Spencer Brown leads a contemplative journey in two-track ‘Stream of Consciousness’ EP

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Spencer Brown has proven himself to be a full-fledged sonic wizard over the course of the past 11 months. In 2019, the San Francisco producer has unveiled everything from a deadmau5 remix to a collaboration with Raito, following up his successful 2018 album, Illusion of Perfection, with a string of notable releases.

His newest collection of work is a two-track Anjunabeats EP called Stream of Consciousness, which features the six-minute “SF to Berlin” with Ben Böhmer and its counterpart, “Lose You,” which is a solo Brown venture. As with all Spencer Brown releases, the new songs are dreamy and thought-provoking. “SF to Berlin” is easily identifiable as a Brown-Böhmer piece of work, with its drifting melody and otherworldly, serene soundscape. “Lose You” takes the energy up a notch as Brown taps incorporates powerful female vocals into his peaceful instrumentals.

Stream of Consciousness is Brown’s third and final EP of 2019 and makes for a satisfying companion to May’s Sapporo with Qrion and October’s Gatekeeper EP with Ilan Bluestone.

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Spencer Brown introduces forthcoming ‘Stream of Consciousness’ LP with first two singles

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Spencer Brown has proven himself to be a full-fledged sonic wizard over the course of the past 11 months. In 2019, the San Francisco producer has unveiled everything from a deadmau5 remix to a collaboration with Raito, following up his successful 2018 album, Illusion of Perfection, with a string of notable releases.

His newest collection includes (so far) two songs: the six-minute “SF to Berlin” with Ben Böhmer and its counterpart, “Lose You,” which is a solo Brown venture. As with all Spencer Brown releases, the new songs are dreamy and thought-provoking. “SF to Berlin” is easily identifiable as a Brown-Böhmer piece of work, with its drifting melody and otherworldly, serene soundscape. “Lose You” takes the energy up a notch as Brown taps incorporates powerful female vocals into his peaceful instrumentals.

The songs are the first two offerings from Brown’s Stream of Consciousness LP, which drops Jan. 31 via Anjunabeats. Pre-order it here.

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Anjuna announces details and lineup for Anjunabeats elevations

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In coincidence with its 20th anniversary, Anjunabeats has announced its winter destination festival: Anjunabeats elevations. The inaugural edition of elevations will feature five nights of music and winter sport activities, with trance and progressive curated by none other than the Anjuna label. The Above & Beyond-headed label previously held Anjunadeep presents: Explorations in Dhërmi, Albania this June. The deep house-focused event will also return in 2020.

Elevations’ lineup will feature 28 artists including Seven Lions, Mat Zo, Spencer Brown, Cosmic Gate, Dirty South, and more. In addition to enjoying the slopes, attendees have the opportunity to participate in other offerings such as bottomless brunch with Anjuna DJs, igloo parties with special guest sets, and yoga and wellness programs. More details regarding additional activities will be available in the coming months.

Anjunabeats elevations is set to take place March 28-April 3 in Avoriaz, France. Boasting the highest resort in the Franco-Swiss region of Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz is the largest connected ski area in the world.

Presale opens Monday, Nov. 4 here. Packages begin at £259 per person.

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Spencer Brown and Ilan Bluestone team up for a scintillating collaborative EP, ‘Gatekeeper’

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Spencer Brown and Ilan Bluestone have released a collaborative EP, Gatekeeper, on Anjunabeats after joining the label bosses on their monumental Above & Beyond ABGT350 show in Prague earlier this month.

The extended play comes with six tracks, three originals, and their edit counterparts. “Pooperling” has a resounding cool ambiance that touches trance with fairly tropical melodies. “Gatekeeper” is a bit more on the heavy, thumping trance side, allowing the hard-hitting kick and underlying bass to take control of center stage while brushing melodies make an appearance later in the scene to set up for a big finale. “Steelyard” hits listeners with a crescendo after crescendo focusing on that sparkling build element.

Spencer Brown recently painted lush sonic imagery on deadmau5‘s “fn pig” on the mau5trap head honcho’s here’s the drop! remix album. Ilan Bluestone released his sophomore EP, We Are The Universe, on Anjunabeats in May and proceeded with a 44-date tour.

Spencer Brown previews forthcoming ‘here’s the drop!’ deadmau5 remix LP with his take on ‘fn pig (ov)’

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Spencer Brown has proven time and time again that he’s a master at painting lush sonic imagery. On Sept. 20, he proves it once again with a remix of deadmau5‘s “fn pig (ov).”

