Rightfully so, Anjunadeep artists and mixes are held up to the highest standards in the progressive scene. Following the first two annual volumes, the third Anjunadeep not only lives up to the label’s reputation, but also reveals its eagerness to delve even further into its deep house side. Once again mixed by one of the most impressive progressive duos in the world, Jaytech and James Grant, this compilation gives us more of what we love and yet still isn’t afraid to change things up.
Keeping the temperature cool, James Grant’s mix begins with some excellent deep house grooves by Stephen J Kroos and Martin Roth. James next transitions smoothly into some signature Anjunadeep basslines with a stimulating remix of Da Funk’s Weekend Rubdown. Continuing, the mix grows increasingly more progressive and James Grant professionally jams in a wicked bass guitar in the Eelke Kleijn remix of Coastal by Danny Loko. Additionally, Washington, D.C.’s Andrew Bayer makes an impressive contribution with his empowering Distractions (Movement 2). Newcomer Soundprank also makes a few appearances–the Anjuna guys must be huge fans of his, because he will be spinning at the Anjunabeats/Anjunadeep party in Miami on March 24th. Bringing things to a close for James, the heartfelt Solarity remix of Boom Jinx & Andrew Bayer’s By All Means adds quite a lasting touch and is a nostalgic trip for those who remember the original included in the second volume.
Diving headfirst into progressive, Jaytech gently opens his mix with some radiant tracks by Embliss, Interplay, and Proff. Next is Jaytech’s funky fresh Djembe, which caught me a bit off-guard (in a good way). Named after the west African drum, this production effortlessly combines elements of deep, tech, electro, and progressive. Continuing, Jaytech unexpectedly tosses in one of Dinka’s trademark uplifting tunes called The Sleeping Beauty. Finally, finishing the second disc comes another Solarity track simply named Marsh. This powerhouse track is lined with driving riffs and carries the epic mix to an explosive and conclusive climax.
Destined for success from its inception in 2005, Above & Beyond’s progressive label Anjunadeep has undoubtedly once again reaffirmed its prestige and continues to prevail as the industry’s leader.