Above & Beyond will be ringing in the new year at the New York Expo Center. The trio recently announced the show, and pre-sale tickets are now available for those who joined their Facebook Event group.
The 60,000 square foot New York Expo Center will house Above & Beyond themselves in addition to a roster of Anjunabeats artists, giving trance fans the perfect backdrop to enjoy a myriad of their label stars live. For those who have missed the pre-sale, tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 17 at 10 am ET here.
Above & Beyond released a trailer promoting the event and giving fans a look into what they can expect from the epic forthcoming performance, which can be viewed on DEG‘s YouTube channel.
Audien is back with his newest release “Buzzing,” featuring Nevve. The esteemed DJ-producer has steadily provided fans with euphoric tunes for almost a decade, but his signature feel-good sound has fluctuated between commercial-crossover releases and uplifting trance tracks. Heading into 2019, it seemed Audien may have been reverting back to his trance roots thanks to his momentous single, “Higher,” and collaboration with ARTY, “Never Letting Go,” out on Anjunabeats. “Buzzing” leads listeners to believe, however, the glittery, radio-ready stylings of the artist may have been reinstated.
The single is the first from a yet-to-be-named multi-track offering in the works. The producer recently spoke on his intentions with the forthcoming release:
“Diversity. I want to show that I can make many different styles of music, but tie them together with a common theme. Ultimately, I want to make people feel stuff, with melodies, and lyrics. I’m not reinventing the wheel, but I’m accentuating the art I’ve created for almost a decade. It’s the best form of what I’m known for.”
The track evokes pure bliss thanks to dance-worthy synth lines that blend brilliantly with Nevve’s infectious vocals. For Audien fans, “Buzzing” expounds on his long and star-studded tenure in the art of felicitous feel-good sound design, no matter the genre. Audien will be embarking upon a U.S. ESCAPISM Tour, so fans looking to experience his forthcoming project live can see if the producer is coming to a city near them below.
Nov 15 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Nov 16 – Believe Music Hall – Atlanta, GA
Nov 21 – Big Night Live – Boston, MA
Nov 22 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
Nov 23 – The Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
Nov 29 – The NOVO – Los Angeles, CA
Dec 6 – Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
Dec 13 – The Loft at Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
Dec 14 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
Dec 19 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 20 – Great Hall at Avant Gardner – Brooklyn, NY
A sonic identity is one of the most important things for a young producer to develop, and even in today’s musical landscape can be difficult to come across. Is an artist’s new track identifiable as theirs without reading the track list? That is sonic identity.
While some artists spend years trying to find their musical persona somewhere between what’s trendy and what they enjoy, Pete Dougherty aka Moon Boots has got it all figured out. His newest single is a “Clear” departure from the funked-out dance floor-filling sounds of “Juanita” that garnered the Anjunabeats laureate industry-wide attention earlier this summer. R&B-inspired vocals from Moon Boots familiar Nic Hanson serve as the perfect complement to the soft, Julio Bashmore-reminiscent synth work from the Brooklyn native. As different as the direction may be, however, the destination remains the same: Moon Boots’ realm of effortless harmonies and nonchalant grooves.
Moon Boots’ second full-length album, Bimini Road, hits the streets on Sept. 6 and can be heard live just weeks later on the Bimini Road Live Tour. Learn more and get tickets here.
Anjunabeats duo Tinlicker and their groove-heavy progressive takes have quickly established a formidable presence in the dance circuit with refreshing reworks of tracks like Gabriel & Dresden‘s “Underwater” and Reflekt‘s “Need to Feel Loved” that have since become dance floor staples. Now, the Dutch act have announced the release of their debut artist album, This is Not Our Universe, its accompanying tour, and the second single from their forthcoming LP, a remix of alt-J‘s “Breezeblocks.”
The follow-up to “Lost” featuring Run Rivers, the “Breezeblocks” rework infuses signature Tinlicker elements of house groove and progressive vibrancy into the classic indie song. The long-awaited remix transforms alt-J’s platinum-selling hit from their 2012 LP An Awesome Wave into a signature Tinlicker sonic palette.
“We’re both fans of alt-J. We had the idea of creating a completely different and unique vibe from the original, and the track has been a highlight in our sets over the past months. We are also very happy that alt-J themselves were happy for us to release this version,” the duo stated in a press release.
This is Not Our Universe will be released Sept. 27 on Anjunabeats. The LP will be available on streaming, download, vinyl, and CD that comes in a collector’s edition tin case.
