Is Swedish House Mafia back?
Swedish House Mafia have released a new track. After reports surfaced back in February that the EDM supergroup — made up of Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, and Steve Angello — had returned to the studio to work on a new project together, the trio have dropped 'It Gets Better' - their first track in almost a decade. DJ MagSwedish House Mafia return with new track, 'It Gets Better': Listen
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16 July, 2021 - 12:10pm
16 July, 2021 - 12:10pm
Swedish House Mafia joined Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 earlier this week to chat about their return single, ‘It Gets Better’.
The trio shared the new track on Wednesday (14th July). Accompanied by a cinematic video directed by Alexander Wessely, it is the EDM supergroup’s first new music in almost a decade.
It’s the first in what is expected to be a lot of new music from the group, who told Lowe that the release is “the start” of a reunion that was spurred on by the pandemic.
SHM’s Steve Angello said: “We had some time together now and during the pandemic... The only positive thing about the pandemic was we got the year. So [we] just went in there and just dove and discovered and tweaked the synths. And we have something that we love and we feel is super unique and especially unique to us and something that we stand for. All this new music is amazing.”
Swedish House Mafia initially disbanded in 2013, before reforming for an unannounced headline set at Ultra Miami in 2018. The trio toured in 2019, and began teasing new music earlier this year with some cryptic studio footage.
Speaking to Lowe about the reunion, Sebastian Ingrosso said: “We missed each other. First of all, we missed each other, then we missed the fans and we wanted to hang out together. And now we have the best two years together. We have done amazing things together, but this is like we made a baby together. You know what I mean? Finally.”
You can listen to Swedish House Mafia’s interview with Zane Lowe here.
Watch the video for ‘It Gets Better’ below.
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16 July, 2021 - 12:10pm
Swedish House Mafia consists of three popular DJs including Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. The supergroup formed in 2008 and released two albums (2010’s Until One and 2012’s Until Now) before going on a hiatus in 2013. They reunited in 2018 to go on tour. However, they departed from their former record label Columbia Records earlier this year.
16 July, 2021 - 11:31am
This week marked the official return of Swedish House Mafia as an artist releasing music, with their last single release hitting in 2012. After years of speculation and a week of teasing, the trio released ‘It Gets Better‘ yesterday. However, the rumors leading up to yesterday pointed to the release of a different single called ‘Lifetime‘. The release of ‘It Gets Better’ was actually a surprise to many. Now the trio is confirming ‘Lifetime’s existence and its unveiling.
The discussion centered around a single together with Ty Dolla $sign and 070 Shake that would be performed on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show on Monday July 19. The Facebook post basically confirms what we already suspected. The next Swedish House Mafia single will be ‘Lifetime’ and it will be unveiled on Jimmy Fallon’s show on Monday. This will be single #2 from the upcoming album titled Paradise Again.
Stay tuned for more developments and join the Swedish House Mafia fan Facebook Group to keep up with the discussion!
16 July, 2021 - 11:25am
Swedish House Mafia are back, and this time it’s for real. Meaning business, they came back to dominate the entire industry, making sure everyone’s eyes are only on them. Dropping the bombshell that they have a brand new album to release this year titled ‘Paradise Again’ with the date yet to be announced, they officially released new music for the first time in nine years. That new single happened to be one of their most awaited IDs since two years ago, ‘It Gets Better’, and according to the trio’s new statement posted to their social media, it really is getting better.
‘ON MONDAY WE ARE BACK FOR A LIFETIME’, the post reads. Not only confirming that they will not disappear again (like Axwell had previously said at Ultra ‘It’s Swedish House Mafia for life this time’), it seems as though they are subtly teasing a release of their single ‘Lifetime’, which is said to feature Ty Dolla $ign and 070 Shake. What else is interesting is that they were previously listed as guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for July 19, although that has disappeared from the site’s upcoming guests section now. It is still likely that they could appear though, so all we can do is wait to see what they will bring for us next this Monday.
