It’s been a bit since I posted something out of the Anjuna camp and if my memory serves me correctly this is the first Anjunadeep release I’m writing about. Most people in the dance world know about the juggernaut trio Above & Beyond and their record label Anjunabeats. Those who are less in the know may not be aware that Anjunabeats gave birth to Anjunadeep back in 2005. In its early years Anjunadeep existed as a sub-label to Anjunabeats, releasing Deep Trance and Progressive House, but it has since evolved its output to cover the deeper end of the electronic music spectrum, focusing predominantly on Deep House. Yesterday’s release by Dutch duo 16 Bit Lolitas (Ariaan Olieroock & Peter Kriek of Amsterdam) was one I had marked on my calendar, as it contained the title track “Deep In My Soul” which is a stellar Deep tune that has been played by Above & Beyond countless times in their podcasts.
The 16 Bit Lolitas are relatively new to me but their music is beautiful. The Deep In My Soul EP contains three quality tracks that are extensive and calming and take you through soundscapes that remind me of late nights and early sunrises. “Deep In My Soul” contains an infectious groove that calls to the forefront an artist like Booka Shade and the repeating vocal hook absolutely gets lodged in your brain. “Premium Emo”could have been written by Tycho and is definitely the most relaxing track on the EP. The final track “Higher State” starts off like a St. Germain track but with licks of muted trumpets and light guitar riffs it takes its own shape as a 16 Bit Lolitas original.
The boys of 16 Bit Lolitas, though much biographical information isn’t available, made their mark with tracks like “Murder Weapon”, “Nobody Seems To Care”, “Sedna”, and remixes for the likes of Sander Kleinenberg and Armin van Buuren. This comes after the duo joined the award-winning Armada Music with their Bits & Pieces label, back in 2007. But I know them as a Deep House duo who have made a significant impact on the Anjunadeep label and I’ll be making sure to keep my eyes out for more Deep and beautiful tracks buy these guys.
The EP is available on Beatport now so go over and grab it and show 16 Bit Lolitas some love!
If you want to check out the 16BL’s other sounds, they have a mix series. Here’s the July 2014 edition: