Trance Wax collates all-time trance inspirations in celebration of debut album
What began as the original sprouts of a highly enigmatic, singular project has finally come to fruition. Trance Wax, the alias of Belfast export Garry McCartney, has ruminated in the whispers of coveted anonymity, commanding a stronghold on the modern day interpretation of the nostalgic trance scene with his rare vinyl-only bootlegs of classics from Moby, Mauro Picotto, and more. Celebrated under his primary domain as house and techno aficionado Ejeca, McCartney now gives way to the burgeoning era of Trance Wax as he reaps the milestone release of album debut, Trance Wax.
Paying sincere homage to the golden age of trance, the 14-track record is a rejuvenation of sounds long lost to a contemporary wave of electronic cross-pollination. However, the self-titled LP still embraces hybrid territory in its framing of trance within multi-genre infusions, beckoning listeners to fall deep into the past inspirations of early 2000’s Eurotrance and Balaeric beat while remaining fresh. An album unlike any other and certainly not resembling those on the airwaves, Trance Wax has delighted in its special execution, supported by significant trance contributors like “Saltwater” vocalist Moya Brennan and Jan Johnston, as well as by McCartney’s own personal bonds to the long-lived genre—the work’s eventual liberation owing greatly to a sharpened collection of trance appreciation over the years.
Join Dancing Astronaut in journeying through Trance Wax’s favorite classic trance tracks of all time as he celebrates the records that lighted the way for the arrival of his full-length delivery.
1. Mauro Picotto – Lizard
Trance Wax: “The first vinyl I bought as a kid. It’s an epic track that builds and builds. Mauro is a hero of mine and has made a lot of great techno as well as trance.”
2. GTR – Mistral
Trance Wax: “An early one from Gareth Emery, it’s got that perfect melancholic blend of dark euphoria. Works well with lasers.”
3. Three Drives On A Vinyl – Sunset On Ibiza
Trance Wax: “They are better known for the classic “Greece 2000,” but I love this one. It’s dark euphoria, something that is very hard to pull off.”
4. Moonman – Galaxia
Trance Wax: “It’s the first Ferry [Corsten] track I heard and brings back great memories.”
5. Push – The Legacy
Trance Wax: “MIKE/Push is one of the most consistent trance producers out there, I could name about 10 tracks of his I play out, but this one really is epic.”
6. Lange – Drifting Away
Trance Wax: “Beautiful vocal trance from another great producer, it’s great in the middle of a set when you’re moving through the gears. Check out the sunset dub.”
7. Tenth Planet – Ghosts
Trance Wax: “Another lush vocal track with a heavily addictive breakdown. The Vincent De Moor remix is stunning.”
8. Paul Van Dyk – For An Angel
Trance Wax: “A great closing track, one of the all-time greats.”
9. Matt Darey – Liberation Ferry Corsten mix
Trance Wax: “It really brings back memories and the bassline is absolutely banging.”
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