Swedish House Mafia preview forthcoming A$AP Rocky collaboration at Ultra Europe [Watch]

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Swedish House Mafia has mastered the art of keeping fans on their toes, with plenty of teases long before material gains official release. Ultra Europe saw a continuation of this trend after the trio previewed a new rumored collaboration with A$AP Rocky. At its core, the track leans hip-hop, showcasing a new direction from the Mafia. The trio played the release for two minutes before dipping back into their canon of electronic hits.

Trending hashtag #JusticeforRocky took over the stage LEDs as the trio crowd-tested the new joint, which is rumored to be titled “Frankenstein.” A$AP has been incarcerated in Sweden following the rapper’s involvement in a physical altercation two weeks ago. It was after headlines broke about the rappers’ incarceration that Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso started teasing the forthcoming collaboration via social media channels. A release date for “Frankenstein” is yet to be announced, but as Swedish House Mafia continues to tease new music during their live performances, fans can only hope that the music sees the light of day soon.

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Kick off Miami Music Week by reliving Swedish House Mafia’s reunion at Ultra Music Festival 2018 [Watch]

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Kick off Miami Music Week by reliving Swedish House Mafia’s reunion at Ultra Music Festival 2018 [Watch]Swedish House Mafia Ultra 2018 DA

Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso inch closer to finally cementing their reunion Swedish House Mafia, that began a year ago. The trio will be embarking on their first tour together as a newly reunited group, so now is the perfect time to revisit the moment that brought them back together last year at Ultra Music Festival, ending a five year hiatus.

After months of speculation, Swedish House Mafia came out as the surprise closing headliners for the festival’s 2018 iteration, and the performance proved to be a worthy moment for not just fans of the group, but for the collective global dance music community. The set was full of the groups’ most beloved tracks as well as new IDs that have yet to be released in full. Relive the epic performance below as everyone prepares for Miami Music Week and the 2019 iteration of Ultra Music Festival.

Calvin Harris puts Hollywood Hills mansion up for sale for a cool $5.75 million

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Superstar producer Calvin Harris is making moves—quite literally—having put his luxury recording studio-equipped home on the market just 16 months after buying it. The Hollywood Hills estate has gone through its fair share of owners in the music business, passing through Bong Load Records owner Tom Rothrock to EDM giant Steve Angello, and most recently to Harris, who bought it from Angello in late December 2017. Now, the home is up for sale again, and it’ll only set you back a cool $6 million.

Built in the 1940’s and restored with modern characteristics, the 6000 square-foot two-story space boasts four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and other luxurious living areas including an intricately-decorated living room, wet bar, kitchen, office, and lounge. The living room’s 18-foot ceiling reveals breathtaking views of the city scenery. Other highlights include outdoor pool and shower, and a spacious deck on the main floor. During Angello’s residence, the Swedish DJ converted the second floor into a state-of-the-art recording studio.

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Harris is listing his home at $5.75 million or a $25,000 per month lease. Since 2013, the value of the residence has climbed almost $2 million from the $3.9 million that Angello bought it for. The “Giant” producer recently announced a summer residency at USHUAÏA IBIZA and a headlining performance Saturday at this year’s Creamfields, ending a considerable festival hiatus.

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Swedish House Mafia confirmed for Ultra Korea, Sebastian Ingrosso teases Los Angeles appearance

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Continuing the Swedish House Mafia slow drip, Ultra Korea just confirmed the trio’s headlining performance in Seoul, South Korea. The tweet and website update were synonymous to the Ultra Europe news the day prior, set to a hyped-up video of the trio’s Knife Party-assisted “Antidote.” With posters appearing in Seoul after the Ultra Europe announcement, the confirmation only guides beliefs to an Ultra Worldwide circuit comeback tour of epic proportions.

After this five-year hiatus, fans of the super-group have grown impatient from the slow leak of information covering the highly anticipated comeback tour after a watershed performance at 2018’s Ultra Music Festival. Dates in IbizaMexico City, and a headlining slot at Creamfields this summer are already confirmed while Tomorrowland rumors continue to swirl.

In other Swedish House Mafia news, Sebastian Ingrosso teased an LA show on his Instagram story, hinting at a Los Angeles return for the trio.

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Swedish House Mafia confirmed to headline Ultra Europe, Worldwide circuit now seems likely

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Swedish House Mafia confirmed to headline Ultra Europe, Worldwide circuit now seems likelySwedish House Mafia Rukes Credit

The Swedish House slow drip just sped up slightly with a firm confirmation on the trio’s headlining performance at Ultra Europe. Posters recently appeared in Split, Croatia, signaling the Mafia’s impending arrival. It didn’t take long before the group’s ubiquitous three-dot calling card appeared on Ultra Europe’s website, cementing Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello‘s headlining appearance at this year’s festival.

