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I’ve been listening to a lot of work from JOC lately, so let’s revisit one of his mixes from a few years ago. In 2008, John’s career was already well underway, as he had major exposure on the Discover and Armada labels. I was first introduced to him through his work with John Askew and Bryan Kearney, and his signature pounding style won me over instantly. His Subculture radio show began towards the end of 2006, and the first time I heard him spin live was in 2008 at Monster Massive in Los Angeles. In the summer of that year, he was invited to play his first (and so far only) Essential Mix on BBC1 Radio. This set is one of my favorite pieces of work that John has put together because it showcases all of his talents. In here you will find great examples of his production work and remixing skills, all mixed together into a complete package. There are way too many good songs in here to name, but I can assure you all of them are bangin’. Listen below as John plays some of the best from 2008.

John O’Callaghan – Essential Mix (July 12, 2008)
01 Essential Mix – Intro [00:00]
02 Cirez D – Stockholm Marathon [01:47]
03 Marco V & Sander van Doorn – Organic [04:58]
04 Maarten de Jong – Mono (J.O.C. Remix) [07:13]
05 Jochen Miller – Lost Connection (Artento Divini Remix)[11:21]
06 Axel Karakasis – Sincere [14:11]
07 J.O.C. – Marshmallow [15:21]
08 Mr Sam vs. Human Resource – Dominator [18:53]
09 Greg Downey – King Dong (J.O.C. Edit) [21:14]
10 J.O.C. – Rotterdam [22:53]
11 Artento Divini – Reflex [24:59]
12 Kimito Lopez – Melkweg [28:02]
13 Blank & Jones feat. Bernard Sumner – Miracle Cure (Martin Roth Nu-Style Dub)[30:22]
14 Marc Marberg with Kyau & Albert – Neo Love[32:58]
15 A. Paul – Offline [35:04]
16 Mandy Reid – Century [36:49]
17 Timmy & Tommy – Full Tiltin’ (Joint Operations Centre Remix) [39:39]
18 Underworld – Cowgirl (Joint Operations Centre Remix) [41:58]
19 Activa – End Of Summer [46:44]
20 The Thrillseekers feat. Fisher – The Last Time (Club Mix) [51:08]
21 Thomas Bronzwaer – Certitude [57:29]
22 Mansun – Wide Open Space (Greg Downey Remix)[61:11]
23 Dazzle – Chaos Theory [63:01]
24 John O’Callaghan & Guiseppe Ottaviani – Our Dimension [66:28]
25 Bryan Kearney – You Will Never Be Forgotten (Activa Remix) [70:40]
26 Danny Powers – Eternal Call [73:25]
27 Giuseppe Ottaviani – No More Alone (John O’Callaghan Remix)[75:42]
28 Temple One – Aurora [80:16]
29 Aitor Ronda – Bolaian Buyaka (Reaky Remix)[84:23]
30 D-Unity – New Beginning [87:08]
31 Sia – The Girl You Lost To Cocaine (John O’Callaghan Analog Tech Rework) [89:06]
32 Cosmic Gate feat. Tiff Lacey – Should’ve Known (Wippenberg Remix) (J.O.C. Rework) [92:57]
33 Mojado – Kaktus (John O’Callaghan Rework) [95:13]
34 Joint Operations Centre – New Jersey [98:51]
35 Woody van Eyden – B.O.B (No Break Edit) [104:09]
36 John Gibbons & Scimon Tist – Maktub [109:20]
37 Paul Webster – Problems (Tribal Mix) [111:22]
38 Barry Connell – Frizzbomb (Paul Webster Remix) [113:15]
39 John O’Callaghan feat. Audrey Gallagher – Big Sky (Joint Operations Centre Rework) [115:56]

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Toronto-based artist Arnej has always produced by his own rules, whether it be under his 8 Wonders or Arney S. alias. He has consistently played with a good range of sound, and now we get the first compilation album released on his Arnej Music record label.  With this mix, it seems like Arnej has settled comfortably into the dark world of the progressive tech trance sub-genre. What I love most about the tracklist is the long list of brand new songs, many of which are exclusive to CD.

