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  • ALBUM: Luttrell - Music For My Memories out on Anjunadeep

     


    Luttrell presents his third album, Music For My Memories. A brand new interpretation of his acclaimed trilogy of Memories EPs, blended into a unique continuous mix featuring much-loved singles ‘Just A Dream’, ‘More Than Human’ and ‘Operation Midnight’.

    Following the success of each instalment, which collectively gained over 4 million streams and received support from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Sian Eleri and Ana Matronic, the mixed album will be available digitally along with a limited run of A3 prints via the Anjunastore on December 3rd.

    Since launching his Luttrell project in 2016, Eric Luttrell has become an Anjunadeep fan favourite, and produced some of the label’s most memorable moments including ‘Intergalactic Plastic’, ‘Contact’ and ‘Need You’. The past three years have seen Eric release two acclaimed LPs, his debut ‘Into Clouds’ and follow up ‘Lucky Ones’, along with a wave of much-loved remixes for the likes of Moby, Jai Wolf, Catching Flies and Above & Beyond; amassing him over 60 million streams across his catalogue to date.

    Known for his eclectic and energetic DJ sets that have seen him perform everywhere from Printworks London to Coachella, Luttrell takes Music For My Memories on the road on his North American tour.



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  • ALBUM: Richard Durand - Reactivate out soon on Black Hole recordings

     


    The trance legend Richard Durand continues to deliver amazing trance releases on variety of labels by collaborating with amazing artists. Now is the time to get his brand new album Reactivate. Brilliant trance tracks that will stand out from the rest and will be considered as classics in the near future. Excellently produced with incredible melodies and magical vocals by top performers with lyrics to singalong and dance the nights and days away. The trance master does what he knows best and Reactivate is out on  January 28th 2022.

    First 50 will be signed by Richard Durand!


    Tracklist:
        Almost Home (with Christian Burns)
        It's Not Too Late
        My Guiding Light (with Christina Novelli)
        White Dolphins 
        Made of Stone (with Sarah De Warren)
        Give Your Heart A Home (with HALIENE)
        Tales Of A Silhouette
        D72 & O.B.M Notion & That Girl - In My Heart (Richard Durand Remix)
        Signum - Beyond This Earth (Richard Durand Remix) 
        I Matter To You (with Susana)
        Walk With Me
        Off The Grid
        Tree Of Life
        Ultimate
        Hexyl

       


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  • FEATURE: Hypnotised - A Journey Through Trance 1990 - 2005 - The Book / The Album


    Trance is a musical style capable of inspiring passions like few others, and one that - over its considerable lifetime - has been much-documented. Arguably though, never as comprehensively as within the pages of Hypnotised – A Journey Through Trance, which is released this month. Authored by Dutch writer Arjan Rietveld, and based on three years of exhaustive research and interviews that sit alongside his personal reflections on the subject, the book is the most definitive account yet of the music’s history.

    Subtitled 1990 To 2005, Rietveld covers its proto to seminal periods, through to its ascendance and glory years reign. For Hypnotised, he spoke to some of its foremost operators, with the likes of Solarstone, Laurent Veronnez, Banco de Gaia, Sander Kleinenberg, Cosmic Baby, Delirium, Jam El Mar, Marco V, Nu NRG and Push all contributing empirical context and ringside insight. In doing so, they relate the production backstories of some of trance’s most renowned musical moments, lending observations that will fascinate fans, both casual and dedicated.


    Further, Hypnotised includes extensive conversations with the label heads and owners – the people tasked with meeting the rapidly expanding demand for the new musical form. Acclaimed Black Hole Recordings head Arny Bink, Bonzai’s Christian ‘Fly’ Pieters, Eric Morand of France’s F Communications, Benjamin Woods’ Hooj Choons offshoot Lost Language and MFS’s Mark Reeder collectively provide a pan-European account of its label origins.

    The book also examines what’s lent the style its enduring appeal and takes a forensic look at the labyrinthine architecture of its sub-genres, objectively weighing their pros and cons. Collectively, Hypnotised reconstructs trance’s earliest years, building the clearest-yet picture of how it all began. Stripping back the glitz and glamour of the superclub era, it uncovers the organic bare bones and cottage industry-nature of its beginnings. Who stayed in and who departed (and why), who got paid and who didn’t, the lows, the highs, the rock, roll & indisputable soul of the genre are all to be found between its pages.

