Conspiracy theories have been running wild around the disappearance of the second LP from Grum, “Deep State”. Announced late in 2018, the album vanished. While he cannot confirm nor deny some of the more colorful theories around the album’s withdrawal, Grum and Anjunabeats are pleased to announce that “Deep State” is back, revamped for 2019.
Igloofest makes its imprint on the international music festival scene with its signature, trademark characteristic—embracing the arctic climate known as Canadian winters. The Montréal-based festival has just announced its 2020 season lineup, amassing a proudly diverse selection of male and female artists to top each of the four weekends of its outdoor winter series.
For its upcoming 14th edition, Igloofest welcomes a new slate of headliners over each weekend, held from Jan. 16 – Feb. 8, 2020. The opening weekend kicks off performances from headliners THE BLAZE, ANNA, Reinier Zonneveld, and curated stage takeover from Anjunabeats—with a lineup to be announced. Over the remaining three weekends, the festival’s headliners include REZZ, Nina Kraviz, RÜFÜS DU SOL, ZEDS DEAD, and Charlotte De Witte to close out each chilly night of the series.
Among the headlining performances, Igloofest welcomes an abundance of varied local and international support from artists like i_o, VNSSA, Jeremy Olander, Honey Soundsystem, Robert Hood, and many others. Held in the charismatic grounds of the city’s Old Port, the festival will debut a redesigned layout to increase their capacity, filled with handfuls of activities, treats and vendors within the magical Igloovillage and increased heated IGLOOVIP areas.
Tickets and more information on Igloofest can be found online here.
In coincidence with its 20th anniversary, Anjunabeats has announced its winter destination festival: Anjunabeats elevations. The inaugural edition of elevations will feature five nights of music and winter sport activities, with trance and progressive curated by none other than the Anjuna label. The Above & Beyond-headed label previously held Anjunadeep presents: Explorations in Dhërmi, Albania this June. The deep house-focused event will also return in 2020.
Elevations’ lineup will feature 28 artists including Seven Lions, Mat Zo, Spencer Brown, Cosmic Gate, Dirty South, and more. In addition to enjoying the slopes, attendees have the opportunity to participate in other offerings such as bottomless brunch with Anjuna DJs, igloo parties with special guest sets, and yoga and wellness programs. More details regarding additional activities will be available in the coming months.
Anjunabeats elevations is set to take place March 28-April 3 in Avoriaz, France. Boasting the highest resort in the Franco-Swiss region of Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz is the largest connected ski area in the world.
Presale opens Monday, Nov. 4 here. Packages begin at £259 per person.
The extended play comes with six tracks, three originals, and their edit counterparts. “Pooperling” has a resounding cool ambiance that touches trance with fairly tropical melodies. “Gatekeeper” is a bit more on the heavy, thumping trance side, allowing the hard-hitting kick and underlying bass to take control of center stage while brushing melodies make an appearance later in the scene to set up for a big finale. “Steelyard” hits listeners with a crescendo after crescendo focusing on that sparkling build element.
Spencer Brown recently painted lush sonic imagery on deadmau5‘s “fn pig” on the mau5trap head honcho’s here’s the drop! remix album. Ilan Bluestone released his sophomore EP, We Are The Universe, on Anjunabeats in May and proceeded with a 44-date tour.
Equipped with an unwavering poignancy in production that has earned him both credits on work of trance titans Above & Beyond and status as a leading boundary-pushing artist, Andrew Bayer returns to deliver his latest EP, Parallels.
Inspired by his origins in analog club sounds, Parallels encompasses the Anjuna heavyweight’s desire to not only reconnect with his previous propensities, but also reinvent them into new heights. The arrival of the double-sided LP was preceded by singles “True Feelin” and “Bottle Top Trance.” Spurred by an artistic exploration in his riveting take on indie-electronic through his third LP, In My Last Life, Bayer and his new foray into the familiar territory of club-minded trance shine through as compelling as ever in Parallels.
