Swedish House Mafia join Calvin Harris, Daft Punk on Columbia Records roster

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Swedish House Mafia are back, despite only having played one show together in the last six years. Now it seems they are officially here to stay with the trio’s newly inked record deal with Columbia Records. Columbia has been fierce in its effort to scoop up A-list electronic talent over the last decade, now planting the Mafia among Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Diplo, and LCD Soundsystem‘s ranks. At the end of 2018, Columbia also signed Gesaffelstein, officially kicking off his comeback after a similarly long hiatus. Swedish House Mafia is the latest top-tier act to join Columbia’s booming roster, confirming a grip of new music will accompany their slowly materializing world tour set for this summer.

In recent weeks, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello have locked in Ultra Europe and Korea performances, a return to Ibiza, a confirmed headlining slot at Lollapalooza Berlin, and begun teasing their highly anticipated Los Angeles shows. And where the group could easily get away with touring this summer on heavy nostalgia alone, a fresh record deal signals plenty of new music from Swedish House Mafia is now imminent.

‘I never said I was making an album,’ Skrillex expounds on plans for new music

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With the end of 2018 came the end of a much-deserved year off for Skrillex. While the “Buckets” producer maintained an active studio presence and a relatively busy itinerary, 2018 came and went without the release of a major project. The anticipation that has drummed up since Skrillex’s last solo release has reached an all-time high, and while the public is aware something new is coming, hopes of a full-length album may have just been dashed by the man himself.

It’s no secret Skrillex has a trove of new music under the hood. Social media is ablaze with clips of new tracks and fellow top-tier producers hyping yet-to-be-heard instant classics underway. Though in a recent interview with Billboard on the production behind Skrillex’s new Kingdom Hearts III theme, the OWSLA-helmer was ambiguous in his wording about a new project underway. Says Skrillex,

“You know, people have been asking me about when I have a new album coming out, and it’s a little strange, because I never said I was making an album.”

Having reached his thirties and an obviously new chapter in his career, Skrillex reflects on his time off, and the need to “be human for a little bit.” He does assure fans,

“I’ll release some new music soon, but I’m just trying to do it organically. At the same time, I still love to make music, and I’m obviously working.”

While a proper follow up studio album to Recess may not actually be what Skrillex has in store for fans, he’s definitely got new material up his sleeve, and it be seeing the light of day very soon.

Via: Billboard

Flume promises new music is underway in 2019

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After a silent 2018, after the critical acclaim of his sophomore LP, Skin, Flume closed out the year taking to social media to let fans know new music is on its way in 2019. The last time the Australian record producer released new music was his Skin Companion EP II that dropped February of 2017. In a relaxed state, the trendsetter who brought future bass to the mainstream tells his followers “Next year I’ll be back in your life, I promise.” This year was spotlighted by orchestral performances of his music and a back-to-back set at Burning Man with Diplo.

Flume’s big breakthrough in the electronic music space came with a stellar remix of Disclosure’s “You & Me.” Eventually he would go on to win the Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy with his lauded Skin LP. Now, listeners are eager for whats to come next from the “Never Be Like You” producer as a follow up to his last studio work seems to be underway in 2019.

 

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Gesaffelstein teases new music in cryptic video ahead of impending comeback campaign

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Move over Swedish House Mafia, there’s another electronic act that’s hot on the comeback trail.

Gesaffelstein‘s three year hiatus is officially coming to an end, with the French luminary recently finalizing a deal with Columbia Records for a comeback campaign due to begin any minute now.

The first sign of Mike Lévy’s potential resurfacing came with a grip of mysterious billboards that cropped up in major cities across the globe. Shortly thereafter, the news of a newly inked Columbia co-sign essentially sealed the deal. Now, we have a brief, tantalizing taste of what Gesaffelstein is working on. So far, it is unclear whether the “Control Movement” producer is gearing up to deliver a long-awaited follow up to Alephor if his resurgence will bring an entirely new line of work, though a video posted to Gesaffelstein’s newly revamped social media pages might give the first glimpse into what we can actually expect to hear on the fully actualized upcoming project.

The clip is short and sweet, leaving a lot of room for intrigue, though the tense, glitchy build is already enough of a hair-raiser for fans eager awaiting Gesaffelstein’s impending return. Stay tuned.

Martin Garrix has ‘a lot of new music’ on the way

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When it comes to music production, Martin Garrix knows only the accelerator—brakes be damned. Eponymous star of The Martin Garrix Show, the wunderkind DJ confirmed through Twitter that he has a “lot of new music” poised for release.

Per the tweet, the trajectory of his new material will first include “a bunch of MG music,” followed by “some area21 ideas” that currently remain works in progress. Area21 is Garrix’s two-part alias, comprised of the 22-year-old producer and Maejor. Garrix and Maejor have released a slew of singles to date under their Area21 moniker, including 2018’s “Happy.”

2018 has proven to be a particularly industrious year for Garrix, who has put out a series of standalone singles over the course of the year, published several successive installments of The Martin Garrix Show (now in its third season), and has recently partnered with AXE to develop the brand’s newly founded music platform, AXE Music. Garrix enthusiasts can shorten their wait for the producer’s next release with episode five of The Martin Garrix Show, available here.

Seven months after sexual assault allegations, Datsik may already be eyeing a comeback

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Earlier this year, it seemed Datsik‘s fate was perpetually sealed after not only his management team nixed him, but his own label dropped his name from their roster amid a damning swirl of sexual assault allegations. Bookings, collaborations, and distribution networks were all cancelled at once — though now the former Firepower lead, real name Troy Beetles, might be trying to mount a comeback.

