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Above & Beyond,
Anjunabeats 8 Ultra Records, Aug. 17

08/05/10
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



It’s funny, I was hoping to avoid jumping the couch over this one and giggling girlishly about how this UK DJ trio make the music of heaven, but being that they recently soundtracked the official unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, maybe that’s not so hyperbolic after all. Once again the fellas stick with what works: upbeat progressive trance that magically combines potent, danceable beats with what has to be described as New Age sensibilities. Doesn’t sound like the toughest trick in the book, but it is when you consider what a horrible state the whole velvet-rope-club scene’s been in for over a year now, with even Digweed and Tiesto wrecking their recent albums out of some blind deference to Justice et al. Just about everyone sashayed gleefully off the cliff, but these guys have gone on to refuse completely the Kool-Aid they dispassionately sipped on a few stray tracks from Anjunabeats 7. Disk 1, as has become tradition, is the commuter-reverie stuff, gentle but powerful, full of effervescent and/or soaring synths, controlled hoover, parallel IDM-minded forces, a few angelic vocal lines (“Chasing Love”), while disk 2 is the eight-cylinder party-hearty vibes. The beauty part is they’re only the fourth-rated DJ team in the world, so there’s actually something remaining to prove.

A+ —Eric W. Saeger






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