Will Swedish House Mafia reunite for Ultra’s 20th anniversary?

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There’s been no shortage of chatter over another possible Swedish House Mafia reunion since Ultra released their 2018 line-up last month. What a more opportune time after all than UMF’s upcoming twentieth anniversary edition, held in Miami’s Bayfront Park during March. In fact, if last year is any indication, it seems reunion rumors are becoming imminent during this time.


So why always with the hype? 

When EDM pioneers Swedish House Mafia bid their final farewell at Ultra Miami 2013, the trio opened a speculative can of worms for when they might one day return to the stage. As festival season officially kicks off in March with Ultra at the helm, this year has reignited the SHM rumor mill. Indeed, there have been several happenings hinting at what would be a monumental reunion to be sure. The first and most obvious indication is the appearance of Axwell Λ Ingrosso on the 2018 bill, which naturally evoked fan chatter that Steve Angello would somehow jump out of a cake on stage. However outlandish and unlikely, the speculation comes alongside the fact that SHM recently wiped its Twitter account clean, spurring Billboard to stir rumors that a reunion was on the books for 2018, according to sources close to the publication. Additionally, Steve Angello began following Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso separately on Twitter last month. But the most concrete evidence to a SHM return lays in a statement with Ultra CEO Russell Faibisch, who was recently named Magnetic Magazine‘s Industry Person of the Year. The honor came with an exclusive interview in which Faibisch spoke vaguely to this year’s special anniversary appearances,

“…something very big is in the works! Every year we pride ourselves on delivering for our fans special unannounced performances and surprises. But for the big 20th Anniversary, we knew we had to deliver something huge. Something unique that can only be seen at Ultra. It is completely under wraps. The only thing I can say is to Expect The Unexpected.”


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So will a SHM reunion actually happen?

It’s possible, but highly unlikely. If these are in fact the only signs of a possible return, the responsible reaction to a reunion need be a highly skeptical one at best. There is also plenty of evidence to negate the trio’s return to the stage. First, Steve Angello won’t even be in the US during the time of Ultra 2018, which not only rules out chances of a SHM reunion, but any appearance during Miami Music Week at all. According to YourEDM, Angello confirmed to a fan in a DM that he is booked for gigs in Asia during the latter part of March. Second, when Billboard speculated a 2018 SHM return, the group’s longtime manager Amy Thomson categorically denied the news via Twitter. Third, while a possible SHM reunion seems inevitable, right now just isn’t the right time. While the group remain good friends, let us remember the trio originally disbanded five years ago because they felt what they were doing was artistically empty. As Angello told HuffPost,

“I think we felt like it had become a very big machine. I think the pressure … It just wasn’t having fun anymore. It was this humongous monster. We felt like tired.”

Thus, the possibility of an SHM reunion seems inevitable on the longer horizon. The moment can and will happen when Ingrosso, Angello, and Axwell collectively feel creatively compelled to create something substantively meaningful — sans any big anniversary line-ups, financial motivation, or commercial gain. As art should be.


So then, what’s the big surprise?

Several fan hypotheses have popped up on r/UMF over more practical predictions as to what we might expect from a twentieth anniversary line-up that says to “expect the unexpected.” First, there’s been speculation over long time friend Alesso joining Axwell and Ingrosso for some sort of SHM offshoot performance. Another possibility is the return of Avicii, as the star made his meteoric return to dance music just this past year. Additionally, Jack Ü is another likely performance to expect, since the duo comprised of Diplo and Skrillex made their debut at Ultra 2014. With Hardwell and Armin van Buuren’s huge b2b performance as Two Is One taking place at Amsterdam Music Festival 2017, hopes have also been high over a follow up performance among Ultra fans.

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It’s difficult to determine the many possibilities Ultra has in store for 2018. While the evidence to a SHM reunion seems bleak in the eyes of some, yet hopeful in the eyes of others, we find that speculation leads to expectation, and expectation leads to disappointment. To let go of expectation is to be content with whatever outcome Ultra Music Festival has in store for their 20th anniversary festival.