Brown’s remix clocks in at nearly 10 minutes long, and this length is justified by the intricate and serene introduction he’s created. The first minute dives right in with a powerful house beat, but it backs off just before the two-minute mark as Brown slowly crescendos into the main theme of the song. His rendition is a masterful interpretation of deadmau5’s original, which was part of the mau5trap head honcho’s 2018 where’s the drop? orchestral album.

here’s the drop! comes out Oct. 4 and features remixes from Morgan Page, Rinzen, Matt Lange, No Mana, and many more. Pre-save it here.

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

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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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NMF Roundup: Skrillex remixes Kelsey Lu, Drezo returns with ‘Afterlife’ + more

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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.

The second-to-last NMF of May brings fresh material from Skrillex in the form of a Kelsey Lu remix. Drezo returns to drag his fans to the depths with a new original, “Afterlife,” and Spencer Brown delivers “Sapporo” as the title track for his new EP. Andrew Bayer brings two new tracks to Anjuna, including “Only You Boy,” and Kygo teams up with Chelsea Cutler for “Not Ok.” Chris Lake enters the summer months with a new groovy number, “Stay With Me,” and Nora En Pure fills her latest release with lush melodies and a breezy atmosphere. i_o takes on Above & Beyond in a formidable new extended mix, and Flux Pavilion joins forces with Nevve for “Lion’s Cage.” Borgeous links with RUNAGROUND for “Better Anyway,” and Chase & Status cook up some fast-paced drum ‘n’ bass on “Murder Music.” After debuting “Dragonfly” with DA earlier this week, Au5 releases his new LP, and Benny Benassi puts his own spin on Patrick Martin’s “Stranger Nights.” Curbi delivers some feisty new house music in “Flip It” and DVBBS rework Steve Aoki’s “Play It Cool.” Cedric Gervais returns with “Take You In,” and Don Diablo unveils a VIP mix of Jessie J’s “Brave.”

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.

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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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Spencer Brown and Raito prove fierce and formidable ‘Star Allies’

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After making his mau5trap debut last year with “Windows 95 On Acid,” Spencer Brown has returned to the coveted label dwelling with the no-nonsense, Raito-assisted “Star Allies” in hand.

The equal parts foreboding and dreamy techno track melds Brown’s penchant for cosmic, crescendoing synth lines with Raito’s sweat-inducing, rave-redolent accents. Spanking percussion runs abound atop serrated synth emissions that reverberate well beyond the bounds of earth’s exosphere. “Star Allies,” therefore, is best suited for either anomalous dance floors or effective astral projection.

Brown solidified his proclivity for transcendent, progressive soundscapes with his Anjunabeats-bolstered Illusion Of Perfection album last spring. He has repeatedly attributed much of his success to working alongside the late Avicii, who signed Brown to his label, LE7ELS, when the San Francisco native was still just a teenager. Raito’s rise to wide electronic recognition has been similarly swift, aligning himself with the likes of REZZ and Boys Noize, just to name a few.

NMF Roundup: Arty returns with ‘Avalanche,’ Kygo and Rita Ora team up, Spencer Brown and Raito become ‘Star Allies’ + more

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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.

Russian producer Arty kicks off New Music Friday in fine fashion with a gorgeous new single called “Avalanche,” and Kygo and Rita Ora are a dream team on their new collaboration, “Carry On.” Spencer Brown and Raito deliver a dark and powerful mau5trap release, “Star Allies,” and R3HAB crafts a dreamy remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Fantasy.” Rusko brings a classic dubstep feel to GRiZ and Boogie T‘s “Supa Fly,” and Dustycloud takes listeners deep into a shadowy nightclub on “The Way.” Peggy Gou has released her Moment EP, featuring songs like “Starry Night,” and David Guetta takes on Bebe Rexha‘s “Last Hurrah.” Two Friends hit the drive thru on “Dollar Menu,” and Sam Void brings groovy house beats to Nicky Romero and David Guetta’s “Ring the Alarm.” Culture Shock debuts a drum ‘n’ bass heater, “Renaissance,” and Steve Aoki and Alok “Do It Again” on their new collaboration. Blanke remixes Illenium and Kameron Alexander’s “Pray,” and Young Bombs release a four-track remix pack for “Starry Eyes.”

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.