Tomorrowland unveils 2019 roster of stage hosts, featuring Carl Cox, Dirtybird, Charlotte de Witte, and more

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Tomorrowland organizers strike a particularly sweet chord among underground enthusiasts with their announcement of the Belgium-based event’s 2019 stage hosts.

The techno-friendly roster sees a number of industrial visionaries assume curative stage responsibilities. Charlotte de Witte, for one, will resume her KNTXT tour at Tomorrowland 2019. De Witte originally debuted her KNTXT showcase back in 2015 at Belgian nightclub, Fuse, and later revived KNTXT for some select shows in the spring of 2018.

Indeed, Tomorrowland hit the techno trifecta this year, with the return of Adam Beyer‘s Drumcode Stage, Jamie Jones‘s Paradise Stage, and Sven Väth’s Cocoon Stage. Nina Kraviz will also head her very own Tomorrowland stage, to further solidify Tomorrowland 2019 as a veritable techno haven. House music fans, fret not, for Tomorrowland also caters to house heads, namely through a Dirtybird stage and the reprise of Claptone‘s traveling party series, The Masquerade. In that vein, Barong Family, Robin Schulz & Friends, and Anjunabeats account for just a fraction of the additional stage hosts slated to grace Tomorrowland’s 2019 iteration.

As in the festival’s previous years of production, Tomorrowland will span two consecutive weekends in July. Tomorrowland’s opening weekend will run Jul 19-21. The second and final weekend of the electronic affair will span Jul 26-28.

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Skrillex and Boys Noize announce another show as Dog Blood by way of Sunset Music Festival

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Sunset Music Festival (SMF) will be returning to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL for its eighth consecutive year this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The phase-one lineup of the festival, suited for everyone from trance to dubstep fans, is out in conjunction with a pre-sale kickoff, for those looking to secure the most advantageously priced spot at Sunset.

SMF attracts approximately 60,000 fans over two event days each year. This year’s lineup will feature acts ranging from Kaskade and Audien to Alison Wonderland and Chris Lake. Dog Blood, comprised of Skrillex and Boys Noize, is certainly among the most auspicious features on the lineup. This is the duo’s second event announcement of the year, following their earlier BUKU Music and Arts Festival show announcement. Indeed, there is much to look forward to from SMF this year, as two of the scene’s most prominent labels, Anjunabeats and Deadbeats, will be found on Sunset grounds, hosting branded stage takeovers at the festival.

Unique to previous years, SMF is introducing GA Plus passes (in addition to standard GA and VIP passes) which will allow express entry on both festival days from 3 PM until midnight Saturday and Sunday. Presale tickets are available here.

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Above & Beyond release first collaboration in eight years, ‘Long Way From Home’ with Spencer Brown

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Above & Beyond and Spencer Brown have decisively aligned their revered electronic talents on a somber, yet dance-friendly new track, “Long Way From Home.” The song received its advantageous debut at A&B’s Group Therapy 300 celebration in Hong Kong earlier this past fall. Now, the feverishly anticipated release is finally here, through, where else, but Anjunabeats.

“Long Way From Home” has gained notoriety ahead of its release as the first time Above & Beyond have officially collaborated with another producer behind the scenes since 2010 (their last was “Anphonic” with Kyau & Albert.) Of course, they’re frequent collaborators with vocalists, but Spencer Brown just solidified his place in the Anjunabeats history–and in its future–through landing this spot. The collaboration feels highly organic, as “Long Way From Home” contains a distinctly dynamic sound from both parties. A departure from the anthems we often see from Above & Beyond, it’s impeccably deep and plaintive, while keeping close ties to multiple entrancing melodies along the way.

The track closes out a year of frequent output for the Above & Beyond enterprise, emphasizing a heavy touring schedule accompanied by a firm outpour of releases. Additionally, Spencer Brown saw a remarkable turnout this year for his chart-topping progressive mix-album, Illusion Of Perfection.

Arty and Audien unravel trance anthem ‘Never Letting Go’

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Audien has made his profound return to trance music with a long-awaited collaboration with Arty “Never Letting Go.”

Stoking intrigue surrounding the auspicious release, the duo started teasing the impending collaboration on social media. Shortly thereafter, the producers let loose both an edit and original version of the track on Anjunabeats. “Never Letting Go” combines euphoric notes with mystical vocals. The punchy drop is catchy enough to thaw listeners’ dispositions long after the song’s conclusion.

Arty has released an extensive catalog of music this year under both his Arty and Alpha9 monikers. Conversely, Audien took some time away from consistent track output, and surprised fans with a return to Anjunabeats to release “Higher” that has since become sought-after enough to find itself among both a sundry of live sets and traveling atop worldwide radio waves. The duo have certainly left the door open for future collaborations, given the rapturous execution of this first endeavor.

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Andrew Bayer unveils gargantuan club mix of LP standout, ‘Open End Resource’

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Andrew Bayer‘s sound is not only tailor made to his home label Anjunabeats, but it defines it. His recent In My Last Life album checked most of the usual boxes: Evocative vocals from album collaborator Alison May, soaring and stadium filling pads and textures, and powerful chord progressions. But the album forwent the pounding, festival-ready trance percussion of the artist’s earlier offerings for downtempo, stuttering breakbeat rhythms. Now, Bayer has reimagined Above & Beyond favorite “Open End Resource” as a full-fledged arena smasher, aptly titled the “In My Next Life Mix.”

