ABGT 250: Get Excited!

Above & Beyond just announced the location for their next milestone show. It will be at The Gorge Amphitheater overlooking the Columbia River in Washington. Also of note is that this will be the first weekend long Group Therapy! Bring your tents!

To get you excited. Here are a few new releases from Above & Beyond and Anjunabeats.

Above & Beyond – 1001

ilan Bluestone – Malacosta

Myon feat. Alissa Feudo – Omen In The Rain (Myon Club Mix)

Dirty South feat. ANIMA! – I Swear

Current Fad vs. Nostalgia

Here is a new release from SNBRN who, as the name implies, is a trop house mastermind. After that I’ve included a new track from a trance legend, Paul Oakenfold. He is still going strong and staying true to his roots. His new release has that classic trance sound but sounds fresh and crisp. 2:16 onward is euphoric.

I don’t think either of these tracks are “must haves” or necessarily memorable, but their juxtaposition shows the breadth of EDM. Which do you prefer?

You Got Me

Amnesia

Shout. Shout.

Let it all out. These are the things I can do without. Come on. Im talking to you. Come on.

Those are among the most memorable lyrics I know, and I have been a Tears for Fears fan ever since I first heard them as a kid in the 90s. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t hear them until 10+ years after many of their songs were released. Good music transcends time and can speak to kid from another generation. I was excited to see Grum give “Shout” a progressive remix. I’ll just leave it hear for your listening pleasure.

 

 

Need to Feel Love

I first heard this track on ABGT and instantly fell in love. The vocals are so airy and dreamy, and the music gently supports and intertwines with the vocals. Neither is dominant. The song makes me feel so relaxed and and at peace.

I looked up the video, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Upon seeing the opening scenes of a woman in bed and scantily clad I rolled my eyes thinking, “I know where this is going…” Given the name of the track, I assumed I was in for a cheap objectification of this woman just for views. However, the video turned out to be much more than that. As the story unfolds you discover that this video isn’t about sexual or romantic love. Instead, the video is glimpse into this young woman’s wanderlust and cultural exploration. She is looking for love in a much grander sense. She seeks to find and practice a humanistic love that transcends language and culture.

Alesso

After a trance heavy Cosmic Gate post, I thought I’d switch things up with a more modern house post. A former member of Swedish House Mafia, Alesso has been releasing some great tracks on his own. These two tracks are the perfect accompaniment to a summer beach day or road trip.

Materia

Cosmic Gate shows no signs of slowing down. Formed in 1999 by Claus Terhoeven and Stefan Bossems, this duo has been one of the most consistent acts in electronic music. Their most recent album demonstrates their ability to adapt and remain fresh while remaining true to their roots. You can grab the album here.

Am2pm is my favorite track on the album. It is a tribute to trance and the video features some great desert landscapes and one of my favorite cities in the world.

Below are some more highlights from the album. Bluestone’s fingerprints are all over “Spectrum”.

I shared “Halo” in my previous post, but it is worth putting here again.

I said that Cosmic Gate stayed true to their trance roots, and JES on the vocals is a great example of this. She has been featured on so many trance hits that her voice is synonymous with the genre in my mind.

This downtempo track features Julie Thompson, another fixture of the genre.

In the next track the duo teams up with an equally legendary producer in Ferry Corsten.

3:09: “You’ve got to feel the sun!” Enough said.

 

 

 

 

Weekend Roundup

These 2 tracks are both ambitious in their own right. “Halo” opens with an Inception inspired “whooooomp” and continue to be deliciously dark. “Halo” is from a new Cosmic Gate album called Materia and the entire album is fantastic.

Cosmic Gate – Halo

Rafael Frost – In Between