RAM, Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Alex Di Stefano - Grotesque 350

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Where else can you find a Brazilian-style carnival in Europe in the thick of December and (just to hedge our bets!) taking place in a former grain silo?!! Yes indeed, in a riotous blaze of colour, clamour and glamour Grotesque’s year-sign-off fiestas its way back into Rotterdam’s Maassilo complex this month.

For their now annual winter-weather-beating ‘Cirque du Trance’ RAM has assembled a 20+ strong DJ contingent for its four area affair. He’s been joined by two of that number to mix up the event takeaway -‘Grotesque 350’ - the album. Two for the price of one, Alexs M.O.R.P.H. & Di Stefano were the men getting the call-up and they join the Grotesque ringmaster in mixing up 350’s comp storm. Collectively they’ve delivered a trio of discs, packed to their limits with you the freshest, finest & most exclusive trance available.

From amongst its near 60-track order, you’re in line for (naturally enough!) masses from the trinity themselves. That includes ‘Youniverse’ - this year’s Grotesque event anthem (itself marking a first time studio partnering between RAM and Alex M.O.R.P.H.). Further there’s audio from a processions of legends (Paul van Dyk, Markus Schulz, Giuseppe Ottaviani to give you an idea). Heritage acts abound too - Tiësto, Hennes & Cold, Scot Project, Joy Kitikonti, to name all featuring. There’s a load more besides, with the genre’s most respected & revered (talking: Mark Sherry, Richard Durand, Simon Patterson, John Askew, PureNRG, Sean Tyas, Ferry Tayle + a host of others) bringing their studio-ware.

‘Grotesque 350’ is on the launch pad, so buckle up! The final word in your trance-year is here!   

First off the mix-blocks is RAM, who lets rip with his and Susana’s latest ‘Northern Star’, chasing it with ReOrder’s reorder of ‘Someone Like You’. Likewise, Talla 2XLC’s number comes up twice in quick succession with most recent singles ‘The World In My Eyes’ & ‘Till Tomorrow’ quick to RAM’s decks. Dan Thompson’s retake of Allure & JES’ Show Me The Way’ is deployed, before RAM pulls the trigger on his and Alex M.O.R.P.H.’s killer Grotesque 350 anthem-uplifter ‘Youniverse’. 

Mr M.O.R.P.H. opens his mix’s account with  ‘Moonrise’ - his own first venture with Mhammed El Alami. From the trance music trucker heads onto tougher sonic terrain, working Sean Tyas’ treatment of ‘Slow Emotion 2’ from Giuseppe Ottaviani into DYRM’s mix of Markus Schulz/JES collab ‘Calling For Love’. Kicking the mix up another gear, he drops his own latest (DJMag 9/10 ranked) outing ‘Running for Peace’. That in turn lights the path to his Alex’s just-out update of Kamaya Painters’ classic ‘Wasteland’ + his bespoke Grotesque 350 retell of Neelix’s ‘You Can Change The World’. M.O.R.P.H.’s mix rounds off in rousingly anthemic form through David Forbes presents Hal Stucker’s ‘Stars’ and Paul van Dyk’s reteaming with & Plumb, ‘Music Rescues Me’.

On his disc, Alex Di Stefano toughens the compilation’s sonic silhouette further still with a rapid-fire track succession, featuring no few than 21 tunes. 2nd Phase rebuild of Joy Kitikonti’s ‘Joyenergizer’ sets the bar, and from there he blazes with ‘Keep Moving’ from HP Source, Grotesque A&R Daniel Skyver’s ‘A Bolt From The Blue’ and his own ‘Fast Forward’. The midpoint of the mix is marked by Scot Project & Mark Sherry’s ‘Acid Air Raid’, before Grotesque 350 hits its home straight with Sherry x Durand pairing ‘Cosmic Dawn’, ‘Midnight Oil’ from John Askew, and - for its final action - Simon Patterson revision of Astrix’s ‘Take A Shot’.

‘Grotesque 350’ - the album is available online, through physical stores and via streaming sites