The album opens up with a great overture designed especially to introduce the rest of the mix. No time is wasted as an impressive remix by Celluloid enters the picture, and this is followed by another great track made by Tim Penner.  Taras Bezev and Maxim Yurin’s Play With Me is one of my favorite from this album, which leads into a melodic change in pace with one of Arnej’s new productions, No Turning Back. Up next is another amazing track by KhomHa, and that is followed by 3 electro-inspired songs, all made by talented producers who are all new to me. Things get techy again with the hard hitting Alex Di Stefano remix of Puerto Rico, and the very creative use of Sam Jackson’s voice adds more anger into the already fieryVengeance Vengeance by Leon Bolier. Towards the end of the mix we hear three more Arnej songs, including one collaboration with Orjan Nilsen on The Music Makers. I’m not a big fan of Dark Side of the Moon, but X is an Arnej classic. Morvan’s Sahara and Epical by Deehec add some melodic character before the album concludes with Painting Heaven Together.

Compared to the Tranceposition album he released in 2008, this one exceeds it on all counts. The mixing is great, the tracklist is excellent, and the flow is much imroved. I was pretty impressed with this album and it has already been through a few cycles on my music player. Arnej is currently traveling on his Musical Evolution tour, so try to catch him if you can.

Arnej – Musical Evolution : The First Chapter
01 Arnej – Musical Evolution (Overture)
02 Grube & Hovsepian and Klauss Goulart – Territory (Christopher Vassilakis & Basil O’Glue Pres. Celluloid Remix)
03 Tim Penner – Misuto
04 Bobina – Pune
05 Taras Bezev and Maxim Yurin – Play With Me
06 Arnej – No Turning Back
07 KhomHa – It Akts (Sunrise Mix)
08 Dave Emmanuel Presents DEH – Drop It
09 1Touch – Jealous
10 Emin K. and Ansarov – Adrenaline
11 Balthazar and Jackrock – Puerto Rico (Alex Di Stefano Remix)
12 Dyor featuring Matthew Hill – On The Road (Ricky T Mix)
13 Leon Bolier – Vengeance Vengeance
14 Arnej vs Orjan – The Music Makers
15 8 Wonders – X (Original Mix)
16 Ernesto & Bastian – Dark Side Of The Moon (Arnej Club Edit)
17 Morvan – Sahara
18 Deehec – Epical
19 Behind The Sunset – Painting Heaven Together

The annual Coachella music festival needs no introduction, and neither do these two talented gentlemen from London. When you combine both on a warm summer night along with 75,000 festival goers, the end result is nothing short of amazing. The cherry on top of the sundae is the spectacular visual effects show, which can be seen in the video underneath the music. The Chemical Brothers are known for their original productions, and their catalog dates all the way back to 1995 with their debut album Exit Planet Dust. In this set recorded live from Indio, California they played a wide selection of tracks from all of their albums. Their music is pretty timeless, so songs made 10 years apart still mix well with each other. Older tunes like Chemical Beats and Hey Boy Hey Girl feel right at home next to new ones like Don’t Think and Saturate. I am happy to see the beautiful Star Guitar and the ultra dreamy Swoon make their way into the performance, and it’s always nice to hear the voice of Noel Gallagher (of Oasis) in Setting Sun. The mix ends nicely with Believe, which features the vocals of Kele Okereke from Bloc Party. My only gripe with the mix that I downloaded is the quality of the recording. It lacks the punch that would have made this set an instant classic, so if anybody knows where I can find a version with better quality, please let me know.

Chemical Brothers – Live at Coachella 2011 (May 2011)
01 Chemical Brothers – Galvanize
02 Chemical Brothers – Do It Again
03 Chemical Brothers feat. K-OS – Get Yourself High
04 Chemical Brothers – Horse Power
05 Chemical Brothers – Chemical Beats
06 Chemical Brothers – Swoon
07 Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar
08 Chemical Brothers – Three Little Birdies Down Beats
09 Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl
10 Chemical Brothers – Galactic Phase Shift Interlude
11 Chemical Brothers – Don’t Think 2011
12 Chemical Brothers – Out Of Control
13 Chemical Brothers – It Doesn’t Matter
14 Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun
15 Chemical Brothers – Saturate
16 Chemical Brothers – Believe

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Intro  – Galvanize:

