Essence Of Trance 25 Years Of RAM



It’s no exaggeration to say that Dutch DJ, producer, promoter and label runner RAM has lived a lifetime of trance. 25 years (and a month!) since his first DJ booking, he’s been empirical at every major twist and turn of the genre’s progression. Having last month delivered a virtuoso performance at his sold-out 25 Years-marking open-to-close show at Amsterdam’s famed Paradiso concert hall, he follows it in the most fitting of fashions, through the release of an epic-in-every-sense mix-comp. 

Over the 4xCD/mix course of ‘Essence Of Trance - 25 Years of RAM’, track-by-track he charts his own personal musical history. Both through its mixing and compiling, in this career-defining endeavor RAM has left nothing to chance. In preparation he drew up a quarter-decade-spanning list of music that - at its peak - numbered more than 400 potential inclusions. From there he began the often-brutal task of filtering them down to 79 tracks that – over the longer term - best epitomized him as a DJ, and were the quintessential ‘Essence’ of RAM.

Inevitably given the timeline, highly recognizable names feature regularly over its quad-mix, near 320-minute runtime. They are though, almost-without-exception, rarely the artists’ best-known productions or remixes (a ‘greatest hits’, this is not). In the mixing those selected flow together in a captivatingly naturalistic manner that speaks volumes of their intrinsic and time-honored importance within 25 years of RAM set-lists.

Grouped into four mix headings (titled by turns Moments, Magic, The Journey and Passion), RAM brings an enviable procession of music to the album. In keeping with his approach, for every mainstage name, there’s a clutch of the underground’s most beloved waiting in its mix wings. In the latter’s regard, the productions of Ralphie B, Vincent de Moor, Chakra, X-Cabs, Salt Tank, Signum, The Thrillseekers, DT8 Project, York, Gaia are to mention but a few. Whilst to the former (though it’d be easier to tell you who’s not there!), the music of Tiësto, BT, Armin, Oakenfold, A&F, John O’Callaghan, Solarstone, Dash Berlin, Gareth Emery and dozens of others all take their place. 


Mix 1 - Moments

01.  York - Reachers Of Civilization 

02. Paul Oakenfold featuring Carla Werner - Southern Sun (Tiësto Mix Edit) 

03. Gouryella - Tenshi

04. Ralphie B. - Massive 

05. Tiësto featuring BT - Love Comes Again (Mark Norman Remix) 

06. Kamaya Painters - Wasteland 

07.  Saltwater - The Legacy (Alphazone Remix)

08. Fire & Ice - Souvenir De Chine 

09. Yves Deruyter - Infinity

10. Vincent de Moor - Fly Away (Instrumental)

11. Parker & Clind - Teleportation 

12. Electrovoya - Effervesce 

13. Ascension - Someone

14. VDM - Domino Runner 

15. Rapid Eye - Circa-Forever (Galen Behr & Orjan Nilsen Remix) 

16. Jan Johnston - Calling Your Name (Thrillseekers Radio Edit) 

17. Armin van Buuren featuring Justine Suissa - Burned With Desire (Rising Star Radio Edit)

18. Kay Cee - Escape (Club Mix)

19. Chakra - Love Shines Through (Original Mix Edit)

20. Cern - The Message (Northern Radio Edit) 

Mix 2 - Magic

01. Mox Epoque featuring Nina - I Feel My... (Extended Vox version) 

02. BT - Mercury & Solace (BT 12” Mastermix) 

03. Kamaya Painters - Endless Wave 

04. Tiësto - Elements Of Life 

05. Mekka - Diamondback 

06. Junk Project - Control ’99 (Original Mix Edit) 

07. Vimana - We Came 

08. X-Cabs - Neuro 

09. Arctic Moon - Starships Over Alice

10. Aly & Fila vs Bjorn Akesson - Perfect Red 

11.  Space Garden - There & Back (Simon O'Shine & TrancEye Radio Edit)

12. Sebastian Brandt - Ashes 

13. O'Callaghan and Kearney - Exactly (Paul Miller 2008 Rework Edit) 

14. Onova - Platitude

15. Jon O’Bir - Ways & Means 

16. Sebastian Brandt presents Guised - Never Alone (Onova Remix) 

17. Unknown Source - Nadjanema (Temple One Remix) 

18. The Doppler Effect - Beauty Hides In The Deep (JOC Reconstruction Edit) 

19. Dash Berlin with Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren - Man On The Run 

20. RAM - RAMsterdam (Jorn van Deynhoven Radio Edit)

Mix 3 - The Journey


01. Andrew Bennett featuring Sir Adrian - Run Till U Shine (Cosmic Gate Radio Edit) 

02. Gareth Emery featuring Mark Frisch - Into The Light 

03. Jose Amnesia featuring Linn - Closer (Dub Mix Short Edit) 

04. Funabashi - Daylight 

05. Dominion - 11 Hours 

06. Freon - Heavens Gate 

07. Steve Forte Rio - A New Dawn 

08. Andre Visior & Kay Stone - Sunrise 

09. Salt Tank - Eugina (Michael Woods Remix)

10. Phynn - Lucid (Amir Hussain Remix) 

11. Roger Shah presents Savannah - Body Lotion (Jorn van Deynhoven Radio Edit)

12. Ferry Corsten featuring Betsie Larkin - Made Of Love

13. Solarstone & Clare Stagg - The Spell 

14. Airwave - Another Dimension 

15. Masters & Nickson featuring Justine Suissa - Out There (Robert Nickson 2016 Remix) 

16. Cold Blue & Del Mar - 11 Days (Sebastian Brandt Remix) 

17. Andy Blueman - Everlasting 

18. Roger Shah & Signum - Healesville Sanctuary (Signum Edit) 

19. Signum - Beyond This Earth 

20. Filo & Peri featuring Eric Lumiere - Anthem (John O'Callaghan Remix) 

Mix 4 - Passion

01. Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella - Anahera 

02. Ferry Corsten - Lonely Inside (Ferry Fix) 

03. The Noble Six - Black Star 

04. James Dymond - Siren's Song 

05. ReOrder & Ian Standerwick present SkyPatrol - Sailing Airwaves (In Memory of Matt Trigle)

06. RAM featuring Stine Grove - Forever And A Day (Album Mix)

07. Gaia - Tuvan (Andy Blueman Radio Edit)

08. RAM & Darren Porter - The Calling (Grotesque 300 Anthem)

09. RAM & Susana - RAMelia (Tribute To Amelia) 

10. WeAreAliens - Outcast (Giuseppe Ottaviani Fix Edit)

11. The Thrillseekers present Hydra - Amber (Skylex Remix) 

12. Andrea Ribeca & Aevus - Encanto

13. RAM & Susana - Northern Star 

14. Sergey Nevone & Simon O'Shine - Apprehension (Aly & Fila Mix) 

15. Simon O’Shine & Ahmed Romel - Erytheia 

16. Ahmed Romel - City Of Life (RAM Remix) 

17. RAM & Stine Grove - Saving Angel 

18. DT8 Project - Destination (James Dymond Remix)

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