 

Photo credit: Jordan Lloyd

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A team of programmers is archiving SoundCloud’s entire music library

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SoundCloud remains the talk of the Tech world amidst continued worries over low company morale and speculation that the Berlin-based company had only enough revenue to sustain themselves until the beginning of the next earning quarter. What started with an announcement earlier this month that the audio streaming service was laying off 40 percent of its staff has snowballed into a flurry of rumors over the future of the platform.

Chance The Rapper, perhaps the SoundCloud poster child for success as an independent artist, even took to Twitter vowing to help keep the streaming service alive.

While public details of Soundcloud’s supposed financial health have since been said to have been reported with “extensive inaccuracies,” the folks at The Archive Team, a volunteer group of approximately 150 programmers “dedicated to saving our digital heritage,” aren’t taking any chances.

Most recently, Archive Team leader Jason Scott tweeted that his non-profit group would soon begin the large-scale undertaking of backing up SoundCloud’s entire music library, which is estimated to contain one petabyte (or one million gigabytes) of data. Scott reported to Motherboard the estimated cost of such a project would lay somewhere “between $1.5 million and $2 million to store all the files for the foreseeable future.”

All the uncertainly ensues despite Soundcloud CEO Alexander Ljung’s official statement that the platform is not going anywhere:

“There’s an insane amount of noise about SoundCloud in the world right now. And it’s just that, noise. The music you love on SoundCloud isn’t going away, the music you shared or uploaded isn’t going away, because SoundCloud is not going away. Not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in the foreseeable future. Your music is safe.”

Sources: NoisePorn, Vice, Variety

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Rumored Collaboration Between Daft Punk & Nile Rodgers Surfaces

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If there’s anything 2016 has taught us, it’s that more Daft Punk music is never a bad thing. Though the robots only came out with two new songs this year (and even then, they were only features), we could feel their return in our bones and it just hurts so good.

Now, if this Unreleased Daft Punk Soundcloud channel is to be believed, a new (or old) track from the Random Access Memories era has leaked, featuring Nile Rodgers on guitar and vocalist Lemar. We’re obviously excited when we come across something like a Daft Punk leak, but understandably skeptical at the same time. “Feel Good,” however, sounds extremely legitimate. Between the slick guitar licks and the general vibe of the track, not to mention the production quality, we wouldn’t be surprised if this was a legitimate leak.

And if it’s not, then damn, whoever made this is good.

 

H/T Dancing Astronaut

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Source: Rumored Collaboration Between Daft Punk & Nile Rodgers Surfaces

Every Artist Rumored To Perform At Coachella 2017 [FULL LIST]

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Travel website Travelgrom has just revealed its newest list of potential Coachella bookings for the festival’s 2017 installment. The round-up this time includes a truly exhilarating group of electronic acts, some of them notable enough to occupy the biggest headlining spots.

A brief description of the site’s method and track record in the lineup prediction game is included at the top of article. In addition to their own research, Travelgrom said that they receive random tips and reader-submitted comments to help narrow down the yearly list. With a 64% accuracy rate in 2016, the site claims that more than half of the names listed this year will have a good chance of showing up on the final roster.

“Last year we predicted 140 acts at Coachella, and 90 were on the official Coachella lineup, meaning we were 64% accurate. In other words, more than half of the bands that you see listed below will likely be on the Coachella 2017 Lineup. How do we do it? We analyze hundreds of band’s tour dates, monitor the booking sheet for Goldenvoice-owned venues, get random tips and emails from industry insiders, scour the Coachella forums and look for clues that the bands tweet or make public in magazine interviews.”

However, some of his arguments include phrases like “According to a Reddit user” and “their tour calendar is wide open for mid-April” … not exactly air tight arguments, either.

