Allow us to catch you up… It’s been six years since Richard Durand despatched us his boldly high-concept ‘Richard Durand Versus The World’ album. It’s affordable to say that within the meantime his outlook on many points life – each private and pressional – have shifted.
Over that interval he has circled the planet a dozen + instances, DJing, producing travelling, experiencing and life balancing. It’s additionally a timeframe inside which he skilled loss (by way of the passing his long-time good friend & supervisor) and a close to sizeable shift in his trance music tastes. (The latter prompting him to depart the ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ combine sequence).
Consequently Richard has been on album-pause whereas the frequencies realigned and life loops resolved. He all the time knew that when he returned to the medium (after 2009’s ‘Always The Sun’, 2011s ‘Wide Awake’ and 2012’s ‘R.D.V.T.W.’), it needed to be with a world-beater. To that finish, Durand has spent a lot the final 14 months creating a brand new monitor assortment, sturdy in each quantity (it options 19 productions) and sonic nature. It additionally bucks the present development collab, collab, collab, its meeting being way more Richard’s personal singular tackle the trance sound. Where studio partnerships happen, artistically they accomplish that organically. They happen with likeminded operators (Marco V, Mark Sherry, Sied van Riel, by method instance) who share Richard’s imaginative and prescient a more durable, extra propulsive clubbing tomorrow. Similarly vocal cuts are distinct of their rarity – Christina Novelli and Mike Schmidt (final heard on Cosmic Gate’s ‘Nothing Can Touch You Now’) make appearances all through its course.
The album is a launch whose essence is sure within the oneness the hypnotic, marching and certainly flat-out entrancing character trance. ‘The Air We Breathe’ is as a lot an exhalation as an inhalation for the Dutchman, and one with the unmistakable subtext one musical period passing and the start one other.
The album overtures with ‘Insolidus’, which Richard co-produced with Geert Huinink. Through Durand’s remixing Huinink’s (the legendary co-writer Tiësto’s opening three albums) ‘The Sacred Vine’, Geert makes a second look however just a few tracks later. Vocal quantity ‘Kill The Fear’ (sung by Mike Schmid) and the deeper edge ‘Land Of Angels’ additional help in ‘The Air We Breathe’s growth.
From there, its physics develop into markedly extra gravity-defying, and the album gears as much as the intense enterprise ground elevation. ‘Skies Above’, ‘Aida’, ‘Lotus’ and the Sied van Riel-coproduced ‘Universal Minds’ collectively put it in flight mode.
With the midpoint-marking, ‘Pandora’ and the Mark Sherry co-produced ‘Cosmic Dawn’ comes one other pivot level. It assumes a more durable, more durable, extra angular prile, as (the tellingly titled) ‘Savage’, ‘Toxic’, ‘Vortex’, (alongside Marco V’) and the deliciously unsettling ‘Boogieman’ provide it an onrush ‘4AM’-ness. At monitor 19, the album emerges blinking into the sunshine, with Richard’s Beatport chart-topping, most up-to-date single (alongside Christina Novelli), ‘The Air I Breathe’.
An LP that faces as much as the six-years-later challenges and surmounts every by way of sheer auditory drive, Richard Durand’s fourth album ‘The Air We Breathe’ is obtainable to stream/buy right here right now: https://richarddurand.choons.at/tawb
Tracklist: Richard Durand – The Air We Breathe
01. Insolidus (with Geert Huinink) (Intro Mix)
02. The Air I Breathe
03. Land Of Angels
04. Kill The Fear (with Mike Schmid)
05. Geert Huinink – The Sacred Vine (Richard Durand Remix)
06. The Skies Above
09. Universal Minds (with Sied van Riel)
11. Cosmic Dawn (with Mark Sherry)
12. Vortex (with Marco V)
15. Pelican Rouge
19. The Air I Breathe (with Christina Novelli)