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Progressive House

The Guest Mix @ Prostranstvo on Megapolis FM

Music genres often exist in parallel worlds. Ask psy-heads what they think of Progressive House and most say it’s pop and cheesy; for the Techno people ‘Psytrance’ is a bad word, and so on.

But I have a love and passion for all kind of underground music: from groovy and hypnotic to driving and heads-down. I believe that Progressive House, Trance, Techno, and Psytrance can be blended together within one DJ mix, or even within one event, ultimately creating a whole new level of musical journey.

Yesterday I had a privilege to play my guest mix on a Russian nationwide radio Megapolis FM in Prostranstvo show, hosted by Michael Demos and Miss YoYo, and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to showcase my vision.

You’ll see me doing more of this later this year at my 5-hours open-to-close set, but for now, enjoy a sort of ‘condensed’ version of Progressive-to-Psy in this 1-hour guest mix aired yesterday:

Tracklistings

00:00 Boris — Can You Hear Me (Enrico Sangiuliano Remix)
03:02 Emok, Human Element, MVMB — Bao Bao (Original Mix)
06:34 John 00 Fleming, Eeemus — Drop From The Vile (Original Mix)
09:50 Eeemus — Yunzjah (Original Mix)
14:11 Subliminal Codes — Acid Memories (Original Mix)
17:06 Allaby — Hiding To Nothing (Original Mix)
20:42 Hedustma — Existence (MVMB Remix)
25:01 John 00 Fleming — The Dark Ranger (Original Mix)
26:27 Yoake, Doppler — Imagination (Original Mix)
29:03 E-Clip — Dreamcatcher (Original Mix)
33:26 Redrosid — Infra.Red (Original Mix)
38:07 SpaceNoiZe, Vertical Mode — Psychological Biological (Original Mix)
41:52 Aioaska, Gipsy Soul — Space Of Being (Original Mix)
46:27 Cambium — Infinity (Original Mix)
50:52 AudioFire — A Billion Neurons (Original Mix)
54:38 One Function, Yestermorrow — Microdose (Lyktum Remix)
Jan 29   Guest mixes   Progressive House   Progressive Psy   Psytechno   Psytrance   Techno

Live sets from Moscow

My two recorded live sets from the last weekend are up online on SoundCloud.

I rarely upload live sets as home listening never feels the same as when you experience this on the dancefloor, but this time I’ve decided to make an exception. The event production was so huge, so I wanted to share at least a piece of the vibe with the people that weren’t there.

And yes, as I played not one, but two sets on the same event, something that practically never happens.

Here’s a quick backstory.

Initially, I was booked as a closing DJ. Two days before the event I contacted the organisers saying that I would like to arrive at the venue in advance, before the doors open – I always do this when I can, to listen to the sound system, get familiar with the DJ booth and the crew. Everything was fine and agreed, and then the promoter said: “If you have enough strength and have a desire, you can also open it.” I didn’t think long and agreed.

On the one hand, playing two sets at the beginning and at the end of the event is difficult, but it was interesting to accept such a challenge to evaluate my own strength (especially considering that the opening set turned out to be an impromptu as I found out about it just two days before the event).

On the other hand, I wanted to show how to open a Trance event: not from the “140 BPM progressive,” as many Psytrance DJs think is right, but in a proper way — nice and deep, with music that greets guests and sets the mood for the rest of the night. I have already spoken about the role of the opening DJs and I will speak more for sure, I believe this is such an important topic.

Anyway, here’re my sets, I hope you enjoy. Feel free to drop a comment, what do you think?

Opening set

11 PM Progressive:

Closing set

5 AM Psytrance:

2018   Astrix In Moscow   Live sets   Progressive House   Progressive Trance   Psychedelic   Psytrance   Russia

Rave Podcast 100

A special episode

The 100th episode of the monthly radio show. Do I need to say anything else? I was on tour without the Internet, I was sick, I worked, and celebrated my honeymoon, but I didn’t miss a single episode. Feeling proud and thankful.

