Last year, Above & Beyond, the acclaimed British electronic dance group (which happened to produce one of our favorite club teasers ever), decided to perform some of their best-known songs as part of a 15-piece band, with string instruments, a vibraphone, a Rhodes piano, and even a broom, in place of their usual DJ setup. But the whole undertaking wasn't as big of a risk as it sounds.
"The acoustic project is a reconnection with the musicians that we were before we met" said Tony McGuinness, who along with Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki make up Above & Beyond.
"The songs have been on an interesting journey to get here because we tend to write in a fairly acoustic way anyway," McGuinness went on. "We don't just stick a bit of vocal over a dance track -- that's not how we work. We try to start with a song and it's usually only later down the line that we take certain elements from that song and progress them into a more dancefloor-friendly version."
The re-arranged songs were performed in a limited concert series, Above & Beyond Acoustic, at Porchester Hall in London and later at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The six sold-out shows drew heavy praise from all music circles, and one of the London shows was recorded for a live concert video, premiering on Thump on Friday at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST. A 12-track studio album, also called 'Above & Beyond Acoustic,' comes out January 28 on Ultra Music.
All of which brings us to today. It would be an understatement to say that we're excited to premiere the live performance video for 'You Got To Go,' which features British singer Zoë Johnston, who also sang on the original track. Johnston, formerly of Faithless, has one of the most distinct voices in music, and there are at least three goosebump moments in this song alone, which makes 'Above & Beyond Acoustic' one of the most promising albums so far this year.
'Above & Beyond Acoustic' Track List
2. You Got To Go
3. Satellite / Stealing Time
4. Thing Called Love
5. Can’t Sleep
6. Sun & Moon
7. Good For Me
8. Sirens Of The Sea
9. Love Is Not Enough
10. On A Good Day
11. Alone Tonight
12. Making Plans