If you aren’t familiar with the incredibly talented producer Andrew Bayer, now is the perfect time to introduce yourself. The Washington D.C. resident, with roots in Brooklyn and London, is part of the Anjunabeats family and has been featured on countless Group Therapy Radio podcasts. Bayer also consistently shares the stage with superstars Above & Beyond and their roster of unique and exciting DJs. The last time I posted about Andrew Bayer was when he collaborated with Norin & Rad to form the group Artificial and they released the song “Prototype”. This time around, however, Bayer is back on his own with the fresh and exciting track “Once Lydian”, released today on Anjunabeats. Fans of thumping club bangers and uplifting Progressive tunes will come together to enjoy “Once Lydian”, as it features elements of Big Room, Electro-House, and uplifting Trance. Bayer has a signature sound that his fans have come to recognize, and it’s apparent the man is insanely talented in the studio judging by today’s release. I continue to be under the belief that TRUE Progressive House producers are some of the best in the dance music game – just take a listen to Bayer’s portfolio of work and I think you’ll agree.
I haven’t written an artist spotlight in a hot minute but I think now is the perfect time to introduce you to Russian producer and DJ Fon.Leman. Fon.Leman is an alias of Alexey Mazhaev from Ekaterinburg, Russia and he has truly perfected the art of Progressive House. I first caught wind of Fon.Leman when Above & Beyond played his remix of Cramp’s “Bombay” on Group Therapy 002. The “Bombay” remix is so distinctive with its vocal samples, yet it has quite a refreshing true Progressive House sound and was certainly a standout track during that two-hour podcast. Last weekend, on December 6th, Above & Beyond unleashed its latest Group Therapy podcast and the guest mix was by none other than Fon.Leman. Not only was Fon.Leman’s 30-minute mix an absolute pleasure to listen to, I also learned he would be releasing his newest album the following Monday, called Constant Religion.
Fon.Leman started to take interest in Electronic music when he was 13, and soon under the influence of Prodigy, Kraftwerk, Hybrid, and the Crystal Method in 1998 he tried Breaks. After the appearance of music sequencers, and the increasing popularity of dance music, Fon.Leman switched his attention to Industrial, Trance, and Techno while mixing genres and working toward a devotion of his very own style. Fon.Leman also experimented with real sounds recorded at railway stations and construction sites.
Over the duration of his career, Fon.Leman combined all of his music experiences, and currently his favorite styles are Trance and Progressive. Most people call his music “Ibiza Style” for its deepness and transparency, but I just call it near-perfection. Over the past week I’ve been listening to Fon.Leman’s Group Therapy guest mix, his new album Constant Religion, and his flawless Dimension & Perception mixes available on his podcasts.
Fon.Leman may just be the best Progressive House producer you’ve never heard of so make sure you show him some love and support the growth of his career.
Click through the jump to see the ABGT tracklist as well as other sounds from Fon.Leman!
When I saw a new Seven Lions tune come across my desk this afternoon I knew I had to immediately check it out. I saw it was a collaboration with Hungarian Trance duo Myon & Shane 54, who have really made a name for themselves over the past couple years. Above & Beyond have been supporting Myon & Shane 54, as well as Seven Lions, on their Trance Around the World/Group Therapy podcasts and I quickly realized I had heard this gem before – it was even featured last week on Group Therapy Radio #041 as the record of the week. After seeing Seven Lions perform for the first time at Electric Daisy Carnival New York, I realized he isn’t just a Trance/Dubstep/Uplifting Dubstep production wizard, but he can really rock a crowd too; this is why my eyes perked up when I saw “Strangers” was out as of yesterday. Want to know the coolest thing about “Strangers”? It’s featured as part of the original motion picture soundtrack for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (in theaters now). Seven Lions and Myon & Shane 54 recruited the beautiful vocals of Swedish singer Tove Lo to really put a stamp on this outstanding track which really does have it all: a hard-hitting drop, an uplifting and melodic break, and a signature Seven Lions Dubstep piece (around the 3:00 mark).
As always if you like what you hear, show all the artists some love – I know I will be.
I’ve been listening to the Anjunabeats Volume 10 compilation on repeat over the past several weeks and one track in particular has been standing out in a huge way: “Stateside” by Genix. Don’t get me wrong, the boys from Above & Beyond (founders of Anjunabeats and the Trance Around the World/Group Therapy Radio podcasts) did a great job in recruiting artists and hand-picking tracks for this compilation, but there’s something about “Stateside” that really forces me to turn the volume up. I think Genix is highly underrated as a producer, as he consistently releases some of the hardest-hitting yet melodic Trance music I’ve ever heard. When the bass drops in around 1:00 you’ll see why this song is so infectious. It wouldn’t be a Trance song without an uplifting breakdown, which happens at 2:30, only to get cranked up as the song exits after seven minutes. Along with “Stateside” was the track “United”, which was released as part of the 2-song EP Stateside/United on April 8th on Anjunabeats. As you’ll see confirmed with “United”, Genix really knows how to produce those banger Trance tunes and I highly recommend you keep your eye on him for continued eargasms.
For something really cool, check out this mash-up of “A Thing Called Love” and “Stateside”!
I’ve been meaning to post this track for a while and it is a must-hear Trance tune that has one of the most unique sounds I’ve ever heard (and that’s saying something). Heard on a podcast in the fall, it’s the Fon.Leman remix of Cramp‘s “Bombay”. This is a ripped copy, but it gives you a good feel for what you’re getting yourself into when you PURCHASE IT ON BEATPORT.
Recorded April 2013 | Album art created by Glenn Rachlin: glennrachlin.com
It’s been a long Winter up here in Boston. My last mix, “Finding Nemo”, was recorded during one of the biggest blizzards New England has ever seen. Now the weather is getting warmer and I’m feeling like a Spring Chicken so I thought it was the perfect time to make a brand new mix, featuring tracks both old and new, that I’m really in to right now. Many of the songs I have featured here on MMIBTY.
I ask that you give the entire 90 minutes a listen, as it goes through different sounds – starting off Deep and Techy, moving through some upbeat House and Electro-House, and finishing off with a couple Trance tracks.
I’m listing the songs so you can go out and support the artists if you like what you hear. As always your feedback is much appreciated in my pursuits to make your head bob. Tracklist after the jump!
Yesterday, American Pierce Fulton and Israeli Maor Levi released their collaboration “Wanna Be” on the British label CR2 Records (founded by Mark Brown of MYNC). Before I had even heard the song my interest was piqued because these two producers are hugely talented and, in my opinion, underrated (although both are quickly gaining steam in the dance music world). These guys have unique sounds that touch different facets of electronic music, including Trance, Electro, Dubstep, and more – but “Wanna Be” is a Progressive House monster that is sure to see a lot of play this Summer at festivals and clubs around the world; the track has already seen support from Above & Beyond and Morgan Page. Released with the original mix was a club mix that is a lot harder-hitting and falls into the Electro-House world and if I had to guess was more influenced by Maor than Pierce, but who knows if that is true. Both versions retain the “wanna be” vocal sample, which is what really ties the songs together and is why I like them so much.
Do me a favor and show Pierce and Maor some love and help them in their drive to dominate the world of dance music! Pierce puts out his Get Weird podcasts and Maor has his MOARBASS podcasts, both of which you should check out.