Die-hard fans of the disgraced star have recently been disseminating screenshots purportedly from Datsik himself, claiming he’s since gotten sober and is currently plotting his return. Within a recently surfaced, alleged Instagram exchange, the Canadian producer reveals that while he’s been hacking away at new material, he has no plans of a definite release date thus far, and fails to mention which label he intends to share the music with.

While Datsik may not be facing legal proceedings at this time, the news begs the question of whether any plans to re-enter the spotlight amid such weighty allegations would be ill-conceived. Or perhaps even futile altogether. It should also be noted Datsik himself has not substantiated the validity of these photos. See the exchanges below.

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Source close to Skrillex suggests that new music might arrive sooner than expected

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 Skrillex‘s OWSLA label blows out the candles celebrating seven years this month, and if the collective’s seventh anniversary is expected to impart any luck, then new Skrillex music might be on the way — and sooner than fans expect. Venerated audio engineer Randy Urbanski, whose credits include Skrillex, Beyoncé, and Katy Perry, took to social media to pay tribute to OWSLA in a way that may have implied that Skrillex is eyeing his impending return to the release ring, perhaps as early as October, 2018. Urbanksi included an image of Skrillex performing at XS in 2015 and captioned the visual with a particularly cryptic caption.

“Time flies when you’re having fun. And this year was slow. Can’t wait till this guy is back changing the game next month.”

Fans will remember Diplo spilling the beans on a new record in the works from the OWSLA head honcho earlier this year. Beyond that, the “Parachute” producer’s recent bookings at New Year’s Eve events, Snowta and Decadence, and an annual trip to Burning Man, signal the producer’s return to the festival circuit, a comeback that would naturally coincide with the release of new music, perhaps even a fleshed out project. For now, it seems the waiting game may be nearing an end though.

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Former Dash Berlin frontman Jeffrey Sutorius announces he’s going solo

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Jeffrey Sutorius, former member of Dutch trance group Dash Berlin, has announced that he will continue performing under his own name, with his first set dates arriving in October. The statement helps bring clarity to the group’s ongoing legal battle, at least in terms of future music and touring plans. Since first announcing his split from Dash Berlin’s resident producers and agents (Eelke Kalberg, Sebastiaan Molijn, and Erick van der Kleij ) in June citing “mismanagement,” Sutorius has received support from all angles. Both fans and industry professionals alike had expressed hope that the DJ would elect to continue performing. There’s currently no word as to whether or not the DJ will be granted the ability to perform under the Dash Berlin name in the future.

When news of the split went public earlier this summer, Sutorius was reportedly suffering from health concerns. Since then, he has taken the bulk of the summer to rest and plan the next steps of his career and future. The news that the DJ plans to perform under his own name is the best-case scenario for fans of his Dash Berlin project, which spawned massive hits like “Here Tonight” and “Till The Sky Falls Down.” Sutorius stated in a press release that the events of the past year have been the catalyst for fresh ideas, with a release date for new music on the hear horizon.

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Steve Angello officially confirms, ‘Swedish House Mafia is in the studio again’

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The Mafia can no longer move in secret, and it appears perhaps they’ve given up on trying. The cat’s out of the bag.

Swedish House Mafia‘s 2019 comeback is imminent, and now Steve Angello has confirmed the trio are in the studio together working on new music. Rumors of a reunion started the moment they took the stage at Ultra in March, and now with mysterious ads, possible big brand partnerships looming, and festivals already lining up to host a potential Swedish House Mafia performance, it looks like Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello are aiming to pick back up right where they left off. The only thing missing was confirmation of impending studio work and now Angello has put us at ease. The Size Records helmer recently told Swedish news publication Dagens Nyheter

“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.

H/T: Dagens Nyheter 

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OWSLA’s Josh Pan confirms Skrillex is dropping new music this year following Fuji Rock Festival performance

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Skrillex returned to the festival circuit recently, taking on Japan’s Fuji Rock with a widely acclaimed hiatus-ending performance. Warming an enormous crowd for Kendrick Lamar’s headlining slot, Skrillex’s set came littered with personal edits, mash-ups, newer material, canonized Skrillex classics, and best of all — a handful of brand new, yet-to-be-identified burners. While nearly everyone, from Fuji Rockers in Japan to eager viewers and listeners across the world, were just enamored to see the OWSLA honcho’s first main stage DJ set of the year, one onlooker in particular — Josh Pan — had their mind set on what’s coming next. The proverbial “soon” passed around by Skrillex fans seems to be closer than anyone thought, and those unidentified new tracks may be getting their names in the very near future.

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In a social media post, in which Pan confirms new music of his own, the young experimentalist couldn’t help but share some words of endearment about his label head, though some key words in his post jump right off the screen,

“We’re both about to put out some crazy music this year. He’s back!!!!”

This year. He’s back.

It has been four years since Moore’s seminal studio debut, Recessand it didn’t take long for fans to start calling for more. And while the former screamo frontman has delivered a steady stream of material in the last near half decade since his first LP, we haven’t been treated to a cohesive body of Skrillex work like Recess since. As it goes, earlier this year Diplo confirmed Jack Ü could once again return, though only after Skrillex finishes a full-length project he’s working on. We can take Diplo’s words at face value, though without any concrete details, the story behind Skrillex’s sophomore LP remains unsubstantiated. Now, with Josh Pan’s keen choice of words, it looks like “soon,” may finally have an expiration date.