2019 March Tranc-Itions (the Running up that Hill Set)
“Do you want to feel how it feels?
Do you want to hear about the deal that I'm making?
You, it's you and me.
And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill…”
Classic Vocal Trance anthems because I needed it.
Life still non-linear and sometimes only trance will heal. Nothing particularly original but a few new cuts of old anthems and by far the best Rapture medley I have put together.
I had a few lighter ones already uploaded in late 2018 but could not get myself to press the publish button. This one better reflects the current mood.
Do not miss the haunting reboot of "Running Up That Hill" by Candy says and Marc Canham.
As for Chicane new remix of Saltwater courtesy of Paul Oakenfold Sotnehenge sets, I absolutely love it!
Will post pending sets soon but this one is the right fit for today.
2019 Jan Sugar Pills Reboot 2.0
Let's start with Happy New Year!
Curated vocal Beach and Disco house gems with a hint of a latin vibe.
Still in drastic need of pick me up music and if I were in the mood, the set would get me to the floor.
If you feel like another vibe, more progressive, check out our mixclound page, have posted a whole Nora En Pure series:
Loving the Dr. Packer remix of an absolute soulful Classic "The Way You Love Me".
Thrown in a couple of Nora en Pure to show her immense talent extends beyond progressive.
"You've Got the Luv" could become a soulful classic, both current production and yet all the hallmarks of the 80/90's are there.
Love Shane D's "Party with Me". True pick me up tune.
"Never be Alone" and "Never Give Up on Hope" are both great melodies, the latter possibly my favourite soulful tune of 2018.
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Nora En Pure
(free download edits)
2018 Nov Sugar Pills Reboot 1.0
Disco Vocal House. A reboot of the Sugar Pills
Dust off the disco shoes and prepare to sing-along and dance. A surprisingly current set with a sugary disco flavour.
Needed a pick me up mix as I have listened to a lot of progressive lately and, though mood is still pretty sombre, this upload marks the start of the Australian spring.
This is Sugar Pills Reboot 1.0
If anyone does not feel like uplifting vocal disco-house, check out our MixCloud webiste (https://www.mixcloud.com/xtiancaz/), where you will find 3 Nora En Pure inspired sets with minimal vocals and a clear progressive vibe. Sets are only up for stream, no download available.
One massive shout-out out to Mike and Tess, two remixers from Aix en Provence in France. All their discography (edit 4 mix and mash up) is on BandCamp (as SC delete a lot of them). Masters at dusting off old funk and soul anthems. Check them out!
Internet resources for mikeandtess:
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2018 Sept China: The Harder Set
Progressive House and light Trance with new remixes and edits of classic tunes. More than a few Xtian’s edit and mashups, probably too many.
I should have uploaded this set ages ago as it was done simultaneously as the 2 previous one. Never got around to it and my shopping car tis bursting to the seam. Time to publish. Up in tempo and reflecting my mood at the time.
A lot of tunes you know thrown in, give it a go, there is a lot of sugar towards the end.
Life not simple currently, would expect it to be reflected in my choice of tunes. Cover art is a photo I took of street art I stumbled across whilst in Qinyang, Henan, China.
A quick word on the 2 Everything but the Girl (EBTG) tunes. I look at EBTG as absolute master of the crossover between POP Music and House. Been Watt and Tracey Thorn collaborated to write, produce and perform tunes that are all classics, pushing the boundaries of both genres. They eventually had enough and both ventured into new artistic endeavours. Sad for us but probably perfect for them.
“Temperamental”, great deep original tune, which remix I found on heartat.this, check it out I could not find whom to credit and a new remix of “Missing” in my absolute top 5 tunes.
EBTG Internet resources:
“The One You Left Behind” from Yotto. Otto Yliperttula, known professionally by his stage name, Yotto, is a Finnish DJ, songwriter, and record producer he has just realeased his first artist album “Hyperfall”. If you like deep progressive house, check him out. Absolute gem of an artist and producer.
As to the mini-mix of Three Drives’ Anthem “Greece” and “Café del Mar”, a bit indulgent but will always have a weakness for the original Balearic sound and I am always on the look at for new takes on those tracks.
2018 August Crazy-Trippin’ in Shanghai
Progressive House + Trance = Trouse
Give this one a spin, it is a real journey! Have spent the last fortnight in China. First set straight from Pudong-Shanghai! A crazy trippin’ city indeed.
Trippin’ is one of my all-time favourite house track, an unsung anthem for house nuts.. Iy has been given a now life from Rae, Sandy Rivera and Hot Since 82.. DO NOT MISS!
