Following the release of Depeche Mode’s most recent album, ‘Delta Machine’, revered dance music figureheads Steve Angello and Jacques Lu Cont have been called in to remix album track ‘Soothe My Soul’, which will be released exclusively through Beatport on Monday, May 6.
Shooting flames, lasers, fog… just a few words that sum up Swedish House Mafia’s concert as they stopped in Chicago for their “One Last Tour”. The hype for this tour has been blowing up social media sites for moths as fans tried to imagine what they could expect from this dynamic trio as they bring their 6 year career to an end. With all three having successful solo acts, Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso knew that they needed to deliver something unforgettable for their fans-- and that’s exactly what they did.
As the show started, a white sheet hid the stage while large projection of colors and lights and designs filled the canvas. The beat began to build as the anticipation seemed to overwhelm the crowed. The energy could be felt all through the arena. At the peak of the build, the first drop hit as the sheet dropped revealing the trio standing front and center; behind them a multi-level platform stage. Strobe lights lit up the arena as cell phone lights flickered throughout the crowed.
The show started with a trip through the Mafias classic hits: From features they’ve done in the past, to current club bangers heard all around the world. The first half of this show was all about our favorite Swedish House Mafia hits.
Half way through the set, the sheet was raised back up. This “intermission” didn’t affect the atmosphere of the crowed whatsoever. The music kept on blasting and the fans kept on raging. As the dropped approached, the tarp was released bringing us back to the Mafias world, only this time, their set consisted of remixes and mashes of songs we know and love all throughout the EDM scene. From your feel good dance music, to your heavy bass trap mixes, they seemed to incorporate almost every style. This switch hyped up the crowed even more. One song after another had a new feel, with all the smooth transitions fitting together perfectly. The beat and bass could be felt throughout the entire United Center.
This amazing journey was something you needed to witness in order to fully understand the power felt between this trio and their fans. The connection was unrivaled. Perhaps it was due to the fact it was the last time all three would be playing together in Chicago, but it was something truly spectacular. Anyone who was there can attest to the environment at the show. And if you’re awaiting a show on the One Last Tour, I tell you now: you are in for a real treat. This experience is something you will never forget.
If you're doubting me, check out this video of the last 15 minutes of the show!
French electro-big room afficionado , Arno Cost has released a live preview of his upcoming track,"Head Up." The track is soon to be his official debut on Steve Angello's record label, "Size." Here is a clip of the track from a Steve Angello set from Escape From Wonderland, a couple of months ago. The track has a similar sound to his present single, "Lifetime". Cost displays sheer perfection with the minimal drops and melodic breaks. Check it.
I'm a big fan of SHM and specifically Steve Angello. Its nice to have them back in the game with 'Don't You Worry Child' and this one. Recently their tracks have been lackluster and a little eurphoric for me but 'Lights' gets me going!
Officially making its premiere on Pete Tong's radio show comes Steve Angello's highly anticipated track, "Yeah". After nearly eight months of waiting, its looks set to be released on September 29th on Beatport.
AN21 and Max Vangeli’s debut artist album People Of The Night is almost ready to be unleashed and the first single is nothing short of a monster. AN21 & Max have brought in Size Records boss Steve Angello for “H8RS;” a collaboration that’s set to be one of the biggest club hits of the summer. “H8RS” was premiered by Pete Tong during his May 11 Radio 1 show and was played out live for the first time by Steve Angello at his much anticipated Hollywood Palladium show the following night. “H8RS” caused an immediate stir with nearly the entire club holding up their cell phone cameras to capture the track during its initial live presentation. With the online buzz that followed, Size Records is happy to officially release “H8RS” on May 28. AN21 and Max have released music on Size and Refune and they've remixed the likes of Ellie Goulding, Pendulum and Gorillaz. As DJs they've played at all the world’s finest clubs and international festivals while also presenting one of 2011’s finest Essential Mixes for Radio 1. Keep it here for more information on the People Of The Night album and it’s all-star cast of collaborators.
