Trance icon Paul van Dyk has released the 10th studio album of his illustrious career: Guiding Light, a 14-track LP out in full today on his label VANDIT Records.
Paul has released a handful of singles over the past year to preface the album; all of which allude to the sonic adventure that listeners will embark over the course of the LP’s 14 tracks. In November 2019, PvD released “Parallel Dimension”, a collaboration with Canadian producer Elated. PvD followed up with Duality (premiered on Billboard in February), then First Contact in March, and most recently he released the album’s title single: Guiding Light featuring gorgeous vocals from long-time collaborator Sue McLaren.
Paul had initially planned to release Guiding Light in the early summer, followed by a world tour. He ended up shelving the project right as the pandemic hit as he did not think it was appropriate to release an album full of uplifting, 135+ BPM trance music at a time when nobody would be able to congregate together on dancefloors. Instead, he released an aptly titled chill-out album – Escape Reality – featuring soothing, downtempo reworks of some of his classic records.
With the lockdown restriction being lifted in Germany and much of Europe, van Dyk has finally seized the opportunity to unveil Guiding Light in full to his adoring fans around the world.
‘The circumstances in which we danced so far this year have been different, but crucially we never stopped dancing. ‘Guiding Light’s message was always about showing us a way through and I don’t believe there’ll ever be a greater need for that than now. The album’s singles have shown their power to spiritually uplift – as much off the floors as on, so it’s time to let the rest of its music to do the same.”
PvD has kept fans engaged throughout the months of lockdowns, streaming a 3-hour mix show on his weekly Sunday Session series. Paul typically streams the show from his home in Berlin, but he’s also taken the stream to some interesting places; namely the rooftop of Club Weekend, the Zeiss Planetarium, and BVB Stadion, the home stadium for soccer team Borussia Dortmund. With lockdown restrictions beginning to subside in much of Europe, van Dyk looks forward to playing Guiding Light for fans in-person in the coming months.
‘Guiding Light’ Tracklist:
01. Paul van Dyk & Vincent Corver – Deep Within
02. Paul van Dyk & Sue McLaren – Guiding Light
03. Paul van Dyk & Saad Ayub – You Found Me
04. Paul van Dyk & Shedona – Exhale
05. Paul van Dyk & Will Atkinson – Awakening
06. Paul van Dyk & Danny Eaton – Remedy
07. Paul van Dyk & Elated – Parallel Dimension
08. Paul van Dyk & Kinetica – First Contact
09. Paul van Dyk – Duality
10. Paul van Dyk & Eugenio Tokarev – Resource
11. Paul van Dyk, Steve Dekay & VISION X – Impact
12. Paul van Dyk & Bo Bruce – Covered in Gold (PvD Club Mix)
13. Paul van Dyk & Vini Vici – Galaxy (PvD Club Mix)
14. Paul van Dyk & Chris Bekker – Velvet Sky