To officially mark the announcement, Ultra has released a new hype video confirming the Mafia’s return, set to the trio’s Knife Party-assisted “Antidote“—with the nostalgia turned up to 11. Though, there may be more to Swedish House Mafia‘s Ultra Europe headline. With Ultra Europe now confirmed and posters recently also appearing in Seoul, the possibility of a lineup-topping performance at Ultra’s South Korea stop could also be likely. But if that’s the case, two international Ultra appearances seems like it could stack up to something greater. In 2016, deadmau5 hit the road with Ultra to cover six stops on their Worldwide circuit, and perhaps Swedish House Mafia is preparing for a similar run.

Dancing Astronaut has reached out to Swedish House Mafia’s management concerning a possible Ultra Worldwide tour, though at the time of publishing has not received a statement back. This story will be updated as it develops. 

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From Miami to Ibiza and back again—Swedish House Mafia confirm return to The White Isle

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From Miami to Ibiza and back again—Swedish House Mafia confirm return to The White IsleSwedish House Mafia Tomorrowland 2013

Swedish House Mafia continues to keep the world on its toes. Whether the trio are teasing new music or hinting at potential performance locations, there is never a lack of speculation when it comes to the group’s impending activities in 2019. The latest confirmation from the Mafia is a confirmed return to Ibiza this summer. Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello took to Instagram to confirm this, posting, 26.7.19 on their stories.

This confirmation comes the week after their creative director, Alexander Wessely, sparked rumors about their impending return to the island after he posted a story searching for flights from Stockholm to Ibiza. It is currently unknown whether the trio’s Ibiza performance will be a single performance or the onset of a residency.

There is additional speculation that the group will be performing at Ultra Europe after posters scattered Split, and Tomorrowland currently has a hole in its weekend two Sunday lineup, leading many to believe they will be closing the second weekend of the festival as well.

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Steve Angello follows Sebastian Ingrosso with 2019 Wynn Residency Announcement

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After a series of mysterious Instagram posts from XS Las Vegas containing the same stark black-and-white design and with the same font used in promotional materials for Swedish House Mafia, rumors began circulating that the trio might have a date or residency at the Vegas club. In a sense, things align. Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso have announced individual residencies with the Wynn Nightlife group over the past two days. It is expected Axwell will be announcing his residency tomorrow.

It has not been made clear whether or not the trio will actually perform as an act like the marketing implies, but it seems the marketing is coincidental and their singular announcements suggest solo performances. Each year, Wynn Nightlife announces a full roster of exclusive artists for the upcoming year. Given Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso are the group’s first announcements for 2019, Wynn Nightlife is certainly off to a big start.

Swedish House Mafia heads into 2019 with new management after parting with longtime manager Amy Thomson last August

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2019 is the year of Swedish House Mafia‘s return after a five-year hiatus. The trio has continuously made music industry headlines since announcing nine shows in the upcoming year after their momentous reunion at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello have announced residencies with Wynn Nightlife, and longtime manager Amy Thomson announced her departure as Swedish House Mafia’s manager with a touching post.

It has now been revealed that Ron Lafitte of Patriot Management will be taking Thomson’s reins in working with the trio moving forward. Lafitte started his career working in heavy metal with the likes of Metallica and Megadeth. He now oversees everyone from Pharrell Williams and OneRepublic, to the Backstreet Boys. The dance titans have not announced a label deal as of yet, but it has all but been confirmed that they are working on new music.

 

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Thanks for all the messages I got hit with about this. But I guess now is the time to say that in May this year I told the boys I would be leaving at the end of summer 2018. In this industry people expect you to stay in projects that make you powerful. Ego. Pride. Power. Money. All of that. But for me I have learned that life changes you and what you want to do with that gift is a gift in itself. It was a big decision after 14 years but one I made for myself. I wish them so much joy and happiness and success and I will be watching proudly but the era of me with the boys is at an end. And what an era it was. We changed the game so many times through everything from brave hearts to sheer blindness. What a ride. But for me life’s changed now. The future belongs to a new set of people around them and I wish them luck with all my heart. And I suppose telling people in this way is not very CEO of me. But that’s not who I am. My passion got me here not a boardroom. Thank you to everyone who helped us. Who put up with us. The fans who stayed with us. We made history. But most of all to my daughter who shared me with this crazy ride without ever complaining. We Came. We Raved. I Loved it. Thank you so much. Amy x

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

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Since the advent of recorded music, albums have reigned as the supreme vessel through which artists put forth their most hallowed creations and define their oeuvres. In the modern era of streaming, wherein declining royalty rates demand that musicians tour incessantly and the necessity of instant gratification demands a correlative, unending supply of singles and remixes, the process of producing a full-length record is perhaps more daunting than it’s ever been.