Steve Angello and Size Records announces its brand new monthly video series – Size TV
Go behind the scenes and travel around the world with your favorite
Size Records Artists – episode one available now exclusively at Size TV
Ever wondered what life was like outside of the club for your favorite Size Records artists? For the first time ever Steve Angello has let the cameras in to film him and his extended Size family on the road and in studio. This is Size TV.
Size TV will capture the creative process that goes into developing the hottest tracks from scratch in the studio, candid moments that fans typically never get to see and an inside look into what being a Size Records artist is all about.
The debut episode of Size TV is available now and offers a pre-Miami Music Week look at Wayne & Woods, Tim Mason,Third Party, Qulinez and AN21 & Max Vangeli as they prepared for the massive Size Matters Pool Party on March 25
Click here to watch the premiere episode of Size TV
It was an amazing Miami Music Week as the SIZE Records crew was out in full force for the Size Matters Pool Party. It was a great showcase of SIZE Records young talented artists Wayne & Woods, Qulinez, Tim Mason and ThirdParty; rising stars AN21 & MaxVangeli; the legend JuniorSanchez and SIZE Records boss SteveAngello.
Now that Miami Music Week is in the rear mirror, it's time to get to some serious business. Step one is the relaunch of the SIZE Records website - the definitive spot for keeping up to date on the latest news, tour dates and releases from Steve Angello and the SIZE roster.
To celebrate the relaunch, SIZE Records is giving away for free the Sick Individuals remix of Qulinez's "Troll." In order to get the remix all you have to do is sign up for the newsletter at sizerecords.com.
This is just the beginning... be on the lookout for many new and exciting things coming from SIZE Records and its artists in the coming months.
Also... as part of Insomniac's Enhanced Concert Series, Steve Angello will be bringing the SIZE Matters crew to the City of Angels on May 12th at the Hollywood Palladium. If the lineup is anything like it was down in Miami, you sure as hell won't want to miss it. Tickets just went on sale, make sure to get yours HERE.
Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound
Swedish House Maifa vs. Knife Party – Antidote [EMI]
Thomas Gold – Marsch Marsch (2011 Rework) [Toolroom] w/ Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Save The World (Acappella) [EMI]
NO_ID – How R U Feeling Right Now (Michael Woods Re-Edit) [Diffused]
Steve Aoki feat. Wynter Gordon – Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Remix) [Ultra]
Skitzofrenix & Jeff Doubleu – Rushin’ [Sneakerz Muzik]
Steve Angello – Yeah [Size]
Alexander Lager and Johannes Gustafsson, hailing from, Surprise, Surprise, Sweden, have been producing tracks together since early 2006. In 2011, they began a project called 'Qulinez' and now for 2012 their debut release comes courtesy of Steve Angello's Size Imprint. The announcement of Troll's release has produced quite a stir online with the heads and rightly so as it packs a hell of a punch. Main room muscle, combined with a brilliant euphoric 5am twist, that is driven by a pounding kick. Some great synth patching and an aggressive, driving, Electronic bass line deliver what promises to be yet another great find from Size.
Incase you missed the sold out show...here's everything you need.
Rolling Stone Article: Swedish House Mafia Brings the Party to Madison Square Garden:
'Minutes before they took the stage for their headlining Madison Square Garden show, the members of dance supergroup Swedish House Mafia were unable to believe they were really about to play the legendary arena. "We said it as a joke," mused Sebastian Ingrosso. "'We should play Madison Square Garden, ha ha.'" "Somebody must have been drunk . . . the one that booked it," added bandmate Axwell.'
