While the state of the global economic crisis and mainstream music charts may have been anything but ideal, here at Beat My Day we believe that 2011, though a year of challenges across the board, will be remembered as a game-changing year for Electronic Dance music. Now a chart-worthy force unleashed from the club floor and onto the popular airwaves, there was not a single avenue across the globe that didn’t receive a well-deserved bite from the EDM love bug that has touched millions in the short space of one year. With a heyday that has been better documented than other seemingly relevant areas of history, the year has boasted a solid resurgence from America, whose avid commitment to the European scene has been an incredibly prominent bullet that has continued to combat the predictive trends of popular music for years on end.
With a sound resurgence for some of Dance music’s most beloved players, such as Eric Prydz epic outings for Pryda at Creamfields and Epic at London’s Alexandra Palace, 2011 has also been a year of vital new blood for the worldwide scene. With fresh new talent left right and centre, the sudden multitude of bedroom DJs and fresh faced may have caused a slight stir for the industry’s long haul players, but the end results were none too shabby! With astounding progress on the behalves of Alesso, Hardwell, R3hab, Arty and Madeon leading a light for newcomers across the globe, 2011 appears to have engaged a whole new surge of young international talent within the industry.
Where the new blood flourished, however, some already established artists broke through with epic force. Dropping top 10 tracks across the globe, Avicii, Afrojack and Swedish House Mafia undeniably emerged as the popular European favourites of Electronic Dance Music this year. With chart action in both Holland and the UK for ‘Blessed’ and ‘Collide’ respectively signalling an undeniable rise to prominence, later anthem ‘Levels’ from Avicii not only averted all eyes to the young and rising talents of Tim Bergling, but also set the standards of stadium-worthy bangers to an all-time-high. In some fraternisation with unsuspecting mainstream forces, Afrojack’s Dutch House elite was extended with a double-blow of promising chart-worthy action alongside Ne-Yo for ‘Give Me Everything’ whilst keeping it down and dirty with such bangers as ‘Prutaaata’ alongside R3hab and latter Wall Recordings offering ‘Lionheart’. Basking in the energy of their biggest injection of widely acclaimed European House music to date, Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso not only manifested a popular agenda for their increasingly prosperous careers, but they did it with little to no compromise of their artistic integrity in the process.
There were few R&B artists and A-List celebrities who didn’t don a little enthusiasm to the realms of EDM last year. Be it the arrival of Paris Hilton at the peak of 2011’s ADE conference, countless chart worthy crossovers from the likes of Avicii and Benny Benassi, intercontinental House music truly received a sweeping revival as far as popularity was concerned. None demonstrated that the process could be successfully reversed better than Mark Knight with an epic remode of Florence and the Machine’s ‘You Got The Love’, a charitable effort that not only raised money for victims of the tsunami, but further ornated Electronic music’s universal appeal.
With more global festivals than you could pump a fist at, such summer landmarks as Belgium’s Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival and Creamfields collected thousands of avid clubbers in the great outdoors alongside the globes finest players to date, making ones absence from Ibiza all the more acceptable and proving even further that the days of Electronic Dance Music’s subversive credentials are long gone.
As Dance music’s overall appeal continued to rise, our peers definitely took the biscuit for their enthusiasm. With the Swedes donning their biggest show to date at the legendary Madison Square Garden and rising Dutch heavyweights Afrojack, Sidney Samson, R3hab and Chuckie snapping up heavy-handed residencies in Las Vegas, the previously warped American industry was dealt the blow to the ears that they had longed for since slipping off the radar all those years ago. Add some promising noise from Brazil, a proven favourite among some of the globes finest DJs, as well as new territory in Asia and the sense of Dance music’s all-encompassing charm has never been more apparent as we sign off for 2011.
The alleged fall of Europe’s clubbing haven has been speculated for years, but Ibiza certainly didn’t get any quieter this summer. With a fine resurgence of well-groomed Tech House and the usual showboating residencies from the likes of Tiësto, Swedish House Mafia and thriving Spanish night Supermartxe, the White Isle remained a thriving epicentre for all things larger than life within international Dance music. Add the well-received appendage of new-wave beach party Ushuaia and the extension of celebrated UK clubbing brand Sankeys Ibiza and it is apparent that the island’s true heyday is still a work in progress.
