Trance Wax, the nostalgia infused alias of Ejeca, announces debut studio album
Are you ready for a brand new, epic studio album? Anjunabeats is pleased to announce the debut artist album from Trance Wax – an alias of Belfast’s Garry McCartney, also known as Ejeca.
The album celebrates the formative sounds that Garry first fell in love with as a Belfast teenager. Trance Wax began as an anonymous series of vinyl-only bootlegs back in 2015. Which is pretty cool, if you ask me.
Trance Wax taps into the deep love of trance across the dance community. Garry’s lovingly crafted edits of classics from Yves Deyurter, BT, and Mauro Picotto became peak-time anthems for Bicep, Calvin Harris, Denis Sulta, The Blessed Madonna, Job Jobse to name a few. Each vinyl run sold out in hours. As a result, Garry created a new love for trance music that hadn’t been seen before. Copies on Discogs often sold for hundreds of pounds. Resident Advisor described the edits as “somewhere between Shed and Evian Christ”. BBC Radio 1 commissioned Trance Wax for a hallowed Essential Mix in mid-2018. The collective nostalgia for trance – a foundational force in emotional dance music – was well and truly awoken.
Trance Wax’s Connections to Anjunabeats
The connection began when Trance Wax edited two classics from the Anjunabeats vault, ‘Clear Blue Water’ and ‘Satellite. Both of these tracks were from Above & Beyond’s much-loved OceanLab project. Trance Wax was invited to support Above & Beyond at two sold-out shows at London’s Printworks, which is no small feat! His distinctive breakbeat-nodding take on classic trance struck a chord with the Anjuna fanbase and the Anjunabeats label team! As the relationship grew, Garry’s creative urge to explore the Trance Wax influences more fully was nurtured. Trance Wax inked an album deal. Talk about a success story!
Trance Wax’s Studio Album
The result is a stirring, self-titled LP debut from Trance Wax featuring 14 original compositions. You will want to preorder this one right away! The album is a celebration of communal euphoria and a love-letter to the golden age of trance. Many people argue that this was European dance music’s most fertile period. This is a look at this time period through the eyes of a modern production star at the top of his game.
You’ll hear a touch of early Chicane with a dash of modern Bicep in ‘Beul Un Latha’ – a Gaelic term for ‘sunrise’ – while tracks like ‘Throne’ and album closer ‘Northern Sky’ are a nod to The Future Sound Of London. Endorsed by Mistajam and Danny Howard at BBC Radio 1, ‘Lifeline’ is a sweaty, Balearic piano-house cut, made for marathon sessions on the Space Ibiza terrace. ‘Manaya’ is Trance Wax’s homage to the uplifting sound of early 00’s Eurotrance, and has already managed to find its way into the sets of Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren.
Garry has also enlisted some trance royalty for the album. For example, this includes Moya Brennan, the iconic voice of Chicane’s ‘Saltwater’, provides the vocals for ‘Rivers’, whilst Jan Johnston guests on ’Nitedream’ – unlocking memories of her classic ‘Skydive’ with Freefall. You’ll adore this album.
Trance Wax’s self-titled album is out November 6 on Anjunabeats. Pre-order now via the Anjuna Music Store.
Trance Wax’s latest single, ‘Beul Un Latha’, is out now.
Stream new single ‘Beul Un Latha’ here
Watch the video for ‘Beul Un Latha’ here
Album pre-order here