Years of release: 2013 - 2014
Title: Whis Afraid of 138?!
Audio codec: MP3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Style : Uplifting Trance
The mantra ‘Who’s Afraid of 138?’ began as a joke on Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show last year, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the more driving, energetic and euphoric side of the genre, beloved by purists. The joke struck enough of a chord to inspire a dedicated stage at the ASOT600 party in Den Bosch earlier this year, as well as a track on van Buuren’s new Intense album.
A few weeks ago, van Buuren announced on his radio show that he’d be taking the concept further still, launching the brand new Who’s Afraid of 138?! label, distributed beneath the Armada masthead. And this week he unveiled the label’s debut release, a slamming remix package of his original Who’s Afraid of 138?! that kicks things up a notch over two different mixes.
Give them both a listen below – they inject van Buuren’s original with an extra dose of peaktime grunt. The Jordan Suckley remix plays it straight-laced until the peak, where it takes things in an altogether tougher direction, while the Photographer remix is a pounding, acid-drenched take, drawing out the energy to near the halfway point before hitting the original’s breakdown.
At Ultra Europe last month, inthemix sat down with van Buuren to discuss the challenges of playing mainstages as a trance DJ. The 138BPM topic got a heavy airing, and he assured us he’ll be whipping those records out on his upcoming tour of Australia as part of Stereosonic. “The attention span on a lot of dancefloors is a lot shorter than it used to be,” van Buuren told inthemix. “You can do two things. You can be stale and do your own thing, and just play a full two-hour set of instrumental trance. Or you can go with the crowd a little, make a bridge and try to keep the Afrojack audience… Every gig, I see how far I can stretch it. I usually end up 138BPM full-blown trance in my sets anyway
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