Title and opening track “Parallels” begins the EP with an illustrative depiction of Bayer’s storytelling capabilities—weaving through soundscapes and integrating genre elements that bring listeners into a multi-dimensional auditory journey of its own. Bayer leverages patience as he unfolds “Parallels” in a nearly 12-minute track that ultimately results in a huge payoff. Playing with progressive layers of electrifying synths, daunting minor chords, and hard-hitting snares, the track pays homage to analog sounds before shifting euphorically into a masterful showcase of melodic trance at its highest feelings.
New track “Voltage Control” also follows in similar pursuit of progressive builds, but carries a playful character that manifests in its cascading waves of top lines and accelerating energy. Mixing perfection allows each track to bleed into one another, allowing for Bayer’s delivery of a cohesive club trance package in all its nuances.
Navigating their eclectic progressive sound, Tinlicker continue to establish themselves as an Anjunabeats household name with the release of their debut artist album, This Is Not Our Universe. Backed by industry heavyweights like Pete Tong, Above & Beyond, deadmau5, and Armin van Buuren, the duo has quickly gained recognition with singles like “Nothing Without You” and “Because You Move Me” that showcase their bold mix of progressive, trance, and deep house elements.
The 13-track This Is Not Our Universe encompasses three singles—Tinlicker’s rework of alt-J classic “Breezeblocks,” “Lost,” and “Need You” with frequent collaborator Thomas Oliver. With features from various vocalists including Run Rivers on both “Lost” and “Vanishing” and Belle Doran, the album manifests Tinlicker’s artistic exploration into a diversity of sonic colors as portrayed on each track. The contrast between the relatively downbeat deep house territory on “Vanishing,” “Close Your Eyes,” and “Lullaby” and highly progressive builds on “The Walk,” “Birdfeeder,” and “Neko” testify to the Anjunabeats duo’s dynamism. However, the juxtaposition in tonal qualities between tracks does not take away from the overall connecting Tinlicker voice evident in the LP.
“This is actually our first album together,” the duo stated in a press release. “Our characters are quite different. This album is the result of those two different characters and the tension that arises in the search for the balance between the two of us. It is, as it were, a collection of ingredients with which we show that we are happy with the differences between them. The album also represents diversity. Many tracks on the album have the same character but are still different from each other. A nice reflection of how we are as people.”
Avid Anjuna resident, Andrew Bayer‘s artistic development has persistently beckoned, within his prolific pool of counterparts, to become one of the most gratifying and graceful to witness, as he continues to craft quality, genre-bending music. Audaciously experimenting with his sound, the Grammy-nominated producer has molded his own electrifying trance strain, while reaping auspicious credits on three of Above & Beyond‘s (his label heads), studio albums. After shifting from club cuts to an indie-empowered third studio album in the form of In My Last Life, Bayer has resolved to return to his analog club inclinations on his forthcoming EP, Parallels. Following the first single, “True Feelin,” “Bottle Top Trance” unabashedly hones in on the direct dance-floor functionality that Bayer built his brand on.
Beginning with clanging percussions and a driving bass-line, “Bottle Top Trance” takes structural elements from classic trance anthems to construct an energy-ridden track fit for both the big stage and ambitious clandestine locales. Bayer introduces a nuanced melody while playing with hard-hitting beats, chiming embellishments, and rolling drums. Infusing his own industrial touch into his “ode to trance,” Bayer exercises versatility in creating unique club instrumentals that carry heavier and more robust listening capabilities—ultimately delivering a refreshing alternative route to the more trodden and modern trance pathway.
“‘Bottle Top Trance’ is another ode to music I loved when I was growing up,” writes Bayer in a recent release. “So much of my music is quite serious, but here I wanted to draw influence from some of the classic, Euro-dance and trance ear-worms that I listened to when I growing up – music that was made for big dancefloor moments, but had a sense of fun to it… almost bordering on silliness.”
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.