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END OF THE YEAR 2012 SPECIAL: TOP 10 TRANCE COUNTDOWN

26 Dec

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Thanks for joining EDM Charts for the 2012 End of the Year Countdown of the Top 10 Trance Tracks. As we all get ready to welcome in 2013, it’s time to reflect on what was accomplished in 2012. Read up on the top tracks and also take a listen to the mix with additional commentary on the Soundcloud link within the article.

1. GARETH EMERY, CHRISTINA NOVELLI “CONCRETE ANGEL” [JOHN O’CALLAGHAN REMIX] (GARUDA) Release Date: 2012-3-12#4_gareth

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Trance

Origin: UK, Ireland

Description: There’s no argument this year that hands down “Concrete Angel” is the top trance track of 2012. This specific remix by Irishman John O’Callaghan adds a separate piano bridge and is sped up to O’Callaghan’s tailored style. Christina Novelli’s vocals are perfect and help bring the track to life. There’s no wonder why Gareth Emery is consistently in top #20 grouping of DJs.

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WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: NOVEMBER 2012, VOL. 79

26 Nov

Happy Cyber Monday! Paul van Dyk shows us why his classic style is here for “Eternity”. Aly & Fila celebrate their 250th episode with “Sand Theme”. Shogun remixes a BT & Arty for the “love” of it.

1. PAUL VAN DYK, ADAM YOUNG “ETERNITY” [QULINEZ REMIX] (VANDIT) Release Date: 2012-11-19

Rating★★★★★

Genre: Progressive House

Origin: Germany

Description: Initially off the album release this summer “Evolution”, “Eternity” gets remixed by Swedish producers Qulinez. The track is an example of hybrid progressive house. It is a bit more upbeat than the original, packed full of energy. Adam Young of Owl City does a brilliant job on lyrics. It is a match made in heaven.

Reminds Us Of: “Youtopia” – Armin van Buuren, Adam Young

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EDM CHARTS’ EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | ALY & FILA

22 Apr

It doesn’t get much bigger in the Trance realm of EDM than Egyptian DJs Aly & Fila. EDM Charts was able to catch up with this amazing duo and pick their brains on what they’ve been up to and what is upcoming for them. Take a few minutes to read up on these Trance Titans. Continue reading

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: MARCH 2012, VOL. 43

14 Mar

What a massive week of releases for EDM fans and tough choices for EDM Charts! Swedish House Mafia hit the track running fast with “Greyhound”. Aly & Fila “come home” to ASOT 2012. Oliver Smith breaks a “new dawn” for Anjunabeats. Continue reading

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: FEBRUARY 2012, VOL. 37

2 Feb

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: FEBRUARY 2012, VOL. 37

This week’s chart not only displays a wide breadth of genres but also shows us the global effect of EDM. The pride of Egypt, Aly & Fila, produce a trance anthem. Dirty Dutch star Afrojack partners with Shermanology for a banger . Newcomers Space Rockerz feature Ellie Lawson for a track that isn’t “So Out Of Reach” of being a breakthrough. Continue reading

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: JANUARY 2012, VOL. 33

4 Jan

The first week of 2012 brings EDM fans some great electro house hits and even a little trance. Axwell, Ingrosso and Steve Angello prove why they’re a force to be reckoned with; even when they dabble in a new genre. Sander van Doorn continues his global dominance as he teams up with Bloc Party. Nadia Ali and Starkillers are the new Bonnie & Clyde of the EDM scene.

1. SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA, KNIFE PARTY “ANTIDOTE” [ORIGINAL MIX] (VIRGIN UK)

Release Date: 2011-12-18

Swedish House Mafia and Knife Party make it to the top of the mountain on this week’s countdown. This is a huge electro house track. We get to see the progressive house world of SHM butt heads with the hard electro style of Knife Party, made up of two members from Pendulum, most notably Rob Swire.

It just seems the beat doesn’t stop on this track. They even have what I refer to as a little “Mord Fustang Wobble” in the track to hit the deep bass. The limited and tainted vocals add some more depth to the track.

In addition, if you haven’t checked out the explicit music video to “Antidote” you must do so immediately. Just envision yourself in the middle of video game, while you try to heist a strip club filled with Japanese gangsters. Easily one of the best EDM music videos; or most creative for that matter.

http://www.beatport.com/track/antidote-original-mix/3164046

2. SANDER VAN DOORN, KELE, LUCY TAYLOR “WHAT DID I DO WRONG” [ORIGINAL MIX] (DOORN RECORDS)

Release Date: 2011-12-26

This is progressive house at its finest. Sander van Doorn really outdoes himself on this one as he lines up an all-star team to compliment him on this track with the likes of Kele (of Bloc Party) and Lucy Taylor. The track itself is essentially van Doorn’s remix of Kele’s original version, which was more drum & bass oriented.

