Richard Durand mixes Black Hole Recordings’ ‘Portrait’ CD for DJ Mag’s ADE issue

Richard Durand mixes Black Hole Recordings’ 'Portrait' CD for DJ Mag's ADE issueHaving mix-celebrated summer 2013’s high season with the release of ‘Las Vegas’ – his fourth In Search Of Sunrise album – into Autumn globetrotting spin-master Richard Durand is firmly back onto compilation ground. He’s mixed the ‘Portrait’ covermount for DJ Mag’s prestigious ADE issue; the first in the forthcoming series of Black Hole Recordings releases, which will profile the label. Featuring white-hot tracks and remixes from a host of EDM stars – Tiësto, Ferry Corsten, Aly & Fila, Solarstone, Roger Shah, Myon & Shane 54 and Giuseppe Ottaviani among them, the CD also features Richard’s brand new hi-power single, ‘Super Dad’.   

Bringing together the best of the current crop of releases from one of Holland’s most established and illustrious electronic music labels, ‘Portrait’ introduces a new album series incoming early 2014. The collection will chart year-by-year the musical history of the label, which was originally founded by Tijs Verwest (Tiësto) and Arny Bink in 1997.

On mixing the ‘Portrait’ covermount, Durand said: “as a producer, Black Hole Recordings is virtually the only label home I’ve known. As such I was delighted to be asked to put together ‘Portrait’s promo edition. It contains many tracks from producers whose music I’ve long supported, as well as some newer ones I’m very excited about.”

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Solarstone Present Pure Trance 2

Solarstone Present Pure Trance 2Over the last 24 months the #PureTrance movement has swept through the world of electronic music, driven by its flag-bearer, Solarstone. First outlined by its debut mix-comp (still in Beatport’s bestseller chart one year after its release), Solarstone’s now ready to bring its essence into even clearer focus. Across 2 discs and 34, often exclusive or purpose-built tracks, Pure Mixes and Retouches, Solarstone and fellow Pure practitioner Giuseppe Ottaviani serve a future-proofed release that’ll be as relevant in your collection in 10 years time as it is today. With music from trance bedrock like Aly & Fila, John O’Callaghan, Darren Tate, Alex M.O.R.P.H., M.I.K.E. and Sied van Riel, it also features new rising talent including Suncatcher, Adam Nickey, Sneijder, Walsh & McAuley and Driftmoon. Standby to receive your trance refined, clarified and 100% Pure!

Solarstone sets the mix’s early atmosphere with some rolling gear from the harmonic end of Pure’s spectrum. The faraway tones of Adam Nickey’s ‘Perfect Destiny’, the trance-transcendent float of Aerium’s ‘Horizon’ and flute-like drift of Elfsong’s ‘Seldarine’’ form its opening minutes. Building the bridge skyward, Solarstone’s towering Pure rebuild of M.O.R.P.H.s ‘Eternal Flame’ and his retouch of M.I.K.E.’s ‘Respire’ open up the euphoric throttle.

Reaching its halfway point, Solarstone bomb-drops the deliciously ominous tones of his most recent Pure Mix of ‘Love Theme From Blade Runner’. Given sanction by the house of Vangelis’, alongside the Pure Mix of Zoo Brazil’s ‘Hearts A Legend’, it lends darker tones to the mix.

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Solarstone Present Pure Trance 2

Solarstone Present Pure Trance 2Over the last 24 months the #PureTrance movement has swept through the world of electronic music, driven by its flag-bearer, Solarstone. First outlined by its debut mix-comp (still in Beatport’s bestseller chart one year after its release), Solarstone’s now ready to bring its essence into even clearer focus. Across 2 discs and 34, often exclusive or purpose-built tracks, Pure Mixes and Retouches, Solarstone and fellow Pure practitioner Giuseppe Ottaviani serve a future-proofed release that’ll be as relevant in your collection in 10 years time as it is today. With music from trance bedrock like Aly & Fila, John O’Callaghan, Darren Tate, Alex M.O.R.P.H., M.I.K.E. and Sied van Riel, it also features new rising talent including Suncatcher, Adam Nickey, Sneijder, Walsh & McAuley and Driftmoon. Standby to receive your trance refined, clarified and 100% Pure!

