Markus Schulz has become something of an EDM powerhouse–a label owner, a producer, a DJ, a manager–this is a guy who defines the scene rather than just being a part of it. Now his fifth studio album is upon us, a follow up to 2012’s Scream, simply entitled Scream 2.
Scream 2 is something of a throwback album for Markus, very much a taste of his early efforts at the turn of the millennium. There is a smattering of modern trance going on here, with some big stabs and tape-stops at play, but the vast majority is big uplifting saw riffs, massive pads, rolling bass lines and classic percussion. For an idea of what’s on offer, take a listen to last year’s Remember This, cited at the time of release as classic Markus and a track which could achieve legendary status in its own right. As it turns out, it’s symbolic of Scream 2, and with collaborations with the likes of Rex Mundi and vocals from talents like CeCe Peniston, you start to get the feeling this album is going to be something very special indeed.