New to Trance?
Check out a couple
of my recs below
to grow acquainted
with the genre:
(All links keep you
within this webpage)

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1. Beautiful,
Energizing, & Repetitive:
Angel (Eteson&Nicky Dub)

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2. Uplifting Symphonic
Trance (Hard,
Repetitive-yet-Beautiful)
Everlasting (Original Mix)

[Skips intro (Skips first 2:32)]

Everlasting (Original Mix)
[Don't Skip Intro (long version)]

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3. Uplifting Symphonic:
Amnesia (SoundLift Remix)

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4. Video of a Concert
(Song is an Electro-y
Hard Electronica Anthem):
Elements of Life

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5. Yet More Anthem Trance:
5a. Old-School Soothing-yet
-Energizing Anthem:
Airwave

5b. Frenzied Euphoric
Fast Old-School (1990s)
Intense Uplifting Anthem:
Walhalla

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6. Uplifting Vocal Trance:
Just Be (Antillas Mix)

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7. Balearic Vocal Trance
(Sad/Reaffirming)
Lost (Original Chill Mix)

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8. Progressive Trance
(Harder, Multi-tempo Chill-Out):
Fake Awake (Blizzard
Remix)

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9. Uplifting Trance
(Electro-y & Latin-y):
Sounds Rushing (David
West Remix)

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10. Vocal Progressive Trance
(Laid-Back):
Punta Del Este (Beach
Mix)

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11. Vocal Trance
(Midtempo Melancholy):
Miracle

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12. Vocal Trance (Harder):
Falling
Everything (Cosmic Gate

Remix) Concert Video

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13. Progressive (fast & uplifting)
: (Wonderful Video of Penguins)
Make This Your Day
(Gareth Emery Dub Rmx)

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14. Vocal Anthem:
Nothing But You

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15. Brief Transitions:
Blossom (Lounge Mix)
In the Past

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16. Chill-Out Balearic Trance:
Sunny Tales (Original)

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17. Trance Downtempo
God Surrounds Us


What is Latin Trance / Chillout / Balearic Trance?

Balearic Trance, Balearic Beat, Balearic House, and Ibiza Trance are all closely related genres that developed for the single specific purpose of being music for people to listen to as they sit on the beach watching the sunset.

Key to the development of these genres was the bar Cafe del Mar located on the Balearic party & vacation island of Ibiza. (Ibiza belongs to Spain, but like Barcelona is a Catalan culture, with the official name in Catalan (Eivissa), not in Spanish. Probably the most influential work in shaping these genres is the Cafe del Mar series of albums (Volumes 1-16, Dreams 1-4, Chillhouse 1-5, etc), released by the bar itself. The series is so popular that when I was in Uruguay for a Latin America Forum we organized at work hosted by their central bank, the central bank played Cafe del Mar as the background music for the reception & lunch.

Unlike uplifting trance and progressive, the original Balearic genre was meant as dance music, and so would not have made good exercise music. It originally was a genre designed to be background music, chillout, or downtempo.

In the past few years, however, danceable Balearic trance has blossomed. Sunlounger and some others now release two versions of all their songs: a chill-out version and a dance version. (Sometimes an acoustic version is also released.) Given that Balearic trance is based in Spain, it is not suprising that it usually exudes a latin feel. Therefore, although others don't yet, I will call uptempo Balearic Trance "Latin Trance" instead.

The specific sub-genre of Balearic Trance particular is shaped by the radio show Magic Island: Music for a Balearic People, which plays harder uplifting trance and progressive in the first house and chill-out balearic trance and soft progressive in the second hour. Like all trance, the Balearic flavor is built around melodies (although often more subdued) and has a bpm in the usual trance range of 125-145, although usually around 130.


On Facebook

The left & below links
show 4 trance genres:
- Uplifting/Anthem Tr.
- Progressive Trance
- Vocal Trance
- Balearic Trance
(Within these, trance producers
often merge trance with house,
jazz, ambient, classical, indie,
electro, psy-trance, pop, hip-
hop, techno, alt., Euro/HiNRG,
Latin, chill-out, or downtempo.)
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In case you like a
couple of my
recommendations at
left, below (random
order), are more of
my all-time favorites:

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Concert Video:
Classical-Based
Distorted-Sounds Anthem:
Adagio For Strings

Beautiful, Sweet, sortof
Sad-yet-Uplifting,
Ardent-yet-Serene, Rush-giving
Vocal Trance:
Angel (Original Mix)

