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REVIEW: Markus Schulz ft.Soundland - Facedown (The Remixes) out on Black Hole recordings

1) Markus Schulz featuring Soundland – Facedown (Markus Schulz Arena Mix)
2) Markus Schulz featuring Soundland – Facedown (Solarstone Pure Mix)
3) Markus Schulz featuring Soundland – Facedown (Jump Smokers Remix)
4) Markus Schulz featuring Soundland – Facedown (Lostly Remix)

Back in the summer, DJ Mag described Markus Schulz’s ‘Watch The World’ album as “ambitious”, “expeditionary”, and content-wise “for someone from his ‘bloc’, without precedent”. If so, then its epitome must surely have been ‘Facedown’. A year after he dropped his outta-nowhere stylistic bombshell, Markus has been back to revisit the track that augured ‘WTW’s artistic earthquake. 

Conversely, for its long awaited remix release, the post-modern folk of ‘Facedown’ has undergone four radical club recalibrations. Included among them are elevations from Pure Trance master Solarstone and emerging scene-star Lostly. Also included in the remix drop is an all-floors-bulletin from Markus himself, as well as one from Chicago-based party rockers, Jump Smokers. 

Through his new Arena Mix, Markus has taken all the elements that stood his collaboration with the Romanian collective Soundland out and recoded them to mighty 4/4 effect. For their mix, Chi-town trio Jump Smokers serve all-day-play with their rebuild, working ‘Facedown’ into a big radio-gifting airwave chomper! 

With his mix, Pure lodestar Solarstone moves the track onto the trance firmament. Working extensively with its acoustic guitars, on his rework he loses not an ounce of ‘Facedown’s remarkable vocal authenticity. Pitching the once downtempo up to 11, Lostly focuses his mix at primetime trance-floors, complete with daisy-cutting drums and high-impact drops. 

Download/listen to 'Facedown' – The Remixes here 

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"]Radio Friendly[/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"]Markus Schulz ft.Soundland - Facedown (The Remixes)[/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Markus Schulz presents the full release of his incredible single with Soundland called Facedown. The magnificent package includes 4 top notch remixes that will satisfy wide variety of audiences. Firstly is Marks own Arena Mix. You can expect big room proglifting trance at its highest calibre. Pounding drums, thumping driving dark basslines and magical breakdown with acoustic guitar riffs, romantic piano chords, cinematic strings and excellent performance by Soundland of the very imaginative lyrics. The huge swirling synth comes at the surface and the intense build up leads in a massive crescendo moment that any Arena will erupt and clubbers will dance along passionately. Rich Solarstone transforms the original into a straight forward driving pure trancer with certain balearic touch, sunkissed melodies and hypnotic rhythm that will elevate you to a higher level straight away. Solid trancer produced by the book and always with the distinctive classy touch that Rich is well known for. Expect cinematic breakdown with brilliant sound design  with full vocal and bouncy beat followed by hands in the air climax where the original melody is used in perfection with synths and piano to create the magical atmosphere that only great trance can deliver. Next is Lostly who does his best to add even more energy with underground minded uplifting trancer while the breakdown starts with the guitar riff and continues darker and moodier with big industrial distorted sounds. The full on synthy hook is unleashed to add the anthemic touch followed by darker bass focused climax perfect for the more psy tech trance sets. Lastly Jump Smokers provide the big room house version that starts with the nice vocal followed by manic drop to drive clubbers out of their minds on any mainstage set. It would be cool to add a tropical house version as well. #PureGold Love It[/content]

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