Taken from 2020’s ‘The Lost Art Of Longing’, BT’s marshals a co-production, singing-songwriting and remixing complement to the album’s next single, ‘The Light Is Always On’. Studio-side with the Grammy-nominated artist is New Jersey native Au5, whose album-reconnecting with BT for the first time since 2013’s ‘A Song Across Wires’. Mangal Suvarnan swaps headphones for mic to handle ‘Light’s song-based duties, whilst on the remix is his fellow Los Angelino Le Youth.
Having introduced everyone, by way of ‘Sapho Blend’ & ‘Dismay’, to his more abstract Paraframe alias, whilst alternating monthly with his own-name creations, Pavel Khvaleev’s already shown plenty of future in ‘21. Following his January connection with Miss Monique on ‘Rider’, he returns now with more floor-minded oxygen, going solo and instrumental into the inky-black of ‘Space Odyssey’.
Kryder rode into 2021, fusing VR, avatars, motion-capture and CGI to take people on a monthly trip into his ‘dance-anywhere’ Metaverse. Alongside digital concept house Conduit XR, he attempted to flip the script on lockdown, bringing the show to the audience by delivering ‘a reality-rivalling experience.’
More music from the Balearic mind of Roger Shah this month, as his alias returns aiming to put a ray of the warm stuff into Spring. The strains of ‘Hello Sunrise’ will possibly have swift resonance for anyone who joined last year’s ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ mixes. He used the then tones of its Chillout Mix to overture his debut disc on the 16th edition of the series.
A fair amount is made in music’s realm of ‘the personal album’. In truth though all artist albums are inherently personal - the only distinction being to what degree. By his own acknowledgement, Dennis wrote his third longform predominantly for fans, but also - in part – for himself. Starting the year 2019 in what he described as “a very dark place”, he utilised ‘Find The Sunrise'’s process as a cathartic tool of articulation, and one with which to face a personal demon or two.
The final single action ahead of the January 2021 release of ‘Find The Sunrise’ – Dennis Sheperd’s third studio album - sees the German producer release ‘Playing With Fire’. Created in concert with Dutch singer/songwriter Eke (whose previous works include collaborations with Headhunterz, Ruben de Ronde and others), the track was sparked over musings between the pair on relationships past.
‘Numb’ is the final act in the single-saga birthed by ‘Through My Eyes’ - Christina Novelli’s, acoustically-based 2019 album. Again it puts into the sharpest focus the singer’s ability to draw from deep within and - filter-free - express her innermost through word and voice. The track is another venture into those recesses, and one that walks the tightrope between beauty, vulnerability and positivity.
A body of music that fuses trance, techno and D&B with progressive and poetry, ambient and acid and harmony and hard dance, the ‘Last King Of Scotland’ aims to vie for the tag of ‘timeless’. It is a musical narration of Will Atkinson’s own path, that of a patriotic, electronic music loving boy growing up in a far-flung corner before moving on, out and up to possible global recognition.
Aleksander Stawierej releases his first album, ‘Everything Is Connected’. The Warsaw-based artist is keyholder to monikers like Raw Tech Audio & ACIDØ; the A&R warden of the Mental Asylum label and through his Indecent Noise guise, probably its foremost resident. The latter’s an alias that - over the last 10 years - has become indivisibly linked with the sound of the 303, aiming to leave his musical bootprint on planet trance.
That the eighth album from Markus Schulz is arriving in extraordinary times scarcely needs saying, but it’s the direction that artists chose to take with that abundance of additional production time that’s now providing the real insights. Some might’ve imagined that Markus would take our harder times as the artistic cue to re-don his Dakota mask as he last did in the winter of 2017.