With Coachella’s annual January lineup release date steadily approaching, the time to begin the traditional pre-festival panic is almost upon us. Check below for the complete Travelgrom list of predictions for Coachella 2017, and quickly scan the electronic music acts in bold.

Air
Anohni
Aphex Twin
Band of Horses
Banks & Steelz
Banks
Bastille
Beyoncé
Big Gigantic
Bishop Briggs
Blood Orange
Bomba Estero
Bon Iver
Boys Noize
Broken Social Scene
Broods
Cage the Elephant
Car Seat Headrest
Carley Rae Jepson
Cash Cash
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Chance the Rapper
Cherub
Classixx
Clipping
Cyrstal Castles
Danny Brown
De La Soul
Deftones
Denzel Curry
Die Antwoord
DIIV
Dillon Francis
DJ Snake
Duke Dumont
El Komander
Empire of the Sun
Eric Prydz
Explosions of the Sky
FKA Twigs
Fleet Foxes
Flight Facilities
Floating Points
Flosstradamus
Flying Lotus
Francis and the Light
Frank Ocean
Gallant
Glass Animals
Grace Jones
Griz
Grouplove
Gryffin
GTA
HAIM
Hinds
Isaiah Rashad
Jack Garrett
Jagwar Ma
James Blake
Jean-Michel Jarre
Jimmy Eat World
Jon Bellion
Julien Baker
Justice
Kaleo
Kaytranada
Kid Cudi
Kiiara
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Kygo
Lany
Lemaitre
Lil Dicky
Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Yachty
Little Dragon
Local Natives
Logic
Louis the Child
Lush
Madeintyo
Madeon
Majid Jordan
Marc Anthony
Marshmello
Martin Garrix
Melanie Martinez
Metallica
Michael Kiwanuka
Misfits
Moderat
Modern Baseball
Muna
Mura Masa
Nice As Fuck
Nick Murphy
Nicolas Jaar
Oh Wonder
Phantogram
PJ Harvey
Porter Robinson
Preoccupations
Pretty Lights
Radio Department
Raury
Regina Spektor
RiFF RAFF
S U R V I V E
Sampha
Schoolboy Q
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Shura
Skepta
Sleep
Sleigh Bells
Slushii
Sofi Tukker
Solange
Soulwax
St Lucia
STRFKR
Ta-Ku
The Airborne Toxic Event
The Avalanches
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
The Dear Hunter
The Drums
The Naked and Famous
The National
The Oh Sees
The XX
Thee Oh Sees
Torey Lanez
Tourist
Tove Lo
Two Door Cinema Club
Tycho
Warpaint
What So Not
Wild Nothing
Youth Brigade
Zack De La Rocha

 

Sources: TravelGrom, Dancing Astronaut

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Source: Every Artist Rumored To Perform At Coachella 2017 [FULL LIST]

Check out this list of every artist rumored to play Coachella 2017

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Because of Coachella‘s massive popularity and consistently diverse lineups, the festival engenders more fervent anticipation than any other concert event in the country every year. Goldenvoice traditionally provides the official lineup in January, three months before the event’s annual April run. Given the festival’s widespread appeal, the internet is abuzz with lineup rumors in the months leading up to the annual January announcement.

While the majority of rumored Coachella lineups are largely unsubstantiated (or elaborate Daft Punk trolls), some rumors do hold a degree of credibility. TravelGrom, a budget-focused travel information website, purports to be the most accurate oracle of future Coachella lineups. It goes without saying that any rumored lineup should be viewed with a healthy dose of pragmatic skepticism, but TravelGrom‘s track record and methodology have endowed them with perhaps more credibility than any competing prophets.

In their article predicting the lineup for Coachella 2017, the website cites their success rate from 2016 forecasts, and outlines their analytical process:

“Last year we predicted 140 acts at Coachella, and 90 were on the official Coachella lineup, meaning we were 64% accurate. In other words, more than half of the bands that you see listed below will likely be on the Coachella 2017 Lineup.

