If there was any question as to the far reaching success of Anjunadeep in 2013, look no further than their new compilation, ‘The Yearbook 2013.’ The annual compilation brings together the best Anjunadeep releases of the year, with the 2013 edition highlighting such marvelous tracks as Andre Sabota’s “Tokyo Dawn,” Dusky’s “Mr. Man,” Errka’s “Excommunication” and more. The Anjunabeats sub-label has proven a tremendous force in its own right, and ‘The Year Book 2013′ is convincing evidence of the truly amazing progressive and deep house artists on the label’s roster. As usual, the compilation is accompanied by a bonus DJ mix.
After a quality year of releases from across the globe, Anjunabeats deeper consortium is back with a four-track offering from British newcomer Universal Solution. Having debuted on the label via Anjunadeep 05 offering “Osheen,” his first dedicated EP beckons a much-needed elaboration from an artist whose sound immediately turned heads back in the summer. Between A-side “Yukon” and persuasive B-sides “Tora Bora” and “String Therapy,” the artist lesser-known as Gavin Holland develops a fluid and percussively refined sound scope of rich melodic progressions and immediate toe-tapping stamina. For a genre once reduced to the choice of beat music or experimental club records, Holland ticks all manner of boxes, to the avail of an EP that offers a fuller picture for dance music and its compositional prospects. Past the three striking originals, label favorite and recent EP smith Tom Middleton is on hand to seal the deal with his own practiced aptitude for bringing docile yet stirring creations to the label’s fertile discography. We keep trying to catch the label out, but at the tale end of 2013, Anjunadeep’s vision for new talent and eclectic music remains untouchable. (more…)Posted by
It may be mid-September, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to let go of summer just yet. Between the hints of a fall chill and summer residencies quickly wrapping up, the dance music world is preparing its shift into the winter months, but Anjunadeep regular Paul Beckwith (or just Beckwith for short) is celebrating that summer feel one last time with a summer closing mix uploaded to his personal Soundcloud this past weekend. He has yet to provide a tracklist, but listen closely and amidst the sunshiny house and deeper vocal cuts you may even find unreleased material.Posted by
DA’s own progressive house upholder and consistent label hopper Andre Sobota returns to the spotlight with two new cuts for Anjunadeep this month. Last found at the label remixing Jody Wisternoff’s vocal single “Out Of Reach”, his debut solo offering forms a solid continuation of the fluid instrumental studio work that has held his name in such high esteem to-date. Where A-side “Tokyo Dawn” deals in deep and dreamy melodic progressions and lightly formed grooves throughout, “Move” summons more subtle and hypnotic underground hallmarks from this Brazilian all-rounder. On the approach to the third-quarter of 2013, Sobota is looking more dexterously placed on the industry skyline than ever before. If his debut Anjunadeep two-track is to be believed, this alternative alias to drum & bass kingpin Bungle looks only fall into higher demand with such integral and intuitive cuts at his mercy. (more…)Posted by
Tom Middleton remains a force to be reckoned with on the front lines of British dance music. He’s an undisputed compilation king and this month debuts for Anjunadeep with two-tracks indicative of his ongoing stamina from outside the industry comfort zone. As featured on James Grant’s recent Anjunadeep 05 compilation, “WYV AUW CHU” harbours liquid progressions and murky melodic undertones from the outset, leaving “GODA CEE YUU” to relish in the deeper and groove driven edge of Middleton’s scattered musical calling card. With the respective “Beatless Mix” and “Ambient Mix” of “WYV AUW CHU” bringing more compositional dimensions to the accomplished A-side, Middleton’s agenda remains focused, coherent and necessarily outlandish for what we hope to the first of many stints for Anjuna. (more…)Posted by
The fifth volume of Anjunadeep‘s not-so-regular compilation series was released today, and it’s already at number one on the iTunes US Dance charts, ahead of Zedd’s Clarity, Tiesto’s Club Life Vol. 3, and Hardwell’s Revealed Vol. 4. This time around the compilation was mixed by label head (and brother to Above & Beyond’s Jono Grant) James Grant and long time dance music veteran Jody Wisternoff. This mix certainly cannot be confined to one genre under the dance music umbrella — deep house, techno, two-step, and ambient electronica all seem to ebb and flow throughout the duo’s selections. Dusky, Andrew Bayer, Beckwith, Tom Middleton, Lane 8, Kahwe, Matt Lange,and Andre Sobota all make appearances, representing both well-known records and newer additions to the well-curated Anjunadeep roster.
Shortly after the announcement of the full tracklisting for the newest Anjunadeep compilation, Alfie and Nick of Dusky release a hefty preview of their contribution to James Grant and Jody Wisternoff’s mix — “Mr. Man.” The record is Dusky a bit unplugged, offering up softer sentiments than some of their more recent chunky offerings. If anything, the calmer take for Anjunadeep is a shot of heterogeneity into the unfailing Dusky sound.Posted by
Anjunadeep is preparing to cool your summer off in a big way. On July 22nd, the sizzling sub-label will release their Anjunadeep 05 compilation, bringing hours of underground sounds to the forefront. This year’s compilation was mixed in two parts by label head James Grant and Way Out West’s Jody Wisternoff.
Grant’s CD gives a taste of what’s next for the label, featuring exclusive originals from the likes of Dusky, DAVI and Beckwith. Wisternoff takes a more curated approach, peppering the selections with his own remixes of everyone from Above & Beyond to Skanna. Check the full tracklist below the break for more details and pre-order your copy today.
Just feet away from the release of their fifth annual compilation installment, Anjunadeep unleash a three-track spectacle from Belgian duo Spirit Catcher and French MC 72 Soul. As a collective short player, the Black Pitch EP scales several facets of the sound that the label has hallmarked throughout its deep intervention of modern dance music. From the moody yet melodically charged title track through to the soundtrack-like peaks and progressions of “Vintage Point,” the journey through to warped house finale “Miss U Right Now” shows the European duo on a streak of underground intellect. Immediately benefitting from the sharp and sometimes harrowing vocal assets of their French peer, these three tracks provides assurance that Anjunabeats off-the-cuff cousin isn’t getting any less experimental with age.
Erkka is a Finnish producer and one half of the Komytea duo, but like many producers before him the bug has bit him to venture off on his own. “Excommunication” is one half of his debut solo EP Excommunication/Air Conditioner off Anjunabeats’ Anjunadeep label. Like much of the material coming out of the Anjunadeep camp in recent months, Erkka’s “Excommunication” is a quality example of the deeper end of dance music’s pool — incorporating not just a punchy bass line, but also thoughtful melodic elements and vocals.