Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond ‘Anjunabeats 100’ is the culmination of the first vinyl century of one of the UK’s most accomplished & unswerving independent dance labels. 3 DJs and 1000’s of meticulous & painstaking A&R man-hours have brought Above & Beyond’s brainchild Anjunabeats to the threshold of this 100th release compilation and accompanying DVD. The bonus DVD ‘From Goa To Rio’, captures their recent global adventures including the epic NYE show in front of 1 million people. Check out the amazing trailer here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5NIlHsF4QI
Over the last 8 years trance music’s true artisans: Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, & Paavo Siljamäki have cultivated Anjunabeats from its backroom beginnings to the apex of worldwide dance recognition. DJ Mag described Anjunabeats in 2008 as “the most consistent trance label in the world” and its discography has engaged the playlists of pretty much every EDM DJ out there. Central to that success has been the forging of the oft-noted ‘Anjunabeats sound’… Part of the label’s DNA from the very start, it has rendered their releases instantly identifiable as ‘an Anjuna track’ to music lovers & diehard clubbers alike.
Here in 2008 Above & Beyond themselves need very little introduction. 2 top 20 hits (including one under their OceanLab alias) and a mega-selling, hugely-praised debut album in the form of ‘Tri-State’ have firmly established them (to quote Pete Tong) as “the UK’s new dance superstars”. In addition to that they’ve remixed some of the world’s most influential artists (including Madonna & Dido) and regularly DJ to stadium-sized audiences, most recently performing to an audience of 1 million on Barra Beach in Rio on New Year’s Eve. In that process they have propelled themselves up the DJ rankings, breaking into the world’s Top 10 in 2006 and taking them within touching distance of the coveted No.1 position.
Mixed and compiled by the trio, ‘Anjunabeats 100’ delivers a perfect cut-view of the music and artists that have brought the imprint to where it is today. It features tracks and mixes from established trance trailblazers like Above & Beyond & Andy Moor, OceanLab, Gabriel & Dresden, Matt Hardwick, Smith & Pledger & Super8 & Tab. In addition it decisively highlights Above & Beyond’s ability to push to the fore new trance talent (using Anjunabeats as the hub) with debuting artists like Luminary, Israel’s Maor Levi, Alt+F4 & Boom Jinx. Also included on the Anjunabeats 100 package is a Bonus DVD, featuring footage of Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeach parties in India and Brazil. The DVD includes breathtaking scenes from their New Year's Eve show in front of 1 million people, as well as fascinating behind the scenes footage and interviews.
Think of ‘Anjunabeats 100’ then not so much as a ‘best of’ - but more like a ‘best of the best’ compilation!
Above & Beyond ‘Anjunabeats 100’ is out now on Ultra Records.
Above & Beyond ‘Anjunabeats 100’ Tour Dates
April 24 Columbus, OH @ Sugar
April 25 Detroit, MI @ Bleu
April 26 Indio, CA @ Coachella Festival www.coachella.com
May 2 New York, NY @ Pacha NYC
May 3 Washington DC @ Glow at Ibiza
Additional Above & Beyond ‘Anjunabeats 100’ West Coast Bus Tour Dates - June 2008 TBA!