Merely four months after it’s the release of Adrian Lux’s self-entitled debut artist album for Ultra Records, August sees Lux bring aboard talent from both sides of the Atlantic for the return of the twelve-track album in a remixed and extended form.
The revival of numerous remixes of Adrian Lux’s back catalogue aside, Sweden’s Bauer & Lanford take the headline spot as the more restrained canvas of ‘Weekend Heroes’ is given a euphoric turn to the festival proof energy that 21st century Dance music now demands. Building further on the definitive lead play and atmospheric energy of the aforementioned duo, Ken Loi replaces the vintage instrumental work of Adrian Lux’s ‘Angels’ with stadium-esque synths and chugging bass lines before rounding things off with an acid-esque Franz Novotny remix of ‘Silence’ and the sought-after extended version of Lux and Lune’s minimalistic take on ‘Leave The World Behind’.
Adrian Lux – Weekend Heroes (Bauer & Lanford Remix):
Adrian Lux – Angels (Ken Loi Remix):
Adrian Lux feat. Lune – Leave The World Behind (Extended Mix):
Adrian Lux feat. And Then – Silence (Franz Novotny Remix):
If the Scandinavian’s choice to celebrate Christmas a day earlier than the rest of the world had never held much in the way of benefits before 2011, then this year truly rewrote the rulebooks. Boasting an already comfortable year for the reputation and influx of fine Swedish House music, a stellar cast of its home grown talent descended on Gothenburg to not only nod to one of the globes most outdated traditions to date, but tip their hats to a year that truly put the country’s thriving musical legacy back on the map.
Reaping in the essential support of Tiësto and his rising hometown peer Hardwell for latest banger ‘Crunch’, fresh-faced Gothenburgian homeboy Franz Novotny took on the task of opening the night’s festive outing of Swedish talent following a promising year for the relatively unknown newcomer. Despite being severely delayed, Novotny’s second live outing highlighted the true potential of the 18-year-old, dealing the early crowds an energetic outing of unreserved House music despite the unfortunate hiccup.
Linus Eklöw, the man behind the rising European House moniker Style Of Eye, was sure to be in true festive spirit the subsequent year of positively frenzied antics. As a self professed radical against all imaginable genre constraints and guidelines, the Stockholm based producer has gradually deviated from outright Techno to multifaceted dance floor dissipation, attracting the likes of Claude Von Stroke’s Dirty Bird and German imprint Pickadoll along the way to establish himself as something of a leader of Sweden’s new school House movement. In an energetic display of popular dance floor fillers, Eklow’s technical approach to his live set added a dimension of appeal to his already sterling reputation for live House music, using current favourites from Dada Life, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia to keep the crowds large and loud throughout his triumphant return to Sweden.
Making an unforgettable mark on James Blunt’s ‘Dangerous’ back in August alongside Deniz Koyu, Johan Wedel’s fearless approach to owing offerings has sealed him an unwritten seal as one of Sweden’s youngest budding heroes amid the scenes uncharted territories. Boasting a sharp hand for intense outings of unassuming Progressive House cuts, last night’s highly anticipated Christmas showdown marked an incredibly suitable arena for the 21year-old beat smith to strut his stuff after a long withstanding residency in Cannes. Donning an incredibly loud jacket to the night’s festive proceedings, Wedel’s enthusiastic sing-alongs and diverse range of material seemed to hit all the right notes for those in attendance at this long awaited hometown return for the promising Swede hopeful. Despite his set suffering the wrath of earlier delays, Wedel dealt a direct and energetic blow of an own re-edit alongside a host of well-received leaps from emotive builds and powerful drops, proving exactly why he deserves the attention mustered throughout 2011.
Warily balancing the realms of mainstream club mongering and earnest dissident dance floor contributions whilst keeping a weary distance from the global press, the public eye has seldom been stolen from the iconic Swede powerhouse behind some of global Dance music’s most beloved offerings. Rumoured to be an original affiliate of the country’s illustrious House mafiosa, Eric Prydz has kept his discography ticking with a hit-after-hit under the well-endowed stronghold of his musical empire, consisting of monikers Pryda and Cirez D aswell as imprints Pryda and Mouseville. Of all the Swedish stars that could have come for Christmas, there was never a doubt that the return of Sweden’s modestly spoken House appendage. In an outing of well-received original cuts from his own well-stocked discography, there were few unmoved by the original Swedish master at last night’s proceedings. