No matter how many new derivatives of trance appear, from melodic progressive house to the experimental trancestep, classic uplifting builds continue to thrive, despite the naysayers who call the genre “antiquated.”
Snatching Armada’s attention came rising DJ/producer Jo Micali from the Mediterranean island of Malta. Known to family and friends as Joseph Micallef, the producer gave the world goosebumps with a massive rendition of Superlative by Robert Nickson and Ruben de Ronde. Fun fact: Ruben de Ronde is Armin’s right-hand man who handles Armada operations. Combining today’s hi-fi sound with yesterday’s enchanting vocals, the heart-piercing breakdown in Micali’s Superlative remix is a nostalgic joy for long-time trance fanatics.