Paul van Dyk Releases 9th Studio Album: Music Rescues Me

Paul van Dyk Releases 9th Studio Album: Music Rescues Me

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Paul van Dyk has today unleashed a new album: Music Rescues Me. The 14-track LP is van Dyk’s ninth studio album overall, following up 2017’s From Then On. The new project is dripping in euphoric chord progressions and uplifting melodies that have endeared trance music lovers to Paul van Dyk’s music over the past two and a half decades. van Dyk gave fans a taste of the album with the release of the title single back in September: Music Rescues Me feat. Plumb. Today, he’s unveiled the 14-track masterpiece in full.

The release of Music Rescues Me comes just 14 months after van Dyk’s previous album From Then On (released in October 2017). Stimulus driven by his recuperation from the now-well-documented events of spring 2016 has had the profoundest of effects on van Dyk’s life-view. That has been expressed most clearly through his professional work, taking the form of a tap-wide-open creative stream. Telegraphing Paul’s developmental, progressing and to-the-future outlook, it’s one that’s echoed by the vibrant state of the music scene in which he operates.

Paul shared some words about the direction of Music Rescues Me:

“Though it might have been its seed, this new album is not about music bringing one person back from the brink. Its theme reaches beyond that. This is about music’s ability to open us up, to stimulate mental imagery, to unlock or bring back memories. It’s about its often hard-to-fathom capacity to support us, to get us through our tougher or more challenging times, as well as soundtracking the good ones, and making them even better. This, to me, goes beyond the mere ‘inspirational’. This is something else. That music can ‘unlock’ us, allow us to access emotions and places our mind might not otherwise go to is nothing less than extraordinary. It’s both force and a gift. I feel that’s a big part of what keeps it so magical for me - indeed for all of us. So this album is a celebration of this most mysterious, impalpable and wonderful aspects of music’s nature”.

Alluding to the album’s title, van Dyk clarified:

“The ‘Me’ refers to ‘you, me, us - everyone’. ‘Rescue’ means less ‘save’, but more ‘liberate’ or ‘free’. My greatest aspiration for this release is that people - either now, or in years to come – listening to ‘Music Rescues Me’ will find that one of its tracks elevates, alleviates, opens them up, or takes them out of themselves. That’s the point at which I’ll consider it a success”.  

For the new LP, a number of From Then On’s co-producers have been invited back to the studio with Paul. Alex M.O.R.P.H., James Cottle, Jordan Suckley and Tristan D (under his new Delta One guise) are some of those who’ve returned to Berlin to write follow-up tracks for Music Rescues Me. With even deeper roots in the PvD universe, there are also vocal contributions from Sue McLaren (‘Lights’/’We Come Together’) and Plumb (‘I Don’t Deserve You’). In addition to his frequent collaborators, van Dyk has also included features from artists that he’s worked with for the first time, on this new album:

“Alan Wyse, Steve Deekay, Saad Ayub, Rafael Osmo, Project 8, Lostly, Chris Bekker - these are musicians from around the world who, week-in, week-out, we see lighting up the VONYC forums. The producers who’ve really risen in estimation for me. Sound-wise, each one has their own area and represents a different sub-style within our shared field. It’s these shades, grades & tones, meshed with my own, that open up a whole world of new musical angles for this, my ninth album”.

Music Rescues Me comes at a fortuitous time, when trance music has been thrusted back into the spotlight of the electronic music scene. Mixmag announced trance's rebirth in their profile of Paul late last year & Insomniac, the world's biggest dance music promoter, even hosts an all trance festival - Dreamstate - which has made its way to Southern California, San Francisco, Mexico, London, New York and Melbourne in the past year alone. van Dyk recently performed at Dreamstate SoCal outside of LA, this past November.

Paul van Dyk celebrated the new LP at an album-listening event at the iconic London club Printworks in October, and recently completed a 11-date headlining tour of the US. Today, he’s wrapping up the US tour with an album-release show at Avant Gardner in New York City. There’s no sign of slowing down from one of the most prolific artists in the history of electronic music.

