Born and bred in London, ANJUNABEATS started in 2000 as a university project by Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki, better known as ABOVE & BEYOND. Today, Anjunabeats is one of the world’s best-loved and most influential dance labels, helping launch the careers of MAT ZO, AUDIEN, ARTY, JASON ROSS, SEVEN LIONS and many more. Over 700 releases brandish the iconic Anjuna ‘A’, a hallmark of quality for trance and progressive music lovers.
Despite the unexpected circumstances the world is currently facing, Anjunabeats is celebrating their 20th year, swapping a series of one-day festivals to commemorate the anniversary with a ton of exciting releases and live streams. Anjunabeats has opened the vault for a handpicked group of 20 artists spanning the label’s 20-year history. Each artist will sift through thousands of hours of music to create a definitive, mix of their all-time favorite Anjunabeats tracks.
OLIVER SMITH, the first producer signed to Anjunabeats, has curated the first release in the series due out May 28. A new mix will be revealed every two-weeks. Visit the Anjunabeats website
If that wasn’t exciting enough, Above & Beyond released a collection of their club mixes, spanning 15 years of the band's influential catalog. The timeline begins in 2006 with the iconic “Alone Tonight” featuring Richard Bedford right up to the recentl released “Bittersweet & Blue” once again alongside Bedford and for the first time as a single, “Cold Feet” with Justine Suissa. This Club Mix Edition is out now, including mixed and the unmixed, extended versions of 24 essential A&B club hits.
It doesn’t stop there. Above & Beyond also confirmed that “Anjunabeats Volume 15,” the latest in the mix series, is well underway and set for release mid-summer.
Finally, collectors of Anjunabeats ephemera will be jumping at a limited edition release of classic Above & Beyond album sleeve t-shirts. The drop included prints inspired by iconic album sleeves for ‘Tri-State’, ‘Group Therapy’, ‘We Are All We Need’, ‘Common Ground’, ‘Flow State’, and, OceanLab’s ‘Sirens Of The Sea’. Shirts go on sale this Friday, May 22.
While a return to live events remains on the distant horizon, fans can get their Group Therapy fix with Tony and Jono from Above & Beyond during their weekly isolation live streams on the Anjuna Twitch as part of #AnjunaUnlocked. Make sure check the weekly program of live streams.
Beatport has made Anjunabeats the label of the month, and have published a wide-ranging interview with Above & Beyond’s Tony McGuinness and James Grant, CEO of Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep.
“Our twentieth year certainly turned out to be a memorable one, didn’t it? We never saw that coming. But one of the many positive things to come out of lockdown is that it’s given us, our family of artists, and our team in London a chance to reflect upon the incredible records we’ve been custodians of for the last twenty years,” said Above & Beyond. “To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’ll be looking back at the songs that brought this community together through the eyes of the artists that made them and played them.”
This is just the beginning of the Anjunabeats 20th anniversary celebrations, with more archive merchandise, deluxe catalog re-releases, and many more surprises in store.
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