Anjunabeats 100 is the latest DJ mix offering from trance stalwarts Above & Beyond. Not only is it a highlight of their DJ releases, but a milestone project for their Anjunabeats label. Home to some of the hottest trance tracks in rotation, Anjunabeats has enjoyed a brief but shining career thus far. There have been a few album mixes over the past few years under the Anjunabeats moniker, and Anjunabeats 100 serves as both a best-of for that series, but also commemorates the 100th release for their label.
Because of the nature of the release, I'll refrain from detailing much of the tracklist, as it consists of staple tracks instead of new white labels. It should be viewed more in its retrospective light than as a truly new release for the group. Granted, it is a new mix, but it's comprised of well-traveled material. If you were to literally distill Anjunabeats Vols. 1-5, as well as the Worldwide release, this would be the result. The fact that Above & Beyond are very capable DJs keep this from becoming just another label sampler or cheap best-of.
The style within continues their love and focus on the high euphoric sound of trance. Since this has the benefit of pulling from their entire catalog of titles, they pretty much have the pick of the litter. There really isn't a dud moment within the mix, except that some tunes by now may have suffered from over-exposure. But even then, there is no filler.
One of the main distinctions for this set is that Above & Beyond allow a higher percentage of their own material than in past releases. Between their album tracks, collaborations, as well as several cuts from their Oceanlab project, a full third of the two discs is mined from the group's discography.