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Anjunadeep 06 (Mixed By James Grant & Jody Wisternoff) – OUT NOW!

“Whoever’s in charge of A&R at Anjunadeep deserves a pay rise”

-Resident Advisor

To find out the answer to that question we don’t have to look far. James Grant, brother of Above & Beyond’s Jono Grant, takes on the A&R responsibilities at London’s Anjunadeep. Of course this comes alongside fellow label chief Jody Wisternoff and together they handpicked the sixth edition of Anjunadeep, aptly titled Anjunadeep 06 which is a collection of a whopping 30+ tracks and is officially out today on iTunes. For those not close to the music industry, A&R stands for “Artists and Repertoire” and it is the division of a record label that is responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic development of recording artists and songwriters. In essence, Resident Advisor is saying the Anjunadeep team did a fantastic job of selecting and cultivating artists on its roster and in my opinion this is especially evident with the release of Anjunadeep 06.

Last week I posted a couple tracks on Anjunadeep 06, by Deep House masters 16 Bit Lolitas (called the Deep In My Soul EPLISTEN HERE) – but that was merely the tip of the iceberg. Anjunadeep, as a label, has been gaining steam over the years and with the release of 06 it’s clear they put a lot more muscle behind promotion, marketing, and quality control. The boys over at Above & Beyond have even been talking about the release for weeks during their Group Therapy podcasts, and if you haven’t been listening you can surely bet they’ve been playing plenty of tracks from it as well. Even the official Anjunadeep 06 website was carefully crafted with visually appealing design, to help the viewer both see and feel the vibes coming from today’s release.

While I haven’t had a chance to listen to the entire album front to back, I have had a chance to enjoy many of the selections made available in podcasts, on YouTube, and streaming in SoundCloud (see below). While the album contains songs from many artists I’m only now discovering, one theme remains the same: Deep, Soulful, and Melodic House music. As someone who spends his weekdays at a 9-5 job, there was no better way to unwind after a long Monday than with Anjunadeep 06. Unlike most of the music we post here at MMIBTY, most of the 30+ songs on this album are not meant for the clubs nor for getting your parties started. Instead, Anjunadeep 06 is perfect for sunsets, beaches, lounges, relaxation, spending time with that special someone, and anything else that the deepest of Deep House is meant for. The album contains tracks by artists such as Dusky, Lane 8, Jody Wisternoff, James Grant, Beckwith, Eli & Fur, and plenty of others you may or may not have heard of. Though this is not one of our typical free downloads, I highly recommend you spend the $10.99 iTunes is asking for hours of near-perfect House music – and to support the artists who helped put it together. I have no doubt I’ll be listening to this for months to come and my guess is that if you appreciate the Deeper, more Melodic, and more chilled-out side of House music you’ll feel the same way.

Enjoy!

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16 Bit Lolitas – Deep In My Soul EP [Anjunadeep]

It’s been a bit since I posted something out of the Anjuna camp and if my memory serves me correctly this is the first Anjunadeep release I’m writing about. Most people in the dance world know about the juggernaut trio Above & Beyond and their record label Anjunabeats. Those who are less in the know may not be aware that Anjunabeats gave birth to Anjunadeep back in 2005. In its early years Anjunadeep existed as a sub-label to Anjunabeats, releasing Deep Trance and Progressive House, but it has since evolved its output to cover the deeper end of the electronic music spectrum, focusing predominantly on Deep House. Yesterday’s release by Dutch duo 16 Bit Lolitas (Ariaan Olieroock & Peter Kriek of Amsterdam) was one I had marked on my calendar, as it contained the title track “Deep In My Soul” which is a stellar Deep tune that has been played by Above & Beyond countless times in their podcasts.

