Following months of speculation, bread crumb announcements, and extreme anticipation among the global dance community, Swedish House Mafia finally kicked off their official reunion in their breeding grounds of Stockholm. They played to a sold-out stadium, with some superfans even filming the whole performance, in addition to unveiling a brand new photographic exhibit to coincide with the tour kick-off.
The trio naturally played an array of classics that guests had been yearning to hear since they disbanded in 2013. Beyond that, however, they subtly announced their return to the studio as well with a few choice IDs sprinkled in. “Underneath It All” is one of the working titles that surfaced following the performance, which was thankfully caught on video by a different audience member. True to form, the ID is the epitome of the euphoric, big room house sound that Swedish House Mafia more-or-less shaped and pioneered when first breaking out in the late aughts and early 2010s. It’s filled with touching vocals, saw synths, and sweeping progressions that make for proper “hands in the air” moments.
Keep close watch on this iconic outfit as more information is inevitably unveiled.
The Mafia is officially back. It seems like an eternity since Swedish House Mafia’s fateful reunion at Ultra’s 20th anniversary in 2018, but when you’re dealing in epics, things take time. Fans have been on the edge of their sets as a tantalizing trickle of information has kept the Swedish House starvation mostly at bay over the last year. Rumored merchandise capsules, mysterious timers, and cryptic social media messaging has now all finally culminated in Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso sharing the stage once again.
The trio’s run of three homecoming shows in Stockholm kicked off on May 2, and much to fans’ excitement, new Swedish House Mafia music was heard for the first time since the group disbanded back in 2013. There were at least four new unidentified tracks played during the Mafia’s first reunion show. Thanks to one dedicated fan in attendance, now the world can view the performance in full and try their hand at spotting the rest of the IDs, as Swedish House Mafia’s long-awaited comeback officially materializes.
Adding to the newly reinstated trio’s seemingly interminable series of new announcements, Swedish House Mafia have confirmed they will be playing a single show in Ibiza this summer.
The electronic super group took to Twitter to announce they will be taking their fiercely sought-after talents to the White Isle’s Ushuaïa nightclub on July 26. The lustrous Spanish Palladium property has hosted a prolific number of additional high-profile acts in its semi-short history, including Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, and David Guetta.
The headlines are certainly rife with Swedish House Mafia news lately. Most recently, the group confirmed they enlisted Alexander Wessely to erect a multimedia photo and film exhibit in Stockholm’s Fotografiska museum, dedicated to the iconic act’s legacy. The exhibit will run alongside the group’s series of forthcoming Stockholm dates.
The half-decade wait for new Swedish House Mafia is finally starting to draw to a close. Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso are preparing the fully actualize their long-awaited reunion this summer with a handful of high-profile performance dates locked in for the coming months. Though they’ve kept characteristically tight-lipped about forthcoming new material, the Swedes have confirmed they’ve been together in the studio working on the output for this summer’s reunion. Amid what’s likely to be a slew of new music under a new recording deal with Columbia Records, the trio have confirmed at least one of their classics is getting the rework treatment, with a new tour-ready version of their seminal “One,” due to land in full on May 2.
Recently, Swedish composer Jacob Mühlrad took to to social media to announce that his symphonic re-imagining of one of the Mafia’s biggest hits to date will be premiered at the tele2 Arena in Stockholm during the trio’s highly anticipated homecoming performance. Sebastian Ingrosso spoke to Swedish daily paperDagens Nhyeterabout reaching out to the wunderkind Swedish composer, whose already had original works performed in renown spaces like Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Word has it Swedish House Mafia’s new orchestral version of “One” will be a featured staple on tour. Something tells us it likely won’t be the only Mafia classic that gets a 2019 revamp. Stay tuned for a first listen to “One.”
After Swedish House Mafia posted a cryptic image on April 14, fans were quick to decipher that the logos used inside the three iconic dots were those of the Fotografiska museum, which has locations in Stockholm, London, New York, and Tallinn. Many fans believed this hinted at a forthcoming exhibition in Stockholm, and their suspicions have been confirmed.
A few days after the image was posted, details have officially been released, and it appears a photography and film exhibit called Purgatorium will be taking place at the end of April to coincide with the trio’s run of hometown shows. The multimedia exhibit has been carefully crafted by artist Alexander Wessely, who’s “known for pushing boundaries technically and creatively to create high impact visuals,” according to the museum’s website.
