Today we’re throwing back to some classic trance tunes from Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren. The trio is notable for many trance tracks and frequently collaborating with Armada Music label head Armin Van Buuren.
Starting Right Now
Starting Right Now, originally released in 2012, is an uplifting trance number combining early elements of future trance with smooth vocals and melodies. Chris Jones is featured on this one with vocals creating a stratospheric melody with Jaren’s.
One of their most popular tracks, Light the Skies (originally released in 2008) is a beautiful song reminiscent of Oceanlab’s “Satellite” with its transcendent vocals and down-tempo melodies. Retrobyte’s Classic Electrobounce Edit, seen in Armin’s A State of Trance series is one to drift off to, sleep to, dream to. This was when trance was at it’s best.
Electronic music legend Kaskade has come a long way from his first releases. The [city] native began spinning soft house, trancey and even lounge cuts like “It’s You, It’s Me” when he stepped onto the scene. At the time, he was one of few homegrown American house acts and his music steadily became more well known. His monumental remix of David Morales “Here I Am” was featured in The Devil Wears Prada.
Since those days, Kaskade has branched out into many different genres and tends to produce more energetic music. Here’s a look at some of his more iconic deep cuts that brought him to where he stands currently.
Let Me Go (feat. Marcus Bentley)
Ice (feat. Dan Black)
Turn It Down (w/Rebecca & Fiona)
Llove (feat. Haley)
More fire from the time period:
Never Say Never (Alex Gaudino Remix) [feat. Jacqueline Govaert] – Armin Van Buuren
Spaceship (Fedde Le Grande Remix) [feat. Kelis] – Benny Benassi
[Throwbacks:] Odessa – Caribou (featured in FIFA ’11)
This eclectic little number comes from an era twas rife with alternative electronic acts like Caribou. Released in 2010, a few years before, acts like MGMT and Empire of the Sun were transforming alternative rock and electronic music while channeling sounds of the 80s rock scene.
“Odessa” was featured in FIFA ’11, the worldwide hit soccer video game from EA Sports, well known for its varied soundtracks. Take some time and drift away to these entrancing sounds.
Today’s throwback post focuses on Canadian DJ, Kaytranada, whose infectious sound causes listeners to take notice the moment they hear one of his songs. I’d first heard of him around the time I initially began to listen to and research Future House music several years ago. Kaytranada’s music could be called Future Lounge. It’s never really high energy or insane, and it works extremely well. He makes music you’d listen to at the beach, sailing over the ocean blue, or lounging on a tropical island.
Go baby go go, (yeah we’re right behind you)
Go baby go go, (yeah we’re lookin’ at you)
Go baby go go, (oh, we’re right behind you)
Go baby, go baby, Yeah we’re right behind you!
Microsoft’s recent ad for the Surface Go has surfaced feelings of nostalgia in many people who heard the song featured in the ad, Garbage’s “Cherry Lips.” For me personally, I first heard the song on the Playstation 2 music game, Amplitude.
From the makers of Dance Central, the unconventional music game had you piloting a space ship that coasted along “tracks” of music. Each track had notes that you would blast and after getting through a “section” or “verse” with no misses the track would blast away and disappear and it’s element would continue to play for awhile. Each track was broken down into vocals, bass, drums, synths and FX, and basically the better you play the game the better the song would sound, you could also choose to completely ignore the vocals track to make an instrumental version, or only play the drums and bass for an acoustic/percussive “remix.”
It wasn’t until it resurfaced in the Microsoft ad that I found out more about Garbage and that the lead singer actually wasn’t Gwen Stefani (it sure sounded like it to me). Enjoy the ad and it’s original music video above and below take a look at what it was like playing the song in Amplitude.
You don’t need to
emerge from nothing
You don’t need, to tear away
Fischerspooner is one of the DJs that laid the foundation for much of today’s house music. The American DJ trio formed in New York, has had their music featured in movies, video games, and numerous advertisements Fischerspooner’s most popular single, Emerge, was featured in the video game SSX 3 remixed by Junkie XL. With a pounding, head nodding beat the track is everything progressive house should be. Music that you can bob your head to as it gets progressively deeper and entrancing. Check it out above.
For the best revenge, I AM!!!
On the flip side, for something a little darker, but just as deep if not more, check out “The Best Revenge.” While it may seem like the song builds up for an eternity (a tenet of true progressive house music) it is well worth it. By the last drop, once the guitars are added back into the mix and the lead vocalist screams “I AM!!!” the beat will have hit you so hard, you won’t know what has happened. Great music to fade away, nod off or daydream to.