John O'Callaghan ft. Audrey Gallagher - Big Sky [2007]

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John O'Callaghan, Audrey Gallagher, Agnelli & Nelson
Release title
Big Sky
Label name
Armind
Release year
2007

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The track which reportedly took JOC several months to create. If it's not a musical marvel, it's at least a fantastic technical track.

Original mix:

Agnelli & Nelson remix:
 
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Nice techy one by JOC indeed, I think I prefer the A&N mix.
 

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A&N remix for me easily, however the original is also pretty great!

I also really like the JOC Deconstruction a lot:


And let's not forget Markus Schulz' remix either:

 

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I think I've only heard the original, and loved it. Just a fabulous-sounding track, great in every way.
 
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If it's not a musical marvel,

I think it is, in its own way. So many of my non-Trance loving friends like this one, a surprising amount. It seems to have the right level or cheese + banging euphoria that connected with people. It was a proper anthem, every club night you would hear it in 2007/08. I have some great memories with it, awesome track
 
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Good vocals. I don't have a favorite version... it's not the Schulz's remix though. It feels weird to say that because most of his remixes (well, up to 2009 or 2010 at least) were either better than or as good as the original mix. I don't like the synth used for the main lead in this one (meaning the Markus Schulz remix).
 
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Was going to post this but see its already here. I know I know, a cheesey radio hit uplifter, but it's without fail my guilty pleasure and why not. I don't know why I love it so much but I do, wink wink
 
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I remember when Audrey tried to sing this track live during one of the Armin Only events.... it was so bad :-O

The track itself is a good one :) I still like it
 

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??? what is it then, what genre?
That's when the argument breaks down, because there's no answer that makes sense.
It's not pop. The pop of 2007 didn't sound like Big Sky. You'd want to look at something more like Agnes - Release Me for the electronic side of pop, or Coldplay - Viva La Vida for the radio-friendly kind of pop. Big Sky just doesn't belong with the 2007-2008 image of pop.
It's not house, either. The house of its era sounded like... wait for it... Deadmau5. Here's Move for Me.
In summary, Big Sky must be trance. It doesn't fit with pop or house, and there's no reason to think Big Sky is anything but trance.
 

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I would love to hear why you think Big Sky is not trance, other than just a blanket statement "it's not trance"
 

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Well once you add on the big cheesy sing along vocal it ceases to be trance. It becomes a clubland track aimed at the commercial market.

Such tracks were not called trance when the genre was born and don't see why you'd call it now. It's kind of like what Armin plays on ASOT now, he calls it trance but it's mainly clubland music aimed at the commercial market.
 
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Well once you add on the big cheesy sing along vocal it ceases to be trance. It becomes a clubland track aimed at the commercial market.

Such tracks were not called trance when the genre was born and don't see why you'd call it now. It's kind of like what Armin plays on ASOT now, he calls it trance but it's mainly clubland music aimed at the commercial market.
Just because you add vocals that doesn't mean it suddenly stops being trance. You could make the same argument about Paul Oakenfold - Southern Sun or Jam & Spoon - Right in the Night.
Trance belongs to club music and it is electronic dance music, so not sure why a track being clubby suddenly makes it non trance.
 

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Just because you add vocals that doesn't mean it suddenly stops being trance. You could make the same argument about Paul Oakenfold - Southern Sun or Jam & Spoon - Right in the Night.
Trance belongs to club music and it is electronic dance music, so not sure why a track being clubby suddenly makes it non trance.
It's not just the presence of vocals but the type of vocal. This is a big crowd sing along pop vocal. The originals of Right in the night and Southern Sun are in fact club tracks but not as cheesy as this.
 
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Just because you add vocals that doesn't mean it suddenly stops being trance. You could make the same argument about Paul Oakenfold - Southern Sun or Jam & Spoon - Right in the Night.
Trance belongs to club music and it is electronic dance music, so not sure why a track being clubby suddenly makes it non trance.
Its exactly what it does. It become less trance, but theres degrees in hell ;)
 
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btw, today i saw this. top 3 european eurocup songs, and the swedish expert music critique desbribes this song as "bombastic trance" :LOL: