‘Castles In The Sky’, the track from Belgian band Ian van Dahl, enjoyed quite the run in dance music land when it was released shortly after the turn of the millenium. Immediately catching the ears and eyes of the global dance music crowd, the record became a major hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at #3 in the UK Singles Chart and #1 in the Scottish Singles Chart. That was two decades ago, meaning it’s about time that the track gets a remix. i_o is making that happen, issuing his rework to celebrate the original record’s 20-year anniversary.
Following on i_o’s ‘In My Head’, this next release of his on Armada Music aims to push boundaries whilst paying homage to a popular track that impacted dance music culture. Juggling heavy techno beats with swirling melodies and vocals that should make listeners reminisce about the original track, ‘Castles In The Sky’ aims to transcend genres from start to finish.
Before signing exclusively with Armada Music, i_o released on Deadmau5’s Mau5trap and Andrew Rayel’s inHarmony on a regular basis and was also on remix duty for artists such as Above & Beyond (‘Alchemy’), Armin van Buuren and Tempo Giusto (‘Mr. Navigator’) and Deadmau5 (‘Imaginary Friends’). On the live front, he apparently ‘filled out the 30,000-person floor of EDC Las Vegas’s Circuit Grounds in its opening minutes’, hosted his own underground warehouse event called ACID RAVE in downtown Los Angeles, and sold out his ‘444’ album tour, which is based on his three-part album series (‘ACID 444’, ‘NRG 444’ and ‘AM 444 (feat. Lights)’).