Recently having an exceptional streak in quality trance heros such as Photographer, Russia now introduces us with an exciting and exceptional progressive trance producer named Timur Shafiev. Relatively unknown throughout the United States (and mostly the world in general), Shafiev has become a bright elusive star amongst the EDM spectrum. Instead of the ‘bread and butter’ approach that many producers use nowadays, Timur utilizes raw creativity and innovation, with complex chordal progressions, unique percussion and a fantastic knack for finding exceptional new sounds to treat our palette. Can’t Stop, which was released on January 30th, 2012 on Monster Tunes, is a shining example of the pure individuality that comes from this man. The undeniable reason that he is highly regarded at YourEDM is the fact that there is almost no way to classify his sound. He almost defies genre. As new genres pop up what seems like every week, it is increasingly rare to find someone that has ‘their’ own sound. Eric Prydz is one of those producers, as well as Mat Zo. Timur Shafiev, in our opinion, fits that bill nicely, which is a huge advantage (especially in the trance industry). This particular track is a swirling mixture of Progressive, Uplifting and Trance 2.0 with sprinklings of Electro for musical variety and contrast.
Can’t Stop begins with a progressive saw bass with harmonic synth stabs and intriguing xylophone melodic runs in the back ground. It breaks down into a free floating space section where the main synth sneaks in with small hints of guitar. It then drops into a harmonically complex melody, with the main synth having many different sounds blending together seamlessly with the xylophone providing contrast (and superb use of random vocal chopping). After, it plummets to a dense silence that builds upon itself into a serene floating space, tricking the listener to believe it will be the same progressive fare as the last drop. But it suddenly slams on the acceleration with euphoric harmonious statements and pounding bass kicks with added cymbals, with the main synth to retain the tracks unique progressive identity.
Only supported by artists such as Richard Durand, Mark Eteson and Rank 1 (which was played live at ASOT 550 Moscow), this is truly a tune that deserves re-recognition among older and newer fans. Can’t Stop is a masterpiece for trance fans who are hungry for something new and fresh in an increasingly stagnant EDM world. Do you agree that Timur has his own, unique sound and is a fresh and welcome face in the scene? Post below in the comments or on our Facebook page. Get on over to Beatport and claim this exceptional gem today.
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