Above & Beyond’s 2011 has been all about one thing – landmarks. In January they celebrated 10 years of their ever-growing Anjunabeats label, before March’s 200th single release on the imprint; the genre defying anthem and Beatport #1 hit “Rebound” by ARTY & MAT ZO.
In April, JONO GRANT, TONY MCGUINNESS and Paavo Siljamäki then embarked on their biggest ever tour of the US with a road blocked 22-date stretch, including two sold out shows at LA’s legendary Hollywood Palladium, with the first selling out in just 90 minutes - a new record for the legendary venue.
After seeing their “Sun & Moon” anthem playlisted by BBC Radio 1 and reach the top 15 of the Billboard Dance Charts in the US, the trio were ready to unleash their second artist album – Group Therapy. Earning them a cover star interview with DJ Magazine and described as “stadium dance with an incredibly personal feel” and “artist album of the year” in a Mixmag review, the string-laden album has been praised by critics and fans alike as a masterpiece in emotive, song-based electronic music.
In such a fast moving year, it seems fitting to close on a familiar totem pole in Above & Beyond’s annual calendar; their Anjunabeats Volume series. Capturing the sound of a label that has dominated Beatport charts and been supported this year by DJs as diverse as The SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA, TIESTO, ARMIN VAN BUUREN and DAVID GUETTA, Anjunabeats Volume 9 offers 2xCDs of predominantly unreleased, exclusive tracks from artists like Arty, Mat Zo, SUPER8 & TAB, ANDREW BAYER, JAYTECH, MAOR LEVI and Above & Beyond themselves.
Modern, melodic and emotive, Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats sound remains unrestricted from one-dimensional genre restrictions. From the reflective, filmic pianos of Above & Beyond’s own unreleased “Tokyo” through hypnotic progressive sounds like Jaytech’s “Overdrive” to the synth-frenzy of Nitrous Oxide’s “iPeople” and the explosive funk-charged house fusion of Mat Zo and Arty’s brand new collaboration “Mozart”, Anjunabeats Volume 9 captures the full emotional intensity of the Above & Beyond DJ experience.
Also including Above & Beyond’s futuristic electro-edged anthem “Formula Rossa”, Anjunabeats Volume 9 covers the work of over 20 artists – a testament to the vibrant, tightly bound label family that Anjunabeats has evolved into.
Above & Beyond will be broadcasting the 400th episode of their Trance Around The World radio show via a special live eight hour broadcast from Beirut, Lebanon on 26th November - with guests GARETH EMERY, KYAU & ALBERT, Mat Zo and Jaytech. For full info check out tatw400.com
Above & Beyond 'Anjunabeats Volume 9' Tracklisting:
01 Above & Beyond “Tokyo”
02 PARKER & HANSON “Afterthought”
03 Breakfast pres. Keyworth “Median”
04 CRAMP “RU116”
05 Andrew Bayer & MATT LANGE feat. KERRY LEVA“In And Out Of Phase”
06 OLIVER SMITH “New Dawn”
07 NORIN & RAD “Bloom”
08 Above & Beyond “Formula Rossa”
09 Maor Levi & BLUESTONE “On Our Own”
10 GENIX “Higher State”
11 Oliver Smith “Symmetry”
12 Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston “You Got To Go” (Kyau & Albert Remix)
13 OST & Meyer “Britanica”
14 Oliver Smith “Progress”
01 Tate & Diamond feat. Nicolai “Electrified” (Mat Zo Electrofied Dub)
02 Mat Zo “Bipolar”
03 Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford
“Every Little Beat” (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love Mix)
04 Jaytech “New Vibe”
05 Andrew Bayer feat. Molly Bancroft “Keep Your Secrets”
06 Arty “Kate”
07 Jaytech “Overdrive”
08 SUPER8 & Tab feat. Jan Burton “Slow To Learn” (Maor Levi Club Mix)
09 Nitrous Oxide “iPeople”
10 Mat Zo “Frequency Flyer”
11 Mat Zo & Arty “Mozart”
12 Cramp “Catch The Eye”
13 Sunny Lax “Contrast”
14 Mike Koglin vs. Genix “Dyno”
Listen to Above & Beyond’s exclusive “Anjunabeats Volume 9 Mini-Mix” here: http://bit.ly/sb5iQj
Pre-order Above & Beyond Anjunabeats Volume 9 CD: http://bit.ly/vol9-cd-preorder
iTunes US/CA: http://bit.ly/vol-9-itunes-us
Above & Beyond Tour Dates
November 12 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Creamfields
November 18 Chisinau, Moldova @ Pavillion
November 19 Prague, Czech Republic @ Trancemission - 02 Arena
December 28 Goa, India @ Sunburn Festival