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Tiesto “A Town Called Paradise” – Album Review

PM:AM (2014)

Dutch trance legend Tiesto has been crowned the winner of DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll three times, has a three-club residency in Las Vegas and topped Forbes’ 2013 DJ Rich List–and yet, up until this year, he still hadn’t scored a major crossover single. However, the 45-year-old now appears to have decided that he wants a piece of the chart action, too, and on his fifth studio effort, A Town […]


Paul Oakenfold Trance Mission

Paul Oakenfold “Trance Mission” – Album Review

Perfecto Records (2014

Designed to introduce the new Las Vegas crowds to the bona-fide classics of the trance genre and stir up memories for those seasoned clubbers who were there during the heady days of Gatecrasher, God’s Kitchen and Cream, Trance Mission sees pioneering DJ Paul Oakenfold offer a new spin on twelve dance anthems that he’s consistently hammered over the past 25 years. Recorded from scratch rather than simply remixed from the […]


Above and Beyond Acoustic

Above & Beyond “Acoustic” – Album Review

Anjunabeats (2014)

Following on from their triumphant sold-out shows at London’s Porchester Hall and Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre last year, trance veterans Above & Beyond now continue their unlikely love-in with all things unplugged for their fourth studio album, Acoustic. Renowned for its thumping four-to-the-floor beats and soaring hands-in-the-air synths, the British trio’s genre of choice seems an unusual fit to receive such a stripped-back treatment. But the group have always placed […]


Danny Boyle’s Trance (Film Review)

Something weird is happening with Danny Boyle. I love Danny Boyle. I’ve loved almost every single film that the man’s made. His visual style, his narrative sense, and the projects he selects are all always on point. He’s an auteur. He guides his films with the deftness and steady hand of a seasoned pro. Well, at least he used to. If you’ll cast your mind back to the last Olympics […]


Trance (Original Motion Picture Sound Track) — Review

Universal (2013)

The last time Underworld’s Rick Smith worked on a project with acclaimed director Danny Boyle, he co-produced the most awe-inspiring soundtrack in Olympic ceremony history. Expectations for their subsequent collaboration, therefore, are much higher than they would have been before the story of the Industrial Revolution, the rise of the NHS and an emotionally-stirring electronic score all came together in one giant breath-taking melting pot in London last summer. There’s […]


A Year With Armin Van Buuren

Armada Music (2012)

Following Swedish House Mafia’s This Is Spinal Tap-esque documentary Take One, Dutchman Armin Van Buuren is the latest superstar DJ to allow cameras into his private life with the release of his behind-the-scenes film, A Year With Armin Van Buuren. Unlike the relentless hedonism and debauchery of the Swedes’ cinematic outing, Van Buuren’s 60-minute feature presents its star as a likeable and unassuming family man who just happens to play records […]