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Happy 2012 everybody, I hope you all had a good break as we get ready to kick off the new year. I’m still in catch-up mode, so let’s keep the Armada train rolling along with this super long set from Mr. Armin van Buuren. Back in November, Armin played a 6 hour set at the DC Armory, a large arena which used to be the training facility for the DC National Guard. Recently it has been hosting a variety of entertainment events, including sports games, parties, and concerts. This particular event was thrown by DC”s Glow club/promotion company, hence the title SuperGlow. The tracklist is pretty standard fare, with all the usual ASOT hits incorporated into the mix. Special tunes in here include the Advanced Sleepwalkers mashup, the Oryon remix of Nanjing Express, and the In and Out of Love vs. Raw Deal mashup. Check out this 6 hour set from Armin’s Universal Religion tour in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.

Armin van Buuren – Live at SuperGlow (11-19-2011)
01 Sometimes They Come Back For More – Cosmic Gate & Arnej
02 Be Your Sound – Cosmic Gate (Ft Emma Hewitt)
03 W&W vs Bree – Nowhere To Go (Shogun Remix)
04 Tenishia – Shores of Eden
05 Yuri Kane – Right Back (by Craving & Howe)
06 Max Graham ft Neev Kennedy – So Caught Up
07 Mike Shiver & Matias Lehtola – Slacker
08Paul Van Dyk – We Come Together (Arty Remix)
09 Headstrong ft. Stine Grove – Tears (Aurosonic Progressive Remix)
10 Triple A – Winter Stayed
11 AVB ft. Susana – Desiderium 207 (Leon Bolier Remix)
12 ID
13 Orjan Nilsen – Atchoo!
14 Kid Alien – The Atmosphere (Klauss Goulart’s & Mark Sixma Deep Universe Remix)
15 Andain vs Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji – Promises vs Pressure (Armin van Buuren Mash-Up)
16 Armin Van Buuren – Youtopia (Blake Jarrell Remix)
17 Sander van Doorn vs. Afrojack & R3hab Koko Prutata (First State Mashup)
18 Jochen Miller – Troucid
19 Tristan Garner – Overdrive
20 Chris Lake – Sundown
21 EDX – Angry Heart w/ p Diddy Coming Home lyrics
22 Sander van Doorn pres. Purple Haze – Timezone
23 Dirty South & Thomas Gold ft. Kate Elsworth vs. Static Revenge & Richard Vission Alive vs. I Like That (Thomas Gold Dub) (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
24 Paul Oakenfold ft Tamra – Sleep (Markus Schossow Perfecto Mix)
25 Leon Boiler – Vengeance (Pulp Fiction Bootleg)
26 BT – Every Other Way (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
27 Gofman & Tsukerman – Darko
28 Lange ft. Jennifer Karr – Songless (Mark Sherry’s Outburst Remix)
29 W&W – AK-47 (Arnej Re-Acidification Edit)
30 Delerium- Silence (W&W and Jonas Stenberg Remix)
31 The Killers- Mr. Brightside (Marco V Treatment)
32 BT and Adam K- Tomahawk
33 Armin Van Buuren ft Nadia Ali – Feels So Good (Tristan Garner Remix)
34 Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge- Mansion
35 Jochen Miller – BAMM!
36 M.I.K.E – Back In Time (Orjan Nilsen Refix)
37 Markus Schulz & Jochen Miller – Rotunda (Original Mix)
38 Michael Jay Parker – Canberra
39 Orjan Nilsen – Lucky Strike
40 Armin Van Buuren – Orbion (Max Graham & Protoculture Remix)
41 Kyau & Albert – Kiksu (2011 Rework)
42 ATB & Dash Berlin – Apollo Road
43 Emma Hewitt – Colors (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
44 Gaia – Aisha
45 Shogun – Skyfire (Alex Morph Remix)
46 Hannah – Falling Away (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
47 Jamaster A – Nanjing Express (Orion Remix)
48 Andy Moor – Fight The Fire (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
49 Ana Criado – Can’t Hold Back The Rain (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
50 Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus Eric Prydz Remix (Sean Tyas Edit)
51 W&W- Impact (maRLo remix)
52 Lange vs. Gareth Emery – This Is New York (Heatbeat Remix)
53 Orjan Nilsen – Viking
54 Orjan Nilsen – Between The Rays
55 Armin Van Buuren – Full Focus (Chris Schweizer Remix)
56 Klauss Goulart – No Man’s Land (Original Mix)
57 Beat Service – Outsider
58 Dennis Shepard & Cold Blue – Fallen Angel (Dennis Shepard Club Mix)
59 Gaia – Stellar (Marlo Remix)
60 Gaia – Tuvan
61 Alex M.O.R.P.H. feat. Sylvia Tosun – An Angel’s Love
62 Jorn Van Deyhoven – Spotlight
63 Armin Van Buuren vs Simon Patterson – These Silent Latika Hearts (Armin Van Buuren Mashup)
64 Armin Van Buuren ft Ferry Corsten – Minack
65 Armin Van Buuren feat. Ferry Corsten – Brute
66 Marlo – Whispers & Shouts
67 ID
68 Paul Oakenfold – Full Moon Party
69 Aly & Fila – We Control the Sunlight (Alex Morph Remix)
70 Markus Schulz presents Dakota vs.Marcel Woods – Sleepwalkers vs. Advanced (Armin Van Buuren Mashup)
71 Traumer Cobraphobie (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
72 Armin Van Buuren vs. John O’Callaghan feat. Sharon Den Adel – In And Out Of Love vs. Raw Deal (Armin Van Buuren Mashup)
73 Armin Van Buuren – This Light Between Us (Great Strings Remix)

