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Yes, my second music festival of the summer. I thought going to EDC Vegas would be enough, but apparently it wasn’t. My rationale for the completely last-minute decision to attend? Seeing all of the acts I missed at EDC 🙂

These are the sets I saw (not in any particular order):

Diplo

Above & Beyond

Axwell

Bingo Players

Boys Noize

Congorock

Dash Berlin

Dada Life

Knife Party

Mt. Eden

Nervo

Porter Robinson

Skrillex

Tiesto

Wolfgang Gartner

A little bit of Zedd

A little bit of Angger Dimas

A little bit of Z-Trip

A little bit of Zeds Dead

A little bit of Steve Aoki

A little bit of Arnej

A little bit of Kill the Noise

Sunday was the hardest day for me – there were so many acts I wanted to see that were on at the same time! But with that, I thought I would make the next few posts favorite acts from Electric Zoo this year… (and just as a FYI – I only fully understand now that dubstep is pretty much AMAZING to dance to) And speaking of dancing: one of the favorites played throughout the night:

(I feel like I posted this before, but no matter. the crowd went nuts when this song came on. Diplo KILLED it Sunday) I’m thinking of going to see Major Lazer on my birthday…. OCTOBER 27TH @ Terminal 5!!!

It is quite possibly the slowest Friday at work. (is it because it’s the 13th?)

In any case, after hours upon end of not being able to focus, I finally tuned into some Knife Party, aka “Seizure Music” according to their Future.fm profile… they have such a distinct sound – every beat is like  a punch, a hit. It definitely wakes you up / gets you pumped up for the weekend 🙂

 

**25:30 – at “Hey Baby”, things really start to pick up. Whoooo dance party in the cubicleee

Happy goddamn Friday, everyone.

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Solarstone

I think it’s been a really good year for trance, despite what some people will tell you about it “being dead”. So it’s been a challenge narrowing it down to just 20 tunes. And impossible to try and rank those 20 – so, like last year, I’ve just listed them in alphabetical order. Please use the comments facility to let me know which tunes I’ve left out that you think I shouldn’t have!

SuncatcherAre We There Yet? (Always Alive Recordings)

This features on Solarstone’s Pure Trance V2 mix and is simply beautiful. Suncatcher is from Romania and a name to watch out for, if you like your trance pure.

Solarstone & Betsie LarkinBreathe You In (Solarstone Pure Mix) (Premier)

The original mix of this song is on Betsie Larkin’s 2011 album, All We Have Is Now, but Solarstone has weaved his pure magic over it and I just love this version. The Sneijder remix is also very good, but I couldn’t put both in this list and eventually plumped for this one.

Aly & Fila with Giuseppe OttavianiBrilliant People (Sneijder Remix) (Black Hole)

Aly & Fila and Giuseppe Ottaviani … with these brilliant people working on a track, you just know it will be fantastic. I love the original, but Sneijder has made it even better. Tune!

Maria HealyChatterbox (nu-depth Recordings)

Maria Healy is from Dublin and if this tune is anything to go by, she’s one to look out for in the future. There’s so much great music coming out of Ireland at the moment.

The Thrillseekers with York & AsheniDaydream (Will Atkinson Dreamy Mix) (Adjusted Music)

I’ve seen The Thrillseekers twice this year and whether he’s dropping classics or contemporary tunes, Steve Helstrip always delivers the goods. And although he’ll always be best known for Synaethesia, he is still producing top quality uplifting trance.

ReOrder & Ian Standerwick pres. SkypatrolFolding Your Universe (Future Sound Of Egypt)

This is going to be a lot of people’s choice as tune of the year, I suspect. It has an old school feel to it and I hope there will be more from Skypatrol next year.

Armin van Buuren feat. Emma HewittForever Is Ours (Solarstone Pure Mix) (Armada)

Armin’s new album, Intense, was predictably commercially focussed, with only a couple of nods to true fans of trance (Who’s Afraid of 138?! and Last Stop Before Heaven) but Solarstone picked up on this tune and gave it a Pure mix, which I really like, even if it is slightly cheesy.

Driftmoon – Howl At The Moon (Solarstone Retouch) (Black Hole)

Yes, Solarstone again. I have to confess that I love what he does, as you have probably guessed by now. This is another tune from Pure Trance V2, which is definitely my album of the year!

Solarstone – Love Theme from Blade Runner (Pure Mix)

Another tune from Pure Trance V2, this is a remake of the Vangelis theme from Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic film. And as ever, when Rich Mowatt gets his hands on a tune, it turns to gold.

