Black Hole Recordings takes a dive back into the catalogue of France’s Mr Sam, surfacing with a clutch of reworks of his latter-day track ‘Cygnes’. On initial release, it apparently left a sizable footprint on clubfloors, becoming one of 2008’s most cheered trancers. Heavily set-listed by everyone from Armin (who compiled it onto the year’s ASOT compilation) down, it’s a number that’s scarcely aged a stylistic day in the interim.
Through late Jan to mid-Feb, the label will feed four new ‘Cygnes’ remixes into trance’s system, commencing now with remaps from First State and Ferry Tayle.
If Mr Sam is possibly known for any studio trait, it’s fashioning the most evocative moments out of the most atypical vocals. Ferry instinctively locks onto its calling, siren-like song, placing it front and centre in the mix. Surrounding it with uplifting note arrangements, soaring pads and piano drops, he crowns it with a big finale.
For his take, First State drops back into a trancey state of mind - albeit one that’s cooler and proggier in tempo and tone. Mounting some deeper, darker flourishes and effects onto it, he works in bass and doses of sonic distortion - all of which build to its climax.