Among the legends & veterans who have made a significant impact in Trance, there is definitely a place for Ronski Speed 🇩🇪. Shortly after his start in the late 90s, he became a roster artist at Kyau & Albert’s Euphonic. He also conquered giants such as Armada, Black Hole, FSOE, Anjunabeats, RNM, & Spinnin before eventually forming Maracaido in 2014. A very interesting part of his persona is his passion for working with new talents! Names like Aly & Fila, John O’Callaghan, Rex Mundi, Rinaly, DJ T.H., & Harshil Kamdar, received substantial boosts thanks to his involvement in either originals, remixes, or even a mashup in Rex’s case (also Markus Schulz to thank for that one). In parallel, there’s certainly no shortage of legends who worked with him. He has a great bond with Stoneface & Terminal, as well as notable collabs with JES, John O’Callaghan, Jennifer Rene, Kyau & Albert, Emma Hewitt etc. After this insight into his teamwork, let’s move to the opposite flank to see what his latest solo output ‘Quentin’ is all about!
The intro has lots of elements, from drums going well with the bassline to interesting sound choices, yet it’s still clean & melodic. The 1st climax is quite different though. The powerful, raw bassline involves minimal phasing & flanging, and the rave-ish scream filler is spot on – something to get the crowd going! This is followed by angelic voices & bright arps that lead the rush into the breakdown. You can see the Uplifting coming, but you can’t expect how anthemic or classic it is. That’s all thanks to the clever use of blooming pads & plucks to accomplish what supersaws & other leads generally do. The 2nd/main climax is where the breakdown goes full-on as it attains that “hands up” feeling and embraces classic trance fully. However, Ronski’s generosity doesn’t end here! We get an interesting transition, starring a magical arp, before a final climax.
Of the many releases by Ronski this year, Quentin is by far the best! We love the dynamic approach, bringing back nostalgia while still offering today’s sound.