Adam Ellis – Napalm Poet (Angry Man Remix) (Kearnage Recordings)

Adam Ellis is a name to look out for and his first release is one of those tunes that almost everyone was playing in their sets this year. The original mix is really good, but I think Angry Man makes it even better.

Charles McThorn – Oxydizing (Original Anthem Mix) (Redux Recordings)

I’ve never heard anyone play this, but I think it’s brilliant. I’ve not come across Charles McThorn before and I can’t find out anything about him either. Let’s hope there are more tunes like this to discover!

Solarstone – Please (Bryan Kearney Remix) (Black Hole)

It’s not often that remixers improve on a Solarstone original, but Bryan Kearney does just that, taking the BPM up to 140 and giving the tune added bite. I love it!

Sneijder & Bryan KearneyProper Order (Subculture)

Two leading lights in the Irish branch of Team 140 coming together to create a proper trance track. I think this is going to get a lot of plays in the next few months, and deservedly so.

Agnelli & Nelson presents A&N ProjectQuest (Adam Ellis Remix) (Subculture)

Whenever I tell people that this is possibly my favourite tune of the year, they all profess not to know it. Well hopefully this will change now.

Liam Wilson – Restrictor (Thomas Datt Remix) (Critical State)

We were very lucky to have both these DJ producers play at Digital Therapy recently and I really like this track. I hope you do too!

Dart Rayne & Yura Moonlight and Sarah LynnSilhouette (Allen & Envy Remix) (Amsterdam Trance Records)

Well, this is going to be many people’s first choice for tune of the year and it’s easy to see why. I love it and my only reservation is that perhaps it’s overplayed? I can’t remember when I last went a whole evening without at least one DJ dropping it. While hunting for the You Tube video, I cam across the original, which is horrible beyond belief. So make sure you only listen to the Allen & Envy remix!

John O’Callaghan & Ronski SpeedSincerely JORS (Subculture)

I first heard this at Dream nightclub in Miami, when Aly & Fila dropped it. I love the way the way the melody rolls through the build up to the drop and then bounces you along with it through to the end. A very under-rated tune, in my opinion.

Paul Oakenfold – Southern Sun (Angry Man Remix) (Perfecto Fluoro)

To be honest, there were a number of remixes of classics that came out this year that I really like, but this was the only one I thought was good enough to make the cut as one of my tunes of the year. There’s a lot of mystery and speculation about who Angry Man is and he always appears hooded and masked, to add to the mystique. But with tunes like this and sets like he played at Luminosity Beach Festival this year, his identity is bound to become much better known in future.

Matt Bowdidge – Still By Your Side (Adam Ellis Remix) (Mental Asylum)

I love this tune from our Aussie mate – especially the Adam Ellis remix. Don’t let it get to your head, Matt!

Aly & FilaTula (Future Sound Of Egypt)

Taken from my favourite artist album of the year, Quiet Storm, I just love this track. I could have picked several more tunes from the album in this list, such as Laily, Mysteries Unfold, Speed Of Sound, First Sun, Daydreaming, Fireisland (Chillout Mix), Brilliant People … but I’ll content myself with this one.

So there we have it … 20 amazing tunes. My draft list had 41 on it, so it was really hard to narrow it down. I’d love to pick a single winner, but if I did so today, it wouldn’t be the same as yesterday, or tomorrow, so they will stay in alphabetical order. Let’s hope 2014 is as good as this year!

Each day was dominated by one outstanding set and, particularly on day two, there were some very good others.

On the first day, we arrived during Jochen Miller’s set and also caught Tritonal before we saw Andrew Rayel. I enjoyed Rayel’s set the most of these.  Although there was a fairly commercial trance feel to lots of his set – think Dash Berlin – Waiting mashed with Above & Beyond – Sun & Moon, or MaRLo – Boom, he did create an interesting and enjoyable journey through tunes like Alex M.O.R.P.H. – For The Love Of An Angel, Omnia & Ira – The Fusion, an interesting reworking of Tiësto – Just Be and his hit track with Jano – How Do I Know? Ferry Corsten joined him for some brief back-to-back DJ’ing and dropped Ferry Corsten & Markus Schulz – Loops N Tings after which Andrew Rayel played his remix of Faithless – Insomnia.  Then it was time for the act I’d really come for!

