In Search Of Sunrise 11: Las Vegas - Mixed by Richard Durand and Myon & Shane 54
Globetrotting DJ extraordinaire and Master of the Sunrise ceremony, Richard Durand is back to present his fourth instalment of the compilation line MIXMAG called “the greatest trance series of them all”.
Having previously tracked daybreaks in South Africa and India, with his 2012 Australian edition he shook up the ‘Sunrise’ system, sharing its mix duties for the first time. In 2013 he’s decided to raise the stakes again. For its eleventh excursion the series sharpens the search-field, moving from country to city, as Richard dusk-till-dawns Las Vegas. He’s recruited Hungary’s finest Myon & Shane 54 to the expedition - collectively they’re about to take old Sin City by storm.
Without missing a beat Richard hits the Vegas’ turntables, dealing ‘See Inside’s pacific-harmonics, courtesy of wunderkind Niko Pavlidis. Harmonizing a lower tempo with cooler atmospherics, the glacial translucence of Silence Groove’s ‘Hanging In The Air’ writes breakbeat code into the mix. The series’ knack of card-marking the hottest new trance producers’ music before the season starts continues... Nu-blood studio hounds like AWD, Joshi, The Flyers and Craving stack ISOS’ pack, delivering a straight flush of Strip-raiding moments. ISOS: 11 counterweights its newcomer talent by hooking in plenty of big whalin’, high roller producers too. Ferry Corsten & Giuseppe Ottaviani, BT, Andain and (naturally) Richard himself strike gold time after time with a hot streak of tracks including ‘Magenta’, ‘You Once Told Me’ and ‘Running On Empty’.
“With electronic music in States having changed so momentously over the last couple of years, there really was only one choice when it came to the country for 2013’s ‘Search’. I’ve selected Las Vegas to be the focus point, as it’s a place I’ve seen the sun come up many times over. This album though is as much about the bigger East-to-West coast picture. It’s a celebration of everything that’s great musically about L.V. and the USA at large.” - Richard Durand
In its early stages Mix 2 of ‘Las Vegas’ flips a run of progressive aces. The likes of Alex O’Rion, Johan Malmgren and Durand’s own studio-ware brings epic melodic and increasingly atmospheric sound phases to the table. Further in, music from stateside producers like George Acosta, Steve Kaetzel and others unlock yet more sonic space to the mix. House wins, but for a moment with Moonbeam’s ‘Madness’ and Boom Jinx, Maor Levi & Ashley Tomberline’s ‘When You Loved Me’, tossing a moodier deuce of wildcards in. Around the midpoint Richard pulls yet another ace from his sleeve with ‘In Search of Sunrise 11’s seismically registering anthem. Recorded alongside Ukrainian pair Eximinds, ‘Las Vegas’ opens Mix 2’s thrusters wide, setting it on course for its edge-of-the-seat climax. As Jace Williams ‘Hope & Pray’ and Falcon’s ‘Haybusa’ let the tech-trance juice ride, Columbia’s KhoMha releases the pitch-sirens on Cosmic Gate’s ‘Storm Chaser’, cashing the mix out in ground shaking fashion.
With Richard’s own Vegas takedown complete, the Dutchman splits the compilation’s deck, bringing Myon & Shane 54 to the table. They frontload their first ‘Search’ with the rolling drums, guitar-flecked riffs and the mellifluous vocals of their latest showstoppers ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Light’. Bringing the big ISOS guns to bear is the free-fall lament of Above & Beyond’s ‘Alchemy’ and Audien’s breakout hit ‘Wayfarer’, which ups the mix’s ante again.
Of their first ISOS trip Myon & Shane 54 said: “We had quite big shoes to fill but making this mix was a true labour of love. Musically there was one goal we had in mind: continuing the classic series in terms of style, mood and depth, regardless of what musical trends or genres might dictate to a regular mix CD.”
Dexterously weaving in harmonic, euphoric, progressive and even housey elements into ‘Sunrise’s game, neophyte producers like Mike Danis, LTN and The Madison roll the mix a long run of sixes. With the stakes at house limits, Myon & Shane go all-in, turning the last cards to reveal a purpose-built new/classic mash-up of Tiësto legendary ‘Just Be’ and Juventa’s Vegas riffing ‘The Strip’.