Chicago’s own Blake Jarrell has been banging out enormous trance hits for years, including Punta del Este, Louder, and the classic Not Alone Tonight. Originally from the New Orleans area, Blake Jarrell made Chicago his new home in the wake of the Katrina hurricane disaster. Spotted by Armada in 2007, Blake has since traveled to over forty nations, produced two mix compilations, and established a summer residency at the prestigious Amnesia club in Ibiza, Spain. He also runs a free monthly podcast named Concentrate, available here.
Quite the star of Armada sub-label Electronic Elements that includes artists like Embliss and Thom V, Blake took the progressive house scene by storm with his latest wonder Maresias, named after a coastal city in Brazil. This fantastically uplifting track has a calming breakdown preceding quite a triumphal build. Earlier this year, Blake’s Argentinian friend Juan Carlos Escobar Villalba (aka B.O.N.G.) took on Blake’s Galapagos. The acoustic piano in this remix really stands out and carries the listener through all the way to the end. Also off the same release as Galapagos is Patagonia, named after the famous southern region of South America. The highlight of this track is its catchy house beat and grumbling, buzzy bassline. I have to say that of these three, Patagonia for me takes the cake as the most epic.
Blake Jarrell has seen success the world over, so it’s no surprise that he’s been on tour all year long. If you happen to be in Canada and you’d like to catch him he’ll be playing next month in Vancouver and Montreal, Canada.