Although he is known for his eclectic ventures, remixing a classic hardstyle track is not necessarily something you would expect from Sander Van Doorn. In this case it’s a match made in heaven as he reworks Frontliner’s melodic 2012 banger I’m The Melodyman in fine style.
Beautifully euphoric melodies lie at the heart of the hard-edged original, and it’s these elements that Sander has so successfully extracted, manipulated and boosted. Taut beats lay the foundations. Off-beat keys pulse as scintillating bassline arpeggio bubbles away. The sweet vocodered vocals rise from the depths with a pretty topline and bright chords, ushering us towards a truly soaring breakdown that’s packed with gently distorted, spine-tingling riffs and bundles of trance energy. The drop brings everything together in rousing fashion, with the track soaring higher still when a second layer of the main melody joins in an octave higher. Big drum fills and snare rolls bring in moments of drama and complete this phenomenal track.
I’m The Melodyman is a huge track in the hardstyle scene, and this remix actually originally came about when Frontliner created an as-yet-unreleased remix of Sander’s Purple Haze project track Bergen. Sander was inspired to remix one of Frontliner’s tracks in return, and this is the spectacular result. This just goes to show that there are a lot of different scenes that can all learn something from each other.
In addition, the unlikely duo also went into the studio together to create a true collaboration. Keep your eyes and ears peeled in January for that one!
Following hot on the heels of a killer rework of Lifelike & Kris Menace’s classic Discopolis, Sander Van Doorn is back with yet more Purple Haze magic on this brand-new single. The Hyll is one of the first new tracks from the Purple Haze project since a succession of singles from the masterful debut album Spectrvm.
A filtered, bubbling synth creates a percussive feel as dramatic horn blasts punctuate the groove in the intro. The synth filters up to reveal a sting in its tail as the drama builds. The break sees an ‘80s-style melancholy guitar riff (think The Cure) unfolds over rasping basstones, with a soaring lead cutting through the ambience in a pleasingly crisp fashion.
Huge drum hits announce the arrival of a classically-styled monster of a trance riff that teases and delights with its heavenly melody. All that’s left to complete the puzzle is a buzzing, stadium-sized bassline that also harks back to classic yesteryear sounds, with thumping kicks pummelling a hole into the magnificent groove. The melodic elements combine and synergise wonderfully, creating a patchwork of joyous sound that’s ready to lift any arena into the skies.
The contrast between Sander’s productions under his own name and those as Purple Haze has provided a creative reinvigoration for him, with his music never sounding stronger—whatever name it’s under.
Sander van Doorn revisits his massive Riff together with David Tort
While his Purple Haze project may have been all guns blazing recently, Sander van Doorn’s output under his own name is still rolling on the regular. His latest opus: an addictive rework of his 2007 monster, Riff, brought up-to-date alongside the talented David Tort.
Considerably slowing the pace of his tech trance monster, Sander’s remix of Riff with Tort boils down the essence of the track and brings it bang up-to-date. Wasting no time in getting down to business, the duo launch us into a filtered, distorted acid arpeggio that mimics the original ‘riff’, with a huge snare build and pitch risers building the energy. We slam down into a chugging groove wherein the acid growls harder and evolves as we move towards the break. Buzzing trancey arpeggios filter up and then fade back down as the build begins again, dizzying us with its maniacal energy.
This one was built for the stadiums, arenas and big festival stages. As you can see from this video on his Facebook page, the reactions have been huge. His collaborator on the track, David Tort, is one of Spain’s biggest DJ/producers, with releases on Spinnin’ Records, Axtone Records and Musical Freedom amongst others.
Sander recently embarked on his Purple Haze world tour, kicking off in Liverpool, UK with a seriously impressive audio-visual hybrid show. Dates for 2018 will soon be announced so keep your eyes peeled if you want to see his new creation in action.
Stream or buy Riff – Sander van Doorn (SvD x David Tort remix) here.
Riff (SvD x David Tort remix) will be released via DOORN Records on November 27.
The genesis of Purple Haze actually stretches back some nine years, when Sander created a new moniker for “darker, more euphoric tracks”—such as Adrenaline and Eden. The project was resurrected by chance when Sander created a track last year that just naturally felt like a Purple Haze production. With encouragement from his wife—who clearly has excellent A&R sensibilities—he set about creating more tracks in that vein, and it soon became clear that there was a bigger picture to be brought to life. The phenomenal audio-visual live show came next and was soon massively in-demand, providing a springboard for what would become this album.
SPECTRVM is a stirring collection of emotive dancefloor moments, with a dramatic, cinematic sense pulsing through it that blends his loves of trance, techno, electro and progressive house is mesmerising fashion. Plum teases us with its tense, understated mood and crunchy, shuffling beats, delicate piano motifs twinkling over haunting chords before a pulsing synth line gives an indication of what’s to come. Fall In sets the album alight with its breezy indie dance vibe, and previous single Neiloj unleashes its fiery energy and razor-sharp lead. Light Me Up is another soaring torch song, more on the big room sound tip with huge riffs and epic breakdowns surrounding the glorious vocals.
