This authentic trance masterpiece from the Grotesque Music label boss RAM featuring the unique voice of Stine Grove gets a brilliant remix treatment from the talented Giuseppe Ottaviani; he delivers an amazingly uplifting remix with a dreamy synthline guiding throughout the whole tune until the beat drops.
Piercing. Fierce. Anthemic. When it comes to lasting music that’s thematically soaring, Italian electronic musician Giuseppe Ottaviani has a master’s touch. The fourth and latest single from Ottaviani’s third full-length studio album, Alma, is titled “Loneliest Night,” a full-throated song. Giuseppe Ottaviani featuring Tricia McTeague’s “Loneliest Night” is out on January 27th.
As a live performer, Giuseppe Ottaviani is deft at crafting emotionally involved sonic sojourns within the confines of a dancefloor. Bending and manipulating aural frequencies to elicit the desired rapture, he weaves complex layers of sound in ways not easily described. Though he is extremely skilled at evoking fantastic journeys of the mind through music, he is also surprisingly gifted at composing songs with proper vocals, as with this latest effort. “Loneliest Night” is trance, but it’s a song nevertheless intended for radio. The single hails from Ottaviani’s third and latest full-length studio album, Alma, an LP released in September of last year. Alma consists of brand-new Ottaviani music with a little help from longtime collaborator Paul van Dyk, as well as from Christian Burns and Kyler England. Alma was the result of a two-year artistic journey that saw Ottaviani stretching beyond the ease of his familiar style.
From the get-go, a shimmery melodic synthesizer riff on the intro instantly grabs one’s attention. It’s simply gorgeous. Then, a series of gentle, harmonic piano chords enter as the bassline builds to a crescendo and the 4/4 beat crests simultaneously with McTeague’s vocal. What’s striking is the way McTeague hits the high notes inside the chorus. Listeners will fall in love with the repeated harmonious refrain that reappears as a constant throughout the song. There will be four versions of “Loneliest Night” released after the Album Mix: the Extended Mix, Radio Edit, OnAir Mix and Tenishia Remix. The OnAir is scheduled for a February 17th release, with the Tenishia remix completing the package early March.
Adding his own kind of twist to Ben Gold’s iconic 2012 single, Giuseppe Ottaviani shows why he’s the go-to remixer at all times. Immersing the sublime melody in layers of energy and power, the Italian Trance titan ensures top quality and hands-in-the-air action. This is ‘Where Life Takes Us’, so bring it on!
Through the Christian Burns-sung ‘Brightheart’, the maverick ‘Slow Emotion’ and the ‘ALMA’ album complete, Giuseppe Ottaviani’s once again been creating electronic music waves most tidal!
Through the dazzling ‘Aurora’, that’s set to continue into autumn, as the Italian maestro imparts ‘ALMA’s third, exceptional heart-of-the-dancefloor strike.
The boundary breaking ‘ALMA’ album has provoked a seismic reaction from DJs, fans and the dance press alike. Summing it up as “everything you could ever want from a trance album“, MIXMAG went on to score it a rare 9/10. DJ Mag meanwhile said Giuseppe’s third longplayer “goes beyond the uplifting, yet remains consistent with his music” and represented “the evolution of a DJ/producer who never ceases to surprise”.
Today, into ‘ALMA’s release slipstream comes Giuseppe’s pulse racing, thrill-inducing On Air elevation of early fan-fave, ‘Aurora’. Through its floor-provoking tempo and airborne melodies (all skilfully wrapped in Giuseppe’s trademark production), the mix brilliantly develops and expands on the Album Mix’s theme.
Bristling with peak-of-the-night chutzpah, ‘Aurora’s the track that’ll be sending a primetime message to the world’s clubfloors this autumn!
Get a hold of your copy of the OnAir Mix of ‘Aurora’ here
As any Spanish native will tell you, ‘alma’ means ‘soul’. And it’s from that exact place that Giuseppe Ottaviani’s new studio album originates. Marking a departure in part from the high-octane, exclusively primetime sound with which he made his name, it sees him cast his soundnet wider… and markedly deeper.
