Trance Mission (mixed by: MaRLo)
Reviewed by Deb Graynor USTM
If you’re looking for an insanely energetic trance boost, MaRLo & the One Love Team have succeeded in creating a compilation that’s stacked with all the goods! The Dutch producing master has been all the rage amongst some of the biggest names out there. Trance Mission is a continuously mixed compilation consisting of 2 discs, mixed by the man himself, along with pounding tracks by some of your favorite electronic A-listers.
MaRLo has always represented a distinct style with his musical journeys by constructing unforgettable mixes, including an intense variety of sounds. Disc 1 is a constant flow of beauty & beats. The tracks are meticulously selected and positioned for optimal listening. Made up of beats by so many talented artists, this compilation couldn’t fail if it tried.
Part 1 takes off with the crazy & grindy styling’s of Michael Woods & his track, Airbourne. The beats continue with fusion sounds of Deas & Lubica, Arty, & Tom Fall/Ben Nicky. The energy seems peaked throughout the entire mix and though the album is entitled “Trance” Mission…disc 1 seems to swank some crisp musical style blending.
The ultimate trance peak seems to be centered with MaRLo’s remix of Angger Dimas ft. Polina, Release Me. What a gorgeous track…and one of my personal favorites. You will find yourself in a spell, enjoying a continuous flow of an absolute gorgeous trance composition. Disc 1 speaks for itself with tracks such as Epic, Heroes, & The Fusion You’ll fall even deeper with the angelic vocals of Zoe Johnston in Above & Beyond’s Love is Not Enough (Club Mix). Another powerful song-choice that once again, proves this genre is so much more than just “music”.
You will get sucked in with disc 2’s heart-pounding mix of vocals & non-vocals featuring Gareth’s Concrete Angel, Stoneface & Terminal’s Breaking Through and of course MaRLo’s Silverback. As each track flows into the next, it’s clear how distinct each tune is from the previous. How the various styles intertwine with one another, are what make this compilation so unique. Flawlessly mixing anthems such as W&W’s Invasion, into the hard techy sound of MaRLo’s remix of Mark Norman’s Phantom Manor, exemplifies strong electronic power.
If your feet aren’t screaming yet, they will be. The skills on Trance Mission are unstoppable and disc 2 succeeds in boasting the future of trance. Midway through, the goose-bumps will undoubtedly be through the roof. Marlo’s Showgrounds, Orjan’s Amsterdam, and oh my….the beauty of Andreas Mats Enterprise & Marlo’s Megalodon, will carry you right back to where you were when trance first settled in years ago. In addition, you’ll catch an added bonus of some groovy electro techniques that seem harder to come by these days. The energy doesn’t stop, and the overwhelming elevated BPM till the very end, is what makes this compilation so intense.
MaRLo and the One Love Team have successfully brought together every sound, with taste and perfection. I won’t go ahead and spoil this for everyone, so I will end with the simple statement of….Trance Mission is addicting, emotional and more importantly… a huge reminder as to why you haven’t, and never will, give up on trance music.
TITLE: TRANCE MISSION (Mixed by: MaRLo)
LABEL: ONELOVE RECORDINGS
RELEASE DATE: 29/6/2012
TRANCE MISSION is a new compilation series from the onelove team that will take Trance to another level. After successfully branching out with their hugely popular ‘Dubstep Invasion’ CD series, onelove has recognised first hand, the massive response that touring global superstars such as: Tiësto, Armin van Buuren & Paul Van Dyk have had with Australian audiences. This was also proven at the mammoth Creamfields and Stereosonic Festivals, as well as the success Dutch born & Australian resident MaRLo has been having not only locally but globally.
As a result of the increasing popularity of trance, onelove delivers its first ever trance CD: TRANCE MISSION. Trance Mission is a double Disc mixed CD, from DJ/Producer MaRLo featuring some of the biggest crossover tracks and remixes from the scene’s biggest artists.
