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Anjunabeats Worldwide 248 with Arty


For the past two years Artem Stolyarov has been pumping out hit after hit, oftentimes experimenting with different styles and sounds. While his productions have been a polarizing hit or miss for me, his DJ sets have usually been pretty solid. Here is a recent one he put together for the weekly Anjunabeats Worldwide radio show. He is frequently featured on the show, and this is his fifth time this year already. Arty has improved his skills in both live sets and studio mixes, and as you can hear below his transitions are smooth and professional. The tracklist is of average interest to me, however there are a few nice song here and there. The highlight of this set is the Mike Foyle and Mat Zo collaboration, as their track Simple Things can easily be one of the best in 2011. There are also a lot of Anjuna-tunes in here, which is befitting to the radio show. It’s always nice to hear young guys improving their trade, and you can tell Arty is getting better with every chance he gets.

Anjunabeats Worldwide 248 – Arty (10-16-2011)

01 Kaskade feat. Mindy Gledhill – Eyes (Extended Mix)
02 Eric Prydz – 2Night
03 Klauss Goulart – No Man’s Land
04 Protoculture – Liquid Logic
05 System F vs. Cosmic Gate – The Blue Theme (Ferry Corsten Fix)
06 Arty feat. Tania Zygar – The Wall (Arty Remode)
07 Ferry Corsten – Check It Out (Kyau & Albert Remix)
08 Paul van Dyk feat. Sue McLaren – We Come Together (Arty Remix)
09 W&W & Mark Sixma – Twist (Extended Mix)
10 Arty – Kate
11 Foyle & Zo – Simple Things
12 Heatbeat – Roses Never Cry
13 Mat Zo – Frequency Flyer
14 Nitrous Oxide – iPeople
15 Orjan Nilsen – In My Opinion
16 Hannah – Falling Away (Armin van Buuren Remix)
17 EDU & Cramp – Human Turbines
18 BT & Adam K – Tomahawk
19 Andrew Bayer – From The Earth (Breakfast Remix)
20 Stoneface & Terminal – Leaving Earth
21 Ernesto vs. Bastian feat. Susana – Dark Side Of The Moon (Arnej Club Mix)
22 Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (W&W vs. Jonas Stenberg Remix)
23 Moonbeam vs. Pendulum – Hate Is The Killer (Arty Remix) vs. The Island (Arty Mashup)
24 Nero – Promises

Download the set here


Throughout Markus Schulz’ career, the Big Room Reconstruction has been a staple of his live sets. DJ edits are  great because songs are improved to sound better in a live performance. Effects and new sounds are added here and there to enhance each song’s appeal. Oftentimes these tracks are edited down in length, which is good news for all the DJs out there, but bad news for the listeners at home who want to hear the song in its entirety. Since most of these are not officially distrubited, I was surprised to find out that Coldharbour was planning to release 5 of these edited tracks. It makes sense that all of these were previous Coldharbour productions, so the legal pathways to get these songs out were easily crossed. Of course there are many more Markus Schulz re-cons which I would love to get my hands on (i.e. Miki Litvak’s Pollinator and the Beat Service remix of Closer), but unfortunately I have no idea if they will ever be released. For now, let’s consider ourselves lucky as we get to enjoy these 5 reconstructions touched-up by Markus Schulz, all in 320kbps.

Jan Johnston meets Tenishia – Flesh (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)


Mike Foyle presents Statica – Headrush (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)

Mr. Pit – Shana (Duderstadt Progressive Dub vs Coldharbour Intro Mix)

Reverse – Absolute Reality (Arty Remix – Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)

Rex Mundi – Opera Of Northern Ocean (Phynn Remix – Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)


Sander van Doorn is back to kick off the summer with his second Dusk Till Doorn compilation album. One thing that I always enjoy about Sander’s work is the flawless mixing, which is something he has done consistently throughout his career. Even though this is a studio mix, Sander’s mixing ability is still easily recognized as one of the best in the game. The first Dusk Till Doorn album was pretty good, although I had a problem with the deficiency of  new tunes. This year’s release is a little bit better in terms of tracklist, but it still lacks the freshness that you hear in other compilations. I guess the aim of this album is to bring you the best of what Sander has been playing recently, instead of showcasing new unreleased stuff from his label.

