Another year has passed and we are once again treated to another Subculture compilation put together by John O’Callaghan. This album follows the same formula as last year’s release and it definitely still works well. The first disc is a little bit more chill (by JOC standards), and there’s a lot more melodic and vocal trance. The second mix plays more along the lines of John’s live sets, with harder hitting tunes mixed in one after another. This release is packed with new tunes, including several by John himself. In disc 2, The Bailout and Centurion are among the best in the album, and Bogota in the first disc is also pretty good. In here you will find many tracks from all of John’s usual friends, including Neal Scarborough, Aly & Fila, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Nick Sentience, and Bryan Kearney. I do like the tracklist in the second disc a little bit more (you were right, Sean), but both are equally enjoyable. John’s Subculture tour is well underway, so you should definitely try to catch him if he stops by your town.
01 John O’Callaghan – Bogota (Intro Mix)
02 Neal Scarborough – Sequoia
03 John O’Callaghan & Betsie Larkin – Save This Moment (Gareth Emery Remix)
04 Aly & Fila – Rosaires (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix)
05 Sly One vs Jurrane – Tayrona (Activa Remix)
06 Tom Colontonio feat. CiBon – The Sun
07 Gary Proud – As One
08 Castaneda – Floor Control (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix)
09 A.R.D.I. feat. Irena Love – Memories
10 Chris Metcalfe – Cala Bassa
11 Paul Miller – Red Label
12 Aly & Fila feat. Jwaydan – We Control The Sunlight
13 John O’Callaghan & Giuseppe Ottaviani – Ride The Wave
14 Mark Leanings – Guiding Light
15 Full Tilt feat. Deirdre McLaughlin – Surrender (Sneijder vs John O’Callaghan Remix)
01 John O’Callaghan – The Bailout
02 Paul Oakenfold – Full Moon Party
03 Giuseppe Ottaviani – Go On Air
04 John O’Callaghan – Centurion
05 Wippenberg – U R (John O’Callaghan Urrr Edit)
06 David Forbes – S5000 (Dark Mix)
07 Sebastian Brandt – Ashes
08 Will Atkinson – Side by Side
09 Man With No Name – Teleport (Nick Sentience Remix)
10 Andrew Candid & John Dopping – Savannah (Indecent Noise Remix)
11 John O’Callaghan – Raw Deal
12 Jamie Walker – Mind Games
13 Stevie Cripps – Soul Fire (John O’Callaghan Remix)
14 William Daniel – Type R (Will Atkinson Remix)
15 Mark Leanings – Dropshot (Bryan Kearney Remix / JOC Playma Edit)
16 Jonathan Carvajal – Switched Off (JOC Edit)
17 Bryan Kearney presents Karney – Ridiculous (Mark Young & Damo Kay Remix)
18 Sneijder – Facelift
19 Indecent Noise – Warsaw (Tech Edit)
John O’Callaghan is one of my favorite trance DJs to hear live. His sets are always full of energy and the mixing is on point. His track selection is pretty consistent, with fast uplifting trance as the central theme. It seems like there is never a dull point in his mixes as the energy of every track flows well into the next. He commonly spins tracks from the Subculture, Discover, and Vandit labels, so you see many of those artists in his tracklists. Here we have two live mixes recorded a month apart from the club Cream in Ibiza. The June 16th event was the opening party for this summer, and that event featured an epic lineup of Paul van Dyk, Sander van Doorn, and John O’Callaghan. The July event featured Eddie Halliwell and Above & Beyond along with JOC. Upcoming shows are scheduled for the next three Thursdays on September 8th, the 15th, and then 22nd. I do not have the tracklist to the July set, so please share it with me if you have it.
