Words By: Emily Tan
Armin van Buuren, who has just reclaimed the #1 spot atop DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 DJs” list, has just released the seventh edition of his A State of Trance Classics (Armada Music) series.
A collection going strong for over six years, the latest release contains 36 classics in a four-disc boxed set. This weekend to celebrate the release of the album, van Buuren presents a special A State of Trance Classics playlist on Spotify. Speaking about the weekend Spotify takeover, van Buuren describes it as, “A real trip down memory lane.”
A perfect way for the younger generation of EDM lovers to discover the tracks that helped grow the dance music scene into the worldwide movement it is today, A State Of Trance Classics Volume 7 represents the biggest tracks within the trance and dance music genre. For those who’ve been part of the EDM scene for a while, the compilation recalls many watershed moments from the good old days of EDM. A State Of Trance Classics Volume 7is filled with hard-to-find, must-have anthems essential to the development of EDM over the past 15 years.
Said Armin van Buuren, “We were able to clear the rights to many more classics and keep these beautiful pieces of dance music history alive. I always try to find the highest quality masters available; you’d be surprised knowing how hard it can be. Some of these classics even come from their original DAT recordings. I hope we can cherish them for many more years to come.”
All weekend long from Friday through Sunday this weekend, Armada Music’s daily updated radio playlist on Spotify will be transformed into an A State Of Trance Classics playlist. The playlist, with more than 15,000 subscribers, will burst with essential tunes, gathering gems by Above & Beyond, Chicane, John O’Callaghan, Marco V and Tiësto, as well as classics by Rank 1, Airbase, Fire & Ice, Andain, Push, Markus Schulz and many others.
Armin van Buuren’s hugely successful “A State Of Trance” (ASOT) radio show, going strong for nearly 12 years and heading for its 600th episode, has inspired the world’s most popular DJ to start an official album series with nothing but classics. The first volume of A State Of Trance Classics was released in 2006 and each subsequent installment has brought 36 classics from the EDM spectrum.