Euphoric Trance:
Suburban Train in concert
  • Abbreviated version vid
  • Clip w Children's Choir in Concert
  • Version w Children's Choir in Concert
Forever Today

Moving yet bright:
Horizonte (Andy Blueman
Intro Mix)


Panic Alleviation:
Deep Breath Contact (Myon
& Shane 54 Mashup)


Breath-taking, Majestic Symphonic Uplifting:
Florescence (Emotional Mix)
Florescence (Epic Mix)
The World To Come (Andy
Blueman Mix)

Florescence (Original Mix)

Chill-Out Anthem:
Driving to Heaven (Matan
Zohar Remix)


Chill-out Downtempo Trance:
Fruits & Passion (Armin's
Downtempo Mix)

A Balearic Dinner (Chill Mix)

Russian, Classical Influenced,
Melodramatic "Epic" Anthem
Trance mixed w/ Techo-Trance:
Invisible Touch (Ferry
Corsten Remix)


Vocal Symphonic Uplifting:
Arctic Kiss (Andy Blueman Remix)

More calming-energizing
Symphonic Uplifting:
L'Acrobat (Andy Blueman Remix)
True Romance (Original Mix)

Introspective Vocal:
Just Listen

Soft Melancholy Vocal:
Breaking Ties (Flow Mix)

Entrancing emotional vocal repetition:
Safe (Wherever You Are) (Rank 1 Remix)

Latin-y:
La Noche
Beyond

Hard Intense Uplifting Anthem:
Destination Sunshine

Lyrical Vocal Progressive:
See The Sun (Aurosonic
Remix)

Sirens of the Sea

Lyrical Vocal Progressive:
Rush (Arty, Dan Stone Remix)
Rush (Mat Zo)

Shamanistic-Ritual-Like:
Zanzibar

Easy Listening-ish Vocal:
Close to You

Hard Techno-y Vocal:
We Belong (Tritonal Air up
There Remix)

Reason to Believe

Hard Background Music-y:
Peace (Breakfast Remix)

Mashup of chill soft Balearic & Epic Uplifting:
Lost Together (Armin van Buuren Mashup)

Deep Progressive, Almost House:
Anjunabeach

Pop-y:
Freefalling

If you're exhausted, calm, &
emotionally drained:
Downtempo Electronic
Melancholy Progressive:
Battleship Grey

Rougher Progressive:
Scrubs (Concert Video)
Reflect

Midspeed Melancholy Vocal:
In My Memory
Ashes

Calming Flowing Uptempo
Progressive:
In Motion (Andy Blueman Remix)

Energizing-yet-Calming
Progressive:
Fever
776 Miles

Chill-Out Jazzy Progressive:
Pacific

Progressive:
Fahrenheit

Energizing Progressive:
Downhill

Opera-ish(?) Vocal Progressive:
Call of Loneliness

Very Traditional "Epic" Anthem:
Healesville Sanctuary
(Roger Shah Mix)

Birth of an Angel

Yet More Self-Affirmational Vocal:
On a Good Day (Original Mix)

More Vocal Effects:
Tuvan

Flamenco Trance:
Flamenco Mediterraneo

Ambient Chill-Out:
Tri-State

Soft Romantic Vocal:
Good for Me
On the Beach

Medium Romantic Vocal:
I Am Strong
You Take My Breath Away (DJ
Tiesto Remix)

Can You Feel It

Balearic Trance:
Body Lotion (Inspirations
Mix)

So Far

Edgy Symphonic Uplifting:
Tuvan (Andy Blueman Remix)

Rough Electro-Housey Vocal:
In And Out Of Love /
Lost Connection (Mashup)


More Vocal Trance:
Right Back
Far Away (Club Mix)
Sanctuary (Club Mix)

Varied Mixes of Same Vocal Trance Song:
Waiting (Original Mix)
Waiting (First State Remix)
Waiting (Sean Tyas Remix)
Waiting (Acoustic Version)

De-Stress/Wind-Down:
As the Rush Comes (Tiesto
Demo Mix)


Danceable Balearic w Spanish Guitar:
A Balearic Breakfast (Dance Mix)

Mix of electroy & symphonic uplifting:
Trapeze (Original)

Uplifting w Electric Guitar:
Time To Rest (Live Guitar By Eller Van Buuren)
Lenda

More Symphonic Uplifting:
Circles (Andy Blueman Remix)
Nyctalopia (Original Mix)

Cheerful Uplifting:
Long Way Back (Six Senses Remix)