Disc 1 starts off with a nice intro by Dutch house producer Olav Basoski. The second track marks the return of Filterheadz with their second single this year, It Will Come To You. This blends smoothly into an interesting remix of Reach Out by Thomas Gold, but the original version still takes the cake. Afrojack and Wippenberg get into the mix with two of their latest, which have both been very popular this year. Next we hear a modern version of the classic Hale Bop by Der Dritee Raum with Dr. Kucho! on the rework. It’s always intriguing to hear these modern takes on old tunes, and this one is done legitimately. Moguai has a pair of tracks following that; the first one is sick and really sucks you into its old school bassline. I really can’t wait for this release on Anjunabeats towards the end of this month. The next two songs are a couple of Sander’s own productions, including the Basto remix of Love is Darkness. Erick Strong’s Italian does remind me of Randy Katana’s In Silence, but in a nostalgically good way. Fedde’s Control Room has been massive and also stands out in the end of the mix. The Arty remix of Punk is decent, but I’m not too sold on the direction Arty is heading towards. Although he’s very talented and probably still exploring different styles, I much prefer his melodic stuff from last year compared to this edgier sound.

While disc 1 focuses on the house side of things, Sander busts out the trance in the second disc. The opener is a very good track by Filterheadz, which was released on Doorn records last month. Sander also features MEM’s latest track Illumination, which is another one of my favorites for this year. There are also two back-to-back songs by Ummet Ozcan, who is a Doorn veteran and a frequent artist on SvD’s mixes.  Evol Waves does a great job with his cover of Everything In Its Right Place, and he pays homage to one of my favorite rock bands, Radiohead. We also get another sweet Erick Strong production in this disc, and great new songs by Radion 6, Genix, and Leon Bolier fill out the rest of the mix. Sander concludes this album with Spotfire, which is an interesting dubstep-infused house track. I’m surprised the new Purple Haze track Timezone is not on here, there must be some sort of marketing strategy for not including it. Overall these two mixes are put together very well. Sander’s best work still lies in his live sets, but this album is a great stand-in until you get to hear the real deal.

CD1 – Dusk
01 Bingo Players – Cry (Just A Little) (Olav Basoski Remix)
02 Filterheadz – It Will Come To You
03 Sander van Doorn – Reach Out (Thomas Gold Remix)
04 Afrojack – Doing It Right
05 Wippenberg – Phoenix
06 Dr. Kucho! – Hale Bop
07 Moguai – Optinuum
08 Felix Da Housecat pres. Thee Nese Djouma Projesi – Zaman (Moguai Remix)
09 Sander van Doorn – Koko
10 Sander van Doorn feat. Carol Lee – Love Is Darkness (Basto’s Bigroom Baby)
11 Marco V – Sticker
12 Nicky Romero – Keyword
13 Fedde Le Grand – Control Room
14 Erick Strong – Italian
15 Tiësto & Hardwell – Zero 76
16 Ferry Corsten – Punk (Arty Rock-n-Rolla Mix)
17 Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa – I Wanna Be Your Dog

CD2 – Dawn
01 Filterheadz – Everything Explained
02 MEM – Illumination
03 Heikki L & Lovetone – Whiteout
04 D-Mad feat. Emma Lock – I Love Indigo (Festival Mix)
05 Manuel De La Mare & Paul Thomas – Circle Of Life
06 Ali Wilson & Matt Smallwood – Bliss
07 Slusnik Luna – Sun 2011 (4 Strings Remix)
08 Radion 6 – Stuck In Rio
09 Evol Wavez – Everything In Its Right Place
10 Erick Strong – Hopeless
11 Ummet Ozcan – Transcend
12 Ummet Ozcan – Reboot
13 Genix – Cut Above
14 Leon Bolier – Cape Town
15 Sander van Doorn – Daddyrock (Arty Remix)
16 Jordan Suckly – 23!
17 Jon O’Bir & Sonic Element – Let Go
18 Jacob van Hage – Spotfire

Here is Sander’s interview about this album release:

Sander van Dorn – Dusk Till Doorn (2010)

Anjunabeats Worldwide 03



Here is the latest compilation from the Anjuna label, with two in-house DJ’s in control. Worldwide 02 was an excellent release and featured the work of Mat Zo and Super8 & Tab, which also set the bar high for this compilation series. This third edition is equally as good, with two new DJs presenting two different styles, the main difference being the uplifting nature of Daniel Kandi vs the techy flavor that Arty brings to the table. I personally enjoyed CD1 a little bit more, mostly because it features a better track selection. Arty has shown that he is more than a just producer by putting together this nice set. Notable songs from his mix include his new collaboration with Mat Zo, Sun 2011, and The Wall. I also really liked the Save the Robot remix of Drive, and I can’t forget to mention Rex Mundi’s brilliant Sandstone, which has also been featured in Markus Schulz’ Prague compilation as well as Armin’s ASOT 2011 release.

