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Mar 05

Anjunabeats’ 10th Chapter

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7 Skies & Nitrous Oxide - Right On (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]
Mike Shiver - Ohh (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]
Soundprank - Animus (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]
No-one can deny that in the decade since Anjunabeats’ first Volume compilation was released, trance, and indeed EDM in general, has changed, evolved and progressed. It’s been clear throughout though that Anjunabeats have remained at the top of their game. The massive gigs, courtesy of label-founders Above & Beyond and their stable of artists, have seen the label spread to all four corners of the earth. But it’s the A&R work that really makes the magic happen, led by a close-knit and hardworking group of people behind-the-scenes, trawling through demos with a steadfast vision of what they’re looking for. There’s no magic formula, they’re simply after “good music”. It doesn’t suffice to have a track that simply works on a dancefloor--it has to have a hook, a melody, something catchy and memorable, and Anjunabeats Vol. 10 is oozing with tracks that offer this by the bucketload.

As with previous Volume compilations, there’s a mix of the old and the new in terms of artists. There are the guys who’ve been around since day one such as Oliver Smith with the uplifting Pressure and Super8 & Tab with the massive anthem L.A. There are other familiar names such as Nitrous Oxide, who appears both with his new N20 moniker and the recent hit K.O, and in his trancier alias with Right On, a collaboration with fellow Anjuna mainstay 7 Skies. In the newer camp, you’ve got Ost & Meyer with the techy and bouncing Here We Go, Audien with his recent big room smash Wayfarer, and Soundprank representing Anjunadeep with the progressive grooves of Animus. Of course, there are also six tracks from Above & Beyond themselves, including new remixes of Liquid Love and Home by Maor Levi and Genix respectively, and new output in the shape of Walter White and the stunning intro Small Moments.

Anjunabeats Vol. 10 is a testament to the increasingly diverse range of music that the label puts out. From the deep and driving Inception by Jaytech to the more experimental England by Andrew Bayer, the whole album offers something for a wide range of EDM fans. But despite the continued evolution of Anjunabeats, there’s something very nostalgic about what Vol. 10 has to offer for anyone who’s followed the label over the years. It’s hard to put into words, and without wanting to sound clichéd, there’s something very “Anjuna” about it--different, new, but yet somehow familiar.

Anjunabeats Volume 10 is out now and sets the stage for what will surely be another decade of one of the finest labels EDM has to offer.