JODA – Shape Of Your Heart (@JODA Music)

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Anjunabeats presents ‘Shape Of Your Heart’, the latest single from JODA, aka Jono Grant and Darren Tate. The track features on their forthcoming self-titled album, out August 26.

JODA are a fresh musical pairing with shared DNA. Both together and apart, Jono Grant and Darren Tate have been there, done that, and bought the vintage synth gear to celebrate. ‘Shape Of Your Heart’ was the first track the duo worked on under the JODA moniker, an optimistic reflection of their frame of mind approaching this new project.

Grant is one-third of Above & Beyond who, over the course of a two-decade career, have established themselves as one of the biggest electronic groups in the world. Eight studio albums (including one as vocal trance group OceanLab and two acoustic reworks), 17 compilation albums, a film score, and nearing 100 singles speak to output as varied as it is prodigious. Their label Anjunabeats is home to a bustling community of artists with over twenty years of catalog.

As a classically trained musician, songwriter, producer, and hitmaker, Tate is an OG Top of the Pops-botherer. In the early Noughties, at the outset of his career, he appeared on the show three times, once with Angelic, his collaboration with Judge Jules and the latter’s wife, performing classic trance banger It’s My Turn, then twice under the name Jurgen Vries. The following years saw more musical adventures, more Top 40 UK hits (12 in total), and more pseudonyms, including the trance-facing DT8 Project.

‘JODA’, their debut album, releases this summer. For now, though, Jono Grant and Darren Tate are simply happy that a project that began almost when neither of them was looking, in the midst of lockdowns, has turned out exactly and as fully as they imagined. Unforced, unhurried, and only done for love: this is a passion project of the best kind.

“It’s one of the great things about doing this job: that we get to do this job!” concludes Darren Tate, beaming. “Jono and I love making music, we get on really well together, so we have fun doing it. We naturally have perfectionist instincts, but the vibe is the most important thing. So this is also rough around the edges in all the right ways.”

“It absolutely is a passion project,” affirms Jono Grant. “The other thing was, of course, we’ve done this over the pandemic. So it was cathartic. We were lucky enough to be able to work. And this was therapy of the best kind.”

JODA’s self-titled debut album is out August 26. Pre-order on 2×12” vinyl and digitally via the Anjuna Music Store.

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