Hope Island starts with a classical guitar riff accompanied by low-pitched orchestral instruments that slowly rise and take over. As the music progresses, the track turns into a heavy melody that instantaneously collapses and gives way to the drop of the kicks and synth, all playing with the guitar still ringing in the background. A piano joins the symphony halfway through, taking the lead in the breakdown, singing a melody above a rising and falling synth that has become the signature sound of this phenomenal producer. The piano piece comes to an end with the return of the orchestral instruments, this time playing a calmer progression, and the entire tune accumulates into a heavy, pumping, uplifting rise that is guaranteed to make the listeners lose all control to this track that can only be called an epic tune.
Soundtrack Vitae is a more classical uplifting trance track that starts with a rising bass, leading to a drop and slowly bringing out a piano melody, which in turn loops into the breakdown, where it transitions into a fantastical tune, accompanied by string instruments. The kicks and synth in the uplift rapidly come out from below, building tension as they move forward and back to the piano melody, before they rise even higher and take the listeners with them to soar the skies.
Release date: December 12th 2012. Record label: Pulsar Recordings Catalogue number: PULSAR065