On the flip side, Daniel Kandi’s collection of songs has a much more melodic feel to them. The mix starts off on a bouncy electro-tip which includes some different sounding stuff from the Kandi man. His remixes of Resolution and Silver Sand definitely stray from his usual repertoire in a good way. In the middle there is a sweet Chris Melton remix of Activa’s Indigo, as well as Mike Koglin’s new track Sunstar. Daniel Kandi has also taken this chance to feature some releases from his new label Always Alive Recordings (a sub-label of Enhanced Recordings), co-founded with his buddy Phillip  Alpha. The mix ends in an appropriate fashion with a great track by Bart Claessen and Rene Martens.

Anjunabeats Worldwide volume 3

Disc 1 mixed by Arty
01 Super8 & Tab feat. Julie Thompson – My Enemy (Rank 1 Remix)
02 Arty & Mat Zo – Rebound
03 Tritonal feat Cristina Soto – Lifted (Mat Zo Remix)
04 Slusnik Luna – Sun 2011 (4 Strings Remix)
05 Nitrous Oxide – Downforce (Mike Shiver’s Garden State Mix)
06 Sunny Lax & Solex – Out Of This World (Mike Koglin Remix)
07 Arty – Zara
08 Kenneth Thomas feat. Roberta Harrison & Steven Taetz – Drive (Save The Robot Remix)
09 Mat Zo – Superman
10 Boom Jinx & Andrew Bayer – Fracture
11 Rex Mundi – Sandstone
12 Lange & Fabio XB presents Yves De Lacroix – Electrify (Lange Mix)
13 Aruna with Mark Eteson – Let Go (Nic Chagall Remix)
14 Mat Zo – Synapse Dynamics (Arty Remix)
15 Arty feat. Tania Zygar – The Wall

Disc 2 mixed by Daniel Kandi
01 Parker & Hanson – Alquimia (Andrew Bayer Remix)
02 Aiera – Skydive (Willem De Roo Remix)
03 Norin & Rad Vs. Recurve – The Gift
04 Aalto – Resolution (Daniel Kandi’s Solution Mix)
05 Edu & Cramp – Silver Sand (Daniel Kandi Remix)
06 Mike Koglin – Sunstar
07 Daniel Kandi & Phillip Alpha – Don’t Fix It
08 Activa Pres. Solar Movement – Indigo (Chris Melton Remix)
09 Nitrous Oxide – Follow You (Club Mix)
10 Daniel Kandi – Just For You
11 Adam Szabo – Serano
12 Juventa – Dionysia
13 Daniel Kandi – Soul Searchin’
14 Claessen & Martens – The Man Who Knew Too Much

Anjunabeats Worldwide vol 2 mixed by Super8 & Tab and Mat Zo


I haven’t listened to this one yet but am expecting great things from Will Holland and his ever-growing Enhanced label. I will say that it’s nice to see the usual Enhanced artists such as Arty, Estiva, Temple One, Tritonal, and Ferry Tayle in the track selection. Check out this album summary along with the two mixes below.

A date met with equal amounts of anticipation and excitement, the annual release of Digitally Enhanced is now a key event in the calendar for any discerning trance fan. After 3 critically acclaimed volumes Will Holland is back with the fourth instalment, already crowned Album Of The Month by the world’s biggest dance music publication, Mixmag – making it an impressive four in a row for this essential release series and a true testament to the quality of Enhanced.

2010 was without question a gala year for Enhanced, with Volume Three providing the launch pad for what was to come, and Volume Four looks to mirror that with 29 stand out tracks, of which 26 are unreleased and all – as always are from Enhanced’s group of labels. Primarily based on the forthcoming releases of Enhanced Recordings and Enhanced Progressive, Will has carefully selected a handful of standout productions from the label groups ever expanding imprints, making this an even more mouth watering prospect.

