oz-edm-logo-2020-dark

Markus Schulz Releases 8th Studio Album ‘Escape’

markus-schulz-escape-feature-oz-edm-2020
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Reddit

The eighth album from Markus Schulz has arrived in these extraordinary times.

By way of example some might’ve imagined that Markus would take our harder times as the artistic cue to re-don his Dakota mask as he last did in the winter of 2017. What’s established inside the first three tracks of ‘Escape’ – his new artist album out Sept 25 – however is that he’s headed it in almost entirely the opposite direction. Topping even the headily life-affirming heights of 2018’s ‘We Are The Light’, he’s delivered his most heartening, elevating new music assembly to date.

With ‘up’ its sole goal, Markus has put together a singer/co-writer team sheet that feels instinctive in choice and proves (by virtue of his accrued studio years) alchemic in outcome. Drawing on talent new & established, it splits its productions between solos, first-time debuts and collaborative re-teams, developing in turn an album that tonally reaches all the way from the eclectic to the mainstream.

Naturally it includes Markus’s most recent single dispatches: ‘Indestructible’ & ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ with Adina Butar, April’s ‘Are You With Me’ and ‘Feel Alive’, with London Thor & Valentino Alessandrini. It further features 11 previously unheard Schulz cuts, including numbers with HALIENE & Christina Novelli, as well as first time artistic partnerships with Roxanne Emery and Christian Burns.

“Of the album and its release circumstances, at the start of September Markus took to Facebook to share his thoughts. “This year he says has undoubtedly been unprecedented due to the pandemic we are living through, and every day begins with a wish for normality while we battle anxiety and worries. As artists and DJs, we’ve all had to be creative in order to stay connected with you while the clubbing scene remains closed. And all of these little musical things I hope act as a means of escape from the outside world and daily struggles, even if it’s just for a little while.

It is for that reason that I am proud to announce that my next artist album is indeed titled ‘Escape’, and you’re going to hear some of my soundscape visions like you’ve never heard them before, and indeed, never seen them before. ‘Escape’ arrives on Friday September 25th, and in conjunction with the album, I’m going to be virtually taking you to some of the most breath-taking and stunning scenic locations to perform live.” – Markus Schulz

And that’s exactly what Markus did, tackling the challenge of the-DJ-debuting-their-album by reimagining the very essence of ‘the tour’. From the deserts of Sedona, Arizona and Utah’s Moab to iconic spots like Colorado’s The Rockies and Route 66, over the last month Schulz literally set the album’s scene. Playing sets framed by some of the most awe-inspiring and emotionally elevating sights the United States has on offer, they provided the perfect backdrop-escape for ‘Escape’. Episode 1 of his mix-tour (Escape To Sedona) launches online October 1, with new episodes dropping weekly throughout the Fall.

Musically, Markus doesn’t even let its overture number pass before pointing the album’s tonal direction North. With ‘Escape’s title track setting the precedent, its quick to press the point with the abundant exuberance of current single ‘Feel Alive’. Recruiting both Ethan Thompson & Soundland to ‘Make It Last Forever’, Schulz unites two ‘Watch The World’ collaborators to one track. Following recent paired outings, ‘Escape’s midpoint meanwhile brings the vocal rush of ‘Tidal Wave’, ‘In Search Of Sunrise’, ‘Not Afraid To Fall’ and ‘Second Day’, signaling swift recalls for the vocal talents of HALIENE, Adina Butar, Christina Novelli and JES.

‘Circles Around Me’, ‘Blue Dream’ and ‘Sunday Chords’ add calmer, but no-less-optimistic notes to the album’s stitch. Its triumphant one-two closeout however is reserved for a dual-collaboration-debut, with Markus working alongside Christian Burns on ‘Wait For You’ and Roxanne Emery on its swansong, ‘Gold Dust’.

Extraordinary times call for extra-ordinary albums and the eighth collection from Markus Schulz is that to-its- core. The creative turbo-charge that is ‘Escape’ is out Sept 25 and available through Beatport and all streaming platforms.

Escape Tracklist

01. Escape
02. Feel Alive (with London Thor & Valentino Alessandrini)
03. Turn Me Down (with Singa)
04. Make It Last Forever (with Ethan Thompson & Soundland)
05. Not Afraid To Fall (with Christina Novelli)
06. Circles Around Me
07. In Search Of Sunrise (with Adina Butar)
08. Tidal Wave (with HALIENE)
09. Second Day (with JES)
10. Blue Dream
11. Sunday Chords
12. Indestructible (with Adina Butar)
13. Are You With Me (with Daimy Lotus)
14. Wait For You (with Christian Burns)
15. Gold Dust (with Roxanne Emery)