The piano-like notes and stretched out synths are what give the track its progressive feel. It is interesting how Kele’s and Taylor’s vocals blended in so well on the remixed instrumental when they were hardly touched or adjusted. This track has a chance to unseat “Love Is Darkness” as van Doorn’s biggest pop oriented progressive house hit.

http://www.beatport.com/track/what-did-i-do-feat-lucy-taylor-original-mix/3195829

3. STARKILLERS, NADIA ALI “KEEP IT COMING” [ORIGINAL MIX] (SPINNIN RECORDS)

Release Date: 2011-12-26

Starkillers and Nadia Ali. Haven’t we heard this combo before recently? This massive single follows up their 2011 smash hit “Pressure”. It is obvious that this is a pair that should definitely keep producing together.

It is amazing to see how Ali has progressed over the years. You can look back all the way to her bold start with iiO with “Rapture” to “Call My Name” this past year with Sultan & Shephard. She’s a unique player to the EDM scene, as she shows her longevity and wide array of skills.

Starkillers do what they do best on the instrumental by producing dirty house beats. This has big room feel all over it. A perfect track right now for any DJ to drop at the club.

http://www.beatport.com/track/keep-it-coming-original-mix/3181182

4. MORD FUSTANG “WE ARE NOW CONNECTED” [ORIGINAL MIX] (PLASMAPOOL)

Release Date: 2011-12-19

Estonia’s finest, Mord Fustang, is one of EDM’s more well liked new artists to the scene. It is extremely difficult to believe that this kid started out in Eastern Europe, producing tracks made entirely on Fruity Loops.

This track is great for electro house. It eerily reminds me of his previous single “Milky Way” as either the synths or some other element are nearly duplicated.

What this track shows us is uniqueness. It proves that electro house does not have to be so interconnected to dubstep; but rather just be itself.

http://www.beatport.com/track/we-are-now-connected-original-mix/3174454

5. BJORN AKESSON, ALY, FILA, JWAYDAN “XANTIC” [ALY & FILA VS BJORN AKESSON  REMIX] (FUTURE SOUND OF EGYPT)

Release Date: 2011-12-19

Is it not the year of Sweden or what? Akesson is starting to make a name for himself with his new track “Xantic”, after following up his highly respected “Painting Pyramids” track which made Armin van Buuren’s “A State of Trance”. Xantic, for those wondering, hints at the color yellow, which may be some sort of allegory to the sands of Egypt?

Egyptian superstars Aly & Fila as well as stunning vocalist Jwaydan team up on this remix. Aly & Fila bring the epic “build & drop” to the track. Jwaydan shows why she’s one of the best in the game right now, by making this a top vocal track. Maybe in 2012 Akesson can crack the DJMag Top 100.

http://www.beatport.com/track/xantic-aly-and-fila-vs-bjorn-akesson-remix/3192589

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: SPECIAL YEAR END TOP 20 COUNTDOWN

28 Dec

This is a special entry as we count down this year’s finest EDM hits of the year. 2011 was packed full of energy with great new albums from names we trust and smashing new singles from fresh faces to the scene.

Enjoy this countdown as you take in a great new year in 2012!

1. ABOVE & BEYOND, RICHARD BEDFORD “SUN & MOON” (ORIGINAL MIX) [ULTRA]

Release Date: 2011-04-17

Jono, Tony and Paavo kicked 2011 off right with their massive, genre blurring single “Sun & Moon”. It is not only an amazing tracking from instrumental all the way to vocals with Richard Bedford, but this single combined with all of the other songs on their album “Group Therapy” have done wonders for the EDM movement. This single is filled with passion and emotion that only A&B know how to convey through their skillful conducting. The heart-wrenching vocals are so well written; definitely poetry at its finest. This powerful track is merely a glimspe at where the EDM genre (trance/progressive house to be specific) can and should aim for.

