About 6 years ago, Armin van Burren started his Universal Religion compilation series to showcase each summer’s hottest tracks. Recorded live from Ibiza, Spain at his Amnesia residency, each set represents the best in balearic trance. All of the previous chapters have been recorded live, and this latest installment shares the same format. What’s cool is that you get to hear the crowd reaction to the tracks being played, which really sets the mood for the CD. The way the albums capture the love for dance music is absolutely brilliant. If you listen to these mixes from start to finish, you  feel as if you are really in Amnesia as you experience the journey that Armin brings his crowds on.

So what exactly is universal religion? Obviously there is no such thing in this world (except for maybe the love of money), but Armin believes that music is the unifying obsession that can be found all across the globe. This is no joke; you can see it clearly with the 6 million listeners that tune in to his weekly ASOT shows. Regardless of what country, what race, or what religion the listener associates with, there is always one thing in common: their appreciation for dance music.  This is the point that Armin is trying to promote, and I could not agree more with him. I like the idea of a worldwide, consolidating concept, and music is definitely the easiest way to do so. I think I would find a lot of comfort in traveling around the world and partying with people who share the same interests in music as me. So let’s move onto the album…

There are two new AvB remixes on this album, as well as Gareth Emery’s remix of Armin’s Tuvan. There are also new tracks by Daniel Kandi, RAM, Nic Chagall, and cool colaborations between Roger Shah & Signum, and Lange & Andy Moor. If you like vocal tracks, you will definitely love this album as half of the album contains vocals. As always, Armin’s mixing is on point and flawless, and the songs flow seamlessly into each other. More than half of these tunes have been played on ASOTs already, but hearing them all together with the crowd noise in the background is great. My favorite new track from the album is this song: Espen Gulbrandsen vs. DJ Julian Vincent feat. Maria Nayler – Perfect Sky. The synths are dreamlike and the vocals match very well. Personally, I still like Chapter 2 the most, but this one has all the regular ASOT hits that everyone has come to enjoy. Please remember, these compilations are meant to be chill and relaxing, so don’t expect any hard hitters or anything with too much depth. Some might say the track selection is boring, but I think it is fitting considering the point of the album. The target audience is the entire world, and easy listening is the most widely accepted. I recommend playing this mix at the beach or poolside with some good headphones on, with a tasty brew within arm’s reach.

Universal Religion Chapter 4
01 BT feat. Jes – Every Other Way (Armin van Buuren Remix)
02 Nic Chagall feat. Jonathan Mendelsohn – This Moment (Prog Mix)
03 Julian Vincent feat. Cathy Burton – Here For Me (Mark Otten Re-Dub)
04 Espen Gulbrandsen vs. DJ Julian Vincent feat. Maria Nayler – Perfect Sky
05 Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren – Beggin’ You (Armin van Buuren Remix)
06 Daniel Kandi – Venice Beach
07 Gaia – Tuvan (Gareth Emery Remix)
08 Lange & Andy Moor – Stadium Four
09 Activa vs. Chris & Matt Kidd – U.R. (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
10 Roger Shah & Signum – Healsville Sanctuary (Roger Shah Mix) (Armin van Buuren Edit)
11 RAM – RAMsterdam (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
12 Ian Betts – False Gods
13 tyDi & Dennis Sheperd feat. Marcie – Somehow (Sebastian Brandt Dub Remix)
14 Dakota – Sin City (Rex Mundi Remix)

Also, I normally don’t post up links for radioshows, but this one is special. Check out the latest ASOT (#422), which contains tracks from the new compilation as well as select tracks from the previous 3 albums. I have highlighted some of my favorites from the past:

ASOT 422 (9-17-2009)
01 BT feat. Jes – Every Other Way (Armin van Buuren Remix)
02 First State feat. Sarah Howells – Brave [Future Favorite]
03 Julian Vincent feat. Cathy Burton – Here For Me (Mark Otten ReDub)
04 Ridgewalkers feat. El – Find (Andy Moor Remix)<- classic
05 Espen Gulbrandsen vs. DJ Julian Vincent feat. Maria Nayler – Perfect Sky
06 David West – Welsh Morphology<- one of the sickest basslines
07 Tilt – The World Doesn’t Know
08 Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren – Beggin You (Armin van Buuren Remix)
09 Probspot – Foreplay<- great classic
10 Daniel Kandi – Venice Beach [Tune of The Weak]
11 Lange feat. Sarah Howells – Let It All Out (Ronski Speed Remix)
12 M.I.K.E. – Turn Out The Lights <- nice and deep, quality
13 Robert Nickson – Maybe Till Next Time
14 Carlo Resoort – Blinded
15 Chris Metcafle – First Encounter
16 Midway – Amazon (Original Mix)<- One of Ralphie B’s aliases, classic from 2003
17 Scarab – Vagabond (Original Mix)<- One of Airbase’s aliases, another classic from 2003
18 Ian Betts – False Gods
19 Paul Webster feat. Amanda – Time (Sean Tyas Dub)
20 The Doppler Effect – Beauty Hides In The Deep (John O’Callaghan Remix)

Download ASOT 422 here

Oh, and congrats and good luck to Mr. and Mrs. Armin van Buuren! I wonder if they had a DJ at their wedding?
Armin & Erika