Video: “Blue Sky Action” by Above & Beyond ft. Alex Vargas

To follow up with the MP3 release of “Blue Sky Action,” Above & Beyond have recruited director, Ken Clark, to continue the theme of sci-fi that he had laid out earlier in his visuals to “Sticky Fingers.”

In this video, we follow a story line that follows a similar story line of Mad Max mixed with Wall-E.  To know more about where the guys of Above & Beyond came from, here’s what Tony McGuinness, 1/3 of Above & Beyond, had to say about the video.

Wall-E is the last man standing on an earth rendered uninhabitable by pollution and fierce sunlight.He owns every material thing imaginable, but something is missing; he’s lonely. When the clouds part unexpectedly his perspective changes, and he decides to risk everything for adventure and love, and so begins his blue sky getaway.

The epic sounds of the melody alongside the barren desert acts as the perfect story telling combination. As the vocals echo “king for a day,” the song becomes more progressive and uplifting as the protagonist of the video also becomes more optimistic.

“Blue Sky Action” by Above & Beyond ft. Alex Vargas

blue sky action alex vargas pumpthebeat.com“Blue Sky Action” has been receiving a ton of positive feedback from the Above & Beyond fan base. Today, the guys from Above & Beyond, Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamaki, uploaded the track onto their SoundCloud.

The track is just a sample of what’s to come for their upcoming album, due early 2015, on Anjunabeats / Ultra Music. “Blue Sky Action” resonates trance vibes, as expected. With a progressive melody and the vocals of Alex Vargas, we get this uplifting track. If you recognize the voice, Vargas is featured on many Above & Beyond tracks. The one that I’ve highlighted recently is “Sticky Fingers.” Definitely check it out if you have time.

Mixtape: “Me & My Headphones (Vol. XVII)” by Various Artists

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Speaking of headphones, congratulations to Dr. Dre on becoming hip hop’s first billionaire by selling his brand Beats by Dre to Apple for 3.2 billion I think it was. You gotta watch this video of him and Tyrese celebrating. Anyways, all of you out there should be celebrating too because 1)  Dr. Dre finally did it  2)  It’s almost summer  3)  and a lot of us are finally finishing up with exams. Here are some tunes I thought went well with the occasions. Hope you guys enjoy and stay into trouble.










UMass Amherst Cancels EDM

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UMass Amherst has cancelled upcoming EDM concerts on campus due to the recent “Molly” and MDMA related deaths at concerts in the Northeast (House of Blues Boston and EZoo). It is disappointing, to say the least, as the concerts were to feature Pretty Lights and Above & Beyond, two super groups that are absolutely amazing live. The shows were scheduled to take place on Oct 4 and Oct 30, respectively. The school claims that “the evidence is clear that Molly use is closely linked to EDM concerts” and therefore they have preemptively cancelled them all. Refunds will be given to all the students, but EDM will be on hold at UMass until further notice.

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News: EDC Chicago Lineup Released

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For everyone waiting to see the lineup for Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago 2013, the wait is over. The Chicago Tribune released an article today entitled, “Electric Daisy Carnival: Dance music festival sets rave lineup for Joliet racetrack,” which has almost the entire lineup. I was worried that I might be disappointed with the lineup, but I shouldn’t have doubted Insomniac’s ability to get talented performers at their festivals. With headliners such as Avicii, Hardwell, Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Tiesto, Kaskade, and more, I don’t know how you could be disappointed. The lineup has a great mix of different types of artists ranging from Trance, to Progressive House, and to Dubstep. Chicago is kicking off the first EDC right as of now. If you are in the greater Chicagoland area in late May, definitely get a ticket to EDC Chicago. 3 day tickets are still on sale for $175.

“Walter White” by Above & Beyond

Above & Beyond has been arguably one of the best DJ groups of all time. The trio released Anjunabeats Vol. 10, and this is my favorite track on the album, with “Small Moments” at a close second. This song isn’t as trancy as what many of you may be used to from Above & Beyond, but this just goes to show their talent crossing closely related genre boundaries. If you ever get a chance to see these guys live, don’t miss the opportunity. I saw these guys life at Electric Zoo this past summer and it was unreal. Enjoy the track.

Event: Paradiso Festival

For those of you lucky enough to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, USC Events has put together an incredible event for its 15th anniversary. Paradiso Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd, has just released its promotional video, and it looks like it will be one hell of a weekend. The festival will be held at The Gorge Amphitheatre, consistently voted one of the top outdoor music venues in North America, and includes a 12 hour day of electronic music and two nights of camping. Artists already announced for the festival include Avicii, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Knife Party, Excision, Dillon Francis, Nervo, R3hab, Kill the Noise, LA Riots, Skism, and Dodge & Fuski, along with some of the Northwest’s greatest electronic talent. Oh yeah, and Cirque du Soleil is performing. Get your tickets quick (only $70) and get your asses to the Gorge for what is sure to be an amazing weekend.

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