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Friday nights in Sydney are usually all about Voodoo at Home nightclub. But last Friday we passed up on our usual choice of clubbing in favour of a new option – Trance Department, courtesy of Trancendence. The guys at Trancendence have put on a couple of events previously, including the great night at Jam Gallery in Bondi Junction, with Fady & Mina, which we’d enjoyed so much. This time the venue was a bit closer to home (or rather, to the CBD) in the heart of King’s Cross at Zoo Project (formerly The Bank Hotel).

15193604_830655390410022_2028786764128554538_nEver since he and Standerwick burst onto the scene as Skypatrol, I’ve been a big fan of Tibor Tomecko, better known as ReOrder. He is amongst the most energetic and engaging DJs around, constantly bouncing around, climbing up on the stage to dance and involve everyone on the dance floor – giving his sets a real energy and buzz. Even if the journey gets a little lost in all the excitement, this hardly seems to matter, especially in the kind of shorter set he usually plays.

15179063_830656250409936_6948875674754285801_nTonight was my first visit to Zoo Project and it’s a great little venue, even if the toilets did seem a very long way away! The Trancendence team always put a lot of effort into their events and the production was good, if not on the scale (obviously) of Voodoo. They also manage some nice little touches, such as bringing round the lollipops with a smile. So it was a pity that the event hadn’t attracted a lot more of Sydney’s trance family, as those who stayed away (or went elsewhere) missed a good night.

15179082_830655967076631_4027647220944748851_nFirst up was Tygris, who played a lot of classics, especially from the Anjunabeats label. We heard Ridgewalkers Feat. El – Find (Andy Moor Remix), Cara Dillon vs 2 Devine – Black Is The Colour (Coco & Green Remix), Aalto – 5, Randy Katana – In Silence (Txitxarro Remix) and Galen Behr vs Hydroid – Carabella (Galen Behr vs. Ørjan Nilsen Remix).

15073370_830654680410093_155966193046145688_nAlthough the numbers were a little down, that didn’t really affect the atmosphere, especially as ReOrder started by encouraging everyone to “come closer!” And for three hours we had a great time dancing as he played lots of great music. As we had suspected, the sense of a journey wasn’t there, but because it was so much fun, it hardly seemed to matter.

15202498_830656047076623_1202322653759439514_nAmong the tunes he dropped were Ferry Corsten – Beautiful (Aly & Fila Remix), Delerium – Silence, ReOrder & Ian Standerwick present Skypatrol – Folding Your Universe, Veracocha – Carte Blanche, Simon Patterson & Magnus – Evoke, Robert Miles – Children,  Aly & Fila with Skypatrol feat. Sue McLaren – Running, Solarstone – Shield, Pt. 1 (Skypatrol Remix), Paul van Dyk – Nothing But You, John O’Callaghan – Stresstest (John Askew Remix), ReOrder – Venice Beach and Aly & Fila meets Roger Shah and Susana – Unbreakable.

15181345_830654493743445_4282342108124591510_nThere was a bit more psy-trance at the end than I really liked, but overall it had been a good three hours when he gave way to one half of Banana Bros (Lokesh, as Lax was overseas) playing back-to-back with BB (whose DJ name defies my keyboard’s attempts to transcribe it correctly!). They kept things pushing through to the close, although we had to skip the end in order to catch our bus.

15136003_830655977076630_6100562226408469634_nOverall it had been a fun night out and I’m already looking forward to the next Trancendence event.

Thanks to SHOT by BAZ for the great photos.


Having attended the celebrations for Future Sound Of Egypt 300 in Amsterdam and FSOE 350 in London, we were excited to learn that there would be an FSOE 400 party in Australia. Until, that is, we realised that it would take place while we were in London. So, as a consolation, we booked ourselves flights and a hotel to attend the FSOE 400 festival in Prague instead.

Unfortunately, the director of the local promotion agency took his life earlier this year and this was the reason given for the cancellation of the Czech instalment of the FSOE 400 worldwide series of festival nights. This meant that we were denied our chance to see Ferry Corsten (and discover how he would approach playing an unashamedly trance night such as this) or John O’Callaghan (a favourite of ours whom we haven’t seen enough of lately).