Anjunabeats Worldwide 248 with Arty

For the past two years Artem Stolyarov has been pumping out hit after hit, oftentimes experimenting with different styles and sounds. While his productions have been a polarizing hit or miss for me, his DJ sets have usually been pretty solid. Here is a recent one he put together for the weekly Anjunabeats Worldwide radio show. He is frequently featured on the show, and this is his fifth time this year already. Arty has improved his skills in both live sets and studio mixes, and as you can hear below his transitions are smooth and professional. The tracklist is of average interest to me, however there are a few nice song here and there. The highlight of this set is the Mike Foyle and Mat Zo collaboration, as their track Simple Things can easily be one of the best in 2011. There are also a lot of Anjuna-tunes in here, which is befitting to the radio show. It’s always nice to hear young guys improving their trade, and you can tell Arty is getting better with every chance he gets.

Anjunabeats Worldwide 248 – Arty (10-16-2011)

01 Kaskade feat. Mindy Gledhill – Eyes (Extended Mix)
02 Eric Prydz – 2Night
03 Klauss Goulart – No Man’s Land
04 Protoculture – Liquid Logic
05 System F vs. Cosmic Gate – The Blue Theme (Ferry Corsten Fix)
06 Arty feat. Tania Zygar – The Wall (Arty Remode)
07 Ferry Corsten – Check It Out (Kyau & Albert Remix)
08 Paul van Dyk feat. Sue McLaren – We Come Together (Arty Remix)
09 W&W & Mark Sixma – Twist (Extended Mix)
10 Arty – Kate
11 Foyle & Zo – Simple Things
12 Heatbeat – Roses Never Cry
13 Mat Zo – Frequency Flyer
14 Nitrous Oxide – iPeople
15 Orjan Nilsen – In My Opinion
16 Hannah – Falling Away (Armin van Buuren Remix)
17 EDU & Cramp – Human Turbines
18 BT & Adam K – Tomahawk
19 Andrew Bayer – From The Earth (Breakfast Remix)
20 Stoneface & Terminal – Leaving Earth
21 Ernesto vs. Bastian feat. Susana – Dark Side Of The Moon (Arnej Club Mix)
22 Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (W&W vs. Jonas Stenberg Remix)
23 Moonbeam vs. Pendulum – Hate Is The Killer (Arty Remix) vs. The Island (Arty Mashup)
24 Nero – Promises

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Let’s kick off this week’s music with a fun performance by W&W. This set was recorded at a Fur event which takes place every Saturday at Club Glow in Washington D.C. There are lots of bouncy tunes in here, including several from Marcel Woods and Tiesto. Of course you will also find a handful of W&W productions in the mix, such as the Ben Gold remix of Arena and the awesome Erick Strong remix of Nexgen. There are also W&W remixes of two vocal tracks, including an interesting rework of Delerium’s Silence. If you haven’t heard it yet, the Thomas Gold remix of Adele’s Set Fire to the Rain is another intriguing crossover remix. W&W seem to be playing a lot more electro in their sets as of late, which is probably more popular in the clubs. However, I would love to hear more of that signature techy sound that they play in the big room because that is when they are at their best.  Regardless, thisparty set is still packed full of energy and bumps from start to finish. Check out some of the latest from Willem and Wardt below.

W&W – Live from Glow, Washington DC  (September 24, 2011)
01 Sebastian Krieg & Jerome Isma-Ae – 959
02 James Blunt – Dangerous (Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel Remix)
03 Orjan Nilsen – The Mule
04 W&W and Ben Gold – Nexgen (Erick Strong Remix)
05 Hardwell – The World
06 Marcel Woods – Inside Me (Bassjackers Remix)
07 Adele – Set Fire to the Rain (Thomas Gold Remix)
08 Marcel Woods vs. Bassjackers – Mash Mash the Bottle (Marcel Woods Mashup)
09 Jochen Miller – Troucid
10 Afrojack & R3hab – Prutataaa
11 W&W – Arena (Ben Gold Remix)
12 Hard Rock Sofa, Swanky Tunes – Feedback
13 Sandro Silva & Quintino – Epic
14 Delerium – Silence feat. Sarah Mclachlan (W&W vs. Jonas Stenberg Remix)
15 Allure – On the Wire feat. Christian Burns (W&W Remix)
16 Tiesto & Marcel Woods – Don’t Ditch
17 Tiesto – Maximal Crazy
18 Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 (Chris Schweizer Bootleg Mix)
19 W&W & Mark Sixma – Twist (Rick Mitchells & Bas van Essen Remix)

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has another opportunity to hook up two fans to check out his date in San Diego at Fluxx Nightclub on Thursday October 27, 2011. The last contest we ran was for the Identity Tour Los Angeles at Palladium last month and we now we want to hook up our SD fans with some Sander Van Doorn.