http://www.beatport.com/track/sun-and-moon-feat-richard-bedford-club-mix/1763820

2. ALY, FILA, JWAYDAN “WE CONTROL THE SUNLIGHT” (ORIGINAL MIX) [FUTURE SOUND OF EGYPT]

Release Date: 2011-07-04

What we have here is simply put, the finest pure vocal trance track of the year. Aly & Fila continue to increase their skill set and advance with the trance world. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have a solid connection with Armin van Buuren via the Armada label. Jwaydan makes an excellent appearance on the single. Her voice is pure bliss while haunting at the same time. After the vocal chorus, the instrumental buildup is then combined with a massive drop. I don’t think you could really come across a much bigger song specifically for a festival than this one for trance fans. Aly & Fila are a DJ duo that will keep rising. Their Future Sounds of Egypt podcast is great as well; make sure to subscribe.

http://www.beatport.com/track/we-control-the-sunlight-feat-jwaydan-original-mix/2006016

3. AVICII “LEVELS” (ORIGINAL MIX) [LE7ELS]

Release Date: 2011-11-01

Say hello to the hottest DJ on the planet right now, Avicii. Call him what you want; Avicii, Tim Berg, Tom Hangs; it does not matter what alias you use. He just turned 22 this fall and is achieving what most could only dream of. Levels has now gathered somewhat of a cult following around it, being that unfortunately the likes of Flo Rida have copycatted the effort for worthless iTunes play at college bars. It is important to give credit to the genius behind the a capella, soul singer Etta James. The vocals integrated with a genius instrumental do create progressive house magic. This song was a lock down track on most DJs setlists throughout 2011. I think this track only hints at the talent that lies down the road for this young Swede.

http://www.beatport.com/track/levels-original-mix/3059880

4. MAT ZO, ARTY “REBOUND” (ORIGINAL MIX) [ANJUNABEATS]

Release Date: 2011-04-18

Anjunabeats not only captures amazing talent under their massive label, but they do a great job promoting their music. Rebound is the best pure instrumental trance track of 2011. I think it is important to note these two amazing DJs. Mat Zo is 21. Arty is 22. Their age combined is less than that of famed DJ Benny Benassi; that’s ridiculous. The complexity and layering of the track is remarkable. The buildup combined with the looping is effortless. This is what Anjunabeats is all about. You take the best talent in the world and produce the smoothest engineered tracks out there. It is important to note how the track received rave reviews from competitor Armin van Buuren.

http://www.beatport.com/track/rebound-original-mix/1839852

5. FEDDE LE GRAND “SO MUCH LOVE” (ORIGINAL MIX) [TOOLROOM RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-08-26

What an absolutely massive year for Fedde le Grand, yet I feel nobody noticed. This will more than likely be the headline track that everyone remembers from Fedde in 2011, but lets not forget some of his other electro bangers with Control Room, Metrum and Autosave. His remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise” is stellar as well. “So Much Love” is such an uplifting track. It just makes you feel good. The original song “So Much Love To Give” by Thomas Bangalter and DJ Falcon was carefully resculpted under the keen eye of Fedde into a huge summer progressive house hit. This single not only dominated sets but Beatport as well. This was a year of renaissance for Fedde, showing why he’s a top 25 DJ in the world.

http://www.beatport.com/track/so-much-love-original-club-mix/2439233

6. ARTY “AROUND THE WORLD” (ORIGINAL MIX) [ANJUNABEATS]

Release Date: 2011-07-04

Congratulations young Russian Arty, you’re already on the list twice! “Around the World” literally made the world ask this year: Has progressive house and trance now become one?

http://www.beatport.com/track/around-the-world-original-mix/2013720

7. JOHN O’CALLAGHAN, BETSIE LARKIN “SAVE THIS MOMENT” (GARETH EMERY REMIX)[CAPTIVATING SOUNDS ARMADA]

Release Date: 2011-04-11

Betsie Larkin wins vocalist of the year from this track alone. O’Callaghan combines forces with Emery to rework the original production to create an energetic yet deep track.

http://www.beatport.com/track/save-this-moment-gareth-emery-remix/1836295

8. DIRTY SOUTH, THOMAS GOLD, KATE ELSWORTH “ALIVE” (ORIGINAL MIX) [PHAZING]

Release Date: 2011-07-25

Dirty South teams with German producer Thomas Gold to produce the EDM summer hit of 2011. Huge buildups combined with Elsworth’s sleek vocals make for a sure-fire floor-filler.

http://www.beatport.com/track/alive-feat-kate-elsworth-original-mix/2061542

9. ARMIN VAN BUUREN, LAURA V “DROWNING” (AVICII REMIX) [ARMIND]

Release Date: 2011-02-25

Van Buuren, the true #1 DJ in the world, finally breaks into the countdown at #8. The rework with Avicii is powerful and helps highlight Laura V to produce a likeable track from the “Mirage” album.