Ferry Corsten back to back with Andrew Rayel, drops Markus Schulz & Ferry Corsten – Loops N Tings

The Saturday was all about Aly & Fila vs. John O’Callaghan. I’m a massive fan of both of these DJs. Fadi, of Aly & Fila, is without doubt my favourite DJ. I’ve been fortunate enough to see him play seven times in the last 12 months, including this set – in Sydney, Miami, Ibiza and Amsterdam. His brand of uplifting trance mixes very well with that of John O’Callaghan and I was really looking forward to this set, ever since it was first announced they’d be playing back to back at Stereosonic.

Sometimes when you have very high expectations, it can lead to a slight feeling of disappointment when the reality is very good, but still below the anticipated level. This was not one of those occasions! From the word go, Fadi and John were simply brilliant. I’ve heard a lot of great sets in 2013, but this was undoubtedly the best 90 minutes of pure, uplifting trance this year.

A list of the tunes they played barely does justice to the magic they weaved and they had a packed arena absolutely buzzing for the whole of the set. We heard Veracocha – Carte Blanche (Sneijder Remix), Paul van Dyk feat. Plumb – I Don’t Deserve You (John O’Callaghan Remix), Chakra – Love Shines Through, Aly & Fila – End Of The Road, Solarstone with Aly & Fila – Fireisland, Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes, RAM – RAMelia, Aly & Fila – We Control The Sunlight, John O’Callaghan & John Askew vs Nadia Ali – Stresstest Rapture (Shura Vlasov Mashup) and John O’Callaghan – Big Sky (Signum vs. RAM Remix). And when Ferry Corsten joined them on stage for the last fifteen minutes, he dropped his classic from 2008 – Radio Crash and Fadi dropped Binary Finary – 1998.

Ferry Corsten, back to back with Aly & Fila vs. John O’Callaghan, plays Radio Crash

I was utterly blown away by this amazing set. The highlight for me being when Fadi played Above & Beyond – Home … in fact, I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it as I write this.

Aly & Fila, back to back with John O’Callaghan, plays Above & Beyond – Home

On Sunday we saw MaRLo and Heatbeat  as well as wandering into the next door arena to listen quickly to Mat Zo and then Gareth Emery (we beat a hasty retreat on both occasions as we didn’t like what we were hearing).

The best set of the Sunday was undoubtedly Solarstone’s, although Bryan Kearney gave him a good run for his money. No one does trance quite like Solarstone does – the Pure way.  A succession of great tunes from his past as well as present: Solarstone feat. Lemon – Lovers, Lemon – We Can’t Fly (Solarstone Pure Mix), Solarstone – Solarcoaster, Solarstone – Please, Armin van Buuren feat. Emma Hewitt – Forever Is Ours (Solarstone Pure Remix), Solarstone – Seven Cities, Solarstone – Love Theme From Bladerunner (Pure Mix) and Young Parisians – Jump The Next Train. He also dropped the tune of the moment: Reorder & Ian Standerwick present Skypatrol – Folding Your Universe.

Solarstone drops Armin van Buuren feat. Emma Hewitt – Forever Is Ours (Solarstone Pure Remix)

It was a wonderful set and though the room was not as full as it had been on Saturday, the crowd lapped it up and enjoyed it from start to finish.

Coming on next, Bryan Kearney dropped great tunes like Adam Ellis – Napalm Poet, Craig Connelly feat. Christina Novelli – Black Hole, Markus Schulz feat. Fiora – Deep In The Night, Paul van Dyk – For An Angel, John O’Callaghan – Find Yourself, Sneijder & Bryan Kearney – Proper Order, John O’Callaghan – Big Sky and Solarstone with Clare Stagg – Jewel. Kearney had to cope with a more sparsely filled room, as Above & Beyond were drawing many people towards the main stage, but he kept the energy level high and left everyone who stayed wanting more.

Bryan Kearney drops Paul van Dyk – For An Angel

After Bryan Kearney, Giuseppe Ottaviani wrapped up the evening in the trance arena (which metamorphosed into the hard dance arena for the last 75 minutes of the festival). I felt he took some time to get going, but the last three-quarters of an hour was pure Ottaviani brilliance. We heard his remix of Tiësto – Adagio For Strings, 4 Strings – Take Me Away, some of the songs from his new album, Magenta – Love Will Bring It All Around (feat. Eric Lumiere) and Brilliant People (with Aly & Fila) and he wrapped up with his remix of Paul van Dyk feat. Plumb – I Don’t Deserve You.

