Upcoming Tour Date [Click Here]Written by: Tom Rogers @imtomrogers
The tone this disc sets is that of the rest of the mix. It’s almost Ibiza in flavor. Markus has a tendency to have these warm desert, whirling sand-type textures in his compilations. If you’re interested in more of this sound check out his Los Angeles mix.
As far as compilations go, this is one of the better sounding ones this year. Each track sounded like it belonged exactly where it was happening. If I turned away to get a coffee or send a text I could easily miss a transition — a rarity in the recent years. It was pleasant to see Markus keeping his mixes quick, yet long enough for you to hear the tracks blend.
Also a bit unorthodox in the modern age, this disc features only one vocal track. It’s the “Shadows of Coldharbour” remix of Markus Schulz – Nothing Without Me. A more chilled out version than the original, this remix fits the vibe of being established and has some interesting textures.
We also get to hear the new Dakota track “Baraccas.” I don’t like to spoil the entire sequence of tracks, so I’ll let you do the listening after this next part. The last thing worth noting is we have a preview from the new Markus Schulz album, in the form of the track “Remember This.” It has a style of melody similar to that of “Do You Dream,” with the percussion and energy of “Sleepwalkers.” If you enjoy those tracks it may be worth keeping a sharp ear during this disc.
Disc 2 starts off with some ear-tingling granular glitches and swells on a vocal. The artist is Protoculture, the track “Talisman.” It’s got all of the slowness and intrigue that an intro track needs to properly build a mix. Usually one of the intro tracks for a 2-disc compilation is not as appropriate as the other, but this compilation includes two very well chosen tracks.
This mix has all of your Coldharbour favorite artists — KhomHa, Fisherman & Hawkins, Grube & Hovsepian, Basil O’Glue, Skytech, Elevation and more. It also has the warm desert texture throughout the mix, but just before an hour in takes a turn for the dark. Markus does a great job of weaving between feelings without dropping the energy or creating any awkwardness. Here his skills as a marathon DJ, capable of keeping the crowd going for hours, truly shines.
You also get to hear the Markus Schulz Coldarhbour Edit of “Solarcoaster” by Solarstone. It takes the sultry strings of the original and places them in a “looking up from the darkness” atmosphere that pervades the mix, and this disk in particular. It’s a great turn back into the prior desert vibes as it follows the edgier section of the mix, and is a fantastic turning point to set up his closing song.
All in all, I would give this mix compilation an 8.5/10. The tracks fit together well, the energy changes were optimal, and it strives to create an atmosphere rather than string together a bunch of hits. Exactly what a mix compilation should be.