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Throwback Thursday: "First Glance" - Matan Zohar (Mat Zo)

I hope this week's Throwback Thursday treats you well. Today we embark on a journey back to Mat Zo's New Year's Day 2010 guest mix for Above & Beyond on TATW 301, where he spun in his classic mix of "First Glance" under his formal name Matan Zohar. Though released over two years later on Armada, this classic Zo track gives us a glimpse into the artist's earlier experimentations with the electrified dubbed-out ambient sound that would soon dominate the airwaves. Stream the full extended mix below.

Out now on Beatport!

By Edward Fancher


"The Legacy" (Stoneface & Terminal Remix) - Funabashi [Exclusive]

Funabashi presents Saltwater's original "The Legacy" fits onto a very selective list of Trance classics, so most artists choose to leave this one untouched in their sets. But not Stoneface & Terminal. In an enlivening update for the dancefloors 2013, the accomplished German production duo ups the bounce on this extended mix for Toolroom records while keeping its original tense edge. Stream the exclusive full remix here and be sure to grab your copy today!

Out now on Beatport!

By Edward Fancher


"Unnatural" (Original Mix) - Major7 & Capital Monkey

Major7 and Capital Monkey's harrowing summer banger is more than just a back-breaking Psy-Trance tune. With the waves from Goa slowly joining the current of the Progressive psychedelic sound being adopted by many European DJs, we get tracks like this that defy the experience of any particular genre. "Unnatural" commences with a deceitfully slow synth line that soons get cut off by a tempestuous Trance bassline. But that's not the end of it - once the song truly peaks we get slashes of bass that take the tempo down a notch and the hysteria to its ultimate apex. Grab your copy today off of Banel's masterfully compiled 25 year anniversary album!

Out now on Beatport!

By Edward Fancher


An Interview Across Wires With Dance Music Scientist BT

If you're even vaguely familiar with electronic music, you'll know of BT. His inventive and biological approach to programming the soundwaves of Trance and Progressive is what first put him on the map in the early 1990s and what's kept his variety of emotional electronic music in a perpetual clash with the often colorless sound of popular dance music. His latest foray into the realms of electronic albums with A Song Across Wires is both gripping and enduring, extending all the way back to 2011 with "Tomahawk" and forward to 2013 with "Skylarking." I sat down with Brian before his smash of a premiere party at Marquee NYC to see if I could somehow get a glimpse into what drives his zeal for such emotional programming.

So BT, you are a jack-of-all-trades. You have so many experiences whether it's scoring movies, performing as a DJ, being a tech guru, or in music production. Out of all these, which would you say you value the most? 

You know, it's funny because they’re all so interrelated. I'll answer that question with a story. As a kid, all of theses things didn't make sense. I was always just talking about it, just being inspired by sound. I was fascinated with sound, just playing with things in the kitchen, and recording things in the garage, in the basement, and sticking recorders in the air conditioning, just crazy stuff. And then music, music just organized all of it. The piano, the drums, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and all of the earlier composers that I studied, later led to finding out about tonal music that was more focused on the noise. Then came in my love for computers and technology. From an early age, I’ve been building things with Radioshack project kits, and making little AM radios - these three things, I’ve loved my entire life. Actually, mathematics, too. Those are really my loves. But those things didn’t make sense together; no one knew what I was going to do as a career.

That’s so impressive. I mean, I was building Legos, and like, stick houses!

Well if it makes you feel any better, I didn't have any friends until like 16. So those things were my only driving force as a boy. Still even to this day. Especially when I found that point of intersection where they all converged, that happened when I found synthesizers. Then eventually I found computer music languages, and I was able to build instruments that I loved to work with. My love of mathematics, my love of sound, and it wasn’t even until my career started that these things began to make sense. It was during my second album when I realized I wanted to develop my own software. Since I studied classical music, I could write music for an orchestra, I could do stuff for films. My mom was seriously worried about me until my late twenties, like "Oh my god, he’s going to starve to death!”

So who would be your favorite classical composer?

I’ve thought about this a lot. There is a difference between whom I like and who inspires me. But I pick this person because I’ve loved every single piece of their work and that person is Claude Debussy. If I ever write even one thing in my life as half as beautiful as the first movement of the Sunken Cathedral, then I’m done. And then I listen to dance music now, and I’m like pshh, are you joking me?!

Let’s talk hypothetical. In the crazy, earth-shattering alternate reality where you didn’t go in to music, where do you think you would be working?

Definitely something in science. It involves a lot of the same ideas I use now. I spoke at this thing called Aspen Ideas Institute several years ago, and I listened to scientists talking about noting neurons and I was like ”Oh my god! This is way more interesting than what I’m doing!" Science is the only other field where you’re playing with gadgets, using math, and creating inspiration. I love reading Scientific American, it inspires me. If you were to ask me where is the place that I want to go most in the world, it’s not going to be Bora Bora; I wan to go to Cern in Switzerland. To go there and study particle accelerators, that would be my version of Christmas times a billion.

You are actually brilliantly nerdy.

Oh yeah, like scary nerdy.

What is the beauty of trance music to you?

Trance to me represents a very high art form within electronic dance music. So many type of dance music now resemble a pedal tone, very monotonous. They’re situated around the root, and it stays there. Especially in electro, you never leave that. You’re in this one tonal area, and there’s not a lot of variance in sound. What I love about trance, and it can almost get too much, is the musical balance. There’s melodic structures, harmony, it’s actually music! I really hope this doesn’t upset people, but when you hear too much electro, you could hear a B-flat note for a whole 5 minutes and that’s the whole song!

Last question, where did you get this signature BT hairstyle?

I don’t even know. The same girl has cut my hair for years, and every once in a while she’ll be in the mood to do something new, so it could actually change at any minute now.

A Song Across Wires - Out now on iTunes!

By Anne Chang

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This Friday: Solarstone Pres. PURE TRANCE NYC @ Santos Party House

Local promoter Esscala has been killing it with bookings lately, bringing the NYC TranceFamily everyone from Simon Patterson to the just announced Aly & Fila, who will be headlining Santos on October 25th. While past weeks' events have largely been open-to-close sets from some of the best in Progressive, Trance, and Psychedelic, this Friday marks the landing of Solarstone's Pure Trance event in the North East. After the brand's landmark premiere at this year's Winter Music Conference in Miami, Pure Trance has shuddered the shores of Holland with a similar lineup at this summer's Luminosity festival. Headlining Friday night's celebration is none other than Solarstone, who has been inseperable with the uplifting Trance sound since its haydays in the mid-nineties. Along for the ride is an Italian talent everyone's had on their radar this past year: Giuseppe Ottaviani.

Picking up the piano at the age of four and working in the realms of electronic since 1995, this prodigy has musical brilliance embedded in his spirit and his rift-driven, but always driving sets. With Esscala hosting his last NYC appearance in December at Pachita to rave reviews, we're sure the same will hold true for this weekend. Last up on the roster is Finland's Orkidea, who's worked on countless remixes for all the superstar DJs and held the title as one of Scandinavia's finest DJs for over a decade. I assure you Santos on Esscala nights has one of the best vibes in the city, so whether you're a repeat offender or a newcomer you're sure to be welcomed with open arms at one of Manhattan's most intimate and nourishing club events. Check our twitter and RT the announcement for a chance to win a pair of tickets, and see you there!

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By Edward Fancher