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Editor’s Pick #204: Studying To Trance Music by elizabethvogt


iTunes Podcast Trance Around the World with Above & Beyond

PREVIEW: STREAM Episode #250 of Trance Around the World with Above & Beyond

Here at Syracuse, mid-term time is pretty much insane. With the library filling up with five new kids per minute, it gets kind of tough when you’re trying to concentrate on the civilization and domestication of the Upper Paleolithic. Needless to say, with a subject as dull as that, I was desperately searching for something, anything that could help me focus.

Then I discovered trance. I always knew what trance was, of course:  that crazy genre of electronic dance music that kids listen to at raves while poppin’ some psychedelics (not recommended, by the way). Considering there isn’t a huge following in my hometown, I never really got into that scene the way the rest of the EDM kids did. After listening to an Itunes podcast that my friend recommended to me during an intense study sesh, however, I was instantly hooked. The radio show is called Trance Around The World with Above & Beyond and is broadcasted every Friday from the Above & Beyond’s studios in London. Unlike your simple iTunes playlist, TATW plays a non-stop set for two solid hours with transitions so smooth you don’t even realize a new track is playing. One of the coolest things about TATW: the last 30 minutes or so of each episode is devoted to a guest mix by a great DJ such as Armin van Buuren or Cosmic Gate.

After questioning many of my friends about TATW, the general consensus is this: TATW is the equivalent of musical adderall. That being said, the next time you sit down with your two-page long Anthropology review, download a free episode of TATW and watch how quickly you finish that sucker.

— Elizabeth Vogt, Assistant Front of Book Editor


An Old French Favorite: Sébastien Tellier’s “La Ritournelle” by cweeks88
Sebastien Tellier pimping the shades as if Jesus was the Terminator

Sébastien Tellier pimping the shades as if Jesus was the Terminator

PREVIEW: Sébastien Tellier “La Ritournelle” MP3

French singer-songwriter Sébastien Tellier’s “La Ritournelle” is the only reason one would buy his 2004 album, Politics. Fortunately in the age of iTunes you can spend 99 cents for this gem of a track instead wasting money and drive space on an entire album.

Its name taken from the old school French dance, “La Ritournelle” begins with a hypnotic, repetitive piano chord progression that plays throughout the track with an epic and beautiful string section that soon follows, which glides in and out of the song. When you think this lovely instrumental can’t get any better, about halfway through, the man behind the curtain comes out and sings. The sappy lyrics (“Oh nothing’s gonna change my love for you/ I wanna spend my life with you”) are more than made up for by the beauty of the music and the sweetness of the melody — not to mention the funky-ass bass line that suddenly accompanies the vocals.

The general feel of the song is reminiscent of the title track from Thom Yorke‘s debut solo album The Eraser. It plays as if that song were combined with the string section from the end of Radiohead‘s “Reckoner” (on In Rainbows), with a nice dance beat to boot.

Chill out and play on repeat.

— Charlie Weeks

Emerging Artists: Breakfast by kayzimbo
April 13, 2009, 9:23 pm
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BreakfastI am a pretty big techno fan when it comes to DJs and house music, but not so much when it comes to trance music. It is generally slightly boring to me and not really intricate enough to keep my attention. Breakfast is different.

He hails from Annapolis, Maryland and is a trance DJ who is gaining international critical acclaim. On his myspace, it says that he is performing four dates in Australia (actually the past four nights) and he recently went on tour with Ferry Corsten, a huge trance DJ who tours all over the world.  

Breakfast seems different to me (in a good way) than most trance DJs. There is a lot more to his music than simple beats, and it’s more layered than the typical trance song that is focused around one musical line. He even sites indie heartthrobs My Bloody Valentine as his musical influences. Listen to “Remember” on his myspace and put it on your next pregame mix; you will definitely want to party after hearing these awesome beats.

–Kyra Zeller

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