Follow me on social media

Facebook is my main news hub where I share upcoming releases, gigs, photos, videos, and blogs. Typically, I post 3–5 times a week.

Telegram and Twitter duplicate what I post on Facebook, with occasional extra content.

On Vkontakte, I write in the Russian language for my fans out of from Russia and CIS.

I also upload vlogs and gigs videos on YouTube and share travel photos, selfies, and studio routine on Instagram.

53 posts tagged

Progressive Trance

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: Synthia

Today’s track of of the week is a Progressive Trance classic, a deep and atmospheric track from a Slovakian duo Tkac & Haverlik. I can listen to this on repeat for hours.

Artist Tkac & Haverlik
Title Synthia (Original Mix)
Label Baroque Records
Year 2004
BPM 130
Key G#m
Oct 15   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Rave Podcast October 2017

Special guest of the month: Dan Ascherl

This month show includes new releases from Tristate, One Function, Faders, Flowjob, Zyce, and more. And for the second hour we have a guest mix from a JOOF Editions resident, Dan Aschrel.

Speaking of Dan, don’t forget that you can catch me playing in London on October 14th along with Hypnocoustics, Jon Cockle, and today’s Rave Podcast guest — Dan Ascherl.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Jaia – Electricity (Mindwave Remix)
0:06:19 Flowjob – Leviathan (Original Mix)
0:10:00 Zyce & Zyrus 7 – Transmitter (Original Mix)
0:14:37 Owntrip – Re Create (Original Mix)
0:19:13 Liquid Ace – Neurochemistry (Yestermorrow Remix)
0:24:16 Ranji – Psychedelic Experience (Original Mix)
0:30:55 Timelock & ON3 – Universe Unfold (Original Mix)
0:33:41 Vertex & Norma Project – Rise Of The Flame (Original Mix)
0:38:16 Tristate & Aioaska – Lost In Modulation (Original Mix) Unreleased
0:42:59 Orpheus & Osher – 1998 (Original Mix)
0:47:45 Relativ – Subreality (Original Mix)
0:54:57 Faders & Vertical Mode – Optical Illusion (Original Mix)

Dan Ascherl guest mix

1:00:39 Ivanshee – Iron Wave (Original Mix)
1:05:40 Airwave – The Unfinished (Original Mix)
1:14:01 Andromedha – Perpetuum (Original Mix)
1:19:06 Eeemus – Icarus (Gordey Tsukanov Remix)
1:24:23 Waveform – Intelligent Machines (Original Mix)
1:30:26 Visua – Wanna Dance (Original Mix)
1:36:20 Zen Mechanics, Flegma, Nerso – Flux (Original Mix)
1:44:35 James Monro – Expansion (Original Mix)
1:54:15 Visua – The Time Has Come (Original Mix)
Oct 5   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast

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: The Unfinished

Airwave is truly one of the best Trance music producers alive, every track of him is a musical masterpiece. This track has lush strings but I like that it stays deep, no cheesy hands-up moments here. Pure underground.

Artist Airwave
Title The Unfinished (Original Mix)
Label Bonzai Progressive
Year 2017
BPM 130
Key A#m
2017   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Rave Podcast July 2017

Special guest of the month: Tim Bourne

This month’s show features new music from Cosmithex (yes, he’s back!), Vertex, StarLab & Genesia, Dual Resonance, Djantrix, Zatzak & Exolon, and more. And Tim Bourne’s guest mix for the second hour. Enjoy!

Tracklistings

0:00:00 The Digital Blonde – Earth Tone (Original Mix)
0:06:16 Slam Duck – Anxiety Dream (Cosmithex Remix)
0:10:35 Echotek – Kula Chakra (Original Mix)
0:14:23 Tristan, Avalon, Vini Vici – Colors (Original Mix)
0:19:55 Vertex & Interpulse – Galactic Frequency (Original Mix)
0:25:32 Freaked Frequency & Zyce Feat. Modern8 – Perfect Harmony (Original Mix)
0:30:19 Symbolic – Grim Sleeper (Original Mix)
0:35:53 Zen Mechanics & Egorythmia – Dragonfruit (Dual Resonance Remix)
0:41:12 Starlab & Genesia – Access To Consciousness (Original Mix)
0:46:56 Zatzak & Exolon – Out of Order (Original Mix)
0:50:16 Djantrix & Spirit Architect – Vortex (Original Mix)

Tim Bourne guest mix

0:57:35 Tim Bourne – Hadrenaline (Original Mix)
1:01:17 Ace Ventura & Lifeforms – Royal Rumble (Original Mix)
1:07:29 Protoculture – Music Is Forever (Original Mix)
1:11:46 Tim Bourne – Akasha (Original Mix)
1:17:30 Liquid Soul – Cydonia (Original Mix)
1:21:48 Ritmo & Astrix – Ziran (Original Mix)
1:26:28 00.db – Melatron (Original Mix)
1:32:12 Tim Bourne – Creatures Within (Original Mix)
1:38:05 3 Of Life – Be Square (Original Mix)
1:41:52 Morten Granau – Fuzzy Monkey (Invisible Reality Remix)
1:44:32 Ticon – Bird Of Prey (Original Mix)
1:49:13 Ritmo & Sphera – Immediate Moment (Original Mix)
1:51:35 Animato & Freedom Fighters – Nocturnal (Original Mix)
1:53:57 Sphera – Everybody Is Nobody (Original Mix)
2017   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psychedelic   Psytrance   Rave Podcast

Track of the week: Slap It

Fantastic piece of a proper Progressive Trance known as a soundtrack to the Zion party scene in Matrix Reloaded. This track doesn’t have that level of details as nowadays’ production, but it certainly has some magic feeling. Or maybe it just a nostalgia? Well, I hope I’m not that old yet.