Trance titan Andrew Bayer‘s dedication to the Anjuna family is unending and unwavering. Over the course of the last decade, he’s put out dozens of releases on both Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep and headlined oh-so-many Anjuna-curated nights around the world.
Now, he continues that crusade with his next Anjunabeats EP, Parallels, and a North American Fall tour to go with it. According to Bayer, the intention behind this EP is a return to his pure club inclinations which is why this tour will see him hit some of the most iconic clubs the U.S. and Canada have to offer, from Exchange LA to Mezzanine in San Francisco to Chicago’s Spybar.
Parallels’ is a new project for me and a return to analog club sounds aimed squarely at the dance floor. Ever since I started unraveling the club mix odyssey of ‘In My Next Life,’ I’ve felt a deep reconnection with my club sound and pushed myself to take it into new directions – whilst also paying homage to the influences that shaped my first interest in club culture. The latest result is ‘Parallels,’ an EP of instrumental club experiments designed to exist side-by-side with my continuing passion for long players (spoiler alert: album four in motion) – Andrew Bayer
Ahead of the full EP release, Bayer has shared the new single “True Feelin’,” and just as he intended, this track epitomizes uplifting club trance. From the moment the first kick hits, the energy is pushing towards a sensational conclusion that will infuse any listener with joy. Bright chords punctuate a layered rise towards an intoxicating drop Anjuna fans will find refreshingly familiar.
Stream “True Feelin’” in full and check out details for Andrew Bayer’s Parallels tour below.
Two of the most pronounced titans of the trance/uplifting house music trades, Above & Beyond and Seven Lions have unveiled their joint effort, premiered a day early on Proximity‘s YouTube channel, “See The End,” featuring Opposite The Other.
Ears were fully perked this past installment of EDC Las Vegas, when the Anjunabeats owners invited Seven Lions onstage to debut the track under the 2019 electric sky. Recurring back to the larger-than-life, 2010 era electro/big room golden age, “See The End” drums up a wealth of nostalgia, with its resounding, euphoric synth line and blaring kicks.
Seven Lions first tipped his hat to the trio over half a decade ago, with his “You Got To Go” remix, which the trio embraced emphatically. Earlier this year, as an ostensible foreshadowing of the collaboration, Seven Lions released another revamp from the Anjuna bosses’ auspicious archives: a “Sahara Love” remix.
“See The End” is officially out tomorrow on Anjunabeats.
Many know Above & Beyond by way of their sentimental brand of trance music and immersive, interactive sets, but the British trio has always had an ear for ambient as well. They’ve merged this side of their artistry with their appreciation of yoga and general mindfulness in Flow State—their next album project centered around calming, beatless sounds. It was released on July 19, and features an array of re-released tunes along with some new ones.
Flow State floats through the speakers, with each composition melting effortlessly into one another. Meditative and emotive with just a few choice elements, the LP effectively captures the spirit of their yoga sets that began by chance at Burning Man five years ago. Classics like “Sun In Your Eyes” make the cut, while newer pieces like “Slow Buchla Sunshine” and “Strength From Inside” add a bit of shimmer into the overall product. It’s perfect to listen to with eyes closed and in a state of quiet contemplation. The EP is accompanied by a touching opening talk by Elena Bower, a yogi the group met at the aforementioned desert gathering and who leads their yoga sets at gigs around the USA.
Apple Music continues to celebrate Gay Pride with the curation and delivery of 16 fabulous mixes from a selection of the global LGBTQ+ community’s favorite and most supportive tastemakers. Including exclusive mixes from Anjunabeats standout Andrew Bayer, rainbow-riding bass phenom Ducky, and J. Worra, whose sound has proven to be as techy and sub-centric as it is gnarly, the series highlights just how central the LGBTQ+ community is across the entire dance music spectrum.
“Club culture IS queer culture” says Loren Granich, musical director of Cali queer crew Rhonda INTL, “and we’re honored to work with so many brilliant international artists from the queer community who embody this ethos while continuing to push musical & sexual boundaries.” The LA-based polysexual bash was the liason for sets from Newbody, Dopplegang, Patrick Mason and Lauren Flax.
See below for a full list of the artists and their mixtapes, and head over to Apple Music to hear the mixes in full.
