For those of you who love strong, emotionally arousing vocal trance, this list is for you.
I would like note however, that the line between vocal trance and progressive house can be blurry at times. Bear with me and let these tracks envelope your consciousness. That’s what trance is all about, isn’t it?
- Sun & Moon – Above and Beyond – Richard Bedford
Considered one of the greatest electronic acts of today, Above and Beyond released their hit Sun & Moon in early 2011. Instantly, the british trio’s breakup track became a trance anthem – if not THE trance anthem. Richard Bedford’s emotional vocals inspired an almost religious connection with ravers and lovers alike. Metrojolt’s almost unhealthy love for A&B is no coincidence. On a side note, props to Bedford for the lone male vocalist on this list.
- Be Your Sound – Cosmic Gate – Emma Hewitt
Emma Hewitt’s jaw dropping vocal range in tandem with a superbly transcendent accompaniment courtesy of Cosmic Gate makes for, in my opinion, the trance track of the year. While Sun & Moon was undoubtably the trance anthem of 2011 (justifying it’s top spot), Be Your Sound was the most emotionally electrifying track I’ve heard in some time.
- Skyfire – Shogun – Melissa Loretta
If Shogun keeps releasing tracks like this, sky is the limit. His mysterious style captivated me from the first time I heard it on ASOT. Loretta’s vocals are magical, allows the listener to truly transcend into.
- But I did – Beat Service – Neev Kennedy
Trance’s roots lie in its peaks and valleys. Vocal trance’s roots lie in emotional vocals. But I Did is no exception as Beat Service does a quality job of tying together Neev Kennedy’s vocals to an inspiring background track.
- Eyes – Kaskade – Mindy Gledhill
Let me quote something I wrote a couple months regarding this track. “When Kaskade dropped this gem during his set at Identity, I had a semi-religious experience. It was a beautifully uplifting ordeal. From my vantage point at the front and center of the enormous crowd, I turned around midway through the track to see 10′s of thousands of people unified, letting their bodies flow while slowly transcending into the music. It was truly a sight to behold. Even now, a couple days, decibels and thousands of people removed, this track has a spot in my heart.” No, my opinion hasnt changed in the slightest.
- Fight the Fire – Andy Moor – Sue McLaren
Although Andy Moor brings the heat with a very heavy electro backbeat, Sue McLaren’s vocals are not overshadowed. Additionally, instead of the typical Peaks and Valleys that characterize trance, Fight the Fire employs just one peak and one valley.
- You Got to Go – Above and Beyond – Zoe Johnston
The “other” vocalist off of A&B’s album Group Therapy, Zoe Johnston definitely makes her mark with a deeper, more powerful vocal presence than most trance vocalists possess. Dream on, Little Dreamer.
- Colours – Armin Van Buuren – Emma Hewitt
Unsurprisingly, Hewitt’s vocal talent does it again. This time however, backed by non other than Armin Van Buuren. Unlike the other tracks posted on this list, this track is not originally electro. Emma Hewitt’s original track was remixed into a beautiful example of trance by Armin Van Buuren. Van Buuren’s backing track is very reminiscent of another track he did with Ferry Corsten, Brute.
- The Wall – Arty – Tania Zygar
Released under anjunabeats earlier this year, Arty’s the wall, is an excellent example of vocal trance. The backing track employs a long, drawn out synths and piano to accompany Zygar’s beautiful vocals.
- Thing Called Love – Above and Beyond – Richard Bedford
The A&B to Bedford connection strikes once again. Not only is this the third Group Therapy track on this list, but it is the second Bedford track after Sun & Moon. MJ’s love jones for A&B is not random. Check this one out.