Former Resident DJ Joel North was kind of enough to take the time to review the Anjunadeep 03 CD release mixed by Jaytech & James Grant for AscenDance Radio. Joel North is also currently working on a special upcoming project with AscenDance Radio which will be announced shortly. Here is his review:
Featuring stellar artists such as Martin Roth, Michael Casette, Andrew Bayer, Maor Levi & Solarity expectations were high for Volume 3 of the Anjunadeep series.
Fortunately, those expectations were met! In fact, the Anjunadeep: 03 album would make a great soundtrack for reading this review. You might even get the album first, then return to finish reading. You won’t be disappointed.
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Anjunadeep has continuously impressed us with their releases. Now, can James Grant & Jaytech continue to meet standards set by previous Anjunadeep compilations?
Mixed by James Grant, Disc 1 of Anjunadeep03 begins with relaxing late-night vibes from Stephen J Kroos and Martin Roth. The musical equivalent of a massage! We soon encounter an updated mix of ‘Two Months Off’ from Underworld, also one of the rare times you’ll hear a vocal on this compilation. This vocal came as a surprise so early on, and the remix wasn’t mind-blowing. An easily forgettable track. Michael Cassette’s vintage sound is immediately familiar on the uplifting ‘Regatta’. Nearing the end of Disc 1, Matt Lange brings some serious emotion along with a pulsating bass line in ‘Rift’ creating a sense of anticipation for Jaytech who mixes the second disc.
As Embliss & Interplay get things going on Disc 2 you can feel that a rise in energy is near. PROFF delivers this with his luscious sounds on ‘Interstellar’.. and as if someone flicked a switch.. BOOM! Now we are really grooving! It’s all up from here! Answer 42 and Beckwith keep things livelyâ€¦ you definitely will have reached to turn up the volume by now! Suspect 44 brings another rare hint of a vocal, and what would a progressive compilation be without Dinka? Nearing the end, we’re treated to an awesome new track from Levente MÃ¡rton aka Sunny Lax, taking on a more progressive sound for Anjunadeep.
Each and every song on Anjunadeep03 is carefully chosen. Similar enough to keep a flow throughout, yet each offers something unique. Anjunadeep03 caters to all EDM fans. It makes a great soundtrack for working or social gatherings, but that doesn’t take away from its ability to carry you on a musical journey should you sit and listen loud in a dark room.
It’s difficult to put this music into words, so to sum it up nicely: Is Anjunadeep03 worth buying & listening to? YES! The arrangement and flawless mixing really adds to the experience.
Anjunadeep:03 is full of quality, refreshing tracks, with little filler.
The choice was difficult, but here are just a few of my favourite picks:
Michael Cassette – Regatta
Kobana & Yane3Dots – All Those Loose Things
Levente Marton – Big Fat Kiss