Swedish House Mafia‘s reunion at Ultra 20 left all fans of the supergroup with one question that would lingered since the trio stepped away from the decks in Miami: what is SHM’s next move, presuming, of course, that there would be a next move?
SHM’s recent removal of all posts previously shared on their official Instagram page seemed to lend credibility to suspicion surrounding an extended SHM reunion, but now, Steve Angello has confirmed that the mafia’s Miami re-appearance wasn’t just a one-off performance.
“It’s happening, of course,” Angello stated in an interview with Sydsvenskan, “All details aren’t set, but in 2019 we are back!”
So ‘don’t you worry,’ SHM fans, the boys are back, and they’re here to stay.
Last night, Swedish superstars and 2/3rds of Swedish House Mafia, Axwell & Ingrosso, played a mammoth show at the Brooklyn Mirage in New York City. On a marvelous holiday weekend the place was packed to the gills and to end the special night Axwell shared some pretty big news. As they were closing down their set
In addition to premiering three unreleased songs at Ultra 20, Axwell concluded their set by saying, “We are Swedish House Mafia for life this time.” Steve Angello’s talent manager, Scooter Braun, then took to his Instagram story following the set, and hinted, essentially confirming that Sunday’s SHM reunion was “the beginning” of something much larger.
Fans immediately began speculating over whether an arena world tour was in the works, or a possible summer festival run, despite the fact that most large festival bookings have been finalized for the 2018 season.
Following the SMH reunion at Ultra Miami last weekend, Tomorrowland may have further fueled fan hopes when they posted an image of the Belgian festival’s main stage on Twitter with the caption, “expect the unexpected.” The tagline is the exact same phrase that Ultra used when announcing the “secret guest” slot for it’s 20th edition.
Nothing has been confirmed, and the tweet has since been deleted, but the coin of phrase has sparked controversy that another secret guest appearance by SHM may be in the programming for Tomorrowland’s 2018 edition, “The Story Of Planaxis.”
A tweet from 1001 Tracklists alleges that the Swedish super group’s closing set at the Miami festival contains two brand new IDs, directing attendees and live stream viewers alike to the set, exhorting listeners to “Take a look and listen again.” Ultra 20’s live host, Andrea Helfrich, noted that there were “three IDs” in the set during UMF TV’s live stream of the set, thus signifying that there are a minimum of at least two new IDs in the set, and possibly a third.
Originally published on the evening of March 26, the tweet has since been removed from Twitter.
If the news holds true, a future Swedish House Mafia release could be arriving sooner than perhaps expected. Those seeking to probe the set for the reported new IDs can find SHM’s Ultra set, here.
Dance music fans and pundits have spent the past few weeks in anxious agony as rumors of Swedish House Mafia‘s fabled return to close Ultra on Sunday swirled around the the internet. Speculations began arising as to who the “surprise special guests” would be shortly after Ultra Miami announced its lineup, reaching fever pitch after a series of events including a mysterious social media update and a cryptic confession from a lighting technician all but validated the rumors for those tracking the case.
Those refusing to believe anyone aside from the iconic trio would be chosen as the festival’s 20th anniversary closers can sit back in vindicated contentment, as Steve Angello, Axwell, and Ingrosso have just set foot on the main stage in a dramatic fashion to take the decks as “One.” A palpable wave of emotion can be felt through the stream, even, as the reunited legends began their “surprise” set with a dynamic array of visuals, ethereal hints of familiar vocals, bursts of synth roars, and finally, their crowd-favorite single “Miami To Ibiza.” A joyous moment has been marked in dance history, indeed.
Per a Tweet from FPIA, the outfit will have debuted three new SHM productions by the time their set is done. Now the question remains: Will Swedish House Mafia’s reunion be a one-off event, or will their “One Last Tour” cease to be with the announcement of a new slew of gigs? We’ll be watching the dance space heavily to find out.
For months now, everyone has been trying to figure out who the special guests are at Ultra Music Festival 2018. Ultra organizers have been telling fans to “expect the unexpected.” While the hype continued to build, many people alluded to the special guest to either be Swedish House Mafia or Daft Punk. Yesterday, Swedish House
Ok, I’m just as sick of this as you are but this may be the most hype around a surprise guest in the history of Electronic Music. Ultra has been teasing for months that we should “expect the unexpected”, and social media has taken that and ran with it. We had Proximity upload a Swedish
“Most of the DJs have some free time in January and February, and that results in new music,” Hardwell said when asked if he would debut unreleased material in Ultra tradition during his headlining set. “I made lots of new music and I’m going to play [it] on Friday,” Hardwell added.
And like many ticket holders, Hardwell is holding out for an SHM reunion. “I think it’s going to happen,” Hardwell stated in response to the question as to whether he believed the Swedish super group would indeed appear at Ultra 20. “There are a lot of rumors, the deciding factor for me was that Steve Angello, one of the three members of SHM, cancelled his Asia tour out of the blue, suddenly doesn’t have any shows planned, and is now in Miami. For me, this means that it has to happen.”
Those attending Miami Music Week can peruse the best parties of the biggest week in electronic music as curated by Dancing Astronaut, here.
A grainy image of Swedish House Mafia group members circulated on an Axwell forum on March 18, before later surfacing on Reddit. The photo is said to have originally appeared on lighting tech Charly Bendenoun’s Facebook page, accompanied by a caption that, when translated, reads “They are back next weekend at Ultra Miami (except the fourth one on the left), you will have two tomorrow at the Pharaonic Festival Chambery.”
Internet analyzers presume that “the fourth one on the left” is Bendenoun himself.
The post is no longer visible on Bendenoun’s account.
This month past month has been one of throwbacks for the talented producer Crankdat. Coming off the heels of a supreme remix of The Chainsmokers‘ #1 track “Closer,” Crankdat decided to go on a throwback remixing binge. He started with two incredible remixes, remixing Porter Robinson‘s “Unison,” and Swedish House Mafia‘s”Save The World.” Now he has continued this trend, remixing the classic track “Louder” by DJ Fresh.
The track starts as a lot of older tracks would, ambient chords with a full bass. Vocals come into play, taking hold of the listener with the familiar “Louder” lyrics. The track builds in anticipation for an unexpected, heavy-hitter of a drop. Massive subs knock you off your feet with a synth that will leave a stank face stuck on your mug. Crankdat shows his more melodic side with the second drop, rounding out the piece nicely. Listen and grab your free download below: