There are few artists that embody the DNA of Anjunabeats quite like ilan Bluestone; a passionate performer whose onstage presence is as emotive as his songwriting.
With his heart firmly on his sleeve, 2018 saw the release of ilan’s debut album ’Scars’ (an instant classic for Anjunabeats) and a worldwide album tour. His year culminated in a rousing show-closer at Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 300 celebrations in Hong Kong.
2019 begins with another bold statement from ilan Bluestone: six original productions on a new EP entitled, ‘We Are The Universe’.
A mix of vocal-led and instrumental trance cuts, the release reflects ilan’s passion for energetic, innovative dance music. The first single is a fan favourite from ilan’s New Year club run and recent Above & Beyond shows: ‘Mama Africa’ featuring EL Waves.
Bearing the prestigious ‘tronce’ seal (that's British for ‘trance’) ‘Mama Africa’ delivers an ilan Bluestone-sized hit of driving rhythmic bass, cascading layers of synth and the return of collaborator EL Waves (Elizabeth Osei) for another stunning vocal performance.
Elizabeth explains how the track draws heavily from her cultural roots, “This is a song of love and blessing for my mother, father and loved ones. In Akan culture we recognise the sacrifices that each individual makes when raising children of the next generation, passing down wisdom from old to new. Sending out blessings is something we do to show love and appreciation and to say thank you.”
ilan Bluestone ‘Mama Africa’ featuring EL Waves is set for release on Anjunabeats on the 19th of February with the full EP arriving this spring.
The accompanying ‘We Are The Universe’ world tour sees ilan travel to Australia, North America and Europe, including multiple dates across the Anjunabeats 2019 North American tour. Full tour dates can be found (ilanbluestone.com)