Ever since Ahmed Romel burst on to the scene with his first release in 2001, his rise into the upper echelons of Trance music has been mesmeric. 16 years after hearing his first-ever Trance compilations, 8 years after his first release and 4 years after he was first supported by Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk – ‘Rüya’ is here.
Starting as a producer but evolving into a DJ as well, Ahmed Romel has released on FSOE, the eclectic and iconic Trance label, but this marks his debut album. Known for intricate melodies, musicality beyond the norm and unique instrumentation, this album is something the Trance world has been waiting to arrive, for a long time.
16 tracks of pure, unadulterated Trance and beyond bliss – this is the reinvigoration this genre needed. A gorgeous mix of organic and digital textures are spread over every single track – each one more effortlessly energetic than the last.
With such a well-rounded and thought-provoking package, it is hard to know where to start with summing it up. His work is given praise routinely in the form of plays from the industry’s giants – but this album deserves special plaudits. There is something inherently unique about this album – and the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into its creation are obvious for all to see. This won’t be the end for Ahmed Romel – but this may well be the work that he becomes most admired for.