Bridging the gap between Progressive House and Trance with a seeming ease and little compromise, Cosmic Gate and Gareth Emery shone the light as international connoisseurs for the genre’s more euphoric stronghold across the globe, while Dub Step protagonist Skrillex worked tirelessly to rip apart the rulebooks of genre conventions and push Dance music to a limit few others have ever touched.
But for all its mainstream accolades, 2011 was surely championed by its Eastern European Techno elite. While Carl Cox celebrated his 20th year at Space Ibiza throughout the summer, Slovenian Techno heavyweight Umek could be seen innovating his calling at every given opportunity. Donning his debut album alongside hometown peer Beltek for Toolroom Records and one final Tech House anthem to his own imprint 1605 with Christian Cambas, ‘Heroes Of The Night’, European Techno’s budding reputation was encapsulated by this own heartfelt work, suggesting more positive noise from this scene for 2012.
Be it Kaskade for the USA, Guy J for Israel, Stelios Vassiloudis and Christian Cambas for Greece, Avicii for Sweden, DJ Meme for Brazil, Nicky Romero for Holland, Tim Mason for the UK, Deniz Koyu for Germany or Tommy Trash for Australia, we sign off with the heartfelt belief that all the below played their part in a year that not only redefined Dance music, but united it’s global players to make it one of the most influential genres of music for decades.
No, record sales did not get any better. But 2011 has proven that this is one unsinkable industry that will not be beaten by the harsh hands of modern technology. Now a global export of heartfelt energy and collective emotion, Dance music has aspired to do what few genres of music can truly boast of: survive, develop and inspire. It’s aficionados and artists alike should be very proud to be on this side of the street for what promises to be another killer year of further progressions and moments you just couldn’t make up.
Here’s our categorized take on 2011:
Artist(s) Of 2011: Swedish House Mafia
2011 could well be remembered as the year that the Swede’s saved the world of modern Dance music. Now soundly established as the driving force of their craft, there were few standards of attainment that the collective legacy of Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso didn’t top for 2011. Rounding off the year with a larger-than-life appearance at Madison Square Garden and the release of their highly anticipated collaboration with Pendulum side-project Knife Party, there were no half measures for the renowned Swedish trio and their strong grasp on the heartstrings of Electronic Dance Music. In a year of increased presence that saw them steal the spotlight at this year’s Miami Music Week as well as on the White Isle with a star-studded residency at Pacha, no artist came close to covering the impressive grounds of a newly formed visage for European Dance music at its loudest and proudest. With yet more landmarks and further hysteria surrounding their next moves, this untouchable European trio appear well and truly the undefeated kings of their craft given the huge implications of such daring ventures as their largest UK show to date at Milton Keynes Bowl for 2012. Like it or not, this is one outfit that shows no signs of disappearing any time soon.
Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – Antidote [EMI]
Swedish House Mafia – Save The World [Virgin]
(Honourable mentions: Tiësto, Avicii, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz)
Breakthrough Of 2011: Alesso
Where the Swedish House Mafia took the hype behind their craft to an all-time-high for 2011, few artists came in higher demand than young Swedish peer Alesso. Under the watchful eye of Sebastian Ingrosso, often mistaken to be the father of this rising Swede star, there was no overlooking the incredible headway boasted by Alessandro Lindblad. Mustering heavy support across the globe for his intense Progressive House stylings, his collaborative effort alongside the master of Refune Records for ‘Calling’ was enough to establish that Alesso had well and successfully outgrown the Swedish underground while an incredibly popular remix of Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji and Starkillers’ ‘Pressure’, promising peak-timers ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Nillionaire’ and the devastatingly force of ‘Raise Your Head’ took the crown for the 20-year-old beat monger. But outside of his own studio work, there was no denying the premature influence this young artist had on the sound of Progresive House throughout the year, marking a well-deserved spot in the high end of his industry that has encompassed the rising Swede rather comfortably. Now a seasoned regular at Europe’s finest festivals and celebrated nightspots to play host to his already extensive discography of well-executed bombs, his musical footsteps are sure to be watched with the utmost anticipation from here onwards.
Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – Calling (Original Instrumental Mix) [Refune]
Alesso – Nillionaire (Original Mix) [Refune]
Alesso – Raise Your Head (Original Mix) [Refune]
(Honourable mentions: Thomas Gold, Madeon, R3hab, Deniz Koyu, Tommy Trash, Nicky Romero)
THE ORIGINAL TRACKS OF 2011
Progressive House: Avicii – Levels (Released on LE7ELS/Universal)
‘Oh, sometimes, I get a good feeling.’ If this sounds like a favoured line from the back catalogue of Etta James, then we must ask where the hell you have been all year? Accumulating a multitude of fist pumping aficionados across the globe since it made its way onto the club floor some months ago, ‘Levels’ has redefined the Progressive House anthem for this generation and many more to come. With a steady influx of promos and bootlegs accumulating from the tracks original leak, sales figures suggest that this was one piece of eccentric Dance music that people were willing to pay for. Not even a heartless rip-off by Flo-Rida has deteriorated from the young Swede’s peak-time masterpiece, suggesting that where Swedish House Mafia’s legacy began with ‘Leave The World Behind’, Avicii’s universal appeal has began to unravel in the same fashion. As New Year’s Eve countdowns across the globe emphasised, there was not a more memorable or commercially appealing club track than this landmark release from Sweden’s hottest force in stadiumesque Progressive House.
(Honourable mentions: Axwell ‘Heart Is King’, Eric Prydz ‘2Night’, Tiësto & Hardwell ‘Zero 76′, Sebastian Ingrosso & Alsso ‘Calling’)
Electro House: Tommy Trash – The End (Released on Downright)
Despite it’s somewhat oversubscribed nature and the extensive love/hate relationship with Dub Step, one artist reigned supreme as far as back-to-basic Electro House was concerned. Boasting more low-end complacency and epic grinding leads than any other self-sufficient artist from down under, ‘The End’ marked a significantly popular chapter in the rising Aussie stars well-groomed collection of widely received club hits. Despite the influx of unoriginal repetitions and less-than-subtle remixes accumulated around its release, a strong rally of support from high-end producers across the globe suggest that Trash’s offering for Downright is one of anthemic measures. Where others have flittered in and out of favouritism, this nugget fortified itself firmly in clubland with sets of crunching bass and hectic leads.
(Honourable mentions: Bassjackers ‘Mush, Mush’, Afrojack & R3hab ‘Prutataaa’, Calvin Harris ‘Awooga’, R3hab & Swanky Tunes ‘Sending My Love’, Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party ‘Antidote’)
Tech House: Deetron – Starblazer (Released on Rejected)
Tech House music’s sound resurgence within the industry boasted promising revelations in international acclaim for promising artists across the board throughout the year. Having scaled and sampled a host of Europe’s most prestigious Techno events throughout 2011, few single tracks mustered as extensive array of kudos than Sam Geiser’s seminal club stormer for Joris Voorn’s Rejected imprint. Fusing ambient melodics with eclectic Tech grooves and sensational rhythmic play, several weeks of Beatport chart action led to a long summer season of well-deserved approbation for the Swiss Tech House tune master and his now divine reputation for emotive yet well-paced club pleasers. Ringing with the non-complacent vibes that have surrounded the unpretentious imprint on their voyage of musical revelation, this was a beloved mark on the summer party season for Deetron.
(Honourable mentions: Daniel Dubb & Sean Miller ‘Sinnerman’, Fedde Le Grand ‘Control Room’, Funkagenda ‘Budgie’)
Techno: Umek & Christian Cambas – Heroes Of The Night (Released on 1605)
By the time ADE came to town, there was no denying that one particular force in Techno music had reigned ultimately supreme. Bridging the gap between Electronic Dance Music and its politically sheltered Eastern European contributors, Slovenian Techno heavyweight Umek’s 1605 label has shone a bright and promising light not only for his artists sheltered under the iron curtain, but all collected in the wrath global Techno. Joined by Greek Peer Christian Cambas for this crucial mark in the genres release diary, Heroes of the Night encapsulated the unbreakable energy and well-groomed studio etiquette that have come to personify this timely explosion of diverse Dance music.
House: Fedde Le Grand – So Much Love (Released on Toolroom)
Already renowned for his chart-worthy fusion of European House music, Fedde Le Grand hit back with incredible force for 2011. Alongside a healthy output of heavy-handed bangers for Toolroom Records, this outstanding injection of good-willed House grooves and infectious vocal sampling gave clubbers across the globe a whole different excuse to put their hands up, this time forming a heart rather than a nod to the birthplace of House music. Proving a festival favourite and rich peak-time contender throughout the summer season, the Dutch master’s uplifting banger set the standard awfully high and left little room for other artists to overtake, establishing it as a definitive anthem for 2011.
