Rank 1

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    • Enter 1997 - Introduced by mutual friends at a party, Piet Bervoets (R) and Benno de Goeij (L) end up discussing music all night and discover much common ground. Soon they end up in the studio producing tracks together as "Pedro & Benno". Two years of instant-Classics production further, the guys are looking at a new record deal and decide they need another project name for this new sound they've created with The Citrus Juicer. "Imagine the name Rank 1 at rank #1 in the charts, hahaha!". Thus Rank 1 is born, as a mere joke at first. But fast-forward 14 years and be amazed at how that name has become synonymous to Trance Legends.

      History
      Over the past decade and a half, the Rank 1 gents have provided anthems and theme songs for over six large Trance festivals throughout Europe. Originally their sound captured euphoric supersaw-driven uplifting Trance hovering between 136 and 141 BPM with Airwave, Such Is Life and Awakening being some of their most treasured releases of these earliest Rank 1 years.

      But from 2004 onward, their tracks start leaning towards a harder and more abstract Techtrance, with 2005's instant club-smasher and massively supported Top Gear being the epitome of this transformation. A year later their productions reach a new level of percussive sophistication. Their serious Techtrance sound morphs into a slower but infectious Electro-Trance: Life Less Ordinary, their collaboration with Alex M.O.R.P.H., ends up defining (or should that be kick-starting) the Electro-backed Trance of 2006-2008 and is massively hyped by Paul van Dyk, among others.

      In 2009, a decade after releasing that immensely influential and beloved Innercity Theme 1999, they unleash L.E.D. There Be Light: a blueprint track for the wave of modern Bigroom Trancers that followed suit as well as their singles in the next two years.

      Late 2012 sees them temporarily return to their Trance roots in a new coat with the mesmerizing 7 Instead Of 8 which is quickly followed by the energetic and euphoric "Pure Trancer" Elements Of Nature in early 2013. For the latter beauty they team up with their Legendary Belgian Trance counterpart mr. M.I.K.E. / Push. Their second 2013 single Floorlifter is a radical shift away from these nostalgic sounds however, showing Rank 1's tendency to be unpredictable and shock / impress with an ever diversifying discography. Their last single in 2013 is the high-concept Trancer 13.11.11: released on November 11th 2013 this modern Trancer is 13:11 long and runs on a tempo of exactly 131.111 BPM: the track's length is a statement against all the current barely-5-minute "extended" mixes of club tracks. 2014 was another exciting year for Rank 1 fans as the funky Freudenrausch collaboration with Dennis Sheperd was finally released next to a modern update of their beloved Airwave! In 2015, no less than TWO collaborations with M.I.K.E. Push saw the light of day: the official follow-up to Elements Of Nature was titled Juno and off the back of some Armin-caused hype over the course of the summer, it sent social media into a frenzy. Some 10 weeks after Juno's official release, Markus Schulz premiered Zenith on GDJB in early October and he would go on to offer some crazy support to this beloved third collab! 2016 saw another re-release for an old Rank 1 favorite, Superstring got a groovy reboot and no less than a month later York and Rank 1 teamed up with Lola and finally collaborated for the first time ever to bring us a Balearic Trance anthem called This World Is So Amazing!

      As of 2017, the gents have yet to tease our ears but as always, it will be worth the wait once it's here... ;)

      Releases
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      Singles / EPs:
      Rank 1 - Black Snow / The Citrus Juicer [1999]
      Rank 1 - Airwave [1999]
      Rank 1 feat. Shanokee - Such Is Life [2001]
      Rank 1 - Awakening [2002]
      Rank 1 - Breathing (Airwave) [2003]
      Rank 1 feat. Shanokee - It's Up To You (Symsonic) [2003]
      Rank 1 - Unreleased Tracks From The Album Symsonic [2004]
      Rank 1 - Beats At Rank-1 Dotcom / After Me [2004]
      Rank 1 - Opus 17 / Top Gear [2005]
      Armin van Buuren vs. Rank 1 feat. Kush - This World Is Watching Me [2006/2007]
      Alex M.O.R.P.H. vs. Rank 1 - Life Less Ordinary [2006/2007]
      Rank 1 vs. Jochen Miller - And Then... [2008]
      Rank 1 - L.E.D. There Be Light [2009]
      Rank 1 - Symfo [2009]
      Rank 1 vs. Jochen Miller - The Great Escape [2010]
      Nic Chagall, Rank 1 & Wippenberg - 100 [2010]
      Rank 1 & Jochen Miller feat. Sarah Bettens - Wild And Perfect Day [2012]
      Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren with Rank 1 - Witness [2012]
      Rank 1 - 7 Instead Of 8 [2012]
      Rank 1 vs. M.I.K.E. - Elements Of Nature [2013]
      Rank 1 - Floorlifter [2013]
      Rank 1 - 13.11.11 [2013]
      Rank 1 & Dennis Shepard - Freudenrausch [2014]
      Rank 1 - Airwave (21st Century Mixes) [2014]
      Rank 1 vs. M.I.K.E. Push - Juno [2015]
      M.I.K.E. Push vs. Rank 1 - Zenith [2015]
      Rank 1 - Superstring 2016 [2016]
      York & Rank 1 feat. Lola - This World Is So Amazing [2016]

      Remixes:
      York - Reachers Of Civilization (Rank 1 Remix) [1999]
      Tunnel Allstars - Blue Lagoon (Rank 1 Mixes) [2000]
      System F - Cry (Rank 1 Remix) [2000]
      Mary Griffin - Perfect Moment (Rank 1 Remix) [2000]
      Cygnus X - Superstring (Rank 1 Mixes) [2000]
      Baby D - Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Rank 1 Mixes) [2000]
      Angelic - It's My Turn (Rank 1 Remix) [2000]
      Ayumi Hamasaki - Far Away (Rank 1 Remix) [2001]
      Delerium feat. Rani - Underwater (Rank 1 Mixes) [2001]
      Nu NRG - Dreamland (Rank 1 Re-Edit) [2002]
      Ayumi Hamasaki - Dearest (Rank 1 Edit) [2002]
      Marc Aurel - Sound Of Love (Rank 1 Mixes) [2002]
      Push - Journey Of Life (Rank 1 Remix) [2003]
      Angel City - Touch Me (Rank 1 Remix) [2004]
      Mr Sam - Lyteo (Rank 1 Remix) [2005]
      ATB - Humanity (Rank 1 Remix) [2005]
      Ronald van Gelderen - This Way (Rank 1 Remix) [2006]
      Freddie Mercury - Love Kills (Rank 1 Mixes) [2006]
      Cosmic Gate - Analog Feel (Rank 1's Digital Re-hash) [2007]
      JOOP - The Future (Rank 1 Remix) [2007]
      Alex Bartlett & Guess feat. Anthya - Touch The Sun (Rank 1 Remix) [2007]
      Anton Sonin & AMX feat. Sari - Undone (Rank 1 Remix) [2008]
      Marcel Woods feat. MC Da Silva - On Fire (Rank 1's No This Ain't Trance Like '99 Remix) [2008]
      Ronald van Gelderen - Embrace Me (Rank 1 Remix) [2008]
      Leon Bolier vs. Jonas Steur - Lost Luggage (Rank 1 Remix) [2008]
      Velvetine - Safe (Wherever You Are) (Rank 1 Remix) [2010]
      Mat Zo - 24 Hours (Rank 1 Remix) [2010]
      Cosmic Gate - Fire Wire (Rank 1 Remix) [2010]
      Super8 & Tab feat. Julie Thompson - My Enemy (Rank 1 Remix) [2011]
      Conjure One feat. Leigh Nash - Under The Gun (Rank 1 Mixes) [2013]
      Giuseppe Ottaviani feat. Eric Lumiere - Love Will Bring It All Around (Rank 1 Remix) [2013]

      Albums:
      Rank 1 - Symsonic [2002]


      Out now!
      2017: -

      Last release
      2016: York & Rank 1 feat. Lola - This World Is So Amazing

      Buy music from Rank 1 on the following sites
      DJshop.de a.k.a. vinyl-distribution.nl
      Beatport
      Junodownloads
      TrackItDown