More of Chicane’s latest artist album “The Place You Can't Remember, The Place You Can't Forget”. Do yourselves a favour, for once pay for music and buy the album.
“All I Feel is You” had forgotten how can this track is good. Natalia Safran vocals are haunting, Sandy’s & Castel’s production.. perfect.
“So Many Times” a 2017 remix of one of my top 5 house tunes..
2018 Aug Vols de Nuit (CX178)
Progressive House curated from 30,000 ft travelling to China. Your chillout companion or the appropriate soundscape to immerse yourself into a good book. Few vocals, deep progressive grooves and mostly current beats.
Most of you know Antoine de St Exupery only through the quizzical “Petit Prince” (The Little Prince&rdquo. For us French, he was a VERY bad fighter and postal pilot but an amazing writer. Unsurprisingly, he died flying but left us with a short but amazing literary trail.
One of his most famous books is “Vols De Nuit”, which, beyond the description of flying solo across the Atlantic and the Andes to deliver the mail in the 20’s and 30’s, depicts the introspection of a very lonely man facing his fate, knowing that the finality of his life could not be avoided.
Somehow, whilst flying to China, St. Ex came back to me.
More from Chicane’s latest artist album “The Place you can’t remember, The Place you can’t forget”. Can’t urge you more to buy this album.
Do not gloss over the little gems that are “ All I Want” with Astrid Suryanto, “Rise”, “All I Feel is You” and “Never Enough”. Tunes, which may not be anthem but given a bit of exposure will grow on you.
Will be back soon/A bientôt
August 2018 “For Those Who Stayed”
Chilled Progressive House with a sprinkle of Balearic Trance. I love this one, I hope you will as well.
Some context: from late June to most of July, my family went to Europe on a holiday and I stayed in wintery Melbourne. My presence here was necessary and the start of a lot of positive things, yet, I was nonetheless bittersweet and lonely. World Cup notwithstanding, (Allez les Bleus), I missed them terribly.
Hence the darker and at times chilled and softer tone, interspaced with sun rays and Mediterranean rhythms and feel.
A very, very current set (even the 2017 drops are from very late 2017. There is schadenfreude, emotions, sadness, hope. If all of it transpires, I have succeeded. In any case, a set I will listen to with pleasure once it settles.
Check out my edits and last track mash-up.
Let’s start with Chicane. In the non-soulful, deep house realm, Chicane is by far my favourite artist! Because he is STILL an artist, someone who releases, lo and behold, “artist albums”, a concept most of the others have forgotten as it is not a smart commercial move.
Not sure what’s going on in his personal life but there must be sadness and milestones because he just released a very personal album, probably his best for a decade “The Place You Can’t Forget, The Place You Can’t Remember”.
Do yourselves a favour and buy the album! I won’t tell you why I chose the particular tunes in this podcast as I would like you to sample the album and will probably drop most of the album tunes in the course of the remaining year.
“Nirvana“might be my favourite track of the year in the progressive realm
Chicaneon the net:
Last word on Chicane, a 2018 remix of “Saltwater” was released in June by none other than Sebastien, very nice take on a pure anthem.
Eli & Fur’s “Something Was Real”. Fitting track to start the set. Summarizes my mood at the time and it is an absolute beautiful track. Haunting vocal and the production work is faultless. Today Eli & Fur are my favourite producers and song writers. And yes, we are talking about two young British women showing that EDM has also had its #metoo moment!
Since their debut release in 2013, Eli & Fur have been perfecting a sound built around infectious melodies with deep driving bass lines topped with their distinguished brooding vocals. Their sound has developed into something unique and has earned them respect from some of the biggest names in the industry.
Eli & Fur on the net:
Enaya’s “Gimme your Love”: not sure who Enaya is but she sounds like a fresh Rihanna.
Do miss my “Story” from Sharapov. Great progressive sounds, very much what comes out of Russia currently and I am absolutely in love with the vocalist one! Can’t find much on Sharapov but have bought a few tracks from him, Progressive, nice low impact Trance.
Sharapovon the net:
“It's Too Late” from Jay Santi. WOW! This track has everything! Production, great vocalist and such a rolling groove and piano underline! Do not know much either on Jay Santi. He is Dutch and is always good for a real floor banger, no matter if it's funky or techy. Very cool producers and looking at my hard drive, just realized I have more than 20 tracks of his!
