With his name now resounding across global club land, Norway’s Fehrplay emerges back on the scene with the hotly tipped follow-up to January’s “I Can’t Stop It” for Pryda Friends. Initially unveiled during his guest mix for Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy radio show, “Phantom” picks up where its predecessor left off on the trail of no-nonsense progressive house. Euphorically charged and melodically refined, the tracks ascending energy and overriding synths provide a defining guise to the compositional stamina that has made Jonas Fehr indispensible to Prydz’s overarching musical mission. One thing is for certain: Pryda Friends are out to take back the progressive house charts for 2013 and armed with this Norwegian trailblazer, their chances look considerably good.
Above & Beyond have announced that North London’s Alexandra Palace will be the location for this year’s live broadcast of Group Therapy. The trio will take over the sprawling venue’s Great Hall on October 26, bringing still unrevealed guests with them for Group Therapy 050. The show will be broadcast around the world, but for those in the area, registration for presale tickets ends tonight at Midnight, BST. Presale tickets go on sale April 24th at 9 A.M. BST, with the general sale beginning April 26th. For ticket information and to preregister, click here.
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.
All eyes have been on Audien since the release of his Eventide/Unity EPbranded him as the next young artist to masterfully capture the union between progressive house and trance. The 21-year-old’s latest track, “Wayfarer,” landed on our radar when Above & Beyond made it the inaugural selection for their Group Therapy radio show, and now that it has been released, we can safely say the hype has been real. Captivating melodies and clean drum kicks lead the way for what is sure to be one of the greater efforts across trance this January. After we teased you with the track last week, “Wayfarer” is now available courtesy of Anjunabeats.
Although he may not have made the final cut of our list, Audien is surely an artist to keep an eye out for in 2013.
Above & Beyond has just released their video for the latest single “Alchemy” off last year’s Group Therapy. The song, featuring vocalist Zoë Johnston, is an affecting piece of music about a lover’s betrayal. The music video features actress Mackenzie Firgens and Jonas Mayyab in the directors’ chair. (more…)
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.
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…)
The mammoth North American Group Therapy tour has come to an end. To commemorate its success, Above & Beyond has released “Small Moments Like These,” a new, free instrumental track which you can download here. “Small Moments Like These” is pure Above & Beyond, a delightfully introspective number carried by thoughtful piano chords that swell gradually before breaking into gentle arpeggios. In other words, it’s yet another reminder of the trio’s classical musicianship.
We could easily imagine A&B using the track as an intro for upcoming shows, or perhaps a forthcoming album, because it’s full of the same ethereal dreaminess that defined “Tokyo,” which opened Anjunabeats Vol. 9. They might, on the other hand, use it to replace the “On A Good Day” a capella with which they’ve been closing Group Therapy shows. Click past the break to hear both tracks. (more…)