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If the past decade is any indication, Axel Hedfors, best known as Axwell, is by all accounts a dance music icon of the highest calibre. Be it his widely known perfectionism or simply his vast creativity and uncanny sense for what’s a hit and what’s not, but an Axwell production has never had any problems in finding its spot amongst the créme de la créme of club music anthems.

But more than three years in the waiting, Ax ups the ante to preview the remode version of his eagerly-anticipated solo outing ‘Center Of The Universe’, the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Heart Is King’. As given a world premiere spin on tonight’s episode of Pete Tong’s Essential Selection, the remode of ‘Center Of The Universe’ sees Axwell well in his element with a mix of resonant melodies and the renowned top line courtesy of Swedish singer-songwriter Magnus Carlson, replacing the original’s blissful synth work to create a slightly heavier-set version.

Out on Beatport

If the past decade is any indication, Axel Hedfors, best known as Axwell, is by all accounts a dance music icon of the highest calibre. Be it his widely known perfectionism or simply his vast creativity and uncanny sense for what’s a hit and what’s not, but an Axwell production has never had any problems in finding its spot amongst the créme de la créme of club music anthems.

But more than three years in the waiting, Ax ups the ante to preview the remode version of his eagerly-anticipated solo outing ‘Center Of The Universe’, the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Heart Is King’. As given a world premiere spin on tonight’s episode of Pete Tong’s Essential Selection, the remode of ‘Center Of The Universe’ sees Axwell well in his element with a mix of resonant melodies and the renowned top line courtesy of Swedish singer-songwriter Magnus Carlson, replacing the original’s blissful synth work to create a slightly heavier-set version.

The remode version will be released on May 30th.

Following on from the well-received release of DubVision’s remix, Discopolis’ ‘Committed To Sparkle Motion’ receives a fresh lick of paint from Axtone head honcho Axwell himself. In a turn for the slightly unexpected, Axwell embraces his downtempo mindset for a 105 BPM breeze over the vocal stylings of the Edinburgh-based electronic foursome. As melodically refined as it is energetically stirring, Ax’s approach maintains the cheerful vibes of the Discopolis original and makes for a stellar addition to his back catalogue.

Out today on Beatport.

Dutch house long server Don Diablo unites with British producer Matt Nash for an affirmative new spot of club fuel for Axtone. Premiered by Swedish House Mafia during their One Last Tour, this latest Ax approved gem looks to test the aural capacity of his infamous imprint once again for 2013.

Encompassing a strong surge of emotive energy courtesy of Noonie Bao’s vocoded topline, “Starlight (Could You Be Mine)” ascends into a full-bodied onslaught of melodic electro house from outside of the low-end reliant touchstone. With little room left to dispute the momentum Axtone has picked up of late, Don Diablo and Matt Nash’s collaborative endeavor makes a strong mark in the peak time skyline for 2013.

Out soon on Axtone Records.

Words by Dan Carter

Having already executed three successful releases on the label over the past couple of years, Russian duo Hard Rock Sofa are back at Axtone Records for round four with ‘Rasputin’ – an homage to the late Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin.

Rich in pulsing bass and the raw energy that they have become synonymous with, ‘Rasputin’ sheds further light on Hard Rock Sofa’s uncanny ability to produce festival-friendly tracks. Despite falling outside of the melodic hallmarks more commonly associated with Axtone, ‘Rasputin’ follows in the footsteps of ‘Wakanda’ and marks yet another bulletproof release for Axtone from the heavier side of Dance music.

Out today on Beatport.

Other Axtone releases set for release in the near future include an unreleased version of Discopolis’ ‘Committed To Sparkle Motion’ and Marcus Schössow’s ‘Reverie’.

Having already executed three releases on the label over the past couple of years, Russian duo Hard Rock Sofa are back at Axtone Records for round four with ‘Rasputin’ – an homage to the late Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin.

Rich in pulsing bass and the raw energy they have become synonymous with, ‘Rasputin’ sheds further light on Hard Rock Sofa’s uncanny ability to produce festival-friendly tracks. Despite falling outside of the melodic hallmarks more commonly associated with Axtone, ‘Rasputin’ follows in the footsteps of ‘Wakanda’ and marks yet another bulletproof release for Axtone from the heavier side of Dance music.

‘Rasputin’ is released March 11th. Other Axtone releases set for release in the near future include an unreleased version of Discopolis’ ‘Committed To Sparkle Motion’ and Marcus Schössow’s ‘Reverie’.

Back on full effect for their debut release of 2013, Axtone employ Belgium’s Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike to kick of the year with warped tribal peak timer ‘Wakanda’. Dropping off the back of their recent Dim Mak single alongside Coone and Lil Jon, the warped sample work and unrestrained leads that permeate through ‘Wakanda’ see the brotherly duo deploy one of the more striking extensions of their studio output to date. As an imprint renowned for quality over quantity in the field of modern house music, Axtone score a definitive peak timer unlike anything we have heard from the label of late.

Out today on Beatport.

Words by Dan Carter

A set-staple throughout Swedish House Mafia’s One Last Tour, Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike return to Axtone Records two years after their remix duties for ‘One Look’ alongside Axwell himself with ‘Wakanda’, a tribute to a fictional African country in the comic book ‘Black Panther’.

Built with the bigger festival speakers close to mind, the burly low-end surges and churning rhythmic builds make for one of the most pervasive yet minimalistic peak timers of the season. Leaping from subtle swells to surges of standalone lead play, the Tomorrowland residents prove that less can still be all the more powerful on the 21st century dance floor with this triumphant low-end festival cut.

Out February 11th.

Since utilizing the sample work of Moby for their breakthrough single ‘All By Myself’ for Spinnin Records, brotherly Dutch duo DubVision have been in high esteem throughout 2012. In their debut mark for Axtone, the hotly tipped production outfit take on the uplifting vocal work of Discopolis for their remodel of ‘Committed To Sparkle Motion’.

Using their own signature drops and powerful, uplifting synth progressions, the duo turn the Edinburgh indie trio’s emotive persona towards the realms of peak time club fuel with a result that ticks the boxes of both consistent quality and energy. Having been dubbed as two of Axwell’s favorite producers of late in a recent video interview, this blistering label debut suggests a strong alignment between the labels trendsetting ethos and DubVision’s equally promising prospects on the global Dance spectrum.

More remixes will follow.

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Words by Dan Carter

It has been something of a landmark year for Aussie Electro producer Tommy Trash. But on the back of his debut single for Refune alongside Sebastian Ingrosso ‘Reload’, Tommy ticks off yet another of the infamous Swedish imprints with a blistering debut for Axtone.

Premiered by Axwell at Ushuaia Ibiza for Pete Tong’s Radio One Ibiza special, Tommy injects fellow Aussie club duo the Aston Shuffle’s ‘Won’t Get Lost’ with his own club hallmarks. Dealing in a strong yet melodic surge of mechanical leads and strong Electro beats, ‘Sunrise’ marks the perfect middle ground between Tommy’s sturdy productions and Axtone’s knack for tough yet uplifting releases.

Update (02/04): The official music video is live!

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