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This is The Wall by Russian trance artist Arty. The man is a budding producer in the trance community having started in 2009 with the release of the Vanilla Sky EP. Being only 22 years old, he’s made waves around the globe. Above & Beyond caught wind of him last year and subsequently signed him on their Anjunabeats label. From there, he went on to release two fantastic singles dubbed The Wonder and Rush still being spun in DJ radio podcasts today.

In April of this year, Arty collaborated with British trance producer Matan Zohar (Mat Zo) in releasing Rebound also on the Anjunabeats label.

This release in particular has a lot of momentum in it. Being a single, it sports a Remode mix (in other words, not the full length proper version of the embedded track above),  the original extended mix, and perhaps strangely, an acoustic mix.

Acoustic mixes of these releases is something that isn’t common in the trance world but it does a great job introducing a more airy flavor of the song. Make no mistake however – the focal point of The Wall is in its Remode (I am not sure what “Remode” entails exactly but I’ll disregard it) mix: a thunderous foray into trance featuring crisp vocals from Tania Zygar who also made contributions on several of TyDi’s releases based out of Australia.

Out of his music, others have been able to contribute fantastic tracks in the form of remixes including the Nitrous Oxide take of The Wonder heard here. Definitely a lovely track with a lot of energy in it.

He has two singles on the alias of Alpha 9 under the titles “Come Home” last year and “Bliss” in ’09. The former is a bit more relaxed than tracks typically seen from the artist.

With these releases, Arty is quickly becoming a highly sought-after DJ in trance music and I’m sure we’ll see more excellent tracks from him in the future.

Learn more about the artist here:

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It’s Artificial is the very recently released debut album from the US-based artist Andrew Bayer on the trance stronghold Anjunabeats label. Bayer’s background contains a lot of roots in trance and other electronic-oriented music. He has collaborated with fellow musicians Boom Jinx and BT (“The Emergency) in the past, producing formidable results. However, he is mostly known for his work in a duo trance act dubbed Signalrunners with partner-in-music Alan Nimmo. With Nimmo, he is responsible for some really fantastic sounds under the Signalrunners alias since its inception in 2003. The duo also released a nicely composed single called Unconditional in 2006 on Mondo Records.

However, as a solo artist, It’s Artificial is his debut album released not too long ago this year. And although the background of Bayer is deeply rooted in trance music, this album does not contain so much of those elements typically found in that genre. Instead, the record penetrates the glitch-hop realm of the music world heavily infused with elements found in idm and breakbeat-based work. The record would fit perfectly within Ninja Tune’s catalog or even Planet Mu, just to give you an idea of what you might expect within.

“Counting the Points”, as linked above, almost has a certain µ-Ziq-quality to it, especially heard within its beginning.

Armed with a seemingly hypnotic glitch-hop framework, the record effortlessly provides ample replayability value with extraordinary craftsmanship and a BT-like attention to detail. I think it’s rather impressive considering the album’s gorgeous versatility, although perhaps to some it may not immediately be apparent.

With his debut, Andrew Bayer has created a work so composed and intricate, that it may stand to rival heavyweight albums in the same genre. Spacious vocal-less breakbeats with glitch-hop? Yes please.

For more information, please check out the following resources:

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