    The book’s release is also complemented by a companion CD, vinyl & digital album release, which places ‘A Journey’s spotlight on the Dutch contribution to trance’s nascence. Featuring both embryonic and breakout moments, it includes landmark tracks like Armin’s ‘Blue Fear’, ‘Out Of The Blue’ by System F, ‘Janerio’ from Solid Sessions and Vincent de Moor’s ‘Fly Away’. Equally the album covers inspirational, seminal, ‘trance-before-trance’ tracks, including World Tour’s ‘You Wanna Be Loved’, Armin’s ‘Electronically Entertained’ release (under his Technology alias), Fractals’ ‘Lifelab’, ‘Mirror’ by Stray Dog (a.k.a. Tiësto), Geert Huinink’s Photon Project and others. In doing so it also puts a rare spotlight on trance’s lesser-known label beginnings, incorporating music from there-at-the-start imprints like Cyber, Massive Drive and Alien Recordings.


    Hypnotised: A Journey Through Trance Music (1990 - 2005), the book and ‘Hypnotised: A Journey Through Dutch Trance Music (1994 - 2005)’ the music release can be ordered through the following link here: https://blackhole.lnk.to/hypnotised

    Hypnotised: A Journey Through Dutch Trance Music (1994 - 2005)

    CD 01 - Cyber Records / Black Hole Recordings / Tsunami
    01. World Tour - You Wanna Be Loved (6:51)
    02. Technology™ - Electronicly Entertained (7:10)
    03. Armin van Buuren - Blue Fear (7:55)
    04. Kamaya Painters - Northern Spirit (6:26)
    05. Stray Dog - Mirror (6:36)
    06. Photon Project - Enlightenment (11:51)
    07. Eon - Talk To Me (Original Extended) (7:22)
    08. Kid Vicious - Re-Form (Original Extended) (7:55)
    09. System F - Out Of The Blue (Original Extended) (6:41)

    CD 02 - Alien / Combined Forces / Massive Drive
    01. Riva - Stringer (Extended Mix) (6:29)
    02. Fractals - Lifelab (Experiment 1) (7:29)
    03. Classified Project - Sub-Culture (7:10)
    04. Solid Sessions - Janeiro (Instrumental) (10:54)
    05. Sander Kleinenberg - Sacred (Dub Mix) (9:17)
    06. Vincent De Moor - Fly Away (Original Vocal Mix) (6:46)
    07. Attractive Fusion - Extra Sightseeing (9:37)
    08. Floor Divisions - Yellow Reactor Room (9:38)
    09. Three Drives - Sunset On Ibiza (7:57)

    CD 03 - Armind / In Trance We Trust / Fundamental
    01. Mark Otten - Tranquility (9:26)
    02. Perpetuous Dreamer - Dub.Wav (8:52)
    03. Alibi - Eternity (7:35)
    04. Midway - Monkey Forest (10:59)
    05. Fictivision vs. C-Quence - Symbols (8:33)
    06. Tangled Universe - I Miss You (9:00)
    07. Solid Globe - Sahara (8:05)
    08. Progression - In Deep Sounds (7:43)
    09. Re:Locate - Waterfall (8:21)


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  • FEATURE: Kasablanca - Alive (Joachim Pastor Remix) out on Armada Music

     


    In the wake of an exciting year that saw him release his debut album titled ‘Greater Message’ as well as a top-of-the-line music production masterclass for online producer platform Armada University, Joachim Pastor is already making long and confident strides into 2022. Wielding the same authentic and melody-centric sound that has been earning him global plaudits at every turn, the French DJ and producer kicks off the new year with a brilliant remix of Kasablanca’s ‘Alive’.



    Premiered exclusively on Armin van Buuren’s World Wide Club 20 radio show near the end of 2021, this potent remix of Kasablanca’s 2020 single instantly blows listeners’ minds. With intricate melodies and glowing pads sprawled over a super-deep bass-beat foundation, this compelling rendition of ‘Alive’ vigorously brings the energy back onto the dance floor.

    “I liked the original track as soon as I pressed play”, Joachim Pastor says. “It’s a perfect mix of subtle harmonies with a more technoesque and bouncy beat. I took the robotic voices and gave them an organic depth by adding new chords, and finished on an apogee after the second drop with an arpeggiator that underlines the melancholy of those chords.”

    Inspired by the works of seminal artists such as Daft Punk, Sonata Arctica and Jean-Michel Jarre, Joachim Pastor’s melodious brand of electronica offers a sense of sophistication not easily found in today’s music world. Designed to make listeners feel with every fiber of their being, his music is an expression of emotion with a danceable twist, endorsed by hundreds of thousands of fans on Spotify alone as well as those who witnessed his performances at the likes of Dour, Tomorrowland, Paleo, Olympia, Solidays, DGTL, Pleinvrees and more.

