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Cosmic Gate | Beta Nightclub, Denver, CO 5/3/12
Hot off the heels of a recent album release, German duo Cosmic Gate are continuing to redefine the modern trance sound. Breaking onto the scene in 1999 with the classic tune Exploration of Space, many consider Cosmic Gate to be the founding fathers of hard trance—a faster, more aggressive, yet still extremely euphoric style of trance music, that has gained a lot of popularity around the world, particularly in Europe.
Weaving various single releases alongside remixes of popular tracks and 4 previous artist albums, Cosmic Gate just released a shimmering new hard trance album, Wake Your Mind, last October. Featuring collaborations with industry heavyweights like JES, Emma Hewitt, Myon & Shane 54 and Andrew Bayer, Wake Your Mind delivers a wide variety of sounds and feelings, from Cosmic Gate’s classic deep hard trance to some more house-inspired tracks—but always with massive euphoric drops so characteristic of modern trance.
Making yet another appearance at Denver’s Beta Nightclub, Cosmic Gate played on a warm, breezy Thursday night to a crowd of trance fans and club staples. No strangers to Beta, Cosmic Gate certainly drew a large gathering of people out on a Thursday. Residents Ecotek and Trajikk started the night, building energy and getting the crowd ready for the main event.
Opening with Eric Prydz’s now-infamous remix of M83’s incredible synthpop tune Midnight City, Cosmic Gate jumped behind the decks to spin a two-hour set with some amazing music. Other tracks featured included an interesting mashup of Arty’s Around the World with the ubiquitous vocal from Justice’s We Are Your Friends, a true crowd-pleaser; Porter Robinson’s positively radiant new release Language; and the duo’s own incredible remix of Jochen Miller’s Wild and Perfect Day, with an outstanding vocal by Sarah Bettens.
Truly the highlight of the evening, however, came at the halfway point: queuing up the massive single Be Your Sound, Cosmic Gate had the entire crowd singing along with Emma Hewitt’s beautiful vocal in the breakdown—the only thing that was missing were hundreds of lighters in the air! Breaking into a techy section of the set, Cosmic Gate decided to switch it up and go a bit lighter and more accessible for this brief part of the set—but it didn’t take long before they switched back to hard-hammering trance bangers. Playing Ronski Speed’s Run To the Sunlight, as well as the duo’s recent JES collaboration and single Flying Blind, Cosmic Gate slid into home with W&W’s intensely dark and tech-inspired ASOT550 anthem Invasion, ending the night’s well-rounded trance set on a very high note. I would have loved to hear the breezy and euphoric Barra—also featured on the duo’s new album—and crowd favorite Not Enough Time, another Emma Hewitt classic.
Cosmic Gate continues to forge ahead in the modern trance scene, delivering captivating and uplifting music with a deep, dark edge. Wake Your Mind is truly an excellent album, and the duo’s world tour is just beginning—I highly recommend you check them out at a show near you! Check out some more photos of the event below.
(Credit to Bobby V Photography for the pictures!)
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