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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Imagine Music Festival Ups The Trance Game in 2018

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This year Imagine Festival, the bass heavy super festival in Atlanta Georgia, gave a full thumbs up to Trance. On Sunday they hosted their first fully dedicated day to the melodic uplifting genre via the Aeria stage. Although one of the smaller of the 5+ stages, the crowd showed up in massive support right from

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Gabriel & Dresden on the ever changing EDM community

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When you look up the history of electronic dance music, it dates back to the 1960s and evolved over time, picking up the pace in the 90’s. EDM has definitely changed over the years, especially since the 2000’s and 2010’s. Gabriel & Dresden are a DJ duo who have been on the scene since 2001. “There

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Tiësto’s iconic ISOS series has been resurrected by Gabriel & Dresden, Andy Moor, & Markus Schulz in the most powerful of fashions [Album Review]

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Tiësto’s iconic ISOS series has been resurrected by Gabriel & Dresden, Andy Moor, & Markus Schulz in the most powerful of fashions [Album Review]In Search Of Sunrise 14

Back when Tiësto was still “DJ Tiësto,” the trance pioneer, he created what soon became one of the most iconic compilation series in the genre’s history: In Search Of Sunrise (ISOS). Each release, meant to take listeners to each location that inspired its creation, earned wide acclaim for its impeccable track selection and mixing.

Richard Durand took over in 2010 following Tiësto’s departure from the series, steadfastly holding its unadulterated ethos in place until he too went on an indefinite hiatus in 2015. Trance fans all over mourned its loss, recalling memories built around its early days.

Sometimes, however, a break is needed to realize the importance of continuing down a certain path. Through its struggles, passion from fans, its label SongBird (owned by Black Hole Recordings), and artists who ISOS inspired over the years have catalyzed its rebirth. The task of ushering in its return fell upon Andy Moor, Gabriel & Dresden, and Markus Schulz, each of which mixed a disc that expressed their vision of the compilation and where they’re at musically. Though each of these names are heavyweights with proven skills across long careers, apprehension was certainly mixed in with excitement. Could these three live up to ISOS‘ name?

They certainly did a formidable job, in our eyes. In fact, as the journey unfolds, not only is trance in its current age defined and diligently manifested, but the overall caliber and aural signature of the compilation is a hopeful one that firmly states, “trance is back.” It feels like the ever-resilient genre is once more getting in touch with its original ethos and more nuanced facets, while simultaneously distancing itself from the more commercial sounds of late that have made it lose credibility a second time in the eyes of quite a few.

ISOS 14 opens with Markus Schulz’ contribution. Though higher in energy and euphoria than the proceeding Gabriel & Dresden, his effort makes sense in its placement. He does a pretty well in curating a batch of progressive-leaning tracks with subtle hints of uplifting that entice the senses and fit in with the ISOS sound. However, we felt there was a bit of room for improvement in terms of the story that could have been told with the chosen records, and the smoothness of a number of transitions. These minor areas of opportunity ultimately didn’t overshadow the mix in the end, though, and Schulz offers up a dreamy exclusive in the form of a collaboration with his fiancée titled “Breathe Me To Life.”

Gabriel & Dresden explore the deep side of trance in their mix, winding through pathways of progressive and tech with polished expertise. They carefully lead listeners into a different dimension, crossing through euphoric, bittersweet, and cunning soundscapes along the way. The arrangement is cohesive and driving, as the duo whisk their subjects breezily forward from track-to-track with flawless, celestial transitions. A real climax ensues toward the one-hour mark, with an explosive “Breathe (Timmo Rework)” kicking things into high gear for the remainder of the trek Gabriel & Dresden laid out. Indeed, it’s nice to see the pair translating what made them great into a forward-thinking canvas.

Finally, ISOS 14 closes on a truly stunning note with Andy Moor’s disc. While Markus Schulz and Gabriel & Dresden did well in their posts, their artistic visions and a look into the series’ potential future were prominent. Moor’s, on the other hand, is most closely representative of the series’ deep personality, in our opinion. He opens on a toned-down, ethereal note, before building the BPM up to the mid-130s with a number of tunes that raise goosebumps with expertly-woven melodies and subtle, yet warming pads.