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  • FEATURE: Andrea Oliva - Transit (Kevin Saunderson Extended Remix) out on All I Need / Armada

     


    Techno legend Kevin Saunderson has remixed the latest Andrea Oliva single ‘Transit’, out 7th January on the Swiss artist’s freshly launched All I Need record label.

    Placing a firmer emphasis on the majestic staccato strings that punctuate the original, Saunderson delivers a breathating rework of ‘Transit’ that accentuates the track’s cinematic melodies.
     
    Listen to: Andrea Oliva – Transit (Kevin Saunderson remix)



    Released in early December, the acclaimed original was described as a “certified floorfiller” by Mixmag, with the tastemaker publication hailing the track’s “crisp percussion loops, strings and melodic middle section”.

    A statement that encapsulates the crucial role that music plays in Andrea’s life - and the lives of music lovers all over the world - All I Need is composed of a music label, events wing and upcoming fashion line. It represents a philosophy, a way of life and the desire to put music and creativity at the centre of your world.

    Having taught himself to DJ at the age of 13, Andrea enjoyed a rapid ascent through the ranks. Eventually he made his way to Ibiza, where in 2004 he was first invited to DJ at Space and would later headline ANTS Ushuaia for many years. He has also released on labels including Hot Creations, Desolat, Truesoul, Play It Say It, Saved and Relief Records.

    One of the ‘Belleville Three’, a trio hailing from the Detroit suburb of the same name who are widely accredited as being the founders of techno, Kevin Saunderson is one of the most important musical artists of our lifetime. Across a storied career and a slew of aliases he has released some of the genre’s finest tracks.

    A label going from strength-to-strength, All I Need kicks off the new year with a remix from one of dance music’s true masters.
     
  • ALBUM: Alan Fitzpatrick - Machine Therapy out on Anjunadeep

     


    'Machine Therapy' marks the first album from Alan Fitzpatrick in a decade, with standout debut collaborations including High Contrast and UK vocalist Kele.

    Alan Fitzpatrick has had a remarkable career to date. Few artists can claim to have headlined Berghain and also had a hit on daytime BBC Radio 1, but then there aren't many artists like Alan Fitzpatrick.

    One of the most popular techno DJs in the world, he has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Carl Cox and Adam Beyer for the best part of a decade, performing at the world's biggest clubs and festivals.

    Known primarily for his raw hard-edged sound, Alan has developed into one of dance music's most versatile producers, equally at home putting out techno bangers on Drumcode as he is making disco-infused house anthems, or experimental electronica under his 3STRANGE alias, not to mention his impressive range of collaborations (including CamelPhat, Skream and Jamie Jones).

    A proven global headliner and founder of one of the UK's most exciting new dance imprints 'We Are The Brave', Alan now joins forces with the acclaimed UK label Anjunadeep for his most ambitious release to date, and his first album in ten years - 'Machine Therapy'.

    The name derives from the time Alan has spent in his home studio, with the hardware he has collected over the years, the machines offering a sort of therapy during the pandemic.
    "The time I had in the studio was like a therapy session. Particularly with the pandemic, not knowing what was happening, what the future might look like, what might happen in the scene; being able to get into the studio with no time constraints and just really pour my heart into making music really helped get me through the last year and definitely help keep my mental health in check." adds Alan.

    The album sees Alan pull his wide-ranging sounds together into one, coherent project, combining techno, house, breaks and ambient. Drawing on the early days of rave for inspiration, along with the machinery, Alan has fused sci-fi sonics with emotional songs and dystopian samples, which alongside the artwork, transport the listener to his cinematic musical world.

       The album sees Alan pull his wide-ranging sounds   together into one, coherent project, combining      techno, house, breaks and ambient. Drawing on the early days of rave for inspiration, along with the machinery, Alan has fused sci-fi sonics with emotional songs and dystopian samples, which alongside the artwork, transport the listener to his cinematic musical world.

    The project opens with a delicately solemn soundscape of crackling vinyl and soaring pads, setting the scenes for a world filled with powerful drum programming and evocative synthesiser patterns.

    Album highlight, and the first single to drop earlier this year was 'Warning Signs', a collaborative effort of both Fitzpatrick and Lawrence Hart, the pair's debut with the label is a twisting house menagerie with dazzling and thought-provoking sound design. Classically trained UK producer Lawrence has been making moves on the scene since his debut EP earned Pete Tong's revered 'Essential New Tune' and was supported by Annie Mac, Jack Saunders and Jaguar. With releases on Hotflush, Double Six and now Anjuna – he's a name to watch.

