Looking back at 2012, these two producers Gareth Emergy and Ashley Wallbridge are responsible for two of the biggest highlights. “Concrete Angels” by Gareth Emery and Christina Novelli stands out as one of the most uplifting vocal trance records of the year – always getting a crowd floor response and requests. At the Armada party, Ashley Wallbridge’s tag team set with Tom Fall was one of the clear highlights of the Amsterdam Dance Event 2012. While their previous collaboration “Mansion” was more massively aggressive and banging, the new track “DUI” is a bit more subtle and, yes, hazy. If 808 State was making progressive records for big rooms, this is what it would sound like. Based on a hooky piano line (played in their making of video), the track builds and transforms through aggressive peaks and euphoric valleys – taking the listener (and dancer) on a real, transformative journey. As exceptional as this track is, I am only imagining how uplifting it would be with a great top line from Christina Novelli.
Image Courtesy of Garuda.