In Ben Böhmer‘s rapid ascent as the breakout star of Anjunadeep, the Berlin resident has accumulated close to 40 million streams, picked up heavyweight support from the likes of Annie Mac and Pete Tong, and manned his own label, Tön Töpferei.
Now, Böhmer has announced his debut studio album, Breathing, and released its title track to signal the countdown until the LP’s due date. His rise to the spotlight comes at perfect timing with the forthcoming Breathing—which marks a closing of a chapter in Böhmer’s life characterized by heartache, loss, and recovery and his resulting growth as an artist.
The single, “Breathing,” enlists fellow German collaborators Nils Hoffmann and Malou. Tapping into his production ability to weave melancholic atmospheres with hopeful melodies, Böhmer showcases a masterful progression composed of oscillating percussion and haunting reverberations. Malou’s wispy vocals provide a beautifully eerie foreground built around the composition.
Breathing will be out via Anjunadeep on Nov. 22. Pre-order the LP here.
Luttrell and Ben Böhmer’s debut co-production, “Gibberish,” is a sensational melodic track, flush with texture. The Anjunadeep regulars both have distinctly nuanced discographies. As impressive as they are individually, “Gibberish” showcases their approaches to producing in blissful synchronicity.
Ben Böhmer keeps the progression smooth as silk cascading skyward, while Luttrell infuses the track with glittering synths and rolling basslines, while he morphs vocals with finesse. While these creative fragments are apparent, it arrives blended and whole: two heads with one body and one soul.
The quality of mixing and give and take showcased through this track gives the listener a subconscious feeling of unity that could only be the result of genuine collaboration and mutual respect; a respect that was undoubtedly fostered over Luttrell and Ben Böhmer’s appearances at Anjunadeep Explorations earlier this summer. “Gibberish,” seems something of a misnomer; as the concise, unsullied offering sets the bar for Anjuna collaborations in the cosmos.
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.
Dr. Fresch and Sinden grind out a groovy house number, “No Good,” released via Insomniac Records. Mat Zo‘s four-track Tracing Steps EP has arrived, kicking off with a cheery track that shares its title with the EP. Louis The Child have released a remix EP for Kids At Work, which includes a blissful rework from Win & Woo. Half An Orange have revealed part one of their Mostly We Grow EP on Monstercat, which is stacked with diverse tracks like “Buzz Lightyear,” and Stephen returns after almost a year with the it’s too much love to know my dear EP. AC Slater and TS7 cook up a ferocious house number on Night Bass, and Syn Cole shakes off the winter blues with a sun-soaked funky song, “Horizon 83.” Showtek encourage fans to listen to their mothers in their new collaboration with Leon Sherman on Skink. Teminite and Whales have composed an anthemic dubstep heater, “Mayhem,” and Young Bombs have unveiled their debut original track, “Starry Eyes.” Crankdat welcomes fans to the jungle in a dramatic new release on Welcome Records, and DNMO taps Noy Markel for a bass-fueled Deadbeats release, “No Way Out.”
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
DJ Snake and Plastic Toy have kick off New Music Friday with a sleek new single, “Try Me,” on Snake’s Premiere Classe Records. Habstrakt makes a return with a forceful new single, “All Night,” and Tiësto, Dzeko, and Lena Leon team up for weekend-ready tune, “Halfway There.” Netsky‘s released a set of remixes for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” including a “Powerlines Mix” of his own. GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa bring an easygoing atmosphere to their new single, “Find My Own Way,” and Autograf break their silence with a new groovy single, “Hold Me Back” with John Splithoff. After a many-month hiatus, Goldroom delivers a fresh new original, “Cocaine Girl,” and Jai Wolf taps into listeners’ nostalgia with “This Song Reminds Me Of You.” Duke & Jones have put their own twist on Louis the Child‘s “Breaking News,” and Shadient brings elements of intensity in “Numbers Station.” Diplo, Sia and Labrinth‘s LSD project has put out a new original, “No New Friends,” and Cedric Gervais crafts two versions of a new tune, “Good Things.” The Aston Shuffle realize it’s “Now Or Never” in their new single, and Headhunterz brings his classic hardstyle sound to the emotive “Oxygen.”