      Get in touch with them here
      rank-1.com/
      twitter.com/rank1official
      twitter.com/pietbervoets
      twitter.com/BennoDeGoeij
      facebook.com/rank1official
      facebook.com/piet.bervoets
      facebook.com/bennodegoeij
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    • FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RANK 1 GO HERE:
      rank1fanblog.blogspot.nl

      ALSO:
      Do you like a certain Rank 1 tune and do you want to find more tracks in a similar vein? Then check out these lists!
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      Chill 1
      01. Rank 1 - Symsonic
      02. Rank 1 - T.T.C.
      03. Rank 1 - Airwave (Sunset Chillout Mix)
      04. Rank 1 feat. Shanokee - Such Is Life (Sunday Afternoon Rework)
      05. Rank 1 - Still In My Mind
      06. Rank 1 - After Me
      07. Rank 1 - Breathing (Airwave 2003) (Breaks Dub)
      08. York - Reachers Of Civilization (Rank 1 Remix)
      09. York & Rank 1 feat. Lola - This World Is So Amazing (Original Mix)

      Groove 1
      01. Rank 1 - Symfo (Rank 1's That Side Mix)
      02. Anton Sonin & AMX feat. Sari - Undone (Rank 1 Remix)
      03. Guiseppe Ottaviani feat. Eric Lumiere - Love Will Bring It All Around (Rank 1 Remix)
      03. Rank 1 - Superstring (Original Mix)
      04. Freddie Mercury - Love Kills (Rank 1 Extended Vocal Mix)
      05. Alex M.O.R.P.H. vs. Rank 1 - Life Less Ordinary (A Less Ordinary Rank 1 Remix)
      06. Rank 1 And Dennis Sheperd - Freudenrausch (Original Mix)
      07. Rank 1 - Airwave (21st Century Mix)
      08. Rank 1 & Jochen Miller feat. Sarah Bettens - Wild And Perfect Day (Extended Mix)
      09. Rank 1 vs. Jochen Miller - And Then... (Original Mix)
      10. Alex M.O.R.P.H. vs. Rank 1 - Life Less Ordinary (Original Extended Mix)
      11. Armin van Buuren vs. Rank 1 feat. Kush - This World Is Watching Me (Original Mix)

      Prog 1
      01. Leon Bolier vs. Jonas Steur - Lost Luggage (Rank 1 Remix)
      02. Ronald van Gelderen - Embrace Me (Rank 1 Remix)
      03. Alex Bartlett & Guess feat. Anthya - Touch The Sun (Rank 1 Remix)
      04. JOOP - The Future (Rank 1 Remix)

      Tech 1
      01. Rank 1 - L.E.D. There Be Light (Laserlight Rework)
      02. Cosmic Gate - Analog Feel (Rank 1's Digital Rehash)
      03. Ronald van Gelderen - This Way (Rank 1 Remix)
      04. Rank 1 - Floorlifter (Original Mix)
      05. Conjure One feat. Neigh Lash - Under The Gun (Rank 1 Remix)
      06. Cosmic Gate - Fire Wire (Rank 1 Remix)
      07. Freddie Mercury - Love Kills (Rank 1 Dub Mix)
      08. Rank 1 - Down From The Deep (Extended Mix)
      09. Rank 1 vs. Jochen Miller - And Then... (Rank 1's Minimal Progressive Techno Electro Trance Mix)
      10. ATB - Humanity (Rank 1 Remix)
      11. Marcel Woods feat. MC Da Silva - On Fire (Rank 1's No This Ain't Trance Like '99 Remix)
      12. Mr. Sam - Lyteo (Rank 1 Remix)
      13. Rank 1 - Top Gear (Original Mix)
      14. Rank 1 - Beats At Rank-1 Dotcom (Extended Mix)

