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Progressive Review: Cosmic Gate & Christian Burns - Brave out on Wake Your Mind/Black Hole

Bathed in the moodsome blue light of the titan Ahoy arena, in the opening minutes of their ASOT 2024 set, Cosmic Gate premiered their new single. The response ‘Brave’ received from the tens of thousands gathered in Rotterdam was greater than even the duo dared hope. 

‘Brave’ represents the first material, post ‘MOSAIIK - Chapters One & Two’ - the twin albums that definitively reset Cosmic Gate’s sonic to something “deeper, more progressive and song-led”. The music that followed was only going to advance that ethic further. The single sees Cosmic Gate in a first-time collaboration with multi-award winning singer/songwriter Christian Burns, but as the three acknowledge, ‘Brave’s creation was not without its own challenges.
“Working on something together has been on the cards for quite some time”, says Christian. “It was never about doing a track … but doing the right one though.” “The moment we heard Christian’s ‘Brave’ demo, we knew we’d found the one”, comments Bossi. “The song has a unique atmosphere and, production-wise, I think we knew what we were going to do with it before we’d finished our first listen!” adds Nic. 
Solemn and haunting in places, mesmerizing in others, ‘Brave’s powerful draw-you-in nature has a once heard/never forgotten quality. Carried by Christian Burn’s lingering, ethereal delivery, its words convey an equally compelling message. It meditates on the courage needed to dig deep and find enough heart to fight the good fight - whatever form it might take. Cosmic Gate tint ‘Brave’s production with chunky, tribal drums, throbbing bass, haunting horns, lament-laced piano and no end of FX texture.

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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[item value="10"]Cosmic Gate & Christian Burns - Brave[/item]
[content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Cosmic Gate & Christian Burns collaboration Brave is finally out and it must be said that is super impressive and huge progressive classic in the making. For this particular single the beloved duo go deeper in 122 BPM for a floating balearic track full of organic drums, punchy percussion, and bubbly basslines while on top warm melancholic strings combined perfectly with Christian voice that is super impressive once again managing to crawl under your skin and talk straight to your heart, mind and soul. The piano chords in the breakdown are unbelievable and really make the big difference. The climax is dark moody with melancholic dystopian synth and great balearic sunkissed sound design. Exceptional single from our Grammy nominees. #PureGold Love IT[/content]
[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"]Radio Friendly[/item]
[item value="10"]Vocals & lyrics[/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]

April sees the Grammy-nominated duo break out the North American road map, in readiness for a club-hopping, point-to-point, two-month-tour of the States and Canada.

It'll see CG making stops in NA metropoles including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Montreal, Washington, Vancouver and many others. Featuring a mix of open-to-closes and XL sets,

It’s time to hit that tour trail again! Cosmic Gate go coast-to-coast, north south, east and west from April 5. Full tour dates you’ve find below, tickets for which can be secured here !

Fri 05 Apr               Casa Cobra                                           Guadalajara, MX
Sat 06 Apr             Looloo                                                    Mexico City, MX
Fri 19 Apr               Soundcheck                                          Washington, DC
Sat 20 Apr             Rebel                                                      Toronto, ON
Fri 26 Apr               Stereo Live Dallas                                Dallas, TX
Sat 27 Apr             Bloom Nightclub                                  San Diego, CA
Sat 04 May            New City Gas                                       Montreal, QC
Fri 10 May             Stereo Live Houston                            Houston, TX
Sat 11 May            Sunbar                                                   Tempe, AZ
Sat 18 May            Sound-Bar                                             Chicago, IL
Fri 24 May             Pure Nightclub                                     Sunnyvale, CA
Sat 25 May            Harbour Event Centre                         Vancouver, BC
Fri 31 May             Academy                                               Los Angeles, CA
Sat 08 Jun             Great Hall At Avant Gardner              New York, NY

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