Artist Fluke
Title Slap It (Untitled No.3)
Label Appalooso
Year 2001
BPM 135
Key Em
2017   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Rave Podcast April 2017

Special guest of the month: Neodyne

The first hour of the show features my past set at GTG, and for the second hour we are privileged to have Mr Sean Tyas’ guest mix under his new Psytrance alias, Neodyne.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Daniel Lesden – Deep Haze (Original Mix)
0:05:08 Coming Soon – Fear (Original Mix)
0:06:36 Freedom Fighters – Recycled (Original Mix)
0:06:36 John 00 Fleming – Tik Tok (Part 2)
0:09:30 ID – ID
0:15:03 Ritmo – The Way We Are (Lifeforms Remix)
0:16:01 Prosper – On Wheels (Original Mix)
0:17:20 Daniel Lesden & Cosmithex – Genesis (Original Mix)
0:23:17 Liquid Soul & Zyrus 7 – The Future (Liquid Soul Mix)
0:26:08 Christopher Lawrence & Jonathan Allyn – The Human Element (Daniel Lesden Remix)
0:31:33 Vandeta & Atacama – Lost In Space (Original Mix)
0:35:48 Manmachine – Synthesize (Original Mix)
0:39:33 Daniel Lesden – Ignition (Original Mix)
0:45:08 ID – ID
0:51:38 Relativ – Hyperspace (Original Mix)
0:55:34 Astral Projection – Let There Be Light (Outsiders Remix)
0:58:06 Electric Universe – Freedom (Original Mix)

Neodyne guest mix

0:59:57 Liquid Soul & Dj Dream – Liquid Dream (Neodyne VIP Remix)
1:06:37 Bitmonx – Bug Spencer (Original Mix)
1:10:16 Sean Tyas – Matter Of Time (Original Mix)
1:16:12 Marmion – Schöneberg (Sean Tyas Remix)
1:21:07 Skyfall – Dream State (Original Mix)
1:26:17 Sean Tyas – Vagabond (Original Mix)
1:31:17 Magik & Waio – gan Jar (Original Mix)
1:37:11 Circuit Breakers – New Horizons (Original Mix)
1:41:44 Liquid Soul & Neodyne – Believe (Original Mix)
1:46:16 Symbolic – Grim Sleeper (Original Mix)
1:50:48 Liquid Soul & Neodyne – Cherub (Original Mix)
1:56:02 Outsiders & Imagine Mars – We Are In The Shadows (Original Mix)
2017   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psychedelic   Psytrance   Rave Podcast

Track of the week: Papua New Guinea (Satoshi Tomiie Main Path)

A stunning deep remix to the classic track by a Japanese producer, loving it. I think it sums what a proper Progressive Trance music should be like.

Artist The Future Sound Of London
Title Papua New Guinea
Remixer Satoshi Tomiie
Release Papua New Guinea 2001
Label Jumpin’ & Pumpin’
Year 2001
BPM 130
Key Fm
2017   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Rave Podcast February 2017

Special guest of the month: Sabretooth

Rave Podcast February edition is up online on the main website, SoundCloud, and iTunes with full tracklistings. The show features new music from The Digital Blonde, Voyager, One Function, Tim Bourne, Beat Bizarre, and more. And for the guest mix we have producer’s live set from Ben Fraser aka Sabretooth with his fantastic productions. Enjoy!

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Lost Shaman – Twilight Turtle (Original Mix)
0:05:33 Bernie Allen – Late Reflections (Manmachine Remix)
0:08:18 Beat Bizarre – Magical Realism (Original Mix)
0:14:52 The Digital Blonde – The Witches (Original Mix)
0:20:32 One Function – Holistic Transform (Original Mix)
0:25:56 Liquid Soul – Revolution (Future Frequencies Remix)
0:31:50 Voyager – Voyageur (Original Mix)
0:36:16 Lostly – Take This Acid (Original Mix)
0:42:31 Cambium – The Power of Now (Original Mix)
0:45:58 Kopel – Shanghai (Original Mix)
0:50:47 Daniel Lesden – The Dream of Electric Sheep (Original Mix)
0:56:16 Tim Bourne – The Wounded Healer (Original Mix)

Sabretooth guest mix

1:00:49 Sabretooth – Covering Ground (Original Mix)
1:07:00 Daniel Lesden – Enuma Elish (Sabretooth Remix)
1:11:36 Manmachine – Sharks & Laser Beams (Sabretooth Remix)
1:16:39 Zen Mechanics & Future Frequency – Naked Stoned Exalted (Sabretooth Remix)
1:22:35 Starlab – Tokyo Teleport (Sabretooth Remix)
1:27:42 Block Device – The Earth, the Moon, the Sun (Sabretooth Remix)
1:32:27 Sabretooth – Designated Driver (Original Mix)
1:36:30 Sabretooth – Pro Funghi (Original Mix)
1:42:27 Sinerider & Escape – Aftermath (Sabretooth Remix)
1:46:41 Spirit Architect & Try2Fly – Keep Going (Sabretooth Remix)
1:52:22 Cosmosis – Gift Of The Gods (Sabretooth Remix)
2017   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast
Earlier Ctrl + ↓