      Retro 1
      01. Mat Zo - 24 Hours (Rank 1 Remix)
      02. Velvetine - Safe (Rank 1 Remix)
      03. Super8 & Tab feat. Julie Thompson - My Enemy (Rank 1 Remix)
      04. M.I.K.E. Push vs. Rank 1 - Zenith (Original Mix)
      05. Rank 1 vs. M.I.K.E. Push - Juno (Original Mix)
      06. Rank 1 vs. Jochen Miller - The Great Escape (Extended)
      07. Rank 1 - Symfo (Original Mix)
      08. Rank 1 - L.E.D. There Be Light (Extended Mix)
      09. Rank 1 - 13.11.11 (Original Mix)
      10. Rank 1 vs. M.I.K.E. - Elements Of Nature (Original Mix)
      11. Rank 1 - 7 Instead Of 8 (Original Mix)

      Dream 1
      01. Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren with Rank 1 - Witness (Original Club Mix)
      02. Rank 1 - It's Up To You (Symsonic) (Original Mix)
      03. Rank 1 - Equilibrium
      04. Rank 1 - Cosmomatic (Extended Mix)
      05. Delerium feat. Rani - Underwater (Rank 1 Remix)

      Classic 1
      - Rank 1 - The Citrus Juicer (Original Mix)
      - Rank 1 - Black Snow (Original Mix)
      - Rank 1 - Airwave (Original Mix)
      - Cygnus X - Superstring (Rank 1 Remix)
      - System F - Cry (Rank 1 Remix)
      - Mary Griffin - Perfect Moment (Rank 1 Remix)
      - Baby D - Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Rank 1 Remix)
      - Chakra - Home (Rank 1 Remix)
      - Rank 1 feat. Shanokee - Such Is Life (Extended Mix)
      - Rank 1 - Awakening (Original Version)
      - Rank 1 - Conspiracy (Extended Mix)
      - Rank 1 - Passage To The Unknown
      - Gouryella - Ligaya (Rank 1 Remix)
      - Nu NRG - Dreamland (Rank 1 Re-Edit)
      - Jam X & De Leon - Mind Made Up (Rank 1 Remix)
      - Push - Journey Of Life (Rank 1 Remix)
      - Angel City - Touch Me (Rank 1 Remix)

      - Angelic - It's My Turn (Rank 1 Remix)
      - Marc Aurel - Sound Of Love (Rank 1 Instrumental Mix)
      - Ayumi Hamasaki - Far Away (Rank 1 Remix)
      - Ayumi Hamasaki - Dearest (Rank 1 Edit)

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    • twitter.com/rank1official/status/377391992936099840

      Rank 1 on Twitter wrote:

      Working hard to make this title possible: 13:12:25!

      Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

      *Commencing RZM-Speculation protocol*

      13:12:25 could mean
      SCENARIO 1 = They will release a track on Christmas this year:
      - If that's the case, it might be a special track? Like High Contrast's 250th release?
      - In that vein perhaps 13+12=25(0) could stand for the amount of High Contrast singles they have released on their label (including this new one that would be their 12th) meaning the 13 would be for a different HCR artist INOTHERWORDS this track will be a collab?
      This scenario seems most likely because: 13-12-25 would be the Dutch date notation written in reverse. It's too obvious not to be true. Then again, this is typical cryptic Rank 1 talk so you never know!

      SCENARIO 2 = 13+12=25 stands for their 2nd studio album including a bonus disc with:
      - 12 Remixes? (Unlikely since labels would space a remixed album from the original by at least 4-5 months)
      - 12 versions of their past singles? (Perhaps inc. unreleased versions like that The Great Escape (Rank 1 Remix) that was never revealed in the end)
      - 12 cuts of live performed tracks since Trance Energy 2005?
      This scenario seems likely because: it would make little sense for them to take over three months to create just one single right? Besides, releasing an album on Christmas, wouldn't that give a satisfactory feeling to the artists?

      SCENARIO 3 = They are officially gonna release the most popular among that shitload of Airwave bootlegs of the past years (Personally I hope I'm wrong about this one hehe :P )
      This scenario seems unlikely because: how does clearing other people's bootlegs/remixes of their work affect them directly? It's something their label would take care of, right?