How do we do it? We analyze hundreds of band’s tour dates, monitor the booking sheet for Goldenvoice-owned venues, get random tips and emails from industry insiders, scour the Coachella forums and look for clues that the bands tweet or make public in magazine interviews.”

The website also includes a submission form on their website to solicit tips from outside sources.

Travelgrom begins their list with a selection of artists which “have been confirmed in one way or another,” providing a written explanation of each “confirmed” artist before delving into their full lineup forecast. Among the website’s allegedly confirmed acts, headliners, and undercard acts are Justice, Radiohead, The xx, Beyonce, and Metallica. The Shins, Frank Ocean, Alt-J, DJ Khaled, Bastille, and Niles Rodgers and Chic also fall into this segment of the article.

While the above acts are largely detached from the electronic music realm (with the obvious exception of Justice and The xx), a number of electronic artists appear throughout the full list of potential acts the website has provided. Aphex Twin, Boys Noize, Pretty Lights, James Blake, and Porter Robinson are among the most scintillating dance music acts predicted for this year’s lineup. From dance music’s more experimental sphere, TravelGrom lists predictions for Tycho, Flying Lotus, Nicolas Jaar, Floating Points, and Moderat.

View the full list of rumored acts below (in alphabetical order), courtesy of TravelGrom:

Air
Anohni
Aphex Twin
Band of Horses
Banks & Steelz
Banks
Bastille
Beyoncé
Big Gigantic
Bishop Briggs
Blood Orange
Bomba Estero
Bon Iver
Boys Noize
Broken Social Scene
Broods
Cage the Elephant
Car Seat Headrest
Carley Rae Jepson
Cash Cash
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Chance the Rapper
Cherub
Classixx
Clipping
Cyrstal Castles
Danny Brown
De La Soul
Deftones
Denzel Curry
Die Antwoord
DIIV
Dillon Francis
DJ Snake
Duke Dumont
El Komander
Empire of the Sun
Eric Prydz
Explosions of the Sky
FKA Twigs
Fleet Foxes
Flight Facilities
Floating Points
Flosstradamus
Flying Lotus
Francis and the Light
Frank Ocean
Gallant
Glass Animals
Grace Jones
Griz
Grouplove
Gryffin
GTA
HAIM
Hinds
Isaiah Rashad
Jack Garrett
Jagwar Ma
James Blake
Jean-Michel Jarre
Jimmy Eat World
Jon Bellion
Julien Baker
Justice
Kaleo
Kaytranada
Kid Cudi
Kiiara
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Kygo
Lany
Lemaitre
Lil Dicky
Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Yachty
Little Dragon
Local Natives
Logic
Louis the Child
Lush
Madeintyo
Madeon
Majid Jordan
Marc Anthony
Marshmello
Martin Garrix
Melanie Martinez
Metallica
Michael Kiwanuka
Misfits
Moderat
Modern Baseball
Muna
Mura Masa
Nice As Fuck
Nick Murphy
Nicolas Jaar
Oh Wonder
Phantogram
PJ Harvey
Porter Robinson
Preoccupations
Pretty Lights
Radio Department
Raury
Regina Spektor
RiFF RAFF
S U R V I V E
Sampha
Schoolboy Q
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Shura
Skepta
Sleep
Sleigh Bells
Slushii
Sofi Tukker
Solange
Soulwax
St Lucia
STRFKR
Ta-Ku
The Airborne Toxic Event
The Avalanches
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
The Dear Hunter
The Drums
The Naked and Famous
The National
The Oh Sees
The XX
Thee Oh Sees
Torey Lanez
Tourist
Tove Lo
Two Door Cinema Club
Tycho
Warpaint
What So Not
Wild Nothing
Youth Brigade
Zack De La Rocha

Via: TravelGrom

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