Simon Doty remixes JODA feat. Robyn Sherwell’s ‘Closer’, out now on Anjunabeats.
2022 was a big year for Jono Grant and Darren Tate, aka JODA. Grant is one-third of Above & Beyond who, throughout a two-decade career, have established themselves as one of the biggest electronic groups in the world. In 2019, Above & Beyond received an offer to score an environmental documentary, ‘The Last Glaciers’. He enlisted classically trained musician, songwriter, producer, hitmaker and close friend Darren Tate, and the duo got stuck into composing together.
It became a dream project all around – not least because it sparked further ideas. 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. Their self-titled album ‘JODA’, celebrating the musical influences that Jono and Darren grew up with, was released on Anjunabeats in August 2022 – to a rapturous reception from the Anjunafamily and beyond.
Canadian DJ and producer Simon Doty recently dropped his chart-topping debut album ‘Universal Language’ on Anjunadeep. His remix of JODA feat. Robyn Sherwell’s ‘Closer’ was a standout feature on the record, standing alongside collaborations with American spoken word artist Ursula Rucker, British duo My Friend, legendary American vocalist Roland Clark, and more.
Crafted for the dancefloor, Simon’s debut album gives the audience a taste of the range of musical styles that they can expect to hear Simon play during one of his DJ sets. 'Universal Language' has gained radio support from BBC Radio 1 presenters Pete Tong and Danny Howard, SiriusXM and KCRW as well as a host of DJ tastemakers including Gorgon City, Diplo, Nora En Pure and more.
JODA's self-titled debut album is out now, and is available to pre-order on black vinyl from the Anjuna Music Store.