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Sander Van Doorn - Dusk 'Til Doorn 2011 [Release]

Known for his versatile production and DJing style, Sander Van Doorn's two disk Dusk Till Doorn 2011 compilation, is a very accurate portrayal of a man who knows no genre bindings. This is triumph and I for one, have been listening to the second CD on repeat for quite some time now.


(The scene fades in...
It's a dark stormy night in the city. A siren in the distance gets louder as it moves closer to rescue a lost soul...)

The first track off Dusk Till Doorn 2011 CD1, Cry (Just A Little) is something that I'd imagine hearing while playing Grand Theft Auto IV (The Ballad Of Gay Tony version). It's not that I dislike it, or love it, I just wasn't expecting it from the hard-hitting DJ that I've grown accustomed to. However, it leads into "It Will Come To You," a song with a deep progressive bass line that makes you want to play air piano.  This is the year of the Thomas Gold. Being a fan of him for the past few years, I'm so happy to see his name pop up with some of our industries favorites. His remix of "Reach Out" is a great interpretation of Sander's original. I love, love, love the builds and drops in this song. Perfect for any Tech House lover. Moving into Afrojack's "Doing It Right" seems like it'd be a jump in genres, but it's not. An arpeggio of a plucked string leads to a big room symphony of strings (which Sander fans will love) and then those lead to the hook. Think of it as Prog/Tech a la Dirty Dutch. It's just crazy enough to work--plus I'm a sucker for a modulated synth.

Wippenberg's Phoenix comes in like a thief in the night. I don't know about you, but I like to listen when the DJ brings in the new track, but this one was seamless. The hook blended perfectly with "Doing It Right." Phoenix also has modulated strings, so you know I'm a fan of this song. And can someone tell me where that sample is from? It sounds like an old 90's song. Moving on--I've been a Dr. Kucho fan ever since I heard his song "The Rave." And "Hale Bop" is a great example of the producing genius this man is. The rhythmic bass pans off of the rhythmic melody. The build reminds me of E.T. bicycling through the stars. Until the snares come in, then I'm back to the pulsating beat like before. Dr. Kucho, if you're reading this, I'm single. :)

The next two songs on the CD involve one of my favorite artists that I've ever interviewed in my career to date. André Tegeler AKA Moguai. This guy is as talented as he is funny, charming, and humble. "Optinuum" is a feat of engineering. That song was created to the utmost of perfection, and even listening to it on repeat, has not made me grow tired of the song.  Next, on DTD is Moguai's remix of Thee Nese Djouma Projesi's  "Zaman." I love the percussion in this track. It's very junglistic and eerie... which really play up the eeriness of the vocals. The delay on them makes you trip, swear to God. And lest we forget the modulated strings ;)
Watch me interview Moguai

Next up to bat, is "Koko," which should be familiar to all you true Sander fans. ROLL CALL: how many of you have play the air flute to this song? Just me? Damn. Anyway. Is there anything to say about "Love Is Darkness" that you haven't already heard? Probably not, but I will tell you this; singing this song a feet away from Sander on stage at the Beatport Beach Party is something I will never forget. For me, I will always be a fan of the original mix, but Basto!'s Bigroom Baby Mix is still good none the less.

In regards to Marco V's "Sticker," it is pure baby making music. Yes, that is what I'd make babies to. Great, great Prog track from another great Dutchman. Speaking of Dutchman, next on DTD is Nicky Romero's "Keyword." I like the techy vibe of this song, but I do feel the strings remind me a bit too much of Art Of Trance's "Madagascar." Even down to the syncopated timing. Like the song, it's just not as fresh as I like my tunes to be.

Fedde's "Control Room," isn't necessarily an oldie, but it IS a goodie. Love seeing it on the CD. I must be living under a rock, because I'm not familiar with the name Erick Strong. But his song "Italian is a really great transitional song for all you progressive DJs out there. "Zero 76"... nothing to say for that one ;) but I do think that "Punk (Arty Rock-n-Rolla Mix)" is having the best year ever. CD1 ends with "I Wanna Be Your Dog." I would like this song a lot more if the vocals weren't in it.


Just a quick glance at CD2's track listing, you can just tell it's going to be a different ride.  "Everything Explained" is probably a very apt beginning title for this round 2. I feel that the first CD was the party one, and the second CD is the dark underground version of that first party. "Illumination" brings us into a more Trance vibe than the Prog one we started with. "White Out" has great pans and filters. With effects trippy enough to make you finish that cigarette and go back to the dance floor. Great outdoor arena feel to this song.

