When I first got Armin’s ‘Intense’ CD, I listened to it over and over again. As much as I loved the first two singles “Waiting for the Night” and “This is What It Feels Like,” it was the one between them, “Beautiful Life,” that I kept going back to. The track is a mix of progressive trance-pop with some electro flourishes – neither too aggressive nor too mellow – but a wonderful blend of both. Cindy’s vocals float on top and express the uplifting message that we all need to hear. Dance music is an escape, whether you are in the club or listening to it at home – and the allusion to falling into a dream with the music guiding you is just about the perfect expression of it. The remixes succeed by taking the vocals into new directions. Kat Krazy’s style could best be described as ADD/EDM, and the mix of random aggressive and pretty phrases is similar to his track “See the Sun” as well as his epic mix of Good Natured “5HT.” Mikkas brings a fusion of big beat and dubstep, while Protoculture goes main room stadium trance. A mix for every DJ to play, and Armin might just have a second radio hit on his hand.
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