Follow me on social media

Instagram

SoundCloud

Facebook

Vkontakte

Telegram

Twitter

YouTube

Upcoming gig  🇬🇧 Dance:Love:Hub, June 15, 2019

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.

59 posts tagged

Progressive Trance

Later Ctrl + ↑

Rave Podcast 089

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)
 No comments    2   2017   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, 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 gets 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 ‘00s and just like both Progressive House and Progressive Trance. And that’s the key point.

On 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.

 3 comments    51   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
 No comments    2   2017   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Rave Podcast 086

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)
 No comments    4   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 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
 No comments    5   2017   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Track of the week: Tik Tok

John 00 Fleming is no doubt one of my favourites artists and a big inspiration to me. It’s hard to pick just one of his tracks, but for today’s track of the week, I’d like to play “Tik Tok” — a gorgeous, hypnotic crossover between Techno and Psytrance. At 6:42, the main theme turns almost into Goa Trance, loving it.

Artist John 00 Fleming
Title Tik Tok (Part 1)
Label JOOF Recordings
Year 2015
BPM 134
Key Am
 No comments    3   2017   Progressive Trance   Techno

Rave Podcast 083

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)
 No comments    1   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
 No comments    2   2017   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Track of the week: Harpoon (Alex Di Stefano Remix)

As a follow-up to the last week’s track, here is another crossover between Techno and Trance worlds. Hypnotic, emotional, I like that. I haven’t played this track in a club, but I bet at a proper underground party the crowd would go nuts at 5:14.

I’m sure you’ll hear more of Alex Di Stefano in this blog.

Artist Spektre
Title Harpoon
Remixer Alex Di Stefano
Release Casting Shadows Without Light (Remixes Part 2)
Label Respekt Recordings
Year 2010
BPM 128
Key Fm
 No comments    3   2017   Progressive Trance   Techno   Track of the week

Rave Podcast 080

Special guest of the month: Spectro Senses

Rave Podcast January edition is up online on the main website, SoundCloud, and iTunes. This month’s show featuring tracks from Cosmithex, Lyktum, Thenaria, Brainiac, Voyager, and more. And special producer’s guest mix from Spectro Senses for the second hour.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Cosmithex – Cold Fusion (Original Mix)
0:04:43 Zentura – Come With Us (MVMB Remix)
0:10:38 Thenaria – Acceleration (Original Mix)
0:15:59 Lyktum – Cosmic Web Cut 2 (Original Mix)
0:21:05 Ace Ventura & Captain Hook – The Jolly Roger (Future Frequency Remix)
0:23:03 Somnia – Insola (Original Mix)
0:27:18 Doppler Shift & Genetrick – Individual Experience (Original Mix)
0:32:30 Brainiac – Monstrum (Original Mix)
0:38:02 Voyager – The Source (Original Mix)
0:43:00 Lupin – Dreamblaster (Original Mix)
0:48:17 Daniel Lesden – Technological Singularity (Original Mix)

Spectro Senses guest mix

0:55:30 Spectro Senses – Voyager One (Original Mix)
1:02:31 Spectro Senses – Psychology Analysis (Original Mix)
1:08:58 Spectro Senses – Sacred Tree (Original Mix)
1:11:43 Spectro Senses – Atoms Vibrations (Original Mix)
1:17:39 Spectro Senses – Human Culture (Original Mix)
1:23:36 Spectro Senses – The Illusion of Time (Original Mix)
1:30:37 Spectro Senses – Close To Reality (Original Mix)
1:35:25 Spectro Senses – Om (Original Mix)
1:41:29 Spectro Senses & Synthetic Vision – Bansuri (Original Mix)
1:47:25 Spectro Senses – Elements of Nature (Original Mix)
1:53:22 Spectro Senses & Synthetic Vision – Encode Message (Original Mix)
1:58:51 Spectro Senses – Sacred Geometry (Original Mix)
 No comments    4   2017   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast
Earlier Ctrl + ↓