Well for better or worse, the came, they raved, they loved… and they left. Perhaps the most hyped set of our time, the final act at Ultra Music Festival this year was the final farewell for the Swedish House Mafia. As fans climbed porta-pottys and jumped barb wired fences, the three Swedes kicked off the set with “Greyhound” to no one’s surprise. The pyrotechnics didn’t stop as they crushed through songs like “Calling,” “One” and “From Miami 2 Ibiza.” The set was standard SHM, but did you really want anything else. Yes, you could probably predict that they would close with “Save the World” and “Don’t You Worry Child,” but it really didn’t matter. It is what you come to expect, and when you experience it first hand you really wouldn’t want it any other way.
I will enjoy this set as I think back to when I saw them for the first time, first screaming out the beat to “One” fully experiencing dance music and all that it can offer. Hopefully, in the end, they do stay retired. Allowing all of us to hold onto those memories of where we were and who we were with when we saw the legendary Swedish House Mafia.
Diego Camejo, who hails from Miami and currently attends Boston University, just released Volume One of his Edit Pack for free and I wanted to make sure this didn’t go unnoticed. The man with the flowing locks and a passion for melodic Big Room and Progressive House is an up-and-coming producer who has made a name for himself, among other things, as a DJ at some of South Beach’s biggest clubs. He is also a good friend of the blog, having put together an Exclusive Mix which I still have in my personal music rotation to this day. Beyond that we’ve posted his Rise Remix EP and his remix of the Komback’s “Impressions“.
What Diego did with this edit pack is pretty spectacular. A lot of major artists in the dance music world have been compiling their own mashups (I’m looking at you Kaskade, Hardwell, and Thomas Gold) and these compilations, many unreleased, have been widely successful. Diego took different bits and pieces from some of the biggest tunes in House music, including some of his own originals, and tastefully combined them into brand new compositions that are both fresh and contain that Diego Camejo flavor.
I think you’ll be pleased with these nine tracks and if you are make sure to show Diego some love on Facebook
Good thing they’ve decided to throw in the towel. Because honestly, with a track like this, they can’t keep up this charade. For those of you who are just tuning in, about a month ago the Swedish powerhouse trio announced to the world that they were calling it quits after this tour to seek out other opportunities. It sounds like the decision was an amicable one, which is good, and probably means we’ll see a reunion tour in only 4 or 5 years with ticket prices double or triple what they are now. Let me tell you that I was at the Ultra when they first unveiled “One” to the world. I saw that shit happening live and will never forget how that felt. “One” was something truly exceptional and it still is. As time progressed, these boys got catapulted to fame and became rock stars, with hardly a house music fan not knowing every single one of their names. And together – when they got together to play – it was like a house orgasm, a housegasm if you will. I only got to see them as a group twice, not including the live stream of their MSG set last December, and I will never forget either show. Say what you will about them but they sure know how to entertain, both with their productions and their live sets.
“Save The World” was my first hint that they were beginning to lose their inspiration. The track grew on me, sure, but it was no “One”. “Antidote” was simply breathtaking, but I can’t give them all the credit for that (read: Knife Party). “Greyhound” for me was a tour-de-force but I know not everyone felt the same about it. But now, with their supposed last track ever, “Don’t You Worry Child” is simply nothing special, far from a high note to leave on. In fact, it grossly resembles “Save The World” and not just because they invited singer John Martin back to record the vocals for it. It’s a bittersweet track in that it just doesn’t live up to their legacy but also affirms the need for them to part. Independently, I have no doubt that they will continue to churn out the amazing productions they have both before and during the reign of SHM (*cough* Axwell *cough*). Sometimes it’s not about the world wants, but what we need, and I think right now we need something other than the Swedish House Mafia. It’s been a hell of a ride.
The infamous trio that is Swedish House Mafia has been on quite a run lately. The Mafioso’s, aside from being nominated for a Grammy this year and playing the most important EDM show to ever be held in the Big Apple in December, have become synonymous with mainstream house music. Their song “Save The World” has been all over the radio. Their new partnership with Absolut, which includes a music video and an ad campaign all tied in with their latest release “Greyhound”, is being broadcast all over major television stations. Their song “One”, now at a mature two years old, is still considered by many to be THE essential house anthem of our time.