Pray for More’s“Musical Freedom”. Do yourself a favour and check the track. Not only will you recognize what immense house classics it is the remix of (won’t spoil it for you), but you will be ON YOUR FEET and humming the tune in no time. Pray for Morerealm ranges from from funky, pumpin’ and jackin’ House to techy Disco vibes, ending up with percussive Tribal Grooves… The whole House package…
Pray for More is the brainchild of Austrian born and raised DJ, Producer, Label Owner and Club Promoter, Roland Bartha. He’s not a newcomer to this scene, having more than 25 years of experience behind the decks, including a 5 year Residency at one of Ibiza’s biggest and most prestigious clubs, Es Paradis Terrenal. A set by Pray for More is mostly a set of completely unreleased stuff that will destroy any floor, ranging from funky, pumpin’ and jackin’ House to techy Disco vibes, ending up with percussive Tribal Grooves…
Pray for Moreon the net:
With Omar Gharbi’s “Lost in Aegean” I both went to the dark side AND INTRODUCED a bit of Greek bouzouki to “House is a Journey”, well done Xtian . Pure House world music! London based DJ and Producer, Omar he is one of most requested DJ’s in London and on the international circuit. Demonstrating his own style in some of London’s most prestigious venues: Park Chinois, Buddha Bar London, Nozomi, Mayfair Club, Boujis, Penthouse, Tramp, Sugar Hut, Cafe Royal.
Omar Gharbion the net:
More Progressive house World music with Est8’s “Emhlabeni”. Est8 seems to appear as a remixer of most Spiritchaser’s production. Always perfectly on point unsure as to whether they are one and the same or a true entity. Love the middle-eastern feel, blended in the Mediterranean feel of the set. A duo from Chichester, UK, comprising of … Richard Earnshaw and Mark "Bamo" Bamford from the South Coast of England. With the two coming from different ends of the spectrum, Bamo from the DJ side and Richard from the production side, the ultimate result was a solid understanding of music right through the process of making to playing the tracks.
Richard Earnshaw is most probably my favourite living house legend producer.. Here we go!
Est8, Spiritchaser on the net:
Hope you like it
2018 July Arrival: From the Beach to the Dance Floor Pt3
“Driftin' on a memory
Ain't no place I'd rather be
Than with you
Loving you well-well-well
Day will make a way for night
All we'll need is candle lights
And a song yeah
Soft and long”
Eclectic Summer Beach and Chilled Progressive House going into soft Trance for those just who have headed North.
Third Part: some self-serving drops related to personal and football issues. The final of the 2018 World Cup is tonight and a “little prayer” might be warranted. As for “In Praise of the Sun” well I am looking at photos from sunny Greece on a daily basis from glacial Melbourne and it hurts!
Allez les Bleus!
“For the Love of You” from D’Moov, one of my favourite all time melody and the lyrics (see intro) just sums it up “All we need is candle lights and a song, soft and long”.
D’Moov is Doruk Ozlen, Miami based Dj/Producer. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey
“In Praise of the Sun” perfect chilled out number I had to download from the dark web, as unavailable on any legal download site.Mr. Joshua is a Brian Higgins and Nick Coler project.
They collaborated with Vanessa Quiñones and Nick Bracegirdle aka Chicane on "In Praise Of The Sun/Toujours Le Soleil" and produced a couple tracks for Saint Etienne on Finisterre.
“Make Your Move” from Croatia Squad. Had to have a Croatian track in there. It's the art of sensitive noise, subtle sounds and beats in order to make it a musical experience for every listener. 'Croatia Squad' is some of Switzerland's most wanted and respected deep house and nu disco producer.
“Feel Alright”, Tony S, a prolific and established producer within the Deep House
scene, steps forward to make his debut with SuperDuperSoul with this laid back groove entitled 'Feel Alright'. On remix duties, the ever-talented Ross Couch.
Most probably there will not be a part 4 of ’From the Beach to the Dancefloor” as I feel like doing something a little bit less sugary.
2018 July Departures: From the Beach to the Dance Floor Pt2
Eclectic Summer Beach and Chilled Progressive House for those just about to head North.
Second Part: it took me 30 minutes to get into the proper groove. But I promise, there is ample reward thereafter.
“Feel My Needs” from Weiss, “Because I Knew” another great collaboration between Emily Cook and Spiritchaser and “Never be Alone” winning entry of a remix contest.
And for those with keen ears, try to spot the melody line in the first rack.. Will bring oyu back 20 years.
Will be back with Part 3 which should be more fun and uplifting shortly.
2018 July One Kiss... Many Flavours
A 15 minutes Xtian's edit of One Kiss.. House, Progressive, Trance, Dance... Unashamedly Commercial! I could not sleep one night and wanted to do something just fun.
Will be back soon.