(Honourable mentions: Oliver $ ‘Doin Ya Thang’, Alex Kenji & Federico Scavo ‘Get Funky’, Trescem ‘Turn On The Music’, Ray Foxx ‘The Trumpeter’, Olav Basoski ‘New Day’)
Indie Dance / Nu Disco: Vanguard – Loving Someone Else (Released on Work It Baby)
Emerging from the quieter corner of Europe with a prominent injection of avant-guard Disco fuelled House, Welsh wonders Tom Morgan and James Thomas truly took the biscuit where this obscure category is concerned and placed themselves comfortably on the map for their sterling additions to the UK scene. In the manner of a coked up Tensnake, their take on Street Fare’s ‘If The Phone Don’t Ring’ places an infectious vocal line amid an orgy of stunning vintage synth play on a distinctly warped Electro Pop background. The result was a track that few could resist donning their finest moves too, though with Vanguard illustrating the progression of their craft from its original heyday, one can only hope that the dance floor etiquette has progressed in the same vein!
(Honourable mentions: Justice ‘Civilization’, Justice ‘Helix’)
THE REMIXES OF 2011
Progressive House: Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji – Pressure (Alesso Remix) (Released on Spinnin)
Striking the unsuspecting industry with a rampant fascia of trigger heavy synth leads and building swells, few could have predicted that this hard-hitting remake from Sweden’s youngest elite House player would strike gold on so many levels. With numerous TV spots, uncountable festival appearances and proving a favourite party fodder at some of the globes most prestigious nightspots throughout the year, the young Swede’s take on a frankly middle-of-the-road original proved something of a triumph amid Alesso’s defining year of musical valour. Dealing in fatal blows of chugging low-end leads and ground shaking builds, this meaty yet well-paced remodel struck all the right notes throughout 2011, with endless replicas of this dynamic chugging chord play making their way onto the Beatport charts throughout the summer. Despite the countless imitations, Alesso’s hard-hitting remodel reigned the supreme floor filler of a year of great promise for the 20-year-old hopeful.
(Honourable mentions: Coldplay ‘Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)’, James Blunt ‘Dangerous (Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel Remix)’, Lady Gaga ‘Judas (Thomas Gold Remix)’, Digitalism ‘Circles (Eric Prydz Remix)’)
Electro House: Diddy, Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey – Coming Home (Dirty South Remix) (Released on Interscope)
Now a little more familiar with the fertile grounds of Electronic Dance Music than she was at the beginning of the year, Skylar Grey’s induction to the high-end Progressive House came as the result of the unlikely pairing of two seemingly opposite musical forces. Already a well-respected mark upon House Music, the usually hard-hitting Aussie producer made the first notch in what would become the year of R&B/House crossovers. Fusing the originals emotive vocal line with a rising array of soft keys and a simple-yet-effective drop, his take on Diddy’s original crowd conjuror marked a significant leap in the trend that would overturn Dance music as we knew it, further establishing the unlimited scope of Dirty South’s boisterous studio output. Big beats and beautiful vocals were evidently the winning formula for last year’s quintessential Electro House remix.
(Honourable mentions: Morgan Page ‘In The Air (Mord Fustang Remix)’, Grant Smillie ‘Carry Me Home (Tommy Trash Remix)’, Duck Sauce ‘Big Bad Wolf (Dada Life Remix)’)
House: Florence and the Machine – You Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix) (Released on Toolroom)
In a self-fulfilling prophecy of hands-in-the-air moments across the globe, this years House highlight came from one of the most extensively covered and remade club classics to date. As the leader of the Toolroom Records extensive empire, Mark Knight has never been one for short-measures and on the 5th anniversary of the highly successful imprint, YGTL reigned as a powerful nod to the collective energy, emotion and ambition that has come to personify the British producer. Taking Florence and the Machine’s chart-raking adaptation of Candi Staton’s heartfelt original through the motions of crunching House builds alongside deep Progressive influences and delicate lead play, the track established every note a good remix should hit on plus many more while donning the majority of its profits to victims of the Japanese Tsunami, proving that House music really does still have a heart and a whole lot of soul.
(Honourable mentions: Roy Davis Jr. ‘Enjoy The Ride (James Talk & Ridney Remix)’, Arthur Baker ‘I Believe In Love (Joris Voorn Remix)’)
Tech House: Joris Voorn vs. Moby – After The After (Released on Rejected)
One is a bonafide legend of global Electronic music, the other a masterful Dutch presence in fine Tech House stylings. Together, Moby and Joris Voorn proved a promising ground for a well-oiled remode that faced a grand scale of anticipation from the very concept of uniting these two diverse musical figures. Despite technically being branded as an original track, Voorn’s take on Moby’s sinister original offers a groove induced outlook on the American master of ambient Dance music that was impossible to ignore within the latter part of 2011. Already a well-received figure amid the globes finest nightspots, Voorn’s lucid head for distinct and cultivated remodels are evidently still at play and increasingly exciting to the realms of modern Dance music.
(Honourable mentions: Mark Fanciulli ‘The Tide (Joris Voorn Edit)’, Sneaky Sound System ‘We Love (Pleasurekraft Remix)’)
Indie Dance / Nu Disco: Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix) (Released on Mau5trap)
Where it’s first incarnation threw elated sensations across the board to the masses of clubbers genuinely thrilled by the Dub-Step decadance of Canada’s favourite Mau5kateer, Madeon had other ideas. At only 17-years-old, the French Disco stepper has raked in support across the board from the likes of Pete Tong and the Swedish House Mafia, who he will join at this year’s sell-out spectacle at Milton Keynes bowl. But where Hugo Leclercq has exploded for 2011, his unique adaptation of ‘Raise Your Weapon’s’ tough yet emotive façade was the essential weapon within the young producers rise to international acclaim.
(Honourable mentions: Pendulum ‘The Island (Madeon Remix)’, Jean Jacques Smoothie ‘2 People (DCUP Remix)’, The Scientists of Modern Music ‘Because If I Die (Vanguard Remix)’)
Techno: Siwell – Hyperion (Sébastien Léger Remix) (Released on Mistakes)
With an already sterling reputation for obscure yet artistically viable Electronic gems arising from the land of fine wine and expensive culinary endeavours, French pioneer Sébastien Léger has put forward a convincing battle against the extensive plight of unimaginative Dance music. Subjecting young Italian producer Luigi Poggiani’s impressive Techno stylings to the mastery that has established him as a beacon to aspiring visionaries across the globe, this unpretentious romp grooves, builds and drops with the same velvet precision that has served the dynamic French producer so well throughout his triumphant career.
Album Of 2011: David Guetta – Nothing But The Beat (Released on EMI)
Despite being a delicate subject among hardcore House veterans and underground soldiers alike, Guetta’s winning formula, however generic, has redefined popular Dance music for the past decade. But where ‘One Love’ initiated the R&B crossover with impressive vigour, ‘Nothing But The Beat’ excelled it, throwing big names such as Usher, Ludacris and Taio Cruz into the equation for what can only be described as his most chart-worthy outing to date. As infectious as it was controversial, the chart-time and record sales were enough to highlight that Guetta’s well oiled dexterity for bridging the gap between the clubs and the billboard charts was as powerful as it was for seminal full-length offering ‘Pop Life’. But the addition of a second disc of finely-tuned House outings alongside the likes of Avicii and Afrojack brought some club worthy bangers back to the table, reignited belief that Guetta can still make outstanding club music when it suits him, providing yet another piece of armoury to his undisputed legacy of solid gold hits.
David Guetta – The Alphabeat (Original Mix)
David Guetta & Afrojack – Lunar (Original Mix)
David Guetta & Avicii – Sunshine (Original Mix)
(Honourable mentions: Justice ‘Civilization’, Sander van Doorn ‘Eleve11′, Umek & Beltek ‘Out Of Play’)
Record Label Of 2011: Size Records
Setting the concept that size doesn’t matter to bed with an unforgettable year of freshly sourced club bangers, the imprint of Swede mafia man Steve Angello was out in full capacity for 2011. Having already championed the likes of Max Vangeli, AN21 and Thomas Gold and bragged signings for Kris Menace and Pete Tong along the way, Steve’s level head for outright club floor gold dust saw him bag essential seasonal anthems from the likes of Tim Mason, Junior Sanchez, Kim Fai, Third Party and David Tort in 2011. With such a fine roster of admired artists filling the globe with the sweet sound of finely tuned House anthems throughout one of Angello’s most frantic years to date, it was somewhat refreshing to see that whilst Steve and co. were out breaking the world of mainstream music, Size Records remained the essential outlet for the genres budding future. Set to focus their eyes on fresh new talent and further exciting releases from Angello himself for 2012, it was a year of extended global appeal and vivacious live outings that set in stone their undeniable grasp on modern Dance music.