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Okay guys, you know the drill by now. Armin’s A State of Trance Year mix episode has arrived and it is once again the best and most complete compilation of popular trance songs released this year.  Take a listen below as Armin mixes and mashes 80+ songs into one monster set. I don’t need to tell you what kind of planning and editing goes into this thing because it is obvious this was made by a master. Like any professional who has perfected his trade, Armin puts his skills on full display with this fine piece of work. I hope everyone enjoys a safe and fun-filled New Year’s eve, and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

Armin van Buuren presents A State of Trance Episode 541 – 2011 Year Mix
01 Intro
02 Alex Kenji, Starkillers feat. Nadia Ali – Pressure (Alesso Remix) [Spinnin’]
03 Andain – Promises (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love Mix) [Black Hole]
04 Sander van Doorn – Koko [Doorn]
05 Arty – Kate [Anjunabeats]
06 Armin van Buuren feat. Adam Young – Youtopia (Blake Jarrell Remix) [Armind]
07 Mat Zo – Superman [Anjunabeats]
08 Kid Alien – The Atmosphere (Klauss Goulart’s & Mark Sixma Deep Mix) [Armind]
09 Sander van Doorn feat. Carol Lee – Love Is Darkness [Doorn]
10 Arty – Around The World [Anjunabeats]
11 Sander van Doorn pres. Purple Haze feat. Frederick – Timezone [Doorn]
12 Tiddey feat. Lyck – Keep Waiting (Orjan Nilsen Midsummernite Remix) [FutureBase]
13 Above & Beyond feat. Zoe Johnston – You Got To Go (Kyau & Albert Remix) [Anjunabeats]
14 Martire pres. X&Y – New Beginnings (Solid Stone Remix) [Alter Ego Progressive]
15 Headstrong feat. Shelley Harland – Helpless 2011 (Aurosonic Progressive Remix) [Sola]
16 Headstrong feat. Stine Grove – Tears (Aurosonic Progressive Mix) [Sola]
17 Triple A – Winter Stayed (Armin van Buuren’s On The Beach Mix) [Armind]
18 Arty feat. Tania Zygar – The Wall (Arty Remode Mix) [Enhanced Progressive]
19 Grace – Not Over Yet (Max Graham & Protoculture Remix) [Perfecto Fluoro]
20 Markus Schulz feat. Ana Criado – Surreal (Omnia Remix) [Coldharbour]
21 The Blizzard & Yuri Kane feat. Relyk – Everything About You [Above]
22 Armin van Buuren feat. Laura V – Drowning (Avicii Remix) [Armind]
23 Boom Jinx feat. Justine Suissa – Phoenix From The Flames (Omnia Remix & The BlizzardRemix) [Anjunabeats]
24 The Blizzard & Omnia – My Inner Island [A State Of Trance]
25 Cosmic Gate with Emma Hewitt – Be Your Sound [Black Hole]
26 Heatbeat – Roses Never Cry [Soundpiercing]
27 W&W – AK47 [Captivating]
28 Ferry Corsten – Punk (Arty Rock-N-Rolla Mix) [Flashover]
29 Lange feat. Jennifer Kerr – Songless (Mark Sherry Outburst Mix) [Lange]
30 Ferry Corsten – Feel It! [Flashover]
31 Ferry Corsten – Check It Out [Flashover]
32 Leon Bolier – Vengeance Vengeance [Streamlined]
33 Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford – Sun & Moon (Club Mix) [Anjunabeats]
34 Dash Berlin feat. Emma Hewitt – Disarm Yourself [Aropa]
35 Andy Moor feat. Sue McLaren – Fight The Fire [AVA]
36 Super8 & Tab feat. Julie Thompson – My Enemy (Rank 1 Remix) [Anjunabeats]
37 Hannah – Falling Away (Armin van Buuren Remix) [Armind]
