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Activa - Movement


Promoted Post BannerThe last few years have seen a significant flurry of activity from the Activa camp, made all the more notable as it followed a period of pause for Rob Stevenson. Says the UK based DJ/producer, “there were a number of years where I no longer felt the same connection to what was happening musically within the scene. However, if the time I’ve spent in the industry taught me anything, it’s that music is cyclical. Everything comes back around. It was just a question of waiting till the time was right again.” For Rob and his music, that second coming’s been in full flow for several years now and reaches a new zenith with the July 2023 release of ‘Movement (V.01)’.

Paradoxically, lockdown, proved to be the jailbreak moment for Rob’s more classic form of trance. “People needed to feel connected and historically, I don’t think there’s many forms of electronic music that’s done more of that than trance.” It was around that time that Rob recommenced his operations, quickly becoming one of the foremost proponents in this fresh wave of truest-form trance. Having rebooted his Borderline label, Activa recorded ‘Origins’, his first artist album in a decade, before releasing the Tri-Series – a run of made-for-12” productions. For Rob though, simply getting the music back into vogue was never going to be enough. It didn’t just need to reacquire its classic sound, but also – in order to be authentic – it had to feel the same, look the same and release the same.

All of which leads up Rob’s next restorative action: ‘Movement (V. 01)’ – a set of discs and mixes constructed in trance & progressive’s original ‘building’ manner. In order to fully achieve that classic sound, he knocked on the doors of some producers who’d been as unswerving in their sonic beliefs as he had. Over its two discs, ‘Movement’ features music from the likes of Luke Terry, Jaron Inc., Pulser, DJ Dazzle, Maria Healy, The Noble Six, Factoria, Lostly and numerous others. Naturally enough, there’s also a wealth of new production and remix exclusivity onboard from Rob himself! In order to get the generationally authentic look he wanted for the release, Rob turned to The Designers Republic, the visual powerhouse behind electronic institutions like Gatecrasher, Warp and Satoshi Tomiie. They’ve channelled that creativity into ‘Movement’s cover art, which provides an aesthetic, as well as sonic touchstone to releases past. An album experience for anyone who was there … or simply wishes they were, Movement (V. 01) is available digitally and physically from July 7 via this link []

Tracklist: Activa – Movement (V. 01)

Disc 1

01. LJR – The Last Satellite
02. Luke Terry – Muon (Stripped Mix)
 Chris Johnson – The Calling
 Coredata – GeoMetric
 Chris Johnson – These Days
 Jaron Inc. – Inspire (Activa Rework)
 Spectre – Evolution (Activa Rework)
 Sunda – Mirage
 Andre Maier – Optimum
 Definitions & Char – All We Have
 Slipstream – Lagrange Point
 DJ Dazzle – From Within (Activa Remix)
 Activa & Glynn Alan – Titration
 Pulser – The Other Side of Time (Movement Edit)
 Activa – Twilight
 Øna – Øna

Disc 2
01. Activa – I Wanted You
02. Brandt Hoff – Where Is My Soul
03. Aeon Shift – Breathe You In
04. Marcos – Odyssey
05. Sunda & ByDesign – Pillars
06. Lostly – Way Back Home
07. Allan Morrow – Strobe
08. Maria Healy – Midnight Oil
09. Julian Del Agranda – El Sueño (Movement Edit)
10. Activa – Formentera
11. Aerium pres. 
Avalon 62 – Eneabba (Movement Edit)
12. Activa & John Dopping – A Future Memory (Activa’s Origins Mix)
13. The Noble Six – Moon That Never Sets
14. Enigma State – Waiting For You (Orgasmix)
15. Factoria – Sculptured (Activa Outro Rework)