However, the local Czech trance family and Aly & Fila’s management quickly put together an alternative event, so that those who had spent money on tickets, flights and hotels did not lose out. Instead of a 12-hour festival, with its long list of DJs, we were treated to an intimate club night centred around a three-hour set by Aly & Fila.

The nightclub, Club Mecca, was already busy when we arrived just as Thomas Coastline was finishing his set with John O’Callaghan – Find Yourself. And it was already pretty warm on the dance floor, although nowhere near as hot as it would be later. After Thomas Coastline, it was the turn of Driftmoon, who dropped some great tunes, such as Gareth Emery feat. Lucy Saunders – Sanctuary and Driftmoon – Howl At The Moon. However, I didn’t really enjoy his set as much as I’d expected as it seemed to lack direction – Vini Vici – The Tribe dropped in the middle of some uplifting trance felt completely out of place.

The night’s magic began when Fadi (the Fila in Aly & Fila) got behind the decks. We had an unusual perspective as the VIP dance floor was behind the DJ booth, but as the main floor was so packed and so crazily hot, we stuck it out there, with occasional very welcome blasts of cool air when the bar staff opened a side door to restock or get rid of empty bottles.

Fadi’s set contained so many brilliant tunes: Aly & Fila vs. The Thrillseekers – Es Vedra, Paul van Dyk feat. Tricia McTeague – Heart Like An Ocean (Aly & Fila Remix), FKN feat. Jahala – Why? (Aly & Fila Remix) and Matt Darey feat. Kate Louise Smith – See The Sun (Dan Stone Remix) being highlights of the early part of the set. There was a huge energy in the crowd and Fadi was working his magic with so many Aly & Fila tunes and remixes, such as Lost Language, Shine (Club Mix), Fireisland (Aly & Fila Uplifting Mix) (with Solarstone), First Sun and the Solarstone Pure remix of The Other Shore. And the place went nuts when Fadi dropped Ferry Corsten – Galaxia. Another highlight was Vast Vision feat. Fisher – Everything (Aly & Fila Remix).

The climax of the set came with Ferry Tayle vs Aly & Fila vs Above & Beyond feat. Zöe Johnston – Good For Nubia (Ferry Tayle mashup). I loved the set – as I always do with Aly & Fila – and it was great to catch up with Fadi and his manager, Stuart, afterwards. In fact, I’m sure I enjoyed it more than I would have enjoyed the festival which had been cancelled – a great line-up and superb production doesn’t, in my opinion, compensate for the loss of the intimacy offered by a small club night. And we even made some new friends among the Czech branch of the international trance family!

After his set, Fadi spent most of the next hour chatting and having photos taken with his fans from Prague and further afield – we saw flags from Germany, the UK and the USA. Arctic Moon took over in the DJ booth and played for the next hour – as we were chatting to Fadi for much of his set I didn’t really pay much attention but he certainly kept the crowd enthralled with his music, including his remix of Sia’s cover of the old Mamas & Papas tune, California Dreamin’. However my ears only really pricked up when he dropped the classic Marco V – Godd.

We were pretty tired now, as we’d spent the day sightseeing in Prague and we knew that we wouldn’t get any sleep before our flight back to London. But we were determined to stay for at least part of ReOrder’s set. We’ve seen him quite a bit recently, in Sydney and Holland, and he always delivers his music with passion and panache, so even with a late time-slot, he was able to keep up the energy on the still very busy dance floor. I loved the remix of Energy 52 – Café del Mar that he dropped and it was great to hear Aly & Fila vs Skypatrol feat. Sue McLaren – Running.

The night was still going strong, but it was time for us to leave, hard as it was to drag ourselves away from ReOrder. It had been a fantastic night in a great nightclub, with the only criticism being the almost unbearable heat. At least we’d been lucky enough to have VIP wristbands, which meant we were able to dance in a less packed part of the club and benefit from the cold air drafts when the side doors were opened. All in all a great consolation for missing out on FSOE and now a seventh different country (Australia, UK, Ibiza, USA, Holland, Singapore and now Czech Republic) in which we’ve seen Fadi play. I wonder which will be the eighth? Egypt perhaps?

