Another of Max Graham’s tracks from 2016 get a revisit from three excellent talents. Moonchild is an emotional trancer that’s beautifully reinterpreted first by a master, Tim Penner. Tim takes Moonchild in a darker more hypnotic direction with a stunning breakdown that creeps up on you and leaves you breathless. Second on this package is deep progressive man of the moment Forerunners with an excellent floaty ethereal vibe using his delicate melodic touch. To complete the package is an amazing progressive trance remix by newcomer Alex Shore. Alex caught Max’s ear as a producer who hits that energetic trancey sound but maintains a classy touch to it allowing the melody and music to speak for itself without overpowering formulaic sounds, a true trance gem.
Max Graham presents Cycles Radio. A two hour journey through techno, tech house, progressive and more. Join the show live by using the hashtag #CyclesRadio on Twitter at 12pm Est every Tuesday as the show plays on DI.FM "DJ Mixes" channel here http://www.di.fm/djmixes
We sometimes forget that music is cyclical. As a new generation of clubbers discover sounds for the first time, they mistakenly believe the decades old genres are somehow a new phenomenon. The styles we attach to the terms techno, trance, progressive, and house are moving targets at best — words that are now redefined on an almost weekly basis.
Cycles is Max Graham’s “Yearly Snapshot” of his own musical journey, a collection representing the natural progression in his taste. As always with Cycles the elements of melody shine through this classically mixed compilation (like Graham’s own ‘Redemption’ and his remix of Solid Stone and Jennifer Rene’s haunting vocal tune ‘Not Enough’), but much like his successful career over so many years the mix takes a wide arc of influence as it moves from Tim Penner’s lovely piano opening to Alex Di Stefano’s tough as nails “Black Panther” and back down to a perfectly fitting closing track by Gai Barone entitled “Psycles” (written exclusively for this mix).
Solid Stone, a mainstay in Graham’s set list, has no less than three unreleased tracks. Also making two appearances is rising star Thomas Vink whose production style effortlessly combines organic Techno beats with beautiful melody and emotion. From Guy J’s progressive label Lost n Found to Techno’s Drumcode and Yin Yang Cycles once again celebrates all that’s good on that dance floor regardless of genre.
Like Cycles Radio this compilation showcases the ongoing diversity and evolution in Graham’s sound, it’s the closest representation to what you’ll feel at a 6+ hour Open to Close set condensed into 78 minutes of well constructed bliss. As the musical landscape changes we welcome this, the 6th revolution of Cycles and are eager to see where the pioneer heads next.
01. Tim Penner - Believe 02. Chicola & Sahar Z - They Made Me Do It 03. Solid Stone - Absolute 04. Tekart - Knob (Dema & Paride Saraceni Remix) 05. Thomas Vink & Melvin Spix - Detroit 06. Alberto Ruiz & Hugo Bianco - Black Cat 07. Solid Stone - Blink 08. Shelter - Rock Steady 09. Sam Paganini - Down 10. Shelter - Pinned 11. Itzaia & Sopik - Return To Sender 12. Rick Pier O'Neil - Dark Dancer 13. Alex Di Stefano - Black Panther 14. Max Graham - Redemption 15. Lian July - Ride (Ataman Live Remix) 16. Thomas Vink - Evolve 17. Solid Stone feat. Jennifer Rene - Not Enough (Max Graham Remix) 18. Solid Stone - Red Alert 19. Gai Barone - Psycles