Rank 1 vs. M.I.K.E. - Elements Of Nature (Original Mix) [08:18]
The moment this track kicks in during any mix, be that GDJB, ASOT, GT or whatever, you know something good is about to come in. There is so much energy in it from the beginning and even the main lead is present early on though its melody is not fully revealed yet. This main lead clearly sounds like the good old M.I.K.E. from the Strange World/The Legacy days both melody- and synth wise though during the first short breakdown the euphoric-ness sounds very similar to Benno's The Quest - C-Sharp Classic too, as well as in the alternate melody play in the Rank 1 vs. Dutch Force Remix of Airwave. The melody in this part is just so DAMN good! The euphoric feel-good vibe truly honors the beauty of uplifting Trance but this track does so without your "1001 138 BPM clichés". During the first teaser we only got a taste of a few of these melody layers, during the official preview and second teaser we got treated on the breakdown and the part after that (which already promised an energetic nostalgic all-out Trancer). When I got to hear the whole version on a Youtube rip provided by a forum buddy of mine, I got blown away especially when a second breakdown popped up with an alternate second melody which followed the more rhythmic "Anthem" pattern. As I was "bedraving" to this eargasmic journey through Trance Memory Lane, I was all smiles as I realized that this July it will mark exactly a decade ago that Piet and Benno's interpretation of Mozart's Requiem Lacrimosa got me into Trance. For ten long years they've rarely disappointed me and treated me to so many crazy, catchy, energetic, uplifting, melancholic, spellbinding, stunning and overall just brilliant productions. Not to mention their cool compilations and addictive radio sets as well as the epic live sets and one unforgettable live performance that started in the rain and ended with sunshine back in 2010... There is nothing more rewarding than loyalty being payed off with your favorite artists always delivering, especially when it matters!
Now back to EON: As someone mentioned to me last week: this track is relentless and he meant it in a very positive way! It keeps an energetic tension throughout whilst having one of the most beautiful, inspiring, euphoric melodies I've heard in Trance in a loooooooong time. Consider I am usually not that much into these sort of euphoric melodies! 7 Instead Of 8 covers my needs better in that regard, being a piece from the melancholic department but M.I.K.E. & the Rank 1 gents managed to deliver a collaboration which would have been an ideal Trance Energy Theme, as this track honors both words in the purest manner. It's as if you're taking a trip through Trance's Memory Lane if you're one of us that grew up with the Classics of the '98-'03 era and followed the Trance of 2004-2006 up close. This track is without doubt one of the strongest testimonies to that "Golden Age" of Trance from '98-'03 ever. Skeptics might claim: "What's the big deal? So they made a track that sounds like 2000, boooooooooooring." For me it's not so much that Rank 1 and M.I.K.E. have provided us with a nostalgic Trancer... What makes me love this track so much besides its content just appealing to me is the fact that we finally get a Clash Of The Titans collaboration that actually lives up to the caliber of its legendary artists involved. Before the track was even one note long, they promised us the Oldskool, "bringing back what it's all about" and f*** me, they delivered! The forum buddy that provided me with the Youtube link with EON's ASOT debut described it aptly: it's as if you are a little kid in a candy store! I mean how often do we see collaborations getting announced which get all hyped up but ultimately amount to either an average track or something worse? Furthermore, not only is this collaboration amazing (imo), it also managed to combine the sound and spirit of these guys' Classic style in one harmonious whole. Add a fitting title to the mix and you get one of the very first Top tracks of this freshly commenced-2013. Big points for Belgium & The Netherlands on this one and a homerun for High Contrast Recordings (a third homerun no less, after 7 Instead Of 8 and We Are!)! So what are you waiting for?! Get off your lazy chair, skip the Starbucks for once and go buy this track. Make it top the Beatport Trance chart so that for once there is actually a Trance track ranking #1 in said charts!
No need to end on a depressing tone though. January 2013 has proven to be a hopeful year for Trance if you ask me. Elements Of Nature is just the first piece of evidence. The second piece is this new release by Airscape, an alias of none other than that other Trance Legend: Johan Gielen http://www.beatport.com/release/endless-forever/1020952. Both Original and Three Drives Remixes will take you back to the sounds that matter. The third piece of evidence has yet to prove itself but following in Elements Of Nature's wake, I am willing to be naive and declare that it is bound to deliver already: https://twitter.com/SteveHelstrip/status/294554422514692096 M.I.K.E. has barely released one monster collab or he's already in the mood to unleash a second, with yet another Trance Legend: Mr. Steve "Rapid Eye" Helstrip! A fourth piece of pre-assumptive evidence is the third provided by M.I.K.E. > https://twitter.com/SteveHelstrip/status/294184298028859394 trusting Steve's judgement, Mike's album will probably be a testimony to Trance, across various BPMs even https://twitter.com/mikepush/status/294559991745110016! We're in for a lot of speculation for the time being and in my earliest blogposts I already stated that Trance shouldn't exist by the grace of its Pioneers but damn, doesn't it feel nice to be able to claim back a few of those Heroes Of Old, even if it's just for now? For Old Times' Sake? :)
@SteveHelstrip: "I got a feeling 2013 is going to be a massive year for trance." https://twitter.com/SteveHelstrip/status/294562006323847168 > I have the same feeling, Steve ;) Make it happen!