Tipped as our breakthrough act of 2012 and bragged to be an essential asset to Size Records by Steve Angello in a recent interview for MTV, you could forgive Alexander Lager and Johannes Gustafsson for being a little flustered as they ascent into the New Year. Appearing out of the mist courtesy of a chance demo sent to the Mafioso man himself, the instrumental neophytes have found themselves at the outset of what may prove to be a make-or-break year for this aptly talented force in Swedish House music.
But a troll is one hell of a hostile creature and naturally, any track donning such a name would automatically be expected to follow suit. Luckily, Qulinez deliver an aptly ferocious fusing of Electro House riffage for the big room crowd that places them soundly at the apex of their new-school roots. With grinding force and impeccably invested melodic twists, their debut outing for Angello’s almighty imprint marks not only a good signing for the young Swede’s, but an intrinsically powerful asset to Size Records and their undeniable eye for fresh meat. In the same vein as the imprint has championed Max Vangeli, AN21 and Third Party, Qulinez look well on their way to establishing themselves as Europe’s next essential explosion of young House talent. Here at Beat My Day, we pride ourselves in making accurate predictions within the industry we serve and there is little indication that ‘Troll’ will do anything short of flourish for this highly anticipated duo.
‘Troll’ is due to be released on February 10th.
*Update: Official teaser added
Words by Dan Carter