However, the LP is far from a dying art form, as legions of artists have duly proven in the past year. In the realm of dance music alone, 2018 saw an abundance of stellar, individualized efforts, providing our editorial team with quite a difficult feat in selecting a Top 10. Below, we’ve compiled ten innovative, stylistically diverse, and evocative albums that shook the scene and stirred us so resoundingly that they manage to stand out among a formidable pool of contenders.


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10. San Holo, album1

Since its founding in 2014, San Holo’s bitbird label has made monumental strides, helping propel his releases — along with those of artists like DROELOE and Taska Black — to notoriety. Perhaps the label’s biggest buzz this year was that of San Holo’s inaugural LP, appropriately titled album1, which made its debut in mid-September. After pouring months of passion into the record, San Holo wasted no time incorporating live instruments in album1, kicking off the compilation with a wistful guitar melody in “everything matters (when it comes to you).” This theme continues throughout the album’s 12 tracks, with each song exuding pure emotion and spirit. In its entirety, album1 is sonically pleasing and a fresh breath of air in an often monotonous EDM scene.

Words by Robyn Dexter

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9. Pleasurekraft, Friends, Lovers, and Other Constellations

It’s hard to believe that, prior to this year, Pleasurekraft had yet to release a full-length record. The transnational duo have been regarded as lodestars in the genres which they’ve graced for practically a decade, thanks to their acutely analytic approach to producing. The past few years have marked an evolution of sorts for the Kraftek label-heads, as they’ve shifted toward establishing their cinematically-infused brand of cosmic techno. And, their inaugural LP, Friends, Lovers, & Other Constellations, which kicked off the duo’s year in January, showcases their progress from its opening act (the genre-defying “Interiors”) until its closing bow (the similarly mellifluous “Last Transmission”).

Words by Will McCarthy

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8. Justice, Woman Worldwide

After a two-year gap following the release of Woman, French electro luminaries Justice returned in 2018 with Woman Worldwide, a “live” album — perhaps, more accurately an homage or counterpart — to the live production which accompanied their much-lauded third studio LP, rebuilt in the studio through what Xavier de Rosnay described to Dancing Astronaut as a “proper Justice record.”

De Rosnay and Gaspard Augé didn’t spend their lapse between albums by writing “new” music. Rather, they spent this time fine-tuning every minute of the their live performance, ultimately recreating the Justice concert experience in their studio. The final product speaks for itself: Woman Worldwide has yielded the duo’s third Grammy nomination, and showcases what wound up being one of the most in-demand touring electronic music performances of recent years.

Words by David Klemow

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7. RÜFÜS DU SOL, Solace

Weaving a follow-up to an acclaimed album is a formidable task for any artist to face. It has to be different enough from its predecessor to keep fans’ attention, but it also has to retain the signature sound that initially drew people in initially. After gaining major recognition from 2016’s Bloom, Rüfüs Du Sol were faced with that exact challenge.
On Solace, the Australian trio stepped up every part of their production process. Tyrone Lindqvist’s vocals are more emotional and over-stated than ever before, while the instrumentals are crisper and full of new textures. Though the vocal-house formula of Bloom and their debut album, Atlas, is still intact, what Rüfüs Du Sol have presented with their third record is a growth of their sound to the precipice of perfection.

Words by Anthony Manganiello

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6. REZZ, Certain Kind of Magic

Rezz’s Certain Kind of Magic solidified the mau5trap mainstay into the electronic music history books with her gritty synth-work, head-banging rhythms and uneasy melodies that juxtaposed uncertainty and confidence throughout the LP. Looking forward to 2019 with a grip of festival headlines, the Canadian artist took the rock tinged genre into a new realm with a cohesive haunting narrative centered around a carnival in hell. Rezz even took to an emo rock, acoustic track, “Toxin,” with the Berklee College of Music artist Fytch to showcase her versatility and early influences.

Isabelle Rezazadeh also used her album to shed a light on up and coming producers. Through promoting talents from the likes of 1788-L, 13, Deathpact, Kotek, and the aforementioned Fytch, the mau5trap favorite reaffirmed her dedication to highlighting industry newcomers in the face of her now-innumerable accolades.

