Quality over quantity is a big one, but there are bigger structural issues with most of the music that's coming out of the big labels. All of the examples you listed have the same issue. It's different flavors of the exact same idea. Almost the same type of intro structure, quite noisy from the get-go (almost no white space to let ideas develop, disappear, and re-emerge), the break happens about the same time in each track, the breaks are long and the melodies are not particularly inspired. Dancing just stops during breakdowns. Same type of buildup and release. It's like eating porridge for 2000 days straight. You may have put cranberries in today instead of raisins, but it's still porridge with all the flaws that come with having no surprises over many years. To be fair, prog house is mostly in the same predicament. Same track structure over and over and over.So I know this is a bit late but if you notice the direction Trance Music has taken over the last 18 to 24 months then you will notice a return to the "Classic Trance" Identity. The intros & outros are longer, breaks longer more intricate, drops more Melodic and vocals are amazing. However Modern Trance will never have the Classic Analog Sound because nobody is using synthesizers or hardware to make music. It's all software and digital. Which doesn't take away from why Trance is Back! About 18 months ago Sean Tyas was streaming on Twitch for his weekly Wet Wednesdays Stream. If you have ever been in the chat you would know anything goes and there are tons of artists & producers & industry people in his chats. So he asked the question "How do we get Trance back to that "Classic Trance" sound and arrangements. And 3 hours of discussion led to agreements that labels will stop relying on quantity over quality. The focus need to be back on the passion of the producers and the effort they are putting into their tracks. So as you have heard the Trance Scene has shifted...labels have broken away from their parent labels to be more independent. And I promise you that 2023 is going to blow you away with the tracks, album's and Trance Sound that is coming. I personally work for an Uplifting Trance Label, I get all the demos, and I turn away alot but not without providing the proper constructive criticism that I was given from all the artists and labels back in the 90s and 2000s. Because if we don't ever teach the younger producers then how can they learn.
18 months is quite long to come up with almost nothing. Over that period, labels and artists posted in this thread has released dozens of tracks, albums/compilations, radioshows, events. Even the vinyls are often sold out.About 18 months ago... tons of artists & producers & industry people in his chats... led to agreements that labels will stop relying on quantity over quality
Gabriola - Spirit Mirror EP (upcoming)
That one I can stand by. Thats not just close to trance, that is pure trance basically. Its just a little hollow/simple/drum presets on old analogue drum sampler/modern nostalgia produced if I have to to be critical.Proggy goa-trancey goodness. Most of the stuff I've been playing isn't THAT melodic, this one definitely is tho:
Not sure which parts are taken from Plasma, but both has similar vibeswow the first track is very frankfurt-styled, maybe some parts are taken from 'LDC - Plasma'?)
90s tracks used to sounds outdated to me. Didn't like it that much back then.What struck me was how extremely different they sounded from the 90s stuff.
People & Places present their inaugural EP from Anthens’ Anatolian Weapons. Throughout the 4 tracks, we are immersed in a sonic exploration of trancey-inspired techno cuts.
Ooooh, thats nice. Love it when you mix a 303 ( or 2) with floaty high melodies and a decent beat! Nice old school sounds! Since recently joining, This forum has seriously reminded me of what good electronic music isAnatolian Weapons - Cloud [People & Places] October 15, 2022
Anatolian Weapons - Lost [People & Places] October 15, 2022