It was an amazing year for Coldharbour Recordings. The Miami based label did not cut any corners in 2015 as they satisfied the thirst of trance fans with stunning releases. Whether it be in an intimate clubs until the early morning of the next day, or at a festival with thousands of strangers who are connected by the same beat, or at home for your own convenience, the sounds of Coldharbour was there helping people groove. Just in case you missed it, Black Hole Recordings made it easy to enjoy the top Coldharbour Recordings tracks of last year. The list of future favorites does not disappoint as it contains elements of progressive, dark, uplifting and everything in between.
The list contains a great number of talents. Fisherman & Hawkins, who destroyed the ceilings of dance floors with “Skypunch”, and Klauss Goulart, stealing hearts with his hit “Bashert (We’ll Meet Again)”, are some of the recognizable names on the list. Then there’s a new rising stars under the Coldharbour banner like UK’s Arkham Knights, rocking the world with their hit “Knightfall”, and Chicago’s Dave Neven, letting dancers everywhere know that the world could use more cowbells with his single “Drifter”.
To ask me to rank those 20 tracks and choose my favorite would be a crime against trance music. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t put one or two or 20 of those songs on repeat as I went on a run or cleaned the house. Plus, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I’m sure that applies to ears, as well, or something. So give this compilation a listen and arrange your own list of which track tugs at your heartstrings the most. With so much to choose from, it’s ok to be lost and confused, I know I was.
‘Coldharbour Recordings Best of 2015 Top 20’ is available on Beatport or iTunes.
Here’s the tracklist:
- Markus Schulz – Destiny (feat. Delacey)
- Dave Neven – Drifter
- Nifra – Army of Lights (feat. Seri)
- M.I.K.E. Push & Rank 1 – Zenith
- Arkham Knights – Knightfall
- Klauss Goulart – Bashert (We’ll Meet Again)
- Markus Schulz – Avalon [Los Angeles]
- Tenishia – Don’t Let Go (feat. Adina Butar)
- Ron Alperin – Knockout
- Fisherman & Hawkins – Skypunch
- Dimension – Cima
- Markus Schulz – Bayfront [Miami]
- Dan Thompson – Stealth
- Mr. Pit – Hit Me
- Solid Stone – Unlimited
- Nifra & Artisan – Rampage
- Purple Stories – Hot Harbour
- Judge Jules – Turn On the Lights
- Mike EFEX – Typhoon
- Danilo Ercole – Format
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Have you heard this song? If you have been following Markus Schulz or any Coldharbour DJ then I bet you have. Chicago native Dave Neven’s track “Drifter” has recently been a Coldharbour favorite with DJs like Markus himself, Fisherman & Hawkins and KhoMha featuring it in their sets. Other DJs like Ferry Corsten and Blake Jarrell have also shown this track some love.
Right in the beginning, there is this consistent snare that starts off the tune. Not long after the kick-off do we hear an echo in the background that is accompanied with electronic synths. Soon, as our ears are warmed up, different electronic sounds starts to join together to rev this whole track up, shifting it into full-gear. There is already so much energy before we hit the climax. When the song could build up no more, there is a release of perfectly composed noise that explodes into a euphoric melody that transports us in a drifting state. Then it slowly starts to bring us down with the sounds of the same snare that welcomed us. Once it feels like we have hit the ground, the song revs up again to have us drifting to the beat once more for another feel-good-trance-sensation.
Neven does a great job manipulating our sensations through our ears. There is a consistent beat that is guided by a fluxuation of a memorable snare throughout the song. The basslines are strong but doesn’t overpower the melody. Yet, if feels perfectly crafted when the bass decides to jolt up. Neven does a great job combining all of these elements of electronic sound for a track that is hard-hitting but simultaneously uplifting. It’s a well-balanced track of big room and trance that will work in an intimate club or a big festival. You will surely be confused to keep your hands up or jump around when you hear this beautiful tune. With such a successful hit, Neven is one Coldharbour DJ to watch out for in the future.
Dave Neven “Drifter” is available via Coldharbour Recordings:
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Listen to Coldharbour Sessions 017 (May 2015) with Dave Neven:
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