Tomorrowland has been making headlines over the past few weeks, and now the festival has dropped perhaps the most newsworthy information yet. The Boom, Belgium-based event has released the full 2020 lineup one day after teasing that Eric Prydz‘s HOLOSPHERE live show was set to return to this year’s iteration of the festival.
Last year, Tomorrowland celebrated its 15th anniversary, and this year’s lineup is as momentous as the last. In addition to releasing the artists who will be playing, Tomorrowland has given a detailed breakdown of which artists will be featured on which stage by event day. This can be viewed here.
Pop sensation Halsey has released her third studio album, the 16-track Manic. The 25-year-old artist has been releasing a steady stream of singles from the compilation beginning with “Graveyard.” The single made waves in the electronic music community after Axwellgave it an official remix. She subsequently shared “Clementine,” “Finally // beautiful stranger,” “SUGA’s Interlude,” and then “You Should Be Sad” ahead of the album’s full release.
Halsey has spoken out about how this album is exceedingly personal for her, a revelation available in the first few tracks. The songwriting covers divisive themes like her struggle with bipolar disorder, circuitous relationships, and self-esteem. Another compelling feature of the compilation is John Mayer‘s brief cameo at the end of “3am.”
Halsey will be embarking upon a Manic Tour to accompany the album’s full release. Those looking to see her perform live can see if she is coming to a city near them here.
Axwell has brought his fans an extra treat for Halloween festivities, remixing Halsey‘s recent hit single “Graveyard.” The original track is the New Jersey-born artists’ 15th career Hot 100-charting release, having already topped 100 million streams after a mid-September 2019 release.
Now, the Swedish House Mafia & Axwell / Ingrosso member has given the track a rework that will not only push its success, but also help celebrate the spookiest day of the year. While the “Graveyard” title is relevant to the day, Axwell’s edit is dark and spooky in its own right. The famed producer pitches the original vocal way down, layering the sample over a rapid tempo with off-beat electronics and distorted synths on the drop. Expect to hear this one at any Halloween warehouse endeavor.
Halsey’s upcoming album Manic is set for a January 17, 2020 release, with her having recently performed “Graveyard” single on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. For Axwell, this is the second official remix since debuting his first in over half a decade for Martin Solveig and Jax Jones. His Swedish House Mafia crew also hinted at a US tour back in August, so stay tuned for more news on their return.
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.
The 2019 iteration of Belgium’s world-renowned Tomorrowland has come and gone. One notable act that was all-too-perceptibly missing from this year’s 15th anniversary lineup was Swedish House Mafia. The Stockholm trio were rumored to be closing the main stage for Weekend 2, after Martin Garrix was confirmed as the closing act on the STMPD Records stage for the first weekend only, leaving the following weekend’s slot up for grabs. But when Swedish House did not end up performing, many were not shy about expressing their disappointment.
Fans fortunately did get a full set from Swedish House member, Axwell, who played an hour-and-15-minute set on his label-branded stage, Axtone. Fans audibly hungered for the performance; and Axwell delivered. The set includes a forthcoming Swedish House Mafia release around the 12-and-a-half minute mark, alongside the long list of Axwell originals. Stream the full set below.
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.
It’s a rare occurrence when Axwell presents original music, let alone an official remix but when those moments do arrive, they should not be taken for granted. While the Swedish House Mafia member has undoubtedly shifted his priorities towards the supergroup’s reunion efforts, he has still managed to find some alone time in the studio. For the first time since his notorious progressive rework of Hook N Sling’s “Tokyo By Night” in 2014 (excluding any “cuts” or “remodes”), the phrase “Axwell remix” has re-entered the conversation.
Earlier this year, Martin Solveig and Jax Jones announced the formation of new duo project, Europa, and debuted their inaugural joint single “All Day and All Night” alongside songstress Madison Beer. The Axtone boss has now delivered a spin capped by a heavier club essence than the original cut, as Axwell stretches his streak of more conventional house-leaning productions. With Swedish House Mafia slated to appear at Tinderbox Festival this weekend in Denmark, the remix would serve as a welcomed pivot from the trio’s setlist of classics.
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.
Over the past 20-plus years, Axwell has undoubtedly cemented himself among an exclusive group of the most highly respected talents in the studio. Aside from the Swede’s involvement as one third of Swedish House Mafia, Axwell has assembled an imposing discography with notoriously sanctioned releases like his remixes of “In My Mind” and “Tokyo By Night” as well as originals such as “Barricade.” Earlier this week, Axtone teased an impending announcement from the boss himself, which lead to widespread fan speculation as to what could unfold.
While fellow dance music icons such as deadmau5 and Armin van Buuren have previously offered production assistance in the form of a MasterClass, Axwell is taking it one step further with the reveal of his Axtone Academy. In the label’s announcement video, the producer details that it will serve as an immersive experience where aspiring producers will be taken through Axwell’s creative process in addition to general production and industry advice. Axtone Academy will include 80-plus workshops for students to choose from and will include lessons from other Axtone veterans such as Shapov and NEW_ID. A top percentage of the academy’s finest attendees will not only exit with the production expertise of Axwell, but with a forthcoming release deal on the label.
Those interested can get started with Axtone Academy here.
A-Trak takes on Axwell‘s wall-to-wall house heater, “Nobody Else,” in a brand new remix that expounds on the groove that Axwell laid down in his original offering. The old-school soul of “Nobody Else” gets an instrumental update in A-Trak’s version. The Fool’s Gold founder pads the track’s distinguishing vocal contribution with trumpet work that brightens the song’s deep house stylings.
A-Trak certainly adds his accessibly quixotic flair, quickening the pace of “Nobody Else,” as piano chords fluidly filter in, to add a multi-instrumental layer to A-Trak’s vision. Axwell captured the spirited mystique of a European nightclub in “Nobody Else,” a tightly constructed track that placed an emphasis on a funky vocal centerpiece, and a particularly cinematic build towards the tune’s end. But now, A-Trak affects an aural image of equal caliber on his rhythmic rework, marking another strong showing from the more-than-capable producer.