The 16 Bit Lolitas are relatively new to me but their music is beautiful. The Deep In My Soul EP contains three quality tracks that are extensive and calming and take you through soundscapes that remind me of late nights and early sunrises. “Deep In My Soul” contains an infectious groove that calls to the forefront an artist like Booka Shade and the repeating vocal hook absolutely gets lodged in your brain. “Premium Emo”could have been written by Tycho and is definitely the most relaxing track on the EP. The final track “Higher State” starts off like a St. Germain track but with licks of muted trumpets and light guitar riffs it takes its own shape as a 16 Bit Lolitas original.

The boys of 16 Bit Lolitas, though much biographical information isn’t available, made their mark with tracks like “Murder Weapon”, “Nobody Seems To Care”, “Sedna”, and remixes for the likes of Sander Kleinenberg and Armin van Buuren. This comes after the duo joined the award-winning Armada Music with their Bits & Pieces label, back in 2007. But I know them as a Deep House duo who have made a significant impact on the Anjunadeep label and I’ll be making sure to keep my eyes out for more Deep and beautiful tracks buy these guys.

The EP is available on Beatport now so go over and grab it and show 16 Bit Lolitas some love!

If you want to check out the 16BL’s other sounds, they have a mix series. Here’s the July 2014 edition:

Maor Levi – The Pixel Hearts EP (ft. Norin & Rad)

If you’re into blurred genre lines then today’s feature will be right up your alley. Israeli producer Maor Levi and California-based producers Norin & Rad teamed up to release the Pixel Hearts EP, out today on Zerothree Music. Not coincidentally, I know about Maor Levi and Norin & Rad thanks to their exposure on Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy podcasts. And I’m not just talking about one-hit-wonders – I’m talking about these guys being featured countless times. When I say Maor Levi and Norin & Rad blur genres, it’s because they’ve managed to intertwine Trance, Progressive House, slammin’ Electro-House and even some Bass Music into their productions. I love Norin & Rad because they have a unique and hard-hitting sound but they manage to keep elements of their songs uplifting – this is much the same with Maor Levi.

On the two-song Pixel Hearts EP Maor Levi flies solo for the title track “Pixel Hearts”, demonstrating his ability to bridge the main room sound with euphoric melodies and big beats. He then collaborates with Norin & Rad for “Good Life”, blending a lush vocal hook courtesy of Jack Miz with catchy riffs and tough grooves.Whether you’re into the more melodic side of Maor Levi and Norin & Rad’s work, or you prefer devastating Electro-House drops, this EP is going to get you amped up.

The release comes on Zerothree Music which is a brand new record label. Taken from the collective’s Facebook page:

Zerothree is a truly innovative new record label, dedicated to unearthing the undiscovered talent that exists in the online community of EDM producers.  Run in conjunction with Wavo, Zerothree will release an EP from new and unsigned producers every quarter, who will be handpicked from an online demo submissions chart. These producers will benefit from a label consisting of music industry professionals passionate about discovering new artists.”

I’m excited, as always, to hear more from the boys Maor Levi and Norin & Rad as well as check out what’s coming up next from Zerothree – which sounds like an awesome opportunity for you young producers out there (submit your tracks to Wavo and the A&R team will come back to you). If you like what you hear PURCHASE THE EP HERE!

Also, for those unaware, Maor Levi has a regular radio show called MOARBASS that he puts up on his SoundCloud page. The mixes literally span all genres and feature some really damn good dance music (Deep, Electro, Bass Music + more!). Here’s the latest episode, track list after jump:

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Andrew Bayer Continues to Impress with “Once Lydian”

If you aren’t familiar with the incredibly talented producer Andrew Bayer, now is the perfect time to introduce yourself. The Washington D.C. resident, with roots in Brooklyn and London, is part of the Anjunabeats family and has been featured on countless Group Therapy Radio podcasts. Bayer also consistently shares the stage with superstars Above & Beyond and their roster of unique and exciting DJs. The last time I posted about Andrew Bayer was when he collaborated with Norin & Rad to form the group Artificial and they released the song “Prototype”. This time around, however, Bayer is back on his own with the fresh and exciting track “Once Lydian”, released today on Anjunabeats. Fans of thumping club bangers and uplifting Progressive tunes will come together to enjoy “Once Lydian”, as it features elements of Big Room, Electro-House, and uplifting Trance. Bayer has a signature sound that his fans have come to recognize, and it’s apparent the man is insanely talented in the studio judging by today’s release. I continue to be under the belief that TRUE Progressive House producers are some of the best in the dance music game – just take a listen to Bayer’s portfolio of work and I think you’ll agree.

