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.
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.