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REVIEW: Leroy Moreno - Celestia out on VANDIT records

01: Celestia (Original Mix)

Celestia’ is not Texas-resident Leroy Moreno’s first VANDIT rodeo. Those honours went to ‘Lux’, which back in the late spring announced his euphoric production inclinations to the world. In the process, the track picked up substantial deck & radio support from many a frontline spinner, Paul van Dyk, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Kyau & Albert and Roger Shah among them. 

Given its radio premiere by PvD on VONYC Sessions 507 in late July, ‘Celestia’ - Leroy’s quick-heeled follow-up continues in the same rich, uplifting vein as ‘Lux’. 

Leroy Moreno - Celestia, available through Beatport here 

Wasting not a beat, bar nor moment, ‘Celestia’ rocks off the blocks in super quick time, reaching for some epic trance firmament. Potent beats, addictive sub-riffs and mercurial 303 make its case floor-side, before Leroy suffuses it with temperate pads the empyrean female harmonies. Completed by a break that’ll straight break your heart and a post-drop ‘moment’ that’ll have you gulping hard, ‘Celestia’ is galactically inspired trance at its rip-roaring best. 

More about the artist: Texan born & bred Leroy Moreno was reared on a sonic diet of pure Paul van Dyk and Armin van Buuren, with healthy sized sides of Oakie & early Tiesto. End result: the man from the Lone Star state is now as trance as they come! 

Determinedly, Leroy bought his first synth while still in high school. Despite no formal training, by the time he’d hit college he’d mastered it, a bank of other equipment besides and working on little more than instinct and creativity began producing demos. ‘Lux’ was the first of Leroy’s studio endeavors that (he felt) had the polish and quality to put out into the public domain. Snapping it up within hours of locking ears to it, Paul van Dyk’s VANDIT Recordings were inclined to agree. 

Leroy is now set on writing (and producing!) himself into trance’s history books. 

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"]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"]Leroy Moreno - Celestia[/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Leroy Moreno presents Celestia as his second single on VANDIT records. Celestia for me sums up the golden days of trance into one futuristic sound package. Pounding old school drums, Darude-Sandstorm  style basslines, energetic synthy hooks and breakdown with luscious atmosphere which is perfectly interrupted from the classic uplifting melodic progressions that will give you instantly goosebumps. The influence of VANDIT and Paul van Dyk style is self-evident on this record from start to finish. Truly honest record that doesn't pretend to be anything else than a straight forward feel good uplifting euphoric colourful exciting explosive influential trancer! #PureGold Love it[/content]

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