Listeners of BBC Radio 1 know for years already that DJs who are invited to spin a set for the radio station’s Residency Special always deliver something extra. Last Thursday, it was Dutch trance magician Armin van Buuren‘s turn to hit the decks for a highly nostalgic two-hour set, just fresh off the back of his magnificent sets at Creamfields and SW4.
Armin van Buuren started off the first hour of his set by playing some of the finest trance anthems that have ever been produced. Euphoric classics from the late 1990’s, with long buildups and breakdowns and mouthwatering melodic synth pads throughout the entire track. Anthems that are immediately recognized by all electronic music fans, whether they love or hate trance as a genre, causing them to get nostalgic and reminisce about the past.
Who wouldn’t get a little bit sentimental of a set that includes Cygnus X‘s ‘Superstring’, Ocean Lab‘s ‘Satellite’, ‘Universal Nation’ by Push and Veracocha‘s ‘Carte Blanche’, all tracks that Armin van Buuren has recently spun on vinyl, whenever he delivered a classics set in the final hour of his Armin Only show.
In the second hour of his BBC 1 Radio set, the world’s former number 1 DJ nicely blended in some more recent tracks, such as his amazing collaboration with Russia’s talented Shapov ‘Our Origin’, Rising Star ft. Fiora’s ‘Just As You Are’, and crowd favorite ‘Blah Blah Blah’. Wanting to end things on an absolute high, he couldn’t resist to throw in a pretty massive psy-trance mashup that included tracks by Vini Vici, Hilight Tribe, Wildstylez and W&W.
Relive Armin van Buuren’s epic BBC Radio 1 Residency Special set down below via Mixcloud