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Over the last 12 months, Above & Beyond have taken their sound and ethos across the globe.
The tour has encompassed an intimate gig in a London pub to two sold out dates at Brixton Academy, a celebratory radio show episode broadcast from Beirut to a sunrise set at Creamfields Argentina.
The dj and production trio have written a new track to say thank you to all the fans who accompanied them on – what they describe – as their most memorable year to date.
Small Moments Like These is the soundtrack to this video celebrating their tour.
Jono, Tony and Paavo have made the track available as a free download from their Facebook page.
Since the start of their career, Above & Beyond have pushed the frontiers of musical production and live performance. In the process, they have touched the hearts of their fans around the world and redefined Electronic Dance Music.
They have been and remain true pioneers.
I thought that might get your attention.
Above & Beyond are taking their Group Therapy tour experience to Miami Music Week 2012.
On Thursday 22 March, the trio will be playing a special event at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre where they will be joined by Anjunabeats artists such as Mat Zo, Arty, Jaytech and Boom Jinx.
In an amazing competition, they are offering a fan, plus a friend, the opportunity to join them at this event.
The prize includes flights from anywhere in the world, 4 nights hotel accommodation, VIP passes to the gig and a Nokia Lumia 800.
To be in with a chance of winning, start by liking Above & Beyond on Facebook.
During their forthcoming UK tour, Above & Beyond are offering the opportunity to join them on stage and press play on one of their biggest anthems.
The ritual started during their tour of America in 2011 and Jono, Tony and Paavo are incorporating the idea into their Group Therapy UK tour in 2012.
On each night, A&B will choose one person to join them on stage and press the play button to launch the track Sun & Moon taken from their Group Therapy album.
To be in with a chance of winning, check out the Above & Beyond Facebook page. Two runners up will win a Nokia Lumia handset.
It has been quite a year for Above & Beyond.
In January they celebrated 10 years of their amazing Anjunabeats label.
In March they released their 200th single on the imprint.
In April they went on a massive 22 date tour of the US which included 2 sold out shows at the Hollywood Palladium in LA.
They then released their second artist album – Group Therapy – which earned an “artist album of the year” review in Mixmag.
And so, to the latest Anjunabeats Volume reflecting the diversity and sheer talent of the artists signed by the label.
Anjunabeats Volume 9 features the work of 20 artists including Cramp, Norin & Rad, Genix, Oliver Smith, Mat Zo, Arty, Mike Koglin, Sunny Lax and Above & Beyond themselves.
Check out a mini-mix taster of the album here.
“From the reflective, filmic pianos of Above & Beyond’s own unreleased Tokyo, through hypnotic progressive sounds like Jaytech’s Overdrive to the synth-frenzy of Nitrous Oxide’s iPeople and the explosive funk-charged house fusion of Mat Zo and Arty’s brand new collaboration Mozart, Anjunabeats Volume 9 captures the full emotional intensity of the Above & Beyond DJ experience” reads the promo material for the album.
During their career Above & Beyond have set the bar very high when it comes to production and performance. I have no doubt that the standard of this new Anjunabeats album will be of their usual stunning quality.
I can’t recommend this album highly enough.
I’ve picked 10 tracks – originals and remixes – which I think are some of the hottest dance tunes around at the moment and which you might not yet have heard.
Have a listen and see what you think!
The full tracklist is:
RLP ft. Barbara Tucker – R.E.S.P.E.C.T (One More Tune)
Funkysober ft. Sharlene Hector – Sunshine Into My Life (VG Records)
Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneik ft. Shawnee Taylor – Stronger (3Beat)
Frankmusik ft. Far East Movement – Do It In The AM (Island)
Kylie – Put Your Hands Up (Parlophone)
Tony Moran ft. Trey Lorenz – Can I Love You More (Sugar House)
Klassify ft Sensus & Devonne – Bounce (All Around The World)
Beyonce – Run This World (Sony Music)
Britney Spears – Till The World Ends (Sony Music)
Above & Beyond ft. Richard Bedford – A Thing Called Love (Anjunabeats)
Watch this short film to find out more about the creation of Above & Beyond’s new music video.
In this behind-the-scenes clip, director Ferry Gouw reveals Above & Beyond’s attempts to “try and introduce dance music as an everyday emotional thing that you experience.”
