Maor Levi renounces hatred of trance in new ‘Mercury/Neptune’ EP
Maor Levi was once akin to Anjunabeats in the way Andrew Rayel is with Armada – the label’s wunderkind, highly promoted by the owners, shot into the spotlight as one of trance’s up-and-coming talents. Signed by Above & Beyond when he was 16, the Israeli prodigy’s presence became especially crucial at the time of Group Therapy when it became known he had a huge hand in the album’s production.
At some point down the line Levi’s mentality toward the genre flipped as he diverged from his initial style, exploring other labels such as Spinnin’. Though, he has since returned to the label where his career arguably began with a planetary two-track EP. Its debut track “Mercury” is a celestial progressive trance tune with electro overtones and an airy, emotive breakdown that align it with modern Anjuna sounds. “Neptune,” on the other hand, strikes as a fusion between trance and house with a stronger kick and crunchier synths that underline the otherwise melodic production. There’s no saying as to whether or not the maestro is back for good, but it’s refreshing to see him acknowledge his roots.