Anjunadeep announces phase one of Explorations lineup, with Eli & Fur, Ben Böhmer, Yotto

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Anjunadeep announces phase one of Explorations lineup, with Eli & Fur, Ben Böhmer, YottoAnjunadeep Eplorations 2019 Press Image

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.

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TESTPILOT, John Monkman, and Anakim demolish Exchange LA: Photos by Alex Varsa and Jamie Rosenberg

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Premiere: John Monkman – WARP

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Premiere: John Monkman – WARPLNOE102 John Monkan Delta Ray EP

Sasha knows good talent when he hears it. One of his more recent recruits is John Monkman, who’s now become somewhat of a staple on Last Night On Earth since his impressive label debut, Make Noize, in 2017. Now, Delta Ray illustrates an ambitious artist who only continues to refine his sound. The EP’s A-side is punchy and vibrant, but we’ve opted to focus on its closer, “Warp” for a premiere.

Taking a bit of inspiration from Coldplay via the lyrics, “I will try to fix you,” the track is ethereal in Monkman’s own way. It stirs euphoria via warm, twinkling bursts of arpeggio and a buzzing bassline that soothes the eardrums. Glitchy sound effects make their way into the background in a subtle, yet attention-grabbing way that makes for a captivating ride from start to finish. While Monkman has been taking a darker, powerful route in his musicmaking as of late, “Warp” is a gentle reminder that the producer can still pack in heaps of emotion into his work like he did as an Anjunadeep regular years ago.

 

 

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Premiere: John Monkman – Enhancer

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Premiere: John Monkman – EnhancerJohn Monkman Dancing Astronaught Prem 01

John Monkman‘s musical path has been a winding one that’s seen him touching on everything from ethereal Anjunadeep-level progressive, to big house tunes, to raunchier cuts. As he’s traveled the depths of his musicality, his sonic vision soon aligned with the Maceo Plex/Ellum camp — and has officially materialized into an EP on the imprint aptly titled Tune In, Turn On.

Its B-side, “Enhancer,” is a particularly blistering number, designed to cause tension on the dancefloor. Pitched-up arpeggios are strung together by acidic synthesizers, simultaneously catalyzing goosebumps celestial mental imagery. Meanwhile, growling notes on the low-end and driving vocal clips add a hint of shadow to the finished product, making for an intense and well-balanced track that heats up the speakers.

“Enhance” is set for a November 16 release. Pre-order a copy here.

 

 

 

Photo credit: Andrew Farrar

John Monkman returns to Anjunadeep for ‘Magnolia’ ahead of new compilation

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John Monkman has returned to Anjunadeep to release his latest single, “Magnolia.” This isn’t just a notable return to the deep house outfit from Above & Beyond after nearly three years of an absence, but because Monkman is also leading the way to the label’s next compilation with this release. “Magnolia” kicks off the countdown to the sixth iteration of Anjunadeep Explorations, due out later this fall. Monkman, a veteran of the underground in his own right, follows in the footsteps of artists like Eli & Fur, who have previously led the charge.

“Magnolia” sums up what the UK producer does best, creating an immersive listen, uncannily similar to his last single, “Ketosis,” but as a new venture. Symphonic soundscapes are the foundation for a wealth of playful synths that call on nature as their inspiration, all in groovy form.

Anjunadeep Explorations 06 is due out Aug. 24, and will include more new music from Xinobi, Yunus Güvenen, Ole Biege, Ceas and Westseven.

H/T: Mixmag

John Monkman twists Kincaid & Sinàl’s ‘A Very Stable Genius’ into a dark club cut (review & Q+A)

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‘A Very Stable Genius’  is everything the title pays homage to, but in a good way. The minimal, yet eclectic cut is unpredictable and wild despite its relatively sparse elements, speaking to Kincaid & Sinàl’s excellence as producers. Enter John Monkman, and the piece descends deep into the low ends to become a foreboding club cut. The Beesemyer owner certainly knows his way around a decent remix.

In tangent with his recent remix, Monkman has also made his return to the United States for an expansive Spring tour. He accomplished a milestone Coachella booking at the Do LaB stage, and will soon be making his way over to Los Angeles as a headliner at the Mixed Brains party on May 12 (tickets here).

Dancing Astronaut nabbed him among his whirlwind schedule to quiz him on some goings-on whilst enjoying his new work.


 

Hey John, thanks for joining us! You recently debuted your live set at the DoLaB stage at Coachella. What was that experience like?
Hey, good to be here. It was ‘far out’ as the locals would say! Great energy from the Californian crowd, they know how to get down and the Do lab stage … yikes… what a production! looked incredible.

Could you tell us a bit about your set up and what inspired you to jump in that direction?
Ableton is at the core. Each track in the set has been broken into various clips (audio and midi) so I have options to control key elements from my arsenal. The Akai mpc40 is the main controller . At the moment I’m taking the Korg minologue with me as it’s great form making weird ambient atmospheres and pads on the fly + it’s super portable.

