Our Albums are put together using music which has come substantially from the previous 12 month, and because of that they are very representative of the sound or style at the time (have a listen to the different sounds across our other albums and you will see what we mean). The music itself thus has a big influence on what we do, and the outcome. This year is no different. The vocal tracks have returned (we have a higher than normal percentage this year); the tracks are much shorter now, typically 5.5 minutes instead of 8 or 9 minutes; and many of them run into a breakdown at the front of the track. This year, both CDs have 14 tracks on them, and of the 28 tracks in total, 22 are vocals, or have vocals in them.
CD 1 opens with Now I See featuring the voice of Neev Kennedy – a progressive sound, but sooo dancey and a great way to get you going. It builds beautifully through Let It Rain, Who We Are, Hold On To Your Heart and Once More. We take a break from the vocals, and slide into Mount Sinai. Turn this one up really loud. It has fantastic big room sounds, and the melody keeps taking you higher. A gear change introduces Startail’s latest masterpiece, Whirlwind. Can you hear the wind swirling through the wind chimes? His use of different sounds in his melodies is wonderfully fresh (remember the sounds of the Celeste from Daybreak on Volume Fourteen – this track includes a harpsichord). This track keeps going up and up – we love it. The music has an urgency to it, pushing us forward and higher.
After Whirlwind, CD1 returns to vocals, with Gareth Emery’s Far From Home, the very popular Reckless, and peaks with Aly & Fila’s Is It Love. We recommend that the next track, called Meet At The End should be turned up really loud. The peerless vocals of Tricia McTeague, interwoven with the haunting strains of Rory O’Grady’s electric guitar will give you goosebumps. CD1 closes with the haunting vocal of Jaren in Suncatcher’s Remix of Leave The Light On.
CD2 kicks off with the lovely Moments With You from our long time favourite, Illitheas, and just flows into The Night Sky remix of Essence of Life (the sounds are almost identical). Meeting In The Orchestra was released on 6th February. The Hamza Khamessi remix is an amazing blend of sounds, even a chorus. Is this what sitting in an orchestra really sounds like? You will need to listen to this track over and over again, each time finding more sounds. I’ll Find My Way was on the short list for Volume Fourteen, and much to the despair of many, it was pushed aside. We present it this year and note that it hasn’t lost any of its magic in the intervening period.
The artist Sunset produced his remix of Gareth Emery’s Save Me as part of a remix competition. Because it wasn’t a commissioned remix, it was not part of the commercial release, and thus not available to be used on commercial albums like ours. We decided that the remix was far better than any of the others, so we went back to the record label and obtained special permission. Its inclusion on Volume Fifteen is the world’ first commercial release of this track. Our special thanks to Xelon Entertainment and Armada for working with us on this.
The peak of CD2 runs 17 minutes long and commences with the instrumental, Night Is Calling and flows into Forever And A Dayfeaturing Stine Grove. This track starts low and works up to a frenzy towards the end, with such massive production. Neo Kekkonen’s remix of The Gift Of Life is one of the biggest tracks we have ever heard. Every time we play it someone says “whoar”. The vocals from Jaki Song tell the true story of the Artist when he was struggling to build his label.
After The Gift Of Life, we move into the closing phase of the album with the lush vocals of Jess Morgan in Made of Light. This is like a gear change, but very necessary, as we realised that we were breathless, and that it was time to stop dancing and breathe (breathing deeply – breathing deeply). Martin Libsen’s remix of Aurora has an underlying melody that will stay with you for days. Don’t Say, with the vocalist Victoriya is so lush, haunting and beautiful, with an exquisite sorrow that will leave a lump in your throat. This leads into our final track; a celebration of our music, called The Day. It has big room sounds and includes everything that is wonderfully about trance. Turn it up very loud, grab hands with someone and just dance with joy.
Our thanks go to the many people who give tirelessly of their time to help with our events and what we do. These include Damon, Daniel S, Joal & Geoff, Kurt, Moleshall, Shane & Jacob, Rob, Talon and others. Thanks to Tim for introducing us to The Gift Of Life. A very special thanks to Kirby (Zane) for his assistance with track selection and mixing. And finally, thanks to the ever patient Zac, for putting up with a house of constant music.
Ladies and Gentlemen we are extremely proud to present Ruby Trance Volume Fifteen, celebrating 15 years of Uplifting and Vocal Trance
Ruby & Stephen