Arrival's first release of 2013 is "The Way We Were," featuring American artist eleven.five. He last appeared on Silk with his remix of "Heiligenstadt" by Mango and Embliss, as well as the memorable "Crispy" from Silk Royal Showcase 02. This release also features a remix from Toby Hedges -- one of the winners of the remix competition of Schodt feat. Aida Fenhel's "Wild At Heart" on Silk Royal. With regular radio support by the likes of Armin van Buuren and Above and Beyond, eleven.five and Toby Hedges have been hailed as two of the most exciting "new" talents in today's modern progressive and trance scence.
The original mix quickly establishes a firm beat with lush percussion elements, as delicate melodies soon emerge. Sweeping sound effects and outstanding synth work combine beautifully, while the bassline underneath keeps the energy in place. The gorgeous theme synth emerges periodically throughout the track, and is developed fully within the break. The ingenious and memorable melody evolves into a mesmerizing main synth line, enhancing the energy greatly. As a bonus, eleven.five also includes an intro mix of "The Way We Were". Here, the lush, sidechained pad lines from the original, combined with parts of the theme melody and supporting layers, form a blissful intro.
Toby Hedges from the UK gives us a unique interpretation of "The Way We Were". A firm beat is quickly established, as well as brilliant background synth elements. The theme from the original slowly emerges, surrounded by a vast array of hypnotic melodies. The break features outstanding new melodies, which lead up to the main theme beautifully. The track continues in an incredibly energetic style, resulting in a definite dancefloor killer.