Richard Durand presents brand new album “Wide Awake”
With the album giving him an ideal platform with which to expand his musical scope, the Dutchman has housed 17 whip-sharp, cross-party electronic dance tracks on “Wide Awake”. Following its completion, Richard commented: “when I started this album, I knew that it wouldn’t be “Always the Sun Pt. II” - I didn’t feel there’d be any sense in covering exactly the same ground again. I wanted each successive track I produced to have a different feel and tone than the last. This method has led to a long-player that I am extremely proud of. Now, more than anything, I’m looking forward to taking the music into the clubs and seeing the crowd’s reactions to it!”
From the very first key-strike of its dazzling curtain raiser “Burning Piano” through to the gauzy melodics of “Clear Blue Sky” and the hookily vocalled title track “Wide Awake”, the album builds a large precedent. Diversifying out into other spheres, it serves buzzing distortion-driven house fare like “Robotic” and high-octane, electro-fused numbers like “Disturbed” and “Real Deal” just as fast. Those on the look out for high-impact tech-trance-minded Durand floor-thrillers won’t need to hunt far either. “Airwell”, “Open Range”, “Incredible Music”, “Tiger’s Apology” and “Crystal” (with protégée Alex O’Rion) all open the throttle and set their sights collectively on the heart of the floor.
For its vocal numbers, Richard has gathered together some of very special singer/song-writing talent. Christian Burns (who sung on Tiësto’s “In the Dark”), and JES add mood and moment to “Night & Day” and “N.Y.C.” respectively, while Kash’s atypical rapid-fire lyrics and staccato vocals light the touch-paper of “Explode”.
From the sharp end of trance synthery, through to swirling progressive atmospherics, to the speaker-quaking bass-rock of electro and all points in between, Durand’s “Wide Awake” posts a new apex in his career.
01. Burning Piano
02. Clear Blue Sky
03. Wide Awake (featuring Ellie Lawson)
05. Explode (featuring Kash)
06. Frozen Dreams
07. Andain - Everything From Me (Richard Durand Remix)
09. Night And Day (featuring Christian Burns)
11. N.Y.C. (with JES)
12. Tiger’s Apology
13. Open Range
14. Real Deal
15. Crystal (vs. Alex O’Rion)
16. Incredible Music