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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:

Tiesto ft. Kay – Work Hard, Play Hard (Fratello’s Deep House Bootleg) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

If you’re like me you have very strong memories of Tiesto’s “Work Hard, Play Hard” featuring Kay. The song originally came out back when I was at the peak of my EDM enjoyment (I say EDM to mean the more general genre of Big Room House and main stage dance music), often listening to it on my iPod and spinning it live at venues like Bill’s Bar in Boston. If you’re like me your tastes may have changed from those of three years ago when the original version of “Work Hard, Play Hard” came out (2011 for those who can’t do math). As readers of this blog know, my preferences have gravitated towards deeper and funkier sounds and that’s why Fratello‘s fresh take on “Work Hard, Play Hard” was a pleasant surprise to discover today (thanks to a SoundCloud repost by Victor Niglio). Fratello’s remix hinges on a bulbous, rubbery bass line with samples of Kay’s voice throughout, sometimes chopped up into small pieces. The break features the actual lyrics from Tiesto’s hit and overall I’m a fan of this rework.

For those who don’t know Fratello, like myself, they are New Jersey-based brothers Vincent and Dominic Cerrito who have made splashes in the Electro-House scene gaining support by artists like DVBBS, Rob Swire, Stafford Brothers, Mikkas, Juicy M, and more. Fratello’s track “SpringShot” hit #52 on the Beatport Top 100 which means they’re certainly poised for a fruitful career in the dance music world. Personally I’m more of a fan of this deeper House side of things, but Fratello certainly have my support. To grab the free download head over to their Facebook page and click like!

Valy Mo – Tokyo Bright EP [NEST035]

French producer, Valy Mo, bridges elements of House, Bass, and Soul in the Tokyo Bright EP. Stylistically diverse from track to track, the three-song release echoes Valy Mo’s sentiments of wanting to be free of the confines of one particular sound — venturing from stabby piano House & pitched down, soul-infused vocals from Chris Severe in lead tune, “Bright,” to the club-ready peaktime anthem, “Tokyo Neon,” to finally rounding it all out with the chilled-out bass roller collab with Fuuku titled “Reflection.” This is yet another stellar release from the fledgling label NEST HQ – an offshoot of Owsla, NEST HQ focusing on finding the underground sounds and exposing them to the masses… always for free!

Valy Mo – Tokyo Bright [NEST035]
1) Valy Mo – Bright ft. Chris Severe
2) Valy Mo – Tokyo Neon
3) Valy Mo – Reflection ft. Fuuku

Oliver $ & Jimi Jules – Pushing On (Tchami Remix) – Out 8/31

Future house heads: this one’s for you. Tchami’s at it again with a fire remix of Oliver $ & Jimi Jules’ already flawless track, “Pushing On.” At this point, most people who enjoy GOOD House music or who have their ear to the ground in any sort of way surely know “Pushing On” as it’s certainly one of the Summer 2014 anthems. A slick bass line and soulful lyrical hook combine to bring House-heads pure bliss in a way that few songs can. “Pushing On” is a sure-shot windows down cruising in your car type of jam.  The Tchami remix (out 8/31) features the Frenchman’s signature “Future House” sound and energetic bass line, not necessarily turning the track into a banger but certainly amping things up. Tchami has proven himself to be one of the hottest producers of 2014, with his tracks constantly showing up in mixes and live sets all over the world. If this doesn’t move your body, I don’t know what will.

If you haven’t seen the original music video for this track, check it out here:

HARD Day of the Dead 2014 Lineup Announced

Few festivals demonstrate such a pure dedication to music as much as those put on by HARD. Year after year, HARD puts together stunning lineups spanning all genres of electronic music for their flagship events, including HARD Summer, HARD Day of the Dead, and Holy Ship! to name a few.

Case in point: today’s announcement of the absolutely stacked HARD Day of the Dead lineup, just another in the long line of excellently billed HARD events. This year’s spooky party will be taking place on November 1 & 2 at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA, home of the L.A. County Fair. Bringing in the haunted vibes will be a spectacular cast of artists, including some exciting headliners and a shockingly good supporting bill.

Headliners include Knife Party, a live set by Pretty Lights, Diplo, Calvin Harris, Zedd, Bassnectar, and an exciting VS. set between big-room progressive superstars deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Day of the Dead’s insane lineup includes a sweet lower bill that features everything from future bass to deep house to live German techno. Some notable acts include the likes of Seven Lions, ODESZA, The Gaslamp Killer, AraabMuzik, Giraffage, Klangkarussell (live), Zeds Dead, RL Grime, Justin Martin, Christian Martin, Claude VonStroke, J. Phlip, Eats Everything, Cajmere, Pete Tong, Galantis, Benoit & Sergio, Booka Shade (live), Aeroplane, Thomas Jack, Felix Cartal, Valentino Khan, and so, so, so much more. Seriously, so much more. We’ve never quite seen a lineup like this. It’s insane.

Maybe take it easy on Halloween this year, because the following two days, it’s time to go HARD.

Grab your tickets HERE starting this Thursday, 8/28 at 10 a.m. PST.