Country-specific influences in tracks are always fascinating to me–and to Markus Schulz as well apparently, who makes compilations named after international cities. Bjorn Akesson has stepped up to the plate to represent some Egyptian sounds in his track Painting Pyramids, and the result is a piece of music that gently yet powerfully takes you to the Sphinx’ sandy base. This original mix carries a mysterious vocal flare–a hazy, not quite distinguishable presence flying in and out of the track’s melodies. Eventually these lead straight into the mummy catacombs deep underground as reverb is added and flutes give way to the journey back out of the pyramid into an energetic drop.
The remix packaged with the original is by none other than Nhato, a LessThan3 favorite who is definitely one of the main trance producers to watch. His work on this track is completely up to standards with what we’ve come to expect from the guy–consistency that is rare in this industry. Distinctively different from the original, Nhato’s remix is harder with more electro-sounding synths in the mix and more repetition of the Egyptian vocal. The breakdown also includes some beautiful bells as well as some expert vocal splicing which set the stage for the next tier of the buildup and drop which bring the high intensity energy right back as if it never left.