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Brilliant Venture Presents NeighGative_ – A Place In A Different Time | Trance

Sometimes an album comes along that resonates with my musical soul and forces me to really soak it in. This is one such album, and it takes me back to my early days of finding personally meaningful music on the internet. A big genre for me at that time was trance. There’s something uniquely emotional and energizing about the genre, and it’s so wonderful to be reconnected with it as I have been here. Regardless of whether you think of yourself as a trance fan or whether you continue reading this article or not, YOU ABSOLUTELY OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM. The songs are ridiculously amazing and are chock full of pony goodness. Seriously, go get it now, and if you want to hang out with me in the rundown below, then come on back, but at the very least GET THIS MUSIC and then give the amazing creator behind it a big ol’ hoof bump, because they deserve it. Thank you from the bottom of my musical heart. ❤

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Ice Angel – Still United (Reunify pt. III) | Hardstyle

Ice Angel continues their “Reunify Series” and celebrates the 11-year anniversary of MLP:FiM by creating some delightful musical intensity with this fantastic Hardstyle take on their “Reunify” theme. I’m so thankful that Ice Angel fought through some pandemic blues to see this song through to completion! The track opens with some lovely ambience and synths that set a positive tone, and then the beat kicks in and begins a great progression into the drop. The synth melodies play off of each other-m before the drop hits, and the full arrangement, driven by that fantastic kick, is a super satisfying listening experience. A key change towards the end sends this song soaring even higher, a fitting way to end to a song that is a testament to the enduring spirit of the fandom and its values!

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One Track Mind – Nostalgia, Vol. 1 EP | Electronic

One Track Mind is an artist who is continually focused on improving and evolving their music (they recently remastered all of their previous releases!), and this EP is a wonderful example of that. The artist celebrates an oft-revisited motif in its original form and variations, and each one is a full-fledged attempt at something new. It’s honestly no wonder they keep coming back: the original is packed with great melodies and progressions which it continually morph and distort in interesting ways, creating an engrossing soundscape that glitches and buzzes with insistent energy before echoing to a close. The “Repetitive Remix” opens with contemplative keys and drifts through the motif before a fantastic bassline and skittery percussion give the song a futuristic groove. It sounds like something that would play over the opening credits of a sci-fi thriller! “Reprise” bubbles to life over synths and percussion with a nice retro vibe that gets more distorted before a heavy bassline kicks in, creating a nice juxtaposition with the lighter melody. “Ends” starts heavily distorted and drenched with reverb but still feels light; it fades out but then bubbles back to life with a dark groove punctuated with distorted keys. The arrangement lightens at the end and gives the track a more triumphant feeling before it echoes and fades out. “Sunday” has an ethereal quality courtesy of its keys and choir, adding a distorted bassline and light, snappy percussion before building into a fuller arrangement. When it does, it positively springs to life: the melody swirls and builds, and then the now-familiar motif returns in awesome, chippy, scratchy fashion, creating an uplifting, atmospheric progression. It feels triumphant, like reaching the plateau on a long climb, knowing that there’s more to come but being satisfied with the journey so far. Then, just to remind you that this is the artist’s party and they’ll do what they want, the track switches things up at the end, careening to a close like a twist ending in a movie. Kudos to the artist for their inventiveness and for putting this fantastic EP together. To the continuing journey, my fellow musical adventures!

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Sparklight Productions – Aurora | Lo-fi

This track represents the culmination of Sparklight Production’s debut EP, “Ethereal“, and what a great way to close out this effort! The song was created with the hope that it could be a comforting reminder to not get caught up in our anxieties and make the most of every day. I can definitely appreciate that sentiment, and the soothing piano melody floating over a chill beat is some good medicine for the frazzled mind. A choir melody adds some nice dimension, and there’s a delightful progression through the piece with a nicely filled out arrangement at the end before the piano carries the song back into the ether. Hopefully it takes some of your worries with it and leave you feeling a little more ready take on the world!

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Vanessa Hudgens – Gonna Be My Day (Rod Steven Remix) | Eurobeat

Well, this just feels right: this wonderfully upbeat song has been given a deft Eurobeat treatment! This remix launches straight into the chorus vocals repeated over the original melody followed by an encouraging “let’s go!”, and it feels like the party is now in full swing, which the irrepressible Sunny would absolutely appreciate. The gloriously upbeat Eurobeat melody and percussion support the arrangement without running roughshod over the original, which is a credit to the artist’s skill and experience working with this genre. The marrying of styles is so good that you’d swear that the song always sounded this way. Let’s get dancing!

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Kaida – Celestia | Drum & Bass

I’m going to put this one down as “Regal Drum & Bass” in my book, because this is pure class. Delightful progressions and melodies fueled by percussive and acoustic instruments pair with sweet synths and a sick DnB groove to create a song that sounds like it’s playing out of a club in the basement of Canterlot Castle (or maybe off of the terrace so that all of Tia’s royal subjects can be uplifted). The soaring second half is guaranteed to put some pep in your pantaloons, so turn it on, crank it up, and bask in the glory of this wonderful tribute to fair Celestia!

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Wooshy – Fit Right In (Cover) | Orchestral / Electro Swing

Okay, this is cool. Wooshy (better known for making slick PMVs) has taken this great song and made it sound like it’s playing out of the orchestra pit at a Broadway adaptation of the film (please, oh please make this a reality). The video plays through the original song followed by the adaptation as it runs through the sheet music score, and it’s a great way to see how Wooshy constructed their version. The energy from this arrangement is so uplifting, and it’s great to hear all the supporting percussive instruments add their depth and nuance to this piece. Kudos to the artist–I am super thankful  that they decided to follow their muse on this journey!

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CAPT – YOUR FRIEND! | Alternative Electronic

What a vibe! CAPT has composed a groovy, upbeat, tropical piece with a world music flare that will whisk you away to your favorite chillout spot! The instrumental melody pairs so beautifully with the bouncy bass and punchy rhythm, and you can feel the joy of Sunny and Izzy’s instantly amazing friendship shining through as the song perfectly matches the art that inspired it. It’s such a wonderful little capsule of musical positivity. Listen to this song and then message a friend and tell them they rock!

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Sofia Carson – Glowin’ Up (Acid Applejack Remix) | Happy Hardcore

Alright, everypony, it’s time to get moving! Acid Applejack has taken this super slick tune from the G5 movie and pumped it up with a great happy hardcore delivery that retains the light spirit of the original. The original opening is sped up and repeated along with a nice synth melody to launch the song, and the positive intensity is maintained throughout with a sped up bassline and synths pushing the melody accompanied by uptempo percussion. The arrangement and great production gives the song a well-constructed feel, and by the time the final bass note fades out you’ll feel ready to take on the world!

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SpinScissor – No More Apologies | Midtempo / Alternate Electronic

SpinScissor is honing the unique emotion in his songs even more through practice of the magic that is music, and this new release might just be a new peak! The emotional melodies throughout that incredible progression certainly resonated with me, while the heartfelt vocals are telling the commitment to newfound meanings explained in the description. Ethereal and magical, the piece will take you to higher planes!