Richard Durand with BT - In Search of Sunrise 13.5 Amsterdam

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If, from its sequentially un-synched ‘13.5’ numerals, you were to guess that change was afoot with the mix-comp line that MIXMAG calls “the greatest trance series of them all!’, well… you might be right. 

Since the reigns passed from his former mentor Tiësto to Richard Durand, the I.S.O.S. helmsman’s search has sailed him to South Africa & Australia; to settings as contrasting as India & Vegas and most recently, in 2014, out to Dubai. Well versed in seeking sun-up in the most exotic and far-flung of spots, this year’s ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ though brings the search considerably closer to its spiritual home. In fact about as close as close gets, which of course means… Amsterdam! A native and resident, Richard’s had a ringside seat on which he sees and participates in the city’s year-on-year ascension to club, festival and electronic music metropolis. And with I.S.O.S.’s 2015 edition, he pays AMS its due! 

Change could also be sensed with the selection of this year’s co-host - a man who typically needs little in the way of introduction. Richard is thrilled in 2015 to welcome the one-&-only, in-the-dictionary-under-legendary BT to the I.S.O.S. decks! Brian brings with him an unparalleled sound, as well as a new stylistic, artistic tangent to the fabled series.  

Together Brian and Richard have sought, signed and woven a best-of-the-best trance/progressive/house nexus into ‘13.5’s disc triad. Across 47 tracks, they feature the latest, hottest and brightest from dozens of producers, Andy Moor, Tenishia, Arty, Moonbeam, LTN, Andy Duguid and Dimension being just a few. Additionally, it also features numerous ‘I.S.O.S. 13.5’ exclusives, including the forthcoming, ready-to-thrill R.D. singles ‘Typhoon’ and ‘Time Warp’.

Arriving at the latest stage of the mix-comp series’ journey, Richard says: “Amsterdam is my hometown and, since I started mixing the ‘In Search Of Sunrises’ the electronic music lights around here have grown brighter with each year passing. Recognition of that is long overdue, so with this edition, I’m bringing it back home!” As to the origin of the new edition’s 13.5 ‘code’, Richard reveals: “I’m not the world’s most superstitious guy, but I’m as ‘13-phobic’ as they come! So there’ll be no 13th floor at the ‘Casa del Sunrise’ and no 13th stop on the I.S.O.S. voyage on my watch! Be lucky! Stay lucky!” 

Richard gets ‘Amsterdam’s first mix underway with the savannah-like themes of Sue McLaren & Michael Badal’s ‘Recapture’. The box-fresh ‘Electrifying Love’ from Alex O’Rion, and latterly the Dutchman’s new single ‘Koi Koi’ further develop Disc 1’s sun-teased atmosphere. Through a triple hit of ‘Heaven’, ‘Memories’ & ‘Soulstring’, Russian duo Moonbeam stamp their enigmatic, quixotic mark on the cooler of Richard’s two mixes. In its latter stages, the ever-impressive pairing of Andy Duguid & Audrey Gallagher return with ‘This Is Life’, before Johnny Noberg’s ‘No One’ and ‘Love Your Scars Away’ from Somna & Michele C sign it off. 

Durand overtures both of his 2015 I.S.O.S. mixes with the music of recent discovery Vidda Deborras.

The contemporary chillout composer respectively supplies discs 1 & 2 with the beatific splendour of ‘Tower Of Tears’ and the beat-free radiance of ‘Bikini Atoll’. From there, palpably, the album’s heartbeat accelerates and becomes more floor-robust. Hot from his own studio desk, Richard charges its midfield with new productions ‘Time Warp’ and ‘Typhoon’. They, in turn, gateway Dimension’s Beatport chart-topping ‘Origami’, ‘A New Dream’ from Tenishia & Jonathan Mendelsohn and Airbase’s renovation of Arty’s ‘Hope’. Binary Finary vs. Three Drives’ ‘Icon’ & ‘Abhyasa’ from Menno de Jong lock some earlier I.S.O.S. influences in and bring proceedings to a turbulently trancey head!
 
With its third disc, I.S.O.S. 13.5’ tunes to a new and every bit as exciting frequency. On it, BT mixes up a brilliant ether-filled equation of progressive x house x trance. Ten Words’ engagingly vocalled ‘His Way, Right Way’, the thrall of Forerunners’ ‘Watching The Lights Go Down’ and DIRTYHERTZ’s tripped-out anthemia on ‘Forgiveness’ set a major sonic precedent. ‘The Girl With The White Shoes’, ‘Don’t Be Shy’ and ‘Cruisin’ come hot on their heels: a evocative, imaginative triple from the ever-so-hot LTN. NYC producer Lyon Hart works up a remix storm on JES & BT’s ‘Every Other Way’, before Luke Chable adds club edge to Oliver Englafjord’s amazing ‘Molntus’.