Track List 1. Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso feat. Michael Feiner – Together (The Attic Intro Edit) w/ ID 2. Michael Calfan – Resurrection (Axwell’s Recut Club Version) w/ Axwell feat. Steve Edwards – Watch The Sunrise (Acappella) 3. Nari & Milani – Atom 4. David Guetta & Afrojack – Lunar 5. Deniz Koyu – Hydra w/ Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Remix) 6. Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – Calling (Instrumental Mix) 7. Feenixpawl & Ivan Gough feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind 8. Deniz Koyu – Tung! w/ Calvin Harris – Feel So Close 9. Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect (Alex Metric Remix) w/ Afrojack – Replica 10. Axwell – Heart Is King w/ R.E.M – Losing My Religion (Acappella) w/ Ferry Corsten – Punk (Arty ‘Rock-N-Rolla’ Remix) 11. James Blunt – Dangerous (Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel Remix) (Axwell Edit) 12. Deniz Koyu – Hertz w/ Cassius – I Love U So 13. Michael Woods – Bullet w/ Nero – Promises (Calvin Harris Remix) 14. Pendulum – The Island (Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix) w/ R3hab & Swanky Tunes feat. Max C – Sending My Love 15. Arty, Matisse & Sadko – Trio 16. Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht – Walking Alone w/ Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza (Live Vocals) w/ Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht – Walking Alone (Acappella) 17. Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – Antidote (Vocal Mix) 18. Tommy Trash – The End w/ Florence and The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix) w/ Swedish House Mafia – One 19. Axwell feat. Errol Reid – Nothing But Love (Remode Mix) w/ Arty – Around The World 20. Steve Angello – Yeah 21. John Dahlback feat. Erik Hassle – One Last Ride (Tommy Trash Remix) 22. Diddy, Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey – Coming Home (Dirty South Remix) w/ Daft Punk – Aerodynamic w/ Hard Rock Sofa – Quasar 23. Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji & Starkillers – Pressure (Alesso Remix) w/ Coldplay – Fix You 24. Coldplay vs. Swedish House Mafia – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall 25. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Save The World (Original vs. Knife Party Remix) (Live Vocals) 26. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Axwell & Dirty South Remix) w/ Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode) 27. Steve Angello, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso & Laidback Luke feat. Deborah Cox – Leave The World Behind (Acappella) w/ DEVolution feat. Amy Pearson – Good Love (Alesso Remix) w/ Green Velvet – Flash (Nicky Romero Remix) 28. Steve Angello & Laidback Luke vs. Robin S – Show Me Love w/ Axwell feat. Max C – I Found U w/ Steve Angello – Knas
The massive collaboration between Swedish House Mafia and Knife Party, a side project of Pendulum's Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, "ANTIDOTE" is out today! Check out the teaser for the video, which will premiere Monday, December 19th.
TONIGHT! Swedish House Mafia's sold out show at Madison Square will be streamed LIVE on Youtube.com/Fuse. Tune in at 10:30PM EST for an epic performance by Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Axwell.
Much like for the SSP, making it up to everyone for missing a week. Mash on mash on mash on mash-- mashes for days. And with finals coming up with this week for some and in the next coming weeks for the the rest, these are definitely coming at the most crucial of times. Good luck on those amigos.
I don't think any artist has had a bigger year than Tommy Trash. I was lucky enough to see him play his first US show at The Music Box in LA, opening for Wolfgang Gartner on 10/22. I was even luckier to be able to meet Tommy Trash backstage and after a little gushing (ok a lot), he invited us upstairs to a little backstage gathering. Tommy Trash is one of the nicest and most humble DJs I have had the pleasure to meet, seeming almost surprised I was such a big fan. He also knows how to party; he was personally DJing the room while we were taking Grey Goose handle pulls until 5AM.
The video below is Mr. Trash himself dunking that monkey above into a cup of pure vodka. Brilliant.
Every time I think to myself, there is no way he can have more releases up his sleeve, Tommy Trash keeps up his vicious release schedule. Seriously, I think he has more releases this year than most artists have unreleased versions they are still working on. Monkey See Monkey Docame out just a few days ago, and his remix of Shave It came out today. Super jelly of everyone who got to see Steve Angello drop it at Escape From Wonderland, but I somehow stumbled upon that video in the wee hours of the morning, so I wasn't too far behind.
Rage past the jump for a small exclusive regarding where Tommy Trash is moving to next year.
Tommy Trash attempting to lick my face. Seriously.