It was the weekend of my birthday celebrations and we started off with a visit to Voodoo at Home Nightclub for The Thrillseekers and ReOrder. What a great night it turned out to be! In the eighteen months or so since The Thrillseekers was last in Sydney, Voodoo has gone from strength to strength, with big improvements in the sound system and the visual spectacle.

We arrived shortly before midnight and took up our usual position, front right. Just before 12.30, The Thrillseekers took over from Thomas Knight and opened with Hydra – Affinity (Adam Ellis Remix). And over the next 75 minutes he took us on a wonderful journey of uplifting trance, with some great older tunes as well as some of his latest productions. We heard – We.Are, The Thrillseekers – Find You, The Thrillseekers feat. Aruna – Waiting Here For You, The Thrillseekers – This Is All We Have, Airspace – L’esperanza (Jordan Suckley & James Rigby Remix), Aly & Fila with Solarstone vs. The Thrillseekers feat. Fisher – The Last Fireisland, Gareth Emery feat. Bo Bruce – U (Bryan Kearney Remix) and Bryan Kearney – Say Nothing. It was a fabulous set by a great DJ.

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And since our previous visit, the visuals have been upgraded yet again. The screen behind the DJ is much larger and displayed some impressively weird images, as well as projecting images of the DJ in triplicate! And it looked to my eye as if the numbers of lasers has been increased too. I can’t think of too many nightclubs with such a great production set up anywhere I’ve been to.

After The Thrillseekers, it was the turn of ReOrder. Hailing from Slovakia, ReOrder is, of course, one half of Skypatrol (with Standerwick), but also a great DJ/Producer in his own right. We’d seen him at Luminosity Beach Festival last year, so we knew that he would bring a sense of fun and great enthusiasm to his set. Sure enough, he didn’t disappoint us and he played a great set that was every bit as good as the one we’d just heard from The Thrillseekers.

Opening with Armin van Buuren feat. Susana vs Photographer – Airport Shivers (Armin van Buuren Mashup), he kept up the uplifting tempo with tracks like Matt Bowdidge – Second Sun, Skypatrol – Folding Your Universe, Ørjan Nilsen vs. Standerwick – Between The Rays / Valyrian, Max Graham feat. Neev Kennedy – Sun In Winter, Darren Porter – The Void and Mohammed Ragab feat. Eli – Passionflower (ReOrder Remix). The absolute highlight for me was when he dropped a wonderful mashup of Aly & Fila feat. Karim Youssef – Laily (Photographer Remix) with Aly & Fila with Guiseppe Ottaviani – Brilliant People (Mark Sherry Remix). I’d not heard this before but it pretty much brought the house down!

As the clock turned 3 and the night drew to a close, ReOrder really wanted to keep going, but sadly that wasn’t to be and it was time to get home and rest as much as possible in advance of the second part of the weekend’s dancing the next day. It’s a real pity that Sydney’s ridiculous alcohol laws mean that clubs close so early and we can only hope that at some point soon the law is relaxed, because a night like this would have been so much better if it had lasted another hour or two.

Anyone who thought trance was dead must surely have realised their mistake in 2014. Unless they’ve had their ears tuned in the wrong direction, they would have heard so many amazing tunes that narrowing it down to a top 5 or even top 10 is just too difficult; certainly it is for me.

And to top last year, when I listed my best 20 tunes of the year, this year I’m going one better … so here are my favourite 21 tunes of 2014, in alphabetical order – choosing just 21 tunes was hard enough; ranking them would be nigh on impossible.

Aly & FilaAltitude Compensation

From their third artist album, The Other Shore, which is simply fantastic. Too difficult to choose just one, so this is the first of five tracks from it that I’ve put in my top 21.

