Anjunabeats has reached its 300th release and the honour, of course, goes to label founders Above & Beyond. Fresh off the back of several months working on their Acoustic project, their return to full on dance music is everything you’d expect, and a little more.
Hello starts with the Above & Beyond style we’ve come to know of late–dirty, bouncy and stompy, big room electro trance–whatever you want to call it, it’s certainly designed with clubs in mind, and it works very well. But as the bassline fades away, there’s something quite special in store, as we’re treated to some classic Above & Beyond. It’s an almost purposefully nostalgic moment, which points not just at their roots in uplifting trance, but also the roots of the genre itself. The huge chord stabs are like snapshots of the style they became famous for and along with the Café Del Mar-style muted arpeggio line, the whole break is a strong reminder that trance is still very much at the forefront of what they do. A rolling bassline, which itself has an almost ‘90s feel to it, leads into the drop–groovy, techy, and with a touch of Andrew Bayer about it–bringing things right back to the present.
Hello is out now and makes it clear that although Above & Beyond are currently the masters of big room trance, they’ll never stray too far from the uplifting style that is so strongly laced throughout their past.