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Born and bred in London, Anjunabeats started life as a university project in the year 2000. Today, Anjunabeats is one of the world’s best-loved dance labels. Over 700 releases spanning two decades wear the iconic Anjuna “A”.
To celebrate, they’ve opened the vault for a handpicked group of artists from the label’s 20-year history. Each artist will sift through thousands of hours of music to create a definitive, mix of their all-time favourite Anjunabeats releases.
Oliver Smith, Above & Beyond’s first signing to Anjunabeats, steps up to deliver the first mix in the series.
Oliver Smith is a part of the furniture at Anjunabeats. From his university days with Jono and Paavo, to becoming the first signing to Anjunabeats, to featuring on every single Above & Beyond “Volume” compilation, to the release of his own mix album, Anjunabeats Worldwide 08 in 2018, Oliver Smith is one of the label’s most consistent and innovative artists.
Responsible for countless catalogue classics including “White”, “Northern Lights” and “Pressure”, his records have been on high rotation on Group Therapy Radio and in Above & Beyond’s live sets for the past 20 years.
Oliver about his mix: “It’s a great honour to put together this mix celebrating 20 years of Anjunabeats. I’ve been with the label since the beginning and seen it grow from a few friends at university, to the amazing worldwide family it is today. I’m so proud to see how it’s all developed and still be a part of it all these years later. More than anything, I’m glad we can still say that great music is at the heart of it all.”
Tony, Paavo & Jono about Oliver: “It wasn’t really much of a surprise that Oliver Smith was the first artist we signed to Anjunabeats – he went to university with Jono and Paavo and his first submission (Aspekt “Mobetta”) was so good. “Mobetta” helped us establish very early on that Anjunabeats wouldn’t be a one-trick pony: it wasn’t trance. Together with Mark Pledger he produced some of the biggest hits on the label like “White”, “Northern Lights” and “Believe” and their remixes were always outstanding, like “Amsterdam” and “No One On Earth”. As a solo artist Olie has gone on to become nothing short of essential for the label in every year since we started, the only artist apart from us to feature tracks on every single Anjunabeats Volume series release. In recent years, if anything, he’s got even better. His set at ABGT250 was a highlight of the show and his debut artist album is sounding every bit as good as the ridiculously long wait would suggest. His mix features tracks from that hugely anticipated release together with tracks from the label he’s had a hand in or an appreciative eye on.”
Oliver Smith’s first edition of “20 Years Of Anjunabeats” is out on May 28th 2020!
Get your Copy of “Oliver Smith Presents: 20 Years Of Anjunabeats” here:
Tracklist “Oliver Smith Presents: 20 Years Of Anjunabeats”:
01. Oliver Smith – Your Love
02. Oliver Smith – Inside
03. Mat Zo – It’s Yours
04. Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston – You Got To Go (Kyau & Albert Remix)
05. Oliver Smith – Progress (Nitrous Oxide Remix)
06. Free State – Different Ways
07. Arty & Andrew Bayer – Follow The Light
08. Matt Hardwick vs. Smith & Pledger – Day One (Above & Beyond’s Big Room Remix)
09. Sunny Lax – Isla Margarita
10. Super8 & Tab feat. Julie Thompson – My Enemy (Rank 1 Remix)
11. Bart Claessen & Dave Schimann – Madness (I Prefer This Mix)
12. Wrechiski – Brief Encounter
13. Oliver Smith – Endorphin