“Yes, absolutely, Swedish House Mafia is back. Now during summer everyone is traveling a lot, but we’ve entered the studio. I can’t really say much more, but we’ve decided that: ‘Here we go.’”
During the trio’s comeback performance earlier this year, fans had already spotted unidentified originals placed throughout the set — perhaps a fully fleshed-out Swedish House Mafia release is also underway in 2019.
In 2016, Sebastian Ingrosso posted a behind-the-scenes video of his tour with Axwell. The short, 14-second video was an on-brand goof off between gigs in Mexico City, along with the witty back-and-forth expected from the two Swedish artists after their years of friendship and working together as Swedish House Mafia and now Axwell / Ingrosso. The clip feels insignificant, as a view into the day to day life of the artists, but has an Easter egg hidden in its content.
In the end, Axwell ends up clarifying his new nickname as “Aguelando,” which at the time feels like an innocuous claim of the moment. That is, until Aguelando released a remix of Shapov‘s “Belong” on Axwell’s label, Axtone, later that year.
Since then, we haven’t heard much from Aguelando, until a new remix EP appeared featuring the artist. This time it’s from Vargas & Lagola — also known as Salem Al Fakir and Vincent Pontare — a duo of seasoned experience in the electronic world, and especially in the Swedish music scene. The remix is of their latest release, “Roads,” and features an uplifting, nostalgic pop vocal from the original, and a stripped-down, deeper production style that we saw on Aguelando’s first remix.
Arguably the year’s most coveted dance music festival is currently underway in Belgium, bringing EDM’s finest to the first weekend of Tomorrowland. Ravers come from all over the world, and even more tune in to enjoy the festival’s programming remotely. Now, with day two of Tomorrowland in the books, one of the top highlights for at-home fans has been the plethora of live streams offered by the festival. Check out some of Saturday’s top sets from Armin van Buuren, Axwell, Yellow Claw, and more.
The billboard shows the artwork for “Dancing Alone” followed by an error message and the Mafia’s ubiquitous, signature white dots. Axwell Λ Ingrosso hinted at the trio touring at New York’s Brooklyn Mirage on Memorial Day. The next month, Steve Angello confirmed the trio will be touring together next year. The Swedish dance icons’ last performance was a lauded reunion at Ultra Music Festival this year. Before that, they branded their performance at Ultra Music Festival 2013 as their final show before the trio bisbanded. Now, Swedish House Mafia is back and ready to take fans by storm, and the new billboard could signal to “Dancing Alone” being the end of Swedish House Mafia’s hiatus.
Over Memorial Day Weekend, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso played New York City’s Brooklyn Mirage. The Swedish superstar duo, who formed their joint Axwell Λ Ingrosso venture upon Swedish House Mafia‘s split in 2014, played to a sold-out crowd packed to the brim with plenty of Swedish House Mafia diehards.
During the set’s closing moments, Axwell took to the microphone to hype the crowd over a Swedish House Mafia tour planned for 2019. The pair then went on to play “Save The World” to cap off their set.
“What do we do now? This is a big move. This has never happened before. Should we cancel the Swedish House Mafia gig we’re planning next year? We are not sure they are ready for Swedish House Mafia in 2019.”
Axwell’s statement over the mic as of now remains a tantalizing tease, though even just a small taste of Swedish House hype satiated the roaring crowd. Following the trio’s historic reunion at Ultra Music Festival in March, a full fledged reassembly with Steve Angello may be imminent.
Here we go again — Swedish House Mafia‘s Instagram has been cleared of all of its photos, so don’t pack away your black deep v-necks just yet. The last time the trio’s social media presence logged this type of activity was just ahead of their reunion at Ultra Music Festival in Miami after a five year hiatus. The updates from the group’s dormant profiles were quickly noticed by fans and abruptly batted down as routine cleaning by manager Amy Thompson, though as the not-so-secret reunion inched closer, it was obvious that the social media audit signaled the beginning of the Mafia’s return.
Swedish House Mafia’s Facebook and Twitter pages remain intact for now, however the group’s freshly wiped Instagram, including all of the images from their historic assembly in March, has the rumor mill buzzing all over again. Are Axwell, Ingrosso, and Steve Angello ready to pick up the Swedish House Mafia banner once more? Steve Angello is hot off the release of his long-awaited solo opus Human, with two additional versions of the album expected to drip out over the summer and fall. In conjunction with the album however, Angello is also offering a lifetime pass to get into any of his solo performance across the world. Perhaps the specification of “solo” points to potentially collaborative shows in the future? Beyond that, fans have identified two new, yet-to-be-named tracks from the group’s performance at Ultra, and with cryptic hints from Tomorrowland at another appearance from the trio, we may be looking at full reunion run in the making.
In addition to premiering three unreleased songs at Ultra 20, Axwell concluded their set by saying, “We are Swedish House Mafia for life this time.” Steve Angello’s talent manager, Scooter Braun, then took to his Instagram story following the set, and hinted, essentially confirming that Sunday’s SHM reunion was “the beginning” of something much larger.
Fans immediately began speculating over whether an arena world tour was in the works, or a possible summer festival run, despite the fact that most large festival bookings have been finalized for the 2018 season.
Following the SMH reunion at Ultra Miami last weekend, Tomorrowland may have further fueled fan hopes when they posted an image of the Belgian festival’s main stage on Twitter with the caption, “expect the unexpected.” The tagline is the exact same phrase that Ultra used when announcing the “secret guest” slot for it’s 20th edition.
Nothing has been confirmed, and the tweet has since been deleted, but the coin of phrase has sparked controversy that another secret guest appearance by SHM may be in the programming for Tomorrowland’s 2018 edition, “The Story Of Planaxis.”
If rumors are true, the performance would be the defunct group’s first performance together since their split on March 24, 2013. Those planning to attend Ultra Music Festival’s 20th anniversary, slated for March 23–25 at Ultra’s longtime home of Bayfront Park, have further speculated that Swedish House Mafia would deliver such a “special anniversary performance” on March 24, 2018, in tribute to the mega-group’s 2013 separation.
Naturally, when Steve Angello posted an Instagram that depicts what looks very much like the background of Bayfront Park on March 2, ticket holders noticed.
And when Swedish House Mafia updated their Facebook cover photo to an image of three black spray painted dots approximately one-hour later, ticket holders again noticed.
Neither Swedish House Mafia, nor Ultra Music Festival have released any information regarding the possibility of an SHM reunion, but by all speculative accounts, the social media activity seems to signal that the group will indeed reconvene later this March, in Miami.
Alpha 9 debuted his take on Axwell & Ingrosso‘s “Dreamer” at Volta Club in Russia, and his remix of the track has garnered arguably a warmer reception than Axwell & Ingrosso’s original take.
The producer has made the vocals a secondary layer in his rendition of the song, while retaining the futuristic vibe. His remix is the perfect feel-good club track with its upbeat nature and polarizing drop.
Alpha 9 is Arty‘s trance alias, and he’s already off to a hot start of 2018 through releasing “You and I” and debuting this remix.
When it comes to a record of the most widely supported producers of today, 1001Tracklists offers a look through a retrospective lens, releasing its list of the “Top 101 Producers of 2017” a little over a week into 2018.
The “world’s leading DJ tracklist database,” 1001Tracklists accounts for mixes, radio shows, and club and festival sets alike, maintaining a quantitative musical log that tracks the frequency with which a given producer’s works appear across tracklists. 1001Tracklists’ meticulous strategy to measuring producer prominence across mixes, radio shows, and sets results in a precisely ordered list sees Skrillex at the very peak of the “Top 101 Producers of 2017” list, coming in at first place with a “Total Unique DJ Support” of 1,463. 1001 Tracklists’ “Total Unique DJ Support” represents the total number of times that a release crafted by the producer surfaced.
Don Diablo trailed Skrillex with a support of 1,198, followed by Axwell with 1,007, Diplo with 1,002, and Hardwell, rounding out the top five with 997. The broad list sees BROHUG, Tiesto, EDX, Eric Prydz, and more place within the top 20. The complete list of the most heavily supported producers of the previous year can be viewed here.