Refreshingly, the new arrangement still boasts some of the juiciest melodic elements of the original, including those buttery electric guitar strums and angelic atmospheres. Added to the mix are buzzing drops that sound instantly worthy of Bayer’s gorgeous buildups. An extra special touch not found in the original is an added breakdown featuring truly cavernous synth stabs, leading into a steady build that’s sure to be a certified moment on any dance floor.

Andrew Bayer unveils gargantuan club mix of LP standout, ‘Open End Resource’

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Andrew Bayer unveils gargantuan club mix of LP standout, ‘Open End Resource’Andrew Bayer Open End Resource Club Mi

Andrew Bayer‘s sound is not only tailor made to his home label Anjunabeats, but it defines it. His recent In My Last Life album checked most of the usual boxes: Evocative vocals from album collaborator Alison May, soaring and stadium filling pads and textures, and powerful chord progressions. But the album forwent the pounding, festival-ready trance percussion of the artist’s earlier offerings for downtempo, stuttering breakbeat rhythms. Now, Bayer has reimagined Above & Beyond favorite “Open End Resource” as a full-fledged arena smasher, aptly titled the “In My Next Life Mix.”

Refreshingly, the new arrangement still boasts some of the juiciest melodic elements of the original, including those buttery electric guitar strums and angelic atmospheres. Added to the mix are buzzing drops that sound instantly worthy of Bayer’s gorgeous buildups. An extra special touch not found in the original is an added breakdown featuring truly cavernous synth stabs, leading into a steady build that’s sure to be a certified moment on any dance floor.

Grum announces second album with ‘Never Have To Be Alone’

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Anjunabeats talent Grum has returned with a new single and a big announcement. The Irish producer and progressive stylist dropped “Never Have To Be Alone” as his latest single of a productive year so far, along with the confirmation of speculation from his fans that he indeed will be releasing an album. While Deep State doesn’t have a firm release date just yet, the label promises its arrival soon.

Quickly following his last single release — a prog-lover’s dream collaboration with Fehrplay — “Never Have To Be Alone” is a dreamy track that veers just as about as deep into trance territory as Grum goes. Proving himself to have strong footing in expansive, emotive territory, not to mention a track with a moving vocal, it’s no wonder that this track is the one that got paired with the new album announcement. Proving his agility on his latest single shows signs that Deep State could be an album for album’s sake, avoiding the frequent trap for electronic artists of stringing a bunch of singles together.

Deep State will be Grum’s sophomore album following the 2010 release of Heartbeats.

Good Morning Mix: Wake up with some of Oliver Smith’s smoothest cuts on Anjunabeats’ ‘Best of Oliver Smith 2001-2018 Continuous Mix’

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Oliver Smith firmly planted his finger on the pulse of trance music from the very moment that the musical heart of Anjunabeats began to palpitate, and he’s kept it there ever since. Smith’s leadership in the mixing and ensuing release of what would go on to become Anjunabeats’ most commercially successful compilation to date, Anjunabeats Worldwide 08, evidences the ever-ascending momentum of the inaugural artist that the Anjuna imprint would sign.

Smith’s succession of melodic progressive house and trance-leaning singles only further exemplifies Smith’s productive finesse and provides an extensive catalog of selections for Anjunabeats’ “Best of Oliver Smith 2001-2018 Continuous Mix.” The three-hour effort shuffles through some of Smith’s finest offerings, intermingling Smith productions with releases from fellow Anjuna entities like Meramek, Above & Beyond, and Spencer Brown to make for an ambient mix.

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Above & Beyond finally release ‘Rocket Science’ a year after track’s live performance debut

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Two weeks away from ABGT300 taking place in Hong Kong, the Above & Beyond trio have released a new single, “Rocket Science.” In true Above & Beyond form, they have released two edits of the track: one that clocks in at four minutes and another longer version at six minutes. The track was debuted in front of 23,000 fans at the Gorge Amphitheatre last September, and now it’s finally out after a long year of anticipation.

“Rocket Science” is an upbeat tune, with pulsing trance notes and a mystical buildup rising into a commanding drop. The longer edit of the version has a robotic-like synth progression, adding elements to the track that are perfect for club play. The group is known for their ability to incite euphoria from listeners even through some of their darker tunes, and “Rocket Science” is certainly no exception to this.

The track is out via Above & Beyond’s own Anjunabeats.

No Mana gets mellow with new Anjunabeats guest mix

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No Mana has never failed to give hungry techno and electro fans heavy doses of digital mayhem  – but his first-ever Anjunabeats Worldwide guest mix shows a different, more melodic side of the mau5trap mainstay. Fresh off a stellar remix release of Gabriel & Dresden‘s “Waiting For Winter,” No Mana takes the reigns of Anjunabeats Worldwide 591 armed with a diverse array of entrancing tracks.

The mix is a treasure trove of classics, IDs, and unreleased cuts from artists ranging from legends like Stephan Bodzin to rising talents like Sysdemes. There are moments of introspection and calm among the producer’s usual hyperactivity, courtesy of choice records like Blue Mora’s “Noi.” No Mana mischief prevails in the end, as his recently released track, “E Is More Than,” powers the journey down the home stretch.