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 this NMF.
Since its humble beginnings as an Anjuna appendage in 2005 in London, Anjunadeep has become one of the top purveyors of deep, textured, and melodic house music. Known for their towering catalog currently spanning over 400 releases, Anjunadeep artists and fans have come to revere the label’s compilation series since Above & Beyond released the very first in 2009. Coming in scorching yet tender as always, Anjunadeep have put together a special offering for their 10th mix in 10 years.
Due out Feb 22, the compilation features the label’s top-tier talent, new and old, like Luttrell, Yotto, and Lane 8, while pulling out deeper cuts from newcomers like BAILE, Ocula, and GRAZZE. Seamlessly mixed by Anjunadeep co-founder, James Grant, and Bristol-based DJ Jody Wisternoff, the release has been a profound source of reflection for the esteemed and aptly suited pair.
In trying to maintain a fresh and all-encompassing tone for the compilation, the DJs note that, “It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the 10th volume in the Anjunadeep compilation series. Despite Anjunadeep 10 being a bit of a milestone, we’ve resisted any temptation to go down a nostalgic route. Instead we’ve tried to keep the mix as forward-looking as possible. Our amazing family of artists have been creating far too much exciting new music for us to contemplate any other approach.”
With such high precedents already in place, anticipation for the newest installment is imminent. Fans can find the trailer, tracklist, and dates for global release parties below.
Hiatus – Relic
Lycoriscoris – Belong
Ocula – Immunity
BAILE – Soft Light
Ole Biege – All The Time (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Rework)
Nox Vahn feat. Mimi Page – There Is Peace Beyond (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Rework)
Tomas Barfod – Things That Matter feat. Louise Foo & Sharin Foo (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Luttrell – Still Dreaming
16BL – You Are High
Virtual Self – Ghost Voices (Lane 8 Remix)
CRi – Initial
Modd & Hosini – Swallow’s Nest
Spencer Brown & Qrion – Sapporo
GRAZZE – Querencia
Nuage – H.A.L.O.
boerd – Someone (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Modd – Ruskeala
Ben Böhmer – Little Lights
Aiiso – City Lights
Nox Vahn & Marsh – Prospect
Jody Wisternoff & James Grant – Dapple
Jani R – Autumn’s Feathers (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Savvas – Peace Of Mind
Eli & Fur – Night Blooming Jasmine (Rodriguez Jr. Remix)
Aiiso – Programmer
Nox Vahn & Marsh – Serena’s Garden
Jazz Do It – For A Moment
Joseph Ashworth – Heavy
Dosem – Stay True
Jack Lost – Walls
SØNIN vs. Yotto – Nothing Like You
Fluida – A Self And A Mind
Luttrell – Out Of Me
Ben Böhmer – In Memoriam
Lane 8 – Feld (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Edit)
Antic & i_cann – Jura
Kidnap – Tempest
Anjunadeep 10 Release Parties
Feb 08 – Sound, Los Angeles – James Grant, Marsh
Feb 17 – Phonox, London – James Grant & Jody Wisternoff (Open To Close)
Feb 22 – The Penthouse at FIVE Palm, Dubai – James Grant, 16BL, Dom Donnelly
Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.
Anjunadeep‘s promising young German talent, Ben Böhmer continues to flaunt his proclivity for creating colorful, ambient, halcyon house music.
Böhmer’s latest, “Ground Control,” touts sweet, but deliberate chord progressions with profundity. Sonically adjacent to his recent, cinematic Dive EP, there is an air of ardor inherent in the track’s palpitating bass line and jagged synth textures. Still audible, of course, is his melodic splendor, enveloping the track in lush emotive contrast.
