sirens of the sea
Ok, I have a confession to make. In my ASOT 2009 review, I declared that Armin was my favorite trance icon. This statement is not entirely correct… Armin must share his throne with 3 other men, all of whom I consider to be pioneers in shaping progressive trance into what it is today. The trio I am referring to consists of Jono, Tony, and Paavo, more famously known as, Above & Beyond. Since 2000, A&B has created numerous uplifting trance hits, but in my opinion, their best work has come when they decide to add a vocalist to their productions. Notable tracks include “Can’t Sleep” featuring Ashley Tomberlin, “Home” featuring Hannah Thomas, and “Good for Me” featuring Zoe Johnston. But it is with the addition of a certain female singer, Justine Suissa, when Above & Beyond begins to shine. This trance mega-group is better known as Oceanlab, and their alliance has clearly, without a doubt, skyrocketed them to the top of the vocal-trance genre. This is no joke, Oceanlab is hands down the BEST when it comes to pairing trance with vocals. Let’s be honest here, the trance scene is not known for the most creative lyrics in the business, but Oceanlab does it right.

Last year, Oceanlab dropped its first full length album, Sirens of the Sea. This album was met with great reviews, with standout tracks such as Sirens of the Sea, Miracle, Breaking Ties, and On a Good Day. Each of these tracks encountered multiple remixes from great producers, which is what probably led to this year’s release: Sirens of the Sea: Remixed. This album contains 9 remixes from the original Sirens of the Sea album, along with some classic tunes formerly remixed by some trance greats, such as Ferry Corsten and Armin van Buuren. This compilation is great because it exhibits styles ranging from tech house to electro house to deep house and finally to trance. It is truly a great testament to what Anjunabeats/Anjunadeep has become in recent years: a dance music powerhouse which has evolved into a thriving business as well as a forefront for all the new tunes.
Disc 1
1. If I Could Fly (Jaytech Remix)
2. Come Home (Michael Cassette Remix)
3. On The Beach (Andy Duguid Remix)
4. Lonely Girl (Gareth Emery Remix)
5. On A Good Day (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
6. I Am What I Am (Lange Remix)
7. Breaking Ties (Above & Beyond Analogue Haven Mix)
8. Miracle (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
9. Ashes (Oliver Smith Remix)
10.Sirens Of The Sea (Above & Beyond Club Mix)

Disc 2
1. Secret (Andrew Bayer Remix)
2. Just Listen (Myon & Shane 54 Remix)
3. On A Good Day (16 Bit Lolitas Remix)
4. Miracle (Michael Cassette Remix)
5. Sirens Of The Sea (Sonorous Remix)
6. Breaking Ties (Duderstadt Vocal Remix)
7. Satellite (Original Above & Beyond Mix)
8. Sky Falls Down (Armin van Buuren Remix)
9. Clear Blue Water (Ferry Corsten Remix)
10.Beautiful Together (Signum Remix)