Swedish House Mafia’s Instagram scrubbed lending credibility to extended reunion rumors

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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 Humanwith 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.

Is Tomorrowland cryptically teasing a Swedish House Mafia performance?

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For months, Ultra Music Festival had been saying “expect the unexpected” leading up to its 20th anniversary celebration. While many believed the phrase to mean Daft Punk was planning a return to the festival circuit, viral rumors all but confirmed a Swedish House Mafia reunion. After all, the iconic Swedish trio hadn’t performed together since their One Last Tour in 2013, with Steve Angello stating to HuffPost, “I just wasn’t having fun anymore. It was this humongous monster. We felt…tired.”

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.

I think it’s more or less confirmed that this was not a one time thing

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.”

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Did Swedish House Mafia just confirm an Ultra appearance?

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Ultra Music Festival’s advice that attendees of the festival’s 20th birthday celebration should “expect the unexpected” has not gone unheeded.

In the months leading up to the flagship Miami edition’s landmark iteration, ticket holders have collectively made conjectures that the mystery “special anniversary performance” touted by the lineup would be a rare reunion of Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso for an exclusive appearance as Swedish House Mafia.

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.

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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.

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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 debuts polarizing remix of Axwell & Ingrosso’s ‘Dreamer’

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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.

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1001Tracklists identifies 2017’s ‘top 101 producers’ in mammoth new list

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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.

 

 

H/T: 1001Tracklists

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TBT: A video of Eric Prydz throwing his drink at Axwell from 2008 has resurfaced

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A video has resurfaced to Reddit showing Eric Prydz throwing multiple drinks at Axwell at an after party for the Swedish Grammy Awards.

The video, which dates back to 2008, depicts a reportedly intoxicated Axwell fumbling a transition while behind the decks, to which Prydz seems to take great offense as the progressive house maestro proceeds to throw champagne and beer at Axwell.

Sebastian Ingrosso manages to save the transition but a small verbal interaction takes place between Axwell and Prydz, with Axwell tussling Prydz signature black beanie.

Screwing up a DJ transition may not be a federal offense, but it certainly would be if Eric Prydz were writing legislation. The sentence? Three glasses of bubbly straight to the face.

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Did Axwell Λ Ingrosso really ruin ‘Dreamer?’ An analysis

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Swedish progressive house duo Axwell Λ Ingrosso have released their long awaited single “Dreamer” after more than a year of anticipation. Following the release, fan reactions were a mixed bag of emotions ranging from purist contempt to wholehearted appreciation to downright confusion.

The basis of such stark difference in opinion stems from the decision to alter the track’s structural elements or, in layman’s terms, change its drop. Is Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s fanbase truly this vexed over the group’s decision to flip the script on the track?

The collective frustration and confusion was exacerbated by the sheer amount of time that fans spent anxiously awaiting the track’s release, during which fans obsessed over live rips or “ID’s” of the “original” track—which first debuted at Amsterdam Dance Event in 2016.

Progressive house purists claim that the Swedish producers completely stripped “Dreamer” of its identity, and that the group is making an overt attempt to latch onto electronic music’s flavor of the week.

To rebut, others claim that by altering their production M.O., the group is exhibis a healthy artistic progression marked by a willingness to produce a more forward thinking sound.

Since the disbandment of Swedish House Mafia following their final performance at Ultra in 2013, Axwell has been outward about his desire to shift away from the musical styles that characterized the progressive house zeitgeist in the early aughts of the 2010s. Axwell took to social media following the backlash to give his side of the story, noting that fans can listen to the multitude of progressive house tracks in the duo’s catalogue if they desire a more purist approach.

Recent complaints regarding Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s structural subversion of the track’s fundamental elements comes as no surprise, especially considering the group’s emotional impact on progressive house fans throughout the years. Still, the complaints beg further questions regarding how genre categorization and cultural context affects the way music is produced and, more importantly, consumed on a grand scale. Not only do artists create music with its structural and stylistic elements in mind, but many pay close attention to how said music will be perceived in a larger cultural context or within the dance music scene.

Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s newest track “Dreamer” could be characterized as an active attempt to voyage into new sonic territory, a chintzy attempt to piggy back off of the success of EDM’s hottest buzz names in an effort to remain relevant, or something entirely different. Although it isn’t fair to deem the track obsolete or jump to conclusions about the duo’s artistic intentions, fan concerns about “Dreamer” bring forth relevant questions about how context shapes a songs construction and, ultimately, its reception on a larger scale.

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Thailand’s 808 Festival announces more headliners for December event

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Preparations for 808 Festival continue as the company reveals phase after phase of headliners. The Thailand-based fest has shared the fourth installment, revealing Amelie Lens, ANOTR, Axwell, Boombox Cartel, Gryffin, Slander, and many others. The festival has continuously amped up excitement for the Dec. 9-10 event, with headliners now in the double digits. More announcements are still possible.

Check out phase one announcement here and the lineup so far below.

Two-day tickets are available on the festival’s website.

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Phase 1-4 announcements
Amelie Lens
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Anotr
Boombox Cartel
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Ghastly
Gryffin (Live)
Justin Oh
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Sam Paganni
Slander
Timmy Trumpet
Vini Vici

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Shapov & Trouze – The Way

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Shapov and the Singapore/America trio Trouze have officially released the piano-driven, emotive “The Way,” which made its stellar debut at Axwell / Ingrosso’s’s sold-out Heineken Music Hall show at ADE last year. Between the track’s stirring vocals and propelling melodies, Shapov and Trouze have once more solidified their stance in dance music.

After having begun 2017 with his Four Corners EP and subsequently bringing in 10 million streams on the work, Shapov toured tirelessly throughout the summer. He performed at Tomorrowland twice and also hit innumerable festivals along the way including Electrobeach, Los Alamos, Electric Love,  and Parookaville, to name a few.

Meanwhile, Trouze has been steadily making strides into the electronic scene, appearing on Armada and Mixmash, and collaborating with venerable artists like Elephante.

If the two continue pumping out tunes as hauntingly beautiful as “The Way,” it’ll soon be impossible for the dance scene to look in any other direction.

 

 

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Axwell debuts huge new track 6 years in the making

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It is no secret that Axwell has established himself as one of the foremost names in the world of Swedish commercial house. He’s one of the founding members of the legendary trio Swedish House Mafia, and additionally serves as one half of the powerhouse duo Axwell Λ Ingrosso. Now, the groundbreaking DJ and producer is ready to share an explosive new track for the world, one that took 6 years in the making. Axwell teamed up with NEW_ID to redesign Pauls Paris’ “Make Your Mind Up (featuring Moses York)” with a fresh vision and a bold new style.

He first got a taste of “Make Your Mind Up” over seven years ago when it came to his label Axtone as an unsolicited demo in 2010. Since then, the EDM trailblazer has embarked an expansive journey trying to bring his unreleased remodel to the world. Half a decade of reimagining and redesigning the original tune into an uplifting and infectious new song led to it making its BBC Radio 1 debut last month. Now, fans around the world can indulge in this huge new tune that has finally come to the forefront of the dance music world.

H/T: Billboard

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