Disc One focuses on the progressive tip, and opens with fresh material from the likes of Enhanced Progressive’s leading lights Arty, Audien and JPL, along with fresh recruits Schodt and Willem de Roo. As the disc progresses to a techier territory, future hits and remixes from Estiva, Tritonal, LTN, Lang & Yep and Adam Nickey under his new Nickey guise turn up the heat to boiling point, whilst Mat Zo, Alexander Popov and Maor Levi deliver some of the best remixes you’re likely to hear all year.

Opening the second disc with his colossal new production Start Again, Will delivers a disc packed with future classics with a sound synonymous with Enhanced. Exclusive album material from Estiva in the form of Next Level and Better Days, complete with a breathtaking vocal performance from Josie follow, as do glorious new instrumental productions from Enhanced’s uplifting stars, Suncatcher, Ferry Tayle, Juventa, Temple One and Sequentia. Further anthemic outings from other key members of Enhanced’s A-Team Daniel Kandi, Phillip Alpha, Right Face and Stonevalley make this a truly memorable fourth outing in this much lauded series.

CD1

01. Arty – The Wall (Original Short Edit) [feat. Tania Zygar]
02. Schodt – Falling (Schodt’s M1dn1t3 Short Edit) [feat. Aida Fenhel]
03. JPL – A Better Daze (Audien Remix)
04. Alex Pich – Heavens (Original Short Edit)
05. Arty – Bright Days (Original Short Edit)
06. Willem de Roo & Juventa – Road to Redemption (Short Club Edit)
07. Ferry Tayle – Memory of Me (Estiva Short Edit) [feat. Hannah Ray]
08. Tritonal – Lifted (Mat Zo Remix) [feat. Cristina Soto]
09. Nickey – If I Could (Original Short Edit)
10. Lang & Yep – Nevertheless (Original Short Edit) [feat. Manon Polare]
11. LTN – Forbidden Zone (Alexander Popov Short Edit)
12. Norin & Rad & Recurve – The Gift
13. Ad Brown – Memorial (You Were Loved) [Maor Levi Club Mix] {feat. Kerry Leva}
14. Tritonal – Broken Down (Original Mix Short Edit) [feat. Meredith Call]
15. Will Holland – Digitally Enhanced Vol. 4 Disc One (Continuous DJ Mix)

CD2
01 Will Holland – Start Again (Original Intro Mix) [feat. Jeza]
02 Estiva – Better Days (Original Short Edit) [feat. Josie]
03 Estiva – Next Level (Original Short Edit)
04 Temple One – Zebra (Nuera Short Edit)
05 Juventa – Gone With the Wind (Original Short Edit)
06 Starshifters – Phobia (Original Short Edit) [Suncatcher & Mihai M Presents]
07 Blue 8 – Livia (Original Short Edit) [Adam Nickey Presents]
08 Sequentia – Flashback (Original Short Edit)
09 Adam Szabo – Serano (Original Short Edit)
10 Stonevalley – Meditation (Original Short Edit)
11 Daniel Kandi & Phillip Alpha – Don’t Fix It (Original Short Edit)
12 Ferry Tayle – The Glorious Deception (Original Short Edit)
13 Agulo – Fire Sign (Suncatcher Short Edit) [feat. David Berkeley]
14 Right Face – Deep Impression (Adam Nickey Short Edit)
15 147 – Insert Generic Title (Original Short Edit) [Daniel Kandi Presents]
16 Will Holland – Digitally Enhanced Vol. 4 Disc Two (Continuous DJ Mix)


Here is the remixed version of Gareth Emery’s debut artist album. All 12 songs from the original album are featured in this one after being reworked by several notable producers. The original Northern Lights album showed off the diversity of Gareth’s sound, and this remix version pretty much expands on that with the contrasting styles of these remixers. The tracklist has been rearranged according to the energy of these redrawn tracks, which sets up Gareth beautifully for a corresponding DJ mix. The album begins with the Ashley Wallbridge remix of Arrival, and things begin to heat up on the progressive side with the help of Arty, Hardwell, and Beltek. Next up is Too Dark Tonight, which is one of the songs that received the biggest overhaul, morphing from a down-tempo inclination into a high energy banger in the form of a JOC remix. Global and Into the Light are remixed tastefully by Jordan Suckley and Lange, while Citadel gets an alternate, revised bassline by Super8 & Tab. The last three tracks in the mix are rightfully uplifting, and they feature the work of some well established big guns in this epic trance genre. As far as remix albums go, this one gets the job done right with a great selection of remixers. I have uploaded track #13, the DJ mix of all these songs, check it out below.