SilvermineFlying (Solarstone Pure Mix)

From Solarstone Presents Pure Trance V3. Another amazing compilation/mix from Solarstone, packed with great tunes, expertly mixed by Solarstone, with Bryan Kearney on mix duties for the second disc. And this is the first of six tunes from it in my 21.

Aly & Fila feat. Jaren For All Time

Another from The Other Shore, this is a great uplifting vocal trance tune in classic Aly & Fila style. I love it!

Aly & Fila vs. SneijderFull Throttle

The third tune from The Other Shore, this time in collaboration with the brilliant Sneijder. This is a great 140BPM tune that seems to be played by a lot of great DJs at the moment.

John O’Callaghan feat. Jennifer ReneGames (Standerwick Remix)

You can rely on John O’Callaghan to produce a number of great tunes each year, but it’s the Standerwick remix that really stands out for me. What a year it’s been for Standerwick – I’ve loved so many of his originals, collaborations and remixes. This is just one of five of his tunes that I’ve selected for my 21.

LyctumGreece 2000

This year I’ve really started to appreciate psy-trance, but I have to admit that I don’t know much about it, really. This is the first of three psy-trance tunes I’ve chosen and it’s a remake of the all-time classic from Three Drives On A Vinyl. It’s a bit different and I love it!

Liquid SoulI See The Spirit

More psy-trance, from one of the producers who I’ve really got into this year. Hearing John 00 Fleming drop this in the Cave was one of this year’s highlights.

Sied van Riel vs. StanderwickIn A Perfect World (Solarstone Pure Mix)

That man Standerwick again, this time in collaboration with Sied van Riel and given the magical Pure touch by Solarstone. This is simply wonderful!

The Thrillseekers & StanderwickLike They Used To

For months after Renee and I first heard this tune in the download of Standerwick’s set at ASOT650NL, it was just IDID and we were desperate to find out what it was, as we loved it so much. Then it was released in Aly & Fila’s Trance Nation compilation CD and we were delighted to learn who made it. I don’t think it’s had the recognition it deserves and hasn’t been played nearly enough. Another example of Standerwick as the emerging talent of the year!

Liquid Soul & DJ DreamLiquid Dream

More psy-trance and more Liquid Soul. It was great to hear Aly & Fila drop this at the Metro in October.

Gai BaroneMr. Slade (Solarstone Pure Mix)

This is a lovely tune, again from the wonderful Pure Trance V3. It’s one of those tunes that seem to get better every time you hear them.

Aly & Fila with Ferry TayleNubia

Aly & Fila’s album is full of wonderful tunes, but this one just might be my favourite. I’m a big fan of Ferry Tayle, who played great sets this year at Luminosity Beach Festival and at Digital Therapy in Sydney. I could listen to this tune again and again and again.

Luke Bond feat. Roxanne Emery – On Fire (Aly & Fila Remix)

Aly & Fila worked their magic on this tune which was played seemingly everywhere earlier this year. It’s still really good, I reckon, and yet another A&F tune in my list, on top of all those taken from their album!

OrkideaPurity (Original Mix)

What a wonderful tune this is – probably Orkidea’s best since Unity; and I’m sure it will be considered a classic in due course. Hard to choose between the original and the Sneijder remix, but I’ve opted for the original. I almost put both in my list!

EcanoRun (Z2 vs Neptune Project LSD Remix)

Like Greece 2000, this is a very old tune, but it’s been given an acidic twist by Neptune Project and Solarstone included it in his Pure Trance compilation. It’s the perfect end to disc one.

No video for this one, but you can listen on Soundcloud here.

Aly & Fila with Skypatrol feat. Sue McLarenRunning

My final selection from The Other Shore and bringing together Standerwick and ReOrder (Skypatrol), Aly & Fila and the vocals of Sue McLaren. Such a great tune.

