Trance to chill out to

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Trance to chill out to?
But trance is supposed to be fast-paced and highly-energetic! How can you "chill out" to trance?

Disclaimer: This is not an official genre/sub-genre, so it's not going into the all "music genre" threads.

Recently I noticed a couple of trance tracks have a distinctive feel to them. They are not meant to hype you up (or, at least that's not the vibe I get from them). They have just enough melodies to be interesting, but they are not melody-oriented. They focus much more on ambiance and keeping a steady level of energy. They are best off in the background for when you're doing other things, and you can totally chill out to them even if they're fast-paced.
They don't quite fall under "progressive trance," either. They're more or less their own thing.

Yes, I know all of the above sounds super vague.

Tracks like this are not common. I was hoping the trancefix community could share other tracks similar to the ones below. To narrow suggestions down, I am specifically not looking for sub-130 bpm housey progressive trance, so no Airwave, Andy Moor, etc. Also, no progressive psytrance of any kind.

Galaxy - Dreamland [2000] (psy/goa ish)



Realm F. vs Rankey - Nairobi (Alex MORPH remix) [2004]



Albert Vorne - Ares (Mac Zimms remix) [2007]



edit: LOL this thread is begging for Incolumis' tracks. Okay, I'll let you all post them.
 
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Yeah I definitely know what you're looking for, knew a lot of these types of tracks a couple of years ago, when I was discovering stuff from '03-'06 or so. When I remember them, I'll definitely let you know. Have you tried looking into early ASOT compilations?

Does this work?

 
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Yeah I definitely know what you're looking for, knew a lot of these types of tracks a couple of years ago, when I was discovering stuff from '03-'06 or so. When I remember them, I'll definitely let you know. Have you tried looking into early ASOT compilations?

Does this work?

Iirc some of the first ASOT tracks have a couple of tracks like it.
Thanks for the suggestions @Gagi, @jetflag! I will check them out
 

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Love all 3 of those tracks you shared, especially the Galaxy one, nice one.

Mushroom Therapy (Armin Van Buuren Remix).... too tough sounding?
 
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Love all 3 of those tracks you shared, especially the Galaxy one, nice one.

Mushroom Therapy (Armin Van Buuren Remix).... too tough sounding?
I think it's slightly more aggressive than Ares (Mac Zimms remix), but it totally fits with the chill out theme.

Mark Otten - Mushroom Therapy (Armin Van Buuren Remix) [2003]




Another good one:
The Infernal Machine - Realistic (Infernal Machine remix) [2001] (see here for release date - original was made in 2000, and then remixed a year later)
 
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Afterburn - Fratt Boy [2000]


Thank you for posting this in the classics section, @Daysleeper


Ija - Atlantic Shores
Just checked on Youtube, and this track has about ~3k views throughout its existence. Talk about hidden gems. It's really good.
 
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More "chill" trance.

Galaxy - The Island [2000]

This one is a bit weird because it's at 145 BPM, so it's fairly fast-paced. Still, it captures pretty well the feeling of relaxing at a beach without sounding cheesy or poppy. It's "balearic" in every sense of the word.



John Askew - Mood Swing [2005]

Say whatever you'd like about the quality of his current productions. Early in his career he made a pretty amazing chill track that is simple yet effective.


John Askew - Blackout [2004]

This track was part of Askew's Club Music EP. Not sure why he titled it that way, since this track is anything but club music. Simon Patterson later remixed Blackout to make a storming tech-trancer, but the original Blackout is a nice, chill, soothing trance track apt for this thread.
 

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Whirloop - A Fascination for Clouds [2006]
One of the realest styles in trance, like a long-lost relic. Whirloop's productions strike me as the true successor of the original "melodic techno" concept from which trance originated. A Fascination for Clouds has a memorable melody which pops up every now and then. It's fairly subtle and only appears a couple of times throughout the track, but when it does it's bliss.


Whirloop - Vandringsleden [2005]
Rare Whirloop track that only appeared in Joof Anthology Vol 1. This one reminds me a bit more of the Galaxy tracks posted earlier in this thread.
 
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Skagen - Vever (Whirloop remix) [2008]
From Whirloop's album Watch the Skies and Keep Looking. Vever is more aggressive than the other Whirloop tracks, but I like the stylish special effect he used at 3:25, 3:53 and in other sections of the track to signal changes. Great production.
 
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Vibrasphere - Sweet September [2006]
Vibrasphere's style is more melodic than Incolumis/Whirloop, but it can still fit with the "chill trance" aim of this thread. Sweet September is also one of my favorites from them.


Vibrasphere - Reservoir [2006]
The track immediately after Sweet September on Vibrasphere's 2006 album Archipelago. This one is closer to the other "chill trance" tracks in this thread.


Going back a bit further, to their 2003 Lime Structure album:

Vibrasphere - Newport [2003]


And yes, I am relaxing the "no progressive psytrance" requirement from the OP. I had ~post-2010 progpsy in mind when I wrote that. Good progressive psytrance that fits with the style of the thread is fair game!
 
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Original pop track aside...

Motorcycle - As the Rush Comes (Perry O'Neil remix) [2004]
This is getting into progressive trance territory (in fact, a few tracks in this thread share many characteristics with prog trance), but the vocals and synths in this track are executed in a way that makes me think it fits with this thread and the general concept of "chill trance." There's also an instrumental mix, but I prefer the version with vocals.


Solar Fields - Spectral Nation [2007]
One of my favorites from EarthShine. It's well-balanced between psytrance and ambient. His other works like Kick Back, Brainbow, and Black Arrrow are too aggressive, but Spectral Nation hits just right to fit with the "chill trance" concept.

February and Adjustment are also good fits for this thread.

Solar Fields - February [2007]
 
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Isnt this turning into another prog-subtle-authentic-mystic-non-cheesy-well-balanced-sophisticated type of thread?