For such a special occasion, I recorded a two-hour mix with a smooth build-up. Definitely check that out.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Chris Sterio – Zen (Matter Remix)
0:05:11 Cid Inc – Arcane Thoughts (Original Mix)
0:09:20 Paul Hamilton – Time (Subandrio Remix)
0:14:13 Max Graham – Redemption (Tim Penner Remix)
0:18:51 Rick Pier O’Neil – Throaty (Original Mix)
0:24:02 Pryda – Stay With Me (Original Mix)
0:26:08 Enrico Sangiuliano – Hidden T (Original Mix)
0:30:43 Basil O’Glue – The Mars Project (Original Mix)
0:35:32 John 00 Fleming – We Close Doors (Eeemus’s Black Lodge Remix)
0:40:11 Atmos – Instant Cargo (Original Mix)
0:43:13 Subliminal Codes – Backmasking (Original Mix)
0:46:12 Rnx – Atoms (Extended Mix)
0:49:55 Julio Navas – Organic (Alex Stein Remix)
0:52:56 Christopher Lawrence, John 00 Fleming – Dark On Fire (Insert Name Remix)
0:56:00 Ectima – Human Race (Original Mix)
0:59:20 Ticon – Less Is More (Robert Elster Remix)
1:05:06 Ticon – Stimulant (Original Mix)
1:08:55 Yahel – Deep Feelings (Original Mix)
1:12:00 Arhetip, Zyce – Sons Of The Future (Original Mix)
1:14:49 Daniel Lesden – The Last Of Our Kind (Original Mix)
1:21:14 Future Frequency, Vertical Mode – The Real Reality (Original Mix)
1:25:11 Sonic Entity – Orbital Spin (Original Mix)
1:28:52 Divination – Caper Town (Original Mix)
1:31:52 Yestermorrow – Visions Of The Future (Original Mix)
1:35:07 Daniel Lesden – Structured Chaos (Original Mix)
1:40:11 Flegma – Become One With The Drum (Original Mix)
1:42:30 Arhetip, Nerso – Nada Brahma (Original Mix)
1:46:10 Daniel Lesden – Technological Singularity (Original Mix)
1:51:54 Daniel Lesden, Mechanimal – Confront Reality (Original Mix)
1:56:01 Orkidea – Nana (Waio Remix)
2018   Progressive House   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast   Techno

Rave Podcast 098

Special guest of the month: Datacult

July’s show is quite unusual: as you know I’m a Psytrance music producer, but I also have a love and passion for a deeper side of music which I would like to showcase for you today. I like how the Psytrance labels now embrace that deeper sound as well, as we see more of such music coming out from the names like Nano Records, Iono Music, JOOF, Iboga etcetera, they all seem to realise how fresh it now.

And for the second hour, we have a guest mix from Datacult, a very talented German producer and sound designer.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 R3cycle, Roy Lebens – Hello (Original Mix)
0:05:06 Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Rick Pier O’Neil – Obsession (Darin Epsilon Remix)
0:08:24 Eli Spiral – Planet 9 (Original Mix)
0:14:10 All In, MVMB – Sun Electric (Original Mix)
0:18:12 Spektre – Carnival Of Souls (Original Mix)
0:22:30 John 00 Fleming – Floating (Extended Mix)
0:27:17 ID – ID unreleased
0:30:18 Gary Delaney – Little Groovy Plucks (Original Mix)
0:34:05 ID – ID unreleased
0:38:02 Sideform – Web Of Life (Float Remix)
0:40:26 Ascent – Positive Vibes (Original Mix)
0:43:04 Freaked Frequency – Solar (Original Mix)
0:46:57 Whirloop – Salvation Slumberland (Original Mix)
0:52:18 Human Blue – Galactic Fire (Original Mix)
0:57:25 Man With No Name – Teleport (Sabretooth Remix)

