British label Anjunabeats has a storied history. The first alias of duo Jonathan Grant and Paavo Siljamaki, “Anjunabeats” quickly shifted from being a recording moniker to the name of their imprint—a change that allowed third producer Tony McGuiness to join forces with the pair to form the internationally-renowned trio Above & Beyond.
Initially putting out trance and progressive trance records—the genre favoured by the threesome’s own work—Anjunabeats began to adopt a more house-music-focused sound as the label became more established. Creating a hybrid genre affectionately referred to as “trouse”, the imprint continued to diversify by launching offshoots Anjunadeep and Anjunadigital, formed to release more underground-focused tracks and remixes.
Widely recognized as one of the best labels in the business, Anjunabeats has, in the last two years, had a single and an album nominated for Grammy awards.
Now bringing a number of its performers to Vancouver—two weeks after label-heads Above & Beyond packed the Pacific Coliseum—Anjunabeats has planned a hefty showcase. Andrew Bayer, famed for his track “Memories”, will play back-to-back with Pete Tong-endorsed producer ilan Bluestone. Special guest Jason Ross—known for his big-room collaboration with Seven Lions—and four-piece group Fatum will also join the bill, with more acts are slated to be announced.
Hot on the heels of Blueprint’s Seasons Festival, Anjunabeats’s near sold-out show is set to prove why the popularity of electronic music is only increasing in Vancouver.
Anjunabeats artists play the Commodore on Friday (April 28).
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