COMPILATION PICK: Different Pieces Collected, Volume 1

You probably know Josh Gabriel for his work as part of the production duo Gabriel & Dresden, responsible for the classic “As the Rush Comes” by Motorcycle, as well as groundbreaking remixes (Paul Oakenfold, Depeche Mode, Tiesto, Madonna, Way Out West) and massive DJ sets (winning the IDMA for Best DJ two years in a row and DJ Mag Top 20.) After 7 years together, the duo took a break and Josh Gabriel explored his progressive and techno roots and started the label Different Pieces. Home to his original productions and collaborations (Dave Seaman, Ego Stereo), the label also showcases works by his artist project Winter Kills and influential producers (Francis Preve, James Talk.) ‘Different Pieces Collected’ brings together essential tracks from the label along with a few lost gems worth discovering. Released exclusively through Armada on Beatport, the tracks are worth a listen for lovers of progressive, trance and techno.

INTERVIEW: Tritonal (2012)

American trance superstars – it has a nice ring, doesn’t it. Tritonal, the duo of Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed, are from Austin, Texas, and have risen quickly in the trance scene.? Early support from big names like Armin van Buuren, Above and Beyond, Ferry Corsten, and Markus Schulz helped propel them in the scene.? Their debut album ‘Piercing the Quiet,’ released in 2011, featured eight top 20 Beatport singles (five of which topped the Trance chart). ?A double-disc set of remixes, ‘Piercing the Quiet: Remixed,’ was released in September with rerubs by Beat Service, Super 8 & Tab, Seven Lions, Maor Levi, and others, as well as remixes by the duo themselves.? Listening to their tracks, it’s easy to see why they’ve developed such a massive legion of fans, who call themselves ‘Tritonians.’
Ron Slomowicz:? Were you guys DJs or producers first?
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): Obviously producers, still to this day we consider ourselves producers who DJ.

RS: How did the two of you meet each other?
Dave Reed (Tritonal): An online dating service… Just kidding, we met online through forums discussing sound design techniques.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Andain – “Turn Up the Sound”

Andain, the team of vocalist Mavie Marcos and producer Josh Gabriel, achieved international success with the gorgeous and epic trance track “Beautful Things.” After a hiatus, they reunited last year to release “Promises,” which was nominated for two International Dance Music Awards, and “Much Too Much.” In its original Gabriel and Dresden remix, the new single “Turn Up the Sound” is uplifting and energetic vocal trance bordering on commercial without ever going cheesy. A full on prime time big room club track with gorgeous vocals and epic production, it is reminiscent of the massive G&D mix of “Beautiful Things.” The remix package is solid with a mellower trancey take from Xtigma, a dubstep/electro hybrid from Francis Preve and a more progressive rub from TyDi. If you like your trance with vocals, Andain’s “Turn Up the Sound” should be on the top of your playlist.

Image Courtesy of Black Hole Recordings.