Marcel Woods - Advanced
Kicking things off this week is a melodic, feel-good classic courtesy of veteran producer Marcel Woods
. I remember immediately trying to ID this track when I was bumping Armin's ASOT 550 Los Angeles
a couple years ago. If you get the chance, listen to the crowd when he drops it towards the end - it's quite a feeling.
Jochen Miller - Lost Connection
Armin's protegé (and I feel like an often ignored Trance producer) Jochen Miller's cascading melodies take you on a journey.
Allure ft. JES - Show Me The Way
Although better known for collaborating with Tiesto on their massive progressive house anthem Pair of Dice
, Allure's talents go well beyond that. While perhaps lesser known, this track is hauntingly engaging and truly represents to me a perfectly concocted vocal Trance record.
W&W - Manhattan (Craving Remix)
I'm thinking about putting an older W&W track into each Trance Thursday until I run out. I'm hoping that by showing those of you reading this each week the unbelievable talent these two producers have, we can build a movement to wake W&W up to just how bad the Big Room House sh*t they're putting out is.
Armin Van Buuren LIVE at Pier 36 NYC New Year's Eve 2013
To wrap things up, I'm leaving you with a delightful, energy-filled 4 hour Armin set from New Year's Eve 2013 in New York City. The unfortunate arrival of Big Room can be heard throughout several points in the set, but that should by no means deter you from spending a few hours of your day being serenaded by the boss. When he's got four hours in the capital city of the world, he takes his time, bringing the BPM all the way up to 138 by the end. Till next time, enjoy.