Brian Transeau, better known as BT, has an interesting back-catalogue under his belt. From the all-time trance classic Flaming June to his more experimental work such as the Grammy nominated These Hopeful Machines, BT’s work has always been at the cutting edge of what electronic music has to offer.
His latest album is also his ninth, and A Song Across Wires is another prime example of why BT is so highly regarded as a producer. It’s more on the “underground” side of things, with tracks that are clearly aimed at the club, but once again, the production value is astounding. It’s almost as though Brian has made an effort to showcase what EDM has to offer by providing the best of what various genres are capable of. Opening track Skylarking is a trance anthem which already has classic written on it thanks to a release earlier this year. Let Go, a collaboration with Fractal and featuring vocals from JES, jumps right into dubstep and shows how creative and interesting it is as a genre, something so many dubstep tracks somehow fail to do,.
There are a number of collaborators on the album, Fractal appearing again in the crazy electro house anthem City Lights, TyDi making two appearances, notably in Stem The Tides–which combines deep trance with some amazing orchestral arrangements in the break–and Tritonal making a typically epic appearance in Calling Your Name. Brian stands out on his own however, with tracks such as Vervoeren providing some classic trance, some up to date rhythms, and yet more cutting-edge production.
Three years in the making, this is perhaps BT’s finest work to date. It’s an album which offers something for a very wide range of EDM listeners, but none of it feels forced. Many producers will make a track to fit within a specific genre purely because it’s in vogue, but A Song Across Wires features tracks that simply show how EDM should be done properly–some good music and bucket-loads of creativity. Buy it now on iTunes or get the extended versions on Beatport.