Glovibes – Bonanza Selection Part 1
J. Worra – Pride 2019 Mixtape
B!tch Be Cool – Fever
Baby Blue – Baby Blue’s Astral Lovers Mix
Kitty Glitter – Glitter Pride
Sveta – A Love Letter From Sydney To New York – World Pride
Argonaut – Argonaut’s World Pride Paradiso
Kittens – No Shame
Sasha Marie – soft high.
Ducky – I Can’t Think Straight
Newbody – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL
Dopplegang – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL
Patrick Mason – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL
Lauren Flax – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL
A thick cloud of uncertainty loomed over the months leading up to the 2019 iteration of Spring Awakening Music Festival. A venue change for any festival leaves a precarious taste on a prospective attendee’s tongue. With one location swap already in recent memory (the move from its iconic Soldier Field footing to Addams Medill Park in 2016), organizers of the Midwest’s largest strictly electronic music festival had plenty of work ahead them following the announcement that Spring Awakening would not only be on the move again, but would be altogether leaving Chicago: its longtime, hallowed home. The somewhat nebulous news of the upcoming edition landing about an hour outside of Chicago, in Hoffman Estates, was at first daunting, as seen in the discordant social media reactions from repeat patrons of the festival. There were quite a few qualms to assuage—indeed.
Though, with the latest chapter of Spring Awakening, React Presents proved that its hallmark event has deservedly endured the treacherous festival front, where so many promising productions have folded in recent years.
The most apparent ingredient in the June affair’s success was a lineup that obviously spoke to its audience. Trend-setting talent from the bass-centric house domain came in droves, compliments of quintessential electronic curator, Gary Richards, and his All My Friends stage takeover, while deeper, melodic appetites found plenty of fuel from a long length of Anjunabeats‘ renowned repertoire. All the while, scene staples like REZZ, Chris Lake, Rusko, Illenium, and last-minute addition to replace an injured Martin Garrix, Kaskade, made the 2019 ticket all-the-more difficult to turn down. In its aftermath, the bygone roster of this year’s Spring Awakening echoes the famed Field of Dreams adage: “If you build it, they will come.”
But besides a robust, wide-reaching lineup, Spring Awakening saw its 27-acre Poplar Creek festival grounds succeed in rectifying much of the sound-bleeding issues it’s experienced in past years. Some traffic stoppages at the entrance and exits (mostly confined to the event’s first day), and a smattering of mud (mitigated partially by organizers as the festival stretched on) throughout the venue proved to be the primary, isolated complaints from the 26-30,000 attendees the festival amassed each day of its three-day run.
This year, Dancing Astronaut sought to get the artists’ perspectives on not only the newest chapter of Spring Awakening, but its legacy in the national and Chicago event spaces. We sat down with both first-time performers at the fest and well-oiled veterans, rounding up talent from different ends of the map, including native Chicagoans (Porn and Chicken), Aussies (Dom Dolla and What So Not), even a Frenchman (Shiba San) for good measure. Here are their takes:
Nora En Pure
Real name, Daniela Di Lillo, En Pure has traversed the Chicago club scene quite extensively over the years, though 2019 was the South African-Swiss artist’s first Spring Awakening. The “Come With Me” producer has been a revered name in the deep/melodic four-by-four realm for years, touting a length of accolades for her mixing proficiency, ever-apparent in her radio show/event series, Purified.
I love playing Chicago. It’s a great city for me to play: very music-driven. It’s very rewarding. You can play more elaborately and really try things.
Of the 2019 lineup:
…very diverse, I like that there are not too many similar acts to me, so I can play my sound and people can appreciate it. It’s a mix between that really uplifting stuff and deeper stuff… sticking to the melody.
All My Friends label head and taste-making guru, Destructo (Gary Richards) returned to Spring Awakening this past year, with a trove of on-the-rise talent in hand. As one of the first festival organizers to book acts like Diplo and Skrillex at his Southern Californian and now-ubiquitous brainchild, HARD Events, Richards is certainly no stranger to simply figuring out what’s cool from the underground, and feeding it to the masses.
My parent company, LiveStyle, owns the festival. It was a natural fit to bring an All My Friends stage here. But also too I feel like every one of our festivals we do needs that bass-house lane. It was fortunate enough that we got our hand in Spring Awakening. It’s just really worked out. I think it’s important for the scene as a whole to make sure this festival stays healthy.