Gareth Emery – Northern Lights (Re-Lit)

01 Gareth Emery feat. Brute Force – Arrival (Ashley Wallbridge Intro Mix)
02 Gareth Emery – El Segundo (Arty Remix)
03 Gareth Emery feat. Jerome Isma-Ae – Stars (Hardwell Remix)
04 Gareth Emery – Full Tilt (Beltek Remix)
05 Gareth Emery feat. Roxanne Emery – Too Dark Tonight (John O’Callaghan Remix)
06 Gareth Emery – Citadel (Super8 & Tab Remix)
07 Gareth Emery feat. Emma Hewitt – I Will Be The Same (Dennis Sheperd Remix)
08 Gareth Emery – Global (Jordan Suckley Remix)
09 Gareth Emery feat. Mark Frisch – Into The Light (Lange Remix)
10 Gareth Emery feat. Lucy Saunders – Fight The Sunrise (Daniel Kandi Remix)
11 Gareth Emery feat. Lucy Saunders – Sanctuary (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix)
12 Gareth Emery feat. Activa – All Is Now (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
13 Northern Lights (Re-Lit) – Continuous Mix by Gareth Emery
http://www.damabeats.dreamhosters.com/albums/2011/Gareth_emery-northern_lights_re-lit.mp3%20
Check out the original Northern Lights album here

Enhanced Recordings Best of 2010


I am absolutely ready for some bright and shiny new tunes this year, but for those of you who aren’t,  here is another best-of-2010 compilation album. Enhanced Recordings has had a massively successful year as a record label, releasing tons of great tracks and signing up many promising new artists. This 2-disc album contains an awesome look back at all the wonderful tunes released this year under the Enhanced imprint. Producers like Arty, Estiva, and Daniel Kandi have all had a big year, and guys like Suncatcher, Vast Vision, and Temple One are quickly making a name for themselves through the support of Enhanced. Will Holland has done a impressive job developing the Enhanced sound, which in turn has pretty much redefined the melodic trance campaign. All of the tracks set warm and captivating moods, often times leaving you happier after a listen than you were before. For me this kind of stuff is perfect for when I’m driving. While they may not be suitable for club usage, these songs require more patience and attention to truly appreciate. This is something I really enjoy about trance because even though it’s a style of dance music, you can still enjoy it while you’re doing other things. House on the other hand is great for clubbing, but I can’t really listen to it for hours on end unless it’s in a well-developed and planned mix. Good trance songs individually already have that journey-characteristic built into them, and when you play them end-to-end in a calculated fashion, the final result is a magical piece of work. If you have the time, I recommend you check out these two mixes because they are put together very well. The track selection is key and the mixing is fine. Congrats to Will Holland and his crew for the really productive year!

CD1
1. D-Mad – She Gave Happiness (Arty Remix)
2. Arty – Twilight Tonight (Arty Remode)
3. Audien – Eleven Eleven (Tom Fall Remix)
4. Tritonal – Utopia (Arty Remix)
5. Temple One feat. Hannah Ray – Autumn Leaves (Estiva Remix)
6. Estiva – The Kingdom (Original Mix)
7. Agulo feat. David Berkeley – Fire Sign (Steve Brian’s Original Mix)
8. Estiva & Temple One – November Lovely (Estiva Mix)
9. Suncatcher – Wildflowers (Original Mix)
10. Motionchild & Will Holland feat. Tiff Lacey – Arctic Kiss (Andy Blueman Remix)
11. Adam Nickey pres. Blue 8 – Eleventh Street (Original Mix)
12. Ferry Tayle & Static Blue – Trapeze (Daniel Kandi’s Emotional Remix)
http://www.damabeats.dreamhosters.com/albums/Enhanced%20-%20Best%20of%202010%20Year%20Mix%20(Part%201).mp3%20
CD2
01 Ferry Tayle – The Prestige (Original Mix)
02 7 Skies & Kiholm – Lost & Found (Original Mix)
03 Oliver P pres. Stonevalley – Winter (Original Mix)
04 Sequentia – Make Believe (Original Mix)
05 Juventa – For That Special Girl (Original Mix)
06 Phillip Alpha – Valente (Original Mix)
07 Vascotia – Verano 2010 (Sean Tyas Remix)
08 The Flyers & Mike Sonar – Supreme (Daniel Kandi Remix)
09 Phillip Alpha & Daniel Kandi – Sticks & Stones (Original Mix)
10 Right Face – Morning Dew (Original Mix)
11 Daniel Kandi & Martijn Stegerhoek – Australia (Original Mix)
12 Tim Preijers pres. Sense Of Shiver feat. Boom – Offshore (Temple One’s Ocean View Remix)
13 Vast Vision Feat. Fisher – Behind Your Smile (Suncatcher Remix)
http://www.damabeats.dreamhosters.com/albums/Enhanced%20-%20Best%20of%202010%20Year%20Mix%20(Part%202).mp3%20


