No article about trance royalty Above & Beyond would quite be complete without a brief history.
Since the release of the first house music record back in 1984, a mammoth 3 decades have passed, with each decade clearly announcing the end of one generation, and the start of another. One particular event that squarely fills the gap, halfway between its Chicago inception and its current return stateside, is the now famous ’99’ trance boom. An era that served as a platform for many of today’s top artists, including the likes of Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren and DJ Tiësto. While the sound certainly found its roots somewhere between the Netherlands and Germany, the UK brought a distinctly progressive side to what we now know as ‘uplifting trance’.
Brands like Sheffield based Gatecrasher quickly became a playground for trance lovers from across the world, with top DJ’s like Judge Jules, Paul Oakenfold, Scott Bond and Matt Hardwick proving that Britain could certainly hold its own. Another act which would find their feet following this cultural revolution was Above & Beyond. The multi-national, stadium-filling trio made up of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki have continued to lead the way with their unique take on trance, consistently placing within DJ MAG’s top 100.
The trio’s exceptional gift for merging floor-shaking rhythms, with anthemic melodies and impeccable lyrics, have made them one of the dance music’s most loved performers. Their weekly radio show ‘ABGT (Above & Beyond – Group Therapy) takes the trio straight into listeners’ daily lives, unwittingly creating a truly personal connection with so many fans from across the world. Having recently celebrated an incredible 250 Episodes of the podcast, Above & Beyond gave an unmatched performance to the crowd of thousands at The Gorge Amphitheatre, Washington State.
To make the experience ever the more special, the performance included brand new music featuring longtime collaborator, Zoë Johnston, whose been collaborating with the band since 2004. The incredibly beautiful track titled Your Own Hymn continues down a path that fans of the band have become most familiar with, deep feelings of nostalgia laid over euphoric chords that tug at every heartstring.
The single comes as the second track to be revealed from their upcoming album titled Common Ground, which is all set for a January 2018 release. Until then make sure you subscribe to the Above & Beyond newsletter, to stay informed every step of the way.