Coming off of a year that saw Armin van Buuren receive a GRAMMY nomination and several platinum awards for “This Is What It Feels Like”, a world tour that reached over 500,000 visitors across 5 continents, and a slew of other prestigious awards — what could be next for the man fuelled by an undying passion for trance, Armin van Buuren?
Never one to rest on his laurels, Armin has constantly sought to expand and build upon the genre he helped define, opening up new worlds for not only himself, but also for his fellow performers and of course, audiences around the world. A quick glance at recent tour photos reveals the new scale of the A State of Trance experience, especially when compared to the humble beginnings of it all so many years ago.
As such, the twelfth instalment in the series, “A State of Trance 2015” marks the start of life on a bigger stage.
With a brand new collaboration with Mark Sixma entitled “Panta Rhei” and a selection of Armin’s personal favourites, the excitement for 2015 has only just begun. In addition to an exclusive Gareth Emery remix of Cosmic Gate, the album also has a whopping 26 exclusive and unreleased tracks, including never-before-heard songs from Armada Music artistes Protoculture, Alexander Popov, Orjan Nilsen, two new Gaia songs, and the fan-anticipated Armin van Buuren presents Rising Star featuring Betsie Larkin, titled, “Safe Inside You”.
Note: One of many Armin van Buuren aliases, Rising Star dates all the way back to 1999 when Armin launched his label Armind Recordings. Under that moniker, he released a track called “Touch Me” in that same year. Rising Star encapsulates a trance sound from an older era circa late 90s – early 200s.
Listen to “Safe Inside You” it here:
Armin will once again seamlessly mix his top picks into a continuous journey, taking listeners new and old with him for a wild experience. The first set is titled “On the Beach”, and the second is called “In the Club”, representing the two sides of the coin of a perfect musical experience. It’s this diversity that has led the compilation to be once again nominated for an IDMA in 2015, after having won the award in 2014 and having either won or been nominated every year since 2005.
Once you get to the top, the only way forward is to dare to dream even higher.
This is “A State of Trance 2015”:
Set 1: On the Beach
Cosmic Gate & Emma Hewitt – Going Home (Gareth Emery Remix) [Armin van Buuren’s Intro Mix]
Protoculture – Pegasus
Dawn – The Truth We Can’t Escape
Adam Szabo & Willem De Roo – Looking Back
Orjan Nilsen – The Edge
DRYM – Calipso
Denis Kenzo & Sarah Lynn – Ashes
Fabio XB & Liuck feat. Christina Novelli – Step Into The Light
Ruben de Ronde feat. Victoria Ray – Dreams Come True (DRYM Remix)
ilan Bluestone – Tesseract
Moiez & Alina Renae with Mike Shiver & Rapha – What I Need (Ronski Speed Remix)
Mino Safy – When The Sun Smiles
Eximinds & Yan Space – Atlas
Venom One & Tomas Heredia – Moments
Canberra & Astrid Suryanto – UP (Mike Saint-Jules Remix)
Timmus – Still Alive
Alex M.O.R.P.H. feat Natalie Gioia – 4Ever (Dub Mix)
Simon Patterson feat. Matt Adey – Time Stood Still
Set 2: In The Club
Armin van Buuren – Together (In A State of Trance) (Intro Mix)
Talemono – Overload
Alexander Popov – Multiverse
Andrew Rayel – Find Your Harmony (Driftmoon Stellar Mix)
Craig Connelly & Dan Thompson – Welcome To Earth
Faruk Sabanci – Albino
Fisherman & Hawkins and Gal Abutbul – United
Armin van Buuren & Mark Sixma – Panta Rhei
Eximinds & Vigel – Handprint
Arisen Flame & Driftmoon – Live Your Dream
Gaia – Carnation
Jorn van Deynhoven – Freaks (Festival Mix)
Gaia – In Principio
Gai Barone – Mr. Slade (Solarstone Pure Mix)
Standerwick & Philippe El Sisi feat. Ana Criado – Magic Light
Armin van Buuren presents Rising Star feat. Betsie Larkin – Safe Inside You
Allen Watts – Gravity
Dan Stone – Proteus
Aly & Fila feat. Roxanne Emery – Shine (Club Mix)
Pre-order the album now on iTunes here.
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