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Progressive House

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
Nov 18   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
Sep 2   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 March 2016

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

Life Simulation is out now

A new EP · JOOF Recordings

The rising star of JOOF Recordings Daniel Lesden has made quite an impact in his short time here, but enough to be having support by many A list DJ’s. Not falling quite into the Full on Psy Trance camp, his sound floats nicely in between both world of Trance and Life simulation is testament to this. We know this is going to be a big success in the underground Trance scene.

Daniel demonstrates the diversity he has as an artist in the fullest measure. Testament to the above statement is his new EP which completely redefines him as it happens to be a trip towards him more progressive side.

... or buy on iTunes

Written and producers by Daniel Sokolovskiy
Mastering by Milos Modrinic @ Sideform studio
Artwork by JOOF Recordings

2015   JOOF Recordings   Life Simulation   Progressive House   Release   Trance

Rave Podcast February 2015

Special guest of the month: Mr Suspect

Rave Podcast 057, two hours of proper underground music with stunning Mr Suspect’s guest mix, is up online on the main website, iTunes, SoundCloud.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Rogier & Stage Van H – FreeFall (Jeremy Rowlett Remix)
0:04:58 Rick Pier O’Neil – Loud And Proud (Part 1)
0:09:26 Daniel Lesden – One Way Journey (Original Mix)
0:14:35 Sector 7 – Aloha (Relaunch Remix)
0:18:30 Bahar Canca – Psy-Boutique (Original Mix)
0:22:41 Coming Soon – Fear (Original Mix)
0:26:11 John 00 Fleming – Tik Tok (Part 1)
0:31:57 Chris Oblivion – A New Life Has Come (Original Mix)
0:36:43 Jens Jakob – Lynx (Static Illusion Remix)
0:40:43 Atom Device – High Motivation (Original Mix)
0:45:11 Indecent Noise – Warsaw 2.0 (Original Mix)
0:50:04 Astrix – Type 1 (Sideform Remix)
0:55:19 Daniel Lesden – Thru The Stars On Autopilot (Original Mix)

Mr Suspect guest mix

1:00:26 Mr Suspect – Archetype (Drukveldeler & Dj Bim Remix)
1:05:53 Mr Suspect & Hi Profile – Learn To Listen (Original Mix)
1:10:16 Mr Suspect & Micky Noise – Invincible Ways (Original Mix)
1:17:23 Mr Suspect – Abyss (Wikidz Remix)
1:22:48 Mr Suspect – Ride The Air (Original Mix)
1:28:26 Mr Suspect – Maelstrom (Original Mix)
1:35:03 Mr Suspect – No More (Original Mix)
1:41:14 Mr Suspect & Reverse – Partners In Crime (Original Mix)
1:47:26 Zyce – Night Of The Silent Drums (Mr Suspect Remix)
1:52:56 Ovnimoon – Quiet My Mind (Mr Suspect Remix)
2015   Progressive House   Progressive Psy   Psytrance   Rave Podcast   Techno

The Guest Mix @ Psynotized with Mouchy Mora

Here’s the guest mix I made for Psynotized podcast hosted by Mouchy Mora. This isn’t a typical from: I played some Progressive and almost Tech-House’ish tracks at the first half.

Tracklistings

00:00 Klopfgeister – Meanwhile in Hamburg (Original Mix)
02:55 Liquid Soul – Love In Stereo (Jerome Isma-Ae Remix)
04:55 Daniel Lesden – 165 Earth Years (Original Mix)
08:24 Tegma – Crazyman (Original Mix)
12:52 Yotopia – Goosebumps (Original Mix)
17:48 Daniel Lesden – Out Of This World (Original Mix)
22:43 Behind Blue Eyes & Phaxe – Medusa (Sad Paradise Remix)
24:11 Interactive Noise – Play (Original Mix)
27:07 Nicholas Bennison – Shattered Angles (Original Mix)
30:45 Deedrah – Reload (Easy Riders Remix)
35:28 Talpa & Zyce – Black Sheep in a Herd of Geese (Original Mix)
39:04 Darma – Paradigma (Original Mix)
43:10 Sideform – Vahana (Original Mix)
49:23 Daniel Lesden – Space Form (Original Mix)
53:41 Kingpink – Fear Is Not Real (Original Mix)
2015   Guest mixes   Progressive House   Progressive Psy

Rave Podcast January 2014

Special guest of the month: F-Act

Rave Podcast January edition, aired yesterday on DI.FM, is available on the main website, iTunes and Soundcloud.
This month we have a lot of fresh tracks from Sideform, Vertical Mode, Lyctum & Molok, Zyce, Major7, Roger Rabbit and more. Special guest of the month: very talented music producer from Switzerland, Bruno Kaufman aka F-Act (LuPS Records / Mistique Music). His music is something new for Rave Podcast, a bit slower and deeper than usual, but still very beautiful as we like it. A mixture of proper Progressive House on the edge of Trance, a real treat of the ears.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Dropped – Interdimensional Beings (Original Mix)
0:05:00 Suntree & Antigravity – O-Beat (Original Mix)
0:10:43 Opposite8 – Behind the Scene (Original Mix)
0:14:39 Sideform – Tribadelic (Original Mix)
0:19:17 Vertical Mode – Codes Of DNA (Original Mix)
0:24:34 Yahel – Butterfly (Liquid Sound Remix)
0:30:08 Techyon & Kin – Geometrical Progressions (Original Mix)
0:32:48 Ruback & Skipper – Jack Sparrow (Original Mix)
0:34:42 Lyctum & Molok – Sharena (Original Mix)
0:40:36 Major7 & Capital Monkey – Seven Monkeys (Original Mix)
0:43:28 Zyce – Night Of The Silent Drums (Original Mix)
0:48:18 Major7 & Vini Vici – Back Underground (Original Mix)
0:53:08 Faders & Roger Rabbit – Lucid Dreams (Original Mix)

F-Act guest mix

0:59:44 Fiddler – Stay (F-Act Remix)
1:07:31 Yves Deruyter – Calling Earth (F-Act`s Back To The 90`s Remix)
1:15:20 F-Act – Whirlpool (Original Mix)
1:21:41 Jacco@Work – Emulsifier (F-Act Remix)
1:27:27 F-Act – Consecutive (Original Mix)
1:33:16 Ivan Nikusev – Legendary (F-Act Remix)
1:40:47 Cut Knob – Burn It And Shake Da Floor (F-Act Remix)
1:47:05 SOHN – The Wheel (F-Act Remix)
1:53:58 F-Act – Natural Progression (Original Mix)
2014   Progressive House   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast
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