Solarstone sets the mix’s early atmosphere with some rolling gear from the harmonic end of Pure’s spectrum. The faraway tones of Adam Nickey’s ‘Perfect Destiny’, the trance-transcendent float of Aerium’s ‘Horizon’ and flute-like drift of Elfsong’s ‘Seldarine’’ form its opening minutes. Building the bridge skyward, Solarstone’s towering Pure rebuild of M.O.R.P.H.s ‘Eternal Flame’ and his retouch of M.I.K.E.’s ‘Respire’ open up the euphoric throttle.

Reaching its halfway point, Solarstone bomb-drops the deliciously ominous tones of his most recent Pure Mix of ‘Love Theme From Blade Runner’. Given sanction by the house of Vangelis’, alongside the Pure Mix of Zoo Brazil’s ‘Hearts A Legend’, it lends darker tones to the mix.

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Black Hole Recordings Present MELLOMANIA Vol. 213 Mixed by Pedro Del Mar

Black Hole Recordings Present MELLOMANIA Vol. 213 Mixed by Pedro Del MarWith each new volume evermore keenly anticipated than the last, the Mellomania mix-compilation series has long serviced the harmonic, melodic & euphoric needs of the Trance Family. As Mellomania approaches its milestone 10th anniversary and 25th edition, series-mastermind Pedro del Mar is primed to whip the chill out of autumn with another immaculate collection of hothouse progressive and feel-great trance.

MM:23 fuses music from scene-elite like Tiësto, Dash Berlin, Roger Shah, Aly & Fila, Ferry Corsten & Giuseppe Ottaviani and John O’Callaghan. Also on board is audio from longstanding underground heroes – Andy Duguid and Andre Visior among them, as well as ready-to-break production/remix talent like Craig Connelly, Philippe El Sisi and Miroslav Vrlik.

A ten-year-standing cornerstone of switched on electronic music fans collections’ Mellomania’s latest edition sets sail on waters pacific with Pedro and Romanian producer Hoyaa’s purpose-built compilation overture. From the luminous ‘Club 23’ onwards every harmonically mixed soundwave gets bigger than the last as Pedro fires the mix’s engines with a hot-streak of anthems. Giuseppe Ottaviani & Ferry Corsten’s synth-serving ‘Magenta’, the vocal anthemics of Bobina & Ana Criado’s ‘For Who I Am’ and John O’Callaghan’s block-rocking ‘I’ll Follow’ all seize and energize the mix.

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Black Hole Recordings Present MELLOMANIA Vol. 213 Mixed by Pedro Del Mar

Black Hole Recordings Present MELLOMANIA Vol. 213 Mixed by Pedro Del MarWith each new volume evermore keenly anticipated than the last, the Mellomania mix-compilation series has long serviced the harmonic, melodic & euphoric needs of the Trance Family. As Mellomania approaches its milestone 10th anniversary and 25th edition, series-mastermind Pedro del Mar is primed to whip the chill out of autumn with another immaculate collection of hothouse progressive and feel-great trance.

MM:23 fuses music from scene-elite like Tiësto, Dash Berlin, Roger Shah, Aly & Fila, Ferry Corsten & Giuseppe Ottaviani and John O’Callaghan. Also on board is audio from longstanding underground heroes – Andy Duguid and Andre Visior among them, as well as ready-to-break production/remix talent like Craig Connelly, Philippe El Sisi and Miroslav Vrlik.

A ten-year-standing cornerstone of switched on electronic music fans collections’ Mellomania’s latest edition sets sail on waters pacific with Pedro and Romanian producer Hoyaa’s purpose-built compilation overture. From the luminous ‘Club 23’ onwards every harmonically mixed soundwave gets bigger than the last as Pedro fires the mix’s engines with a hot-streak of anthems. Giuseppe Ottaviani & Ferry Corsten’s synth-serving ‘Magenta’, the vocal anthemics of Bobina & Ana Criado’s ‘For Who I Am’ and John O’Callaghan’s block-rocking ‘I’ll Follow’ all seize and energize the mix.

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Betsie Larkin: All We Have is Now The Deluxe Edition

With the release of her first solo album, Betsie Larkin struck a major chord with electronic music audiences around the world. Enduring sales success, running twenty-two months straight followed, in turn spawning a string of top 10 charting singles. To do justice to its achievements, Premier Recordings are now poised to release the all-encompassing Deluxe Edition of ‘All We Have Is Now’.

