Oliver Smith - Evermore (Original & Wrechiski Mixes)

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.

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"Anjunabeats Volume 10 Sampler pt. 1" OUT NOW!!





To coincide with the release of Above & Beyond’s landmark 10th mix compilation, the first "Anjunabeats Volume 10 Sampler" offers three full length cuts from a myriad of seasoned legends who feature on the forthcoming album.

Having featured heavily in Above & Beyond’s DJ sets over the year, Ronski Speed makes a debut full appearance on the label with the oceans deep trance of "Sanity Dub". Having debuted in Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 001 set, this exclusive "Anjunabeats Volume 10" instrumental mix is a charismatic outing full of emotive textures and colourful sounds.

Holding the distinction of having featured on every edition of the "Anjunabeats Volume" series, Oliver Smith returns in emphatic style with "Pressure". Despite its clubbier groove, Smith loses none of his trademark melodic appeal; a beautiful lead washing into an impactful double drop.

Completing the package is the welcome return for Dutchmen Raz Nitzan and Bart Claessen under their Who.Is guise. Responsible for classic Anjunabeats affairs "We.Are" and "Cryptanalysis", "Only Totally" is full of the duo’s eccentric, offbeat sound with swirling dark melodies and an absorbing breakdown.

Oliver Smith takes us on a guided tour through his “Anjunabeats Volume” series tracks



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.

To get all the latest "Anjunabeats Volume 10" news head to the album homepage HERE.

Anjunabeats Worldwide 300 with Mat Zo, Norin & Rad, Oliver Smith and James Grant this Sunday!



Anjunabeats Worldwide marks its landmark 300th episode with an extended four hour special this sunday, hosted by four of the biggest names in the Anjuna family in Mat Zo, Norin & Rad, Oliver Smith and James GrantThe show will be broadcast on XM Satellite Radio (10pm ET) in the US and DI.fm online (5pm GMT / Noon ET), alongside a number of FM stations around the world. 

Initially established in January 2007 to showcase the finest talent from Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, Anjunabeats Worldwide is broadcast weekly as a two-hour show on Di.Fm, Sirius XM and a number of FM stations around the world. As a springboard for new talent, the show has welcomed a diverse range of hosts since, including the likes of Mat Zo, Arty and Super8 & Tab. 

Having hosted the first edition of the show back in 2007, James Grant will off the 300th episode with an hour of melodic deep house and progressive. As A&R for Above & Beyond’s deep imprint, James Grant has welcomed the likes of Dusky, Jody Wisternoff and Beckwith into the Anjuna family, in addition to mixing the Anjundeep compilation series. 

Taking up the baton for the second hour is regular contributor Oliver Smith, whose bi-monthly shows ratchet up the tempo from classic house to high octane progressive trance. As one of Anjunabeats longest servants, Oliver Smith has featured on every instalment of the acclaimed “Anjunabeats Volume" series, with tracks like "Pacific" and "Sunrise" achieving a cult like following. 

Californian duo Norin & Rad take control for the third hour of the show. Since being named as Above & Beyond’s breakthrough act of 2011, Bruce Karlsson and Nick Sember have continued to fuse electro, trance and progressive influences - producing anthems like “Bloom" and "Pistol Whip”.

Rounding off proceedings is the enigmatic Mat Zo, whose inspired take on big room sounds has found support from DJs as high profile and diverse as Above & Beyond, Radio 1’s Pete Tong, A-Trak, Afrojack and Steve Aoki. Expect the LA-living London sensation to drop several of his unique mash-ups to bring proceedings to an epic climax.

Sunny Lax “Contrast” (The Remixes) OUT NOW!!





With the Original Mix having featured on Above & Beyond’s “Anjunabeats Volume 9” compilation, "Contrast" by Hungarian born Levente Márton, aka Sunny Lax, gets a fresh lease of life with 3 diverse reworkings.

A master of high energy trance, Nitrous Oxide adds his own peak time wizardry with pulsating pads and rich bass ramping up the energy to the max.

Fresh from his recent singles "Progress" and "Under The Wire", the prolific Oliver Smith supplies his own groovy and tech inspired progressive rework to the package; featuring a free flowing piano melody.

Finally, we also get a new take on the track from Levente himself. Sunny Lax’s Insane Mix lives up to its name with dirty grooves, snappy percussion and imaginative twists on the original.

Oliver Smith “Progress” OUT NOW!!





A favourite from "Anjunabeats Volume 9", Oliver Smith’s melodic gem "Progress" gets its full release - alongside Nitrous Oxide’s energised remix.

A perfectly paced cruise with Oliver’s renowned musicality stamped all over it, "Progress" is another reminder of Smith’s prolific talents.

On the remix, Poland’s Krzysztof Prętkiewicz aka Nitrous Oxide brings his trademark drive, groove and energy to the original’s arresting melodies.

Fancy interviewing Oliver Smith? This Friday (15th June) at 5pm BST Oliver Smith is doing a Twitter Takeover on our @anjunabeats page. He will be logged in and answering as many of your questions as possible in 30 minutes so make sure you log on and prepare your interrogation torches. To take part just follow our Twitter page www.twitter.com/anjunabeats and tweet your Question ending with an @anjunabeats tag from 5pm this Friday.

Oliver Smith “New Dawn” OUT NOW!!




Oliver Smith
New Dawn
Anjunabeats
OUT NOW!!