38 Ummet Ozcan – Reboot [Doorn]
39 Arty & Mat Zo – Rebound [Anjunabeats]
40 Tritonal feat. Cristina Soto – Lifted (Mat Zo Remix) [Air Up There]
41 ATB with Dash Berlin – Apollo Road (Club Mix) [Kontor]
42 Emma Hewitt – Colours (Armin van Buuren Remix) [Armind]
43 Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford – Things Called Love (Club Mix) [Anjunabeats]
44 BT & Adam K – Tomahawk [Armind]
45 Armin van Buuren feat. Fiora – Breath In Deep (The Blizzard Remix) [Armind]
46 Mark Eteson feat. Audrey Gallagher – Breathe On My Own [Garuda]
47 Bobina & Betsie Larkin – You Belong To Me [Maelstrom]
48 John O’Callaghan & Betsie Larkin – Save This Moment (Gareth Emery Remix) [Captivating]
49 John O’Callaghan vs. Timmy & Tommy – Talk To Me (Orjan Nilsen Trance Mix) [Subculture]
50 Markus Schulz & Jochen Miller – Rotunda [Coldharbour]
51 Jochen Miller – BAMM! [High Contrast]
52 Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge – Mansion [Garuda]
53 Markus Schulz pres. Dakota – Sinners [Coldharbour Red]
54 Heatbeat – Ask The Cat [Captivating]
55 W&W – Impact (MarLo Remix) [Captivating]
56 Orjan Nilsen – Viking [Armind]
57 Beat Service – Outsider [Coldharbour]
58 Orjan Nilsen – Go Fast! [Armind]
59 Orjan Nilsen – Between The Rays [Armind]
60 Kyau & Albert – A Night Like This [Euphonic]
61 Dash Berlin feat. Jonathan Mendelson – Better Half Of Me [Aropa]
62 Protoculture feat. Shannon Hurley – Sun Gone Down [Re*Brand]
63 Dennis Sheperd & Cold Blue feat. Ana Criado – Fallen Angel (Dennis Sheperd Club Mix) [High Contrast]
64 Gaia – Stellar [Armind]
65 Susana – Home (Daniel Kandi Retrofit Mix) [Armind]
66 Lange pres. LNG – Harmony Will Kick You In The Ass [Lange]
67 MarLo feat. Jano – The Island [Liquid]
68 Armin van Buuren – Blue Fear (Orjan Nilsen Remix) [Armind]
69 Gaia – Status Excessu D [Armind]
70 Jorn van Deynhoven – Spotlight [A State Of Trance]
71 Sebastian Brandt – Ashes [A State Of Trance]
72 Gareth Emery feat. Mark Frisch – Into The Light (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix) [Garuda]
73 Agulo feat. David Berkeley – Fire Sign (Suncatcher Remix) [Enhanced]
74 The Thrillseekers – Song For Sendai [Adjusted]
75 Alex M.O.R.P.H. feat. Sylvia Tosun – An Angels Love (Vocal Mix) [A State Of Trance]
76 Simon Patterson – Latika [Night Vision]
77 Shogun – Skyfire [Armind]
78 Arctic Moon – Adelaide [Future Sound Of Egypt]
79 Armin van Buuren – Coming Home (Arctic Moon Remix)
80 Bjorn Akesson – Painting Pyramids [Future Sounds Of Egypt]
81 Aly & Fila feat. Sue McLaren – It Will Be Ok (Arctic Moon Remix) [Future Sounds Of Egypt]
82 Ahmed Romel – Only For You (Arctic Moon Remix) [Blue Soho]
83 Aly & Fila feat. Jwaydan – We Control The Sunlight [Future Sound Of Egypt]
84 Paul Oakenfold – Full Moon Party [Perfecto]
85 Cosmic Gate – Exploration Of Space (Cosmic Gate’s Back 2 The Future Remix) [Black Hole]
86 Laura Jansen – Use Somebody (Armin van Buuren Rework) [Armind]
87 Simon Patterson & Greg Downey feat. Bo Bruce – Come To Me [Night Vision]
88 Ferry Corsten & Armin van Buuren – Brute [Flashover]

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Check out the very first ASOT yearmix:
ASOT 182 (2004 Yearmix)

