The Gardenstate duo proclaim their greatness in the world of music production with their debut album on Ajunabeats. This is “Inspirations.”
The Anjunabeats universe , led by Above & Beyond, leaves us yet another sample of the musical quality it offers. This time we stop to talk about a new album that has been released recently. The Swedish duo Gardenstate, consisting of Marcus Schossow and Matt Felner, have created their first large-scale album. “Inspirations”, that’s how they have called this jewel that we are going to present. In it, all the creative essence of these artists is collected to materialize a very spiritual and melodic work.
Making music on its own terms, the Gardenstate sound is an ode to ’90s trance and melodic techno. His music is so versatile that it can be played on the sets of Oliver Heldens, Kölsch, Cristoph, CamelPhat, Tiësto, Lane 8 and Above & Beyond at the same time. The Spectrum Records releases of Joris Voorn and Yotto’s Odd One Out have cultivated an underground following, while the reworkings of A&B and Gabriel & Dresden have ushered them into trance and progressive.
First of all, it is worth noting the excitement of Gardenstate with the publication of “Inspirations”. “There are so many years of work, blood, sweat and tears behind this. Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way.” “A special thanks to Ania, Thomas, Paavo, Tony, Jono, Neil, Gareth, Amy, Pete, Igor, PROFF, Gjon ‘Tears, KhoMha, GVN, BLR, SØNIN, Gabriel & Dresden, David West, Andy Moor, Nandini Srikar, Bien, York Artists, Cloud 9 Music and all the Anjunabeats staff who have been part of this journey. You all have a very special place in my heart!”.
In this first Gardenstate album we find a total of sixteen solo songs and with collaborations. Nandini Srikar, GVN, KhoMha, Gjon’s Tears, Gabriel & Dresden, Andy Moor, PROFF, Mokka, SØNIN, BLR and Bien are part of “Inspirations”. Luxury collaborations for one of the most anticipated albums of the Swedish duo. In addition, we find a total of nine solo tracks produced by Gardenstate.
“There shouldn’t have been a debut album on Anjunabeats. Gardenstate should not have existed and we should have kept up with our normal daily work. This album is for all those who have been told that “you can’t do it.” They declared in Anjunabeats after the launch.
The opening track “Aurora,” co-produced with Above & Beyond’s Paavo and voiced by Nandini Srikar, is a love letter to Marcus’s life-affirming experience playing in India. Paavo’s studio was also the birthplace of “Revival”, a collaboration with Gabriel & Dresden, Andy Moor and PROFF. Also, SØNIN and BLR (Leon Bolier), join Marcus and Felner for ” Koski”.
“Répondez-moi”, is a reworking of the dance floor of the Eurovision 2020 entry in Switzerland, accompanies Marcus and Matt with Gjon’s Tears, which finished third in the last edition. There is a strong influence of the cuts throughout the album, including “1995” and “Take Me There” with GVN, supported by BBC Radio 1, which marks the 700th release of Anjunabeats.
Whether it’s out of passion, determination, or just plain courage, Gardenstate continues to grow. “Inspirations” is a transatlantic labor of love from maestro Marcus Schössow and club promoter Matt Felner. At the heart of Sweden’s decade-long dominance of electronic music in the 2010s, Marcus’s fifteen-year career features a smorgasbord of styles. From electro with “Swedish Beatballs”, the mainstream energy of “Reverie” and “Ulysses”, and the progressive sound of “London / 1985”. Few artists have releases in Axtone, Armada, Size, Spinnin and Anjunadeepon your resume. He has also been heavily involved in the sound of 2010, where his records were a mandatory stop on the Swedish House Mafia and Knife Party sets.
Matt Felner, a native of New Jersey, quit his job to pursue his passion for electronic music. A prestigious promoter and performer, he has brought emerging artists to clubs in New York and the East Coast. In 2008, he toured with Marcus Schössow and they became close friends. Fact that gave life to the future project materialized in Gardenstate.