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Andrew Bayer – Do Androids Dream EP & Spring Tour

“The Do Androids Dream project is about joining the dots between the different musical landscapes that I have moved in over the past 5 years or so, but also about putting my club sound at the heart of the experience,” explains Bayer. ”Do Androids Dream Part 1 and Part 2 are very epic and unravel over several minutes… They’re essentially clubby progressive tracks. The lead track Super Human with Asbjørn has an indie-sensibility at its heart, but is actually a real peak time anthem in my sets, before Tomorrow Boys explores the glitchy electronica of ‘If It Were You, We’d Never Leave,’ but blended with the song writing skills of Asbjorn.”

-Andrew Bayer

I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrew Bayer back in the Fall for what I consider one of the coolest question/answer sessions I’ve conducted over the lifetime of this blog. Bayer’s sound is so unique and so polished that it’s hard not to get excited both about his music and his live shows. As someone who’s appreciated Andrew Bayer’s music since the guys at Above & Beyond and Anjunabeats brought him to the forefront of electronic dance music, the thought of seeing him live – which has yet to happen for me – is one that really raises the anticipation levels.

The mysterious, genre-merging Andrew Bayer has announced his biggest tour yet in a DJ career that has been built on exclusive and elusive performances – most notably at New York’s Madison Square Garden last October.

Comprising 11 exclusive headline shows across the USA and Canada, the Do Androids Dream Part 2 tour will be Andrew’s only North America club dates in the first half of 2015 – and will coincide one of his most sonically ambitious studio projects to date.

Released on April 2, the accompanying 5-track Do Androids Dream EP comprises 26 minutes of cutting-edge electronic music that blurs the boundaries between the human and digital worlds. Covering deep, classic progressive textures, big room melodics and downtempo electronica, the mini-album also features two very distinct and unique tracks alongside Danish singer-songwriter Asbjørn. A huge standout anthem from that aforementioned Madison Square Garden set is the lead single “Super Human” (feat. Asbjørn) and can be streamed below along with three other tracks from the EP.

Grab your copy of Do Androids Dream and make sure to go out and see Andrew Bayer live when he stops at a city near you! The tour begins tomorrow.

Best of 2014: Progressive House & Trance

Progressive House and Trance are two of those dance music sub-genres that aren’t going away anytime soon. While there was a time when Trance was the most popular type of music, back when guys like Tiesto and Armin Van Buuren were actually producing and spinning Trance music, it has taken a bit of a back seat to Big Room tracks. Progressive House, while having varying sounds, can be either perfect for main stages or for late night after parties. Both sub-genres are complicated in structure, contain lots of melody, and bring us driving four-on-the-floor beats. The Anjunabeats and Pryda Friends teams have been instrumental in shaping the sounds of both the Trance and Progressive worlds, respectively, and have been doing so for years. While guys like Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond, and Arty have been top-tier names for years, other artists emerged in a whole new way during 2014. I’m looking at production talent in Fehrplay, Andrew Bayer, Ilan Bluestone, Pierce Fulton, Audien, and Myon & Shane 54. And some day soon I hope Richard Knott emerges as a household name, as his productions and mixes are worthy of being played on repeat.

While we don’t necessarily post a ton in the Trance & Progressive realm of things here on MMIBTY.com, I’m probably the biggest proponent of these sounds. The 10 songs we put together are a combination of popular tracks from 2014 as well as some of my favorite from the genre. Turn the volume way up and go support the artists if you like what you hear.

What did we miss from this list? Let us know!

  1. Eric Prydz – Liberate
  2. Fehrplay – Everywhere You Go
  3. Richard Knott – Mantra
  4. Andrew Bayer – Once Lydian
  5. Myon & Shane 54 – Summer of Love
  6. Audien – Hindsight
  7. Pierce Fulton – Kuaga
  8. Ilan Bluestone – Spheres
  9. Porter Robinson – Lionhearted (Arty Remix)
  10. Above & Beyond – Sticky Fingers

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