Words by Chris Stack

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5. RL Grime, Nova

For the duration of trap music’s prominence as an EDM sub-genre, Henry Steinway has been a key figure, thanks to his unparalleled ability to weave simplistic, but devilishly effective pieces as RL Grime. Yet, some of the most evocative tracks of his career have resided in a more melodic realm. Such is the case with NOVA. In his sophomore album, Steinway looked beyond the dark melodies, aggressive, layered bass lines, and fast paced ascents characteristic of trap, to tinge traditional trap aesthetic with pop and hip-hop tints. His embedding of pop and hip-hop stylistics within the trap oriented inclusions of NOVA helped to further the appeal of thoughtful, trap-infused productions, marketing trap to listeners who might very well have written the sub-genre off as one simply “not for them.” For those who like pop, there was the digestible, vocal-centric single, “I Wanna Know” with Daya, which stood alongside hip-hop features such as the Ty Dolla $ign assisted “Take It Away” and the Chief Keef joint, “OMG.” Boasting a laundry list of highly demanded collaborators and the production deftness to warrant them, RL Grime’s sophomore showing effectively merged musical worlds, while expanding conceptions of what trap music might sound like, and to whom it might appeal.

Words by Rachel Narozniak

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4. Jon Hopkins, Singularity

Throughout dance music culture, accolades such as “seasoned” or “veteran” are often thrown around all too liberally. After all, when the pace of an industry moves a mile a minute, a producer with two years’ professional experience can arguably be considered a “long-time luminary.”
That said, when an artist truly is a master of the craft, the results speak for themselves. Jon Hopkins stood out in 2018 as a truly veteran artist, with the release of his fifth studio album (and first in five years), Singularity. From energetic, mesmerizingly erratic pieces such as “Neon Pattern Drum” and “Everything Connected,” to more subdued, mystifying pieces “C O S M” and “Recovery,” everything on Singularity is indeed connected via the English artist’s unparalleled aptitude for creating mellifluous, lo-fi opuses.

Words by Will McCarthy

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3. Dillon Francis, WUT WUT

Dillon Francis’ WUT WUT feels like the culmination of his entire career thus far. A call-back to his first big hit, “Que Que” alongside Diplo in 2011, WUT WUT is a full circle return to Francis’ moombahton roots which perfectly describes where Francis has been, and, ultimately, shows off where he’s going. The record also feels like a rite of passage of sorts for Francis, who moved from merely being a superstar DJ to a taste-making A&R that has helped boost lesser known Latin artists into the spotlight in 2018 — a year in which Latin music experienced a head-on collision with mainstream pop.

WUT WUT has earned Francis a well-deserved Latin Grammy nomination, and while Francis’ moombahton revival project didn’t bring home the hardware this year, it not only kept artistically true to Dave Nada’s beloved blend of genres, it helped progress his flagship style and introduce it to a much wider audience in 2018.

Words by David Klemow

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2. Medasin, Irene

Medasin’s Irene takes all the right risks. The glistening offspring of the producer’s climb out of a deep, former addiction, the eponymous album was inspired by Medasin’s outpatient counselor, the real-life Irene. Sounding at times like underwater elevator music from a far away realm (“Ramen” or “Slinky Man”), and others radiating smooth, saccharine R&B (“Tired”), the project seamlessly reconciles its differences floating through its duration with effortless cohesion. Irene oozes Medasin’s invariable experimentalism, with minimal vocal interruption—though the two vocal features do add an accessible flavor to the otherworldly recipe—letting his playful, quixotic production do the talking.

While Medasin’s blissed-out, slow-motion rendition of Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” won his fellow artist’s respect (garnering him official remix opportunities from the likes of Martin Garrix, Khalid, and more) Irene spoke to listeners, ravaging Reddit threads and streaming services alike months after its release.

Words by Bella Bagshaw

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1. ZHU, Ringo’s Desert

ZHU has certainly come a long way since “Faded.” The producer’s sophomore album, Ringo’s Desert arrived as a sensuous, cross-genre scorcher that showed off ZHU’s signature, haunting vocals, while all the time seeking to evoke the landscape of the desert. The album’s environmental influence taken into account, and considered alongside the album’s overarching lyrical narrative of love that leaves one bereft, left to wander in search of the kind of solitude that satiates, much like the drink of water dreamt of by the eponymous desert nomad, Ringo’s Desert easily constituted one of the year’s finest, most meticulously woven concept albums. With its breadth of musical emotionality and mainstream appeal via collaborations with heavyweights such as Tame Impala, it stands out from the crowd in an inimitable fashion.

Words by Rachel Narozniak

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Honorable Mention: Steve Angello, Human

Steve Angello’s Human is a symphony of self-exploration. While the Swedish icon has proven himself a master craftsman of the album in the past, his newest album saw him pivot from the avant-garde take on dance pop crossover on his preceding record, Wild Youth, over to a personal journey fueled by electronica and rock inspirations. The 21-track Human is a tale of creating art out of therapy, as Angello explored his own relationship with spirituality and religion. The product is beautiful, moving and memorable — certainly something to be proud of as the remainder of 2018 shifted from a focus on Steve Angello to the triumphant return of his beginnings with Swedish House Mafia and their reunion in the next year.

Words by Steph Evans

NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + more

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NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + moreDA WM 89

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

This week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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