This isn’t the “cheesy” trance that one might expect when hearing the word, but rather, Moor’s selection reflects the same elements that touched so many in its heyday, yet feels refreshed in its aura. Heavy anticipation has been bred as to what’s in store for ISOS, and trance as a whole, in the coming years; the CD also serves as a salute to the artists that have stayed true themselves and fought hard to restore its name.

Reviving a series with a reputation like In Search Of Sunrise is an arduous task. Luckily, Black Hole displayed keen in trusting that it would be in good hands with Schulz, Gabriel & Dresden, and Moor. Each prolific artist brings a unique flavor to the table, which, together, capture ISOS‘ most profound nature while also coaxing the listener to open their mind to where the series can be pushed moving into the future.

 

 

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Tracklisting:

 

Markus Schulz

01. Markus Schulz & Jam El Mar – Hymn of the Replicant
02. Ben Böhmer – After Earth
03. Pavel Khvaleev – Rainbow
04. Above & Beyond featuring Justine Suissa – Cold Feet
05. Dylhen – Illuminate
06. Markus Schulz presents Dakota vs. Arkham Knights – Something About You
07. Dave Neven presents Ocata – Travelling
08. Anske – The Light In You
09. Hazem Beltagui – You Before Me
10. Solarstone – Midsummer Nights
11. The Thrillseekers presents Hydra – Affinity 2018
12. Ferry Corsten & Paul Oakenfold – A Slice Of Heaven
13. Markus Schulz & Emma Hewitt – Safe From Harm (Markus Schulz In Bloom Mix)
14. Dennis Sheperd & Bjorn Akesson – Memoria
15. Markus Schulz featuring Justine Suissa – Perception (Johan Gielen Remix)
16. Arkham Knights – Into the Fire
17. Moogwai – Viola (Elevation Remix)
18. Markus Schulz & Adina Butar – Breathe Me to Life

Gabriel & Dresden

01. Naden – Submersion
02. Eelke Kleijn – Home
03. Lucas Rossi – A Part of Myself
04. Cioz featuring Collopio – Fury
05. Estiva – Space Dust
06. Gabriel & Dresden featuring Jan Burton – Underwater (Tinlicker Remix)
07. Dirty South – Night Walks
08. MR.MNT – Pause
09. Dirty South featuring ANIMA! – If It All Stops (Gabriel & Dresden Re-Rub)
10. ADNT – From Now On (Max Cue Remix)
11. Above & Beyond – Is It Love? (1001) (Gabriel & Dresden Remix)
12. Clint Stewart – Breathe (Timmo Rework)
13. Gabriel & Dresden featuring Josh Gabriel – Over Oceans (Gabriel & Dresden Club Mix)
14. Gabriel & Dresden featuring Sub Teal – Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix)

Andy Moor

01. Aly & Fila vs Scott Bond & Charlie Walker – Shadow (Paul Thomas Remix)
02. Clameres – Soundwalker
03. Peter Steele – Zen
04. The Thrillseekers – In These Arms (Stoneface & Terminal pres. Gundamea Remix)
05. Lange & Sarah Howells – Out Of The Sky (Omnia Remix)
06. Ariscan – Amberfall
07. Airbase – Vermillion
08. Andy Moor featuring Becky Jean Williams – The Real You
09. Digital Energy – Living the Dream
10. Mike Saint-Jules – Beacon
11. Andy Moor & Alex Ryan – Reflection
12. Neptune Project – Proteus (The Thrillseekers Remix)
13. Neptune Project – Bioluminescence
14. Neil Bamford – They Are There
15. Supernal – Supernal

After A 3 Year Hiatus, Trance’s Most Celebrated Compilation Returns With Incredible Track List

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After a 3 year hiatus, what may be the most popular and well-known Trance compilation ever created will soon be back with its 14th edition – “In Search Of Sunrise 14”. For the 1st time in its storied history, the sunrise will dawn over 3 DJ’s this time, not just 1. Markus Schulz, Gabriel &

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Gabriel & Dresden ft Jan Burton – Underwater (Tinlicker Remix)

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Since unveiling their chart-topping second studio album, The Only Road, back in December, Gabriel & Dresden have seen continued success. As a result, Dutch duo Tinlicker have offered a unique edit of one of the album’s highlight tracks, “Underwater.”