Live at Cream, Ibiza (June 16, 2011) (Subculture 57)
01 O’Callaghan & Ottaviani – Ride The Wave
02 Patterson & Downey – Come To Me
03 Castaneda – Floor Control (Ottaviani Rmx)
04 Chris Metcalfe – Calla Bassa
05 Lexicon 4 – Reach For Me (Activa Rework)
06 JOC & Betsie Larkin – Save This Moment (Gareth Emery Remix)
07 Simon Patterson – Whiplash
08 Tom Colontonio – I Am The Sun
09 Neal Scarborough – Sequoia (Daniel Kandi Rmx)
10 JOC vs. Timmy & Tommy – Talk To Me (Activa’s Solar Movement Rmx)
11 Sebastian Brandt – Ashes
12 Paul Van Dyk – We’re Alive
13 Monada – Sunny Day
14 A.R.D.I – Memories
15 Simon Patterson – Backstab
16 JOC – Psychic Sensor
17 Second Sun – Empire (PvD Rmx)
19 Arctic Moon – Adelaide
20 Agnelli & Nelson – Everyday
21 John O’Callaghan feat. Sarah Howells vs. Threshold vs. Jamie Walker – Sektor V Yourself a Mind Game (JOC Noodle)
22 Nu NRG – Dreamland
John O’Callghan – Live at Cream, Ibiza (July 2011) Download the June mix here
Released earlier this month, John O’Callaghan’s third artist album has debuted to much fanfare and excitement in the Subculture community. First off, I gotta give props to Ifran Amran who designed the album cover. Normally I don’t like to see the face of a DJ/producer on the front of an album, but this one is done pretty tastefully and it doesn’t make John look like a douchebag. It is also miles better than the first two album covers that John used. Aesthetics aside, how does the music stack up? Compared to his last album, I do hear evolution of the JOC sound which is always positive. Productions are deeper, and you do hear John experimenting with new stuff. He seems to be sticking to the same formula as his previous album, which includes a heavy dose of vocals, a few chill out tunes, and of course several hard hitters. The remix album for this one should be huge, but for now check out some of my favorites from this album below…
John O’Callaghan – Raw Deal
Let’s start things off with a true slapper, which is pretty raw indeed. It has that hard, punchy bassline that we have all come to love from the Irish producer.
John O’Callaghan – Stresstest
This is the side of John O’Callaghan that shines the brightest. The fast, uptempo style of this track fits perfectly with the live sets that JOC puts out. John O’Callaghan, Timmy & Tommy – Talk to Me
This one’s been on the radio quite often, along with the pretty popular Orjan Nilsen Trance mix. I was expecting a little bit more from a collaboration between these three producers, perhaps a Timmy & Tommy or Joint Operations Centre remix would do this song more justice. John O’Callaghan – Psychic Sensor
Here we see some versatility coming from John, introduced by some psy-infused which reminds me of some old school tracks. John O’Callaghan – Smokescreen
I haven’t really heard anything like this from John O’Callaghan before, so this song is a nice surprise to find in this album. Again it shows some creativity which is a basic element of an artist album. John O’Callaghan, Audrey Gallagher – Bring Back the Sun This is a nice attempt as a follow up to their 2007 smash pop hit Big Sky, but John and Audrey come up a little short this time. The song still holds its own as a dreamy vocal production, but let’s just wait for the remixes to see what this song can really do.
