Mar 20, 2011
The Evolution of Trance
Calvin West - Children (Extended Mix) [Spinnin']

Italian producer Robert Miles originally released Children in 1996, and Calvin West’s updated version shows just how far dance production has come. You’ll probably recognize the track–Children received huge acclaim and is a classic in the trance genre. It’s Miles’ most successful single, and reached #1 in more than 12 countries during its reign (artwork above). Those are some big shoes to fill, and while remixes have come along over the last 15 years, Calvin West’s rework stands out as the ultimate shoe-filler.

The contrast between Miles’ dreamy trance style and Calvin’s new-school techniques is pretty stunning. Calvin updates the track from a technical standpoint, but also adds a progressive touch to this trance anthem which boosts the track’s energy and club appeal. The synths are sharper, the bass is fatter, and a slammin’ snare replaces that trancey high-hat which was so big in older trance.

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