    Alan Fitzpatrick
    All of the collaborative efforts of this project shine brightly as Fitzpatrick welcomes the contribution of handpicked vocal extraordinaries. "I feel very honoured and fortunate that I was able to collaborate with some industry peers that I have admired and respected for years" says Alan.
    'W.A.I.S.T.D' combines thunder-imbued kick drums with the sombre vocal tones of featured artist Kele, lead singer of previous U.K. chart toppers Bloc Party, the jovial introduction of breakbeat rhythm sections and glowing chord progressions is fanatically overshadowed by a dazzling sawtooth bassline, dragging this kaleidoscope arrangement through dark depths and galvanising highs. Kele has released several solo releases, with his vocal contributions finding their home on tracks with the likes of Sub Focus, Tiesto and The Chemical Brothers.

    'Bourgeois Imagery' is the result of two respective heavy hitters joining forces for a bass-engulfed breakbeat menagerie. The DnB legend that is High Contrast pairs his galvanising, high energy sound with the dark brooding atmospherics Fitzpatrick is so widely revered for. High Contrast has been a burgeoning member of the U.K drum and bass scene since the early 2000's, from extensive Radio 1 support to chart topping singles and global cinema soundtrack features, with his signature sci-fi sounds. He also sound tracked the London 2012 Olympics in collaboration with Underworld.

    'A Call Out for Love' feat. LOWES intertwines a delicate arpeggiator tapestry with the cascading singing voice of the Manchester band's lead vocalist. LOWES have released several tracks over the past year in collaboration with some of dance music's biggest names including CamelPhat, High Contrast, Franky Wah, and Sub Focus. Many of these tracks have made it onto Radio 1's A-List, and amassed millions of streams online. Their music walks the delicately crafted lines between electronic music and emotional pop.

    The rippling undertow of this track's low-end frequency carries the arrangement fervently through the detailed layers of reverb and atmospheric synths. The sporadic nature of 'Came Home feat. Catrin Vincent' is an elegant highlight of Machine Therapy, the woozy vocal accompaniment is matched suitably with sullen pad tones and warbling bass sound design. The coherence of this album is remarkable as Alan pieces together fragments of techno, breaks, house and ambient to create a glorious window into the inner workings of one of electronic music's most exciting, established talents.

    Buy/stream Alan Fitzpatrick's album 'Machine Therapy': https://anjunadeep.ffm.to/afmt.oyd  Buy/Stream 'Machine Therapy': https://anjunadeep.ffm.to/afmt.oyd


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  • ALBUM: Tinlicker - In Another Lifetime out soon on Anjunadeep

     


    Distinguished Utrecht-based duo Tinlicker (Micha Heyboer and Jordi van Achthoven) have revealed that their forthcoming album 'In Another Lifetime' is out February 18 via independent record label Anjunadeep. The announcement follows their single release 'Be Here and Now' and comes alongside the release of new album single 'You Take My Hand' featuring Jamie Irrepressible, out now.

    Written during lockdown, 'In Another Lifetime' was heavily influenced by Tinlicker's experience of the past two years. Reflecting on the album name, the duo explain; These last two years saw the creation of a parallel universe in which human beings had to reinvent themselves whether they wanted to or not. We experienced a lot of lows in this process, but also beautiful highs - in some moments it felt like everything was about to slip through our fingers, while other days the process brought a lot of peace. For us, the title 'In Another Lifetime' captures this journey.


    Featuring eleven previously unheard tracks and an ensemble of vocalists, 'In Another Lifetime' reflects this dichotomy of highs and lows. Whilst invoking the familiar Tinlicker sound of powerful progressive house, the album also explores tangential styles of electronica, deep house, and melodic techno. Tracks such as 'Always Will' featuring Nathan Nicholson and 'You Take My Hand' featuring Jamie Irrepressible are characteristic of the duo; masterful compositions of fervently driving percussion, considered synth design, and hypnotic vocals that make for darker, memorable club anthems. Other tracks, such as 'I Am Free' and instrumentals such as 'Healing Forest' and 'Just To Hear You Say' convey a less conventional approach from the duo, where they favour breakbeat arrangements and brighter melodic elements. The end result is an album that reflects Tinlicker's artistic and personal growth.

