So after the landslide victory in the Snap, Crackle DROP poll last weekend, in favour of the Dutch hardcore classic from Highlander, slowly through the week, I started getting more and more messages from upset ravers, asking how I could tease to play such a classic as E-Wok's 'Go Back'... AND THEN NOT PLAY IT! Let's be clear, I wanted to hear it too, and for every part of me that was cheesing away to Highlander, I was missing the German hard trancer! But's it's OK, after a hectic week of gigging the record never left my bag so here you have it, the balance of the hard dance universe is restored for another week :D
We all know whatever line of work we choose, at some point we will be faced with tough decisions. This week it was my turn when selecting a track for my oldskool vinyl feature 'Snap, Crackle, Drop'. After a few random lucky dips in to my creates of records I came up with a golden happy hardcore classic from the mid 90's. But in my excitement, I also pulled out the record next to it, which just happened to be one of my favourite hard trance records of all time!!! Dilemma or what?
So I set of to the Radio 1 studios with both pieces of wax in hand, and threw the decision out to the hardcore universe via text, facebook and twitter, and It was quite a one sided battle, with the winner being the track I was starting to secretly route for myself!!
A favourite of the late, great John Peel, they don't come much cheesier, or put a bigger smile on your face than Highlander's 1995 Dutch hit "Hold Me Now"!!!
The success of our first Essential Mix in 2004 took us a bit by surprise, to be honest. It seemed to catch the zeitgeist somehow, musically and lyrically. So as we approached this new mix we knew the pressure was on. Luckily the talented artists on our Anjunabeats labels keep making beautiful music and with the recent release of our second artist album, "Group Therapy", we felt there was more than enough ammunition to do the job. The mix is intentionally non linear and encompasses film score, progressive, breaks and "Trance 2.0", the new, groove-driven variant of our core sound. It features artists like Andrew Bayer, Mat Zo, Maor Levi, Super8 & Tab and Bart Claessen, all of whom have been essential for us recently, as well as a sprinkling of songs from Group Therapy. We're delighted with how it turned out and hope it lives up to people's expectations.
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