Datacult guest mix

1:02:36 The Key – Tridimensional Abstractions (Datacult Remix)
1:09:12 Sabretooth – Driven (Datacult Remix)
1:14:32 Datacult – Aliyah (Original Mix)
1:20:07 Dark Nebula & Datacult – Beyond That Door (Datacult Remix)
1:25:40 Datacult & Takttrauma – Subspace (Original Mix)
1:31:16 Datacult – Maschine (Original Mix)
1:36:49 Datacult – Schizophrenia (Original Mix)
1:42:51 Datacult – Falcon (Original Mix)
1:48:11 Klopfgeister – Seven Days (Datacult Remix)
1:53:17 Datacult & GMO – Dragon (Original Mix)
2018   Progressive House   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast   Techno

Track of the week: Equilibrium Sense

Relaunch is one of a few artists who has no bad tracks. And I mean it. Pretty much just like Jerome Isma-Ae or Cid Inc, two other heroes of the genre. All originals and remixes he has done are pure gold, I think I have about fifty in my home collection.

Artist Relaunch
Title Equilibrium Sense (Original Mix)
Release Maybe
Label Bonzai Progressive
Year 2017
BPM 126
Key Cm
2017   Progressive House   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Track of the week: Diablo

What a nice track here, love the slow build-up and that roaring sub-bass at 3:37. And those vox bits in the breakdown really adds some spicy. This is exactly the type of music I like to have on my running playlist.

It’s funny how Junodownload tagged it as “Minimal/Tech House” whilst to me it’s a proper Progressive House, perhaps even on the edge of Trance.

Artist Paul Thomas & Dylhen
Title Diablo
Label UltraViolet Music
Year 2017
BPM 122
Key Em
2017   Progressive House   Track of the week

What is Progressive

Or why Progressive Psy tracks you know are probably not Progressive at all

A few days ago I introduced Psytrance Guide and got tons of feedback. Most people are happy with subgenre names, some few are pissed-off. That’s fine.

But what’s interesting is that quite a lot of people were saying that the audio samples I’ve put in the Psytrance subgenre are actually Progressive Psy and not Psytrance. It’s not the first time when I see this misconception, so today I’d like to talk more about this and explain why this is wrong.

What does Progressive mean

First things first, the word “progressive” is an adjective that gives some quality characteristics to the noun. In music, the words like this were introduced to describe a certain mood of the genre, for example:

Deep House
Hard Techno
Uplifting Trance
Progressive Psy

Eventually, these words became part of the genre names, but their original meaning hasn’t changed.

Progressive music gives a sense of progression and slow build-up over time

Talking about progressive specifically, it gives a sense of... well, you guessed it, — progression. Whereas in some other genres you just want to skip forward and finally listen to “that drop”, in Progressive music that sense of progression and immersive building-up is the goal itself. It’s very consistent, often with no climax or big emotional peaks which other genres typically have.

And the difference is not only in aesthetic. In progressive music, a sequence (whether it be a melody or, let’s say, a pad) lasts much longer, sometimes it can go pretty much the entire track duration as the opposite to non-progressive music which typically changes sequences every 16 or 32 bars.

In House and Trance

Before we get into Progressive Psy, let’s take a look at some progressive examples in other genres first.

This is a proper Progressive House:

See how smooth and straightforward these tracks are? If you just scrabble through you might think that nothing really happens in these tracks, it’s just the same loop keep going. But if you listen carefully from start to finish, you’ll notice how one layers builds-up over another, how it all sums up together in a mesmerising experience. This is what Progressive is all about.

Now let’s take a look at more trancy examples:

I intentionally put so different tracks here. As you can hear they vary in tempo and rhythmic patterns, however, each of these tracks has a clear sense of progression and slow build-up over time.

In Psytrance

As we approaching Psytrance territory, let’s take a listen to some older iconic tracks that widely considered as the roots of the Progressive Psy subgenre:

And here is some proper Progressive Psy of the present days:

As you can hear, the production quality certainly get better over the past decade, and Progressive Psy as a subgenre has evolved becoming more dancefloor-focused. But the thing is, it still has the same smooth and straightforward progression just like the older Progressive Psy of the 00’s and just like both Progressive House and Progressive Trance. And that’s the key point.

