It’s that time of the year once again where one of the true legends of the Trance scene and the architect of the ‘Pure Trance’ movement takes us on yet another spellbinding journey that showcases the true sound of Pure Trance and all it stands for. Having unveiled 4 incredible compilations thus far, the annual ‘Pure Trance’ compilation series enters its 5th instalment and once again, proves exactly why it is always one of the most anticipated Trance compilations of the year.
6 years since its inception, the growth of the ‘Pure Trance’ movement cannot be understated by any means. What started off as one artist’s musical vision, backed by like minded fellow artists & individuals in the industry has grown organically and transformed itself into an unmistakable identity in modern day Trance. Initially dwelling at its fringes,it has gradually moved to the epicentre of today’s Trance scene. ‘Pure Trance’ club nights have been taking place all over the world, Pure Trance recordings has been one of the most consistent labels in recent times releasing one quality track after another and there’s been no signs of ever slowing down. The legion of ‘Pure Trance’ fans has been expanding rapidly across the globe (Just look out for the amount of people wearing Pure Trance merchandise at the next Trance event you head to and you’ll see what we’re talking about!) and the demand for the sound of ‘Pure Trance’ has never been higher. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, through its ‘V5’ release, Pure Trance is raising its game, upping its ante and – again – kicking things up a notch!
Following in the footsteps of the previous 4 editions of the Pure Trance compilations which included a co-mixer, Orkidea on Vol.1, Giuseppe Ottaviani on Vol.2, Bryan Kearney on Vol.3 & Gai Barone on Vol. 4, Pure Trance V5 continues this tradition…but takes it to another level. Joining the Pure Trance role of honour in 2016 are not one but 2 co-mixers making V5 a 3 disc compilation for the first time! Disc 1 of V5 see’s Brendan LaBonte, better known to the world of Trance as ‘Forerunners’ taking charge of a journey through the deeper, progressive end of the Trance spectrum while Disc 3 see’s one of Trance’s ever dependable front-liners, Sneijder, dishin’ out a power packed mix of Tech & uplifting Trance to complete the Pure Trance journey. In doing so, Pure Trance the album has been recast in the image of a typical Pure Trance club night. It‘s moved from a twin to a three-disc/mix, giving it the ability to comprehensively reflect the beginning-to end experience of a Pure Trance night. From the slopes of progressive Trance to the peakier ridges of melodic & uplifting, through to its hard-rocking pinnacle, ‘PTV5’ illustrates the diversity and flow of a perfect Trance night to perfection.
Kicking off the journey of Pure Trance V5, Forerunners provides an excellent ‘opening’ to this Pure Trance ‘night’ by weaving a journey through deep & melodic progressive Trance. Starting off with the soothing melodic vibes of Foxhill’s ‘Supermassive’ the mix first appears to give the impression that it may dwell mostly in the melodic space of progressive Trance, but make no mistake, this mix gets deeper and deeper as it progresses before seamlessly making its way towards a melodic crescendo which lays the perfect foundation for what is to follow on disc 2. Drawing on the production might of the likes of Gai Barone, Nick Stoynoff, Namatjira, Leo G, Horizons, John 00 Fleming, Insert Name & many more, the compilation also includes a freshly minted collaboration between Forerunners & Solarstone himself. While providing the perfect start to the V5 journey, disc 1 also showcases the sound of Pure Trance Progressive, a sub label of Pure Trance recordings launched in 2015 to focus on the progressive end of the Trance spectrum.
On mixing disc 1 of V5, Forerunners said:
I am excited for fans to experience the full spectrum of Pure Trance in ‘V5’. Laying the foundation properly in disc 1 for Solarstone & Sneijder to build upon was key. A lot of passion and preparation went into these discs to ensure we created a lasting piece of audio art that encapsulated the essence of Pure Trance.
Disc 1: Mixed by Forerunners
01. Foxhill – Supermassive (Forerunners Digital Shamans Edit)
02. Biologik – Grey Skies
03. Solarstone & Forerunners – Dying Star
04. Nick Stoynoff – Omni
05. Phil Martyn – Phosphorous
06. Evgeny Lebedev – Deep Thoughts
07. Namatjira – Illuminar
08. Insert Name – Apo
09. John 00 Fleming – Chemical Equilibrium (Subandrio’s ‘Global Mission’ Remix)
10. Leo G – Supersonic (Gai Barone Remix)
11. Soulfinder & Shane Robinson – Dopamine (Forerunners Remix)
12. Forerunners – Prism
13. Jelly For The Babies & Odison – Utopia
14. Marcin Przybylski – Werther Effect
15. Tom Bro – Morning Light
16. Horizons – Last Stop Bloemendaal
And here’s a little sneak peak at how the whole journey begins:
Moving onto disk 2, it is business as usual from the Pure Trance boss as he once again constructs an immaculately mixed journey of beautiful, melodic, uplifting Trance. Starting off with a mesmerising intro mix of Simon Bostock’s ‘Marrakech’, the mix just flows into ones ears with utmost ease and gradually picks up in pace & energy as it progresses. Once again showcasing the ever expanding pool of talent under the Pure Trance label, disc 2 features a host of brilliant productions by well known Trance producers & heavyweights such as Giuseppe Ottaviani, Ferry Tayle, Suncatcher, Robert Nickson & Solarstone himself, and also includes a number of amazing productions by up & coming producers such as Peter Steele, PeakXperience, Amir Hussain, Russel G, Ocean State and many more. The mix also includes a brand new collaboration between Solarstone & French uplifting Trance juggernaut Ferry Tayle!
