The man is a living legend in the music industry, and has finally made his US debut after collaborating with Daft Punk on RAM. Pioneering his own unique disco sound as well as working with heavyweights of the industry like Donna Summer, Giorgio has been around the block a few times. I personally had never heard a set of his before now, and I am extremely glad I spent time to give my ears a proper education this afternoon. I feel like I just traveled to Mars and back. So cool.
The wait it over. Daft Punk‘s long awaited comeback album…actually, fuck that. The weren’t ever gone in my opinion. I’ve heard their influence in dance music for the past 8 years. Think about it… Ayways, here is the album. Don’t buy it on iTunes, used Beatport. It’s better quality. Especially for you DJs out there. Come on, step your game up. What do you think? Was it worth all the hype? I happen to like 6/10. I’d say that’s solid. However, that said, I will definitely give it some time to grow on me. We’ve got a long three months of summer ahead of us.
Here is one of my favorites off the record.
Bonus remix from one of our “Spotlight” artists, Theater of Delays. Guess a couple people found out who they are cause this track made it to #1 on the Hypem remix chart this past weekend….piiiiimp. Played it live the other night on a roof…it works.
Having been described by Above & Beyond‘s Tony McGuinness as his favourite track from “Anjunabeats Volume 10“, Ronski Speed‘s second single outing on the label sees him join forces with L.A. talent Syntrobic and Renee Stahl, for the beautiful “Pink Skye”.
Combining a modern club groove with old school trance flavours, “Pink Skye” has become a favourite in Above & Beyond’s recent DJ sets. The driving bass gives way to a sumptuous piano-lead riff and haunting vocals from Renee Stahl, before falling into a mesmerising peak time release.
Having become a regular fixture on Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy radio show, UK based producer Toby Hedges joins the Anjuna family with a classy progressive reworking. Taking a more uplifting approach, Toby invigorates the melody with a euphoric chord sequence and clever sampling of the original vocals for an equally club infused debut.
Couldn’t agree more with Tony. This song has brought me close to tears many times listening to Volume 10. It’s just so beautiful from start to finish. Brings you on such an emotional journey. I couldn’t believe it when I heard the young UK stud, Toby Hedges was going to be on remix duties. He does not disappoint in the least, executing a perfect progressive take on this future classic.
Pizza and Australia go together like uhhh two other awesome things…
Listened to this too many times yesterday driving around with the sunroof open to not post this today. The young talent over at Silk continue to impress me with each of their unique approaches to progressive house. This is a song that will get stuck in your head if you let your guard down for even a second. Exquisite perfection.
Arrival‘s latest release, “Beautiful Change,” combines the instrumental talents of SNR and Rikkaz, a pair of rising progressive and trance artists, with the ethereal vocals of the legendary Jan Johnston. We are also thrilled to welcome back British label veterans Shahin and Bench, as well as the first ever Arrival contribution from Silk Royal‘s standout duo Dan & Sam. The Original Mix showcases one of SNR’s signature sounds from the track’s onset: a meaty, layered bass, which also dynamically seems to skip around the stereo spectrum. As the resonant bass punches through the mix, Jan Johnston’s vocal suddenly appears and begins to effortlessly “flutter” through the soundscape, like a butterfly in mid-spring. The lines are delivered with disarming ease, clarity, and beauty, especially the titular hook: “This beautiful change, that’s in me.”
Shahin and Bench, who, like SNR, contributed a pair of tracks to the recent Silk Royal Showcase 03 compilation, return to Arrival with a characteristically driving and euphoric rendering. Both a vocal and dub mix are offered here, to cater to all DJ tastes. A high-octane groove, centering on a massively layered bass, keeps the energy high throughout the tune. The lead chord progression is richly melodic and has a bit of a funky flavor as well, making it especially fun for the dancefloor. Beware of the club-killing drop, one of the highlights of the release.
Dan & Sam, who have experienced great radio support and chart success with their anthemic tracks “Walls” and “Breaking The Illusion’ on affiliate label Silk Royal, round out the release with a deeper, late-night take. The bassline is trance-influenced, but the overall vibe of the soundscape is dark, pensive, and — dare we say — sultry, a fitting mood to match Johnston’s provocative vocals. The main break, which includes a breakbeat “teaser” drop, is especially intriguing and emotive.
Producing electronic music since 1997, Switzerland’s Daniel Kneubühler aka Da Funk makes his first return to the label since “Anjunadeep 03“‘s “Weekend Rubdown” with this double hit of deep melodic house goodness.
A dreamy laid-back cruise through washing pads, warm melodies and blissful bleeps, “Smug” is a cult ID from James Grant‘s Anjunadeep edition back in February. An instant gem, its release puts an end to months of forum speculation with they track also finding support on Above & Beyond‘s Group Therapy.
A slightly more energised affair, “Don’t Let Go” is equally memorable with rich interlocking melodies, a hooky vocal and a beautiful, subtle piano motif that appears throughout.