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.
Anjunadeep has announced the dates and pre-sale details for the second edition of Anjunadeep Explorations. Marked for June 18-23, Explorations will return to Dhërmi, Albania, expanding its festivities to encompass an even more diverse lineup and range of wellness activities. An Anjunadeep representative confirmed the label will reveal the Explorations lineup on November 21.
The inaugural Explorations this past June brought 2000 fans from over 50 countries for five nights of curated music from the fan-favorite house label and associated acts. Explorations 2019 saw artists like Lane 8, Jody Wisternoff, Eli & Fur, Ben Böhmer, Moon Boots, and many more perform. The multi-day beachside congregation hosted over 60 artists across five stages.
“Our first year in Dhërmi was overwhelmingly joyous. A beautiful host country, an incredible crowd, and our unrivalled atmosphere. We can’t wait to do it all again!” said Anjunadeep founder James Grant.
Tucked away on the shores of the Ionian sea, Explorations offers a deep, immersive experience—encouraging attendees to indulge in its warm-weather trove of amenities, which include swimming with dolphins, dining, and a wealth of wellness programs. Tickets for the festival will only be available as part of an accommodation package.
Pre-sale begins on Tuesday, November 26, available for returning attendees. Early bird sale begins on Thursday, November 28 for pre-registered customers. Access sign-up 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.