It’s been a decade in the making, but progressive trance king Paul van Dyk is finally back with his latest installment The Politics of Dancing 3 and it could not have come at a better time. In an era where the vitality of trance as a genre is constantly being called into question, Politics 3 is bursting at the seams with solid track after solid track that will remind you why you fell in love with trance in the first place.
The album kicks off with “Heart Like An Ocean,” Paul’s collaboration with Godskitchen veteran Mark Eteson. In what could easily become a new classic trance track, “Heart Like An Ocean” is filled with bright, yet still melancholy synths, with traditional 132 BPM trance pacing and the sultry, crooning vocals of singer Tricia McTeague over a string heavy build. From there, the album continues on a journey full of luscious trance goodness as one pulsating track flows seamlessly into another, from the uplifting sounds of van Dyk’s remix of Mino Safy’s “Around the Garden,” to the festival ready “Come With Me,” (featuring Ummet Ozcan) to his high-intensity collaboration with Jordan Suckley “City of Sound.”
If it’s true, as they say, that trance is dead, Politics Of Dancing 3 is Paul van Dyk conjuring a phoenix from the ashes. The album is available now from Ultra Records for download on iTunes, Beatport and streaming on Spotify.