Expanding to near three times its original length, it has burgeoned into a 30 track, three-sixty album compendium. Featuring ‘All We Have Is Now’s dance-floor delighting originals, the Deluxe Edition now comes complete with a galaxy of remix version-excursions and stunning official videos. Taking the album to artistic spaces far & wide are producer-elite like Ferry Corsten, Solarstone, Manufactured Superstars, Roger Shah, Andy Duguid, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Lange, Tenishia, Save The Robot and others. 
As Betsie herself says, “all we have is here!”    

In a lightning-fast four years, US singing/song-writing sensation Betsie Larkin has won fan hearts and festival minds with her soul-searching voice, intensely profound lyrics and spellbinding stage presence.

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Betsie Larkin: All We Have is Now The Deluxe Edition

With the release of her first solo album, Betsie Larkin struck a major chord with electronic music audiences around the world. Enduring sales success, running twenty-two months straight followed, in turn spawning a string of top 10 charting singles. To do justice to its achievements, Premier Recordings are now poised to release the all-encompassing Deluxe Edition of ‘All We Have Is Now’.

Expanding to near three times its original length, it has burgeoned into a 30 track, three-sixty album compendium. Featuring ‘All We Have Is Now’s dance-floor delighting originals, the Deluxe Edition now comes complete with a galaxy of remix version-excursions and stunning official videos. Taking the album to artistic spaces far & wide are producer-elite like Ferry Corsten, Solarstone, Manufactured Superstars, Roger Shah, Andy Duguid, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Lange, Tenishia, Save The Robot and others. 
As Betsie herself says, “all we have is here!”    

In a lightning-fast four years, US singing/song-writing sensation Betsie Larkin has won fan hearts and festival minds with her soul-searching voice, intensely profound lyrics and spellbinding stage presence.

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Public Voting Begins for the European Festival Awards!

Public Voting Begins for the European Festival Awards!More than 300 European Festivals representing 32 countries have applied to take part in the 2013 edition of the European Festival Awards, which will return with a gala award show opening Eurosonic Noorderslag in style on Wednesday 15th January 2013 at De Oosterpoort in Groningen.

Presented in association with Yourope and Eurosonic Noorderslag the European Festival Awards are the only pan-European body solely dedicated to recognising the contributions and achievements of the event organisers and performing artists that generate billions of Euros for local economies and brighten up the summer for tens of millions of festival-goers each year.

The Voting Process: This year the winners will be decided by a combination of public votes and the EFA jury – made up of journalists, booking agents, festival organisers – who will have a 25 per cent say in the final outcome of the public voted categories.This is how it works:

The top 10 as judged by the public get 4 points according to their place like this:

1 = 40 points
2 = 36 points
3 = 32 points
4 = 28 points
5 = 24 points
6 = 20 points
7 = 16 points
8 = 12 points
9 = 8 points
10 = 4 points

The jury votes give 1 point per place like this;

1 = 10 points
2 = 9 points
3 = 8 points
etc etc

So, as an example; The festival which was 4th most popular in the public vote has 28 points. It judged to be the best by the jury and gets an additional 10 points, bringing its total to 38 points. Once all the points have been calculated the winner is the one with the most points.

Public voting will commence on October 1 and close on November 1. Voting takes place at: eu.festivalawards.com/vote

Last year’s European Festival Awards featured over 250 festivals from 32 different countries, with over 500,000 votes.

Festival Awards MD, James Drury, said: „It’s been a really exciting year for festivals across Europe and I’m expecting further growth in the number of festivals participating, on the back of last year’s fantastic growth. European promoters have a great healthy sense of competition and it’s going to be exciting to find out which events the fans loved the most.“

New Health & Safety Innovation Award:
A new award has also been added to this years event – The Health & Safety Innovation Award is presented by the YES Group in cooperation with the ICM&SS.

Many festivals have or are developing innovative ways to deliver both health and safety activities within their crowded spaces. They go to great efforts to deliver new and exciting products and services, which keep the audience ever safer and reduce the risks within the event environment. These innovations are used on the public to educate and change their behaviour and to create a safety culture throughout the event industry. Which innovation was the one felt most worthy?

A panel of independent experts picks out five innovations which are most worthy of the award, these are then scored on which innovation; product or service, has had the most effect in the following one or more categories: making us safer, making us greener-economic benefit-educational benefit.

Nominations for the award are accepted through businesses putting themselves forward, a staff member or a festival-goer can nominate, or the YES group can nominate your festival. To apply, go to eu.festivalawards.com/apply and fill out the Health & Safety Innovation Award application form.