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Sander van Doorn’s Identity radio show did not always follow the format it currently uses. It used to be just Sander on the decks for one solid hour playing  dark, twisted tunes. Sadly this is not the case anymore, which is why I often dig up these old sets of his. This week we are going way back, all the way to the very first episode of his radio show. In this mix we get a taste of some old school Sander productions, including tracks from his Purple Haze and Sam Sharp aliases. Sander’s excellent version of Armin’s Control Freak and the relatively unknown rework of Breathe show off Sander’s early remixing skills. In fact, the back to back play of Eden to Control Freak is pure bliss. In this set we also see many artists which Sander will feature quite frequently on Identity. New tracks by Marco V, Mojado, Mac Zimms, and Scott Mac always find their way onto Sander’s radio show. When SvD first broke out onto the scene around this time, his work had a personality to it that stood out in a rapidly growing scene. For a great look back at some of this uniqueness, check out this mix or any of the other earlier Identity mixes from 2006-2007.

Sander van Doorn – Identity Mix 001 (December 28, 2005)
01 Fairmont – Gazebo [Border Community]
02 Armin van Buuren – Who’s Watching (Remy & Klinkenberg) [Armind]
03 Mode Hookers – Breathe (Sander van Doorn Remix) [Armind]
04 Marco V – Red Blue Purple [In Charge]
05 Purple Haze – Eden [Oxygen]
06 Armin van Buuren – Control Freak (Sander van Doorn Remix) [Armind]
07 M.I.D.O.R. – Heatseeker [FiveAM]
08 Mojado – El Matador [Magik Muzik]
09 Sam Sharp – Hoover [Reset]
10 Richard Durand – Make Me Scream [Terminal 4]
11 Drax & Scott Mac – Must Have Been A Dream (Mac Zimms) [Surface]
12 Hardcell & Grindvik – Square [Drumcode]
13 Bigtop – Sub [Organized Nature]

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If Markus Schulz keeps throwing it down, I’m gonna keep posting them up. Here is another live mix from Mr. Coldharbour, recorded live last month at Marquee in Las Vegas. This upscale, cozy little club has a limited dance floor, however I’m sure Markus kept everyone in the entire venue on their feet with this set. The tracklist is light on the fluff and heavy on the bangers, which always seems to result in a good night. I love both versions of the Chemical Brothers’ Hey Boy, Hey Girl, and all of the mashups are legit. Other notable tracks include The Plank Effect, Magnetik, and all of the unknown IDs. This night’s music was recorded and broadcasted on last week’s Global DJ Broadcast as this month’s world-tour episode, check it out here.

Markus Schulz – Live from Marquee, Las Vegas (September 24, 2011)
01 Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Khomha Instrumental Mix / Markus Schulz Intro Edit)
02 Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge – Mansion
03 Rafael Frost vs. Rachael Starr – Till There Was Smash (Markus Schulz Mashup)
04 Bart Claessen – Fantomah
05 Aerfoill vs. E&G – The Plank Effect
06 Aaron Camz vs. Chemical Brothers – Superstar Camshaft (Markus Schulz Mashup)
07 Markus Schulz – Digital Madness [Transmission 2011 Theme]
08 Mark Otten – Libertine (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
09 ID
10 ID (Track 08 from Be at Space Ibiza Closing Set)
11 Dan Baseley – Interface (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
12 Calvin Harris – Awooga (Dirty South Remix)
13 Khomha – Magnetik
14 Sander van Doorn vs. Afrojack & R3hab – Koko Prutataa (First State Mashup / Markus Schulz Edit)
15 Dada Life – Happy Violence (Markus Schulz Edit)
16 Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji vs. Matthew Peterson – Squarface Pressure (Markus Schulz Mashup)
17 Markus Schulz Presents Dakota – Saints (Arnej Remix)
18 Why – Lost?!?
19 Green Velvet – Flash (Nicky Romero Remix)
20 Tiesto vs. Traversable Wormhole – Lethal Traversing (Markus Schulz Mashup)
21 ID (Track 28 from Be at Space Ibiza Closing Set)
22 Jordy Lishious – Radiator (Funkagenda & Jordy Lishious Re-Edit)
23 Sander van Doorn – Slap My Pitch Up
24 Mr. Pit – Sky Traffic
25 Kevin Focus – Stuck 7
26 Evol Waves-Everything In Its Right Place
27 Roger Shah & Kosheen – Hide U (Pumpin’ Island Mix)
28 Jonathan Ulysses, Oliver Lang & Steve Haines – It’s Time
29 Markus Schulz presents Dakota – Terrace 5 a.m. (Klauss Goulart’s Rough Air Remix)