There was just time to head over to the main stage to see Armin van Buuren playing to tens of thousands of people. It was an awesome spectacle, but the music wasn’t doing it for us and we decided to head off before the rush. I discovered later that he dropped some great tunes at the end of his set, such as John O’Callaghan & John Askew vs Nadia Ali – Stresstest Rapture (Shura Vlasov Mashup) and Armin van Buuren vs. Photographer – Airport Shivers (Armin van Buuren Mashup), which would have sounded fantastic on the main stage sound system, which was as good as any I’ve ever heard at an arena of that size. But we were happy to be heading off for some well-earned rest after two days of great music and dancing.

All in all, it had been a fantastic festival – Aly & Fila vs. John O’Callaghan the undoubted highlight, but Solarstone, Bryan Kearney and Giuseppe Ottaviani all excelled too.

We’d seen Menno in Miami and more recently at the Ministry Of Sound and we’re big fans of his. So hearing him play yet another great set was the ideal way to set up this second day of Luminosity for us. But once he finished, we headed straight back to the Trance Classics stage to see Steve Helstrip, aka The Thrillseekers. Opening with Delerium – Silence (Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise Remix)he took us through a succession of cleverly chosen classics, perfectly mixed.

Next up was Sean Tyas and I have to confess that I wasn’t excited about seeing him play. He’d not been good at the Judgement event in Sydney in February, nor in Ibiza when we saw him at Es Paradis in 2012. But today he was a revelation. Wonderful uplifting trance that completely changed my opinion of him. It was only a pity that we’d missed the early part of his set, partly to have a break and partly to see what was happening elsewhere. But I was happy in the knowledge that he was going to play one of the after party sets and I resolved not to miss a beat of that.

The day was now nearing its end, with the sun sinking in the sky over the sea. Just two more sets before it was time to head to the after party and two that I’d been eagerly anticipating. Firstly it was Jorn van Deynhoven. My friends have heard me time and again say how unbelievably wonderful his 5 1/2 hour set at Nevermind in Sydney in 2012 was. I won’t go into the details here, but it was a truly memorable set, the work of a real trance genius. Jorn had only just over one hour at Luminosity, so this set couldn’t be the tour de force that he’d given us at Nevermind, but it was not a disappointment. Photographer – Airport, RAM – RAMsterdam (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix), Jorn van Deynhoven – Headliner were among the many great tunes he played as the sun set over the beach and it was dark by the time he finished with Daniel Kandi – Symphonica and handed over to Indecent Noise.

New Dj from Sweden:

I want to talk about Andre Vial. His particular creation of the hip-hop is something to mention also. Take for instance the track Tech House. The sample throughout makes the track a constant repeat.

Whenever I play it, I feel like I’m in a car, riding along with the top down in LA or Miami. And don’t sleep on his emcee skills. They are top-notch, with drums that make you rock your head and feel every snare he’s playing.

It doesn’t matter where you are at in the world. If you play one of his tracks, you’ll be kicking up your feet and rockin’ to his beat in no time….

The History Of Selfie By Chainsmokers

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Selfie” (stylized as “#SELFIE“) is a song by American DJ duo, The Chainsmokers. It was released on January 28, 2014, by Dim Mak Records/604 Records.

The Chainsmokers, composed of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, had noticed how the word selfie had become a trend and they wanted to take advantage of it. They made a demo of a song containing monologue from a female clubber about taking good selfies.Inspiration came from the regular club going girls that The Chainsmokers saw on their nights out in New York City. So when they were composing the track, they wanted to incorporate the “let’s take a selfie” line in it somehow. 

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The duo released the track to their SoundCloud account along with other posts in Vine and Instagram. A music video for the song was also released and features actual selfies from Steve Aoki, founder of Dim Mak, Snoop DoggDavid Hasselhoff and Ian Somerhalder among others.The “Selfie” video and released it on January 29, 2014, on YouTube, utilizing the network of celebrities to promote it.

“Selfie” is a EDM song that is mostly instrumental though it features spoken word verses; the uncredited talking female vocals in the song is by Alexis Killacam.  The song details a narcissistic young woman at a club, presumably speaking to friends, as she is concerned about taking selfies and uploading them to her Instagram account, while she criticizes other people at the club, including their outfits, while also dealing with a guy named Jason, that she has a love/hate relationship with though she might have a crush on him as well. At the end of each spoken verse, she says “Let me take a selfie”.

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Another Ayn Rand Nut For Our Times

Because of the ACA, our business is suffering through lower insurance costs for the first time ever. In spite of staff aging up, our provider has lowered our premium costs. We were accustomed to double-digit increases for most of the last decade. 