Here is the latest compilation from British trance super-group Above & Beyond. I haven’t listened through it yet (waiting for my signed copy before I take a listen), so here is a nice little review by Twan van Loon:

In the world of Above & Beyond there’s only ever one way — up. In the last few years alone, the UK based production/DJ trio have debuted their full live show in front of 8,000 fans in Beirut, played to 1 million people on a beach in Rio de Janiero and even been chosen to soundtrack the unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. Not once, however, have they or their Anjunabeats label rested on their laurels.

Across a span of over 170 releases, Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats imprint has grown from humble beginnings to become a global standard-bearer for trance and melodic electronic music. Now, more than ever, it is is synonymous with a quality control that is all too lacking in today’s quick-fix digital age.

The two-disc Anjunabeats Volume 8 compilation is exactly how trance in 2010 should be. A journey showcasing the full spectrum of Above & Beyond’s sound, the compilation takes in electro-influenced grooves, deeper trance and hypnotic progressive textures alongside their trademark euphoric anthems.

Above & Beyond themselves offer a taste of their long awaited second artist album through the instant, emotional highlight ‘A Thing Called Love’, while their debut collaboration with respected German duo Kyau & Albert (‘Anphonic’) provides a driving, upbeat club monster that will be sending message boards, clubs and stadia crazy for months to come.

With over 20 separate artists featured, Anjunabeats Volume 8 is also a testament to the vital transatlantic family that the label now represents. Ascendant talents like Arty, Aruna and 7 Skies inspire fresh excitement. Andrew Bayer’s trio of deep, genre-blurring productions mark him out as one of the most exciting names to come through the ranks since Mat Zo, who himself features through his remix of ‘Live Forever’ by Lange feat. Emma Hewitt.

There’s welcome room, of course, for long-standing Anjuna favourites like Oliver Smith, Nitrous Oxide and Super8 & Tab who make a double appearance ahead of their debut artist album and unleash their most accomplished creations yet. In the beautifully crafted ‘Piece Of Me’, Daniel Kandi has another timeless classic in the making and Dutchman Bart Claessen offers the magically climbing ’90 Nights Of Summer’. Volume 8 also heralds the first Anjuna release by Duderstadt with ‘Stranded in NYC’ plus new Anjuna signings Parker & Hanson, Thomas Datt and Who.Is, a collaborative project from Bart Claessen and Raz Nitzan.

Put simply, the mix is a snapshot of the future. The future of Above & Beyond, the future of the Anjunabeats family and the future of trance.

*edit- Ok, just received my copy today and went through it right now… and I gotta say, I like what I heard first listen. Think of this album as a really complete episode of TATW without any of the fillers. This is really an album that is to be enjoyed turned up loud at home or in the car; it’s not really built as a clubbing CD or anything like that. But this is a good thing, because usually clubbing music thrives more on intensity and doesn’t contain a lot of the more complex songs that take longer to develop. Actually, I think a lot of Anjuna stuff is produced with a little bit more depth, which sometimes makes it ‘boring’ to hear live. Above & Beyond’s sets usually don’t seem as hard as some other trance sets, and I’ve heard a lot of people say their sets from big events put them to sleep. I’d love to disagree with that, but I can’t completely (only through comparison). Either way, I think the stuff they play has a pretty unique sound and it always has my attention. Check it out for yourself, I’m gonna replay it from the beginning but this time with a nice set of cans =)