Track list

Disc 1

  • 01
    4:02
    Paradise Cove
    By Simon O'Shine
  • 02
    3:04
    Tell Me More
    By Solis & Sean Truby
  • 03
    3:58
    New Beginning
    By John Newall
  • 04
    3:49
    Acid Harmony
    By Cenk Basaran and KoRay
  • 05
    8:13
    Northern Star (Extended Mix)
    By RAM & Susana
  • 06
    3:47
    Fields of Elysian
    By South Of The Stars
  • 07
    3:11
    Someone Like You (ReOrder Remix)
    By RAM & Susana
  • 08
    6:51
    The World in My Eyes (Extended Mix)
    By Talla 2XLC
  • 09
    3:19
    Never Ending Dream
    By Danny Eaton
  • 10
    4:00
    Amsterdam
    By Philippe El Sisi & Omar Sherif
  • 11
    3:08
    Shade By Shade
    By Alan Morris & Natalie Gioia
  • 12
    2:49
    Till Tomorrow
    By Talla 2XLC
  • 13
    4:05
    Show Me the Way (Dan Thompson Remix)
    By Allure featuring JES
  • 14
    3:24
    Titan
    By Dreamseekers
  • 15
    2:59
    One Million Seconds
    By Darren Porter, RAM & Natalie Gioia
  • 16
    3:06
    Youniverse [Grotesque 350 Anthem]
    By RAM & Alex M.O.R.P.H.
  • 17
    3:32
    U R All U Need
    By Orla Feeney & Kriess Guyte featuring Susan McDaid
  • 18
    2:58
    Universe Undone
    By Rene Ablaze & Tiff Lacey
  • 19
    79:42
    Grotesque 350 Continuous Mix 1
    By RAM

Disc 2

  • 01
    3:12
    Moonrise
    By Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Mhammed El Alami
  • 02
    5:51
    Calling for Love (DRYM Extended Remix)
    By Markus Schulz & JES
  • 03
    7:05
    Slow Emotion 2 (Sean Tyas Extended Remix)
    By Giuseppe Ottaviani
  • 04
    3:51
    The Second Trip (David Forbes Remix)
    By Hennes & Cold
  • 05
    3:26
    Running for Peace (Instrumental Mix)
    By Alex M.O.R.P.H.
  • 06
    7:02
    Rainbow Child (Extended Mix)
    By Misja Helsloot
  • 07
    6:40
    Under the Moonlight (Extended Mix)
    By Danny Eaton
  • 08
    6:46
    Wasteland (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Extended Remix)
    By Kamaya Painters
  • 09
    3:31
    Tough Luck
    By Kristy Jay
  • 10
    3:51
    Kush Dreams
    By Last Soldier & MohsenIranikhah
  • 11
    8:13
    Solo (Extended Mix)
    By Simon Patterson
  • 12
    7:17
    Voided Realm (Extended Mix)
    By Magnus
  • 13
    2:58
    Pure Trust (Ferry Tayle Remix)
    By Basic Dawn
  • 14
    6:36
    Chrysalis (Extended Mix)
    By PureNRG
  • 15
    2:56
    Embrace the Rainbow (Guitar Mix)
    By Woody van Eyden & Gil Zambrano with Cheryl Barnes
  • 16
    3:56
    Stars (John Askew Rework)
    By David Forbes presents Hal Stucker
  • 17
    3:29
    You Can Change the World (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Grotesque 350 Mix)
    By Neelix
  • 18
    3:24
    Temper Temper (Sean Tyas Remix)
    By Daniel Skyver
  • 19
    7:10
    Music Rescues Me
    By Paul Van Dyk featuring Plumb
  • 20
    79:57
    Grotesque 350 Continuous Mix 2
    By Alex M.O.R.P.H.

Disc 3

  • 01
    3:15
    Joyenergizer (2nd Phase Remix)
    By Joy Kitikonti
  • 02
    3:39
    Stem Cell
    By Iain M
  • 03
    3:02
    Voodoo
    By Tempo Giusto
  • 04
    3:51
    Keep Moving
    By HP Source
  • 05
    3:29
    Everybody
    By Richard Tanselli
  • 06
    7:33
    Fast Forward (Extended Mix)
    By Alex Di Stefano
  • 07
    7:00
    Goodbye (Extended Mix)
    By Maarten de Jong
  • 08
    3:42
    Invader
    By Paul Denton
  • 09
    4:17
    A Bolt from the Blue
    By Daniel Skyver
  • 10
    6:45
    Acid Air Raid (Sam Jones Extended Remix)
    By Scot Project & Mark Sherry
  • 11
    7:06
    Genetic (Extended Mix)
    By Evan Pearce
  • 12
    6:39
    Cosmic Dawn (Extended Mix)
    By Mark Sherry & Richard Durand
  • 13
    6:46
    Formula One
    By Paul Denton
  • 14
    3:18
    Into the Flames
    By Alex Di Stefano
  • 15
    4:01
    Midnight Oil
    By John Askew
  • 16
    3:33
    Sanctum
    By C-Systems
  • 17
    2:58
    F@ck Corruption
    By Vlind
  • 18
    3:53
    Get Down
    By Smith & Brown x Sam Johnston
  • 19
    7:44
    Symptom (Extended Mix)
    By Ucast
  • 20
    7:54
    Fallen Angel (Extended Mix)
    By Vlind
  • 21
    7:13
    Take a Shot (Simon Patterson Extended Remix)
    By Astrix
  • 22
    80:01
    Grotesque 350 Continuous Mix 3
    By Alex Di Stefano