US producer Audien has had a pretty productive year, with his big-room style providing a perfect crossover between trance and progressive house. From Wayfarer (which came in at #5 on our Top Trance Tracks Of 2013) to Iris to Ciao, Nate Rathbun has firmly established the Audien name as one of the biggest breakthrough acts of the year. To cap it all off, he’s reunited with Dutch vocalist Ruby Prophet to bring us his latest track, Circles.
Circles is another example of how Audien can really work the “standard” progressive house formula and keep it fresh and exciting with some trance-inspired production techniques. Yes, there’s a stompy drum beat and yes, there are big start-stop synth riffs, just as you find in so many prog house tracks. To differentiate, though, there are some piano chords sitting nicely underneath, some floaty synth arps, a chilled vocal section, and a build that isn’t designed to rip your ears off. It’s clever arrangement and songwriting as well as production skill at play here-.
Out now on Zouk, Circles is a prime example of why Audien is now one of the most respected names on the scene. Get it now via Beatport.