Above & Beyond – Anjunabeats vol. 8
Disc 1

01 Parker & Hanson – Alquimia
02 Duderstadt – Stranded In NYC
03 Aruna & Mark Eteson – Let Go
04 Oliver Smith – Chordplay
05 Boom Jinx & Andrew Bayer – Keyboard Cowboys
06 Above & Beyond vs. Kyau & Albert – Anphonic
07 Arty – Rush
08 Maor Levi feat. Ashley Tomberlin – Chasing Love
09 Super8 & Tab feat. Anton Sonin – Black Is The New Yellow
10.Andrew Bayer – From The Earth (Breakfast Remix)
11 Bart Claessen – 90 Nights Of Summer
12 Above & Beyond & Gareth Emery pres. OceanLab – On A Good Day (Metropolis)
13 Thomas Datt pres. Asedo – Seven Years
14 Daniel Kandi – Piece Of Me

Disc 2
01 Andrew Bayer – A Farewell (Intro Edit)
02 Andrew Bayer – The Taxi Driver
03 Arty – The Wonder
04 7 Skies – Sushi
05 Lange feat. Emma Hewitt – Live Forever (Mat Zo Dub)
06 Who.Is. – We.Are.
07 Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford – Thing Called Love (Club Mix)
08 David West feat. Andreas Hermansson – Larry Mountains 54 (Juventa Remix)
09 Adam Nickey – Altara
10 Daniel Kandi – Forgive Me
11 Super8 & Tab feat. Jan Burton – Mercy (Extended Mix)
12 AltF4 – AltF4 (Dan Stone Remix)
13 Nitrous Oxide – Dreamcatcher (Club Mix)
14 OceanLab vs. Passive Progressive – Sky Falls Away

Here is the promo video for the two-disc album:

As you can tell, A&B have a cool little space theme going on with the artwork (signed booklet in the middle):

Click here to listen to Anjunabeats vol. 7


Here’s a nice little classic produced by Darren Tate and Jono Grant of Above & Beyond. The original was released in 2002 on Darren’s Mondo Records, and the song was recently re-released in the form of 9 new versions. Here are a few of these new renditions of a timeless track…

Darren Tate vs. Jono Grant – Let The Light Shine In feat. Shirley Randall (Arty 2010 Remix)

This is the Arty remix. He retains the classic vocals beautifully while adding his own personal touch to the refreshed bassline. Arty skillfully rejuvenates this well known track and brings it into the new decade. The dub version is also included in the single.

Darren Tate vs. Jono Grant – Let The Light Shine In feat. Shirley Randall (Filo & Peri  2010 Vocal Mix)
Here is a modern version of a classic done right. New Yorkers Filo & Peri add a little bit of bite to the track with an edgier bassline. I first heard this in one of Armin’s ASOT 450 sets and it completely blew me away. Also check out the Filo & Peri Big Room Revival Mix for their instrumental revision.

Darren Tate vs. Jono Grant – Let The Light Shine In feat. Shirley Randall (Corderoy Vocal Mix)
This version’s not bad as well, with Corderoy on the remix. It is not surprising the Corderoy duo added a remix to this single due to their involvement with the UK’s Mondo Records, where they are featured regularly on the radio show Mondo Sessions.

Darren Tate vs. Jono Grant – Let The Light Shine In feat. Shirley Randall (Darren Tate 2010 Vocal Mix)
Here is Darren’s version of a track he originally made 8 years ago. It is definitely bouncier that his first release, but it does take a while to eventually get into the ‘meat’ of the track. The breakdown is alright, and I still prefer his original version a lot more.

Darren Tate vs. Jono Grant – Let The Light Shine In Feat. Shirley Randall (Mark White Remix)
This remix deviates the most from the original version, as Mark White introduces a big-room house adaptation to the song. This one is my least favorite, but it’s an interesting rendition.

Darren Tate vs. Jono Grant – Let The Light Shine In feat. Shirley Randall (Frank T.R.A.X. vs. O.R.G.A.N. Remix)
This is my favorite remix from the original remix release in 2003. Other remixers in that release include Jono Grant and Smith & Pledger. It is a very emotional reconstruction of the song with a massive breakdown.

Darren Tate vs. Jono Grant – Let The Light Shine In (Original Mix)
Last but not least, here is the original production without the vocals. Talk about nostalgia, this track is so damn good! This one still stands at the top as my favorite version, despite all of these remixes. Truly a classic, it’s just one of those songs that can never really be improved. Ultimately, I would put this song as well as the vocal version on my all time favorites list.

I think I will be jammin to this original version all weekend, thanks to this release. Happy Friday everyone!

The 2010 single was released on June 8th, available on Mondo Records.