John O’Callaghan, Giuseppe Ottaviani – Ride the Wave
Here’s another collaboration on this album where I was expecting something better. I definitely prefer the previous track they produced together, Liquid Fire, found on the Never Fade Away album John O’Callaghan, Betsie Larkin – Impossible to Live Without You
John has always done great with vocals throughout his career (see Find Yourself, Never Fade Away, Big Sky, No Inbetween, Hold Onto Me), and this one is set up perfectly for something great. John O’Callaghan, Betsie Larkin – Save This Moment Here’s another tune with the great vocal accompaniment of Betsie Larkin. Her voice goes very well with many trance productions including this one, but as the lead track in this album, Save this Moment doesn’t outdo Find Yourself in John’s previous album. I am waiting for the club version of this song, but there is also a nice Gareth Emery remix which has already been released on Armada’s Captivating Sounds label. Full tracklist: 01 Save This Moment (with Betsie Larkin)
02 Talk To Me (with Timmy and Tommy)
03 Perfection (feat. Cathy Burton)
05 Bring Back The Sun (Ambient Mix) (with Audrey Gallagher)
06 Stargazer (with Thomas Bronzwaer)
08 Ride The Wave (with Giuseppe Ottaviani)
09 Impossible To Live Without You (with Betsie Larkin)
10 Mess Of A Machine (with Kathryn Gallagher)
11 Psychic Sensor
13 Raw Deal
14 Rhea (Chillout Mix) (vs Neptune Project)
I have been waiting for this album to come out for a while, and I finally got a hold of it a few days ago. The original album was highly successful, with many of tracks being played/remixed by other professionals. It was the best vocal-trance album released last year, as JOC never does a bad job with vocal trance. So, what happens when an album achieves as much success as this one did? Answer: a remix album is made! The first thing that caught my attention was the number of songs in the album. With 27 full length tracks in total, this album surely packs a lot of great tunes into one place. There are actually only 11 different songs in this album, but most of them have more than 2 remixes to them. JOC has come a long way in his career, and he is finally getting some major recognition with the release of his own Subculture Label (a subgroup of Armada). What’s surprising is that his work on this album is abundant in vocals, but his sets are notably brimming with high energy. They remind me of the driving sets that PvD used to bang out back in the day. Here are a few of my favorite from the album:
JOC – Never Fade Away feat. Lo-Fi Sugar(Andy Duguid Remix)
The single for Never Fade Away was released in August of 2009, so this song was played a lot during that time. The Giuseppe Ottaviani is fast, but Andy Duguid’s version is more chilled and relaxing, kind of like a beach track. It’s pretty much a great opening song for any set or album.
JOC – Every Lesson Learned feat. Lo-Fi Sugar (Matt Hardwick Remix)
This is my favorite remix from the album. I’m not sure what it is about it, but the beat just puts me in a good mood. I also love the voice of Lo-Fi Sugar, and I think she does a great job on this one. Her singing matches beautifully with the hypnotic music.
JOC- Find Yourself feat. Sarah Howells (Heatbeat Remix – JOC rework) This was the first single released off of the original album. You may have already heard the Cosmic Gate remix of this song, which received pretty heavy airplay. I like this remix because its a little bit harder than the original.
JOC – Big Sky feat. Audrey Gallagher (Markus Schulz Remix) The Agnelli & Nelson remixof this song was probably the most overplayed track in 2007, but it still sounds good after you haven’t listened to it in a while. I’m not sure why this song was included in this album (since it wasn’t technically released in the first one), but Markus does a nice job on the remix. This version contains some piano work in the middle and is a bit slower, so I still prefer the A&N remix.
JOC – Out of Nowhere feat. Josie (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
This is just a solid track all around. Great music, great vocals, great production.
JOC – Take It All Away feat. Audrey Gallagher (Timmy & Tommy Remix) Here is another track feating the nice vocals of Audrey Gallagher. There are actually 6 versions of this song on the album, and most of them are good. Also check out the Full Tilt remix along with the Marcus Schossow version.
JOC – Don’t Look Back (Sly One vs. Jurrane Remix)
This song reminds me of old school JOC. Sly One and Jurrane are coming up as one of Discover Records standout artists, and they leave a nice touch on this remix. I love it when JOC teams up with other Discover artists, as the resulting tracks are always trance bombs! Also check out the John Askew remix, which is great as well.
JOC & Giuseppe Ottaviani – Liquid Fire (Thomas Bronzwaer & Kristina Sky Remix)
Whenever there are 4 people who work together on the same song, the resulting product will usually sound pretty damn good. This one is not bad; I like the build up but I feel there could be more added to the song. Also check out the Temple One remix, which is a little bit more melodic but more or less the same thing.
JOC – Broken (Bryan Kearney Remix)
I love it when these two guys get together on a track. This is the hardest song on the album, and it does not dissapoint. The Mark Kavanagh remix is not bad as well, but I like this one more.