Throughout most of EDM’s history, DJs had to be strictly house or strictly trance. Sander van Doorn, however, has succeeded in making this status quo increasingly obsolete. By rocking the best tunes from a wide pallette of genres, he has given himself a tremendous advantage over the competition, and his new album Eleve11 stands as a testament to that. Rocking massive crowds at ASOT 500, EDC, and Electric Zoo, SvD’s career has reached an unstoppable velocity this year. Announcing Eleve11 on his weekly radio show/podcast Identity, the world couldn’t wait to dive into another Doorn album since his 2008 release Supernaturalistic.
Putting in the level of pronounced effort and creativity he’s famous for, Sander somehow pulled off this treasure while aggressively touring the globe. No small feat, Eleve11 showcases his year’s many great accomplishments, including Miami monster Koko, the boundary-pushing Timezone, and catchy vocal hit Love Is Darkness. A proud collection of his most impressive work, Sander of course had to invite some Swedish talent into his studio. Wisely choosing the Stockholm native Adrian Lux, together the two great minds developed the terrific tune Eagles. Full of uplifting bliss, this tune had tagged onto it a secret, unnamed album closer featuring a very xx-inspired guitar riff and an ascending tribal chorus.
Eleve11 also has some techy monstrosities, including Slap My Pitch Up. Delivering heavy kicks and cowbell, this one is reminiscent of his dark classics, like his remix of Control Freak by Armin van Buuren. Also aiming to hit euphoric harmony, Sander upped the driving trance energy for the track Nano. A beautiful construction of flowing flutes and glistening melodies, the attention to detail here is very apparent. Also recruiting some friends from other corners of EDM, Sander brought along fellow Dutch house DJs Sidney Samson, Laidback Luke, and Australian vocalist Sia for some terrific collaborations. There’s also an added bonus tune giveaway of Track 12, available for free off his Facebook page. Be sure not to forget this one.