Tim Mason – The Moment (Steve Angello Edit)
Tim Mason – Anima (Original Mix)
Third Party – Duel (Original Mix)
(Honourable mentions: Refune, Axtone, Musical Freedom, Pryda)
Music Video Of 2011: Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf
The hugely successful sub-career of Armand Van Helden and A-Trak’s has continued to turn heads as much for their quirky music videos as their bubbly yet firm studio offerings. After the disco-dancing celebrity filled antics of their past two visual offerings, there seemed few ways to top their already amusing entourage of music videos. With the application the whacky duos faces on the crotches of some unsuspecting Yanks, however, House music’s much loved odd couple set the standard for visual accompaniments to an all time high of graphic comedy and outright tomfoolery for this unforgettable musical outing.
(Honourable mentions: Tiësto & Mark Knight ‘Beautiful World’, Justice ‘Audio Video Disco’, Swedish House Mafia ‘Save The World’)
Vocalist Of 2011: Nadia Ali
Yes, Adele and Skylar Grey have propped up on numerous occasions throughout the year, but as far as original and long withstanding vocal plays are concerned, Nadia Ali’s uniquely tailored presence on any track is yet to show signs of lulling. Since her original breathrough as one half of iiO for ‘Rapture’ back in 2002, Nadia’s presence as the queen of vocal Dance music has seen her don tracks alongside a host of prestigious artists. Championing bangers for the likes of Armin van Buuren, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Starkillers, Alex Sayz and Spencer and Hill for 2011, her extensive live presence was heightened by an undeniable escalation in the global appeal to her slender and distinct melodic disposition.
(Honourable mentions: Kate Elsworth, Shermanology, Shawnee Taylor)
Radio Show Of 2011: Pete Tong’s Essential Selection (BBC Radio 1)
With over 20 years on the airwaves under his belt, Pete Tong has remained an essential figure in the rapid growth and development of Electronic Dance Music across the globe. Triumphantly returning to the White Isle for 2011, the year marked an impressive milestone for the radio host behind the infamous ‘it’s all gone..’ cliché. Still rife with the freshest new music on offer and the same exciting energy behind every essential selection and guest appearance, Mr. Tong’s industrious grandeur did not fail for yet another year of first-rate electronic music from the globes finest connoisseur in club-headed culture and innovative Dance anthems.
(Honourable mentions: Tiësto ‘Club Life’, Avicii ‘Le7els’)
Artwork Of 2011: Axtone Records (David Tort – One Look)
While some claim that art is subject to the eye of the beholder, it took just one look to establish that as far as artwork was concerned, one label had got the equation spot on. As the industry has continued to up its creative integrity and output, rich record artwork has flourished alongside modern Dance music unflustered by the general lack of purchased music. Encapsulating the intense energy and emotive force of David Tort’s diverse offering for Axtone with inspiring detail and artistic poise, Sweden’s Jens Grönberg and Fredrik Möller of graphics label Breakfast Design successfully encapsulated the deep desire and intense love-at-first-sight that not only fuelled this highly renowned anthem’s emotive appeal, but complimented its overall creative persona with great success.
David Tort feat. Gosha – One Look (Axwell vs. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Remix)
(Honourable mentions: Justice ‘Civilization’, Michael Calfan ‘Resurrection’)
Who we deem to break through in 2012: Qulinez
Boasting even more seminal Dance acts than the USA for 2011, Sweden received a final notch in their already well-hacked bed posts with the elusive play of rising duo Alexander Lager and Johannes Gustafsson. With the Swedish House Mafia backing their every move with the utmost enthusiasm and a pivotal signing to Size Records for the late stages of 2011 and potentially sealing their path to eminence, next single ‘Troll’ already promises to be an epic outing of Progressive builds and raging synths as they prepare to show the world just what all the hype is about. Taking the above into consideration, our advice is to watch these boys closely before they explode to the same untouchable dominion as their senior Swede peers.
Qulinez – Troll (RIP) [Size]
(Honourable mentions: Cazzette, Johan Wedel, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman)
Words by Dan Carter
Also, check out our re-cap for 2010
Lastly, we would like to thank those who have followed us throughout 2011 and hope to see you all around in 2012 as well. Best regards from Anton, Jesper and Dan.