Speaking about the development of the Pure Trance album series, Solarstone said:
Volume 5 is a wonderful three disc journey which encapsulates the #KeepItPure club experience. From the deeper progressive side of the Pure Trance sound to my uplifting selection & finally Sneijder’s tougher, end-of-the-night tailored madness!
Disc 2 : Mixed by Solarstone
01. Simon Bostock – Marrakech (Intro Reconstruction)
02. Suncatcher & Exolight – Nothing Like You
03. Peter Steele – Gull (Reconstruction)
04. Tony Anderson – Eyes Wide Open (Robert Nickson Remix)
05. Matt Smith – Trance Nation vs. Saint-Saëns – Aquarium (Solarstone Reconstruction)
06. Solarstone – Release (Amir Hussain Extended Remix)
07. peakXperience – Nostalgia
08. Ocean State – Gods
09. Westlake & Jennifer Rene – Where You Are (Chris Metcalfe Remix)
10. Solarstone & Ferry Tayle – Lifeline
11. Mea Culpa – The Child (Alan Banks Remix Reconstruction)
12. Russell G – Driven
13. Paul Denton – The Way Back
14. Giuseppe Ottaviani & Christian Burns – Brightheart (OnAir Mix)
15. Alan Morris – Digital Eye
16. Eco with Driftmoon – Trust In The Wind
17. Solarstone – Lost Hearts (UDM Remix)
And here’s a preview of that massive collaboration between Solarstone & Ferry Tayle:
And finally on disc 3 and bringing this night of purity to a suitably thumping conclusion, Irish Trance heavyweight Sneijder unleashes a scintillating mix of dancefloor destruction while perfectly abiding to the mantra of ‘Keeping it Pure’. Picking up where Solarstone left off, disc 3 keeps the melodies flowing while injecting more and more energy before unleashing some all out Tech Trance destruction to bring the night to a close. Featuring productions by the likes of Lostly, Will Atkinson, Chris Metcalfe, Nick Callaghan, Will Rees, Sam Jones, Mark Sherry and many more, disc 3 is an ultimate mecca for those who enjoy the harder styles of Trance.
On joining Pure Trance V5’s mixers, Sneijder said:
I’m a huge fan of the Pure Trance movement and all it stands for. It was a pleasure to compile a disc featuring my take of the Pure Trance sound: energetic, melodic & dancefloor orientated
Disc 3 : Mixed by Sneijder
01. Lostly – By Morning You’ll Be Gone (Pure Trance Intro Mix)
02. Paul Webster & McAree & Clancy – Snake (Extended Mix)
03. Will Atkinson – Till Dawn (Original Mix)
04. Sneijder – Without You Here
05. Chris Metcalfe – Orbit
06. Mesh – Purple Haze (Mark Leanings Remix)
07. Paul Denton – Yellow Leaf
08. Sneijder & Katty Heath – The Only Place (UCast Remix)
09. Mike Sanders – Curfew
10. Allen Watts & Jak Aggas – Spitfire
11. Nick Callaghan – Fandango
12. Mike Sanders – Gine
13. Nick Callaghan – Live For Today (Extended Mix)
14. Audiofire (UK) – Charaka (Yeke Yeke Edit)
15. Will Rees – Weapon (Original Mix)
16. Sam Jones – Brainstorm
17. The Space Brothers & Mark Sherry – Let It Come (Darren Porter Remix)
18. Sneijder – Resolute (Shugz Remix)
19. Mario Piu – Thunderstruck (Voolgarizm Mix)
Here’s a little bit of the madness to expect towards the end of disc 3:
Whichever flavour of the Trance pallette that you prefer, this years Pure Trance compilation once again has something for everyone. From deep to melodic progressive Trance to driving, melodic & uplifting Trance to peak time, dance floor destroying Tech Trance, Pure Trance V5 has it all and is once again one of THE compilations of the year.
Pure Trance V5, is out now!