Track list

  • 01
    3:04
    Tower of Tears
    By Vidda Deborras
  • 02
    5:58
    Recapture
    By Michael Badal with Sue McLaren
  • 03
    7:09
    Electrifying Love
    By Alex O'Rion
  • 04
    4:42
    Heaven
    By Moonbeam featuring Sopheary
  • 05
    6:27
    Start the Dance
    By Urry Fefelove & Abramasi
  • 06
    5:52
    Memories
    By Moonbeam featuring Deniz Reno
  • 07
    5:52
    Soulstring
    By Moonbeam
  • 08
    6:58
    First Kiss
    By Azotti
  • 09
    5:52
    Disappearance
    By Bastian Salbart featuring Ghost WARS
  • 10
    7:30
    Navagio
    By Clarks
  • 11
    7:38
    Koi Koi
    By Alex O'Rion
  • 12
    7:07
    Pull Me Back Again
    By Masoud featuring Hysteria
  • 13
    5:59
    The Longest Road
    By Tom Cloud
  • 14
    6:12
    No Hesitation
    By David Broaders
  • 15
    5:41
    This is Life
    By Andy Duguid & Audrey Gallagher
  • 16
    4:41
    No One
    By Johnny Norberg
  • 17
    7:45
    Love Your Scars Away
    By Somna featuring Michele C
  • 18
    71:02
    In Search of Sunrise 13.5 Mix 1
    By Richard Durand
  • 19
    2:28
    Bikini Atoll
    By Vidda Deborras
  • 20
    3:52
    Beauty & the Beast (Radio Edit)
    By Tarmo Tammel
  • 21
    5:45
    The Guilty Get to Sleep
    By Kiholm & Kris O'Neil featuring Roberta Harrison
  • 22
    3:45
    Last Decade (Radio Mix)
    By ReSeize & Dani Avramov
  • 23
    6:18
    Fly (Never Come Down Again) (Kris O'Neil Remix)
    By Michael Badal & Lotte Kestner
  • 24
    5:43
    One
    By Magava
  • 25
    7:17
    Supernova
    By Genesis
  • 26
    7:36
    Time Warp
    By Richard Durand
  • 27
    6:04
    Origami
    By DIM3NSION
  • 28
    7:26
    A New Dream (Pedro Del Mar & Beatsole Remix)
    By Tenishia & Jonathan Mendelsohn
  • 29
    6:27
    Hope (Airbase Remix)
    By Arty
  • 30
    6:09
    Typhoon
    By Richard Durand
  • 31
    4:25
    You Are the Sun (Temple One Remix Edit)
    By Breame featuring Fiona Reid
  • 32
    7:31
    Icon
    By Binary Finary vs. Three Drives
  • 33
    6:39
    Abhyasa
    By Menno de Jong
  • 34
    75:03
    In Search of Sunrise 13.5 Mix 2
    By Richard Durand
  • 35
    6:15
    His Way Right Way
    By Ten Words featuring Medialuna
  • 36
    9:24
    Watching the Lights Go Down
    By Forerunners
  • 37
    4:38
    Be With You
    By DIRTYHERTZ featuring Hadara
  • 38
    6:15
    The Girl With the White Shoes
    By LTN & Kokai
  • 39
    5:32
    Fire & Ice (Instrumental Mix)
    By Kevin Wild featuring Kelly Sweet
  • 40
    7:04
    Mirage
    By Tom Cloud
  • 41
    12:11
    Every Other Way (LyonHart Remix)
    By BT featuring JES
  • 42
    8:01
    To the Lost
    By Amir Hussain
  • 43
    5:40
    Don't Be Shy
    By LTN & Kokai
  • 44
    6:03
    Cruisin
    By LTN & Kokai
  • 45
    8:04
    Molntus (Luke Chable Remix)
    By Oliver Englafjord
  • 46
    5:59
    Forgiveness
    By DIRTYHERTZ & Joel Jungell
  • 47
    5:53
    One Thing About You
    By Andy Moor & Somna featuring Amy Kirkpatrick
  • 48
    6:46
    Beautiful Things (Kastis Torrau & Donatello Remix)
    By Andain
  • 49
    7:03
    Serenata
    By Au5 featuring Keeley
  • 50
    60:03
    In Search of Sunrise 13.5 Mix 3
    By BT
  • 51
    7:05
    One Thing About You [Bonus Track] (Andy Moor's Eco Mix)
    By Andy Moor & Somna featuring Amy Kirkpatrick
  • 52
    6:16
    A New Dream [Bonus Track]
    By Tenishia & Jonathan Mendelsohn