And Sebastian Ingrosso, one member of the trio, is no stranger to his own independently achieved success. Like the rest of his SHM cronies, he runs his own record label, Refune, which is the home for such names as Otto Knows, Style of Eye and his pal and now international superstar Alesso. You might remember Ingrosso’s collaboration with Mr. Alesso, which just so happened to be THE jam of 2011 – “Calling”. Now with a vocal mix, the song still gets played out as one of the must-know Swedish house tunes. When Ingrosso isn’t touring with his Mafia buddies Steve Angello and Axwell, he tours the world independently bringing his awesome Swedish house music collection with him. Making his first appearance in NYC since the iconic SHM show, he is doing back to back nights (4/6-4/7) this weekend at the legendary Roseland Ballroom. If you have ever been to a show of SHM’s or of any of the individual members, you know how much fun there is to be had. If you’ve never been, you have no idea how much you’re missing. And if the promo video above doesn’t make you want to sign up right away, I don’t know what will.
Both shows are to feature labelmates Otto Knows, Style of Eye, and NY DJ Carl Kennedy. Tickets are still available for both nights through Ticketmaster with Friday’s (4/6) tickets going for $74.50 for GA and Saturday’s (4/7) for $63. Get ’em now here and we’ll see you there!
Welcome to another edition of our weekly update on all the latest tracks and news from the world of dance music. As for EDM highlights of the week, SHM’s epic MSG show, of which I caught the live internet stream, was definitely the most inspirational thing I saw all week and, despite my opinions of the lackluster announcement back when it was first announced, I have to say the live stream made it all worth it… Being able to pregame to a concert of that magnitude halfway across the country was an experience that couldn’t be topped and I can only hope they start doing that kind of thing more often.
Also, Steve Aoki’s new album Wonderland leaked this week ahead of it’s January release date. I don’t feel I need to post the whole thing as I haven’t listened to it all yet but you can pick up a leaked copy here…
Okay, now to get into some fresh tracks. The release for this week that got me the most excited has to be the newest Adventure Club remix. God these guys are on absolute fire right now. This song follows like their others with that smooth, drippy dubstep and beautiful vocals. Definitely one of the best duo of producers to come around this year.
Skrillex? Again? IDK man… This cat is like what Lil Wayne was to hip-hop music a couple years back. He just doesn’t stop releasing new tunes. His newest song “Breathe” is one of the first we’ve heard in a while that doesn’t have that stigmatized brostep sound to it. It’s a smooth track. Here’s a sick remix by unknown producer PRA2 of the original which I think brings a good energy to the otherwise slow track.
A-Trak with a new song? Always down. This time he teamed up with Zinc, a UK-based DJ and producer, to put together this interesting and danceable track. It really brings some interesting sounds to the table and the best part is that dubstep producer Benga brought his own incredible sound to the track.
Finally, Tiesto, who, like Skrillex, has just been on a roll lately releasing new tracks comes out with his Mission Impossible Theme remix. Interesting choice and completely unexpected but it has some serious flavor to it. I wonder if this song will appear in the new M:I movie…?
BONUS: THE S! Need I say more? Dude, I feel like these Italian electro-house producers always take a backseat to all the bigger names on Survival Sunday but I can’t help but include them when they have new tracks. This week, they took on Skrillex’s classic “All I Ask of You” and give it their usual poppy electro dance treatment with a nice dub transition towards the end.
Really excited about getting my hands on this live set! Last night marked a turning point in the electronic world as the mafia invaded one of New York City’s most historic landmarks for one really big night. Bringing out all of the stops including massive state of the art LED panels and the best laser show I’ve ever seen put on indoors. What made this event so popular was the accessibility for fans around the world to tune in. For the first time in EDM history the entire set was streamed live through YouTube for absolutely free! There must have been ten different HD cameras zipping through the air and mounted around the DJ booth capturing the historic event. The set itself was awesome as we played it on the TV while pregaming for the night, really makes us want to be able to do this more often. The guys did a lot of mixing with my favorites being Miami2Ibiza/The Usual Supects/Antidote and when they mashed up tracks from Axwell and Angello to close out the show. Please download this set and be sure to check out the tracklist and video below!