Starting off a series of trance bookings at BETA Waterloo were the German trance duo Kyau & Albert. The evening was a journey through the decades bringing modern trance infused with classics under the high ceilings of BETA.
The evening was kick-started by BETA’s resident DJ, Adam Spears. As always he delivered some of the best tech-house driven sounds to start the show. Adam has had the privilege to open for almost every artist who has walked through BETA’s doors, a remarkable feat for a young artist.
When the clock struck midnight, I saw a familiar face standing by the booth. It was Ralph Kyau. Soon after, Adam Spears closed down his set for Kyau & Albert to begin. Unfortunately, Steven Albert was unable to perform due to illness. Kyau kicks the show off solo, but you could never tell. He started so powerfully, it was as though they were there together!
True to Kyau & Albert’s signature style, Ralph dished out some progressive trance. It was quite the treat for Waterloo trance fans as this sound is not heard thundering away on the BETA Dynacord system too often. It was getting close to 1AM when Ralph delivered some Anjuna goodness to the crowd with hits like the popular club mix of Counting Down the Days by Above & Beyond featuring vocals by Gemma Hayes. Shortly after, the acoustic version of Above & Beyond’s timeless classic Sun & Moon was heard, and there was no stranger to the song. The crowd threw their hands in the air and sang along.
The crowd enjoyed more trance-house offerings as Kyau made a powerful stride into classic tracks near 1:30AM. We heard Kyau & Albert hits like A Night Like This, one of the tracks I was looking forward to hearing live. Even though Albert’s sickness prevented him from performing tonight he was ever so present in their own tracks with his vocal work. The mix transitioned into Gareth Emery‘s Long Way Home and then followed with another Kyau & Albert classic hit Be There 4 U! What a moment!
We heard more Kyau & Albert tracks like Another Time shortly just before the closing. This incredibly emotional track drove the night right into morning. At 2:30AM we were all wondering what will end the incredible set when Ralph Kyau answered with nothing less than Air For Life from Above & Beyond versus Andy Moor. A perfect choice; the punchy Anjuna sound is mixed with Andy Moor’s uplifting style in a perfect harmony.
I hope to see the trance family out soon for the upcoming show at BETA with Ferry Corsten! Follow BETA on Facebook for more info and pictures from Kyau & Albert.
Edmund Wong – EDM TOR