 

    group-therapy-radio-poster-oz-edm

    Recent Trance News

    • Alpha 9 Releases Debut Album ‘Horizons’ alpha9-dreams-feature-oz-edm-2020

      Alpha 9 Takes the Music World by Storm with New Album ‘Horizons’ Artem Stolyarov, also known as ARTY and ALPHA 9, is a well-established artist in the industry. He has played a significant role in Anjunabeats’ success, having created some of the label’s most iconic tracks such as ‘Rebound’, ‘Kate’, ‘Before The Dawn’, and ‘Zara’ among others. His contributions have shaped the sound of the label. ALPHA 9 is the pseudonym under which Artem Stolyarov has been able to delve into the progressive trance genre that captured his passion as a teenager. ‘New Horizons’ serves as a retrospective of the project thus far and a glimpse into its future direction. “ALPHA 9 is my roots. and when we decided to revive the project, we knew we wanted to take it to Anjunabeats” – Artem Stolyarov After a meticulous process of three years, ‘New Horizons’ is finally here featuring 14 original ALPHA 9 compositions. We had a chance to talk to Artem about the motivation behind some of the tracks on the album, and he shared the following insights. The new album is out now on all streaming platforms; get your first listen below!

    • Armin van Buuren Brisbane Headline Show Announced armin-van-bururen-brisbane-2023-oz-edm-feature

      Dutch trance superstar Armin van Buuren will play a special headline club show in Brisbane this February. When news broke earlier this week of Transmission Sydney 2023, Armin van Buuren was revealed to headline the monster trance event set to take place in February 2023. Dance music fans can rejoice today with the news that Armin van Buuren will play a second show in Australia; locking in a special headline show in Brisbane. Armin van Buuren is coming to Fortitude Music Hall February 10th, for his only solo Australian show. Brisbane, it’s been years since the legend himself has played in the city and fans are going to want to be there for what’s set to be an unforgettable night with one of music’s biggest DJ’s and producers. The Fortitude Music Hall is the largest ballroom/theatre styled venue in Australia, with a 3,000 person standing capacity and a 1,100 seated capacity. Inspired by some of the world’s most loved live music venues, the venue also pays homage to the iconic venues of Brisbane’s history. The Fortitude Music Halls’ prime location in the heart of Brisbane’s entertainment precinct and state of the art production make the venue a truly world class performance space. Armin van Buuren is a born perfectionist, striving to stay on top of the scene he’s helped build. As the flag-bearer of the trance movement, he’s one of the most influential figures in EDM worldwide. Even though he lives an extraordinary life as one of the world’s most popular DJs, he has always remained a down-to-earth guy. Armin van Buuren is constantly on the move, whether creating music in his studio or en route to his next high-end club or festival show around the globe. Presale begins 12PM Thursday 3rd November 2022. This is a limited capacity event. We strongly recommend securing tickets during presale as demand is high! Secure your presale tickets online here – link active from 12pm AEST Thursday. Presale access code: ARMIN

    • Above & Beyond Announce ‘Group Therapy Weekender’ Australia above-and-beyond-group-therapy-weekender-australia-2022-feature-oz-edm

      Group Therapy Weekender Festival  Set To Make Its Australian Debut This December. Australian touring giants Symbiotic and Hardware are joininng  forces for the debut  Australian edition of Above & Beyond’s iconic ‘Group Therapy Weekender’ festival. Featuring a stellar, curated line-up of artists from their labels: Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep & Reflections.  The camping festival, Group Therapy Weekender Australia will be held at Yarra Valley Estate for the band’s first ever multi-day festival down under. Taking place between Friday 16 December and Sunday 18 December in Victoria’s breathtaking Yarra Valley, ‘Group Therapy Weekender Australia’ is an intimate camping getaway for Australia’s ‘Anjunafamily.’ There will also be a program of wellness activities and workshops to enhance the experience, surrounded by the picturesque landscape that surrounds the region.  There will also be an offering of the very best food and drink, from Yarra Valley and beyond. This is the first time the festival has been based in Australia and follows on from the success of ‘Group Therapy Weekender’ at The Gorge, Washington State, which welcomed 23,000 campers last July and ‘Group Therapy Weekender’ London at Dockyards. One of the world’s best-loved electronic groups, ‘Above & Beyond’ have headlined arenas around Australia over the last decade, bringing their anthemic dance songs to tens of thousands of fans. Update: Tuesday November 7, 2022 Anjuna, along with local partners Symbiotic and Hardware have made the difficult decision to relocate the inaugural ‘Group Therapy Weekender Australia’ from the Yarra Valley to central Melbourne.  Same amazing show, minus the camping. “With no reprieve from the rain in sight, it has been decided it’s too risky to proceed with a camping event this year.  The team was faced with two choices: proceed and cross our fingers that the rain will ease, and the land will dry out, or relocate to the city, where we can provide a comfortable experience rain or shine.  The ultimate goal is to deliver the greatest Anjuna event ever to visit Australia, and this can’t confidently be done in unfavourable weather conditions.  The comfort and safety of patrons is always the priority and sliding around a sodden farm for two days isn’t the experience anyone wants to have, particularly for an event’s debut year.  Although the weather has actually cleared up lately, and many were really looking forward to camping, if we’re to heed the word of Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, the current La Niña event may very well continue on through the summer months.” say organisers. ‘Group Therapy Weekender Australia’ will take place under a big top tent at Melbourne Showgrounds in a beautiful, grassy arena that’s just ten minutes from central Melbourne.  Two days, one stage, same line-up (bar a few small tweaks, including the addition of a Deep Set from Anjuna on Sunday!). Group Therapy Weekender Australia Lineup Saturday, December 17 – Lineup A-Z Above & Beyond ALPHA 9 Genix ilan Bluestone Jaytech b2b Naz Mat Zo Oliver Smith Sunday, December 18 – Lineup A-Z Above & Beyond (Deep Set) CRi DJ Set Durante b2b HANA James Grant & Jody Wisternoff Juno Mamba Luttrell Marsh OLAN Event Information Event Date: Saturday 17 December & Sunday 18 December Event Location: Melbourne Showgrounds, Victoria Tickets: Register for early access to tickets now! – Click Here! Registrations close: Monday 3rd October at 9pm Pre-sale begins: Tuesday 4th October at 10am General Public On-Sale begins: Wednesday 5th October at 10am – Secure your tickets here. Above & Beyond Group Therapy Weekender Australia Set Times