Pink FloydShine On The Dark Side Of The Moon (Neptune Project’s Out There With Pluto Mix)

Is this by Pink Floyd or is it by Neptune Project? Probably the latter, really. I usually loathe trance remixes of rock tracks, but maybe Pink Floyd’s music is more appropriate to the trance treatment than, say, Coldplay? Or maybe Pink Floyd is just much better than Coldplay in the first instance? Either way, this tune blew me away when I first heard it and it was also great to hear it played through the sound system at Space in Ibiza. This might be my favourite tune of 2014.

Standerwick & ReOrder pres. SkypatrolSkyres

Skypatrol first came to everyone’s attention last year with the awesome tune Folding Your Universe. And although this isn’t the next tune off the rank, it’s definitely the next one of the same calibre. I’m really looking forward to hearing this live … maybe we’ll get a Skypatrol tour of Australia in 2015? Here’s hoping!

Solarstone & OrkideaSlowmotion III (Solarstone Remix)

The third in this series of collaborations between the original Pure Trance collaborators is, in my humble opinion, the best so far. There are three versions: the original mix plus remixes by Orkidea and by Solarstone. They’re all fantastic and the Orkidea remix is an epic that clocks in at 13 minutes 22 seconds. The Solarstone version isn’t as long, but just edges it for me as the best of the three. But they’re all gold.

Ferry Tayle feat. PoppyThe Way Back Home (Dan Stone Remix)

France hasn’t been noted for its contribution to the trance music scene, but Ferry Tayle is right up there for me as a great producer and DJ. As noted above, he played wonderfully both times I saw him this year, and I love this track. There’s also a good remix by Matt Bowdidge and the original mix on Ferry Tayle’s album, The Wizard, is good too, but I’ve chosen the Dan Stone remix for my list.

Will Atkinson Victims

This is probably many people’s choice of tune of the year, and I’m sure it’s one that we’ll keep hearing for some time yet. It’s archetypal uplifting trance and the kind of tune that you can’t help loving if you’re a fan of the genre. Sadly I missed out on the chance to see Will Atkinson this year, but hopefully we can put that right in 2015.

I think it’s been a really good year for trance, despite what some people will tell you about it “being dead”. So it’s been a challenge narrowing it down to just 20 tunes. And impossible to try and rank those 20 – so, like last year, I’ve just listed them in alphabetical order. Please use the comments facility to let me know which tunes I’ve left out that you think I shouldn’t have!

SuncatcherAre We There Yet? (Always Alive Recordings)

This features on Solarstone’s Pure Trance V2 mix and is simply beautiful. Suncatcher is from Romania and a name to watch out for, if you like your trance pure.

Solarstone & Betsie LarkinBreathe You In (Solarstone Pure Mix) (Premier)

The original mix of this song is on Betsie Larkin’s 2011 album, All We Have Is Now, but Solarstone has weaved his pure magic over it and I just love this version. The Sneijder remix is also very good, but I couldn’t put both in this list and eventually plumped for this one.

Aly & Fila with Giuseppe OttavianiBrilliant People (Sneijder Remix) (Black Hole)

Aly & Fila and Giuseppe Ottaviani … with these brilliant people working on a track, you just know it will be fantastic. I love the original, but Sneijder has made it even better. Tune!

Maria HealyChatterbox (nu-depth Recordings)

Maria Healy is from Dublin and if this tune is anything to go by, she’s one to look out for in the future. There’s so much great music coming out of Ireland at the moment.

The Thrillseekers with York & AsheniDaydream (Will Atkinson Dreamy Mix) (Adjusted Music)

I’ve seen The Thrillseekers twice this year and whether he’s dropping classics or contemporary tunes, Steve Helstrip always delivers the goods. And although he’ll always be best known for Synaethesia, he is still producing top quality uplifting trance.

ReOrder & Ian Standerwick pres. SkypatrolFolding Your Universe (Future Sound Of Egypt)

This is going to be a lot of people’s choice as tune of the year, I suspect. It has an old school feel to it and I hope there will be more from Skypatrol next year.

Armin van Buuren feat. Emma HewittForever Is Ours (Solarstone Pure Mix) (Armada)

Armin’s new album, Intense, was predictably commercially focussed, with only a couple of nods to true fans of trance (Who’s Afraid of 138?! and Last Stop Before Heaven) but Solarstone picked up on this tune and gave it a Pure mix, which I really like, even if it is slightly cheesy.