Tickets:
Platinum tickets include a delicious 3 course gourmet meal before the show, a seat on a table, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks and access to the aftershow party. Tickets sold-out before the event for the last 2 years, so book early to avoid disappointment. To order a whole table, please purchase 10 Platinum tickets. Buy tickets here: eu.festivalawards.com/tickets/

Public Voting Begins for the European Festival Awards!

Public Voting Begins for the European Festival Awards!More than 300 European Festivals representing 32 countries have applied to take part in the 2013 edition of the European Festival Awards, which will return with a gala award show opening Eurosonic Noorderslag in style on Wednesday 15th January 2013 at De Oosterpoort in Groningen.

Presented in association with Yourope and Eurosonic Noorderslag the European Festival Awards are the only pan-European body solely dedicated to recognising the contributions and achievements of the event organisers and performing artists that generate billions of Euros for local economies and brighten up the summer for tens of millions of festival-goers each year.

The Voting Process: This year the winners will be decided by a combination of public votes and the EFA jury – made up of journalists, booking agents, festival organisers – who will have a 25 per cent say in the final outcome of the public voted categories.This is how it works:

The top 10 as judged by the public get 4 points according to their place like this:

1 = 40 points
2 = 36 points
3 = 32 points
4 = 28 points
5 = 24 points
6 = 20 points
7 = 16 points
8 = 12 points
9 = 8 points
10 = 4 points

The jury votes give 1 point per place like this;

1 = 10 points
2 = 9 points
3 = 8 points
etc etc

So, as an example; The festival which was 4th most popular in the public vote has 28 points. It judged to be the best by the jury and gets an additional 10 points, bringing its total to 38 points. Once all the points have been calculated the winner is the one with the most points.

Public voting will commence on October 1 and close on November 1. Voting takes place at: eu.festivalawards.com/vote

Last year’s European Festival Awards featured over 250 festivals from 32 different countries, with over 500,000 votes.

Festival Awards MD, James Drury, said: „It’s been a really exciting year for festivals across Europe and I’m expecting further growth in the number of festivals participating, on the back of last year’s fantastic growth. European promoters have a great healthy sense of competition and it’s going to be exciting to find out which events the fans loved the most.“

New Health & Safety Innovation Award:
A new award has also been added to this years event – The Health & Safety Innovation Award is presented by the YES Group in cooperation with the ICM&SS.

Many festivals have or are developing innovative ways to deliver both health and safety activities within their crowded spaces. They go to great efforts to deliver new and exciting products and services, which keep the audience ever safer and reduce the risks within the event environment. These innovations are used on the public to educate and change their behaviour and to create a safety culture throughout the event industry. Which innovation was the one felt most worthy?

A panel of independent experts picks out five innovations which are most worthy of the award, these are then scored on which innovation; product or service, has had the most effect in the following one or more categories: making us safer, making us greener-economic benefit-educational benefit.

Nominations for the award are accepted through businesses putting themselves forward, a staff member or a festival-goer can nominate, or the YES group can nominate your festival. To apply, go to eu.festivalawards.com/apply and fill out the Health & Safety Innovation Award application form.

Tickets:
Platinum tickets include a delicious 3 course gourmet meal before the show, a seat on a table, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks and access to the aftershow party. Tickets sold-out before the event for the last 2 years, so book early to avoid disappointment. To order a whole table, please purchase 10 Platinum tickets. Buy tickets here: eu.festivalawards.com/tickets/

Bobina & Ana Criado present For Who I Am

Bobina & Ana Criado present For Who I AmTaken from his pan-genre ‘Same Difference long-player, here comes the next single testimony from Russian electronic dance don Bobina. Following the orchestra-driven euphoria of ‘Sacramentum’, the trance-noir of uber-deep ‘Basque The Dog’ and the infectious house elevation of ‘Miami Echoes’, he expands the album’s range again. Featuring the vocals of the infinitely talented Ana Criado, here comes the much anticipated

Kicking off ‘For Who I Am’s single release, Bobina himself has expanded the album’s original into a stunning mood-fused Extended version. With the intro’s long held sweeping notes setting its tone, he laces it masterfully with pianoforte lines and the deep LFO throb of its bassline.

Having previously sung on releases by some of electronic music’s biggest names (W&W, Markus Schulz Armin van Buuren and Alex M.O.R.P.H. being just a few), Holland’s Ana Criado sweeps the track floor-bound. With its moving theme of unfulfilled love providing its emotional core, Bobina brings the steel, with an incising leadline, which takes the track out of the dark and dazzlingly into the light.

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