Formally established as the dons of global Dance music without the illegal technicalities their name would suggest, Swedish House Mafia have proven themselves unstoppable. Plunging into the realms of global clubbing culture with effortless ease of the utmost volume, Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastain Ingrosso have not only defined the genre of popular European House music for the 21st century, but also established themselves as its global ambassadors. The Swedes, though show boaters, are doing it with the utmost style!
Alongside Knife Party, the beloved House moniker of Pendulum’s Rob Swire and Garteh McGrillen who have made increasingly positive noise for British Dance music, Antidote see’s the Swedes wonder outside of their comfort zone for something of a risky nod to the wider spectrum of global Dance music. To many, ‘Antidote’ will instead serve as a well-ironed indicator of the trio’s uncanny adaptation skills that have championed them as European ambassadors to their craft. Dealing in heavy blows of distorted wobbles and a streaking display of schizophrenic synth play, Knife Party appear to have brought a lethal injection of their own highly acclaimed fusion of Electro House and the increasingly popular ‘marmite-genre’ of Dubstep. Unusually attributed to the life and times of Swedish House Mafia, their presence on ‘Antidote’ may not be as obvious as the previous chart-stormers attributed to the Swedish super group, but not even the mechanical vocal-piece is enough to conjure the worry that the Swedes are beyond high quality Dance music that reaches the masses.
This may not be part two of ‘Leave The World Behind’ and no, we are not revisiting the glory days of Swedish House music that so many will fondly remember. Instead, we see five producers make a nod to the future of Electronic Dance music, signalling that change inevitable, but the Swedes are far from selling themselves short for the sake of mainstream appeal.
Words by Dan Carter