When reviewing an Anjunadeep release I often forget there are probably plenty of folks out there reading this that have never sampled the Anjuna sound. Let me get to you in a moment. First, for the returning fans: yep, it's another killer mix. The year past offered some slick gems on the 'deep side of the label, and most of them make a grand appearance here. On this year's mix, Grant (CD1) mixes a much more downtempo groove CD, infused with lovely swells and melodies fit to please. You can put this stuff on anywhere and it just works; it's less thematically dance than the previous years' releases. In terms of specific content, the Dusky songs are sick, and -- as with last year's mix -- Martin Roth is pretty much boss for creating a wonderful deep sound. The Bayer & Grant remix of Prelude is CD1's shining gem. It's awesome. Of course I was particularly fond of the original song too; that might be playing into this preference. There's a Soundprank remix that's heavenly, Parker & Hanson's "Afterthought". Also the Stephen J. Kroos track "Phobos" is downright odd -- odd in a good way, but definitely a standout oddball with some nearly symphonic touches that are exceptionally unique and overall construct a rather deep housey tune. Nom. In fact, CD1 is so good that in my opinion, the two Andrew Bayer tracks are the weakest points. Wow.
CD2, over on Jaytech's side, is more dance, more typical previous year releases, although The Lemon Effect has a subtle electro flair. But don't worry, it's really good. Woosh is a great fun song -- of quite a different style from the duo's release on Deep:03. The real reason for this review, though, is to gossip about how fantastic, wonderful, and gorgeous Suspect 44's "Neon Feel" is. Man it's a slick song, full of nu disco grooves and stunning swells. It's really good. The first 5 or 6 songs of CD2 are my favorite progression, they line up awesomely and it's just a blast to listen to. The Solarity track, "Primordial", will probably divide people; some will like it and others, not. I find myself very fond of Solarity's sound though, and this track is no exception. I like the thematicism of it; it really does feel primordial. See for yourself though. As mentioned above and elsewhere, the Dirty South mix of Kaskade's "Sorry" is definitely a little poppy to be in here, but I actually find myself strongly in favor of its inclusion because it adds life to what otherwise might be a more monotonous winddown of CD2.
All in all, awesome. Great music for just about any situation, especially CD1 -- it's quite versatile, for a CD in the dance category.
Now, the bit of the review for newcomers: don't know Anjuna, but like dance music? Do you like dubstep? If so, look elsewhere. Almost anyone else, definitely check this out, it's good.