We have heard a lot of positive noise from Sweden over the past year, but one man has shone the light for its diverse Electronic movement since the days when you could see the Swedish House Mafia for less than €55. Boasting stints alongside Defected and a forthcoming compilation for Toolroom Records, John Dahlback has remained a productive member of the global House movement with back-to-back club floor favourites and a glowing presence on the international club scene. Despite outgrowing his hometown of Stockholm after such bangers as ‘Blink’ and ‘Pyramid’ caught the attention outside, his imprint Mutants has continued to invest in pure and well-executed talent from across the board, making even louder noise for Sweden’s worst-kept musical secret.
Sporting a rising array of synthesised leads, Dahlback’s initial launch into Escape is one of anthemic builds and emotive melody, comfortably placing it amid the realms of 2011’s positively strident influx of stadiumesque floor-fillers. But what goes up, must come down. Luckily, Dahlback returns from his euphoric climb in a concise and driving breakthrough of bulky beats and highly tuned synthesisers to bag the Swedish producer what could be the first peek of a fresh faced component to his driving global appeal.
‘Escape’ is due out on February 6th as a part of his own, forthcoming Toolroom Records compilation.
Words by Dan Carter