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This throwback is inspired by the recent release of Chapter 5 in Armin van Buuren’s Universal Religion series. Like all the others, this one is also a live recording of one of his sets in Ibiza. This is technically Chapter 2, and it was recorded from Armada at Amnesia in August 2004. My buddies Sean and Manny both agree that this is one of Armin’s best releases, and it’s extremely hard to argue against that. The mix is planned out perfectly with high quality tracks that compliment each other very well, creating an absolutely amazing flow from start to finish.

The event starts out with a great intro song by Synergy, which is comprised of Andreas Hermansson and David Westerlund, aka David West. Next up is The World Doesn’t Know, the hugely popular hit co-produced by Andy Moor. That blends smoothly into Why, an Xpander-esqe production written by a Lolo, one of the many aliases of the legendary Airwave. Just when you thought Andy Moor was out of the picture, Armin plays another one of his 2004 hits, the dreamlike remix of Ridgewalker’s Find, featuring the breezy vocals of Eleanor Kenny. Up next is the deep and driving External Key, produced by the Audioholics. This one-track collaboration is certainly a special one, as it involves the amazing work of Ozgur Can and David West. Perry O’Neil’s Waveforce was another smash hit in 04, and its guitar riffs fit wonderfully into the balearic theme of this album. After that comes another dreamy vocal track, produced by Deepsky and released on Deep Dish’s Yoshitoshi label, with Markus Schulz on the remix. This one transitions beautifully into Probspot’s Foreplay, which is definitely one of the highlights of this mix. After this things start to speed up, starting with Above & Beyond’s Surrender, featuring Carrie Skipper as a vocalist. Super8’s remix of Voller Sterne is just as impressive with its nice breakdown and smooth main melody. Armin then proceeds to keep things trancey with the euphoric character of CQ, produced by Randy Boyer and Eric Tadla, who recently passed away three years ago at the young age of 33. The last three songs are all high energy closers, with all of them  coincidentally being two-person collaborations. Tracks 12 and 14 feature the talents of M.I.K.E., with Ron Hagen and Pascal M’s The Timelord mixed in between. The only track that Armin laid his hands on was the last one, which was co-produced with M.I.K.E.

Overall this album has a very progressive feel to it, and Armin does a superb job mixing all of it together flawlessly. With such a solid track list featuring many talented producers, this album is a must have for all trance lovers. It is undoubtedly the best in the Universal Religion series, and it could be quite possibly the best in Armin’s entire compilation catalog.

Universal Religion 2004 – Live from Armada at Ibiza
01 Synergy – Hello Strings
02 Tilt – The World Doesn’t Know
03 Lolo – Why?
04 Ridgewalkers – Find (Andy Moor Mix)
05 Audioholics – External Key
06 Perry O’Neil – Wave Force
07 Deepsky – Talk Like A Stranger (Markus Schulz Mix)
08 Probspot – Foreplay
09 Above & Beyond pres. Tranquility Base – Surrender
10 Mirco De Govia – Voller Sterne (Super 8 Remix)
11 EnMass – CQ (Seek You)
12 Active Sight – Out Of Our Lives
13 Signum – The Timelord
14 Armin vs. M.I.K.E. – Intruder

Check out the CD insert (click to enlarge):