Andrew Bayer – Once Lydian | Purchase on Beatport

Artist Spotlight: Fon.Leman

I haven’t written an artist spotlight in a hot minute but I think now is the perfect time to introduce you to Russian producer and DJ Fon.Leman. Fon.Leman is an alias of Alexey Mazhaev from Ekaterinburg, Russia and he has truly perfected the art of Progressive House. I first caught wind of Fon.Leman when Above & Beyond played his remix of Cramp’s “Bombay” on Group Therapy 002. The “Bombay” remix is so distinctive with its vocal samples, yet it has quite a refreshing true Progressive House sound and was certainly a standout track during that two-hour podcast. Last weekend, on December 6th, Above & Beyond unleashed its latest Group Therapy podcast and the guest mix was by none other than Fon.Leman. Not only was Fon.Leman’s 30-minute mix an absolute pleasure to listen to, I also learned he would be releasing his newest album the following Monday, called Constant Religion.

Fon.Leman started to take interest in Electronic music when he was 13, and soon under the influence of Prodigy, Kraftwerk, Hybrid, and the Crystal Method in 1998 he tried Breaks. After the appearance of music sequencers, and the increasing popularity of dance music, Fon.Leman switched his attention to Industrial, Trance, and Techno while mixing genres and working toward a devotion of his very own style. Fon.Leman also experimented with real sounds recorded at railway stations and construction sites.

Over the duration of his career, Fon.Leman combined all of his music experiences, and currently his favorite styles are Trance and Progressive. Most people call his music “Ibiza Style” for its deepness and transparency, but I just call it near-perfection. Over the past week I’ve been listening to Fon.Leman’s Group Therapy guest mix, his new album Constant Religion, and his flawless Dimension & Perception mixes available on his podcasts.

Fon.Leman may just be the best Progressive House producer you’ve never heard of so make sure you show him some love and support the growth of his career.

Purchase Constant Religion
Fon.Leman Facebook
Fon.Leman Twitter
Fon.Leman SoundCloud

Click through the jump to see the ABGT tracklist as well as other sounds from Fon.Leman!

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Seven Lions, Myon & Shane 54, Tove Lo are “Strangers”

When I saw a new Seven Lions tune come across my desk this afternoon I knew I had to immediately check it out. I saw it was a collaboration with Hungarian Trance duo Myon & Shane 54, who have really made a name for themselves over the past couple years. Above & Beyond have been supporting Myon & Shane 54, as well as Seven Lions, on their Trance Around the World/Group Therapy podcasts and I quickly realized I had heard this gem before – it was even featured last week on Group Therapy Radio #041 as the record of the week. After seeing Seven Lions perform for the first time at Electric Daisy Carnival New York, I realized he isn’t just a Trance/Dubstep/Uplifting Dubstep production wizard, but he can really rock a crowd too; this is why my eyes perked up when I saw “Strangers” was out as of yesterday. Want to know the coolest thing about “Strangers”? It’s featured as part of the original motion picture soundtrack for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (in theaters now). Seven Lions and Myon & Shane 54 recruited the beautiful vocals of Swedish singer Tove Lo to really put a stamp on this outstanding track which really does have it all: a hard-hitting drop, an uplifting and melodic break, and a signature Seven Lions Dubstep piece (around the 3:00 mark).

As always if you like what you hear, show all the artists some love – I know I will be.

Seven Lions & Myon & Shane 54 – Strangers (feat. Tove Lo) | Purchase on iTunes