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, Tony and Paavo 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 of all styles, Anjunabeats Volume 9 offers 2 CDs of predominantly unreleased, exclusive tracks from the label.
1. Above & Beyond - Tokyo
2. Parker & Hanson - Afterthought
3. Breakfast pres. Keyworth - Median
4. Cramp - RU116
5. Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange feat. Kerry Leva - In And Out Of Phase
6. Oliver Smith - New Dawn
7. Norin & Rad - Bloom
8. Above & Beyond - Formula Rossa
9. 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
1. Tate & Diamond feat. Nicolai - Electrified (Mat Zo Electrofied Dub)
2. Mat Zo - Bipolar
3. Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford - Every Little Beat (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love Mix)
4. Jaytech - New Vibe
5. Andrew Bayer feat. Molly Bancroft - Keep Your Secrets
6. Arty - Kate
7. Jaytech - Overdrive
8. Super8 & Tab feat. Jan Burton - Slow To Learn (Maor Levi Club Mix)
9. 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