When it comes to some of the best uplifting big-room trance out there, there is no denying that the Above & Beyond-created Anjunabeats has established itself as one of the leading labels in the genre. Anjunabeats has been one of the constant forces in the music scene, promoting and releasing some of the most epic trance tunes out there, but also going much further than that. The Anjunabeats sub-label Anjunadeep has become a beacon for those individuals who seek a more progressive house and melodic techno sound, which has allowed it to emerge from the shadow of its parent label. With the guiding hand of both James Grant and Jaytech, Anjunadeep is now releasing their annual label compilation (in this case, Anjunadeep 03), which showcases a talented and eclectic mix of tracks on two discs that range from deep, dark and hypnotic techno sounds to upbeat, uplifting electronic house grooves.
Disc One mixed by James Grant
The first disc, which is mixed by James Grant, provides for a more deep and progressive journey into sound and starts off with the relaxing late night vibe of Stephen Kroos’ intoxicating "Micrsh," which is followed by the deep melancholic beats of Martin Roth’s "Deep Style." The disc also provides us with a rare vocal track- an updated remix of Underworld’s "Two Months Off" which slumbers off before we are swept away with the uplifting vintage sound of Michael Cassette on "Regatta," which is definitely one of the highlights on this set. Of course, other tracks by such artists as Spooky and Andrew Bayer definitely provide for a blissful listen while blending smoothly and effortlessly between each track. Nearing the end of first disc, Matt Lange brings some serious emotion along with a pulsating bass line on the track "Rift" that radiates with energy, foreshadowing things to come on the disc that follows.
Jaytech Goes Deep on the Disc 2
Jaytech takes the reigns on the second disc and increases the energy to another level with upbeat and uplifting electronic house numbers from Embliss and Interplay, then switches it into overdrive with the lush sound of "Interstellar" by Proff. He keeps the intensity going with lively tracks from Answer 42 and Beckwith, while contributing some of his own music with his own forthcoming anthem "Djembe." The set continues to push forward as Suspect 44 shines on the vocal track "Japanese Schoolgirls." Maor Levi’s spinetingling and footstomping "Devotion" and Timmy & Tommy’s "Unit 29" prove to be just as memorable, maintaining flawless consistency throughout. At the end, Jaytech treats us to a great new track from Levente Marton with the more progressive-inspired track "Big Fat Kiss," helping to elevate the listener before the musical journey comes to a close.
Anjunadeep 03 definitely lives up to the reputations of its previous releases, providing not only a diverse and enjoyable set but maintaining constant fluidity with flawless mixing from both DJs. The compilation set contains a spectrum of sounds that range from the deepest, darkest techno beats to more uplifting, heavenly house anthems which makes Anjunadeep 03 perfect for a night out on the town or just hanging with a group of friends. No matter the location, you will definitely find plenty to like on this new release from Anjunadeep.
Released March 2011 on Anjuna Beats.
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