Apple Music takes listeners on a guiltless getaway with launch of new Ibiza playlist series

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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.

Andrew Bayer delivers clanging new cut, ‘Magitek’

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Andrew Bayer delivers clanging new cut, ‘Magitek’Andrew Bayer NEW Copy

 Andrew Bayer has shifted gears on “Magitek,” stepping away from the more melodic constructions of May’s Only You Boy/Eight to Sixteen and moving instead towards a grittier, metallic technic. Sitting just over five minutes in length, Bayer’s latest single is not without some sonic plot twists. Robotic, penetrating baselines clang at the song’s onset.

Piano chords offset the harder texture of the cut’s opening, as a comparatively softer collection of chords gradually filters in to provide contrast. The Anjunabeats release shows off its anthemic capacity at the midway point, where the “Magitek” trance slowly rises in a euphoric sort of ascendance. The single gracefully lifts, to transcend the grounding trappings audible at the beginning of the production.

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Good Morning Mix: Above & Beyond craft a mesmerizing mix on ‘Anjunabeats Volume 14’

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Good Morning Mix: Above & Beyond craft a mesmerizing mix on ‘Anjunabeats Volume 14’Above Beyond Abgt

Anjunabeats Volume 14 has arrived and Friday morning has never sounded so good. After two years, UK trio Above & Beyond have released the latest edition of their compilation series — Anjunabeats Volume 14. Encompassing tracks from both Anjuna artists and the beloved trance act themselves, Vol. 14 melds the poignant styles of both imprints Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep into one ephemeral listening experience that not only testifies to Above & Beyond’s curation abilities, but also exemplifies the diversity of talent harbored within the imprint’s roster. With a synergy unlike many other labels and a signature sound ubiquitously championed by all its artists, Anjuna continues to dominate dance-floors, arenas, and clubs alike. Mixed in the midst of Above & Beyond’s thrilling journey alongside their 2018 album Common Ground, Vol. 14 pushes forward an expanding vision of trance and deep house over the course of a two-disc, 34-track collection.

Weaving together Anjunadeep picks, Disc 1 eases the listener in by starting off with mellow, hypnotic tracks and gradually building into the euphoric energy permeating throughout most of Vol. 14. By the conclusion of Disc 1, the listener has been fully primed for Disc 2’s intensity which brings with full-force a brand of progressive trance made for stadium capacity. With selections bursting with nuances in production, pace, and soundscape, Vol. 14 features Anjuna favorites like Spencer Brown, Andrew Bayer, Sunny Lax, Jason Ross, and more, while simultaneously highlighting new remixes and updated mixes. Including a Dave DK remix of Andrew Bayer’s “In My Last Life”, Tinlicker remix of Above & Beyond’s “Always”, i_o’s remix of Above & Beyond’s “Alchemy”, updated Above & Beyond mixes of their own songs “Liquid Love”, “There’s Only You”, “Alone Tonight”, “Distorted Truth”, and releases from Ilan Bluestone, Oliver Smith, GRUM, and more, Vol. 14 will go down as one for the books.

Anjunabeats Volume 14 mixed by Above & Beyond is available now. Find Above & Beyond’s tour dates here.

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Andrew Bayer makes Anjunabeats outing with new EP, ‘Only You Boy/Eight to Sixteen’

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Andrew Bayer makes Anjunabeats outing with new EP, ‘Only You Boy/Eight to Sixteen’Andrew Bayer Open End Resource Club Mi

From the opening seconds of “Only You Boy,” the first of the two cuts that comprise Andrew Bayer‘s latest EP, it’s clear that Bayer’s latest Anjunabeats showing is preeminently poised for club play. The introductory cut is defined by an energetic beat that pulsates with a metallic grit. The edgy animation within “Only You Boy” eventually gives way, as a sonic plot twist of sorts unfolds. Bayer slows the track at the midway point, only to tone the tune with a melodic break.

In contrast to the rapidity with which “Only You Boy” develops, “Eight to Sixteen” builds at a slower pace. The latter mounts, affecting an atmospheric euphoria as it does so. The culmination of the production’s climb is an effervescent accent that palpitates at a danceable tempo. Only You Boy/Eight to Sixteen precedes Bayer’s forthcoming appearance at Above & Beyond‘s Group Therapy Weekender, slated for July 27-28 at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington.

i_o releases ‘Alchemy’ remake

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Both Anjunabeats and mau5trap fans have received some Group Therapy courtesy of i_o. The rising talent has, at long last, released his remix of Above & Beyond’s “Alchemy.” He’d been rinsing his take on the original for months, which led to it becoming one of the most requested IDs in his sets.

I_o highlights the poignancy of the original “Alchemy,” setting Zoë Johnston’s vocals in a driving, tech-based foundation and playing up the original’s central progressions. He crafts a breakdown that’s plenty cinematic, with sentimental, sweeping sting accents and twinkling synths that pair well with the “Alchemy’s” signature stark piano notes. It seems the public approves, based off the positive fan reactions to the interpretation being dropped during i_o’s EDC Las Vegas set.

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Exclusive: Above & Beyond dive into trance haven with exclusive playlist ahead of EDC Las Vegas performance

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Exclusive: Above & Beyond dive into trance haven with exclusive playlist ahead of EDC Las Vegas performanceAbove Beyond

Anjunabeats labelheads Above & Beyond are returning to EDC Las Vegas for the 2019 edition of the festival, scoring a midnight set at the Circuit Grounds stage on Friday, May 17th. Marking one of the most anticipated festival weekends of the year, thousands of attendees —both newcomers and EDC veterans alike return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to reunite for three mesmeric nights under the electric sky.

