Markus Schulz, Giuseppe Ottaviani and Sunlounger - In Search of Sunrise 16

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Keeping the scene on its toes, last year’s ‘Search’ culminated in the November arrival of ‘ISOS’s first ‘winter edition’. With 2020 however, series-braintrust Black Hole Recordings have restored release balance to ‘In Search Of Sunrise’s force (they figured you could use the dependability!) As such, in early August - right as summer mainlines - the halcyon, season-seizing compilation series returns for its sixteenth entrancing quest.

Further anchoring this year’s ‘ISOS’ is Markus Schulz, who – returning for a third expedition - heads up its DJ contingent. Beatport’s biggest selling trance artist of the last 12 months Giuseppe Ottaviani’s also on board, bringing a clutch of his own exclusives to its middle disc. Completing ISOS’s 2020 commission (and in a selection many will see as overdue), the ever-so-chilled Roger Shah dons his Sunlounger gear to wheelhouse its third disc.

As ever DJ alchemy is central to the release, with three working as one to supply an incredibly cohesive ‘ISOS’-natured listening experience. Putting heart into their art, our dawn-seekers bring an extraordinary array of contemporary trance from both the established and the emergent.

‘In Search Of Sunrise’ is on stand, waiting to transport you to the most temperate, thermal musical places and spaces imaginable. And in this summer of all summers, that can only be a good thing!

Markus Schulz’s gets the ‘Search’ underway, and with (bold statement alert!) the most goosebump-popping, tear-in-the-eye-beautiful opening three ‘ISOS’ minutes ever. ‘Balearic Reflection’ is the track, Johan Gielen its creator and along-with comes a White Isle-facing precedent like no other. From there, well there’s no shortage of highlight supply. Markus’s new ‘ISOS’ treatment of Late Night Alumni’s ‘Empty Streets’ is quick to the laser, as is his and Adina Butar’s new teaming, on the eponymous ‘In Search Of Sunrise’. A few tracks further in Ferry Corsten’s ‘Tomorrow’ increases the heat, as does Grum & Natalie Shay’s shimmer-some ‘Afterglow’. You’ll also find much freshness from Markus’s Coldharbour cohort, with Dave Neven, Arkham Knights, Daxson, NOMADSignal and others cold-filtering their ‘ISOS’-themed best in the mix. Markus holds one of his biggest waves back till last, concluding his trip with his own box-fresh rebuild of the Emma Hewitt-voiced/Ilan Bluestone-produced wonder ‘Hypnotized’.

With his disc the one & only Giuseppe Ottaviani takes the opportunity to reveal some previously hidden artistic dispositions. If you’ve never seen the words ‘Giuseppe’ and ‘groove’ in the same sentence before… well, there you go! His ‘Search’ embarks through the rolling bassy vibes of ‘Carrying The Fire’ from Madis, some new Cressida goodness (on ‘If This Is True’) and The Thrillseekers/Hydra’s ceaselessly epic ‘Take Me With You’. ‘Not One Goodbye’ - Giuseppe’s desk-hot latest with Sue McLaren and his own solo ‘Spellbound’ meanwhile are but two of its midpoint highlights. They’re followed by some Manuel Le Saux majestics (‘Animus’ and ‘Butterflies’), along with some recent GO Music signings, including ‘New Horizons’ from Romania’s Starpicker. Giuseppe concludes his ‘Search’ with his purpose built ‘Sundown’, and in terms of a ‘handshake’ with the release’s final DJ, it couldn’t be more fitting.

We did suggest earlier that this ISOS was all back to its business-as-usual, however there’s one thing we neglected to mention. That specifically is the direction Sunlounger’s charted for his disc. Suffice to say if you absolutely, positively have to out-chill every other sunrise-searching mixer ever, there’s really only one way to go. Developing a unique ISOS heat of its own, for his, Roger’s delivered a drum-free hour and twenty. Over its pacific course, you’re going to hear the music of the scene’s foremost at their indolently chilled best. Paul van Dyk, Aly & Fila, The Thrillseekers, Stoneface & Terminal, Cold Blue and Giuseppe are just a handful of those that have had some languid rework love lavished on them. There’s plenty of Roger’s own productions incorporated too, with his ‘Hello Sunrise’ opening the mix and a new interpretation of last year’s poignantly-on-point ‘Save The World’ supplying ‘ISOS 16’s final word. 