      SCENARIO 4 = The date refers to the first track Benno will make once his new studio is finished
      This scenario seems plausible because: from the few pictures he's posted of the progress of his new studio, it seems like it might take another month or two to fix everything. After that they'd probably spend about 3 to 4 weeks tinkering on a brand new track and premier it on Christmas?
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    • Listen to the preview here:



      twitter.com/...662015742279680
      Can you guess the 3 reasons why we named our new track 13.11.11 ?

      As they've revealed themselves now:
      1) The track will be released on November 11th 2013.
      2) The track's total length = 13:11 minutes.
      3) The track's tempo is exactly 131.111 BPM.

      I have a feeling the full 13 minute version is going to be a REAL :bomb: inator of a choon! :thumbsup:
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    • Here's the Transmix that Piet made for Transmission Seven Sins last weekend!

      [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/edmliveset1/transmix-rank-1-transmission[/soundcloud]

      Check out the video here:


      Rank 1 Transmix @ Transmission, Prague -Czech Republic [October 25th 2014]
      01. Rank 1 - L.E.D. There Be Light (Extended Mix)
      02. Armin van Buuren presents Gaia - Tuvan (Original Mix)
      03. B.B.E. - Seven Days and One Week
      04. Jochen Miller - Brace Yourself (Extended Mix)
      05. Dennis Shepard & Cold Blue feat. Ana Criado - Fallen Angel (Club Mix)
      06. Yves De Ruyter - The Rebel (Original Mix)
      07. Jordan & Baker - Explode (Marc van Linden Remix)
      08. PPK - Resurrection (Original Mix)
      09. Jonah - Sssst (Listen)
      10. Rank 1 - Airwave (21st Century Mix)

      Some pretty cool teasers towards the end and a cool selection if you disregard the fact there were two modern/way-too-young tracks in it. Some would say Brace Yourself and Tuvan are debatable but they were arguably two of the biggest tracks of 2009 and imo two of the very best tracks by their respective creators so imo 's 'ceptable B) :music:
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    • Today it's exactly two years ago that this mighty gem got released:



      730 days later and it still shines as brightly as ever :sun: :bawb:

      Melly Lou wrote:

      This was awesome! :)
      But 15 mins? Wished 150!

      Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, 150 minutes of Rank 1 selected Classics :nyam:

      Melly Lou wrote:

      This was awesome! :)
      Schulz after that destroyed it for me. Melly is too sensitive for this world, she should go back where she comes from.

      Meh, Markus has lost the touch imo. Unless he does +6 hour sets, he's just gonna drop Garrix Drops/Vocal bleh :bad:
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    • Collab in progress with .... Let's say it this way, we're speaking the same language and we are both the masters of anthems! #?




      Since the wait is killing me I decided to try and reconstruct the melody patterns in this image. Sadly I couldn't get it right, what I got based on the estimated space between the notes sounded very off. :dash:

      Guess the waiting games continues :fool:
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    • ^ I have to say the plucks in the build have a Rank 1-ish ring to it and the overall mood/melodies are very M.I.K.E.-like. You could be on point here Gaia. Currently downloading the set. Gonna rip that track and replay a lot. But so far this seems like the most likely contender. Also, Armin suddenly MCing about "what Trance is" EXACTLY during this track, is that a coincidence... or a HINT? :joke:
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    • twitter.com/HighContrastRec/status/611533967779430402

      High Contrast Recordings on Twitter wrote:

      Storm is coming... Tune in tonight's @asot for the premiere of a brand new High Contrast record!



      twitter.com/MikePush/status/611527004932960256

      M.I.K.E. Push on Twitter wrote:

      Today! Hoy ! Dnes! Aujourd'hui! Vandaag! сегодня! Dzisiaj! आज! .. is the day!


      twitter.com/rank1official

      Rank 1 on Twitter wrote:

      You know, it's gonna happen tonight @asot ?!


      That High Contrast Cover gives away a lot really... Juno was the storm the US suffered in the very beginning of this year, and just a couple of days later M.I.K.E. start teasing about it. And now both M.I.K.E. AND Rank 1 are tweeting about 'tonight'. This HAS to be it!
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