It’s almost that time of the year for the annual ASOT yearmix. These mixes are broadcasted as a special episode of A State of Trance, where Armin mixes and mashes a shitload of songs into the two hour time frame. Dedicated to the release of this year’s show, I have uploaded the 2004 yearmix, which is one of the best ASOT episodes of all time. There are several reasons why this one is special. For one, this is the very first yearmix that he made, and it set the bar high for all yearly compilations. Secondly, this was Armin’s first ASOT episode produced on Ableton. It took him 4 weeks to plan the tracklist, make his edits, and mix everything down. I guess he really liked this approach because all consequent ASOT episodes have been made using Ableton. Thirdly, if you are searching for an example of excellent mixing, there’s no need to look any further. You can tell a lot of thought went into the layout of the tracklist because the harmonics match up perfectly and the flow is impeccable. Last but not least, the track selection is off the charts. 2004 was an awesome year for trance, and most of my favorite deep, spacey progressive tracks can be found in here. This was the last show broadcasted on ID&T radio, and it was also the last one to be presented in Dutch. If you ever stop trancing out for a long period of time, listening to these yearmixes is the easiest way to get back into it. Take a listen below to the greatest songs from 2004, mixed together by one of the most experienced set builders.

A State of Trance 182 (2004 Yearmix)
01 Intro: 24 – The Longest Day (The Story Of 2004)
02 Origene – Sanctuary (Harry Lemon Remix) [Bandung]
03 Starsign – Taurus (Instrumental Mix) [Captivating Sounds]
04 A.Matsumoto & DJ Yoshi – Dreamer (Luke Chable Remix) [Precinct]
05 Hammer & Bennett – Language [Electronic Elements]
06 Departure – She Turns (Markus Schulz Remix) [Electronic Elements]
07 Ozgur Can ft. Nick Beman – Not Even Winds [Electronic Elements]
08 Max Graham ft. Jessica Riddle – Gone [CDR]
09 Rio Addicts – Crossroads [Electronic Elements]
10 Lolo – Why? [Bonzai Trance Progressive]
11 Synergy – Hello Strings [Silver Planet]
12 Tilt – The World Doesn’t Kow [Lost Language]
13 Markus Schulz presents Elevation – Largo [Electronic Elements]
14 Ridgewalkers ft. El – Find (Andy Moor Remix) [Baroque]
15 Sarah McLachlan – World On Fire (Junkie XL Remix) [Arista]
16 Markus Schulz presents Elevation – Somewhere (Clear Blue) [A State Of Trance]
17 Markus Schulz presents Elevation – Clear Blue [Electronic Elements]
18 Oceanlab ft. Justine Suissa – Satellite (Markus Schulz Coldharbour Remix) [Euphonic]
19 Bakke & Ljungqvist – Fanatic [Electronic Elements]
20 Mark Otten – Tranquility [Armind]
21 Solid Globe – Sahara [Fundamental]
22 Deepsky ft. Jes Brieden – Talk Like A Stranger (Markus Schulz Return To Coldharbour Remix) [Yo]
23 St. John vs. Locust – Mind Circles (Perry O’Neil Remix) [ASOT Whitelabel]
24 Probspot – Foreplay [Lost Language]
25 Perry O’Neil – Wave Force [Electronic Elements]
26 Roland Klinkenberg – Monday Groove [Electronic Elements]
27 Gabriel & Dresden – Arcadia (Swing 2 Funk Mix) [Nettwerk]
28 Interstate – I Found U [Armada]
29 Dido – Sand In My Shoes (Above & Beyond’s UV Mix) [BMG]
30 True Form – Forbidden Colours [A State Of Trance]
31 Endre – Kallocain (Robert Nickson Remix) [Anjunabeats]
32 Filterheadz – Yimanya [ID&T]
33 Peter Martin presents Anthanasia – Perfect Wave [Electronic Elements]
34 Dréas & Björn present Havannah – Havannah [TRR]
35 Vadim Zhukov – Exit (Robert Nickson Remix) [Captivating Sounds]
36 Active Sight – Out Of Our Lives [Captivating Sounds]
37 EnMass – CQ (Seek You) [A State Of Trance]
38 Alt + F4 – Alt + F4 [Anjunabeats]
39 Scott Bond vs. Solar Stone – Naked Angel [ID&T]
40 Fractal Structure – Lost Sequence [Somatic Sense]
41 Armin van Buuren – Blue Fear 2004 [Nebula]
42 Mark Norman – Phantom Manor [Magik Muzik]
43 The Mystery – Fever [RR]
44 Armin van Buuren ft. Justine Suissa – Burned With Desire (Vocals) [Dedicated]
45 Gate 42 – Flow (John O’Callaghan Remix) [Discover]
46 DJ Tiësto vs. Ray Wilson – Yet Another Suburban Train (AvB Edit) [CDR]
47 U-Turn – One Way [ID&T]
48 Ernesto vs. Bastian – The Darkside Of The Moon [ID&T]
49 Kyau vs. Albert – Made Of Sun (KvA Hard Dub) [Euphonic]
50 Robert Gitelman – Children Of The Sun [ID&T]
51 Robert Nickson – Spiral [A State Of Trance]
52 Delerium ft. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (Above & Beyond’s 21st Century Remix) [Nettwerk]
53 Adam White – Ballerina [Darey Products]
54 Bossanova – Stone Cold [Purple Eye]
55 Nickelson – Yin (Solid Globe Remix) [Fundamental]
56 Armin van Buuren presents 24 – The Longest Day (Vocal Mix) [Nebula]
57 Mojado ft. Mr. Sam – Naranja (Dimitri Andreas Vision) [Magik Muzik]
58 Mannix – Mercury [A State Of Trance]
59 Carl B – All Day [Somatic Sense]
60 Young Parisians ft. Ben Lost – Jump The Next Train (Kyau vs. Albert Remix) [Euphonic]
61 Ton T.B. – Dream Machine [Black Hole]
62 Mirco de Govia – Voller Sterne (Super8 Remix) [Euphonic]
63 Tranquility Base – Surrender [Anjunabeats]
64 White Room – The White Room [Liquid Asset]
65 Above & Beyond – No One Earth (Gabriel & Dresden Remix) [Anjunabeats]
66 Armin van Buuren – Communication Part 3 [Armada]
67 Marcos – Cosmicstring [Vandit]
68 Active Sight – The Search For Freedom [Captivating Sounds]
69 Armin vs. M.I.K.E. – Pound [Armind]
70 Dogzilla – Your Eyes [Maelstrom]
71 Marco V. – Automanual [ID&T]
72 F Massif – Somebody (Ferry Corsten Remix) [Purple Eye]
73 Sander van Doorn – Punk’d (SVD Mix) [Oxygen]
74 The Thrillseekers – Synaesthesia (Ferry Corsten Remix) [Adjusted]
75 Reflekt ft. Delline Bass – Need To Feel Loved (The Thrillseekers Remix) [Positiva]
76 Randy Katana – In Silence (Txitxarro Remix) [Reset]
77 Signum – The Timelord [A State Of Trance]
78 8 Wonders – The Morning After (The Thrillseekers Remix) [Somatic Sense]
79 Tiësto – Adagio For Strings [Magik Muzik]
80 Armin vs. M.I.K.E. – Intruder [Armind]