Track list

Disc 1

  • 01
    5:38
    Balearic Reflection (Markus Schulz In Search of Sunrise Intro Mix)
    By Johan Gielen
  • 02
    4:03
    Shimmer of Tides
    By Sean & Xander
  • 03
    4:30
    Empty Streets (Markus Schulz In Search of Sunrise Remix)
    By Late Night Alumni
  • 04
    3:07
    Stroller Symphony (Markus Schulz In Search of Sunrise Rework)
    By Kris O’Neil
  • 05
    4:23
    Tomorrow
    By Ferry Corsten
  • 06
    3:18
    Midnight Colours
    By Mike EFEX
  • 07
    4:14
    In Search of Sunrise
    By Markus Schulz & Adina Butar
  • 08
    3:41
    Afterglow (Kryder Remix)
    By Grum featuring Natalie Shay
  • 09
    3:22
    Melodrama
    By Purple Stories
  • 10
    3:04
    Tuvalu
    By Iona Coast
  • 11
    3:23
    Stealing Time (Markus Schulz In Search of Sunrise Rework)
    By DJ T.H. & Jan Johnston
  • 12
    3:43
    Thorium-238
    By NOMADsignal presents Isotapes
  • 13
    3:34
    A Glimmer of Hope
    By Dave Neven presents Ocata
  • 14
    3:38
    Are You Out There
    By Arkham Knights
  • 15
    6:55
    Once in a Lifetime (I Found Sunrise Mix)
    By Daniel Wanrooy
  • 16
    2:57
    While We Wait
    By Daxson
  • 17
    3:23
    Blankensee (Markus Schulz In Search of Sunrise Rework)
    By Yelow & Ad Astra
  • 18
    3:15
    Hypnotized (Markus Schulz Remix)
    By Ilan Bluestone and StoneBlue featuring Emma Hewitt
  • 19
    77:59
    In Search of Sunrise 16 (Continuous Mix)
    By Markus Schulz

Disc 2

  • 01
    4:36
    Carrying the Fire
    By Madis
  • 02
    3:40
    If This Is True
    By Cressida
  • 03
    2:58
    Falcon
    By Francesco Sambero and Madeleine Wood
  • 04
    3:34
    Take Me With You
    By The Thrillseekers present Hydra
  • 05
    3:50
    No Man's Sky
    By Hypaton
  • 06
    3:46
    It Can't Rain for Ever
    By Andrea Mazza
  • 07
    3:58
    Not One Goodbye
    By Giuseppe Ottaviani & Sue McLaren
  • 08
    3:47
    Karma
    By Peter Steele
  • 09
    3:54
    Spellbound
    By Giuseppe Ottaviani
  • 10
    3:51
    Animus
    By Manuel Le Saux
  • 11
    3:51
    New Horizons
    By Starpicker
  • 12
    3:43
    Till We Meet Again
    By Giuseppe Ottaviani
  • 13
    3:35
    Into This Galaxy
    By Peter Santos
  • 14
    3:47
    A Life Time Away
    By Rich Triphonic
  • 15
    3:51
    Butterflies
    By Manuel Le Saux & DJ T.H. with Linnea Scho╠łssow
  • 16
    3:52
    Sundown
    By Giuseppe Ottaviani
  • 17
    77:36
    In Search of Sunrise 16 (Continuous Mix)
    By Giuseppe Ottaviani

Disc 3

  • 01
    5:32
    Hello Sunrise (Chillout Mix)
    By Sunlounger
  • 02
    5:18
    New York City (Escape Mix)
    By Paul Van Dyk, Starkillers and Austin Leeds featuring Ashley Tomberlin
  • 03
    6:38
    Unbreakable (Sunlounger Remix)
    By Aly & Fila meets Roger Shah & Susana
  • 04
    4:26
    You & I (Sunlounger Remix)
    By Yelow
  • 05
    5:35
    I Die (Josh Ferrin Chillout Remix)
    By Dennis Sheperd & Alan Morris featuring Sue McLaren
  • 06
    6:16
    Bliss (Chillout Mix)
    By Pierre Pienaar presents Melodia
  • 07
    5:40
    Don't Say Goodbye
    By Ahmed Romel & Roxanne Emery
  • 08
    3:52
    Gratitude (Chillout Mix)
    By Thomas Benscher
  • 09
    4:54
    Super Nature (Chillout Mix)
    By Stoneface & Terminal
  • 10
    4:04
    This Is All We Have (Sunset Mix Edit)
    By The Thrillseekers
  • 11
    30:24
    8k (Chillout Super Extended Mix)
    By Giuseppe Ottaviani
  • 12
    6:50
    In Peace (Chill Mix)
    By Cold Blue
  • 13
    3:39
    Away from Me
    By Pavel Khvaleev featuring Sopheary
  • 14
    4:14
    Fragile (Ambienced)
    By Marco Torrance & Natasha Jaffe
  • 15
    4:40
    I Can Feel (Chillout Mix)
    By Dennis Sheperd & Sunlounger
  • 16
    5:16
    Save the World (Sunlounger Remix)
    By Roger Shah & Natalie Gioia
  • 17
    77:24
    In Search of Sunrise 16 (Continuous Mix)
    By Sunlounger