Gentlemen, if you want to get that hot sweaty Trance raver girl into bed with you, whisper "I Love Indigo (Festival Mix)" in her ear. This song is a hauntingly beautiful pure Trance sounding track. Good stuff. Manuel De La Mare is one of my favorite producers. Everything I've heard from him I've liked. "Circle Of Life" with Paul Thomas is no different. Good beats, rhythms and vibes. "Bliss" has a great chord progression and the vocals remind me of an old Moby song. "Sun 2011 (4 Strings Remix)" is the epic one. I can just see all the hands in the air. Outdoor festival ready. "Stuck In Rio" slows down the epicness with a little Progressive Trance. This song just keeps your feet in the right direction...perpetual movement.

"Everything In It's Right Place" is one of my favorite Radiohead songs. So imagine my pleasant surprise of a Trance remix. Even if this song was absolute shit, I would still love it. C'mon Trance and Radiohead together??? That's my proverbial wet dream! Love this song. Great interpretation of the original! Erick Strong is back once again (with the ill behavior) on CD2 with "Hopeless." After hearing this song, my new goal is to hear this in a club and be sitting on the speaker. My speaker whores will know what I'm talking about.

Remember how I said you could tell the ride of this CD was going to be different? Wanna know how I knew that before I listened? Two words: Ummet Ozcan. Any Tech Trance fan knows this man, and probably has a shrine in their closets. Whenever you hear his productions, you know something dark and epic is bound to happen. So the fact that he has two songs back to back on this CD practically solidifies epic gold (and of course I'm right). "Transcend" and "Reboot" are great pillars in the Ummet production wave.

"Cut Above" takes to ride out of the darkness, and back to outdoor arena feel. With a riff so simplistic and catchy, do not hum along; it WILL get stuck in your head (learn from my mistakes). "Capetown" I first heard on ASOT 500. As my junglists would say, "CHUUUUUUUUUUUUNE!!!" I like my Trance hard and dirty, this song hits the spot real good. And as for the next song? You had me at Arty. Daddyrock is a "chune" itself. Throw Arty on top, and you've got a good time.

"23!" I like a lot because 1. I'm 23 2. When I tell people I'm 23, I imagine an exclamation point. "Let Go" has a great balance between vocals and instrumental. The song can survive without either. This is the song you want to heard towards the end of the night. "Spotfire" is a.w.e.s.o.m.e. Great vocal sample. Great effects! And Dubstep? WHAAT? Yes kids, there is Dubstep. Well actually let's call it Tech Progressive Trance House Step. Whatever genre and sub-genre you want to put it in, it's just a genuinely fun track. Your ears don't know what to so in this piece. A badass way to end the night, and bring us into Doorn ;).

CD1 – Dusk

Bingo Players - Cry (Just A Little) (Olav Basoski Remix)
Filterheadz - It Will Come To You  (Original Mix)
Sander van Doorn - Reach Out (Thomas Gold Mix)
Afrojack - Doing It Right (Original Mix)
Wippenberg - Phoenix (Extended Mix)
Dr. Kucho! - Hale Bopp (Original Mix)
Moguai – Optinuum (Original Mix)
Felix Da Housecat pres.  Nese Djouma Projesi - Zaman (Moguai Remix)
Sander van Doorn - Koko (Original Mix)
Sander van Doorn feat Carol Lee - Love Is Darkness  (Basto's Bigroom Baby)
Marco V - Sticker (Original Mix)
Nicky Romero - Keyword (Original Mix)
Fedde Le Grand - Control Room
Erick Strong - Italian (Original Mix)
Tiesto & Hardwell - Zero 76 (Original Mix)
Ferry Corsten - Punk  (Arty Rock-n-Rolla Mix)
Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa - I Wanna Be Your Dog (Original Mix)

CD2 - Dawn

Filterheadz - Everything Explained (Original Mix)
MEM - Illumination  (Original Mix)
Heikki  L & Lovetone - White Out  (Original Mix)
D-Mad ft Emma Lock - I Love Indigo  (Festival Mix)
Manuel De La Mare & Paul Thomas - Circle Of Life (Original Mix)
Ali Wilson & Matt Smallwood - Bliss (Original Mix)
Slusnik Luna - Sun 2011  (4 Strings Remix)
Radion 6 - Stuck In Rio  (Original Mix)
Evol Wavez - Everything In Its Right Place  (Original mix)
Erick Strong - Hopeless (Original Mix)
Ummet Ozcan - Transcend (Original Mix)
Ummet Ozcan - Reboot (Original Mix)
Genix - Cut Above (Original Mix)
Leon Bolier - Capetown (Original Mix)
Sander van Doorn - Daddyrock (Arty Remix)
Jordan Suckley – 23! (Original Mix)
Jon O'Bir & Sonic Element - Let Go  (Original Mix)
Jacob Van Hage - Spotfire (Original Mix)