renowned artists performing across more than 16 different stages. More than a festival, Tomorrowland is a celebration of diversity and unity. Being a home to hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life, one of the most unique things about Tomorrowland remains the whole world coming together in one magical place with everyone being equal and uniting as one – symbolizing the values of freedom, respect, diversity, and solidarity.

    Celebrating 20 years of Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Belgium 2024 will take place across two weekends from July 19-21 and July 26-28. Set to open up a new world in the beautiful scenery of De Schorre in Boom in the summer of 2024, the festival’s new theme ‘LIFE’ is the prequel of the 2016 ‘Elixir of Life’ theme.

    Over the past 20 years, Tomorrowland has become a true worldwide phenomenon that connects people from every corner of the world through the universal language of electronic dance music. Renowned for its compelling storytelling, Tomorrowland has evolved into a global entertainment brand and media powerhouse with new festivals & events like Tomorrowland Brasil in Itu, São Paulo, Tomorrowland Winter in Alpe d'Huez in France, CORE Festival in Brussels, CORE Tulum in Mexico and CORE Medellín in Colombia, the radio station One World Radio, the record labels Tomorrowland Music and CORE Records, the Tomorrowland Academy (DJ & producer school), the music management & booking agency One World Artists, the Tomorrowland Foundation with Music & Arts Schools in Nepal and India, the apparel & accessories label Tomorrowland Store, Tomorrowland Leisure (the Tomorrowland themed aqua experience LIFE, the INVENIO custom bikes and matching cycling apparel in collaboration with Ridley), the Tomorrowland Home Collection (the Tomorrowland scented candles and fragrance diffusers in collaboration with Baobab Collection), the year-round MESA - The Tomorrowland Restaurant and Tomorrowland DJ & Experience Store in Antwerp, the Tomorrowland Kitchen at Gare Maritime in Brussels, the sustainability platform Love Tomorrow, the entertainment innovation hub Lab of Tomorrow in Boom, Tomorrowland Fiction, the Terra Solis Desert Destination in Dubai, the spectacular immersive experience The Great Library of Tomorrow in Barcelona and Madrid, a yearly residence at Ushuaïa Ibiza, the annual Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike shows in Sportpaleis Antwerp, the iconic Tomorrowland aftermovies, trailers and several exclusive documentaries, several groundbreaking digital festivals, the sparkling wine Solo Vida by Tomorrowland, the Acta Non Verba wines by Tomorrowland, Europe’s most spectacular rollercoaster The Ride to Happiness by Tomorrowland at Plopsaland De Panne, the specially painted aircraft Amare in collaboration with Brussels Airlines, the Tomorrowland hot air balloon Zephyr, Tomorrowland art projects (The Stairway To Unity, One World Bridge, Magical Troll Forest), the Tomorrowland Hymn by Hans Zimmer, Tomorrowland NFTs and much more.

    ABOUT TOMORROWLAND BELGIUM

    Celebrating 20 years of Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Belgium 2024 will take place across two weekends from July 19-21 and July 26-28. Set to open up a new world in the beautiful scenery of De Schorre in Boom in the summer of 2024, the festival’s new theme ‘LIFE’ is the prequel of the 2016 ‘Elixir of Life’ theme.

    Tomorrowland is one of the largest and most iconic music festivals in the world held in recreation area De Schorre in Boom, Belgium, organized and owned by the original founders, the brothers Beers. Tomorrowland was first held in 2005 and has since become one of the world’s most notable global music festivals, where music and magic converge to create an unparalleled experience. It takes place every year in summer and stretches over 2 weekends, welcoming 400,000 People of Tomorrow from over 200 countries, and selling out in minutes year after year. Offering a unique camping experience with a wide range of accommodations, DreamVille is Tomorrowland’s official camping site located right next to the festival grounds, while people from every corner of the world can travel to Tomorrowland thanks to Global Journey, Tomorrowland's official travel program. Tomorrowland is located in a beautiful natural place: recreation area De Schorre in the town of Boom in Belgium. It is a true fairy tale world situated in beautiful natural surroundings with a strong eye for detail such as enchanting décor, magical stages, fascinating acts and peripheral animations, tasty and healthy food & drinks from around the world and spectacular fireworks – an unforgettable and incomparable show. Every year, the festival features a special theme that inspires the famed Mainstage design and stage production.

    Tomorrowland caters to all genres in electronic dance music with hundreds of renowned artists performing across more than 16 different stages. More than a festival, Tomorrowland is a celebration of diversity and unity. Being a home to hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life, one of the most unique things about Tomorrowland remains the whole world coming together in one magical place with everyone being equal and uniting as one – symbolizing the values of freedom, respect, diversity, and solidarity. 

    Tomorrowland Belgium 2024
    Weekend 1: Friday July 19 – Sunday July 21
    Weekend 2: Friday July 26 – Sunday July 28
    Boom, Belgium
    More info: tomorrowland.com


     

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