Above & Beyond celebrate Group Therapy’s 300th episode in Hong Kong

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Above & Beyond celebrate Group Therapy’s 300th episode in Hong KongAbove Beyond

For the past six years, Above & Beyond have been thrilling listeners all over the world with their dynamic radio show, Group Therapy. The debut episode aired in November 2012 and was broadcast live from Bangalore. Here, nearly six years later, the trio is celebrating a huge milestone — their 300th episode — from Hong Kong.

On Sept. 29, the group brought their tercentenary episode to China, featuring sets from Andrew Bayer, Ben Böhmer, Grum, Ilan Bluestone, and Spencer Brown. The event was brought to fruition after the success of last year’s event at The Gorge. While speaking with Billboard Radio China, the trio talked about how they could possibly top last year’s ABGT250.

“Last year’s ABGT250 Weekender at The Gorge was a magical experience but also left us wondering, ‘How do we follow that?’ The answer was to go for something completely different, and Hong Kong and the Far East represent a new frontier for Group Therapy, at what is an exciting and groundbreaking time for electronic music in the region.”

Check out the live event in its entirety below.

Above & Beyond finally release ‘Rocket Science’ a year after track’s live performance debut

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Above & Beyond finally release ‘Rocket Science’ a year after track’s live performance debutAB Common Ground Press Shot 2

Two weeks away from ABGT300 taking place in Hong Kong, the Above & Beyond trio have released a new single, “Rocket Science.” In true Above & Beyond form, they have released two edits of the track: one that clocks in at four minutes and another longer version at six minutes. The track was debuted in front of 23,000 fans at the Gorge Amphitheatre last September, and now it’s finally out after a long year of anticipation.

“Rocket Science” is an upbeat tune, with pulsing trance notes and a mystical buildup rising into a commanding drop. The longer edit of the version has a robotic-like synth progression, adding elements to the track that are perfect for club play. The group is known for their ability to incite euphoria from listeners even through some of their darker tunes, and “Rocket Science” is certainly no exception to this.

The track is out via Above & Beyond’s own Anjunabeats.

Spencer Brown makes mau5trap debut with ‘Windows 95 on Acid’

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Spencer Brown makes mau5trap debut with ‘Windows 95 on Acid’Spencer Brown Windows 95 On Acid

Spencer Brown has been a mainstay for Above & Beyond‘s Anjunabeats label and its dedicated fan base for years, so it’s understandable that a few ears perked up when he began dropping an unreleased acid techno burner in recent sets. The track is finally available now on a double A-side EP exclusively on Beatport via mau5trap, titled “Windows 95 on Acid.”

Brown’s 2018 LP Illusion of Perfection was arguably one of the most creative and diverse releases in recent memory, showcasing a producer expanding his sonic horizons. With “Windows 95 on Acid,” the trance and house stalwart goes into deeper techno territory. The title track is a relentless acid groove, with a healthy dose of atmospheric expertise the producer has employed throughout his catalog. Although Brown stated via social media these two tracks are darker than his usual output, the nostalgia-inducing groove (complete with classic Windows samples) should bring smiles to any dance floor. The accompanying EP track “Does Anybody Really Know What Time Is?” is an honest after-hours slow burner, with familiar airy synth melodies wafting in and out.

While the full release remains a Beatport exclusive, fans can listen to the EP’s title track on Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 295 right now.

Photo Credit: The Groove Cartel

Relive weekend one of Tomorrowland 2018: sets by Above & Beyond, Hardwell, Tchami x Malaa, + more

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Relive weekend one of Tomorrowland 2018: sets by Above & Beyond, Hardwell, Tchami x Malaa, + moreTomorrowland 2018 1

The first three days of Tomorrowland 2018 are officially in the books. While there may be another packed weekend of brilliant, Belgian-based mayhem still in store, we took a look back at high points from weekend one of EDM’s most storied celebration. Whether it’s a two-hour euphoria trip with Above & Beyond at the Anjunabeats stage or a crawl through the techno trenches with Charlotte de Witte at the main stage, weekend one implores a revisit. See our top highlights from Tomorrowland’s opening weekend below.

Charlotte de Witte

Don Diablo

Axwell ∧ Ingrosso

Tchami x Malaa


Steve Aoki

Carl Cox


Nicky Romero


Oliver Heldens

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San Holo

Another destination festival meets its demise, as Above & Beyond cancel ‘Anjunabeach Riviera Maya’

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Another destination festival meets its demise, as Above & Beyond cancel ‘Anjunabeach Riviera Maya’Above Beyond 2014 1

A destination festival, when well-executed, is a dreamy experience indeed. Those lucky enough to make it to one often find themselves surrounded by natural beauty they rarely, if ever, get to see, and equally inspiring sets by artists on the bill.

However, as proven by Fyre Festival and the multitudes of other failed attempts at organizing an Instagram-worthy event in recent years, planning them is quite a difficult feat. Sometimes, poor enough planning even leads to them being labeled as fraud, like the recently-failed XO.

Above & Beyond‘s destination festival has become the latest casualty in the game; although, the difference here is that luckily the trio and their Anjunabeats colleagues realized it was failed before proceedings truly began. Much like how they first announced this concept gathering — to take place on the picturesque Riviera Maya — they also announced its demise through their artist subreddit. They’d taken in a ton of negative feedback from fans regarding price, accessibility, and beyond, and ultimately decided to can the idea before trying (and failing) to go through with it.