On what goes into curating a stage takeover:
Finding the new breed of producers, trying to showcase new talent and bring up new people. Dance music’s all about the new. I think the masses only know the tried-and-true names, and I’m trying to break through new people to keep it fresh, but also to help those young producers really shine.
What So Not
One of the most omnipresent talents in the electronic ether, Australian-born What So Not was another familiar face at the most recent Spring Awakening effort, having played the fest in 2017. A driving source of innovation not just in his cross-genre niche, but the scene at large, What So Not’s most prominent cuts — like “Gemini” and his “Innerbloom” remix — continue to resound throughout festival grounds across the globe.
It’s a great festival to come out for. Last time I played, I think it was at 3 pm; really hot. They were struggling to move—staring into the sun. I remember being like, ‘Come on guys, let’s dance.’ They all just kind of laughed like ‘We’re trying!’ I’ve got some friends coming on a little bit later I’m really excited to catch, like [DJ] Snake. The Bass Tent looks like it’s going crazy. I want to go in there, put on a hoodie, and go get sweaty.
A Dirtybird crown jewel and more-than-seasoned purveyor of infectiously animated deep and tech-house, Shiba San returns to Spring Awakening as one of the lineup’s most coveted acts. Having established his very own label, Basement Leak, along with several acclaimed EP releases, the Parisian producer has certainly been busy since his last Spring Awakening stop.
Spring Awakening was one of the first festivals I played in the US, around the time I played HARD. It was so packed, and very special. I started my house music with the ’80s house music of Chicago. Each time I play in Chicago, I remember where house music came from. Chicago is house music. I’ve been waiting on an offer to play Spring Awakening again for a while.
I think they do a good job of placing up-and-coming artists at good times and fair stages. It can be hard for smaller artist to play a big stage at 2 PM, and then no one shows up.
Another Aussie, by the name of Dom Dolla, made his Spring Awakening debut this year. The “Take It” artist is quickly proving himself one of the most enticing propagators of the forward-thinking tech-house sound that’s taken American festival stages for ransom of late.
American audiences are super excited: house music is evolving so fast for them. Australia has quite a few established cultures. We’ve got our tech-house scene, a bass-house scene, a progressive/melodic scene, and all these established artists who tour within them. But dance music really only started to hit America in a commercial sense a few years ago. It’s been a really interesting tipping point observing what I can get away with in a set.
I’m performing a lot tech-ier here than I was a few years ago. I think the focus [at Spring Awakening] is very much on dubstep, trap, and that EDM sound, but I think they’ve picked their house artists really well, Shiba San, Chris Lake. It’s a distinctly American house sound, that Blackbook Records, Dirtybird sound, which I love.
Porn and Chicken
Having played the festival every year since its inception, Porn and Chicken are the invariable authorities on all things Spring Awakening. Known for their outlandish and voraciously attended event series (of which, unsurprisingly, visuals of porn and chicken are a cornerstone), the Chicago-based “dubstep-rock” crossover outfit has had one the most intimate vantage points of Spring Awakening’s progression.
We first played the festival on the Red Bull truck, which is no longer here. The stages are 10 times the size. This festival has grown as much as we have over the years. I feel like we were babies when we first played it. It’s been very interesting to see how the festival has matured, as we have as performers over the years. The festival’s identity is almost parallel to ours. [Spring Awakening has] faced so many challenges… But it’s bigger than it’s ever been.
The curation of the festival has always been electronic dance music, but throughout the years I think the sub-genres have been represented equally. You can find dubstep, you can find techno, you can find house, and everything else in between. It brings together all the best the world of dance music has to offer. I remember one of the first years we played: You could walk over and see Green Velvet on one stage and see Skrillex just across the way.
From the local level to the headliners, the festival takes care of you. They make sure that the local artists get a chance to shine.
Want the ambiance of Ibiza without the expense that a trip to the White Isle would entail? Apple Music figured as much, and has accordingly unveiled an exclusive new series of Ibiza themed playlists designed to evoke Balearic bliss, no matter the listener’s location. A myriad of musical curators came together to craft the playlists: streamers will find options from Anjunabeats, Ministry of Sound, Defected, Ushuaïa, Hï Ibiza, and more.
Apple Music describes its newly launched Ibiza playlist category as “a celebration of Ibiza and its role in bringing dance music to the masses.” Now, the platform plays a distributive role akin to the island itself, as Apple Music too brings dance music tailored with Balearic flair to millions of users via the debut of its newest playlist series. Peruse the Ibiza playlist section, here.