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.
If there’s any aspect of Above & Beyond’s immaculate reputation that’s more iconic than their ability to create timeless morsels of melodic, progressive beauty, it’s only to be found in their ability to forge honest and open connections with their inner-trance community. Where many DJs refer to the strong ties they have to their fan base, A&B simply refers to them as their “Anjunafamily.”
Accordingly, their latest release sees the London-born collective simply in the zone, weaving together angelic melodies, rich pads, and an ethereal string section before unfolding into an unabashedly gushy trance build that’s clearly been primed to withstand the test of time. The end result is peak-hour Above & Beyond, and clear ode to love that they receive worldwide.
Above & Beyond are scheduled to headline New York’s Electric Zoo festival Aug. 31 and will play a single show at the UK’s Royal Highland Centre before a two back-to-back nights in Colorado and Texas in September.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
NGHTMRE and ZHU have linked with Kidd Keem to deliver the delectable “Man’s First Inhibition,” and Seven Lions, MitiS, and RBBTS join forces on “Break The Silence.” JOYRYDE has revealed the third single from his forthcoming LP, “MADDEN,” and Adventure Club, Said the Sky, and Caly Bevier flex their skills on “Already Know.” Duke & Jones try their hand at remixing Party Favor and graves’ “Reach For Me,” and Gareth Emery continues his Laserface takeover with “Laserface 01 (Aperture).” Fox Stevenson announces his debut album with the release of “Hold Steady,” and David Guetta and MORTEN take on a remix of Avicii’s “Heaven.” Also in today’s remix game is Ross From Friends, who puts his own spin on Flume and London Grammar’s “Let You Know.” Mura Masa and Clairo thrill with their release of “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again,” and Ilan Bluestone reworks Cosmic Gate and Emma Hewitt’s “Be Your Sound.”
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 this NMF.
Today’s Good Morning Mix is a “Summer Special” indeed. Above & Beyond have put together a very special Group Therapy mix to mark the season, and to the surprise of quite a few longtime followers, it’s filled to the brim with classics. The euphoria-inducing mix offers a thorough history of progressive trance, with gems from the aughts like the trio’s Tri-State classic “Air For Life” and iconic Signalrunners single “Meet Me In Montauk.” Newer takes on older gems are also sprinkled in, including Mat Zo‘s adored remake of “Thing Called Love,” and an Eats Everything remix of Scot Project’s “U.” Prepare for a huge trek down memory lane while listening.
Above & Beyond are coming off an impressive Group Therapy showing at the Gorge in Washington state, where the Anjunabeats bosses celebrated the podcast’s 250th episode. They were joined by Seven Lions b2b Jason Ross, Oliver Smith, Yotto, and more.