And Paavo, Tony and Jono explain some of the sentiments behind the track.
Thing Called Love is the new single from Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy album which was released on 6 June 2011.
On 7 March 2011 Above & Beyond are releasing Sun & Moon – the first single from their second artist album.
The song features vocals by Richard Bedford who also appeared on Above & Beyond’s debut album Tri State.
Above & Beyond have developed into hugely respected djs and producers with a dedicated following across the world.
In 2010 they played the closing set in the Dance Village at the 40th anniversary of Glastonbury; performed in front of 60,000 people at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles; headlined the Cream & Radio 1 Ibiza event at Privilege in Ibiza and, by the end of the year, were the no. 1 global trending topic on Twitter.
Sun & Moon is the first release from their eagerly anticipated artist album Group Therapy.
One of the trio – Tony McGuinness – has said of the new single: “Sun & Moon is really Alone Tonight part 2. It’s a break up song, but with a twist, namely the idea that even though relationships end in the physical world they live on in your memory forever.”
“The original piece of music it was written over is a gorgeous naked arpeggio piece called Mist that Jono and Paavo cooked up years ago and, thinking about it now, Sun & Moon has had possibly the longest gestation of any of our songs.”
“We played another mix of it in our live show in Beirut two years ago but the current mix, with a massive riff, is very much a product of our recent Group Therapy sessions.”
Remixes come from Kim Fai, Distance and 7 Skies.
Pete Tong has already dubbed Above & Beyond “the UK’s new dance superstars.”
I’m going to go further and say they are the world’s dance superstars.
I can’t wait to hear the new single.
I’m going to let Tony from Above & Beyond tell you about this:
“We all read about the Detroit Urban Farms project and saw the documentaries and it really moved us all. To see a community reclaiming the crumbling city blocks to grow the food they need is an incredible story in so many ways. It was moving, topical and also a beautiful and apt illustration of what the song is actually about – triumph over adversity. As a video concept it was perfect from all angles.”
The video is directed by Steve Glashier who has made videos for Fatboy Slim and Juliette Lewis but the real stars are the Georgia Street Community Collective and the Detroit community who have united to transform their local surroundings.
As part of their 2011 US tour Above & Beyond will be playing a Detroit charity gig to raise money for the Georgia Street Community Collective’s current projects which include building a community lab and neighbourhood library.
Above & Beyond – some of the nicest men in trance.
This has only just come in so it is very hot news!
Above & Beyond will be playing Brixton Academy on Saturday 30 October 2010. This will be their final London date of the year and their biggest solo UK show to date.
The talented trio have recently released their latest Anjunabeats Volume 8 compilation, performed at a showcase event at Amnesia in Ibiza, played at Glastonbury and entertained over 60,000 people at the LA Coliseum.
Their Trance Around The World show is aired on over 120 FM, internet and satellite radio stations and reaches over 20 million devoted trance fans.
This worldwide recognition reflects the stunning talent and grace of Tony, Jono and Paavo – true gentlemen as well as wonderful musicians.
More acts are yet to be announced but I would get this one in the diary right now!
In 2009 Ministry Of Sound relaunched their huge Trance Nation brand with an album by Above & Beyond.
For the latest instalment they have chosen Andy Moor to create the famous state of the trance nation compilation.
Moor is currently placed at No. 15 in the DJ Mag Top 100 and has produced and remixed artists such as Oakenfold, Brian Eno, Tiesto, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne.
His Trance Nation selection includes tracks by Melodia, Yuri Kane, Temple One, Mat Zo, DJ Eco and Giuseppe Ottaviani and is released on 26 July.
Check out the full tracklist for CD1
1. Melodia – The Way
2. Yuri Kane – Whirpool
3. The Thrillseekers – Savanna
4. Reeves – Call Of Loneliness
5. Temple One – Autumn Leaves
6. Ben Nicky – Tears
7. Markus Schulz – Dark Heart Waiting
8. Super8 & Tab – Black Is The New Yellow
9. Matt Darey – See The Sun
10. Trilucid – Departures
11. Mat Zo – Near The End
12. Delerium – Send Me An Angel
13. Bent – As You Fall
14. Pulstate & Juventa – Somnia
And now you want to know what’s on CD2. Well, find out!