Age Of Love
The Age Of Love (Solomun Renaissance Remix)
The techno A-league’s recent embrace of vintage trance is a curious trend indeed. Trailblazed by Nina Kraviz after she began dropping ‘Binary Finary’ in the climax of her set, it’s led to a deluge of trance classics invading techno festivals, and it was only a matter of time before the eternal ‘Age of Love’ received an update. And really, who better to tackle the challenge than Solomun? He’s shown time and time again he knows how to fashion a high-impact remix, though he also knows when to leave well enough alone, and here it’s a case of: “If it aint broke, don’t fix it.” Beyond tweaking the groove and dropping the BPM, Solomun leaves the original’s charm largely intact. But this won’t stand in the way of it being the hit of the summer.
While few will acknowledge it, techno continues its transformation into progressive trance at a rollicking pace. While the latest Drumcode release might not go as far as remixing Age of Love like this month’s ‘Money Shot', instead it essentially lifts the original’s iconic choral synths, twisted into a stomping techno anthem that covers a whole lot of stylistic territory over its eight-minute running time. While this might all sound a little incongruous, Sangiuliano has repeatedly demonstrated he’s able to cleverly mash up the Drumcode formula up in unexpected ways, and he’s no less successful here.
'Get Back (Max Freegrant Remix)'
Max Freegrant knows a thing or two about producing a slamming electro/progressive anthem that doesn’t pull its punches, and here takes Dezza’s already excellent (though slightly tougher) original and injects it with an heady dose of euphoric electro power. When it comes to turbo-charged mainroom stormers like these, the well never runs dry for Freegrant.
Saints & Sinners
'Pushin Too Hard (Guy Mantzur Remix)'
Another early progressive trance classic deemed worthy of a revival, this haunting masterpiece memorably appeared on Sasha & Digweed’s Communicate compilation back in 2000. The rather capable Guy Mantzur has been selected to rework its enigmatic charms, and while he initially dials back that unmistakable rolling bassline, he draws on those mysterious synth washes to help delicately build towards one hell of a breakdown that’s drawn out for several dramatic minutes. This one is sure to get a whole lot of love indeed.
Oliver Huntemann is a techno don who’s certainly not averse to regularly dropping explosive peaktime weapons, though ‘Rotlicht’ is dripping with epic vibes even by his own notable standards. It begins like a typical techno stomper before the shrill shriek of a siren ratchets up the intensity, a prelude to its devastating stabs of electro bass that intermittently shred the mix to devastating effect. Plenty of power to go around.
'They Won’t Find You (King Unique Remix)'
Progressive trance might be all the rage at the moment, but this is certainly one of the more interesting throwback records to surface this summer. Dan Sieg himself is a master of melancholic and melodic progressive, though King Unique emerges from his self-imposed studio exile here to twist it into something else entirely. Intricately woven percussion leads into a throbbing techno bassline, which propels eventually into a trancey explosion euphoric enough to inspire eye rolls and gurn sweats in the mainroom of Cream in the late ‘90s. The sum of its different parts adds up to something quite excellent indeed.
Luttrell has stepped up alongside Anjuna labelmate Yotto as one of those rare producers with an unmistakable studio style. His recent 'Generate EP' offered the perfect example of this, and ‘Walking Dream’ represents its surprise standout, with its simple two-note bassline surprisingly giving way to a divine breakbeat groove that's supported by a blissful melodic hook. A magical musical interlude that’s custom built to allow DJs to take a surprise left turn on the dancefloor.
'Warsaw Street (Scuba Remix)'
Scuba is certainly no stranger, at certain points during his diverse and illustrious career, with producing house music saturated with trance, so his contribution to the unmistakable trend here seems both a little more genuine, and a lot more emotional. Committed to creating something truly special with his rework for Lea Porcelain, he’s delivered a textured, percussive masterpiece, full of dramatic synth peaks and moody lulls in energy, its vocals manipulated into menacing swells of noise as it builds towards the reveal of its powerful wash of melody several minutes in.