Sunleed – Suspended Animation
Sunleed is a lesser known progressive trance producer from the Netherlands, but being lesser known doesn’t mean lesser quality. Sunleed’s tracks have a Basil O’Glue-esque vibe to them and this is nothing but a good thing, deeply progressive, layers upon layers of synths, and a memorable melody and all of this is demonstrated perfectly in his upcoming EP Suspended Animation.
Sunleed – Suspended Animation is to be released on one of the more prestigious progressive trance labels, Enhanced Progressive, which consistently delivers high quality tracks from both established and up and coming prog trance producers. Sunleed’s original showcases his signature sound that was found in his previous EP, Rasalhague / Rising Moons which was also released on Enhanced Progressive.
Eerie and haunting melodies, unique sweeping basslines and clever vocal snippets form the basis of the track, and like all good progressive trance everything is builds and builds until it moves to the breakdown before it explodes into the climax. One of the things I like most about Sunleed’s productions is that he isn’t afraid of silence or having very low energy moments in his breakdowns. This is something I’ve noticed with a lot of modern trance when comparing it to older tracks. It feels like modern trance is afraid of having the quiet moments and something always has to be going on, perhaps some weird fear that listeners will get bored if they don’t hear some sound every second of every track.
Johnny Yono is on remix duties for Suspended Animation, providing a more traditional, club oriented take on Sunleed’s moody original. I hadn’t heard of Johnny Yono prior to this, but he’s done an excellent job at taking the key parts of the original and translating them into a more punchy banger that will most likely have more appeal with the masses. It’s a track I can definitely see Markus Schulz supporting in one of the deeper parts of his sets, in the same vein as Basil O’Glue tracks.