Music Rescues Me Tracklist:

01. Paul van Dyk & Lostly - Amanecer
02. Paul van Dyk, Alan Wyse & Sue McLaren - You Are
03. Paul van Dyk & Alex M.O.R.P.H. - Voyager
04. Paul van Dyk & Chris Bekker - Solar Snapshot
05. Paul van Dyk ft. Plumb – Music Rescues Me (PvD Club Mix)
06. Paul van Dyk & Steve Dekay - Aurora
07. Paul van Dyk & Saad Ayub - Future Memories
08. Paul van Dyk & Rafael Osmo – Moments With You
09. Paul van Dyk & Delta One - Lost Angels
10. Paul van Dyk & Jordan Suckley - Accelerator
11. Paul van Dyk – Mission Control
12. Paul van Dyk & Project 8 – Made Of Stars
13. Paul van Dyk – Time Traveler
14. Paul van Dyk – Reprise

 

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About Paul Van Dyk

Van Dyk’s story begins not in a superclub or on the main stage at a music festival, but in his mother’s kitchen. The year was 1985, and his family was living in Communist East Germany, which at the time was still divided by the Berlin wall known as the “Iron Curtain.” Paul spent much of his time tuning into the radio stations broadcasting from the West side of the wall; to him, they were his only connection to the outside world and a freer society.

It was on these airwaves that he first heard the sounds of electronic music. Such an event may seem trivial to some people, but it would prove to have a lifelong effect on the young teenager, who over the course of the next 30 years would go on to attain recognition not just as a forefather of trance, but as an overall icon of electronic music.

After briefly living in Hamburg, he then returned to Berlin in 1991, marking his first hometown performance that March at the just-opened club Tresor, which has since become one of the city’s cultural landmarks. Soon after he began DJing, van Dyk expanded his talents to making electronic music for himself. In 1994, he released his debut album, ‘45 RPM’; one of its tracks, “For An Angel,” is regarded by Mixmag as one of the greatest dance tracks of all time. In the following six years, van Dyk followed up with his 1996 album ‘Seven Ways,’ which put him firmly at the forefront of trance’s emerging scene.

The public recognition would only grow with the 1999 launch of his new DJ residency at Cream Amnesia in the world party capital of Ibiza; 17 years later, it’s still going strong as one of the longest-running residencies in clubbing history. In 2000, he launched his own label, VANDIT Records, its first release being his third album, ‘Out There and Back.’ In 2005, his fourth album ‘Reflections’ penetrated the pop culture membrane with a Grammy nomination in its first-year category of Best Dance/Electronica Album.

A further testament to his musical abilities, van Dyk has remixed some of electronic music’s biggest names—Deep Dish, Faithless, and Underworld, to name a few—in addition to Top 40 radio icons including Madonna, Britney Spears, and U2. His music can be heard in films such as ‘The Dark Knight,’ ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,’ and ‘Zurdo’ (the latter for which he won a Mexican Oscar), as well as for HBO, Land Rover, and Motorola commercials; and the ‘Mirror’s Edge’ video game.

Having been exposed to a larger audience, van Dyk aimed to reach higher heights as dance music broke out of clubs and raves and into public consciousness. His next two albums, 2007’s ‘In Between’ and 2012’s ‘Evolution’ yielded both critical and commercial success—Mixmag wrote that van Dyk had "achieved evolution in both name and nature," while DJ Mag called it "impressive" and "multidimensional." In 2008, his New Year gig in Rio de Janeiro set attendance records with 1.3 million people coming out.

All fame and club-hopping aside, van Dyk also has a political side he’s not afraid to showcase. In 2001, he started a mix compilation series titled ‘The Politics of Dancing,’ which was inspired by observing people of warring regions Palestine and Israel dancing together in peace. In 2010, he returned to Berlin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Wall with a one-day event aptly called We Are One, and in 2015, he wrapped up his Politics series with his seventh album ‘The Politics of Dancing 3.’ He has also taken up the banner for charities such as Rückenwind, which helps underprivileged children in Berlin; India’s Akanksha Foundation; the FEED Project; Peace One Day; and anti-war and voting movements such as Rock the Vote. His philanthropic endeavors were rewarded with Berlin’s Medal of Honor, as well as with MTV’s Chiuku award.

The coveted Medal of Honor is one in a long string of awards and accolades van Dyk has accumulated. His storied career has seen him achieve the longest run on the Top 100 DJs chart, including two years at No. 1; multiple IDMA awards; and Mixmag declaring him their “Man of the Year.” Last year, he won Mexico's Lunas del Auditorio award for Best Electronic Music Live Artist.


Over 30 years on from that first serendipitous encounter with electronic music on West Berlin’s radio airwaves, Paul van Dyk is himself inspiring newcomers to his culture. Come to any of his shows today and you’ll see on the dancefloor the free world he for a time could only imagine from behind the Iron Curtain: people of all ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and walks of life coming together to escape the world’s realities, celebrate, and live in the moment. “To me,” he says, “only dance music has this power to reconcile the historic divisions of the planet like this.”