I think I have a bit of awesome news when I tell you that I have heard it from the man himself that Tommy Trash is planning to move to LA in the early part of 2012, which I hope means that next year is going to be even bigger for Mr. Trash.
Of course there's more: his next remix was dropped by none other than Tiesto in Sao Paulo. Steve Forte Rio's Slumber is getting trashier. Look for it off of Tiesto's label Musical Freedom later this month (!!!)
Halloween weekend 2011, Insomniac held Escape From Wonderland - its first ever Halloween inspired event at their famous playgrounds the NOS Event Center in San Bernadino. With the falling apart of the competing Monster Massive, tickets to Escape were sold out weeks prior to the event. Insomniac was amazing and kind enough to hook Death by Electro up with a couple media passes as myself and compadre Jordan ventured off into the rabbit hole for what was one hell of a night...
After retrieving our passes from an off site location, the two of us pulled into the lot just as the sun was setting and the lights were slowly flickering on. The plan was to enter with enough time a couple of the earlier sets, but with confusion of where to enter and multiple walks around the event center (only negative part of the night), we got in right around 7 pm and headed directly over to the "Ghoul's Graveyard" to catch the set of the legend Andre Tanneberger, better known as ATB hearing just a glimpse of Thomas Gold's massive set from the "Slaughter House" along the way.
Before even going into the music, the tent itself was absolutely insane. Insomniac really did an awesome job with decorating even the inside of the stages, as there were ghosts and other ghouls hanging from the ceiling. The set itself was also quite the spectacle. Dropping his classics early in the set, most notably the ever-famous "Ecstasy" as his second track and then into new classics such as Arty and Mat Zo's "Rebound" ultimately ending with a live singing performance of "What About Us," Andre's set in my opinion, was one for the ages. One of the things I gotta say about ATB is that he really seems to have his audiences feeding off his energy as with every track and every drop, he'd be jumping and on the mic getting everybody fired up.
Before jumping back up to hear his closing, Jordan and I ventured back behind the graveyard tent in anticipation for the Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike who were about to take the stage next. We actually got a chance to catch up with the Thivaois brothers, chatting some about their tour and what we should expect with their set. But lemme tell you... there was nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, they could have been said that would have prepared anyone for the epicness that ensued. With only a 45 minute set, one would think that their options would have been at least slightly limited with what they could get done in such a short period of time but this could not have been any more wrong. The Belgian duo threw down what was by far my favorite set of the night, opening it up with Jacob Van Hage's "Convoi," then transitioning and mixing flawlessly from banger to banger with the crowd going absolutely ape shit. One attendee close up to the stage was awesome enough to record the first part of their set, so we can all relive the amazingness even if we we didn't catch it live.
After finally leaving the "Ghoul's Graveyard" for the first time the entire night, we took a little tour of the grounds and, as I mentioned before, Insomniac really did go above and beyond (if only that could've been a relatable pun...) in creating a design, atmosphere, and overall feeling of a Halloween-inspired event. The "Breakabout Woods" where people could sit and gaze at various statues, the lake in the middle being covered in fog, and even the haunted mansion that was quite the maze to get through all came together in the best kind of way so that no matter where you were within NOS, you were constantly stuck far deep down the rabbit hole.
Cruising around from stage to stage, caught a little bit Sub Focus' set until ending up at "Mad Hatter's Hospital," where we ended up sticking around for most of Moguai's set. Gotta say, one of the highlights of my night personally was hearing him drop Thomas Gold's remix of his own "We Want Your Soul" which has become one of the most recognizable songs out there (even if most people don't actually know the name of the track).
As the Moguai set progressed, you could feel the crowd growing larger and louder in what was anticipation for the every popular Dash Berlin. Before he even took the stage, the crowd went absolutely NUTS with their "Dash Berlin, Dash Berlin" lo and behold the man did not disappoint. Mixing in some of the newer, less trancy tracks to begin, he got the crowd going only to eventually unleash the ever famous Dash originals and remixes that EDM fans around the world have fallen in love with. One thing I've always been impressed by with Dash (this being my 5th time seeing him), is that he's always very interactive with the crowd -- whether it be with his iPad sending messages or even walking across the stage tossing out t-shirts and signed memorabilia, he truly seems to be having just as much fun on stage as those in the crowd did witnessing his prowess.
