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on 31 July 2014
The eleventh instalment of Anjunabeats is sure to spark many mixed feelings amongst fans including that of anticipation, excitement, curiosity and intrigue. For those who have had the pleasure of experiencing most or all of this amazing musical journey, those feelings are sure to run much deeper, so it would be fair to say that with so many expectations from so many fans, Above & Beyond had quite a challenge when it came to producing such a release.
In keeping with the natural progression and evolution of the Anjunabeats series, it comes as no surprise that once again the label has taken a new approach. This time, Above and Beyond take the opportunity to present their softer deeper sounds and then combine them with the harder darker rhythms of where the Anjunabeats label and the dance market have evolved to today.
The journey begins on CD 1 with an indescribable collection of downbeat tracks which literally flow together without beginning or end, and an expression of complete calmness is perfectly presented though the complex series of varying layers and subtle changes of each individual track. Concentrated shadowy vocals fill narrowly exposed voids and gemstones like Parker & Hanson - Gravity and DJ Yellow & Flowers of Sea Creatures - No One Gets Left Behind ( Konstantin Remix ) slowly invert any exposed energy levels. A few minutes break is allowed with the introduction of the unmistakeable bass rhythms of Matt Langes - Staccato, where for a short few minutes, familiar progressive undertones are allowed to filter through the set. The mix however remains true to its purpose and when Twice is Nice - Overture ( Guy J Remix ) is presented, the limits of the surrounding landscape is pushed to the extreme as the set prepares to enter into an explosion of musical stratospheres.
The journey continues on CD 2 where electronic overdrives begin to dominate and deep soulful seductive layers are replaced with dramatic bolts of energetic pulses. Familiar tracks such as Above & Beyond - Anjunabeach ( Genix Vs Las Salinas Remix ) start to stir emotions and when the absolute smasher Super8 & Tab vs Jaytech - Code Red is dropped, all energy levels are once again reversed. Echoes from many of the past Anjunabeats releases continue to disrupt the flow of the more dominant electronic sounds and the set continues to push pitchy electronic beats in amongst the cosmic atmospheric layers that so many fans have grown to love. Tracks such as Sunny Lax -Karma and Above & Beyond pres. Oceanlab - Satellite ( Ilan Bluestone Remix ) hold the attention as the set continues its attempt to unify the entire spectrum of the Anjunbeats series. For many listeners the hard EDM transitions will become almost unbearable but there are some magical moments pin dropped throughout most of the remaining tracks that make the listen worthwhile.
Sound production on CD1 is crisp whereas on CD 2 it's a little understated, and I feel that many owners of even the finest tuned systems will be tempted to tweak their sound settings. There are a number of elements missing but this may signal that something very special lies ahead.
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on 27 October 2014
I've not usually bought much of A&B's label stuff because I've found their stablemates to be a bit too hardcore trancey compared to their own more accessible sound. Having been a massive fan of Sasha's deep house productions in recent years though I heard a few snippits of this album and decided to take a gamble on it and it's been a great surprise. Vol #11 contains two excellent progressive mixes that slowly build through various genres to an excellent climax. Perfect driving music or for whatever journey you next decide to take. Sasha, take note!
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on 11 July 2014
Fantastic Anjunabeats release. They've got it right with this on. From the progressive Anjunadeep elements right up to the uplifting trance smashers. Some remixes of the old Oceanlab classics to the the number one beatport topper from Genix. Highly recommend this to any Trancers or edm appreciators
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on 28 June 2014
Like so many others, I was slightly disappointed by Volume 10. It was too progressive for my tastes and I was worried that was the direction A&B were taking. A lot of progressive trance can be too 'in yer face' and tries too hard to be different. Volume 11 is still progressive but is a lot more subtle and retains the drive, melody and uplifting spirit of regular trance. So all in all, a successful addition to the Anjunabeats family, See y'all at #ABGT100!
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on 27 August 2014
Most reviewers seem to be arguing that Vol.10 was the weakest of the Anjunabeats series and that Vol.11 is an improvement but I would have to disagree. I thought Vol.10 kept true to what the series is all about, which is to showcase the latest signings and releases on the Anjunabeats label, and if the current flavour at the time of the Vol.10 release wasn't to everyone's taste they shouldn't be complaining about it. It's obvious that Above & Beyond have reacted to their fans comments on this album as they've taken a different approach but I don't think it's worked as well as some of the reviewers here are praising about. CD1 is a totally chilled affair resembling an Anjunadeep album rather than the "trancier" material we see on Anjunabeats. But despite containing some older tracks it's a descent progressive mix that works well enough. CD2 however is supposed to be the more upfront mix but even here there are a few old tracks as well as some rehashes that aren't as good as their originals, and from the tracks that are genuinely new, sadly, there aren't enough strong material to save the mix from being just average at best.
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on 12 July 2014
Brilliant album just as I'd hoped and expected it would be. .
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on 25 June 2014
The last issue (Vol. 10) was a little bit disappointing, but the Vol. 11 is really good. I was worried about Ajunabeats, because the ABGT radio show was sometimes not so good (too much overbeated tracks). The best tracks from Vol. 10 was "You got to believe" and "L.A.", but for the Vol. 11 is really hard to say. The first CD is more progressive, I like this so much. Perfect beginning and it continues to the end. The second CD is good as well and of course I like the mash ups.
Thanks for the producers to make this compilation possible.
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on 10 August 2014
Love the above and beyond boys , the anjunabeats series is reliable good quality trance , too many good tracks to mention have owned it for a month and still haven't got to disc two yet . Not because I am to busy it's because disc one is just so good , will update when I get to disc two . Keep up the good work guys :)
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on 23 July 2014
Must admit to being a HUGE Anjunabeats fan.
But in honesty Vol 10 was a big disappointment. Hoping for an improved Vol 11, I must say it was a complete failure for me. I hoped for the brilliant tracks that I'd become used to, but sadly I think my collection of every album will end at Vol 11.
I can honestly I didn't really like any of the tracks and I listened to both CDs twice to give them a chance.
Very disappointed:0((
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on 20 July 2014
Brilliant album as always! These guy's are amazing!
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