Dutch born & Australian resident, MaRLo is not your typical trance producer, bringing something fresh to the world of electronic music. MaRLo’s studio skills have seen him sign productions on trance super-labels such as: Armada, Spinnin Records, Blackhole Recordings, Flashover and many more. MaRLo’s productions are always diverse, with no track sounding like the last, frequenting the Beatport top 10 and played by Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Ferry Corsten and many more.
Trance is the movement that has been the centre of the electronic music world since its start, ever evolving & elating the masses. This is its next journey.
- will begin a residency on triple j’s ‘Mix-Up’ starting Saturday 7th July – Saturday 28th July
- has a 1 hr monthly radio show on ah.fm called ‘Sound Check’
- played ‘ASOT 550 Den Bosch’ in Holland this year
- played ‘Ministry of Sound – The Gallery’ in London this year
- has already had 2x ‘3 track Eps’ ‘Megalodon’ and ‘Showgrounds’ out on Armin van Buuren’s own ‘ASOT Recordings’ with major support in live shows and radio from: Armin, Ferry Corsten, W&W and more
- has another EP coming out on Armada in August/September 2012
- has a collaboration with Julie Thompson forthcoming on Blackhole Recordings
- has remixed Ferry Corsten ‘Brainbox’ and ‘Punk’ and Armin van Buuren presents Gaia ‘Stellar’
- will tour: Ibiza, Malaysia, Singapore, India, UK, Russia and U.S this year
See below for MaRLo’s Full Bio..
For hi-res images: http://konkreteagency.com/#artists-marlo
TRANCE MISSION TOUR DATES (with MaRLo):
6 July – Academy, Canberra
7 July – Room 680, Melbourne
13 July – Family, Brisbane
14 July – Casbah, Cairns
20 July – Electric Circus, Adelaide
21 July – Shape, Perth
27 July – Home, Sydney
- Michael Woods – Airbourne (Original Mix)
- Deas & Lubica – Choya
- Tom Fall & Ben Nicky – Hammer (Original Mix)
- Arty, Matisse & Sadko – Trio
- Angger Dimas feat. Polina – Release Me (MaRLo Remix)
- DJ Ange – Bolche (MaRLo Remix)
- Sandro Silva & Quintino – Epic (Original Mix)
- Antillas feat. Fiora – Damaged (Main Mix)
- Sinéad – Within Temptation (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Extended Vocal Mix)
- Paul Thomas & Weekend Heroes – Morena (Original Mix)
- Marco v & Marcel Woods – Scream
- Jono Fernandez feat Twin Atoms – Lights Are Fading (MaRLo remix)
- Third Party vs Cicada – Feel
- Hardwell – Spaceman
- Omnia & Ira – The Fusion (Original Mix)
- Above & Beyond feat Zoë Johnston – Love Is Not Enough (Club Mix)
- 4 Strings – Cheesecake
- Gareth Emery feat. Christina Novelli – Concrete Angel (Original Mix)
- DGoH – Next Wave
- Solis and Sean Truby – Marina (Aaron Camz Remix)
- Marc Marberg with Kyau & Albert – Robotron
- Stoneface & Terminal ft. Ellie Lawson – Breaking Through
- Ashley Wallbridge – Mumbai Traffic (Club Mix)
- W&W – Invasion (ASOT 550 Anthem) (Original Mix)
- Mark Norman – PHANTOM MANOR (MaRLo Remix)
- MaRLo – Silverback (Original Mix)
- Sied van Riel – Tunnel Vision (Original Mix)
- MaRLo – Showgrounds (Original Mix)
- Ørjan Nilsen – Amsterdam (Original Mix)
- Andreas Mats – Enterprise
- MaRLo – Megalodon (Original Mix)
- Indecent Noise ft. Ridgewalkers – Full Moon Fever (Power Dub)
Links to Mini-mixes:
For more info, check out: http://www.onelove.com.au
MaRLo – Bio:
In the past 12 months alone, MaRLo has had a #1 beatport hit with ‘The Island,’ remixed Armin van Buuren and Ferry Corsten (for the second time), been a regular on the top end of the Beatport charts, mixed the Ministry of Sound ‘Trance Nation Australia’ compilation for the second year in a row, tours around Australia weekly AND launched a radio show. Add some major tours around the world to that already impressive list, including the ‘A State Of Trance 550 Den Bosch’ event and Asia’s largest EDM festival ‘Massive 2011’ and it is clear that there really is no stopping the busy Dutch born Aussie resident as he makes his way to becoming one of the top players in the game!