With only weeks to go before its September 30 release, today the producer reveals the full partner list for his third longplayer. Through it, Giuseppe gives the clearest of indicators as to how ‘ALMA’ will sound in its end-to-end entirety. After announcing last month that Paul van Dyk, Kyler England & Christian Burns would feature, today sees Sue McLaren, Eric Lumiere, Jennifer Rene, Tricia McTeague and others join ALMA’s studio cast.
With DJ Mag hinting at “a more multifarious album”, Dancing Astronaut stating that it “features personal pieces” and MIXMAG bestowing it with October Album of the Month honours, ‘ALMA’ looks set to go places few – if any – longplayers have stepped before.
‘ALMA’ embarks with ‘Brightheart’, its just-released second single. A collaboration between Giuseppe & Christian Burns, it sees the English singer bring a new level high in meaningful songwriting and emotional infiltration. Building on that, newcomer Tim Hilberts impresses endlessly with ‘On The Way You Go’s wistful, delivery and beyond-his-years lyric writing. A little further in, Eric Lumiere (who’s ‘Love Will Bring It All Around’ kicked off ‘Magenta’s 2014 campaign) wows all over again with ‘Burn Bright’.
The female voice naturally plays an equally significant part in ‘ALMA’s make-up. ‘Firefly’, sung by Kyler England (whose previous credits include work with Tiësto, Myon & Shane 54, First State and others), comes laden with esoteric metaphor & implied meaning. Marking the first of two appearances throughout its runtime, Sue McLaren lends a prophetic significance to the lyrics of ‘Wait Till You Miss Me’. With Giuseppe previously having worked with Paul van Dyk on tracks for two of the legend’s albums, on ‘ALMA’, PvD replies in kind. Through her song, Sue seeds cellular level emotion into the pair’s latest team-up, ‘Miracle’. Having previously worked with high-calibre producers like Nile Rodgers and Narada Michael Walden, Tricia McTeague stirs ‘ALMA’s tone deeper again with the irresistibly lament-tinged ‘Loneliest Night’. After last year’s Beatport #3 smash ‘Lean On Me’, Jennifer Rene and Giuseppe brilliantly reteam with the album’s closeout swansong, ‘Home’
Shedding more light on the origins of the album and its title, Giuseppe says: “ALMA is the most introspective album I’ve ever recorded. It comes from somewhere deep inside and draws on memories from my childhood – times when I was not listening to one, but many types of music.
With its variety, ‘ALMA’ aims to bring the essence of a child’s spirit into my adult self – carrying the same enthusiasm and emotions as those I grew up. And so, as children are the future of this world, I dedicate this album to my own two. The title ‘ALMA’ is an amalgamation of the first two letters of ALessandro & MAtteo’s names.”
On its instrumental numbers, ‘ALMA’ audaciously ventures onto some wholly unexplored trance ground. It’s vanguard single ‘Slow Emotion’ is a fascinating concept piece, which (per the UK’s DJ Mag) is an “upliftingly riffed, blood-pumping trancer, played out at 110bpm”. ‘Slow Emotion 2’ – it’s album-exclusive spiritual twin, expands on the theme, potently factoring 303 and an electrifying new mainline into its equation. Running at a similar tempo, but with more of an afterhours feel, the album’s midpoint is scored by the lucently aquiline ‘Primavera’ (or ‘Spring’ in the artist’s native Italian). The album’s title track gearshifts from its cruising, pulsating opening to ‘Alma’s sonically tubular, poleaxing conclusion, while Ozone’ thumps proceedings up further, playing with analogue sound styles and infectious piano lines. Likewise framed in 80s-styled synthery (& feel) is the dramatically drummed ‘The Countdown’, whilst marking the album’s highest trance elevation, ‘Aurora’ brings it spirited, hymnal harmonies.
An album for those in need of music with more meaning, greater penetration and a longer lasting ‘listen-life’, the soul-filled ‘ALMA’ will satisfy this autumn… and for many a year to come.
01. Brightheart (with Christian Burns)
03. Firefly (with Kyler England)
04. Loneliest Night (featuring Tricia McTeague)
05. On The Way You Go (featuring Tim Hilberts)
08. Miracle (with Paul van Dyk featuring Sue McLaren)
09. Burn Bright (with Eric Lumiere)
12. Wait Till You Miss Me (featuring Sue McLaren)
13. Slow Emotion
14. Slow Emotion 2
15. Home (with Jennifer Rene)