Posted by Middy on April 11, 2014
Yes you read that right. The world’s most famous arena will host Above & Beyond for their Group Therapy 100 celebration. This comes as Armin van Buuren gets set to bring trance alive with the Armin Only tour tonight at Madison Square Garden, having played it last year with ASOT 600. This is absolutely massive for Above & Beyond and another major milestone for the trio as their take their Group Therapy brand to even greater heights. Watch the teaser video below to hear their next single “Sticky Fingers” with Alex Vargas. Pre-sale ticket registration is now open and can be done on their website here.
Posted by Middy on March 30, 2014
Anjunabeats revelation ilan Bluestone has released his three track EP, after “Big Ben” was premiered fittingly by Above & Beyond at Alexandria Palace in London for ABGT 50. The title track “Big Ben” may garner the most attention and pass the “anthem test” for most, but do not sleep on the rest of the EP. “Alysium” and “Waves Of LA” have the vintage ilan Bluestone sound with soaring synth driven melodies, fluttering piano and thumping basslines. We have had to endure all of this time with only one ilan Bluestone tune at a time, so we are spoiled getting three all at once.
Beatport: ilan Bluestone – Big Ben EP
Posted by Middy on March 17, 2014
The king and the prince. The god of trance and the mozart of Moldova. When a trance legend and soon to be one come together on one tune, you know that there is going to be something special created. It has the vintage Andrew Rayel kickdrum and melodically inclined synth work, held together by the masterful handiwork of Armin van Buurn. This is another absolute coup for W&W’s Mainstage Music, after they released Markus Schulz’s massive tune “Remember This”, the highlight from his recent “Scream 2” album. “EIFORYA” will be included in Armin van Buuren’s upcoming A State Of Trance 2014 compilation, set for release on March 28th.
Posted by Middy on February 27, 2014
Somehow, in between the marathon sets, constant travel and acting as a label head, Markus Schulz has found the time to release the follow up artist album, his fifth, to his 2012 effort, “Scream“. The DJ and the producer go hand and hand for Markus Schulz as what he makes has to be ready for a set that could last up to 12 hours, something he does more often than most. This album, like “Scream” delves into the more melodic side of his sound, but injects bigger and trancier melodies than the first edition. Stream the songs from album in a special episode of Global DJ Broadcast below, grab the CD, and watch the 25 minute behind the scenes documentary that goes into how the album was made, the stress of deadline day and details on the various collabs.
Posted by Middy on February 25, 2014
New Above & Beyond. The sound of that phrase is music to our ears. Anjunabeats is celebrating its 300th release and what better way to do it than with a tune from the super trio themselves. They are still riding the momentum of their stunning acoustic album, and are slated to release another full length artist album this year, but that has not stopped them from unveiling new material in the mean time. The tune has the sounds of a recent Above & Beyond single with the roller-coaster like ebbs and flows of “Formula Rossa”, with the subtle aggressive bass line that has become a calling card for the label.
Beatport: Above & Beyond – Hello
Posted by Middy on February 10, 2014
The title track from his upcoming two track EP, “Can People Fly”, Polish youngster, Bastian Salbart is back with another strong effort on his home label of High Contrast Recordings. Like his previous release “Run”, Bastian Salbart toes the fine line between electro and trance, deftly blending them together with big, echoing chords and harsh growls. Stream the title track here exclusively until it is released in full next Monday. We also got a few got him to answer a few questions to give you all a little introduction to who he is and what to expect from him in the future.
Posted by Middy on February 8, 2014
Andrew Bayer is genius. His album “If It Were You, We’d Never Leave” was my favorite full length LP from 2013, even after it was all said and done with others from Mat Zo, Feed Me, Avicii, Daft Punk and Sub Focus. He has returned to releasing club oriented singles, most recently with “Perth / Merth Mobile”. There are no weak segments of the tune, beginning with a thumping opening sequence that transitions into a magnificently crafted melody layered with big, reverbed piano that Arty uses so well. Bayer proves why he is one of the best once again with “Once Lydian”.
Beatport: Andrew Bayer – Once Lydian