1. Original Mix
2. Sunny Lax Remix

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The prolific Oliver Smith continues his recent run of form with the release of "New Dawn" - a track featured on Above & Beyond’s “Anjunabeats Volume 9”.

A bubbling, high-energy and groove-fuelled trancer, "New Dawn" combines Smith’s trademark melodic magic and attention to detail. Filling the breakdown with contrasting melodic shades that play off each other cleverly, Smith then drops the track into an uplifting, energetic finale.

On the remix, Hungary’s Sunny Lax aka Levente Márton follows his recent Anjunadeep anthem "There’s Always A Way Out" with a clever twist on the original. Building his own unique groove and weaving in synth flourishes, Levente approaches the original’s melodies from a different angle in the breakdown before steadily rising into a euphoric climax.

"Anjunabeats Volume 9" - Oliver Smith Interview




As one of Anjunabeats’ longest serving artists, it’s hardly surprising that Oliver Smith provides three tracks to their latest "Volume" compilation "Anjunabeats Volume 9" in "Symmetry", "New Dawn" and “Progress”.

Following "Butterfly Effect" and his excellent rework of Andrew Bayer’s “From The Earth” earlier this year, Smith’s first single from "Anjunabeats Volume 9" is the recently released "Symmetry". We caught up with Olie and quizzed him about his history, his tracks on "Anjunabeats Volume 9" and who rank as his favourite vocalists of all time.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
"I’m a bit of a musical magpie so it’s hard for me to choose just one ‘greatest musical influence’. I like to take ideas from all over the place and combine them to make my own sound. I listen to a lot of different types of music and I’m also influenced by film, television, photography, design, etc. I feed all these ideas into my work in one way or another. It’s good to stay open minded."

What do you consider to be your proudest achievement so far?
"I’m proud that I’ve been able to make a career out of doing what I love, and also that I get the opportunity to touch people’s lives with my music."


Mixmag once described you as “the best thing to happen in trance”, what is the best thing that has happened to you recently?
"I played at the Anjunabeats Volume 9 party at Ministry of Sound in London the other week. The club has a great sound system so it was a pleasure to share some of my new tracks with the loyal Anjunabeats followers that came along for the night."

As well as your solo work, you are also well known for being one half of Smith & Pledger, how does it compare working on a solo project as opposed to working in a collaboration?
"In some ways it can be more difficult working on your own as you don’t have the luxury of a second opinion. On the other hand, it means you can choose your own path and follow whatever direction inspires you. I am thinking about doing some more collaborations at some stage in the future as it can lead you to different results, but working on my own is also very rewarding."

Three of your new tracks appear on “Anjunabeats Volume 9” the first of which is “New Dawn”. Can you tell us about this track and the meaning behind the title?
"I named the track "New Dawn" because it has an optimistic feel to it, full of possibility, like a new day. As with the majority of my music, it is quite melodic, but also underpinned by a solid groove. It’s good to have some uplifting and optimistic sounds in these troubled times!"


Also appearing on “Anjnabeats Volume 9” are “Symmetry” and “Progress”. What are the stories behind these tracks and how do all your tracks on “Volume 9” differ from one another?
""Symmetry" took quite a long time between the initial idea and the final record. I like the atmosphere it has and the melody is quite infectious, so I knew I had to finish it! "Progress" came together much more quickly and was written specifically for "Anjunabeats Volume 9". The twinkling arpeggio that punctuates the track reminds me of "The Goonies" or some eighties sci-fi movies from my childhood. I think the triumphant chords make quite a nice finish to CD 1."

Your track “Butterfly Effect” was also released on Anjunabeats earlier this year, how did your relationship with the label begin?
"I have been working with Anjunabeats from the very beginning. I was one of the first artists that they signed to the label and met the guys at university. I have fond memories of the early days when it was just a small company that Jono and Paavo were running out of their bedrooms and funding with their student loans!"


What plans do you have in the works for the future?
"I’m currently working on a remix and some more original tracks. "Symmetry" just came out as a single, with a 7 Skies remix. Anjunabeats will also be releasing "Progress" and "New Dawn" over the coming months with accompanying remixes. I’m certainly going to be keeping busy in the studio in the near future!"

Who are your 9 favourite vocalists of all time?
"Nine that come to mind now, in no particular order:
1. Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
2. Karl Hyde (Underworld)
3. Gil Scott Heron
4. Imogen Heap
5. Bon Iver
6. Fink
7. Erlend Øye (Kings of Convenience)
8. Al Green
9. Bjork”


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Oliver Smith “Symmetry” OUT NOW!!




Oliver Smith
Symmetry
Anjunabeats
OUT NOW!!


1. Original Mix
2. 7 Skies Remix

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Following "Butterfly Effect" and his excellent rework of Andrew Bayer’s “From the Earth”, Oliver Smith returns to Anjunabeats with his typically uplifting sound. A melodic tune that is elevated through a driving, insistent bassline, “Symmetry” features an inspiring, uplifting lead that instantly locks into your head.

Taken from the "Anjunabeats Volume 9" compilation mixed by Above & Beyond, the track’s playful and engaging riff, ambient chords and robust percussive line are Smith at his best.

Italian trance master 7 Skies then takes the reigns and provides a club focussed rework. Intensifying things with a gritty bassline that rips through the energetic lead, 7 Skies then introduces an extended breakdown that ramps up the tension before a climatic drop

Oliver Smith - Symmetry by Anjunabeats