Monday, 21 November 2016

Alex Wright Top 5 November Trance Encounters


The very talented UK based DJ and producer Alex Wright, who has  releases on top labels like Always Alive, Levitated Music, Sundance, Veritas recordings, Blue Soho, and Emergent Shores with support from the biggest trance DJ's in the world including Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and many more every month selects and reviews his Top 5 tracks of each month ahead of his radio show Trance Encounters.
The show is streamed on 1mix Radio every 1st Friday of every month with great success and big following. Exclusively for 1mix radio and Flux BPM Online Alex Wright chooses his top 5 trance encounters for November 2016. Alex Wright has studied extensively music production and he holds BSc degree in Audio & Recording Technology from De Montfort University, Leicester (DMU). Enjoy reading what he has to comment on each release with his knowledge as producer and DJ and of course put in your diary a reminder to not miss his radio show on 1mix radio

Daniel Kandi & Miroslav Vrlik - You & Me [Always Alive Recordings]



Alex Wright Review: I heard about this one coming earlier this year and it was exciting to say the least as I am such a fan of both of these artist's styles. The two producers seem to have stricken a nice balance between their individual sounds and production techniques as Daniel's lead work, FX transitions, and mastering are audible as well as Miroslav's floaty but punchy drive and melodic style. The introduction is just perfect  for autumn days and so is the breakdown which features a lovely plucky sound which decays away like falling leaves. I always appreciate when songs are unique and this breakdown paints a lovely soundscape with great sounds and when the melody hits with the basslines, the result is very uplifting and hands in the air. Just how I like my trance!

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Finding Wonderland & Skylex - Wonder Sky [Blue Soho Recordings]



Alex Wright Review: I was recently brought to attention by Skylex's amazing remix of Thrillseekers Pres. Hydra - Amber and here partnering up with 'Finding Wonderland' on Blue Soho Recordings, he shows his maturity and skill at crafting excellent, clean mixdown with buzzy basslines and nice chops which set the perfect mood along with textured plucks and subtle ambient pads. The chord progression is very nice and refreshing with plenty of uplifting moments and some sky-high piano touches send this one into heaven. Some vocal atmospheres enhance the mood before the sound level drops giving way to an impacting lead melody which when coupled with the punchy beats and atmospheres in the climax creates a very satisfying payoff.

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Levekar Feat. Cassandra Grey - Darkest Light (Den Rize Pres. Blur8 Remix) [Emergent Skies]



Alex Wright Review: Originally being really impressed by the original mix of this which was released back in August and featured on Dan Stone's disc from Aly & Fila's FSOE450 compilation, I was excited to see Den Rize's name on the remix package as I am a big fan of his Blur8 work. In this remix there is plenty of delicious atmospherics and great vocal treatment, with punchy beats and a driving yet laid back groove aided by a sliding saw bassline. The breakdown takes a deeper, more minimal approach which is full of misty moodiness and some nicely phased plucks create a gorgeously tantalising effect on the ears. A great alternative to the more anthemic original by Den Rize here which is my favourite out of the remix release which also includes remixes by Aldo Henrycho and Selective Divergence.

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Mike Squillo - Beleza [Digital Society Recordings]



Alex Wright Review: My buddy from New York has his first release in a while on DSR with 'Beleza' which features a lovely bittersweet guitar melody at its core and is dressed by a dramatic bed of pluck sequences and scene-setting pads. Trance with a balearic flavour definitely hits my soft spot and this track by Mike has captured that mood really well. The chords and melodies in the breakdown remind me of the beautiful yet sad 'One Last Look' by Signalrunners from Anjunabeats, and if you don't know that track I really suggest you give it a listen! The lead is a nice arpeggiated saw which fills the track out nicely underneath the gentle guitar parts with  plenty of power and prowess. Great work here from this dude!

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R3dub - Covenant [Maraphobia]



Alex Wright Review: A really well-fleshed out production here by Romanian producer R3dub on Maratone's label Maraphobia, 'Covenant' has plenty of power and depth with a nice wide stereo field, some nice acids squelch away in the mids and high end to provide extra flair and drive to a thumping groove. The main lead melody is straight forward and powerful and is complemented nicely by twinkling pianos and great atmospheres. Good job here by William at creating a well-executed, memorable track with plenty of bite.

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Don't miss Alex's Wright Trance Encounters on 1mix radio every 1st Friday of the month from 20.00-21.00 for the very best in trance and progressive. If you wish Alex to feature your track in his show and reviews or to book him for your next trance event please email him: alex_dj[at]live[dot]co[dot]uk



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Enhanced's coveted compilation series 'Enhanced Chill' makes a return for its fourth consecutive year - back and better than ever, here's 2016's injection of delicious acoustic, ambient and leftfield Originals & Reworks from some of Enhanced's most recognisable names.

Featuring influential releases from both Enhanced's Recordings & Progressive imprints along with a selection from Enhanced's stable of sub-labels, 'Enhanced Chill, Vol. 4' takes some of the the very best tracks from a wealth of styles and strips them back to their spine-tingling barebones.

From unplugged and acoustic versions of Arno Cost & Eric Lumiere's 'Again', BRKLYN & Mariah McManus' 'Can't Get Enough' and Cuebrick, APEK & Linney's 'Safe', to unheard, exclusive reworks of Marcus Santoro's chart-topping 'There Is Only You', Noise Zoo's evocative Chill Out mix of Progressive Trance anthem 'Spectre' and a mind-blowing duo of Originals from Progressive prodigy Matt Fax, 'Enhanced Chill, Vol. 4' is the perfect audible accompaniment for all of those laid-back moments.

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Alex Wright & Falcon - Hawkeye [Always Alive recordings / Available 25.11.2016]



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