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ALBUM REVIEW: Armin van Buuren - Old Skool out on Armada Music

Armin van Buuren put out his highly anticipated ‘Old Skool’ mini album. ‘Old Skool’ serves as a tribute to the rich history of dance music and sees its release on Amsterdam-based record label Armada Music.
Armin van Buuren: “Naturally, most people know me as a Trance artist, but this is where my roots lie. This is the kind of music that shaped me as an artist. The weird thing is that a lot of young people don’t seem to know tracks like ‘Dominator’. This surprises me; how could you NOT know this record?”
‘Old Skool’ features Armin van Buuren’s versions of several big records from the early ‘1990s, including Human Resource – ‘Dominator’, The Ultimate Seduction – ‘The Ultimate Seduction’, and Speedy J – ‘Pull Over’. Each of these records thrilled crowds the world over prior to today’s release of the mini album. ‘Dominator’, for instance, made an enormous impact at Ultra Music Festival Miami, The Flying Dutch Amsterdam, Ultra Music Festival Korea, and EDC Las Vegas earlier this year. The song was also picked up by other big artists, including Dash Berlin, Hardwell, NERVO, Showtek, The Chainsmokers, and W&W.

Additionally, the tracks on the ‘Old Skool’ mini album are part of Armin van Buuren’s ongoing world tour: ‘Armin Only Embrace’. More dates and locations were added to the world tour last week, which is to touch down in Australia, Brazil, China, the Philippines, Israel and Taiwan in addition to the locations revealed earlier this year. ‘Armin Only Embrace’ will be the first ever solo show of a DJ in Mainland China. ‘Armin Only Embrace’ saw its world première in Amsterdam on May 6th and May 7th this year. A special 360° video was made of this show to celebrate today’s release of the ‘Old Skool’ mini album.

Listen, download or stream: Armin van Buuren – Old Skool

Full tracklist:
1. Armin van Buuren vs Human Resource – Dominator
2. Armin van Buuren vs The Ultimate Seduction - The Ultimate Seduction
3. Armin van Buuren vs Speedy J - Pull Over
4. Armin van Buuren vs Quadrophonia – Quadrophonia
5. Armin van Buuren vs MainX - 88 To Piano
6. Armin van Buuren - Old Skool (Vigel Remix)
7. Armin van Buuren - Old Skool Ping Pong

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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 [item value="10"]Beat and Rhythm[/item]
 [item value="10"]Basslines and Groove[/item]
 [item value="10"] Melody [/item]
 [item value="10"] Synths [/item]
 [item value="10"]Vocals and Lyrics[/item]
 [item value="10"]Breakdown[/item]
 [item value="10"]Climax  / Drop / Crescendo / Pay off moment[/item]
 [item value="10"]Intensity, Drive and Energy[/item]
 [item value="10"]Sound-design and Arrangement[/item]
 [item value="10"]Overall Atmosphere[/item]
 [item value="10"]Goosebumps / Shivers moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Emotional affinity and heartfelt moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Originality and Inventiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]Dancefloor Efficiency / Festival Arenas Effectiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
 [item value="10"]It has potential to become an anthem or a classic[/item]
 [item value="10"]Armin van Buuren - Old Skool[/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Old Skool is definitely a superb idea from Armin to give an excellent twist in his Embrace world tour with an explosive show. When the trend towards vinyl is growing sounds pretty natural these incredible eternal records that have been sampled or remixed billion times to come back with fresh sound. Armin has stayed faithful to the original records but with that big room / mainstage sound that will be easier for DJs to use and clubbers to enjoy without sounding outdated. On Flux BPM Online we have reviewed the first 3 singles incl Dominator , The Ultimate Seduction , Pull Over, released from the album and time to talk about the rest of them.  Armin van Buuren vs Quadrophonia smashes the classic Quadrophonia rave classic by using even the well known vocal rap sample in the breakdown. The climax is powerful and energetic to the maximum with the classic synthy chords combined with mainstage aggressiveness. Armin van Buuren vs MainX - 88 To Piano is brilliant once again as it combines the classic piano chords and rave organ riffs with banging basslines and pumping earth-shuttering drums.  Armin van Buuren - Old Skool is remixed by Vigel who does what he knows best and that is to offer a superb progressive meets electro house smashing version that cracks the sound systems with maddening basslines, cranking drums and swirling brainstorming synths. Armin van Buuren - Old Skool Ping Pong is own Armin's version of Old Skool with break beat section combined with old school hard core basslines and raw drums. Old Skool is perfectly released for summer parties and festival and promises to introduce to younger generations the roots of our culture and music! If you wish to move to the future better know your past and be proud. We Are Alive & Kicking. #PureGold Love it [/content]

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