Events, Trance | Above & Beyond Announce ABGT 100 At Madison Square Garden

Posted by on April 11, 2014

ABGT 100

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.

Trance | ilan Bluestone – Big Ben EP

Posted by on March 30, 2014

ilan blusetone
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

Preview, Progressive House | Above & Beyond – Mariana Trench [Preview]

Posted by on November 2, 2013

Above & Beyond premiered this at ABGT 50 and now we’ve got a full-ish version to stream at our leisure. In form and structure, “Mariana Trench” bears quite a bit of resemblance to the trio’s homage to Breaking Bad, “Walter White”; both tracks have hard, driving basslines that fade into melodic breaks, before electro-inspired builds jack the energy level back up. And is that a key change at the end? Goodness. This may be yet another departure from the group’s trancier Tri-State days but it’s sure to be an absolute monster live. No word on a release date yet so keep your eyes peeled.


Trance | Rank 1 vs. M.I.K.E. – Elements of Nature

Posted by on January 29, 2013

Rank 1 Elements of Nature

Did you listen to Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy radio show last week? If you did, you will probably remember this track from Rank 1’s amazing, dynamic guest mix. Rank 1 are titans of trance so it’s no surprise that their latest, a collaboration with fellow veteran M.I.K.E., is an absolute killer. Darkly melodic with a fast-paced and uplifting vibe, “Elements of Nature” is the kind of track that puts a fresh, 21st century spin on the genre’s more classic elements.

Beatport: Rank 1 vs. M.I.K.E. – Elements of Nature

Trance | Mark Burton vs. Sunlounger & Zara Taylor – Try Understatement To Be Love (Armin van Buuren Mashup)

Posted by on November 19, 2012

Armin van Buuren’s uplifting mashup of “Try To Be Love” and “Understatement” has been everywhere lately — Universal Religion Chapter 6; live sets; his guest mix on ABGT 002 — but now the mastered, full length studio version is here and it’s just as massive as you’d expect. Mark Burton’s rippling, dynamic instrumental is a perfect complement to Zara Taylor’s warm vocals and the lyrics catapult this to rave anthem level. This is feel good party music at its best.

Beatport: Mark Burton vs. Sunlounger & Zara Taylor – Try Understatement to Be Love (Armin van Buuren Mashup)

Preview, Trance | Above & Beyond – Alchemy (Above & Beyond Club Mix and Myon & Shane 54 Redemption Mix)

Posted by on November 19, 2012

Devotees of Above & Beyond, rejoice — the long-awaited club mix for “Alchemy” has finally dropped. “Alchemy” is quite possibly my favorite track on Group Therapy so do yourself a favor and listen to the first few minutes if you’re not familiar with this insanely luminous and beautiful song. The club mix is the version that the trio has used in their live sets for the past several months, so if you’ve been fortunate enough to catch them on tour you will almost certainly recognize it. As in their past club mixes, they’ve layered in a harder bassline and big, shimmering synths but have left the emotional core of the song intact (thank goodness). Included in this package is an extended album cut, so if you’re like me and still can’t get enough of Zoe Johnston’s vocals in the chorus you’ll probably want to add that to your Beatport cart as well.

Also keep an eye out for Myon & Shane 54’s upcoming Redemption Mix (above), which Above & Beyond featured last Friday on ABGT 002 and which is set to drop on December 3. This remix has a dark, trancey vibe that’s a bit more intense than the club mix.