Every trance fan knows Above & Beyond, yet I feel their softer, more subtle work goes generally unnoticed by the large majority of trance fans, the fans that get their trance fix from radio shows like A State of Trance, Trance Around The World and Global DJ Broadcast.
Breaking Ties is a track from Above & Beyond’s vocal alias, Oceanlab. The flow mix that was on this release is a beautiful, haunting rendition of the original banging version that made the rounds in 2008.
Filmic was the opener to Above & Beyond’s 2011 album, Group Therapy, a house focused album that honed in on this year’s trend of slower, groovier tracks compared to the 140bpm arpeggiated basslines of yesteryear. Above & Beyond have been starting a lot of their sets with a shortened version of this, it works incredibly well.
Filmic is built on consistent piano chords, sweeping strings and an otherworldly chorus of chanting, all of which build to a stunning crescendo. It is trance without being trance. If only the entire album was as good.