DEG Presents and Anjunabeats have partnered to proffer New York listeners an emotive route to ringing in the new year. In collaboration with Above & Beyond, the metropolitan nightlife impresario and the imprint will present an evening of impeccable electronic artistry complete with sets from the celebrated dance trio, Andrew Bayer, Genix, and Nox Vahn.
The 2019 New Year’s Eve affair is slated to unfold on December 31 at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx. Tickets to the one-of-a-kind event are currently available here, and include optional open bar VIP upgrades.
For their decades of mastery in dance music, Above & Beyond have still managed to prove their dexterity in revitalizing the past while staying true to their foundations. In their latest release, “Another Angel,” the trance trio continue in their pursuit of darker, grittier sounds while sampling from their own work on 2011 single, “On My Way to Heaven.” The track debuted at Group Therapy Weekender 2019 at the Gorge Amphitheatre, where Above & Beyond, Andrew Bayer, Alpha 9, and several other artists took the stage for a weekend camping festival. The Anjuna founders also showcased the single in Prague for their milestone show ABGT350.
“Another Angel” derives its vocal samples from the beloved Above & Beyond staple Richard Bedford in his “On My Way to Heaven” feature. Delving into electrifying tech-trance sonics that collide with Bedford’s resounding voice, the track opens and closes with the familiar Above & Beyond club intensity. In between, the trance heavyweights construct a soundscape encompassed by blissful interludes, industrial bass, and explosive energy before crescendoing into an awe-inspiring drop.
Above & Beyond’s two hour, sold-out live set played at Prague’s O2 Arena is now available on major streaming providers. Prior to its widespread release, 300,000 fans joined in for the ride on the exclusive live stream through Twitch.tv.
The show provided plenty of sonic goodies, in addition to four new Above & Beyond track premiere including a new vocal track, “Reverie,” with long-time collaborator Zoë Johnston and “Diving Out Of Love,” featuring vocals from Jono Grant of the cutting-edge trance and progressive trio. The groups’s newest single “Waltz” was worked into the mix was well, alongside an edit of the New Order hit “Blue Monday.” Unheard tracks from Anjunabeats label mainstays such as Mat Zo, Ilan Bluestone, Andrew Bayer, Grum, Fatum, Oliver Smith and Jason Ross top off the array of premieres offered up by the trio’s special edition set.
To mark the occasion, the outfit recorded a deep warm-up set during a boat cruise along Prague’s Vltava River. This was also released to the internet in 4k on YouTube and features even more exclusive sounds from their Anjunadeep and Anjunabeats imprints.
Ink Events has announced the return of Solaris Music Festival to Toronto for the 2019 holiday season. Dubbed as “Toronto’s largest winter music festival,” the festival’s reincarnation came as a pleasant surprise to the to previous festival-goers after a brief one-year hiatus. Held over Dec. 26-27, Solaris locks in deadmau5 and Above & Beyond as headliners for the indoor event held at REBEL Nightclub.
In addition to the daily headliners, Solaris has announced a solidifying trail of support from routine visitors Seven Lions, i_o, and Borgore, and tops the bill with a mau5trap stage takeover in the nightclub’s NOIR room. Since its first iteration in 2012, the two-day festival has undergone a handful of changes to support the shifting music trends in Toronto.
After skipping his annual traditionary VELD Festival after party set due to touring commitments and a standalone performance in nearby city London, Ontario, deadmau5’s return to the leviathan nightclub is one of high anticipation across the city. In addition to his performance, he invites label mates No Mana, Qrion, Bentley Dean and Nofone for the party.
GA and VIP tickets are available for purchase; for more information and details about the event, head here.
It takes two to tango, and three to “Waltz.” Highly sought since Above & Beyond’s premiere of the single at A State of Trance 900 in Utrecht in February 2018, “Waltz” now gains an official release, serving as a finale of sorts to the electronic trio’s recently concluded ABGT350 celebration in Prague.
A sonic reprieve from Above & Beyond’s more vocal-centric stylings, “Waltz” is a wholly instrumental showing that comes in both an edited and an extended version. A penetrating bass line punctuates the atmospheric number, which slowly and tantalizingly arches and falls for a near five-minute duration. It epitomizes the unique and masterful blend of trance, pop, and electro elements that the iconic trio are known to inject of each of their releases. “Waltz” appears on Above & Beyond’s newly released 27 track album, Group Therapy 350 Live from Prague.
Above & Beyond are at it again with a new therapeutic trance track, titled “Hideaway.” No stranger to the UK trio, record label Anjunadeep claims the release to add to its vast collection of trance hits.
Above & Beyond’s exquisite production level is evident in every ounce of the group’s new single. “Hideaway” has an ebb and flow that encourages the listener to participate in the journey that is trance music. The uplifting notes to the track are met equally by dark undertones and assertive synth textures. It’s is a classic Above & Beyond track, perfect for closing the eyes and getting lost in their story of sounds.
Anjunadeep features both a regular and extended mix of the track from Above & Beyond, and both are dreamy trance delights.
Live from Hong Kong, Above & Beyond marked their Group Therapy 300 edition with a special set. Featured within the performance was the celestial “There’s Only You,” featuring Zoë Johnston. The club mix and extended club mix were released earlier this year off their Common Ground Companion EP, and now, a remix project has also been revealed with reworks from No Mana and Crystal Skies.
No Mana also shared an extended version of his club thumper for those mesmerized by the gritty synth that sparks between arpeggiated high ends and contrasting harmonies strung together in lower octaves. The No Mana play runs with tech-house and techno appeal, plastering the four-on-the-floor rhythm with the aforementioned melodies.
Crystal Skies keeps in the trance lane during the introduction with an extra focus on chord progressions and varying melodies. The slow build creates this immense energy that when released produces a strong future bass melody with a dubstep backing.
Since November 2012, Above & Beyond have blessed their fans with a weekly radio show to showcase the latest and greatest in trance and progressive music. Group Therapy has garnered a steadfast fan base over the years, and the trio has introduced countless new artists to the world via the two-hour program each week.
The latest to air is the 347th installment—a number that is near unfathomable for many just starting out in the weekly mix game. Tinlicker and Thomas Oliver lead off the new mix with “Need You,” and from there, Above & Beyond take the listener on a journey through some new Anjuna tunes and tantalizing remixes from artists like No Mana, Eelke Kleijn, and more.
The group tapped Joseph Ray as the featured artists on this new edition, and he takes the reins from the talented trio at the 90-minute mark to showcase some of his own music, including an ID around the 100-minute mark.
Above & Beyond will be ringing in the new year at the New York Expo Center. The trio recently announced the show, and pre-sale tickets are now available for those who joined their Facebook Event group.
The 60,000 square foot New York Expo Center will house Above & Beyond themselves in addition to a roster of Anjunabeats artists, giving trance fans the perfect backdrop to enjoy a myriad of their label stars live. For those who have missed the pre-sale, tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 17 at 10 am ET here.
Above & Beyond released a trailer promoting the event and giving fans a look into what they can expect from the epic forthcoming performance, which can be viewed on DEG‘s YouTube channel.