Album Review: “Anjunadeep 06” Proves Remarkable

Focused on sharing deep and melodic electronic music, Anjunadeep has earned widespread love from many different sectors of dance music, from the UK and European underground to the burgeoning scene in the United States. Known for attracting a nice combination of established heavyweights and glowing up-and-comers, when Anjunadeep announces a new compilation, the music world listens. Mixed by none other than Jody Wisternoff and James Grant, Anjunadeep 06 features music that has already been syndicated by the likes of Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Sasha, Eats Everything, Tensnake, Damian Lazarus, Todd Edwards, Larry Heard, Disclosure, Gorgon City and Henrik Schwarz.

Comprised of two discs, Anjunadeep 06 showcases the label’s eclectic blend of ambient techno, atmospheric electronica, experimental garage and melodic deep house. Instead of each tackling a separate CD, both parts of the compilation have been mixed by Way Out West’s Jody Wisternoff and Anjunadeep label boss James Grant as a duo, so you can already imagine the kind of musical journey that awaits listeners.

Part one of the double mix is definitely more meditative than it is clubby, beginning the journey with Croquet Club’s trancey and ambient “Only You Can Tell,” before launching into a slew of exclusive original material by names such as Vincenczo, Lane 8, John Monkman, Steve Huerta and rising stars Cubicolor and Journeyman. Label legends Martin Roth, 16 Bit Lolitas, Dusky and Clancy close out part one by slowly transitioning into a more groove-driven sound.


The second disc brings the focus towards the dancefloor; Lane 8, James Grant and Jody Wisternoff team up for a spine-tingling remix of Choir of Young Believer’s “Hollow Talk” to lay down the beat and set the stage for brawny gems like Stimming’s stripped-back and beat-driven remix of HVOB’s “Lion,” or Eli & Fur’s garage-influenced ballad “Feel The Fire.” This half of the compilation takes on a definitely darker and more sensual tinge with bass-heavy techno tunes by newcomers such as Shur-I-kan, Ashworth and Shingo Nakamura.

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Finally, Universal Solution’s “Bandur” and Leftwing & Kody’s progressive throwback “Tell Me,” bring the mix to climax before Ryan Davis guides it to a close with a mesmerizing  remix of Olafur Arnald’s hauntingly beautiful “Only The Winds.” Anjunadeep 06 unquestionably gets five out of five stars from us. You can preorder the release now on iTunes, or wait for the official release scheduled for Monday, September 8. ★★★★★

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Anjunadeep 06 Tracklist

Disc 1
1. Croquet Club – Only You Can Tell
2. John Monkman feat. Liz Cass – Open Frontier
3. Cubicolor – Soul Chords
4. Steve Huerta – Say It Wasn’t
5. Danalog Click, Search (Jody Wisternoff Remix)
6. Vincenzo & Florian Kruse feat. Raquel Quińones – If He Runs
7. Cubicolor Still Linger In My Dreams
8. Lane 8 – Without You
9. Lane 8 feat. Solomon – Grey Diamonds
10. 16 Bit Lolitas – Deep In My Soul
11. Clancy feat. Eli & Fur – I Wanna Know
12. Dusky – 4T4
13. Martin Roth – Maya
14. Journeyman – Crash Reel
15. 16 Bit Lolitas – Premium Emo

Disc 2
1. Aquilo – Part Of Your Life (Croquet Club Remix)
2. Choir Of Young Believers – Hollow Talk (Jody Wisternoff, James Grant and Lane 8 Remix)
3. Cubicolor – Got This Feeling
4. Eli & Fur Feel The Fire
5. Dave Angel – Quartz
6. Beckwith feat. Natalie Conway – Take Me Home
7. Lancelot feat. Antony & Cleopatra – Givin’ It Up (Isaac Tichauer & Nibc Remix – Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Edit)
8. HVOB – Lion (Stimming Remix)
9. Shingo Nakamura vs. Jody Wisternoff & James Grant – Another Tone
10. Shur-i-kan – My Love
11. Ashworth – Rebound
12. Meramek & Tropixx – Only You
13. Jody Wisternoff – Paramour
14. Leftwing & Kody – Tell Me
15. Universal Solution – Bandur
16. Olafur Arnalds – Only The Winds (Ryan Davis’ A Letter From Far Away Variation)

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