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Airwave’s 2005 album was a defining moment for the status Laurent held within the scene. Already heralded as a great, this album solidified that sentiment in concrete. A three part journey filled with all sorts of hidden gems that both surprised and astounded. The title track, Trilogique, got a single release in 2007 on Bonzai Trance Progressive and was pimped out with some fantastic remixes.
Another pivotal moment in Airwave’s career came in 2008 with the release of the highly anticipated album Touareg which came packed to the gills with fresh new hits and a full complement of revamped classics. The superb Urban Touareg resides here and remains one of Airwave’s personal favourites. Save Me, Lightspeed, Above The Sky, Division Bell and Sky Blues all get a 2008 makeover here to the delight of many.
Airwave Featuring Didier Likeng – Sunshine In Your Heart (Original Release 2008 Bonzai Music BONMU 015-12)
Taken from the superb 20087 album Touareg, Sunshine In Your Heart featured the hypnotizing vocals of Didier Likeng in an impressive display of progressive trance music production. The track had an underlying French Kiss vibe peeking out from the synth stabs, while tough beats led us up to that awesome breakdown which was filled with euphoric strings and pads and Didier’s stunning vocal. The original release featured the simply awesome Candy Of Life which quickly became a lot people’s favourite.
For a long time Airwave has been about the music, whatever genre in whatever style, he always pays attention to the details. Released in 2007 off the 2005 album Trilogique, Sunday Break was a glimpse at the raw talent that lay at the heart of this guys work. Airwave loves the breaks and this one is a fine example, a solid progressive groove over a an equally solid breaks arrangement, this one was a top pick which went down very well indeed.
After a string of top rated tracks since 1998, Airwave was now an underground artist on the up. The consistency he shows is second to none with each release having its own unique flavour that appealed to so many, and still does to this day. The 2001 release Save Me was a testament to this, a driving, energetic slice of progressive trance sprinkled with a kaleidoscope of melodies and full of emotion, this one touched the hearts of many. The original 12″ featured the equally superb Mysteries Of Life on the flip.
Exclusively released for download only at Beatport, Redemption was one of Bonzai’s first digital only issues, coming at a time when physical music media was in decline. A bold move at the time that proved popular as mp3 mixing was on the rise and controllers where starting their campaign of domination. The track quickly became a trance classic among the trance fraternity with driving basslines and uplifting synths.
After more than a decade at the top of his game and after 3 hugely successful albums, Airwave unleashed his latest studio album Touareg in 2008. Punjabi Child would be the first cut from the album to be released and quickly proved a hit among many. A soaring trance gem that raises the euphoria levels with its rich sweeping pads, strong lead synths and driving bass, this one made a lot of people happy.
Progressive grooves licked with techy vibes is what we got on the 2006 release Progressive Aggressive from Airwave. Solid chunky beats and an edgy bassline and cool vocals over the top made this a floor friendly cut and was just another example of this guy’s diversity in his productions and consistency of quality. Released off the Trilogique album this was another cut that performed very well indeed.