For those in need, Group Therapy is coming to San Francisco on November 1st, 2013. Above & Beyond, in association with Insomniac Events, has just announced a one off show in the city by the bay to be held at the Bill Graham Civic Center.
Tickets go on sale at noon on Wednesday, September 25th at 12pm PST.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
This week’s edition of Sunday Morning Medicine features a slew of deep house tunes from the likes of Maor Levi, KANT, and The Real Connoisseur, along with Tom Middleton’s newest Anjunadeep creation and The Polish Ambassador’s re-imagining of Explosions in the Sky.
Maor Levi’s ‘Deep Room Mix’ to Above & Beyond’s “Black Room Boy” is a passionate alternative to A&B’s heavy ‘Club Mix.’
After stunning Porchester Hall attendees with expertly arranged acoustic performances, Above & Beyond has announced that they’ll be bringing the experience across the pond. On October 12th, Jono, Tony and Paavo will be joined on stage by a string quartet, a harpist and vocalists, including Group Therapy’s Zoe Johnson, in an evening of emotive instrumentation. Though the Los Angeles venue has yet to be announced, the group has promised it will be “very special and fitting.” Presale tickets go on sale August 14th — registration available here.
If you simply can’t swing across the country for the event, fear not: The show coincides with the release of A&B’s acoustic album; meaning you’ll be able to tap into your own acoustic set anytime you like.
With winter dominating the calendar for a majority of the year in Canada, the highly desirable summer season is heartbreakingly short by comparison. Thus, UnionElectronic and Ink Promotions aim to solidify summer memories with an aural feast of bass, however brief the warm weather may be. Chasing Summer Music Festival, the largest outdoor electronic dance music festival in Western Canada, will take place in the historic Fort Calgary in Calgary, Alberta on August 9th and 10th. Tiësto and Above & Beyond will headline the weekend along with Wolfgang Gartner, Krewella, Tommy Trash, and more.
To gear up for Chasing Summer, we’ve got a great opportunity for a devoted Canadian reader plus one of their lucky friends to attend the festival with a pair of VIP passes and to meet one of the greatest DJs of this generation, Tiësto.
See the lineup and enter the contest after the break.
Crowned Pete Tong’s Essential Mixof the Year 2011, Above & Beyond take us on a journey through life’s highs and lows in one of the best-constructed sets of our time. Using quotes from movies such as The Notebook & Million Dollar Baby to integrate emotions of both happiness & heartbreak over trance classics, it’s easy to see how the fathers of Group Therapy beat out contenders Eric Prydz, Kaskade & Carl Craig. If you’re somewhat new to trance, we recommend using this as your gateway to begin to explore the genre– you won’t be sorry. Tracklist after the break.
It’s quite evident that Pryda-protégé Fehrplay is gearing up for a big year. After the successful release of “I Can’t Stop It,” the Norwegian-born producer is already teasing his next big release. Premiered yesterday on Fehrplay’s guest mix for Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 011, “Phantom” is a charming progressive house production more than a year in the making. Raining chord stabs are immediately reminiscent of Pryda, as the masterful Swede’s influence is present throughout the production. “Phantom” has potential to be Fehrplay’s best work yet, but we’ll wait for the final, mastered version to make that call. No info on the release date yet.
Trance fans around the world were shocked and saddened following Above & Beyond’s announcement that their 450 show in Bangalore would be their last (ever). They began this Trance Around The World #449 as a retrospective, but only framed it as a lead up to TATW 450. The episode is a touching recap of some of the most beautiful Anjunabeats releases, and will now be looked to as a trance milestone.
Episode #449 opens with Parker & Hanson’s “Arabesque,” and moves through favorites from Jaytech, Mat Zo, Andrew Bayer, and many more. The legendary trio appropriately ends with their own Analogue Haven remix of OceanLab’s “Breaking Ties.” To conclude the episode’s final track, the trio — who have been releasing this radio show weekly for the past nine years — state, “finally some news just in.. Trance Around the World 450 will be the last ever Trance Around the World…bye for now.”
We’re not sure what this means for the future of Above & Beyond, their releases, or touring plans but we’ll keep you updated as more information comes in. The announcement marks the end of an era and is, for many, a hard pill to swallow. Click the jump for the full tracklist and audio of the episode.
In celebration of their one million Facebook fans milestone, Above & Beyond have released “Tokyo” as a free download. The delicate, orchestral production has pervaded their sets for quite some time, and was previously included on Anjunabeats Volume 9. This is not the first time Jono, Tony, and Paavo have generously rewarded their fans for their unfaltering support. Earlier this year, the trio gave away “Small Moments Like These” upon the culmination of their Group Therapy Tour. Pick up the free download of “Tokyo” below.
It was a crazy Tuesday in the world of music news, but we here at Dancing Astronaut don’t like to leave our readers hanging. That’s why we’re sharing the Best of the Rest — the stuff we didn’t get a chance to post earlier in the day, but think you should know about anyway. We’ve got a few new previews, some free material to download, and a few good articles from around the web. Follow along while we complete your daily dance music education with the Best of the Rest, for Tuesday July 10th, 2012.