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In 2005 Armin van Buuren released his 2nd artist album Shivers and his A State of Trance radio program was well underway to becoming what it is today, the #1 source of trance music available to the general public.  Below is a nice set from the same year, recorded from the annual Red City music festival held on a beach in Eilat, Israel. This mix features several songs from his Shivers album, including the classic balearic tune Zocalo as the intro track. What I like about this set is the way Armin builds it up from start to finish, which is something I haven’t heard from him in a while. The first ten tracks or so are very low-key and progessive, the middle of the set gets pretty techy, and then the uplifting tunes are brought in at the end. I love this formula for planning sets, and I wish all DJ’s would follow this more often. One possible reason why Armin doesn’t do this anymore is because he is always the main act and usually has to play with more energy, or it could be due to the changing shift in audience expectations. It seems like nowadays most DJ’s like to play one banger after another, and that is what the crowd has come to expect. Has building sets become a lost art? I sure don’t hope so, but at least we have these older mixes to fall back on.

Armin van Buuren – Live at Red City (Eilat, Israel) on April 8, 2005
01 Armin van Buuren feat. Gabriel & Dresden – Zocalo
02 D-Formation – Signs & Portents (Original BF’s Version)
03 Andy Moor – Halcyon
04 Matthew Dekay – Digifruitella
05 Eye Wall – Bad Deal (Remy & Roland Klinkenberg Remix)
06 Matthew Dekay vs. Proluctors – Bad
07 ID – ID
08 Alex Stealthy – Able To Forget
09 Eluna – Severance (Markus Schulz & Elevation Remix)
10 Blank & Jones – Perfect Silence (E-Craig Remix)
11 Randy Katana – Pleasure Island (Dub Mix)
12 Scott Mac – Damager 02 (Mac Zimms Remix)
13 Mr. Sam – Lyteo (Rank 1 Remix)
14 B&W – Mistaken (Fictivision Remix)
15 Armin van Buuren – Communication (Part 3) (Midor & Six4Eight Remix)
16 Police – Message In A Bottle (Sander van Doorn Remix)
17 Hammer & Bennett – Language (Santiago Nino Dub Tech Mix)
18 Armin van Buuren – Shivers (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Dub Mix)
19 Inertia – The Chamber
20 Bart Claessen – Playmo
21 Robert Gitelman – Children Of The Sun
22 Marcel Woods – Cherry Blossom
23 Daniel B – God’s Keyboard (Coldware Remix)
24 Rank 1 – Top Gear
25 TDR – Squelch (SVD Remix)
26 Out Of The Past – Mystery (Fred Baker vs. Vincent Gozack Mix)
27 Armin van Buuren feat. Jan Vayne – Serenity (Signum Remix)
28 Armin van Buuren – Shivers (Original Mix)

