Redfield makes Higher Ground debut with soulful house EP, ‘Pictures’

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Higher Ground, the new house imprint launched by Diplo, continues its ascent into prominence. Since its inception last summer, Higher Ground has already released several EPs, ranging in sound from the wacky Walker & Royce to the afro-house stylings of Born Dirty & Diplo. Higher Ground’s latest release comes from Redfield, a rising house artist who has slowly but surely gained notoriety through his remixes and a collaborative track with Axwell.

Pictures opens with its titular track—a groovy tune built around a smooth vocal melody and a chorus forged from a chopped brass samples (just try and resist tapping your foot to this one). Redfield moves into deeper house sounds on “Into You” and “Never the Same,” keeping a healthy dose of soul infused throughout the duration of the EP. Overall, Pictures is less playful than some of Higher Ground’s prior releases (i.e. “The Bizness” and “On My Mind“), but it’s a strong sign of things to come from both Redfield and Higher Ground.

Axwell goes deeper with twofold release, ‘Don’t Worry’

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As the return of Swedish House Mafia continues to dominate headlines, one member of the Scandinavian trio in particular is still hard at work on his own solo productions. Indeed, Axwell—real name Axel Christofer Hedfors — is back in the fold to prove he’s still firing on the release front, delivering his first cut of the year entitled, “Don’t Worry.”

This track arrives out on Axwell’s label, Axtone Records, in collaboration with Redfield, aka Neil Barrett. Being a seasoned producer with releases on Spinnin‘, Armada and Big Beat, Barrett is a welcome addition to the renowned label housing.

“Don’t Worry” continues the trend Hedfors has been following of late, regarding the sonically sophisticated sound his catalog has exuded in recent years. Rather than the sensational, tear-jerking EDM appeal of Swedish House Mafia, this track represents a talent for restraint. The bass line is tightly wound to the drums creating a comprehensive groove that supports warm synths and succinct vocals.