Böhmer’s certainly done well for himself in his short time under Anjunadeep’s well-endowed wing. He’s released two radiant EPs (Dive and Morning Falls) under the imprint this year alone, each traversing a wide array of modes for sublime, atmospheric delivery.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
Synth-wave savant, Lucy In Disguise‘s twinkling catalog of dream-scapes drums up memories of the “Stranger Things” soundtrack, if it were funneled through a warm, neon kaleidoscope. His latest dose of effervescent electronica, “Sunset Blvd,” greets listeners through the Electronic Gems compilation, Milestone.
Cubicolor‘s deliciously despondent lyrics are Dancing Astronaut-certified for a little Sunday morning soul-searching, as per usual. The Anjunadeep-ian triad’s “No Dancers,” combines dissonant arpeggios with rippling keys for a tranquilizing chaos fit to lay any weekend to rest.
Chrome Sparks‘s precipitously active, ’80s-indebted partnership with Miniature Tigers’s Charlie Brand, Promises Ltd., is well-versed in the high art of unrequited love. The slow-to-strike “American Eyes” will assuage intrusive thoughts of the tragically unattainable and “painfully cool,” by way of its utterly sensuous, beat-lenient synth-pop.
G Jones‘s new album, The Ineffable Truth, is the equivalent of a long, strange dream, during which “Everything All At Once” is the eye of all turbulence. The offering is complete with sedating, organ-like components that reverberate into the foremost corners of the uncharted psyche, intermittently erupting into spiraling synth-blasts.
One of Anjunadeep‘s newest breadwinners, Ben Böhmer, has proved himself an austere presence within the Anjunabeats sub-label, melding his visceral, atmospheric sound to the housing’s most intimate foundations. In his “Hold On” remix, Böhmer leaves his polished patriarch, Lane 8‘s creation still starkly recognizable, slightly pitching up and restructuring the lead synth-line, and leaving Fracture’s exploratory vocals unadulterated through the chorus. The remix, like the Lane 8 original, is the ideal soundtrack for flying over a sea of snowy mountain peaks, or a long Sunday’s rest atop a vapory mass of clouds.
One of Anjunadeep‘s newest breadwinners, Ben Böhmer, has proved himself an austere presence within the Anjunabeats sub-label, melding his visceral, atmospheric sound to its most intimate foundations. His latest remix of Lane 8‘s “Hold On” further solidifies his vocation to that lofty, singularly Anjunadeepian deep house.
Though now running his own rapidly sprouting label, Lane 8 spent years nurturing his heavenly emblem on Anjunadeep soil, still regularly mixing for the imprint and even performing at their first-ever Open Air festival in London this year. Naturally, Böhmer adopted the particularly tranquilizing track as part of Lane 8’s official remix album for Little By Little.
Böhmer leaves the polished patriarch’s creation still starkly recognizable, slightly pitching up and restructuring the lead synth line, and leaving Fracture’s exploratory vocals ringing true through the chorus. The remix, like the Lane 8 original, is the ideal soundtrack for flying over a sea of snowy mountain peaks, or a long rest atop a vapory mass of clouds.
The young German made his Anjunadeep debut last year with his miraculously mellow “Flug & Fall,” which appeared on the label’s fourth Explorations album installment. He soon followed up therein with the warming tones of his stirring Morning FallsEP.
Blossoming German newcomer, Ben Böhmer has shared his musingly melodic Morning Falls EPvia none other than deep house destination Anjunadeep. The classically trained Böhmer first appeared in the Anjuna arena for the label’s fourth Explorations series, with his fluttering track “Flug & Fall.”
The three-track Morning Falls EP, is a warm, stirring horizon prevailing over a cruel, arduous winter. The EP begins with the gentle, downtempo grooves and idealistic, waxing and waning melodies of the title track, “Morning Falls.” The trip around the sun continues, then, with a bit more gusto, moving into the pensive yet club-driven “After Earth.” Finally, “Velvet Rebellion,” with its chiming, astral synth work, emulates a celestial, star-suffused night sky, as Böhmer bids Earth farewell.