As much fun and excitement as we were having with all those tronces, we realized the clock was about to strike midnight and almost completely forgot about Le Italiano Benny Benassi who had been rocking the "Size Matters Slaughter House" since 10 pm. Booked it over there as quick as the crowd would let us and couldn't have arrived at a better time. First off, props to Benny for being probably the only performer sporting a Halloween costume as he rocked the Superman fit and cape. Just as we arrived before the closing of his set, we were lucky enough to witness this...
He had the crowd going absolutely INSANE as he dropped the crowd favorite Skrillex remix of "Cinema." When walking out from the madhouse Slaughter House, we could hear him closing out his set with another crowd favorite -- J. Rabbit's dubstep remix of "Satisfaction."
With dubstep fresh in our minds, we decided to head over to one of the last 2 stages we had yet to visit -- "The Chopping Block." Got there about half way through Pendulum's set and even with a DJ set, those guys still know how to tear the roof of a place. The bass was so loud you could almost feel the rafters about ready to fall to the ground as they went from banger to banger, nonstop energy flowing through the entire crowd. Now that they've branched off, I gotta say one of the acts I'm most excited of catching in the near future is that of Knife Party, the side project of 2 members of Pendulum. (If you haven't heard the song "Internet Friends," you should probably put this reading on pause and peep this). Right afterwards, one of the biggest names in the dubstep business stepped up to the stage -- Borgore. Right from the start, he had everyone doing their own version of that dance people call dubstep and even as we were leaving, caught a hint of him dropping the Knife Party remix of "Crush On You."
As most rave-goers do, we ended up heading back over to the Slaughter House to catch Mr. Steve Angello but not before making a quick stop for a little leftover tronce as Markus Schulz had Ghoul's Graveyard packed from front to back. 'Twas really interesting to see the difference in both the crowd and atmosphere from the beginning of the night as the Graveyard shifted from a more electro scene into the melodic, euphoric trance beats.
Finally arriving at Angello's set, you could just tell how amazing his set was -- every person in the crowd either had their hands up, over their hands, or all over someone else (in a good way, of course). The Swede did an awesome job playing the Swedish House Mafia classics as always, but also mixing and mashing in a variety of songs with those that we've becoming accustomed to hearing. The set all culminated in 4 of the most favorite and best songs of 2011 as he went from the mashup of Alesso's "Pressure" and Coldplay's "Fix You," into Dirty South's "Walking Alone," followed by both the original and Knife Party remix of "Save The World," and finally into a bootleg of "Fade Into Darkness" with "You've Got The Love." Not quite sure how to put it into words, but it kinda looked like this...
All in all, Escape was hands down one of the best events I've ever attended, especially of the Halloween variety. The lines getting in weren't too hectic, there was plenty of room for people to dance and/or sit, and the overall decor and atmosphere of the NOS Event Center was like I had never witnessed before. A really really huge big ups to Insomniac for proving why they are the best in the business with yet another amazing and successful event!
The scene at the end with all the cars leaving was in and of itself quite the experience, as fans of every EDM genre blasted their favorite tunes in one big collaboration as the cars slowly filed out.
In case you missed out on the Spooky madness, or even if you just wanna relive your favorite sets, here are the ones we were able to get a hold of from the night:
For those who joined us over at Supperclub on Thursday night, thanks and we hope you had just a crazy of a night as we did. For those who didn't well.... that sucks, you really missed out but at least we'll get the pics and interview up for you soon. As for this week's SSP, in case the pic up top didn't tell you it's all about the remixes - each a new rendition of a previous classic we've all come to love. Always great hearing that track we all know, but even better when it drops into something we'd never expect. So enjoy, and stay thirsty ladies and gents.