Trance Fans: Review of Giuseppe Ottaviani Artist Album “Magenta”

The word trance can be defined in many ways and has been supported by a lot of producers over the years. It may not seem like it but pure trance still exists, you just have to dig for it. One of those names still supporting and producing trance is Giuseppe Ottaviani. His newest artist album entitled Magenta will be released on May 27, 2013 on Black Hole Recordings.

I saw Giuseppe Ottaviani at Toika Lounge in Toronto this spring and his live set ranks up there as one of the most memorable I’ve witnessed and I’ve seen every top name in the world of trance. He performed a lot of the tracks from the album and had the small club of devoted trance addicts loving every moment. It was an event with less than a couple of hundred people but a live set with massive tunes that could have filled an arena for thousands.

The tracks on his artist album range from the vocals of “Love Will Bring it Around” to the upbeat “Feel the Music.” For those who regularly listen to A State of Trance you’ve heard “Love Will Bring it Around” in recent episodes and was voted tune of the week for ASOT 608. Alana Aldea delivers beautiful vocals on “Heal This Empty Heart” that will have a room singing along with hands in the air. “Brilliant People” is a track that could be played at any time of day or night that was produced with Aly & Fila. Seri provides vocals on “Gave Me” that will have you closing your eyes smiling as she sings. The title track “Magenta” produced with Ferry Corsten is a track that will likely be on every trance DJ’s playlist this summer in any kind of venue. The album has 15 tracks on it that will stand out in their own unique way.

Other DJ’s have released artist albums this year that have been great but nowhere near the definition of trance that was expected. Magenta is a wonderful album that will continue to get better with each listen and this is coming from someone who has loved trance for well over a decade.

Ottaviani is a former member of the project NUNRG that released material on Paul van Dyk’s label Vandit Recordings as far back as 2001. This guy isn’t some newcomer to the world of trance and should be near the top of anyone’s list who has ever typed the words trance family. The name may also be familiar from his live set at the ASOT 600 Madrid date that was a pre-party for the rest of the tour.

Here’s a full preview of the album from Giuseppe’s YouTube page:

Here’s the official press release:

(Forthcoming through Black Hole Recordings, May 27th 2013 – pre-order here:

Magenta is Harmony… Comprising 15 new tracks from the studio of Italy’s foremost trance composer, his second artist album overtures with ‘Rush’. Imploringly vocalled by Lo-Fi Sugar, its transcendental breakbeat kick emits ‘Magenta’s first hue. With ‘Love Will Bring It All Around’ – the album’s lead single – Giuseppe radiates a more trance-progressive ethic. Locked around thunderous drums, tight, stripped-back percussion loops and mood-fuelling atmospherics, it paves the way for Eric Lumiere’s one-world lyrics. Scooping Armin van Buuren’s Tune of the Week on A State of Trance 608, the single’s also brought plaudits from the dance press. Giving it their June Single of the Month award, MIXMAG called it “sinuous, brooding and appreciably complex”, while DJ Mag said: “Eric Lumiere’s vocal gives this track its light-bulb moment.

On the concept of his sophomore album, Giuseppe says: “the colour Magenta represents universal love at its highest level. The album’s concept is exactly that. Music intended to promote the very same essence the colour does.

‘Magenta’ stimulates Spirituality… on ‘Stars’ Giuseppe’s supplies the track with one of his trademark high-octane production engines – one that leaves a floor-impression crater-deep. Swedish starlet Linnea Schössow counterbalances its ferocity with a sky gazing,spellbinding vocal arc that stretches to the heavens. Deeper into the album Ottaviani demonstrates that vocal lightning can strike twice as he re-teams with two of his ‘GO!’ album alumni. Stephen Pickup’s vocal on ‘Illusion’ fleetingly splices a rock-ish gene into the album. Backed by Giuseppe’s miasma-like harmonics meanwhile, Faith’s entrancing turn on ‘Nothing Wrong’ burns up the room.

Magenta is the colour of the free spirit. It pushes you to take responsibility for creating your own path in life –

Magenta is Non-conformist… without letting the pace drop for a second, in solo mode Giuseppe expands ‘Magenta’ musical remit. On ‘Cold Flame’ he pumps the distortion pedal hard, working in electro-lining sounds and FX. ‘Feel The Music’ meanwhile riffs off the modulating acidic churn of ‘Hardtrance Acperience’, climactically boiling its 303 to mercury-popping levels. Elsewhere ‘Waterpark’ provides one of ‘Magenta’s many ‘come-together’ festival moments.

Magenta conveys Balance… the album’s transcendental heartland lies in its mid-section. Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Alana Aldea runs the tone deep on ‘Heal This Empty Heart’, whilst Audrey Gallagher lends her bewitching, highly recognisable Gaelic inflection to ‘Walk This World With Me’.

Magenta Universal Entering the end-zone ‘Magenta’ lines up its co-pro big guns. Uniting the atomising studio personas of Aly & Fila and Giuseppe Ottaviani, ‘Brilliant People’ uses beatific, ever-shifting female harmonics to dizzying effect. The album’s closeout sees Ferry Corsten & Giuseppe collectively use symphonic strings and crowd-igniting pitch-bends, artfully interplayed with melodic redolence and air-slicing synths to fashion the infectious future anthem ‘Magenta’.

Giuseppe Ottaviani has delivered the pitch-perfect ‘GO!’ sequel – a consummate long-player whose panoramic studio-ware will draw you in… and keep you there for months. Not simply EDM, but surround-sound, big room-filling 3DM, this summer’s colour… is ‘Magenta’.

Giuseppe’s 2nd is out on May 27th.


01. Rush (featuring Lo-Fi Sugar)
02. Love Will Bring It All Around (with Eric Lumiere)
03. Stars (featuring Linnea Schössow)
04. Illusion (featuring Stephen Pickup)
05. Cold Flame
06. Gave Me (featuring Seri)
07. I Am Your Shadow (with Audiocells featuring Shannon Hurley)
08. Nothing Wrong (featuring Faith)
09. Feel The Music
10. Heal This Empty Heart (featuring Alana Aldea)
11. Waterpark
12. Waiting On Someday (featuring Vitamin B)
13. Brilliant People (with Aly & Fila)
14. Walk This World With Me (featuring Audrey Gallagher)
15. Magenta (with Ferry Corsten)


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