In Search Of Sunrise 13.5: Amsterdam mixed by Richard Durand & BT

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’.
Mix 1: Richard Durand
1Vidda Deborras - Tower Of Tears (Intro)
2Michael Badal with Sue McLaren - Recapture
3Alex O'Rion - Electrifying Love
4Moonbeam feat. Sopheary - Heaven
5Urry Fefelove & Abramasi - Start The Dance
6Moonbeam feat. Deniz Reno - Memories
7Moonbeam - Soulstring
8Azotti - First Kiss
9Bastian Salbart feat. Ghost WARS - Disappearance
10Clarks - Navagio
11Alex O'Rion - Koi Koi
12Masoud feat. Hysteria! - Pull Me Back Again
13Tom Cloud - The Longest Road
14David Broaders - No Hesitation
15Andy Duguid & Audrey Gallagher - This Is Life
16Johnny Norberg - No One
17Somna feat. Michele C - Love Your Scars Away
Mix 2: Richard Durand
1Vidda Deborras - Bikini Atoll (Intro)
2Tarmo Tammel - Beauty & The Beast
3Kiholm & Kris O'Neil feat. Roberta Harrison - The Guilty Get To Sleep
4ReSeize & Dani Avramov - Last Decade
5Michael Badal & Lotte Kestner - Fly (Never Come Down Again) (Kris O'Neil Remix)
6Magava - One
7Genesis - Supernova
8Richard Durand - Time Warp
9Dimension - Origami
10Tenishia & Jonathan Mendelsohn - A New Dream (Pedro del Mar & Beatsole Remix)
11Arty - Hope (Airbase Remix)
12Richard Durand - Typhoon
13Breame feat. Fiona Reid - You Are The Sun (Temple One Remix)
14Binary Finary vs. Three Drives - Icon
15Menno de Jong - Abhyasa
Mix 3: BT
1Ten Words feat. Medialuna - His Way Right Way
2Forerunners - Watching The Lights Go Down
3DIRTYHERTZ feat. Hadara - Be With You
4LTN & Kokai - The Girl With The White Shoes
5Kevin Wild feat. Kelly Sweet - Fire & Ice
6Tom Cloud - Mirage
7BT feat. JES - Every Other Wah (LyonHeart Remix)
8Amir Hussain - To The Lost
9LTN & Kokai - Don’t Be Shy
10LTN & Kokai - Cruisin
11Oliver Englafjord - Molntus (Luke Chable Remix)
12DIRTYHERTZ & Joel Jungell - Forgiveness
13Andy Moor & Somna feat. Amy Kirkpatrick - One Thing About You
14Andain - Beautiful Things (Kastis Torrau & Donatello Remix)
15Au5 feat. Keeley - Serenata