Main reason for the live is that it gives me the opportunity to take people on a journey of solely my original productions. It gives a different kind of focus in the studio.

 

After releases on the likes of Crosstown, Last Night On Earth and Noir, we’ve seen that recently you’re having some success with your own label Beesemeyer. Tell us a bit about your last remix for Kincaid and Sinal, “A Very Stable Genius.”
The audio from the original track is pure gold. Kincaid and Sinal are kings at infusing live percussion, interesting rich textures + original vocal recordings into their music. My favourite part from the original in terms of structure is the end section when it kicks back in, so I focused around that.. Structure wise it’s an extension of the original’s outro and then using sounds from the beginning of the track to build the new journey.

What’s next for the label? What are some goals you might have for it in 2018 and beyond?
Up next will be a single from me in June, it was just premiered on BBC radio one, which was a special thing to wake up to on a Saturday morning.

Anaphase have been busy cooking up new material over the recent months. They are working towards the follow up to their recent Cortex EP and we will be putting on a Beesemyer Party in London over the summer.
We heard through the grapevine that you got in the studio with the legendary ‪Pete Tong just before Coachella. What’s it like working with him in the studio and how long have you guys known each other?
We did yes, Pete and I met in the Matrix Studio in London just over 4 years ago. Our work flow just seems to get better and better. Pete’s been getting pretty nifty on NI Maschine so that’s playing an important role + various bits of kit such as the Prophet 6.
We know that you’ve done some experimenting in sound for some pretty cool companies like Dolby. What was that experience like?
Extremely eye opening! Systems like Dolby Atmos are clearly the tech of the future so great to be part of this in its way stages.
What else can we expect from you release-wise in the second half of 2018?
There’s my next release in June on Beesemyer Music. Pete and I are putting the final tweeks on the new one which we want out before August. I’m also working on an EP for Anjunadeep.

You’re on a little tour around the states this weekend and will be headlining Mixed Brains this Saturday in LA. What’s it like returning to California to play after living across the pond?

Yeah, it’s gonna be a good one. Just putting a few final tweeks on the live set at the moment. I’ve been saying this for a while now but the scene in the US is in a beautiful place so great to be asked back.

Premiere: Florian Kruse & Hendrik Burkhard – We Own The Night (John Monkman Remix)

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John Monkman

Progressive and other melodic shades of house and techno are making their way back into the public’s heart, and John Monkman is at the forefront of this new cycle’s peak.

The British beatmaker has recently been enlisted by Noir to help define the new sound of his new NM2 imprint, and his contribution is a marvelously subdued re-work of Florian Kruse and Hendrik Burkhard‘s “We Own The Night.” He lays the grooves on heavily with a driving bassline, accenting it with an eerie, yet full-bodied synth progression that complements the already-shadowy vocals of the original. Given Monkman’s brooding, ethereal approach to his edit, the piece is primed to make its way into sets by the likes of Tale Of Us, Mind Against, and others of the like who specialize in proliferating this sound.

Outside defining his sound in the studio, Monkman’s career has only continued to blow up on the touring end. He was recently announced on the Do LaB lineup for Coachella, and will also be touring the American West Coast in May.

 

The Do LaB taps Thugfucker, Luttrell, Brasstracks, Chris Lake, & more for Coachella stage

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RÜFÜS DÜ SOL Do LaB Coachella 2017 PC Daniel Zetterstrom

The Do LaB always runs a welcome oasis amid the Coachella chaos, fostering a chilled atmosphere with the most cutting edge house and tech talent set within their stage’s shady confines.

It feels like the company, which runs festivals like Lighting in a Bottle, Lucidity, and the Dirtybird Campouts, outdoes itself with its artist bill each passing year. They’ve booked a heavy array of talent across both weekends of Coachella’s 2018 edition, the likes of which include Ardalan b2b Sacha Robotti, Chris Lake, Lauren Lane, and Kasbo on Weekend 1. Meanwhile, Weekend 2 boasts Israeli talent Behrouz, alongside Brasstracks, John Monkman, Thugfucker, Patricio, and more.

 

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Full Lineup:

Weekend 1:

Ardalan b2b Sacha Robotti

Britta Unders

CharlestheFirst

Chris Lake

Dimond Saints

DROELOE

EPROM

Fisher

Goldfish

Henry Pope

Kasbo

Lauren Lane

Luttrell

Oliver Koletzki

SoDown

Tor

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Willaris. K

Xie

Yahtzel

Weekend 2:

Anabel Englund

Behrouz

Brasstracks

Christian Martin b2b Worthy

Father Bear

Frameworks

John Monkman

Luca Lush

Mansion

Marvel Years

Melvv

Monolink

Moscoman

OSHI

Patricio

Pigeon Hole

pluko

Sage Armstrong

Thugfucker

Photo Credit: Daniel Zetterstrom