    Champions of forward-thinking sound design and dynamic songwriting, Tinlicker members Micha Heyboer and Jordi van Achthoven combined their storied musical backgrounds in 2013. Quickly it became clear that Jordi's polished pop and house production was a consummate match for Micha's deep sonic palette - a quality he honed as a member of drum and bass group Black Sun Empire. Tinlicker released their first studio album 'This Is Not Our Universe' in 2019 via Anjunabeats. Drawing international attention for its powerful progressive sound, the album was championed by Pete Tong and Annie Nightingale at BBC Radio 1, Jason Bentley at KCRW, and SiriusXM. The time between album releases saw the duo release a slew of acclaimed EPs and singles, including remixes for deadmau5, Reflekt, and their Beatport #1 edit of Robert Miles' 'Children', this year's 'Lost Gravity' EP, and 2017's global smash-hit 'Because You Move Me', which has accrued over 110 million streams on Spotify alone.

    'In Another Lifetime' represents a brand new chapter for Tinlicker as they emerge from the past years' uncertainty and demonstrate their vast personal and artistic growth. The album lands February 18, 2022 via Anjunadeep and will be accompanied by a global album tour, with more details to come soon.



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  • ALBUM: Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray - Leave the Bones (Remixed) on Anjunadeep


      In August last year, Anjunadeep released ‘Leave the Bones’, the powerful album born of an unlikely collaboration between multi-generational Haitian band Lakou Mizik and GRAMMY-winning electronic music artist Joseph Ray.

    The album garnered global attention, gaining support from the world’s premiere tastemakers for it’s daring sound design and vibrant depiction of Haitian Vodou culture. National Public Radio called the album a “mesmerizing, haunting and uplifting journey into the heart of Haitian culture”. The Times rated ‘Leave the Bones’ four out of five stars, whilst Mixmag named it a “celebration of creativity and possibility in the face of adversity”. The French-Canadian newspaper Le Devoir called it an album “that exposes the richness of the musical culture of the Antilles to the entire planet”, whilst global music magazine Songlines called it “message-driven, lovingly made; an album to play on repeat.” The album saw equally fervent recognition on radio, quickly reaching #1 on the NCAA world music charts and garnering support from Pete Tong, Danny Howard, and Sian Eleri at BBC Radio 1, Don Letts and Radcliffe & Maconie at BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 3, NPR, NTS, KCRW, KEXP, SiriusXM Chill, Resonance FM, Radio X, Jazz FM and Worldwide FM.

    Now, almost six months later, Anjunadeep is proud to announce ‘Leave the Bones (Remixed)’, an eclectic collection of remixes featuring a worldly swathe of pioneering artists including DJ Koze, Henrik Schwarz, NERO, Michael Brun, Laolu, Gardy Girault, Martin Roth, and more. Featuring four unheard remixes courtesy of Laolu, Girault, and Roth, ‘Leave the Bones (Remixed)’ also includes previously released tracks supported by the likes of &ME, Hunee, Black Coffee, Laurence Guy, Dixon, HOSH, and Tim Sweeney (Beats in Space).

    A truly unique compilation representing many nationalities, ‘Leave the Bones (Remixed)’ demonstrates the universal danceability and expression of traditional Haitian music. ‘Leave the Bones (Remixed)’ lands January 14, pre-order now or buy ‘Leave the Bones’ on vinyl: https://anjunadeep.ffm.to/ltbrmxd
     


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  • ALBUM: Eli & Fur - Found In The Wild (Remixed) out on Anjunadeep

     


    Eli & Fur close out this year with a celebratory nine-track collection of reworks of the original material released on their first studio LP, “Found In The Wild”.

    The duo have brought together a hand-selected eclectic mix of friends and peers to reinterpret their “Found In The Wild” project, each artist stepping up to the plate to lend new context to their standout track of choice, re-presented in a new light for extensive dancefloor use.

    The first drop from the remix album came courtesy of Anjunadeep mainstay Marsh, who has already garnered BBC Radio 1 support from Danny Howard with his rework of the sensual and otherworldly, “Wild Skies” which glistens in cooperation with the girls’ textured sound palette laid down in the original.

    Along with stellar cuts from acclaimed producers, Fur Coat, Ben Yang, Polar Inc and MOLØ, Eli & Fur have also included their own special club mix of “Come Back Around”, a fan favourite and standout moment broadcast earlier this summer in the girls’ cinematic performance film, “Found In the Wild Live”.