Driftmoon – Howl At The Moon (Solarstone Retouch) (Black Hole)

Yes, Solarstone again. I have to confess that I love what he does, as you have probably guessed by now. This is another tune from Pure Trance V2, which is definitely my album of the year!

Solarstone – Love Theme from Blade Runner (Pure Mix)

Another tune from Pure Trance V2, this is a remake of the Vangelis theme from Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic film. And as ever, when Rich Mowatt gets his hands on a tune, it turns to gold.

Adam Ellis – Napalm Poet (Angry Man Remix) (Kearnage Recordings)

Adam Ellis is a name to look out for and his first release is one of those tunes that almost everyone was playing in their sets this year. The original mix is really good, but I think Angry Man makes it even better.

Charles McThorn – Oxydizing (Original Anthem Mix) (Redux Recordings)

I’ve never heard anyone play this, but I think it’s brilliant. I’ve not come across Charles McThorn before and I can’t find out anything about him either. Let’s hope there are more tunes like this to discover!

Solarstone – Please (Bryan Kearney Remix) (Black Hole)

It’s not often that remixers improve on a Solarstone original, but Bryan Kearney does just that, taking the BPM up to 140 and giving the tune added bite. I love it!

Sneijder & Bryan KearneyProper Order (Subculture)

Two leading lights in the Irish branch of Team 140 coming together to create a proper trance track. I think this is going to get a lot of plays in the next few months, and deservedly so.

Agnelli & Nelson presents A&N ProjectQuest (Adam Ellis Remix) (Subculture)

Whenever I tell people that this is possibly my favourite tune of the year, they all profess not to know it. Well hopefully this will change now.

Liam Wilson – Restrictor (Thomas Datt Remix) (Critical State)

We were very lucky to have both these DJ producers play at Digital Therapy recently and I really like this track. I hope you do too!

Dart Rayne & Yura Moonlight and Sarah LynnSilhouette (Allen & Envy Remix) (Amsterdam Trance Records)

Well, this is going to be many people’s first choice for tune of the year and it’s easy to see why. I love it and my only reservation is that perhaps it’s overplayed? I can’t remember when I last went a whole evening without at least one DJ dropping it. While hunting for the You Tube video, I came across the original, which is horrible beyond belief. So make sure you only listen to the Allen & Envy remix!

John O’Callaghan & Ronski SpeedSincerely JORS (Subculture)

I first heard this at Dream nightclub in Miami, when Aly & Fila dropped it. I love the way the way the melody rolls through the build up to the drop and then bounces you along with it through to the end. A very under-rated tune, in my opinion.

Paul Oakenfold – Southern Sun (Angry Man Remix) (Perfecto Fluoro)

To be honest, there were a number of remixes of classics that came out this year that I really like, but this was the only one I thought was good enough to make the cut as one of my tunes of the year. There’s a lot of mystery and speculation about who Angry Man is and he always appears hooded and masked, to add to the mystique. But with tunes like this and sets like he played at Luminosity Beach Festival this year, his identity is bound to become much better known in future.

Matt Bowdidge – Still By Your Side (Adam Ellis Remix) (Mental Asylum)

I love this tune from our Aussie mate – especially the Adam Ellis remix. Don’t let it get to your head, Matt!

Aly & FilaTula (Future Sound Of Egypt)

Taken from my favourite artist album of the year, Quiet Storm, I just love this track. I could have picked several more tunes from the album in this list, such as Laily, Mysteries Unfold, Speed Of Sound, First Sun, Daydreaming, Fireisland (Chillout Mix), Brilliant People … but I’ll content myself with this one.

So there we have it … 20 amazing tunes. My draft list had 41 on it, so it was really hard to narrow it down. I’d love to pick a single winner, but if I did so today, it wouldn’t be the same as yesterday, or tomorrow, so they will stay in alphabetical order. Let’s hope 2014 is as good as this year!