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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):

Across all genres of the music industry, the best way to become commercially successful is by putting out a product that is widely accepted by the general public. Armin has always been ahead of the game in terms of his marketing approach, but there is one other strength which I believe has helped him reach the top of the charts. Armin’s work has always been able to appeal towards a large population of listeners all around the world. The key to his success is by playing easy listening trance, stuff that can be enjoyed readily by everyone, no matter where they are located, how much money they make, or whatever faith they believe in. It is because of this concept that Armin has received global recognition as one of the best DJs in the dance music scene. This latest release in his Universal Religion series plays right along with this theme, as Armin continues to provide new music for his loyal audience.

Once again we get a live recording from one of Armin’s summer shows in Ibiza. This year’s edition has been stretched to a two-disc release, which can be good or bad, depending on how much you enjoy Armin’s latest mixes. My only concern is now there isn’t much difference between this release and the annual A State of Trance album, except that one is recorded live and the other is mixed in a studio. How will Armin distinguish these two series in the future? My favorites from the first disc include Shogun’s Space Odyssey, Liquid Logic by Protoculture, and the collaboration between Mike Koglin and Genix on Helion. The second half of Disc 2 is the best part of this release, which includes some nice work by Giuseppe Ottaviani, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Re:Locate, and Robert Nickson. The intro track by Andrew Bayer and the Deep Universe remix of The Atmosphere are dope as well. My interest in most of these songs has become somewhat limited, but I still appreciate what Armin is doing for the trance community. This album by no means reaches the excellency of the 2004 edition, however it still introduces some nice new tunes in a live environment, so it’s worth checking out.

Universal Religion Chapter 5
01 Ashley Wallbridge – Vision (Intro Edit)
02 BT & Adam K – Tomahawk
03 Gofman & Tsukerman – Darko
04 Shogun – Space Odyssey
05 Hannah – Falling Away (Armin van Buuren Remix)
06 Andy Moor feat. Sue McLaren – Fight The Fire (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
07 Protoculture – Liquid Logic
08 Dennis Sheperd & Cold Blue feat. Ana Criado – Fallen Angel (Dennis Sheperd Club Mix)
09 Markus Schulz presents Dakota – Terrace 5 a.m.
10 Gaia – Stellar
11 Susana – Home (Daniel Kandi Retrofit Remix)
12 Mike Koglin vs Genix – Helion
13 Jorn van Deynhoven – Spotlight
14 Ferry Corsten feat. Armin van Buuren – Brute


01 Andrew Bayer – Counting The Points
02 Kid Alien – The Atmosphere (Klauss Goulart’s & Mark Sixma Deep Universe Remix)
03 Space RockerZ & Tania Zygar – Puzzle Piece (Daniel Heatcliff’s Farewell Remix)
04 Alexander Popov – Elegia
05 Emma Hewitt – Colours (Armin van Buuren Remix)
06 Ashley Wallbridge & Gareth Emery – Mansion
07 DNS Project – Exclusive (Bigroom Edit)
08 John O’Callaghan & Giuseppe Ottaviani – Ride The Wave (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix)
09 James Dymond – Gundam
10 Daniel Kandi – Saggitarius
11 Alex M.O.R.P.H. feat. Sylvia Tosun – An Angels Love (Vocal Mix)
12 Paul Oakenfold – Full Moon Party
13 Re:Locate vs Robert Nickson – Resource
14 Orjan Nilsen – Viking

Universal Religion Chapter 4

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Markus Schulz – Live at Tomorrowland 2011

Kyau & Albert – A Night Like This

Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa – I Wanna Be Your Dog

Armin van Buuren interviews Markus Schulz for Electronic Family

Sander van Doorn Monthly Top 5 (August)

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano – Tribeca

Markus Schulz @ Avalon, Hollywood – Courtesy of dirtychoons (August 20, 2011)

Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge – Mansion

Da Hool – No Love Anymore

Nadia Ali, Starkillers, Alex Kenji – Pressure

Afrojack & Steve Aoki ft. Miss Palmer – No Beef

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Starlight

Go Go Bizkitt! – 4.U!