Released off Anjunabeats, the remix takes Jan Burton‘s bold vocals from the original, increases the tempo, and adds a steady bassline under dark, arpeggiated synths. Before a massive Tomorrowland appearance, Tinlicker will be joining Lane 8 on his “Remember the Future” tour on July 7 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Gabriel & Dresden whip up deliciously entrancing MMW mix [also, ENTER TO WIN Anjunabeats mega-prize package]

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Deep passion manifested itself into a triumphant return for Gabriel & Dresden, whose crowdfunded album The Only Road exceeded already high expectations from trusting fans to become one of the top trance releases of 2017. The beloved duo have since been taking their new work on the road with them, attending to their global following’s craving for their clever and sentimental aesthetic.

The pair offer an enticing taste of what fans might expect from their forthcoming appearances both Ultra and at Above & Beyond‘s Common Ground Miami Music Week event, taking place March 22 at the RC Cola Plant. It makes for an enjoyable hour, flowing smoothly from the deep end of trance to a more energized soundscape, ending with their beloved remix to Andain’s “Beautiful Things.”

Those looking to go who have yet to secure their spot at the Common Ground show might be in luck, as Dancing Astronaut has paired with Anjunabeats to grant one winner a pair of Anytime Arrival tickets. They’ve added additional perks as well, including two tickets to Anjunabeach, slated for March 25 in South Beach, and some exclusive merchandise.

Win a pair of tickets to Common Ground Miami and Anjunabeach (Contest on Hive.co)
The contest ends on March 20.

Feature photo credit: Sean Moore Photography

NMF Roundup: Carnage & Steve Aoki team up for ironic track, Deorro samples his son’s voice, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, and Brooks team up + 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.

Carnage teamed up with Steve Aoki and Lockdown for “Plur Genocide.” The most impressive thing about this track is that it could be a contender to beat out The Chainsmoker‘s “Selfie” as electronic music’s most annoying track.

Anjunabeats released an epic remix by Cosmic Gate for Gabriel & Dresden‘s “Only Road” featuring Sub Teal.

The Funk Hunters dropped the second track off of their upcoming album with groovy “Party Rockin.”

Dash Berlin and DBSTF teamed up for catchy progressive track featuring Josie Nelson “Save Myself.”

Bailo has created the perfect radio hit and club drop with new release “Rush” featuring M.E. Swank and Sauce.

Everyone can breathe easy because that ID that Martin Garrix, David Guetta, and Brooks have been teasing for months is finally out, and it is just as good as we thought it would be.

Chris Lake infuses a surprising drop with pulsing chords in “Turn Off The Lights.”

G-House fans can get their fix with Dustycloud’s newest release “Move.”

DJ Zinc and Chris Lorenzo fuse piercing chords with smooth beats in their VIP Mix of “Gammy Elbow.”

Mokita’s soulful new track “When I See You” is the perfect electronic pop track to unwind to after a long day at work.

There is no lack of energy in Deorro’s hardstyle release “Offspring,” which samples his own son’s voice.

Danny Avila slows it down with his remix of Marshmello and Selena Gomez’s “Wolves.”

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Cosmic Gate Drop Near Perfect Remix Of Gabriel & Dresden’s ‘Only Road’

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It looks like 2018 is the year that Cosmic Gate has decided to absolutely dominate the clubs with masterful trance remixes. To start the year, Cosmic Gate & JES reworked their track ‘If Not Now’ into a club banger, now it was time for the duo to put their club shaking spin to Gabriel &

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Finding Common Ground in Los Angeles- Above & Beyond Tour Kickoff

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Lately, it seems that with each passing day another headline streams across our screens that continue to further divide us; whether it be a political circus, social unrest or even a constant threat of war. Now more than ever we are interconnected with the world in an instant by the evolving technologies that surround us,

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