Cosmic Gate & Jason Ross Collab On Progressive Perfection With ‘Awaken’

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When Cosmic Gate takes their talents to Anjunabeats, you know that something special is in the works. Last time they graced the Anjuna label was last year with the speaker-shattering remix of Gabriel & Dresden’s ‘Only Road’, this time it’s collaborating with Anjuna monster Jason Ross on the progressive anthem ‘Awaken’. First debuted at ABGT 300 by

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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.

Jason Ross returns with the bright ‘Many Days’

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Jason Ross has dropped a progressive trance single entitled “Many Days” on his home label of Anjunabeats. Once a rising star on the label, Ross has solidified himself as a mainstay through touring alongside stalwarts like Ilan Bluestone and Andrew Bayer, as well as Above & Beyond themselves.

“Many Days” sees the San Diego-raised producer return to melodic progressive music after a heavier release on Seven Lions’ Ophelia earlier in the summer. The track is a slowly evolving piece of music whose various melodies prove surprising at times, but fit together exceptionally well to build an uplifting cinematic listen. Fans of Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy radio show might hear some familiarity to its introduction from the start of “Many Days,” but the track is a standalone project standing as a testament to Ross’s progress throughout his career so far.

Seven Lions expands palette on new EP, ‘Start Again’

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Summer of 2018 brought forth a new chapter for Seven Lions, who introduced his new label Ophelia Records to the world. Its first release saw him sign fellow Anjunabeats alumnus Jason Ross for a norm-defying, melodic dubstep number. Now, the founder himself has officially christened the nascent project with a four-tracker EP titled Start Again.

The EP receives assistance from Fiora, whose voice is well-known in the dance music arena. Her touch was first heard in the euphoric “Dreamin’,” which doubled as a teaser for what was to come. “Start Again” is equally sentimental, bittersweet melodies and gentle off-beat sways leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

After Dark” followed “Dreamin’” as a precursor to Start Again, and saw Seven Lions throwing in a bit of psy flavor once again into his work. This is a theme he’s explored before to much success. He steps outside his signature sound and into the 4/4 realm with finesse, crafting equally enjoyable pieces to the rest of the record. The EP closes with a light, “Let Go,” whose calming melodies listen like a weight off one’s chest. Overall, Seven Lions has a well-rounded record on his hands.

 

Spencer Brown makes mau5trap debut with ‘Windows 95 on Acid’

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Spencer Brown has been a mainstay for Above & Beyond‘s Anjunabeats label and its dedicated fan base for years, so it’s understandable that a few ears perked up when he began dropping an unreleased acid techno burner in recent sets. The track is finally available now on a double A-side EP exclusively on Beatport via mau5trap, titled “Windows 95 on Acid.”

Brown’s 2018 LP Illusion of Perfection was arguably one of the most creative and diverse releases in recent memory, showcasing a producer expanding his sonic horizons. With “Windows 95 on Acid,” the trance and house stalwart goes into deeper techno territory. The title track is a relentless acid groove, with a healthy dose of atmospheric expertise the producer has employed throughout his catalog. Although Brown stated via social media these two tracks are darker than his usual output, the nostalgia-inducing groove (complete with classic Windows samples) should bring smiles to any dance floor. The accompanying EP track “Does Anybody Really Know What Time Is?” is an honest after-hours slow burner, with familiar airy synth melodies wafting in and out.

While the full release remains a Beatport exclusive, fans can listen to the EP’s title track on Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 295 right now.

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NMF Roundup: The Knocks keep things groovy, Leftwing and Kody revive Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ + more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.


Leftwing and Kody resurface 2003 hit “Milkshake” with a dynamic remix that layers in electronic synths while keeping Kelis’ vocals a focal point of the track.


Hardwell links up with Maddix for main stage anthem “Bella Ciao” with a big room chord progression that bounces into a forceful drop.


Matisse & Sadko return to STMPD Records with bouncy new release “Saga.”


