SONG OF THE DAY: Aly & Fila with Jaren – For All Time

High energy trance at 140 BPM; yes, this is the Future Sound of Egypt.  Aly & Fila preview their forthcoming artist album with the title track “For All Time.”  It is aggressive and massive while possessing a pretty softness thanks to the vocal performance of Jaren.  There’s a reason why all the big producers work with Jaren (Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin): she has a pretty voice that sounds great on trance records, yet there’s a dimension of blue-eyed soul that probably comes from either a folk or country background.  You can imagine the dancefloor swaying and singing along during the acapella break.  For those who are “afraid of 138,”  the Avenue One Mix slows down the tempo to 130 bpm and gives the track a Zedd-like electropop feel.  Awaiting the release of the album, we wonder how amazing it would sound if Jaren did a topline for Aly & Fila’s FSOE 250 Anthem “Sand Theme.”  Hey, it could happen…

Image Courtesy of Future Sound of Egypt / Armada.

INTERVIEW: Markus Schulz (2012)

German producer/DJ Markus Schulz recently released ‘Scream,’ an incredible artist album which masterfully blends energetic production with top-flight vocals and anthemic trance.  One of the hardest working DJs in the business, with a highly successful record label Coldharbour, his weekly radio show Global DJ, and an insane touring schedule, he is loved by his fans and consistently ranked in the top 10 of DJ Polls.  When you listen to ‘Scream,’ you will definitely hear why…

DJ Ron Slomowicz: What is the inspiration for this new album with so many vocals on it?
Markus Schulz: If you really study it, the last album had 14 tracks on it and 9 were vocals and 5 were instrumentals. I work with a lot of vocalists, but I usually make 20 tracks and choose the best 13-14 and release those. On this album we made 23 tracks and decided to release all of them, because nowadays physical CDs are not that important and on iTunes you can put as many tracks as you want. We only have 12 vocals and 11 instrumentals on this one, there are actually more instrumentals, but it is a better balance. The quantity of the vocals is higher, but at the same time, quantities of the tracks are higher. It is a little bit misleading but at the same time I think that people realize this is a Markus Schulz album and not a Dakota album. At the beginning of my last album Do You Dream, people were also talking about how there were a lot of vocals on it.

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