BT – These Machines

Early last year, BT released his 6th studio album under the title These Hopeful Machines. This album is a lengthy 2 disc collection of songs which, in typical BT fashion, explores the boundaries of electronic music. BT has always been recognized for his creativity and ingenuity, and this album reflects all of the new sounds and styles he has been working with. Half of the tracks are over 10 minutes long, and many of them even start off with their own little intro and are wrapped up with a concluding outro. As with most of his CDs, you can tell right off the bat that this isn’t a traditional dance music album. Similar to Sasha’s Involver releases, these albums are more of an artistic interpretation of electronic music, in which all of the songs are edited and blended into each together, forming a totally complete orchestral experience. While Hopeful Machines is not as pop-influenced as Emotional Technology, BT still uses a heavy dose of vocals in this album. Vocalists include BT himself, Christian Burns, Jes, Kirsty Hawkshaw, Rob Dickinson, and Amelia June. BT’s daughter, Kaia Transeau, also gets to sing along in the end chorus of Forget Me. Production help is provided by Andrew Bayer, Boom Jinx, Airwave, and Matt Lange. There doesn’t seem to be as much experimentation in this album as compared to his older stuff, but BT still manages to create a final product that stands out in a a market that is filled with generic substance.

Fast forward to this year where BT has just recently re-released this album in two different versions. The first is a shortened and edited version, which is titled These Humble Machines. This was edited with the intention of ‘making the album more accessible for newer listeners while still displaying the same technical prowess found in its predecessor.’ Most of the songs sound primarily the same to me, but without the intros and outros. The second version is what I would like to share with everybody. This one follows the path taken by most remix albums, where the original productions get reworked by other producers. This Re-Imagined album is definitely more dance floor worthy, whereas the original album is better suited for personal listening. All of these remixes are done very well, all of them made with a faster tempo than the originals. The first 5 singles to come off this album (Le Nocturne De LumiereThe Emergency, Suddenly, Forget Me, and Always) all have at least 3 different versions released already, so this CD does have a few tracks with more than one remix. I was impressed with all of them except for the Grayarea mix of The Unbreakable, which reminds me too much of Yilmaz Altanhan’s Eighties. Both remixes of The Emergency and Rose of Jericho are excellent, and both Josh Gabriel and Armin van Buuren do a nice job with the well-written vocals of Jes in Every Other Way. I do prefer the Michael Cassette remix of Forget Me more than Mr. Sam’s remix, as well as the Funkagenda remix of Always over Chicane’s.

I believe most readers of this site will enjoy the Re-Imagined album more, but I have also uploaded Hopeful Machines in case you are interested in the original work produced by BT.

These Re-Imagined Machines

01 Le Nocturne De Lumiere (Cedric Gervais Remix)
02 Rose Of Jericho (Adam K & Soha Remix)
03 Always (Funkagenda Mix)
04 Love Can Kill You (Moonbeam Remix)
05 The Emergency (Marcus Schossow Remix)
06 Every Other Way (Josh Gabriel Remix)
07 Suddenly (Ferry Corsten Remix)
08 Forget Me (Mr Sam Remix)
09 The Unbreakable (Grayarea Mix)


01 The Emergency (Lost Stories Remix VS Dragon, Jontron, Manufactured Superstars Remix)
02 Rose Of Jericho (Sultan & Ned Shepard Remix)
03 A Million Stars (Digital Stories Remix)
04 The Light In Things (tyDi Remix)
05 Always (Chicane Remix)
06 The Unbreakable (Breakfast Remix)
07 Forget Me (Michael Cassette Mix)
08 Every Other Way (Armin van Buuren Remix)

01 Suddenly
02 The Emergency
03 Every Other Way
04 The Light in Things
05 Rose of Jericho
06 Forget Me


01 A Million Stars
02 Love Can Kill You
03 Always
04 Le Nocturne De Lumiere
05 The Unbreakable
06 The Ghost In You

Here is a little live set put together by Mr. Armin van Buuren. This was recorded at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, New York, which is where Armin also held the US leg of his ASOT 450 party. The mp3 quality is pretty low, but it does remind me of old school sets that were recorded with aged technology. There’s lots of crowd pleasing ASOT tracks in here, so fans of the show should appreciate the song selection. There are a couple of which I wish I heard live, including Arnej’s rework of AK-47 and the Arty remix of Sander’s Daddyrock. On the other hand there are a few which he maybe could have left out, such as some of the vocal songs which I felt really slowed down the energy of the mix. Everything else is more or less your typical Armin showcase, and the mixing is of course flawless. This mix kept me pretty entertained on my drive to work, I hope it does the same for you.

