Sneijder - Afterdark 002 [Los Angeles]

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After his ‘Buenos Aires’ inaugural popped Afterdark’s mixcomp cherry last August, the spring of 2019 sees label honcho Sneijder ready for a second drop. Doubling down, the album expands to two discs and finds Afterdark bringing the sound of the underground to Los Angeles. Capturing every fader-flip, drum-kick, synth-soar and reciprocal crowd cheer, in the liveliest of live forms Sneijder’s ‘Afterdark 002’ defines the trance divinity of the City of Angels.

Packed with exclusive music from the likes of Giuseppe Ottaviani, Key4050, Stoneface & Terminal, Simon Patterson and others, with finger-on-pulse intuition ‘002’ shifts between the melodic, the uplifting, the tech and the out-&-out tough. Boasting a track list rammed with upfront, cutting edge club music from the Afterdark roaster and seasoned artists across the trance and tech spectrum. 

Comprising of 16 tracks, in about the finest way possible, disc one commences with Sneijder’s most recent single, ‘Back Home’. Having notched an 8.5/10 in DJ Mag (“when song and mainline meet, honest-to-goodness magic happens” declared the mag), the Irishman rolls ‘Home’ into an early uplifting ascension. Collectively Cold Blue’s synth-storming ‘Another Life’, ‘Redemption’ from Italian doyen Alessandra Roncone and newcomer Billie Gillies’s thrill-packed ‘Evolve’ send it airborne. Sneijder proceeds to slide recent Giuseppe Ottaviani chart-topper ‘Panama’ between Craig Connelly’s remix of his & Karen Kelly’s ‘Be With You’ and his own firestarting, ‘Resonate’.

Album-exclusive ‘Here Once Again’ sees the mix go up a gear, opening it up into its tougher second act. Stoneface & Terminal’s ‘Mind Games’, Mandy Reid’s ‘Infiltration’, ‘Taipan’ from Renegade System and others orchestrate the floor action before Sneijder’s harmonic, anthemic revision of Ben Gold & Sivan’s ‘Stay’ kisses it off.

From disc 2’s outset, Sneijder drops straight back into a tougher groove. Alex Di Stefano dives ‘Into The Flames’, Shugz explores ‘The Darkside’ and David Forbes produces a ‘Phenomenon’ - each raising its pressure by degrees. Into that slipstream comes another swathe of Sneijder’s own, with his recent rewire of Nick Callaghan’s ‘Kill Jester’ and his team-ups with David Forbes (on ‘Flashback’) & Nick Callaghan (‘Marching Orders’) bringing techier tones. The second mix reaches its dizzying zenith with some weapons-grade gear from O’Callaghan & Kearney’s Key4050 project. ‘Egon’ and ‘Utterly Butterly’ viscerally bookend James Dymond’s bringback of Maria Nayler anthem ‘Angry Skies’ and Simon Patterson/Sam Jones pair-up ‘Rotavator’. 

If you’ve not clubbed in LA before, this compilation will all-but secure those credentials for you. Across its 30+ tracks, two or more musical hours and disc deuce, Sneijder musically divines LA to a forensic level.

Track list

Disc 1

  • 01
    8:34
    Back Home (Club Mix)
    By Sneijder
  • 02
    7:30
    Another Life
    By Cold Blue
  • 03
    4:38
    Redemption
    By Alessandra Roncone
  • 04
    1:01
    Evolve (Afterdark 002 Edit)
    By Billie Gillies
  • 05
    1:42
    Resonate (Afterdark 002 Edit)
    By Sneijder
  • 06
    6:36
    Panama (Extended Mix)
    By Giuseppe Ottaviani
  • 07
    6:15
    Elated (Extended Mix)
    By Starpicker
  • 08
    7:30
    Here Once Again
    By Sneijder
  • 09
    6:10
    Reason I Say This
    By Project 8
  • 10
    3:44
    Mind Games
    By Stoneface & Terminal
  • 11
    5:17
    Redux (Extended Mix)
    By Renegade System & Ed Lynam
  • 12
    6:27
    Infiltration
    By Mandy Reid
  • 13
    6:26
    EVO (Extended Mix)
    By Manuel Le Saux & Unbeat
  • 14
    5:57
    Taipan
    By Renegade System
  • 15
    7:51
    Stay (Sneijder Extended Remix)
    By Ben Gold & Sivan
  • 16
    63:35
    Afterdark 002 [Los Angeles] (Continuous Mix 1)
    By Sneijder

Disc 2

  • 01
    6:00
    Violate
    By Sneijder
  • 02
    2:37
    Phenomenon (Afterdark 002 Edit)
    By David Forbes
  • 03
    2:10
    The Darkside (Afterdark 002 Edit)
    By Shugz
  • 04
    3:18
    Into the Flames
    By Alex Di Stefano
  • 05
    7:32
    Kill Jester (Sneijder Rework)
    By Nick Callaghan
  • 06
    2:00
    Flashback (Afterdark 002 Edit)
    By Sneijder & David Forbes
  • 07
    2:00
    Marching Orders (Afterdark 002 Edit)
    By Sneijder & Nick Callaghan
  • 08
    7:07
    Blink (Extended Mix)
    By Simon Patterson featuring Lucy Pullin
  • 09
    5:45
    Sesh Gremlin
    By Ashley Bradbury
  • 10
    7:09
    Break The Silence
    By Sneijder
  • 11
    6:00
    Cognitive Behaviour
    By Dante
  • 12
    5:20
    Egon (Extended Mix)
    By Key4050
  • 13
    6:36
    Open Your Mind
    By Billy Gillies
  • 14
    3:49
    Angry Skies (James Dymond Remix)
    By Maria Nayler
  • 15
    6:08
    Rotavator (Sam Jones Extended Remix)
    By Simon Patterson & Sam Jones
  • 16
    6:00
    Serotonin
    By Iain M
  • 17
    7:03
    Decimate
    By Sneijder
  • 18
    4:15
    Utterly Butterly
    By Key4050
  • 19
    68:58
    Afterdark 002 [Los Angeles] (Continuous Mix 2)
    By Sneijder