Only a week or so past the end of their historic Trance Around The World radio show and introduction of the newly minted Above & Beyond Group Therapyshow, Anjunabeats label heads Above & Beyond are releasing a variety of mixes of one of their singles off of last June’s Group Therapy album.
The “Alchemy” club mix, the bass heavy and moody sister to its original, was played for months while A&B was on the road with their Group Therapy tour, but it’s a treat to finally hear it in its entirety. Besides the club mix, Anjunabeats’s release package also includes an edited club mix, extended album mix, and a radio edit of the track. Listen to the various versions of the track below.
Despite announcing the end of the their legendary TATW show, it doesn’t seem like Above & Beyond have any plans to slow down. The trio have touched many lives with their contributions and now they’re offering fans a glimpse into a place that has great significance to them — Ibiza. Jono, Tony, and Paavo take us on a tour of the white isle while discussing the influence of the island on their music, their first villa party, and staying current. As with everything Above & Beyond does, the video has a euphoric feel and reminds the little dreamers in all of us to dream on.
After leaving Dancing Astronaut, Kunal Bambawale moved to India to pursue a career in dance music. He was lucky enough to have been involved in the planning of TATW 450. This is his story. Full live stream of TATW450 after the break.
The first time I saw Above & Beyond perform, at EDC 2010 in Los Angeles, I was 19 years old and clueless about what to do with my life. That night, under the balmy summer sky, A&B created something I’d never experienced before. Their music was beautiful and mysterious and somehow made me feel safe. They showed me that maybe the world could be a better place if we all set aside a few minutes of our lives to celebrate music and the wonderful way it connects us all.
Over a year since the release of Fire & Ice, selections from Kaskade’s last album are still being rebuilt. Dada Life last took control of “Llove,” now Above & Beyond takes a stab at “Room For Happiness,” rattling the progressive track with harmonic trance elements. Without changing things up too drastically, A&B simply swaps sounds rather than dominating the production on their own. Lifting the emotions on “Room For Happiness,” Above & Beyond have released their rendition, available on Beatport via Ultra.
Just two days ago Above & Beyond announced that their Trance Around the World radio show would be ending with its 450th episode in Bangalore, India. While this was a shock to the trance community, A&B wasted no time before revealing their new radio show, Group Therapy. This might sound familiar as it is frequently used for concerts featuring A&B and other Anjunabeat artists. The show will start on November 16th and their official statement is past the break. (more…)
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.
UK producer Lange has been producing excellent trance tunes for over a decade, but we haven’t seen him releasing instrumental gems quite like his latest “We Are Lucky People” in recent years. He’s collaborated with vocalists like Betsie Larkin, Emma Hewitt, Audrey Gallagher, and Sarah Howells (just to name a few) in previous efforts, but “We Are Lucky People” fully displays the vet’s production chops. The track leads with a classic trance sequence and breaks into a purely beatific and blissed out piece of music. This one’s been seeing heavy rotation on both Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren’s weekly radio shows over the past several weeks and we’re happy to see its release on Lange’s own Lange Recordings.
Over the weekend, Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep’s radio show, Anjunabeats Worldwide, celebrated its 300th episode with a marathon four-hour mix from some of the brightest stars on the legendary labels. The show premiered all the way back in 2007, and every week a different artist showcases a two-hour mix. It has become recognized as an instrumental launchpad for new talent in the world of progressive trance and deep house.
James Grant kicks off the episode with his deep house grooves and Anjuna veteran Oliver Smith moves seemlessly into more uptempo classic house in the second hour. The latter half of the mix belongs to breakthrough Californian duo Norin & Rad’s distinctive tribal-trance sound and an arresting contribution from Dancing Astronautfavorite, Mat Zo. Listen to it for yourselves below.
In “Stranger,” the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album Multiverse, Australian trance veteran Jaytech isn’t looking to do anything particularly groundbreaking. The vocals, from Dirty Vegas’ Steve Smith, are mature and restrained — an appropriate accompaniment to this elegant melodic trance/dreamy progressive effort. Soothing and unhurried, “Stranger” flows serenely through its seven-odd minutes. It won’t jump out at first listen but will probably linger in your subconscious until you find yourself singing “In love with a stranger” to yourself in an elevator somewhere with no idea how those words arrived in your brain.
“Stranger,” out now on Anjunabeats, has already received from Armin and Above & Beyond. Multiverse hits stores on August 13th.