“It has been a thoroughly organic and almost obvious process from the start. For me, [Swedish House Mafia] is about so much more than just three musicians. They are the definition of a cultural wave and have always been exploring ways to stretch the limits of what is possible. And to be able to present this exhibition together with them at Fotografiska means so much,” Wessely told the museum.
The exhibit runs April 30 to May 5. More details can be found here.
As Swedish House Mafia continue their monumentous return and ramp up excitement for their upcoming three-day run in their hometown of Stockholm, a new angle appears to be taking place.
On April 14, the trio posted an image of their iconic three-dot logo, this time filled in with a star-shaped pattern. The tweet’s only text reads”30.4 – 5.5 2019,” a date range that coincides with their Stockholm shows.
Fans were quick to research the unidentified logo and discovered that it’s that of Fotografiska, a museum of photography in Stockholm. While the trio didn’t disclose exactly what the date range and Fotografiska logo mean, many are speculating that the supergroup could have a photography exhibit that’ll take place in their hometown to pair with the performances there.
There are also Fotografiska locations in New York, London, and Tallinn, leaving fans in other countries like the U.S. hopeful that an exhibition could pop up there, too.
We will update this article as more information becomes available.
The painstakingly slow pace with which Swedish House Mafiaindividually announced each of their upcoming 2019 performances contrasts with the unanticipated rapidity of the supergroup’s cancellation of all upcoming shows—effective immediately. Swedish House Mafia have been a highly sought lineup inclusion since their landmark reunion at Ultra Music Festival in 2018. The “Greyhound” producers recently topped Ultra Europe‘s 2019 lineup, as well as Ultra Korea, Lollapalooza Berlin, and Creamfields’. Now, instead of “Save The World” at festivals across the globe, Swedish House’s unexpected and incredibly swift cancellations presents these festival organizers with a new challenge: “Save The Lineup.”
Swedish House Mafia have also backed out of their singular headlining shows. Axwell, Ingrosso, and Angello were slated to take the decks in a number of cites worldwide, ranging from Mexico City to Stockholm. Swedish House Mafia jointly broke the news of the cancellations during an interview on BBC Radio 1.
“You know what they say, three’s a crowd. We found that to be true as we plotted our comeback tour,”
Steve Angello said. The Size Records figurehead confirmed that he will continue to solo produce and release music.
While each member of the Mafia stated his regret that the reunion effort will not in fact come to fruition during the interview, Axwell and Ingrosso also expressed their optimism for the future. The pair previously shared their plan to press pause on their Axwell ^ Ingrosso project, in order to devote the full scope of their focus to the revival of Swedish House Mafia. “We will now, in fact, be taking our old project off the shelf. We thought about doing a countdown to a bunch of new dates for Ax and I, but we thought the idea seemed kind of unoriginal” Ingrosso said during the BBC Radio 1 interview. Further along in the interview, Axwell, who mainly kept quiet during the discussion, coyly mentioned that he believes all of life is a simulation and he’s a big fan of April Fool’s jokes.
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.
Swedish House Mafia continues to add to their list of performances over the next few months, this time in the form of the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix. The trio have been confirmed in the F1 Singapore Grand Prix Night Race’s second phase of artist announcements as part of the entertainment portion of the festival. They will be joining the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cardi B, Muse, and Hans Zimmer, among others. Their performance is slated to occur before the Friday practice sessions on Sept. 20.
This is not Swedish House Mafia’s first time performing at the Singapore Grand Prix, having previously performed at the 2013 iteration as part of their One Last Tour.
The 2019 F1 Singapore Grand Prix Night Race is slated to take place Sept. 20-22. Tickets are available here.
King begins with a self-written guitar melody that dives into the instantly recognizable lyrics from one of Swedish House Mafia’s most-streamed songs on Spotify. Behind the lyrics, a punk rock backbone gives rise to an anticipatory build, which falls into a screamo pre-drop. Dubstep mayhem follows, with a tinge of the original melody. The second drop thrusts listeners through thrashing synths, glitching percussion, and a heavy kick, twisting the uplifting energy of the original with heavy wobbles and bass.
King was influenced by Knife Party‘s remix of the original and finished his cover of the track right before supporting the creator of Lost Lands, Excision, on his Apex Tour.