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.
Masterful deep house and progressive label Anjunadeep is at it again with the release of their Anjunadeep Remixes Collection 02 which manages to package up ten of the best reworks, reshapes, and re-edits from the scene over the last year. From start to finish this collection keeps it downtempo and groovy in the best way possible; it would work on a late night dance floor just as well as your next dinner party.
Unfortunately we do not have a full album stream for you, but we’ve linked to some of DA‘s favorites in the tracklist below and if you really love what you’re hearing, follow the links to purchase on Beatport.
Although UK producer Marsh first grabbed my attention with the release of “You’ll Be Fine” back in the summer, his Ethereal EP (out today on Arrival Recordings) will no doubt make a serious name for this newcomer. The EP is a gorgeous composition of three instrumental tracks, “Ethereal,” “Sleeping Now,” and “Waiting For The Mail Man” that manage to both relax the listener and evoke powerful emotion. Marsh’s style bridges the often wide gap between progressive trance and deep house, confidently following in the footsteps of contemporaries like Andrew Bayer, Jaytech, and James Grant. Throughout the EP, he melds elaborate basslines with dreamy (or shall we say, ethereal?) pad layers, and even manages to take risks with elements like a Rhodes synthesizer on “Ethereal.” If my praise isn’t enough, “Sleeping Now” has also achieved both Record Of The Week and Web Vote Winner status on Trance Around The World in the weeks preceding its release. Take a listen yourself after the break, and as a bonus you can also watch a clip of Marsh on his first day working on the EP.
Over the weekend, Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep’s radio show, Anjunabeats Worldwide, celebrated its 300th episode with a marathon four-hour mix from some of the brightest stars on the legendary labels. The show premiered all the way back in 2007, and every week a different artist showcases a two-hour mix. It has become recognized as an instrumental launchpad for new talent in the world of progressive trance and deep house.
James Grant kicks off the episode with his deep house grooves and Anjuna veteran Oliver Smith moves seemlessly into more uptempo classic house in the second hour. The latter half of the mix belongs to breakthrough Californian duo Norin & Rad’s distinctive tribal-trance sound and an arresting contribution from Dancing Astronaut favorite, Mat Zo. Listen to it for yourselves below.
Life is full of ups and downs. By the end of Anjunadeep 04, however, it’s clear that the best moments are the ones you wait for. If you really believe that the journey is the destination, then this is the album for you.
Listening to the record, which comprises two 14-track mixes, is an exercise in patience. You spend most of your time sitting around, twiddling your thumbs, waiting for each unhurried break to finally express itself. This takes a while, but if you have some free time on your hands, it’s a pleasure — the musical equivalent of the Rainbow Road course on Mario Kart for N64 (if you couldn’t fall off the track, and the colors were comforting instead of nauseating).
CD1 is mixed by James Grant, the Anjunadeep A&R chief and brother of Above & Beyond’s Jono. Grant’s track selection is immaculate – each song is a fine example of evocative deep house at its languid, unhurried best. These tracks are elaborate journeys; trailing in and out of nothingness before returning with the necessary rumble. As a result, every track stands up remarkably well even when you play it on its own, outside of the context provided by the entire mix. (more…)Posted by