On a contrast, here is what many people tend to believe Progressive Psy is:

You probably realise by now that this is not Progressive despite it share a similar tempo range and even the same driving bassline. The last track above might be especially tricky because it’s a remix of a Progressive tune, but don’t get confused: that climax by the end clearly puts it out of the Progressive territory.

Psytrance like this usually has much more prominent leads and overall more “occupied” sound spectrum with filtered leads, textures, acid riffs, one-shots, and special effects. Also, Psytrance typically has more beat interruptions, transitions, and breakdowns; one lead can start and in 16 bars after a totally different lead might come instead.

I hope now you see the difference that simply because a track has 136 to 138 BPM it doesn’t automatically put it into Progressive area.

I call everyone to love music regardless of its genre name, but since we have to use some names for our verbal and written communication with each other to describe music, let’s use the right names then.

2017   Progressive House   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance Guide

Track of the week: Strum (Cid Inc Remix)

When it comes to proper Progressive House, a beautiful, deep, and hypnotic music, there is a one man always in my mind — Cid Inc. Somehow his music connects on a personal level; it’s safe to say that I like every track of him, which frankly is quite rare to me.

Artist Draso
Title Strum (Cid Inc Remix)
Label Wide Angle Recordings
Year 2016
BPM 124
Key Em

P.S. Compare this remix to the original mix. Cid Inc totally nailed it.

2017   Progressive House   Track of the week

Track of the week: Never Hopeless

You probably know me as a Psytrance music producer, that’s the music I love and dedicated to almost my entire life. But in fact, my musical taste are not limited by only particular genre. For instance, while running or doing some routine I like listening to a deeper Progressive music, and today’s track of the week is one of these.

This 3-minute cut is the only upload available on YouTube, the full length is 6:52.

Artist Gabriel D’Or & Bordoy
Title Never Hopeless (Original Mix)
Label Alleanza Music
Year 2013
BPM 127
Key Bm
2017   Progressive House   Techno   Track of the week

Rave Podcast 070

Special guest of the month: Moon Tripper

Rave Podcast March edition with Moon Tripper’s guest mix up online for streaming and download on the main website and iTunes. This month show features tracks from Protonica, Alex Di Stefano, Sideform, Maitika, Mental Control, Protonica, and many more.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Evgeny Svalov & 4Mal – Black Lotos (Club Mix)
0:04:41 Copy Paste Soul – Voyager (Original Mix)
0:08:01 Alex Di Stefano, Balthazar & Jackrock – Puerto Rico II (Original Mix)
0:13:02 Phi Phi & Airwave – A Breeze On The Nile (Philthy Chit & Superlifter Remix)
0:17:47 Daniel Lesden – Surreal (Part 1)
0:23:18 Thenaria – Fantastic Universe (Original Mix)
0:27:32 Protonica – Reactor (Original Mix)
0:32:56 Astrix – Deep Jungle Walk (Original Mix)
0:38:37 Sideform – Helicon (Original Mix)
0:43:42 Maitika – Sideroad (Original Mix)
0:48:03 Mental Control – Universe (Original Mix)
0:51:28 Intelligence & Materia – Change The World (Original Mix)
0:55:00 James West – Our Time (Original Mix)

Moon Tripper guest mix

0:59:58 Moon Tripper – Floating Theory (Original Mix)
1:08:04 Moon Tripper – Space Shamans (Original Mix)
1:13:13 Moon Tripper & Nature – Pagoda (Original Mix)
1:20:55 Moon Tripper & Spinney Lainey – Ancient Space (Original Mix)
1:27:50 Ascent – Meditation Experience (Moon Tripper Remix)
1:34:50 Moon Tripper – Mad World (Original Mix)
1:40:51 Moon Tripper – Toad Trip (Original Mix)
1:48:16 Ilai – Aura Planet (Original Mix)
1:53:18 Moon Tripper & Ascent – Echo Of Galaxy (Original Mix)
2016   Progressive House   Progressive Psy   Psytrance   Rave Podcast   Techno
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