Sander van Doorn is back in full force with the brand new release of his album Dusk Till Doorn 2011. A sequel to his debut compilation last year, the Dutch master of tech trance returns with 35 tracks in a two-part mix.
Unlike other trance/progressive compilations such as In Search of Sunrise or Anjunabeats, Dusk Till Doorn is less about painting a picture with sounds, and more about keeping the energy high and the crowd (or listener) engaged at all times. The inclusion of slightly older already released tracks like Tiesto and Hardwell’s Zero 76 reflects Doorn’s self-perceived role as a DJ, balancing artistic vision with crowd pleasing zingers. The new Dusk Till Doorn has a more “live” feel to it than its predecessor, favoring techy beats and less vocals, especially in part 1. The inclusion of two Moguai releases, including a fantastic remix of Felix Da Housecat’s Zaman, exemplifies this shift.
Part 2 is where the mix truly starts to shine. Like last year, Doorn uses the second half to showcase his core style–tech trance. From dark and nuanced to uplifting, Doorn runs the gamut of styles and feelings. Matt Smallwood and Ali Wilson’s Bliss is one of those memorable piano-driven room-fillers that works perfectly with the syncopated jives of a high BPM tech beat. Other tracks are noticeably more electro-ish, such as Erick Strong’s hard-hitting Hopeless. Either way, the mix never really slows down. While Doorn calms the mix here and there with a progressive melody or two, he never fails to ramp up the energy again with a slamming transition a la Sander. If you haven’t already, check out our recent interview with the man of the hour.