A loyal Anjunabeats fan favourite and a Volume 11 standout, Oliver Smith’s ‘Evermore’ is getting an official release, featuring both the full unmixed original and the impressive Wrechiski remix.
Debuted by Above & Beyond at last year’s Group Therapy 050 celebrations, it has become one of the most hotly anticipated records of recent months. Its simplicity is its beauty; echoing top lines and free falling plucky riffs create a dreamy atmosphere that punches through the dance floor with a rousing release.
Providing a more synth heavy, electro infused alternative is new comer to the label Felipe Wrechiski. A frequent flyer on Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy radio show, the Brazil native’s interpretation enriches the melody’s playful nature, a succession of colourful arps and offbeat sounds drawing you deeper into the ever intensifying landscape.
Available 7th July on Anjunabeats.
Sometimes referred to as Mr. Anjunabeats, Oliver Smith holds the honour of having a track included on every compilation in the "Anjunabeats Volume" series. Before the release of the latest edition we caught up with him to talk through all of his Volume tracks, including his "Anjunabeats Volume 10" offering "Pressure", and what they’ve meant to him.
Volume 1 - Smith & Pledger “Day One” (Above & Beyond Big Room Remix)
The one that started it all. This was our first collaboration with Matt Hardwick and proved to be quite a popular track. Matt was a resident DJ from Gatecrasher, one of the more influential UK super clubs.
Volume 2 - Smith & Pledger & Matt Hardwick “Connected”, Smith & Pledger “Forever”, Smith & Pledger “Believe”
After the success of “Anjunabeats Volume One”, we were determined to make our presence felt on the second compilation. “Connected” was our follow-up to “Day One” and was equally well received. We also managed to include two more Smith & Pledger tracks that still get requested today. “Forever” was very popular when I visited Japan.
Volume 3 - Smith & Pledger “Northern Lights”, Smith & Pledger pres. Aspekt “Hijack”
"Northern Lights" began life when I was showing my girlfriend how I compose a new track. It’s still a favourite of mine. We felt that "Hijack" was a little more progressive sounding so we released it under the Aspekt alias that I had previously used for my debut release on Anjunabeats (which was also the first record on Anjuna that wasn’t made by Above & Beyond).
Volume 4 - Luminary “Amsterdam” (Smith & Pledger Remix), Smith & Pledger “White”
Luminary “Amsterdam” was a dream to remix. The vocals are amazing, and the track is so atmospheric. “White” sounds deceptively simple, but I remember we spent a lot of time perfecting the notes and sounds.
Volume 5 - Oliver Smith “Nimbus”, “Tomahawk”
"Nimbus" was featured on the Tiesto Elements of Life Copenhagen DVD, which was filmed in front of more than 25,000 people. Watching the response that the track gets is amazing! "Tomahawk" was also given a lot of support by Paul Van Dyk, but that’s another story…
Volume 6 - Oliver Smith “Cirrus”, “Restless”, “Horizons”, Boom Jinx & Oliver Smith “Sunrise”
I think I may have set a record with the number of tracks I got on this Volume! “Restless” and “Horizons” are both firm favourites of mine. “Sunrise” was a lot of fun to make - that melody is so infectious.
Volume 7 - Oliver Smith “Cadence”, “Pacific”
I had a good laugh when Tony McGuiness (from Above & Beyond) said that he thought the vocal loop/sample in “Cadence” said “What do you think of the party?”. I’m pretty sure it’s just some random chopped up sounds. “Pacific” was a little more experimental. I recorded the synth-solo live and the rest of the track came together quite quickly.
Volume 8 - Oliver Smith “Chordplay”
This one has a laid-back feel that I enjoy. I still play the Duderstadt remix occasionally at gigs.
Volume 9 - Oliver Smith “Symmetry”, “New Dawn”, “Progress”
It took me ages to figure out why people kept requesting “New Phase” at gigs, and it turns out that “New Dawn” was labelled incorrectly on the pirate downloads! After I finished “Progress” I realised that I had been influenced a little by the amazing soundtrack to eighties movie “The Goonies”. I always liked that film as a kid. I thought it made a great way to finish the first CD of “Anjunabeats Volume 9”.
Volume 10 - Oliver Smith “Pressure”
The next chapter. After more than eleven years of working with Anjunabeats I’m happy to still be here making music and it’s become something of a tradition to make sure I get at least one track on every “Anjunabeats Volume” compilation.
Join Oliver this Sunday for the latest episode of Anjunabeats Worldwide. Tune in from 5pm (GMT) on www.di.fm/trance.
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