Anjunadeep announces phase one of Explorations lineup, with Eli & Fur, Ben Böhmer, Yotto

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In November, the incomparable Anjunadeep imprint announced they’d be heading back to the Ionian shores of Albania for the second year in 2020. After much anticipation, the bulk of the lineup is here and, unsurprisingly, phase one is dripping in lush deep house, tech, and electronica muscle.

Deep house authority, Yotto, progressive duo Tinlicker, and melodic house up-and-comer 16BL are given this year’s honors of performing sunrise sets. Anjunadeep’s label manager Dom Donelly and founder James Grant snag the two five-hour sets. More multifarious label stalwarts like cinematic electronic twosome Eli & Fur and technicolor house titan, Ben Böhmer are also set to make maximum potency returns to the festival. This year’s edition is set to explore June 18-23 in scenic Dhërmi, Albania.

Early bird tickets to Explorations 2020 sold out, but more ticket packages will be available starting 1/17 at 11 am GMT (6 am EST). Get on the waitlist here.

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Lunar Lunes: The Him shine on new single, AC Slater taps Kaleena Zanders for new Night Bass track + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The Him have teamed up with songstress Maria Hazell on their new single, “Found Me,” and AC Slater brings “Final Fantasy” to his own Night Bass with Kaleena Zanders. Hardwell brings the sounds of the season with “Summer Air,” and Vintage & Morelli deliver listeners to the heavens with “Ascension.” SNBRN brings a plethora of new tunes on his new album, Solé, and Henry Fong and Rawtek join force on “IRIE.” Kai Wachi’s new Kannibalen album brings with it enticing collaborations like “Strangers” with Grabbitz, and Alexander Lewis brings the brass with his new single, “Win the War.” Kramder takes to Uprise Music to release his new tune, “No Time To Be,” and Prince Fox keeps “Runnin” through new music. Friction drops his formidable new Disconnected EP, and TWO LANES, too, release a new body of work in their Drifting EP.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Exclusive: boerd – Void (Croquet Club Remix)

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Few labels foster a roster that runs the gamut from pure ambient to club-ready productions like Anjunadeep. Croquet Club manages to combine the two into a compelling new reproduction on his remix of boerd‘s “Void.”

While boerd’s original skews towards ambient, Croquet Club infuses his remix with a club appeal. He maintains much of the original’s clever vocal productions, but recombines the swirling layers into a midtempo production with crisp, snappy percussion and thick basses. Adroit sound design adds another layer of demure tension to the track that culminates in clever reimagining that is equally indebted to both boerd and Croquet Club.

Anjunadeep stumbles upon ambient gold in boerd [EP Review]

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Curatorial excellence on Anjunadeep‘s part is evident in their newest signee, boerd. The James Grant-run imprint isn’t afraid to travel outside its usual deep and progressive confines every so often, and in this case has stumbled upon a promising ambient talent.

Boerd’s debut EP on the label, Static, is intellectual and nuanced, playing around with spacey elements, white noise, and atmospheric soundscapes to create complexity sans a rhythmic crutch. Such a feat is easy for the Swedish newcomer, who draws extensive experience from his time as a double bassist for various prolific orchestras.

“Lid,” for example, opens Static on a warm note, with crackles lining the background of a guitar-laden soundscape whose chords gently caress the ears. This sentiment persists throughout the EP, continuing on into a smooth, piano and vocal-assisted “Fragment II” and a dissonant, string-filled “Void.” Time is skewed without a constant metronome, making these three tracks feel like they fly by.

Like “Fragment II,” “Diorama” involves heightened lower frequencies and subtle percussion, pairing together with warm background accents and jubilant synths to create a feeling of elation. “Blind” is the most energized track on Static, employing guitar riffs, powerful verses, and hollow vocal edits into a nostalgic, laid-back listen.

“Ebb” closes Static with an homage to classical, Medieval sounds. A choir hums out somber melodies, with the mood further amplified by slight hints of oregon, and moving piano and synth progressions. Though minimal, the piece has a profound effect.

It’s safe to say boerd’s time in the electrosphere spearheading a new ambient movement will be one to watch.



Pick up a copy of ‘Static’ here

Exclusive: boerd – Fragment II

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In his latest downtempo piece of work, Swedish producer boerd explores themes of hardship and overcoming obstacles.

Bård Ericson, freshly signed with Anjunadeep as boerd, weaves a delicate web over the six-minute course of “Fragment II.” His minimalist style makes for a beautiful, atmospheric journey throughout this wistful creation, accenting the instrumentation with audio clips of a young boy talking about growing up with next to nothing.

“I love the recording of the little boy talking about his poor family and the conditions they live in,” boerd says of the track. “He sounds kind of optimistic in a way, even though what he’s talking about sounds pretty terrible. We all go through hard times and maybe this track is about coping with it and coming out at the other end.”

“Fragment II” is out March 20 on Anjunadeep, and the producer will reveal a mini LP in April.