    Eli & Fur’s club mix sits alongside a dark and brooding interpretation of “Come Back Around” from long-time close friend and scene affiliate Maya Jane Coles. Fresh off the back of releasing her new album “Night Creature”, Maya has previously remixed for Gorillaz and Massive Attack. The machinelike precision of her drum programming chugs throughout the mix with a steampunk hiss, leading listeners down a hypnotic trail of industrial synths and ethereal vocal manipulation.

    South-African native THEMBA bursts into action with a no-holds-barred percussive workout, shifting the laid-back aura of “Walk The Line” into an organically evolving menagerie of traditional drum splashes. An important figurehead for the South African electronic music scene and recently named ambassador for the Bridges For Music Charity, THEMBA draws on his trademark sound forged from his African roots which unfolds fluidly through the energy-charged percussion of the girls’ original album track.

    Internationally renowned for her dreamy soundscapes and hypnotic rhythms, Italian born and classically trained Francesca Lombardo provides a gorgeous contribution to the compilation with her take on “In Too Deep”. Lombardo delivers a slow-burning and delicately balanced reformation - a swirling, space-age quality has listeners ensnared into a trance-like stasis, fighting the urge to sway in time with the vocal accompaniment as it glides through the arrangement.
     

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  • ALBUM: ilan Bluestone - Impulse (The Extended Mixes) on Anjunabeats

     


    Out now on Above & Beyond's iconic Anjunabeats imprint, ilan Bluestone's new studio album 'Impulse' is his most personal outing to date.

    At the forefront of progressive and trance for almost a decade, Ilan creates high energy trance with heart and soul. From barnstorming festival favourites '43', 'Spheres' and 'Let Me Know', to modern updates of genre classics like System F's 'Out Of The Blue', Armin van Buuren's 'In And Out Of Love' and OceanLab's 'On A Good Day' and 'Satellite', his emotional, song-drive approach to dance music has earned him eleven genre chart #1's on Beatport and a legion of fans around the world.

    His debut artist album, 2018's 'Scars', emphatically showcased the Bluestone sound. Broadening his repertoire with elements of dubstep, chillout and funk, 'Scars' cemented Ilan's place as a headline Anjunabeats artist, with DJ support from Tiesto, Ferry Corsten and Oliver Heldens. The album has hit over 30 million streams. His tireless work ethic has been rewarded with the opportunity to perform at marquee festivals and venues: Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields, Tomorrowland, The Hollywood Palladium, Brooklyn Mirage, Madison Square Garden.

    Songwriting takes centre stage on 'Impulse' - love found and lost, attachment and disengagement. A cast of familiar players has joined ilan for his second artist album.

    Giuseppe de Luca returns to the fold with five vocal contributions. The natural peak-time successor to hits like 'Bigger Than Love' and 'Frozen Ground', 'Look At Me Now' is a guitar-driven anthem about loss. 'Hopeless Dreamer' provides a dash of 80s synth wave, while album closer 'Love Is A Drug' - the album's buoyant, final crescendo - discusses ideas of rebirth and rejuvenation. "Great track, turn the snare up", was the feedback provided by founding member of New Order, Joy Division and Monaco, Peter Hook, who Ilan and Giuseppe cover on 'What Do You Want From Me?'.

    EL Waves returned to the studio to follow up the pair's 2018 hits 'Will We Remain?' and 'Mama Africa'. Their latest, entitled 'Tonight', is a trademark, uplifting Bluestone anthem. 'Stranger To Your Love' and 'Love Not Lust' - both about Ilan's relationships - feature Ellen Smith of Shadowlarks, who contributed 'Rival' to Ilan's debut LP.

    'Impulse' welcomes new collaborators into the fold as well. 'Stay' introduces Laura Zay. It's Ilan's first drum and bass track inspired by the music of his youth. The haunting voice of Gabriel & Dresden's 'Dangerous Power' and 'Underwater' and Pryda 'Niton (The Reason)', Jan Burton provides two cuts: 'Rule The World' and 'Underneath Moonlit Canopy'. Gid Sidgwick, another fellow Brit, sings on 'Paid For Love', which explores the emotional costs of falling in love.

    Completing the album are two tracks with Ilan's best friend and long-time production partner Maor Levi. 'Three Kings', alongside OTIOT is a vicious club instrumental and featured heavily in Ilan's club shows before lockdown. Finally, 'Hold On' pairs Ilan and Maor with double platinum-selling singer-songwriter Alex Clare, whose 2011 hit 'Too Close' was a top 40 record in both the U.K. and the US.

    ilan Bluestone's 'Impulse' The Extended Mixes is out now on Anjunabeats.



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