Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Review: Rank 1 - 13.11.11 out on High Contrast Recordings

Rank 1 - 13.11.11 out on High Contrast Recordings
Rank 1 singles are gems every bit as much through their scarcity as their ability to send floors supernova. When the Dutch pairing of Benno de Goeij & Piet Bervoets have something to say studio-side though, it's always worth listening to. 2013 has already brought the thrilling sonic compulsion of M.I.K.E. collaboration 'Elements of Life' and the big-room-boom/title-says-it-all 'Floorlifter'.

Now though prepare for one of the most extraordinary, atypical, riveting, downright brilliant recordings you'll hear this year. '13.11.11' is its name… it's BPM, runtime and its release date, all rolled into one.High concept, huh!?

Maverick as much by design as intent, '13.11.11' rolls out with prog-trance force and tempo (131.111 bpms on the nose!), with its deep, sonorous bass-building atmosphere. Don't think it's going to hang around there too long though…
Backed by floor-flaming, whip-cracking FX, de Goeij & Bervoets drive home its first elevating lead line – one that seizes the track's centre ground and speeds it rapidly towards peak time. With its first high duly delivered '13.11.11' drops back, initiating a beautifully crafted Vangelis-esque analogue sub-melody, which subtly fluctuates the track's mood.

On '13.11.11' atypical composition, Rank 1 said: "when we decided to produce a track this way, it wasn't with a 'why should we make this?' attitude, but more like 'why the hell shouldn't we!' We know its not 'the usual', but who says we have to play by the rules all the time!?"

Described by the UK's DJ Mag in their 9/10 review as having "micro-mix-comp" properties, in its own time '13.11.11' swirls the atmosphere deep - minute by charismatic minute working its way towards its next jaw-drop sequence. Around the 9th minute mark, Rank 1 instils a savannah-like atmosphere to the track, enacted by its angelic indolent flute-led riff. Once again though, with perfectly measured pace, they begin to draw the euphoria back in. Raising the tension sky-high they gift '13.11.11' its final uplifting Gotcha moment!

"With '13.11.11', Rank 1 yet again lead the way when it comes to defining what modern day Trance music really encapsulates. Epic vibes guaranteed here – Trance Single of the Month" – [Tilllate]

"If its runtime has you imagining a long drawn-out build up to the action, forget about it. '13.11.11' hits its stride, and indeed first breakdown well within its third minute." - [MIXMAG]

"On the surface ‘13.11.11’s number code gives little away. In reality though it’s telling you everything. At thirteen minutes, eleven seconds long, it’s by modern standards a bona fide epic - 9/10" - DJ Mag UK
“Rank 1 seems to have been saving up for one big blowout. This, quite clearly, is it.”
10/10, Single of the Month, [MIXMAG]

Rank 1's new single '13.11.11' is out on November 11th and available through Beatport on High Contrast Recordings.

01: Rank 1 – 13.11.11 (Original Mix)                    

Dimitri Kechagias review: The EDM world was waiting with anticipation and finally it's out. The beloved classic trance project; Rank 1, who continue to perform as a Live act at many festivals and clubs around the world, return with the massive production 13.11.11 on the legendary imprint of only high quality trance music High Contrast Recordings. There is huge hype and buzz in the social media about this track, and there is an excuse for it! The idea of producing a track that lasts exactly 13.11.11 brings trance back to its early mid 90's roots, as many well known trance classics were from Sven Vath's seminal imprint EYE Q & Harthouse which lasted for so long. More specific underground trance productions are quite long to allow the artist to express themselves in the track, and unleash all the creative possibilities available to them. 13.11.11 is a powerful driving trancer with excellent deep but driving basslines, pumping techy on the dutch tip, kick drums, and of course exceptional synths on top that give the track that extra big push. If trance is meant to take you for a journey, then Rank 1 deliver exactly that. It moves and shakes you within a magnificent soundscape that's like a huge sound labyrinth that  you travel within hoping to reach the end and see the light. You actually reach it at around 9.30 minutes, when you reach the huge atmospheric and very cinematic long break. Inspiring strings, heavenly voices, renaissance style orchestral music themes, which enlighten the spirit and calm the senses. Of course, the massive synths which perform the main simple but very addictive hair raising theme, are revealed to cause mayhem on the dancefloor, and bring the track to an epic closure. Superb outro section that can serve either as outro in your DJ sets, or as wonderful moment to take advantage of and  mix in the next big tune. It's a sure candidate to remain in our memory as a Trance Classic! Love iT     

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