    • Giuseppe Ottaviani & Christian Burns Join Forces On ‘Closer’ giuseppe-ottaviani-christian-burns-closer-oz-edm-feature

      After August’s ‘Melody’ with Sarah de Warren, Giuseppe Ottaviani delivers ‘Horizon’s [Part 2]’ another single-worded spellbinder with ‘Closer’. One of the hallmarks of the Italian’s current album project has been pinpointing and spotlighting vocal talent from outside the trance & progressive lanes. ‘Closer’ however is its notable exception. It reteams Giuseppe with a singer-songwriter whose talents have made him one of the A-list’s most sought after. As such, it’s not the first time Giuseppe and Christian Burns’ paths have crossed (‘Brightheart’ from the ‘Alma’ album laying claim to that). In contrast to ‘Brightheart’, but in keeping with the textural sonics of ‘Horizons’ deeper dive, ‘Closer’ brings a collaboration more meditatively and transcendentally tipped in nature. Production-wise, Giuseppe prioritises atmosphere and vision over amp and elevation. His synths maintain a Moog-ish air throughout and Giuseppe weaves any number of other studio intricacies in, supplying it the richest of soundscapes. Working on the principle of less being more, Christian bakes ether and emotion into every syllable of his song. Wistful, while never despondent, yet not traditionally uplifting either, his words rest unitedly on the cusp of hopeful. Tracked every step by Giuseppe’s empathetic production, honest-to-goodness musical alchemy takes place. ‘Horizons [Part 2]’ moves another step closer, as Giuseppe Ottaviani & Christian Burns’ stunning ‘Closer’ collaboration touches down on all good streaming and sales platforms today.  

    • Above & Beyond and Marty Longstaff Reunite on ‘Chains’ above-and-beyond-flow-state-oz-edm-2019

      Premiered during the band’s Group Therapy 450 celebration at The Drumsheds London last September, ‘Chains’ is Above & Beyond’s second single of 2022 with singer Marty Longstaff and follows the release of ‘Gratitude’ earlier this year. ‘Chains’ has been a mainstay in Above & Beyond’s sets over the past year, played extensively during their 70,000-ticket Anjunafamily Reunion Tour last winter, plus two sold-out Amsterdam shows, Anjunabeats Europe in Poland, Tomorrowland, and more. ‘Chains’ was one of two Above & Beyond original productions to appear on their Anjunabeats Volume 16 compilation, alongside ‘Projection’. More commonly found performing under the moniker The Lake Poets, Marty Longstaff rose to prominence with the moving acoustic ballad ‘Shipyards’. The song accompanies the opening credits to the sleeper hit Netflix documentary, ’Sunderland ’Till I Die’. The Sunderland singer-songwriter is the voice of Above & Beyond’s ‘Tightrope’, ‘Flying By Candlelight’ and ‘Gratitude’. “‘Jump and the net will appear,’ a fleeting remark from a colleague of Tony’s at Warner Records has always percolated during songwriting. With the uncertainty of the last few years, it reared its head again and ‘Chains’ was born. Marty’s tones fit the track perfectly, reminding us that a step into the unknown, might just be putting your best foot forward.” – Above & Beyond Above & Beyond’s extensive touring schedule rolls throughout summer 2022 and into autumn. Their Group Therapy Weekender London festival takes place at Dockyards London in September, with a sold-out Los Angeles show to mark Group Therapy 500 and appearances at Creamfields, EDC Orlando, EH1 Festival, and more also in the diary. For tickets, visit https://aboveandbeyond.nu/tour Above & Beyond feat. Marty Longstaff ‘Chains’ is out now Anjunabeats, get your first listen below!