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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Justin Oh
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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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AXWELL Λ INGROSSO cancel UEFA Europa League final performance following Manchester terror attack

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Axwell Λ Ingrosso have announced that they will be cancelling their UEFA Europa League finals performance in the wake of the Manchester terror attack that took place May 22. The duo was set to perform before the Manchester United vs. Ajax final tonight, May 24, at the was set Friends Arena in their hometown of Stockholm, Sweden.

Axwell and Ingrosso announced they would no longer be performing the show via their social channels last night. The duo stated that the cancellation was a mutual agreement between themselves and UEFA, and that continuing to play despite the tragedy of Monday night ‘did not feel right to continue.’  View their full announcement below.

H/T: DJMag

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Axwell / Ingrosso release invigorating EP, ‘More Than You Know’

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While Swedish House Mafia is now defunct, Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell have continued their legacy-bolstering partnership as Axwell / Ingrosso. Teasing fans with a never-ending selection of ID’s and unreleased tracks during their live sets, the Swedish duo have finally debuted their explosive sophomore EP, More Than You Know. 

Basking in the success of their latest single “Renegade”, and the unique Instagram premiere of the accompanying music video, the pair have worked tirelessly and succeeded in maintaining the contagious musical aura that fans initially fell in love with. Changing their style up slightly, Axwell / Ingrosso have effectively broken away from their traditional musical style and took a chance into a softer, more heartfelt electronica sector for their track “Dawn”.

Both Axwell and Ingrosso have embarked into 2017 focusing on the production of the EP and playing minimal shows, effectively timing the mounting tension of their anticipated EP release with the kickoff of festival season. Seeing no delay to their continued success, the acclaimed producers will spend their summer closing out an abundance of festival stages across the globe.

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Axwell denies Swedish House Mafia reunion rumors; claims tweet was photoshop

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The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind of emotions for Swedish House Mafia fans. Late yesterday, screenshots began circulating the web of a deleted Axwell tweet hinting at the return of Swedish House Mafia. The tweet read “The countdown to a new era has begun. Never too late to get back on track.”

Combined with a new logo containing the letters AIA and a date marked for Ultra 2017 (where the trio performed their final performance in 2013), it seemed all to certain that something was going to happen with SHM in 2017.

Now, however, Axwell has responded to the rumors claiming that the tweet was photoshopped. He wrote on Twitter this morning: “Doesn’t take much more than a wise guy with photoshop to start a rumor.”

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This is the second time Swedish House Mafia reunion rumors have surfaced in 2016 (and consequently been debunked). Back in July, YouTube curator Proximity shared news of a suspected Swedish House Mafia tour in 2017 before Axwell Ingrosso officially denied the rumor, saying “At this point we’re not planning on reuniting and we have really no further comments on what the future for SHM looks like.”