Black Hole Recordings takes a timely dive back into the estimable catalogue of French original Mr. Sam, surfacing with a clutch of formidable reworks of his latter-day classic ‘Cygnes’. On initial release, ‘Cygnes’ left a sizable footprint on clubfloors, becoming was one of 2008’s most cheered trancers. Heavily set-listed by everyone from Armin (who compiled it onto the year’s ASOT compilation) down, it’s a number that’s scarcely aged a stylistic day in the interim.

Through late Jan to mid-Feb, the label will feed four new ‘Cygnes’ remixes into trance’s system, commencing this very day with remaps from First State and Ferry Tayle.

If Mr. Sam’s known for any studio trait, it’s fashioning the most evocative moments out of the most atypical vocals. Ferry instinctively locks onto ‘Cygnes’s calling, siren-like song, placing it front & centre in the mix. Surrounding it with his fabled intuitively uplifting note arrangements, soaring pads and elegant piano drops, he crowns it with a foot-movingly irresistible finale.

For his take, First State drops back into a trancey state of mind – albeit one that’s cooler and proggier in tempo & tone. Mounting some deeper, darker flourishes and effects onto it, he works in bulging bass and judicious doses of sonic distortion – all of which build to its atmospherically thrilling climax.

First State and Ferry Tayle’s mixes see the light today – you can check them through all good download stores and streaming platforms here (


01. Mr Sam featuring clAud9 – Cygnes (First State Remix)
02: Mr Sam featuring clAud9 – Cygnes (Ferry Tayle Remix)