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ABGT 149: Group Therapy 149 with Above & Beyond

ABGT 149: Group Therapy 149 with Above & Beyond


If one word sums up the phenomenon of Above & Beyond then that is surely it.

The intensity is building up while we listen to ABGT 149. 150 is one sleep away! This week’s episode is obviously special, being that it dives deeper into the roots of how the trio became a phenomenon. Everything from Porter Robinson and Mat Zo, to Soundprank and Morgan Page. I feel like I have been waiting forever for this!

I can’t really explain how many goosebumps hit me when I first joined the stream. Music is about technicality, not popularity, and Above & Beyond has more than proven that. This masterpiece was actually their Valentine’s Day gift to us on Group Therapy a year ago. My soul always seems to be flying through so many complex emotions and feelings through this one. Of course, I’m talking about the acoustic version of ‘Good For Me.’ I truly believe that this one is dedicated to all of the people that say the authors of electronic music are not true musicians. For that, I express my gratitude.

Eric Prydz’s remix of Depeche Mode’s ‘Personal Jesus’ is an extremely easy track to trainspot. This track is so good it still blows my mind – even though it’s been years since it was premiered. Eric is the king of progressive house and it’s impeccable remixes like this that will live on forever, not all of the ‘Tsunamis’ on Spinnin’ records. It’s my pick for every throwback day. Prydz, you’re the man! The spin 16 Bit Lolitas put on OceanLab’s ‘On A Good Day’ is unlike anything they have ever done before. I think most people don’t understand how brilliant, inspiring and clever this particular remix is. Doesn’t seem all that related to the original, but I’m not complaining. Beautiful.

I love the simplistic beauty of OceanLab’s music. Above & Beyond’s Analouge Haven remix of ‘Breaking Ties’ is one that you can instantly get lost in. I think many are not fans of this one, compared to their massive tracks, as this one is understated, and not meant to be massive. I think the aim was to be more peaceful and ambient rather than “jawdroppingly epic.” It’s a wonderful change and it’s great to see them go in a new direction. It further shows their versatility as artists, as well as enforces the claim that they may be the greatest vocal trance group ever. It just wouldn’t be trance without them!

[divider]Group Therapy 149: ABGT 149 Tracklist[/divider]

Featured ABGT 149 Tracks

Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston – Good For Me (Acoustic)

Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus (Eric Prydz Remix)

OceanLab – Breaking Ties (Above & Beyond Analogue Haven Mix)

About The Author

Shay Lynn

Shay is originally from Portland, but she now resides in Vegas. She's an avid shuffler and the Anjunaqueen of the Trance Life family. Trance is in her blood and she will always remember her father listening to ATB and Chicane while she was growing up. It's been a huge part of her life since then. (Life is made of small moments like these. - A&B). "Break down the walls of narrow-mindedness and set it free. Let it breathe."

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