It’s been a weird year for Trance music and it’s die hard fans. As genre lines blurred and the evolution of ‘Trouse’ erupted, it became increasingly difficult to categorize real Trance music.
With trance titans like Tiesto crossing over into electro/house we were left scratching our heads and wondering, is this trouse? progressive trance? Or should we even bother defining genres at all anymore?
For the sake of this ‘Best Of’ series and my sanity, we have picked our favourite tracks of 2011 based on genres categorized by Beatport. With that being said, our picks are purely based on personal taste and they give remixes the same weight as an original track.
My #1 pick for best Trance track of the year was an easy one. I can’t count how many times i’ve listened to HEFTY and how inspirational it has been. Whether it’s been motivation at the gym or that extra push to get out of bed in the morning this is hands down the song of the year for me.
Above & Beyond have had a stellar year to say the least. The 10 year anniversary of Anjunabeats, their 2nd studio album- ‘Group Therapy’ and a world tour is a productive year in my books. Their standout track ‘Sun & Moon’ is amazing on it’s own but the remix from Kim Fai is out of this world. This track still gives me goosebumps and is my #2 pick.
Dash Berlin is a trance icon and continues to bring that stereotypical ‘trancey’ sound. His collab with Jonathan Mendelsohn is nothing short of stunning and deserves the honourable mention spot.