Madison Mars teams up with Nevve for catchy pop-leaning release, “Like Far,” with Nevve‘s polarizing vocals carrying the track into a commercial drop.


Nyxen brings the chill vibes with her new tune, “Chains,” which features a smooth alt-electronic backdrop with soothing vocals.


“Coffee Shop” blends Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano‘s club-ready house chords and Kes Kross’ vocals with elements of tech house interlaced throughout.


Brazilian talent Illusionize releases immaculately layered track “We Go Together” with a combination of sounds and synths that make for a unique backdrop juxtaposed with alt-rock-skewing vocals.


Julia Thompson‘s vocals are seemingly the hook into “The One,” but the surprise main attraction of the track is the unexpected future bass drop from Dreweybear.


Laarsen takes the listener on a melodic journey, blending instrumentals with electronic production backdrops in new four-track Lavafields EP.


Don’t call it a comeback — Sidney Samson is at it again with another rocking electro house number, this time with G Wise in tow. “Soldier” marches on through the airwaves and onto the dancefloor, where it detonates among hungry ear drums craving a drop.


A deceptively airy opening tumbles into monsterous synths in Afrojack‘s newest release, “Bassride.”


Rolo Green and Dezza team up for Anjuna‘s latest release, “Sunburn,” with heady chants that merge with uplifting trance chords to create a unique whole.


Tough Love‘s latest will put the listener at ease with pleasant progressive chord progressions that lay the framework for energetic vocals.


Riggi & Piros have kicked up the energy a notch with their progressive house spin of “IDWK,” originally by DVBBS and Black Bear.


QUIX and Vincent team up for “Hero,” which is a hectic compilation of melodic moments, piercing synth drops, and a commanding bassline connecting the track together.


Ladytron has mastered the retro vibes with new alt-electronic “The Island,” which blends disco synths with airy chords to support the enamoring vocalist.


1788-L is back with a new original track. “NU/VER/KA” seemingly takes sounds out of horror movies and fuses them into a slow and steady beat. The track eventually gives way to a commanding chord progression that envelopes the listener until the song’s conclusion.


The Knocks are back with a groovy “Goodbyes” featuring Method Man, and this hip-hop electronic fusion bounces between blaring saxophone and hip-hop vocal segments.


An entrancing opening gives way to light future bass chords for the perfect chill tune to unwind to in Sj‘s latest “If We Could Stay High.”


Fancy being pummeled with fast tempos and pungent kicks, yet also given a moment of sweet, euphoric release? John Askew‘s got this mix down to a science in his sentimental new tune, “On The Rocks.”


Blanke has managed to add more energy to Carmada & Tribe’s “Ready For It.” He’s twisted the drop into a robotic cacophony of synths that pummels the ears in a war-like fashion.


House heads can get their fix with Del-30’s new two-track EP that flirts the line of tech house and is sure to keep the listener dancing.


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Andrew Bayer releases transformative ‘Your Eyes’ ahead of new album

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Anjunabeats powerhouse Above & Beyond’s “4th member,” Andrew Bayer has spent the better part of a decade carving an indelible foothold for himself at the peak the electronic music totem pole through trance, electronica, and progressive. Now, with the release of “Your Eyes,” featuring fellow Scandinavian, Ane Brun, of Norway, Bayer has clearly taken a turn back into If It Were You, We’d Never Leave territory with celestial synth pop. The release is the first dose of Bayer’s full-scale In My Last Life project, to be housed by his home label.

“Your Eyes” manages to salvage a walloping, 4/4 beat, while introducing modern synth-pop sensibility. The laser-like synth blasts drum up early images of Passion Pit or MGMT, while the otherworldly, folk-inspired vocals embody electronic pop innovators CHVRCHES. The ethereal video, with its swimming kaleidoscope of oil on water, is an exquisite representation of the transcendent nature of the song, as well as Bayer’s “reinvention,” as Anjunabeats referred to it in a recent release.

Bayer will be embarking on an end-of-year tour, to coincide with the album, making stops in Hong Kong, the US, and Canada.

 

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