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Vintage & Morelli – Moontech (Derek Ryan remix) on the way…

 

New on the remix front is a fairly epic prog trance mix I just put together for Vintage & Morelli‘s awesome MOONTECH, forthcoming on local powerhouse Adrenalin Room records.

The original mix was already an amazing tune – great movement, great chords, and a great vibe, and it blew me away when I first heard it. The vibe was on.

So I figured that for a remix, the best thing to do would be to go for something pretty different than the original, while still maintaining the essence of the melody. A first consideration was finding the what that essence was – there’s a melody stab line and a legato countermelody after the break in the original, and either could be considered the “main” melody depending on your viewpoint. I ended up choosing the former, as it to me was the most memorable element of the original.

Folks who know me know that I love fracking with chord progressions, so I ended up changing Vintage & Morelli’s original progression into a whole new direction, then using that as a starting point to redesign the track. I envisioned a strong all-in “chorus”, so big stabs were the word of the day, but also wanted to do it in a way that wasn’t cheesy or overdone. One bit that really helped that was taking Vintage & Morelli’s original piano line and turning it into a countermelody of its own – the dreamy tonality of that really helps the mix achieve more of an otherworldly feel.

I knew I wanted some tougher sounds in there too, so after getting the progression and basic lead melody sound nailed down I started playing with some more aggressive bass sounds and patterns, and stressing the frack out of some percussion elements to get a sort of “tribal-meets-electro-meets-trance” feel. It’s always fun to work on percussion in remixes like this because you have a wide play for sonics so long as you emphasize the underlying rhythm properly.

Also, I wanted to have some sort of chops/stops in the melody, as I both thought that would sound good as part of Adrenalin Room’s sonic palette, and also be a great compliment/counterpoint to the flowy nature of the melody in the original.

The results are up here – so hope you dig it!

Would be curious to hear any and all thoughts on it, and stay tuned for the official release coming on March 7th!

//Derek Ryan

 

Superb…

Absolutely must give a shoutout for a track I’ve been loving the crap out of recently -

(also here if you can’t see the YouTube link above)

This is of course not an unknown piece of work, though it probably is yet to be as famous as Above & Beyond’s most lauded works. However, I think it’s truly one of their best, at least from a songwriting perspective.

Not sure how much of the lyrics are Zoe and how much are the Anjuna boys, but holy hell, they’re on fire.

Simple yet extremely moving, a very real slice of life from a very real situation.

Pair this with a great progression, and we’ve got a winner.

Absolutely beautiful.

If you haven’t seen the lyrics, you can find them here.

What do you think of this track?