The title track and Out Here lay on the dark trance energy in thick waves, Phaedraswitches up the rhythm to a chugging, heavily swung triplet pattern to keep things fresh and Kill Kitten returns to that moody, riff-fuelled sound. Prism (Eyes Wide Open) is one of the album’s most epic compositions, a dense collage of fizzing arpeggios and soaring pads. The Purple Haze remix of Sam Sharp’s Roundabout features as a climactic penultimate track, with manic 8-bit riffs unleashed over a throbbing offbeat bassline. Historia makes for a triumphant closer, with slo-mo beats underpinning a dizzying crescendo of melody and heady atmospheric layers before a huge build launches the track skywards for a euphoric finale.
“I think Purple Haze needs to exist next to Sander Van Doorn” he says, explaining the need for this creative yin and yang. “I need both. They make each other bigger.” This record is the sound of a producer falling in love with his roots and his creative process all over again. Long may this symbiotic relationship continue if this is what we can expect from it.
SPECTRVM is released via DOORN Records on October 9. Check out SPECTRVM via your favorite streaming partner here: purplehaze.lnk.to/SPECTRVM and expect the physical copy and download portals later this month.
Sander van Doorn reveals line-up for Purple Haze Album Release Party
BLR – Tim Mason – Grum – Tinlicker
added to line-up
Amsterdam Dance Event is just weeks away and the excitement is rapidly building for what promises to be another memorable gathering for the dance music community. Now comes the announcement of the guests joining Purple Haze for his album release party at the newly oppened Chin Chin Club – adding yet more anticipation for the event’s arrival.
Hailing from Brighton, England, Tim Mason has been a formidable force on labels like Sander’s own DOORN Records, Size Records and Armada Trice, has remixed David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida and his spine-tingling sounds make a great addition to the line-up. Bolier is presenting some early 00s Border Community sounds and progressive dance music under his alias BLR, which he started back in the end of 2016.
Scottish talent Grum has found much acclaim with his exciting progressive trance sounds, with remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga along the way. Now a regular fixture on the mighty Anjunabeats – the label founded by Above & Beyond. Tinlicker complete the line-up. The rising duo from Utrecht who make supercool progressive house and have also been gracing Anjunadeep and Armada of late.
Purple Haze is Van Doorn’s project dedicated to a “sharper, darker, rougher” sound. The Purple Haze album itself will be released on October 9th on DOORN Records, so fans will have time to get familiar with the music before this official launch party lands.
Purple Haze is Van Doorn’s project dedicated to a “sharper, darker, rougher” sound. The Purple Haze album – SPECTRVM – will be released on October 9th on DOORN Records, so fans will have time to get familiar with the music before this official launch party lands.
Sander van Doorn announces ADE Purple Haze Album Release Party
Sander van Doorn announces this week that his new project Purple Haze will host his Album Release Party during ADE on Saturday October 21st, to launch the greatly anticipated debut album from this exciting new moniker, which will come out on September 29th. The party will take place at the as-yet-unopened Chin Chin Club on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam.
The night will feature a very special line-up playing alongside the audio-visual spectacular that is the Purple Haze live show. Be prepared for something truly different as Van Doorn presents one of the pinnacles of his creative achievements.
Purple Haze is the name on everyone’s lips right now, with the small clutch of tracks released from Sander van Doorn’s scintillating new project causing quite a stir so far and generating huge anticipation of the debut album from this new name. Now he reveals this very special ADE launch party for the album, taking place at one of the city’s newest and most hotly-tipped clubs.
Purple Haze is Van Doorn’s project dedicated to a “sharper, darker, rougher” sound. The Purple Haze album itself will be released on September 29 on DOORN Records, with new single Choir 1.0 to precede it on September 4. Get ready for one of the most highly awaited moments in this year’s dance music calendar!
DETAILS Purple Haze Album Release Party Location: Chin Chin Club – Rozengracht 133 – Amsterdam Date: October 21 2017 Time: 23.00 – 06.00 Ticket price: early bird €17,50 – regular €19,95 – late €23,50 – group (5) – €68,00 Tickets available via www.purplehazeofficial.com Facebook event page
A torrent of rasping plucked synths swells to fever pitch in the teasing intro, with a sleek electronic beat hammering into play soon after. The track ebbs and flows and as those synths continue to rise in intensity, creating a wall of sound which is bolstered by FX intensity. An epic lead line is teased deep in the depths of the track, revealing itself fully in the gargantuan breakdown.
The gently distorted electro melody is supplemented by jagged bass tones and a pitter-patter percussive rhythm, with the whole thing exploding into glorious life when the drop hits. The lead line phases and filters up and down as the various layers gel to make a thick crescendo of electronic noise.
Sander’s summer is well underway and this new anthem is causing havoc during his sets across the globe, with confirmed festivals for the coming season like Tomorrowland, UNTOLD, Dreamstate, Mysteryland and New Horizons, alternated with visits to Ibiza to christen the newly opened Hï Ibiza and for a few Blackout and Cream shows that will blow your mind in Amnesia.
Sander van Doorn ‘Mant Array’ will be released on June 19 via DOORN Records.