And now mom-and-pop businesses that make the sacrifice to provide insurance for their employees will have a more level playing field against those businesses that neglect their moral obligation to their workers. Consider this — if your business model depends on a paying a non-living wage and pushing your workers into the safety net (provided by others), then you are not an entrepreneur; you are an exploiter. To borrow a popular hate phrase: You are not a producer; you are a parasite.

I request that you serve the people of Missouri and reject the politics of GOP obstruction at all costs.

Posted by on January 23, 2014

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http://duanegraham.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/romney-and-robertson-are-out-to-prove-god-wrong/

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http://duanegraham.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/paul-ryan-and-arrested-adolescence/

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In March, Ezra Klein wrote this:

Because Paul Ryan is its champion.

Posted by on August 11, 2012

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And thank God for that.

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http://duanegraham.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/senator-ayn-rand/

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Posted by on October 12, 2010

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REP. HENRY WAXMAN: The question I have for you is, you had an ideology, you had a belief that free, competitive — and this is your statement — “I do have an ideology. My judgment is that free, competitive markets are by far the unrivaled way to organize economies. We’ve tried regulation. None meaningfully worked.” That was your quote.

You had the authority to prevent irresponsible lending practices that led to the subprime mortgage crisis. You were advised to do so by many others. And now our whole economy is paying its price.

Do you feel that your ideology pushed you to make decisions that you wish you had not made?

ALAN GREENSPAN: Well, remember that what an ideology is, is a conceptual framework with the way people deal with reality. Everyone has one. You have to — to exist, you need an ideology. The question is whether it is accurate or not.

And what I’m saying to you is, yes, I found a flaw. I don’t know how significant or permanent it is, but I’ve been very distressed by that fact.

REP. HENRY WAXMAN: You found a flaw in the reality…

ALAN GREENSPAN: Flaw in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works, so to speak.

REP. HENRY WAXMAN: In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right, it was not working?

ALAN GREENSPAN: That is — precisely. No, that’s precisely the reason I was shocked, because I had been going for 40 years or more with very considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well.

Posted by on October 1, 2010

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Posted by on October 26, 2009

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Kira’s [the heroine of We the Living] choice is an expression of what Ayn Rand called the virtue of selfishness—an idea scorned by America’s current administration, which has adopted collectivism and self-sacrifice as the nation’s governing principles.

President Obama has intervened in the economy more than any president since the 1930s—while courting catastrophe by incurring astronomical debt. The administration plans to ask Congress to raise taxes, has effectively forced out CEOs and has effectively nationalized some of the nation’s largest banks, insurers and automobile companies. There’s a major step toward an economic dictatorship like Soviet Russia’s every other day.

The U.S. has been heading toward totalitarianism for a long time. The government controls every aspect of an American’s life, from what car to drive to how much money one can earn. A home may be seized by the state under eminent domain. A radio or television show may be censored. Air travel must be approved by the government. Americans have been incrementally losing their rights for decades; Obama is simply and rapidly hastening the demise.

Posted by on October 26, 2009

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[PROGRESSIVE HOUSE], FAHJAH

Some of my readers ask me about true independent progressive house producers… well, I bring you Fahjah with this eargasm:

The track comes in the form of a new instrumental (emphasis on the -mental) track ‘Don Diablo Matt Nash Starlight Could You Be Mine Fahjah Bootleg Remix Free Download’ synth arrangements fade in and out of one another as Fahjah adds a heavenly pad extension into the mix, resulting in a ride through progressive house soundscapes and off the wall production. Check out the track above and be on the lookout for more music from Fahjah in the near future.

More info:

Kassandre Maharajh was born in Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada) in 1996, and was surrounded from a very young age by music. All of his siblings and his mother play musical instruments. His first musical experience was on the drums. He continued his musical journey by learning the harmonium, the alto/soprano/baritone/tenor saxophones, the clarinet, and the piano. Kassandre was surrounded early in his life by Caribbean, classical, pop rock, dance and techno music. Kassandre developed early on the ability to combine and integrate different musical instruments and sounds by attending band camps. Combined with his hands-on experience on different instruments and the training he received in percussion, Kassandre was able to develop an expertise for creating extremely rhythmic and engaging dance, techno and progressive house musical pieces. Kassandre started producing Progressive/Electro house music professionally under the name Fahjah in January 2013 and went on to create the musical piece titled Luck which was his first ever record label release. It was released under the label L8T Recordings Fahjah currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada).

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Until next time,