Debuted by Pete Tong on Radio 1, and achieving Essential New Tune status shortly thereafter, “Center of the Universe” showcases the impeccible Axwell ear for perfection we’ve all come know and love. Coming by way of his own Axtone imprint, the single serves as his first single post-Swedish House Mafia and as a remode of the original version kept tight since 2009. Featuring the vocals of Magnus Carlsson, the track takes us on a hypnotic flight of emotional synth work and intricate percussion lines, serving as a great contender to “Get Lucky” for the sole anthem of summer 2013.
When Swedish House Mafia first previewed their latest teaser for the new “Leave the World Behind” video featuring the vocals of Lune (pronounced Lynne) countless diehard Mafia fans thought that this might be the rumored Swedish House Mafia documentary. The teaser website even said that “Leave the World Behind” will be “starring” Swedish House Mafia – but as it turns out it the video is a reimagining of the original featuring Lune (and the Volvo XC60). Lune’s vocal re-imagining sparks new life in SHM’s smash hit and gives us one last memory of the Swedish House Mafia.
Since going their separate ways and ending with a bang at Ultra Music Festival, the former members of Swedish House Mafia have found their success in their born-again solo careers. It is now appearing that we will see the trio together once more, in a project aptly titled “Leave The World Behind” by Lune. The teaser website says “Leave The World Behind” will be “starring” Swedish House Mafia, and has so far previewed videos for Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso, with a third mini-trailer from Steve Angello expected to be on the way. The project is rumored to be a new documentary, mini-documentary, or a similar video feature.
It’s been nearly a year since three stabbings threatened to mar Swedish House Mafia’s legendary appearance at Milton Keynes Bowl. According to Milton Keynes Citizen, charges relating to the incident in which three people were injured, one of whom with a punctured lung, have been pressed against three men. The official court date is scheduled to be held on May 15, 2013.
As reported by Australian blog inthemix.com, Swedish House Mafia’s unofficial fourth member, manager Amy Thomson, spoke at IMS Engage in Los Angeles last night as she looks towards her next chapter. Surrounded by the likes of Lady Gaga’s manager and other industry executives, Thomson touched upon the fate of dance music in America, answered questions about the possibility of a reunion tour, and gave insight to her future that includes a new brand from two of the trio’s members.
They said namaste in India, adjö in Sweden, lebewohl in Germany, au revoir in France, dosvedanya in Russia, totsiens in South Africa, hooroo in Australia, and adiós in Mexico. It was time for Swedish House Mafia to say goodbye in America. It wasn’t easy; goodbyes are never easy. After closing global chapters it was time to shut the book and end the story — time for the biggest electronic act of a generation to close the curtains on their legacy. At the same site where it all began, they did so in the same grandiose fashion that they’ve done everything and anything since their stateside explosion. Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello stood together behind a DJ booth, turned off their brains and turned on their hearts for the last time to bring their dominance full circle at Ultra Music Festival.
With weekend two of Ultra kicking off tomorrow we thought we would share our experience with the closers from weekend one. Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5 are both scheduled to perform in the closing slot a second time around but Armin is not — although he’ll still be taking the stage, albeit a different one at a different time. Read on to find out whether you should close with one of these big names or if exploring will be your best bet.
For those of us who just can’t seem to let the trio go, there is now a new way to experience the Mafia’s final show – this time in the form of a mobile app called Lisnr. The app will allow concertgoers access to free exclusive content just by being present at SHM’s final show. The goal is to expand the visuals for the Masquerade Motel in Los Angeles and the groups’ two final shows at Ultra Music Festival by enhancing the viewing experience. What that means we are not entirely sure, but since most fans already have their phones out Instagramming and recording the event, a mobile application was a logical move. Axwell had this to say; “”[This] will allow us to come together with our fans for a totally unique experience. Together, as one, for one last rave!””
New York City’s skyline was lit blue and yellow, but Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello have owned the Big Apple for longer than just one night. The love affair between Swedish House Mafia and New York City is well documented and extends far beyond the Madison Square Garden sell out of 2011. After blowing up from the success of “Leave The World Behind,” the trio headed north from Miami to New York to claim a piece of the Apple for themselves.
In November of 2010, Axwell played Webster Hall, Ingrosso played Pacha, and the following month Steve played Roseland Ballroom for New Years Eve. Over two years later, the Swedes returned together to close the collective chapter on NYC. With a flick of the switch, their final run had begun.
Tonight marks the beginning of the Swedish House Mafia’s five day reign in New York City with their highly-anticipated Black Tie Rave. In conjunction with the shows, the Swedish House Mafia and their team have put together an official guide to the city. The content is varied; including bowtie directions, where to eat and drink, set times, show details, and artist profiles. If you’re from the city that never sleeps most of the information won’t be news to you, but for the many fans traveling from other places around the world it could make the difference between a good time and great one. Even if you’re not attending the show but want to score some SHM gear, the location of their pop up shop is included as well
You can access the guide via Issuu and grab some last minute Black Tie Rave tickets through Ticketmaster.