12 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The London DJ/production trio Above & Beyond have checked off pretty much every box on your average EDM supergroup's bucket list: run a successful label (Anjunabeats); crush a Vegas residency; release countless singles, remixes, and studio albums; win awards for all of it. So what's next? How about hiring a 15-piece orchestra to perform acoustic versions of some of their biggest songs? Forget beats and bombast—there's not a lick of what would commonly be recognized as trance music here. The A&B signature track "Sun and Moon" starts slow and meditative before launching a lighter-waving chorus befitting a Bon Jovi concert. Harps, synths, and percussion come together for "Love Is Not Enough," achieving a sleek downtempo vibe, while "Alone Tonight" evokes Portishead. None of this is trance, but its languid melodies and atmospheric production is certainly trance-inducing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The London DJ/production trio Above & Beyond have checked off pretty much every box on your average EDM supergroup's bucket list: run a successful label (Anjunabeats); crush a Vegas residency; release countless singles, remixes, and studio albums; win awards for all of it. So what's next? How about hiring a 15-piece orchestra to perform acoustic versions of some of their biggest songs? Forget beats and bombast—there's not a lick of what would commonly be recognized as trance music here. The A&B signature track "Sun and Moon" starts slow and meditative before launching a lighter-waving chorus befitting a Bon Jovi concert. Harps, synths, and percussion come together for "Love Is Not Enough," achieving a sleek downtempo vibe, while "Alone Tonight" evokes Portishead. None of this is trance, but its languid melodies and atmospheric production is certainly trance-inducing.

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