The MaRLo sound is a signature blend of hands in the air moments with tech infused beats, encompassing influences of Trance, Techno, Tech-House and a mish mash of various other chunky sounds. MaRLo is not one to be pigeon holed and his DJ sets can only be described as the “MaRLo sound.” MaRLo’s studio trickery has seen him sign productions to trance super-labels such as: Armada, Spinnin Records, Blackhole Recordings, Flashover and many more.
MaRLo’s productions are always diverse, with no track sounding like the last. MaRLo has been able to gain a large and loyal fan base who are always ready to be surprised by his latest release. This diversity was recognised by world famous ‘Cirque du Soleil’ when they asked him to produce and perform his own interpretation of their music at the massive ‘Uitmarkt festival’ in Amsterdam. MaRLo’s productions receive highly coveted respect and recognition, featuring on popular TV shows, reaching high rotation on FM radio stations and scoring ‘Tune of the Month’ in: ‘Mixmag,’ ‘DJ Mag’ and ‘Tilllate’ for his track MaRLo feat Kristen – ‘Is it Real.’ His most recent EP saw MaRLo dominate the Beatport charts by having 4 tracks in the top 50 at once, which included MaRLo’s remix of W&W’s ‘Impact,’ which was still in the Beatport charts 8 months since its initial release.
MaRLo’s ‘The Island’ was also an instant hit and shot up to the #1 spot on the Beatport trance charts. The track received support from all the usual heavyweights and also featured an official video clip. DJ Mag have said it has a “crisp, bold production” and that Jano’s “duskily appealing vocals” are “simple yet magnificent.”
After many consistent big room bombs from the Dutch born Aussie, Armin Van Buuren asked MaRLo to remix his track Armin Van Buuren pres Gaia – ‘Stellar.’
MaRLo’s remix of Ferry Corsten’s ‘Brainbox’ is a dance floor destroyer and was played by Ferry Corsten in every set for over a year. It was such a big hit that Ferry personally asked MaRLo to remix one of his biggest tunes to date ‘Punk’ which peaked at #3 on the Beatport charts.
MaRLo’s tracks frequent the Beatport top 10 and are played by Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Ferry Corsten and many more.
As a DJ, MaRLo’s sets echo the diversity of his releases and are heavily filled with his own productions. In 2011 he was voted Australia’s #2 Trance DJ and #4 across all genres in the ‘Inthemix top 50 DJ poll’ (#1 Overall DJ in his home state of Melbourne, Victoria). In 2010 MaRLo was also asked to mix the Ministry of Sound ‘Trance Nation Vol 2 CD,’ which included a 14 date tour of sold out events. It was such a success that Ministry of Sound asked MaRLo back in 2011 to mix ‘Trance Nation Vol 3’ which also included a solid tour.
MaRLo was tipped by ‘Trance International’ as a hot lister and one to watch for 2011. He has played to thousands of people across the world at events such as: Sensation, Trance Energy (Holland and Australia), Uitmarkt Festival (Amsterdam), Massive 2011 (Malaysia), Stereosonic, Creamfields, Godskitchen and many more. Not your typical trance producer, MaRLo brings something fresh to the world of electronic music. With his achievements to date, a solid list of upcoming releases, collaborations and international gigs, it looks like there are no signs of things slowing down for the energetic MaRLo.