Fans of Above & Beyond are having an amazing week, as the celebrations related to the trance trio’s new album “Common Ground” go on and on. The band’s 4th studio album dropped last Friday on their own Anjunabeats label, but on the evening prior to the release Jono Grant from Above & Beyond appeared on Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance radio show to celebrate the upcoming album release in style.
During the first hour of A State of Trance’s 850th episode, Jono played 4 tracks from “Common Ground” in a row, starting off with the album’s title track “The Inconsistency Principle”. Next up was Above & Beyond’s latest single “Always”, which is a brilliant acoustic gem with the amazing vocals of Zoë Johnston. Jono spun ‘Is It Love? (1001)’ next, which is quite a special track, as it was originally an instrumental tune before Jono’s own vocals were added on to it. The mini guest mix ended with the previously released single “Northern Soul” featuring Richard Bedford, a track that saw daylight in November of last year.
Armin van Buuren took the opportunity to ask Jono to shed some light on how the album came about. Jono revealed that it took them three years to complete the album, because of their busy Above & Beyond Group Therapy touring schedule. The actual time they spent in the studio working on it was about 1 year in total. He added (jokingly) that, with three male ego’s in the studio, it wasn’t always easy to reach ‘common ground’. Jono also unveiled that they recorded about 30 tracks when the album was in the making, assuring fans that there is lots of new music to be put out there in the future, even after the release of “Common Ground”.
The mini guest mix was only the beginning though, because after Armin had completed the two hours of his show, Jono reappeared for an additional Above & Beyond set of one hour. The set included some new Anjunabeats releases like Kyau & Albert vs Genix – “Mantis” and Sunny Lax – “So Long”, as well as some of Above & Beyond’s own tracks. To top it off, Jono threw in a couple of amazing remixes, such as Cosmic Gate‘s reworked version of Gabriel & Dresden‘s “The Only Road” and the brilliant Ilan Bluestone remix of their own banger “We’re All We Need”.
Check out Above & Beyond’s exclusive ASOT 850 guest mix and the full additional hour-long set in the third hour of the show down below.