While trance has slowed down in recent years and become friendly with its big brother house, some producers have stuck to their roots. There’s always a place for the harder and faster end of uplifting trance, and one name that is instantly recognisable in the genre is Simon Patterson. Now he’s making his debut on Armin’s Who’s Afraid Of 138?! label, backed up with a remix from fellow uplifting legend John Askew.
The first thing to note about Brush Strokes is that it has been released on the wrong label, tanking along at 140bpm rather than the sedentary 138bpm that has become known as “fast”. This is trance at its proper speed, but the energy doesn’t just come courtesy of the pace. There’s a rolling bassline, some powerful acid lines, manic synth arpeggios, and to top it all off, a break, build and–most importantly–a drop, that all carry a soaring main melody. It’s how uplifting trance should be, but if you like things a bit harder and a bit more minimal, Askew’s mix is something special. The whole track is stripped right back, the melody is all but gone and the pounding kick and offbeat bass dominate, making for a remix that should find a nice home in a dark underground club with an extremely loud sound system.
Brush Strokes is out now and is a perfect showcase of the faster side of trance, whether it’s epic and uplifting, or dark and serious.