Armin van Buuren – Live at Roseland Ballroom NYC (5-21-2011)

01 Orjan Nilsen – The Mule
02 Armin van Buuren feat. Nadia Ali – Feels So Good (Tristan Garner Remix)
03 Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford – Sun and Moon
04 Armin van Buuren feat. Ana Criado – Down To Love (Kyau & Albert Remix)
05 Armin van Buuren feat. Laura V – Drowning
06 Andain – Promises (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love Mix)
07 Jochen Miller – Troucid
08 W&W – Operation AK-47 (Arnej Re-Acidification)
09 Ferry Corsten – Feel It!
10 Sander van Doorn – Daddyrock (Arty Remix)
11 Ferry Corsten – Punk (Arty Rock-N-Rolla Mix)
12 Armin van Buuren – Mirage (Alexander Popov Remix)
13 Arty & Mat Zo – Rebound
14 Shogun – Skyfire
15 ATB with Dash Berlin – Apollo Road (Club Version)
16 Armin van Buuren vs. Sophie Elis Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love (Dash Berlin 4AM Mix)
17 Jerome Isma-Ae vs. Paul Oakenfold vs. Airbase – Southern Sun Escape My Journey (Myon & Shane 54 Mashup)
18 DNS Project – Exclusive
19 Markus Schulz pres. Dakota – Sinners
20 Heatbeat – Ask The Cat
21 Axwell – Heart Is King (Dennis Sheperd Remix)
22 Armin van Buuren feat. BT – These Silent Hearts
23 Norin & Rad vs. Recurve – The Gift
24 Orjan Nilsen – Between The Rays
25 Armin van Buuren feat. Winter Kills – Take A Moment (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
26 Armin van Buuren feat. Christian Burns – This Light Between Us (Armin van Buuren’s Great Strings Mix)

Download the set here

ATB – Distant Earth

I have been strapped for time lately and there are a bunch of new albums out to review, so another fan of the music has graciously volunteered to provide his assessment of ATB’s new album. Thank you Shaw for the following write up!

Time to go back to the roots for this week and bring you what will be one of the biggest hits for the summer.  André Tanneberger’s (ATB) 9th studio album Distant Earth, is possibly his best album to date, which is a high bar.  The double CD album contains his trademark sound and heavy moving vocals all throughout coupled with some huge collaborations.  The first CD is a very typical ATB work with more and it contains a mash up with Dash Berlin and vocals from the likes of Melissa Loretta and JanSoon.  The second CD starts off with huge and long awaited collaboration between ATB and Armin Van Buuren with a song title that matches the artists: Vice Versa.  The CD has a lounge sound and is a good CD to relax to during the summer.  My personal favorites are the club mixes that are part of the limited third CDs. Hope you enjoy.

01 Twisted Love (Distant Earth Vocal Version) (feat. Christina Soto)
02 Move On (feat. JanSoon)
03 Killing Me Inside (feat. Sean Ryan)
04 All I Need Is You (feat. Sean Ryan)
05 If It’s Love (feat. Melissa Loretta)
06 Gold (feat. JanSoon)
07 Apollo Road (ATB with Dash Berlin)
08 Heartbeat (ATB with Amurai feat. Melissa Loretta)
09 This Is Your Life (feat. Fuldner)
10 Where You Are (feat. Kate Louise Smith)
11 One More (feat. Christina Soto)
12 Running a Wrong Way (ATB with Rea Garvey)
13 Chapter One (ATB with Josh Gallahan)
14 White Letters (feat. Melissa Loretta)


01 Vice Versa (ATB and Armin van Buuren)
02 Moving Backwards (feat. Kate Louise Smith)
03 Magnetic Girl
04 Moments In Peace
05 Be Like You (feat. JanSoon)
06 Trinity
07 Distant Earth
08 City of Hope
09 Sternwanderer (feat. Anova)
10 Expanded Perception
11 Orbit

01 Twisted Love (Distant Earth Vocal Club Version) (feat. Cristina Soto)
02 This Is Your Life (Club Version) (feat. Fuldner)
03 Where You Are (Club Version) (feat. Kate Louise Smith)
04 Heartbeat (Club Version) (ATB with Amurai feat. Melissa Loretta)
05 Chapter One (Club Version) (ATB with Josh Gallahan)
06 Move On (Club Version) (feat. JanSoon)
07 Apollo Road (Club Version) (ATB with Dash Berlin)
08 Twisted Love (Distant Earth Intro Club Version) (feat. Cristina Soto)
09 All I Need (Club Version) (feat. Sean Ryan)

ATB – Sunset Beach DJ Session
ATB – Could You Believe (music video)