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Format: 2LP

Cat No: ANJLP117

Release Date:  31 March 2023

Label:  Anjunabeats / Involved Productions

Packaging Type:  Gate Fold Vinyl

No of Units:  2

Barcode:  5039060327173

Genres:  Dance  Prog-House  

  • Description

    Anjunabeats is pleased to announce the self-titled debut album from JODA, aka Jono Grant and Darren Tate. JODA are a fresh musical pairing with shared DNA. Both together and apart, Jono Grant and Darren Tate have been there, done that and bought the vintage synth gear to celebrate. Grant is one-third of Above & Beyond who, over the course of a two-decade career, have established themselves as one of the biggest electronic groups in the world. Eight studio albums (including one as vocal trance group OceanLab and two acoustic reworks), 17 compilation albums, a film score and nearing 100 singles speak to an output as varied as it is prodigious. Their label Anjunabeats is home to a bustling community of artists with over twenty years of catalogue. As a classically trained musician, songwriter, producer and hitmaker, Tate is an OG Top of the Pops-botherer. In the early Noughties, at the outset of his career, he appeared on the show three times, once with Angelic, his collaboration with Judge Jules and the latter's wife, performing classic trance banger It's My Turn, then twice under the name Jurgen Vries. The following years saw more musical adventures, more Top 40 UK hits (12 in total) and more pseudonyms, including the trance-facing DT8 Project. In 2003, the pair managed to sync their schedules to work on a couple of tracks, 'Let The Light Shine In' and 'Nocturnal Creatures'. Clearly, there was chemistry here. But as the pair's respective careers subsequently took them off round the world in opposite directions, reconnecting other than fleetingly was never easy. Then in 2019 Tate returned to his trance roots and signed to Anjunabeats for his DT8 Project releases. Around the same time, Above & Beyond received an offer to score an environmental documentary, 'The Last Glaciers'. "I'm musical, but I've never done a score before, which would be quite an undertaking. And I knew Darren was massively experienced at doing that, and I've always admired what he does in his film work. So my first thought was: why don't we do it with Darren?" Jono and Darren got stuck into composing together, and it became a dream project all round - not least because it sparked further ideas. So, JODA was born. Working in Tate's studio in suburban north London, and A&B's south London HQ, the pair were in a creative bubble during the early days of the pandemic. And the partnership proved fruitful. An artful evocation of electronic music's decade-zero, 'Try' is "rooted in classic songwriting", according to Grant, taking a page from classic synthpop. Then there's the glitchy instrumental 'Dark Strings', influenced by darker sounds. 'JODA', their debut album, releases this summer. For now, though, Jono Grant and Darren Tate are simply happy that a project that began almost when neither of them was looking, in the midst of lockdowns, has turned out exactly and as fully as they imagined. Unforced, unhurried and only done

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Fall Away
      • 2. We Find Ourselves
      • 3. Try

      Side 2

      • 1. Closer
      • 2. Breaking Down Walls
      • 3. Air

      Disc 2

      Side 3

      • 1. Shape Of Your Heart
      • 2. Spark
      • 3. Dark Strings

      Side 4

      • 1. Smile
      • 2. Coming Alive
      • 3. No One Walks Away