Of the several Above & Beyond tracks first revealed at ABGT050, Sticky Fingers has been perhaps the most anticipated. With vocals from Above & Beyond Acoustic star Alex Vargas–making his debut on a club track for the trio–Sticky Fingers finally sees a full release with remixes from Lane 8 and Om Unit.
The original is a very techy and almost experimental take on big room house, combined with a lyrical subject that offers some familiarity. Yes, Sticky Fingers is about the end of a relationship, a subject that has almost become a signature for the group, but as always, it manages to avoid sounding clichéd and thanks to the soulful talents of Vargas, it really does strike a chord. The production style has a touch of Andrew Bayer about it, but perhaps the biggest surprise comes from the main drop, as the big riffs hint at Above & Beyond’s early work–the sound might have changed, the production might have become more complex and quirky, but those big riffs are still at the forefront.
On the flipside, there’s an astoundingly chilled deep house remix from Lane 8 which is simply stunning from start to finish, and the experimental theme continues with an Om Unit production that is about as quirky as it gets.
Sticky Fingers is out now on Anjunabeats and is a clear sign that Above & Beyond is bucking the mainstream trends and sticking with their own route to the top, something that should bode well for the upcoming Anjunabeats Volume 11 compilation, out on June 9.