10 February, 2013@4:09 pm
Last year, through his sixth artist album EVOLUTION, electronic music pioneer PAUL VAN DYK changed up perceptions of the ‘PvD sound’ in a big way. Over the course of 2012, the critically acclaimed album spawned five singles, an epic, globe-circling 150+ date tour, sustained fan & press veneration (including the covers of Electronic Musician and DJ Times) and an ever-widening stylistic scope of DJ support. Now that the originals have been established, the time has come to let remixers get to work as VAN DYK’s evolution becomes an out-and-out revolution. Handpicked by the man himself–from the ready-to-break to the firmly established–the remixes have been assembled and will be released as (R)EVOLUTION: THE REMIXES on VANDIT February 22.
(R)EVOLUTION: THE REMIXES encompasses 16 fresh-off-the-desk reworkings from a full company of VAN DYK’s fellow production studionauts. Also included is the radio edit of “Such A Feeling” ft. Austin Leeds and vocalist Elijah King, a remake of the instrumental “Verano” that has never been available in North America before. Leading the charge is the production brotherhood of Woody van Eyden and Alex M.O.R.P.H., who are respectively tasked with retakes of “Sun After Heartbreak” and “Such A Feeling.” Drawing on a wealth of harmonics, thermal synths and Sue McLaren’s and Elijah King’s vocal talents, they reposition PvD’s original versions in an entirely new light.
Musical mutineers Kyau & Albert, Maarten De Jong and John O’Callaghan zoom in on some more big room aspects. Their radical interpretations of “Open My Eyes,” “Symmetries” and “I Don’t Deserve You” respectively highlight drums, percussion and distortion that are altogether more atomic in nature.
Emphasizing both the popularity and musical latitude of the latter track, “I Don’t Deserve You” featuring vocalist Plumb gets two further reconfigurations. Having already been voted one of the 15 biggest trance songs of the year on Armin van Buuren’s ASOT radio show, “Deserve” gets some house flavor into its system. Dubbing up the vocal, Gabriel Ben lets the hats hiss, the percs ride and the rhythms flow on his mix. Meanwhile, fellow American producer WAWA rolls in one big piano moment after another, inciting voracious uplift and fanning (R)EVOLUTION’s flames even further.
“Naturally, the original versions of EVOLUTION’s tracks were my and my co-producers’ visions. To date, the singles have brought some wonderful, creative remixes with them–ones that blew me away when I heard them,” states PAUL VAN DYK. “I played the tracks in clubs and on the radio throughout 2012. They were the seeds for this album and now is the right time to push the boundaries of EVOLUTION a bit further.”
Taking things momentarily deeper and more subversively progressive, the Directors Cut mix seizes on “Love Ammunition”’s lyrical metaphor. Underpinned by a potent groove and sure-shot drop, Michelle Leonard’s vocals scorch the room. The album stays with her tones as Giuseppe Ottaviani takes control of “Lost In Berlin,” building it up into a mainline titan.
With PvD’s full backing, other remix-revolutionaries are given free reign to take the music where they see fit. Pedro del Mar & Double V rock up a storm on the Sue McLaren-vocalled/Arty-co-produced “The Sun After The Heartbreak.” Elsewhere, young-blood Uzbek producer Exense masterminds the “Rock This” rebuild. Tactically he whips it into a powder-keg progressive piece, holding back the pitch-bent synths and rousing shout to the break’s final precipice. Elsewhere, audio guerrillas like Niels von Ahorn, Robert Mint, Nick Callaghan & Will Atkinson and others perform coup after coup with eclectic, thrilling reworkings that build into the consummate EVOLUTION revision.
PAUL VAN DYK’s next major appearances in North America take place at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami for closing slots Friday, March 15 on the UMF Worldwide stage and Sunday, March 24 on the A State Of Trance 600 stage.
The track listing for PAUL VAN DYK’s (R)EVOLUTION: The Remixes album is:
Sun After Heartbreak (Woody van Eyden Full Vocal Version)
Such A Feeling ft. Austin Leeds and Elijah King (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
I Don’t Deserve You ft. Plumb (John O’Callaghan Remix)
Symmetries ft. Austin Leeds (Maarten De Jong Remix)
Lost In Berlin ft. Michelle Leonard (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix)
The Sun After Heartbreak feat. Sue McLaren & Arty (Pedro Del Mar & Double V Remix)
All The Way feat. Tyler Michaud & Fisher (Steve Wish Remix)
If You Want My Love ft. Caligola (Niels von Ahorn Remix)
Wonderful Day ft. Giuseppe Ottaviani (Robert Mint Remix)
We Come Together feat. Sue McLaren (Chriss Ortega Remix)
I Don’t Deserve You ft. Plumb (Gabriel Ben Remix)
Love Ammunition ft. Michelle Leonard (Directors Cut Mix)
Rock This (Exense Remix)
Open My Eyes ft. Kyau & Albert (Kyau & Albert Remix)
The Sun After Heartbreak feat. Sue McLaren & Arty (Nick Callaghan & Will Atkinson)
I Don’t Deserve You ft. Plumb (WAWA Remix)
Such A Feeling ft. Austin Leeds and Elijah King (Radio Edit)
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