http://www.beatport.com/track/drowning-feat-laura-v-avicii-remix/1743029

10. SEBASTIAN INGROSSO, ALESSO “CALLING” (ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MIX) [REFUNE RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-08-31

I’m calling it now but next year Alesso will be this year’s Avicii. Young Swede Alesso teams with Ingrosso from Swedish House Mafia making a track pumped full of caffeine, energy and flow.

http://www.beatport.com/track/calling-original-instrumental-mix/2446745

11. DIGITALISM “CIRCLES” (ERIC PRYDZ MIX) [PRYDA FRIENDS]

Release Date: 2011-10-24

What can I say other than it is the year of Sweden in the EDM scene. Prydz remixes his own talent, Digitalism, and shows us why he’s the original DJ out of the Kingdom of Sweden.

http://www.beatport.com/track/circles-eric-prydz-remix/3029391

12. FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE “YOU’VE GOT THE LOVE” (MARK KNIGHT REMIX)[TOOLROOM RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-06-13

This song absolutely annihilated Beatport this summer. This is a genius combination of raw indie talent from Florence and the Machine melded with Mark Knight’s ingenuity.

http://www.beatport.com/track/youve-got-the-love-mark-knight-remix/1964757

13. MARK KNIGHT, TIESTO, DINO “BEAUTIFUL WORLD” (ORIGINAL MIX) [TOOLROOM RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-03-21

Did I mention other than Anjuanbeats, Toolroom Records dominated the EDM scene in 2011? Tiesto bring his trance prowess to the table with Mark Knight to produce a deep and meaningful hit.

http://www.beatport.com/track/beautiful-world-feat-dino-original-club-mix/1781599

14. GARETH EMERY, ASHLEY WALLBRIDGE “MANSION” (ORIGINAL MIX) [GARUDA]

Release Date: 2011-09-05

“Mansion” is pure trance at its finest. Eerie chords combined with repetitive looping make for a powerful and strong effort by the up and coming Brit DJ.

http://www.beatport.com/track/mansion-original-mix/2668412

15. TIESTO “MAXIMAL CRAZY” (ORIGINAL MIX) [MUSICAL FREEDOM]

Release Date: 2011-09-05

Tiesto decides to venture down a new path, going electro house with “Maximal Crazy”. The title is self descriptive; crazy, energetic and euphoric.

http://www.beatport.com/track/maximal-crazy-original-mix/2447599

16. AFROJACK, DIMITRI VEGAS, LIKE MIKE, NERVO “THE WAY WE SEE THE WORLD” (TOMORROWLAND ANTHEM AFROJACK VOCAL EDIT) [SPINNIN BUNDLES]

Release Date: 2011-09-16

This surely goes down as the biggest group collaboration of the year with Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and the Aussie girls NERVO. The beat is killer with tight fast-paced production that’s hard hitting to the core.

http://www.beatport.com/track/the-way-we-see-the-world-tomorrowland-anthem-afrojack-vocal-edit/2713598

17. MARKUS SCHULZ, JOCHEN MILLER “ROTUNDA” (ORIGINAL MIX) [COLDHARBOUR RECORDINGS]

Release Date: 2011-05-02

Rotunda makes for a pure Markus Schulz anthem in this effort. Miller & Schulz combine for a high BPM trance track that makes us feel like we’re in the middle of a concert in Eastern Europe.

http://www.beatport.com/track/rotunda-original-mix/1876844

18. SANDER VAN DOORN “KOKO” (ORIGINAL MIX) [DOORN RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-04-25

2011 was a breakout year for Van Doorn with his album Eleve11. Koko is easily the most eclectic track of the year, combining pan flutes with pounding synths and beats.

http://www.beatport.com/track/koko-original-mix/1843202

19. MORD FUSTANG “LICK THE RAINBOW” (ORIGINAL MIX) [PLASMAPOOL]

Release Date: 2011-04-11

It’s unbelievable that this kid is 20 years old and is making genre blurring music. This track has a lot of “wobble” and was the lead track for electro house in 2011.

http://www.beatport.com/track/lick-the-rainbow-original-mix/1834862

20. MICHAEL CALFAN “RESURRECTION” (AXWELL’S RECUT CLUB VERSION) [AXTONE RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-11-21

Get out of the way David Guetta, this Frenchman is for real. Calfan hooks up with Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell to make a vibing progressive house hit.

http://www.beatport.com/track/resurrection-axwells-recut-club-version/3079180

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