Ahead of their long-awaited performance, Above & Beyond curates an exclusive playlist with 15 of their choice festival cuts for Dancing Astronaut. The trio delves into a slew of their most prominent and striking singles, ranging from “Distorted Truth” to “Show Me Love,” their collaboration with trance maven Armin Van Buuren. The playlist trickles into the soothing lulls of the trio’s club mix of “There’s Only You”, mesmerizing listeners with the harmonies of long-time vocalist Zoe Johnston. Between the invigorating twists of percussive-soaked festival anthems and the lush transitions of their staple ballads —Above & Beyond notate their musical journey through the ebbs and flows of the playlist.

Ilan Bluestone crafts immaculate sophomore six track EP, ‘We Are The Universe’

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Ilan Bluestone crafts immaculate sophomore six track EP, ‘We Are The Universe’Ilan Bluestone Press Pic Insomniac

Ilan Bluestone has released his sophomore EP, We Are The Universe, containing six immaculately crafted tracks. It features both regular and extended cuts of each release, giving listeners both a club backdrop and a collection of tracks ready for radio play.

We Are The Universe‘s title track is true to the Anjunabeats aesthetic, laced with euphoric progressions juxtaposed against sweet lyrical verses that bring high levels of energy to the dance floor. EL Wave’s warm vocal tone gives the record a full bodied feel, and does the same for “Mama Africa,” “The Distance” as well. The release serves as a worthy follow up to Scars. Bluestone will be embarking upon a 44-date tour to accompany the release, and tickets can be purchased here.

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Anjunabeats artists speak on imminent Spring Awakening takeover

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Over the years, Spring Awakening Music Festival has hosted a wealth of Anjunabeats artistry, from Arty, to Lane 8, to the label bosses themselves: Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki. But this year, the Above & Beyond-pioneered dance music destination is bringing its very own branded stage to the largest electronic music event in the Midwest, ushering in the summer festival season June 7-9.

Dancing Astronaut had a chance to catch up with some of Anjuna’s standout acts, all of which will perform at Spring Awakening’s brand new location, Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates. The Illinois-bound Anjuna repertoire includes some of the fiercest faces in trance and progressive house, including Spencer Brown, who received rave reviews for his debut studio album released last year under Anjuna, Illusion Of Perfection, as well as veteran Anjuna acts like Grammy-nominated Andrew Bayer and longtime globetrotting duo, Gabriel & Dresden.

Tickets to Spring Awakening, as well as general festival information are available here. For more information on Anjunabeats, head here.

Spencer Brown
“I am so pumped to be back in one of the most passionate music cities in the world for Spring Awakening. I will be bringing plenty of new unreleased music with me; see you on the dancefloor.”

Andrew Bayer
“I love playing in Chicago. The food is great but the people are even better. Can’t wait to play at Spring Awakening for the first time.”

Gabriel & Dresden
“We are super excited to return to Spring Awakening Music Festival. We performed at the first one in 2011 and that gig has always stayed with us. This time it’s going to be even more special because we get to share it with our Anjuna Family who always brings the good vibes and energy.”

Jason Ross
“I always look forward to coming to Chicago – easily one of my favorite cities in North America. Performing on the Anjunabeats stage at Spring Awakening this year is going to be epic.”

Oliver Smith
“Chicago is one of my favourite places to play. I have a strong following there and the fans are always so knowledgeable about the music. Can’t wait to visit Spring Awakening Festival for the first time too.”

Tinlicker
“Very nice to be back in thé city of house music.”

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Anjunabeats Artists Will Live Stream From Twitch HQ This Month

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Anjunabeats recently announced that before their two-night shows at The Midway in San Francisco, they will be making a special stop at the headquarters of Twitch. On May 10th, Anjunabeats artists Ilan Bluestone, Jason Ross, Luttrell, Spencer Brown and special guests will be doing live stream performances from Twitch. Only a few weeks after live

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Spring Awakening reveals rosters for curated Anjunabeats, AMFAMFAMF, and Bass Kitchen stages

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Chicago’s premiere electronic music festival, Spring Awakening, has rolled out the official lineup for its branded stages: Destructo‘s All My Friends footing, an Anjunabeats onslaught, and SAMF’s longtime staple, the Bass Kitchen.

Anjuna will activate the three-day weekend, Friday, June 7, flaunting a fearsome inventory of trance, progressive, and melodic house from the likes of Spencer Brown, Andrew Bayer, Tinlicker, and more. Saturday will see the signature Bass Kitchen up in sweet sonic flames with a little help from Liquid Stranger, Dion Timmer, Spag Heddy, and more talent from the trap/dubstep dominion. Finally, Destructo will quite literally bring All his Friends for an AMFAMFAMF takeover Sunday, hallmarked by a performance by the label boss himself, Dombresky, Matroda, Dillon Nathaniel, and more in the bass-infused house hierarchy.

Spring Awakening, this year headlined by Excision, REZZ, Illenium, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, just to name a few, is setting up shop for the first time at its new home in Hoffman Estates, the 27-acre Poplar Creek, June 7-9.

Tickets to Spring Awakening, the full lineup, and additional festival information are available here.

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