In a recent exchange on social media, Axwell of Swedish House Mafia has either hinted at a U.S. tour or set out to break the hearts of fans across the nation.
This news comes after the legendary trio performed at Austria’s FM4 Frequency Festival. Following the show, an Instagram user commented on a photograph from the night’s performance, impassioned to let Swedish House Mafia that the group is overdue for a tour stateside. Axwell affirmed his statement with a cryptic yet promising reply of, “yes!”
While there hasn’t been confirmation nor denial, there is speculation and fans are hopeful that the EDM legends schedule a tour in the U.S. However, Swedish House Mafia enthusiasts should proceed with guarded hearts, as there have been some recent show cancellations and lack of new music releases, causing some doubt.
Swedish House Mafia’s next performance will be at Creamfields this Sunday, as the dance music community remains on high alert for any official statements from the crew.
We’re one step closer to new music from Swedish House Mafia, and amid the mixed reactions to their…less than smooth comeback, at this point, new music may be the trio’s final saving grace. With numerous cancellations throughout the summer, fans are understandably anxious for new music, and it appears even Shazam is growing restless waiting for the group’s new studio output. In fact, the song identifying application have a jumped the gun, recently naming a previously unidentified track that had only been played out live, signaling that an official release may be slated for much sooner than anyone thought.
The track used to open the Mafia’s homecoming Stockholm run earlier this year, according to Shazam, is now called “It Gets Better.” The new song would presumably be the outfit’s first new music together since 2012. Now Shazam is successfully ID’ing the song, signaling to an official release, likely just around the corner. “It Gets Better,” is one of many new Swedish House Mafia cuts floating around the internet, including a tentatively titled “Underneath It All,” and a yet-to-be-released collaboration with the recently freed A$AP Rocky.
A$AP Rocky remains incarcerated in Sweden following an alleged physical altercation in late June, and while the entire country continues to lose clout points by the day, the public’s call for Rocky’s freedom continues to grow louder. In fact, Congress, and even the White House, have reportedly gotten involved. Amid the continually unfolding situation in Sweden, Swedish House Mafia threw their support behind the Harlem rapper, revealing a collaboration tentatively titled “Frankenstein.”
Now, fellow fashion and culture figurehead Virgil Abloh has offered up a proper preview of the new track at Germany’s Melt Festival, where Rocky was also billed to perform this summer. As the Off-White founder queues up the track, Abloh tells fans, “With this we’re gonna get Rocky home right quick,” before going on to instruct the festival crown to, “Pull out your phone, record this one, this a very rare one.” See the preview of Swedish House Mafia and A$AP Rocky’s “Frankenstein” below.
It’s an angsty time to be a Swedish House Mafia fan. A good deal of their followers have complained about the lack of new music from the trio—to which Steve Angello let loose a searing response. On top of that, however, they’ve cancelled yet another gig: Finland’s Weekend Festival.
“We have production issues that can’t be fixed with such short notice and are forced to postpone the show to another date,” explained their posts on social media. The cancellation immediately stirred recent memories of their Ultra Korea dropout, which appeared to be for similar reasons. While it’s impossible to know what’s been going on behind the scenes with the iconic outfit, it is a noteworthy coincidence that these cancellations coincide with previous rumors that they’d signed a deal with Live Nation that would force cancellations of Ultra Korea and other festivals across Europe. They’d also been rumored to be headliners at Tomorrowland’s 2019 edition, but were revealed to have not been officially added to the bill.
Swedish House Mafia has mastered the art of keeping fans on their toes, with plenty of teases long before material gains official release. Ultra Europe saw a continuation of this trend after the trio previewed a new rumored collaboration with A$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$AP has been incarcerated in Sweden following the rapper’s involvement in a physical altercation two weeks ago. It was after headlines broke about the rappers’ incarceration that Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso started teasing the forthcoming collaboration via social media channels. A release date for “Frankenstein” is yet to be announced, but as Swedish House Mafia continues to tease new music during their live performances, fans can only hope that the music sees the light of day soon.
A$AP Rocky‘s incarceration in Sweden has galvanized stars across the world to call for the rapper’s release amid reports on unsanitary conditions and solitary confinement. Now, the story has hit another interesting turn as Swedish House Mafia come out as the latest celebrities to get behind Rocky, revealing what appears to be a collaboration between Flacko and the Swedes called “Frankenstein.”
The rapper was arrested 10 days ago in Sweden after an altercation that overwhelmingly appears to be a case of self defense. As the situation continues to unfold, #FreeRocky continues to pick up steam in the news and on social media. Now, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello have made identical posts online pointing at what appears to be a joint cut with Rocky, though a matching post from Axwell has yet to go live. With the Harlem-native and many of his contemporaries calling for future boycotts of Sweden over the incident, the rumored “Frankenstein’s” may wind up being a polarizing release should it ever see the light of day.
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.
While Axwell may have declared that it’s “Swedish House Mafia for life this time” during the trio’s reunion appearance at Ultra Music Festival in 2018, the supergroup’s upcoming festival schedule across Europe may be in jeopardy.
The recent turmoil first ignited this past weekend after Sebastian Ingrosso did not take the stage for a slated back-to-back performance alongside Steve Angello at XS Las Vegas as a result of “passport issues.” In a completely unprecedented announcement just two days following, Ultra Korea was unwillingly forced to cancel the Swede’s closing headlining slot and while the reason has not been disclosed, speculation has arose that it was due to stage production disagreements. At this time, no official statement has been released from Swedish House Mafia or their team.
The story has now taken a striking turn according to a report fromDJ Mag Germany, with an intriguing, yet-to-be-substantiated bit of info that they’ve received from sources close to Swedish House Mafia. The report reveals that the Swedes have quietly closed a deal with Live Nation for an upcoming North American stadium tour and it may affect their forthcoming summer festival appearances. Those close to Swedish House Mafia believe that both Live Nation and the trio “have the intention to cancel the festival gigs where Live Nation doesn’t profit directly or indirectly.” It comes as no surprise that an artist’s headlining tour provides an immeasurable ceiling of freedom in determining all event elements and that was evident in the trio’s intricate stage production during their inaugural handful of reunion dates this past May.
Fans across the Eastern Hemisphere would certainly suffer if Swedish House Mafia and Live Nation pull the plug on their festival appearances this summer, which currently include Ultra Europe, Creamfields, Ushuaïa and countless others running through the end of September.
Dancing Astronaut has reached out to Live Nation for comment at time of publishing, with no reply yet received.
Swedish House Mafia’s comeback in 2019 has been less than perfect, though despite a slow drip of information and some tantalizing holdovers, fans are still holding on for the trio’s full return to form. Though, Ultra Music Festival attendees had to suffer a major setback on June 9 when news broke that the Mafia would not be performing at the festival—one of the group’s most anticipated performances of the summer.
While Swedish House Mafia’s social media statement indicates that their forced cancellation was due to “unforeseen circumstances,” just the day before, Sebastian Ingrosso missed a planned back-to-back performance with Steve Angello in Las Vegas, due to passport issues. Angello confirmed his counterpart was denied entry into the US in the comments of a social media post shortly after the impromptu solo performance. Additional details have yet to emerge about the Korea situation, though hopefully this issue doesn’t persist across Swedish House Mafia’s busy summer itinerary.
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.