Their statement:

“We heard from some that the price point felt too much of a stretch, or that this event felt too exclusive, and were disappointed that this amazing experience wasn’t accessible for more people. All this feedback we have taken to heart. We can only do what we do when we have your support, and you’ve told us loud and clear that we got this one wrong.”

Via: r/AboveandBeyond

Above & Beyond details their own an all-inclusive destination festival is in the works

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Above & Beyond might just be the next group to launch their own all-inclusive island festival. Though such a feat hadn’t proved successful for the dumpster fire, known quite aptly as Fyre Festival, it still proves to be a promising and attainable idea if the interest is there.

Recently, on their own dedicated subreddit, AnjunabeatsHQ shared some details about Above & Beyond‘s plans surrounding their own all-inclusive festival weekend on an island. With a plethora of the best Anjunabeats talent and an impeccable location, Above & Beyond may really be taking their ABGT to the next level. Considering that there’s an increasingly shrinking market for festivals in the US, and a folding of small festivals from big names like FYF and more recently Lost Lake, a tight-knit exotic excursion might just be the direction festivals need to remain unique and desirable, and most importantly, afloat.

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NMF Roundup: Yellow Claw bring the heat, Elephante tugs at heartstrings, SLANDER remix Above & Beyond, and more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

Sydney producer JVLY teams up with the sultry SARAI to create a groovy atmospheric tune full of pulsing synths and clean high hats.

The production trio known as Brohug take the original “Too Good To Be True” and turn it into a vibrant house heater that entices dancing from beginning to end.

Blasterjaxx and Bassjackers perfectly execute a dynamic big room track, with a heavy kick and mesmerizing lead synth. Festival-goers will stand no chance.

If future house is on the agenda for the weekend, then Jay Hardway and Mesto are claiming their spot with a track that bounces with stuttering synths and a catchy repeating vocal, leaving some of us not wanting to be saved.

Building anticipation for their new album on June 22, the Yellow Claw duo release yet another silky tune featuring Rochelle, full of brassy horns and a fat snare.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa sound like a dream duo, until Valentino Khan comes along and puts his spin on “One Kiss,” turning it into a classic house beat riddled with alluring piano.

Elephante taps on the powerfully elegant Nevve to bring “Otherside” to life, that speaks about trying to remember a dream you had and the pursuit of getting back to it.

1788-L creates a literal “CYBERSPACE,” by building an epically cinematic and intricate track full of gritty synths that makes one feel as if they really are in the future.

SLANDER create their own emotional rendition of Above & Beyond‘s “ALWAYS,” that dramatically builds from minimal elements to an all encompassing drop.

Melbourne duo Two Can deliver a melodic beauty “Got Habits” in the form of one knocky wood block, a hypnotizing vocal, and strategic synths.

Delicate guitar riffs ring, as deep bass slowly take over on Tom Budin and Kopa’s splendid new track “Things Change.”

Australian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mickey Kojak, delivers a refreshingly unique tune full of retro vibes from the arpeggiating pluck to the funky bassline.

The mysterious In.Drip. project feels something like driving in the rain. With his crispy yet mellow beats, laden with his effortlessly gentle voice that delivers verse after verse, he makes any drive a pleasant one.

ZAXX pulls on the heartstrings in “Together” with playful xylophones and a huge synth drop, that leaves the listener in a world of their own.

Newcomer OTHER creates a catchy tune from his soulful voice reminiscent of Blackbear and Mike Posner, to the clean guitar and exciting electronic drop.

Aussie police to combat illicit drugs via presence of drug dogs at A&B Sydney show

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New South Wales (NSW) police will implement a tight admission policy to combat illict drug use at Above & Beyond’s Common Ground show, scheduled for June 9 at Sydney Olympic Park’s Exhibition Halls at Sydney Showground.

In a post recently published to the force’s official Facebook page, NSW police notified attendees that drug detection dogs will be present at the venue to patrol the grounds for traces of prohibited drugs. The message warns ticket holders that the drug dogs will be able to smell drugs carried on an intended user, as well as the illicit remnants on “someone who has recently had drugs on them.” The post proclaims that “If a dog makes an indication,” the given attendee “will be denied entry.”

“These dance parties can be a dangerous environment, particularly when alcohol and illegal drugs are involved. We all know there is no quality control in the production of illicit drugs and you are putting your life at risk,” South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said of the safety measure.

Good Morning Mix: Neptune Project spin 3 hours of Anjunabeats Classics

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Who can appreciate an energizing bit of nostalgia set at a high tempo to kick off the morning? We certainly can.

Behold — trance duo Neptune Project have released their three-hour Anjunabeats Classics set in full, which they recorded at a boat party in Australia earlier in the year. They’ve spun quite a walk, or should we say, “run,” down memory lane, opening on an ethereal note with Above & Beyond‘s ambient number “Tokyo,” and continue on into the Tri-State classic, “Stealing Time.” The journey kicks off from there, launching into an array of Anjunabeats treasures from stalwarts like Andy Moor, Andrew Bayer, Luminary, Super8 & Tab, and more.

Enjoy the ride.

Above & Beyond name new track after the locale of its debut: Red Rocks

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Simplicity is key with Above & Beyond‘s naming convention for their newest single, “Red Rocks.” The track is named after the legendary Colorado outdoor amphitheater, the place where they first dropped the song.

“Red Rocks” has a pulsing rhythm and dynamic synthesized vocal accents, adding variation to their infamous trance sound. The track has a grooving bent to it that is perfect the club and equally at home in larger venues — like its namesake.  The trio released both the original and extended version of the release, which is out now on Anjunabeats.