‘Guiding Light’ – the upcoming April-released album from Paul van Dyk – is heralded this week by ‘Duality’, its second single.
To a considerable degree, its release is the outcome of a book – specifically Paul’s Im Leben Bleiben (Holding On To Life), which was published last year. Writing it helped PvD begin to clarify much of what followed his 2016 on-stage accident. Through it came a greater perspective understanding of the toll, all before (and against considerable odds) he started to harness that clarity into something positive, artistic and inspirational.
While his late 2019 single ‘Parallel Dimension’ contained references to the time Paul spent unconscious, ‘Duality’ takes its cues from his awakening, the gathering awareness of his circumstances and how he began to confront them.
Paul expands: “Duality is a state of mind you find yourself in. The brain is still echoing the strongest signals of how you’ve become used to seeing yourself: completely fit and vital and able to do everything. The truth is that your body is not currently capable of doing all those things, putting you in a surreal existence. This track is about starting to resolve that duality”.
Musically, he’s translated that into an instrumental cut which races – start-through-finish – with PvD’s restless, relentless dynamism. Think ‘Columbia’s high-pace rush crossed with harmonic shades of ’Angel’ and spiked by ‘Crush’s killer key changes. A track that DJ Mag’s scored “9/10” and called “the most striking, exciting PvD standalone – ‘Touched By Heaven’ and ‘I Am Alive’ included – of the last eight years”, ‘Duality’ mainlines today.
‘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