What do you think will happen this Monday? Will they give us ‘Lifetime’ or another treat? Whilst we wait, view their post below and check out our review of ‘It Gets Better’ here.
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16 July, 2021 - 06:08am
House music stars Swedish House Mafia is made up of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. The EDM trio is popular for the song Don't You Worry Child, which almost defined mainstream house music for a long time. In June 2012, the group announced they would split up.
But just as the world is opening up and crowds are gathering again, the supergroup is back! The trio reunite for a single called It Gets Better. This is their first new music in almost eight years. House music and EDM fans could not be happier. The beat-driven, techno-ish number has an almost cinematic feel accompanied with a music video.
The band has also spoken about a full length album as well as future tours. Is this is return of EDM after the slow past year we have all had?
15 July, 2021 - 11:27pm
'It Gets Better' lives in a world entirely of its own making.
The return of Swedish House Mafia was only ever going to be strange.
After all, the world is a very different place than it was back when we last heard from the supergroup, almost a decade ago. Not only have we grown collectively savvier as a listening public, our tastes have changed — pop hip-hop have taken over as dominant genres, nabbing the chart leads from heavier rock fare and EDM. The entire landscape of pop is different, not to mention the way that we consume it.
On the plus side, Swedish House Mafia seem to understand that they are now veritable outsiders when it comes to making music. Instead of trying to slip back into the mainstream as though nothing has happened, the group have leaned heavily into both nostalgia and weirdness, releasing a song that sounds like an acidhead’s dim recollections of an already faded past.
How else to describe ‘It Gets Better’, a mosaic of aggressive beats and disparate tones? As the title implies, the track is openly optimistic, filled with promises of a brighter future that awaits just around the corner. But how weird is that? Hope is out of fashion these days, what with that whole global pandemic thing, and so there’s a joyous obliviousness to a song so determined to look at the brighter side of things.
Is the track good? Is it bad? Ultimately, it seems to defy easy categorisation into either of these states. It’s neither embarrassing nor uplifting; not timely nor timeless. It exists in a world entirely of its own. The best thing to do is merely to lay back and let it happen to you.
15 July, 2021 - 06:09pm
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The trio of Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, and Axwell debuted “It Gets Better” today. It’s one of their unreleased songs the group played frequently on their comeback tour. The group also says it plans to release its debut album, Paradise Again, later this year.
“It was just like, ‘What the f–k do we do? How do we come back? Do we just give them another [version of] what we’ve done before?” Ingrosso says in an interview with Billboard. “I was like f–k that; it’s depressing to go back. It’s disgusting to go back.”
“We have no idea if people are going to like [the new music], but we are just really proud of what we have done.”
Fans of Swedish House Mafia seem to be divided on the new sound. The YouTube comments are full of people spamming fire emojis, while others are asking ‘what happened?’ The debut album is likely to be just as divisive if it doesn’t feature the original sound that made the group popular.
Swedish House Mafia set the tone for the modern EDM scene. They sold out Madison Square Garden twice, with the first appearance selling out in just nine minutes. SHM gained mass popularity as fans began attending mega-festivals like Ultra and Electric Daisy Carnival. All of that success was built on the back of a six-track two compilation catalog. The group’s last song, “Don’t You Worry Child,” released in 2012.
But as Billboard describes, the group was working against itself. “Over the next three years, they made attempts at new music but were derailed at every turn – fighting their own well-known perfectionism, changing managers twice and ultimately leaving the label, Columbia Records, that signed them when they had only bits and pieces of new music.”
The dance music scene has evolved since the 2010s, when the Swedes had their early success. The global dance music industry accounts for just 3.6% of global market share, according to a 2021 IMS analysis of Spotify’s top 200 genres. In fact, dance music seems to be declining in popularity across the globe.
“I’m not trying to like, satisfy the digital market,” says Angello. “My big play here is making an album we love and putting it out. I’m not going to go into the studio and call the guys and be like, ‘yo, the numbers are cold on the playlist.’ We don’t give a f–k.”
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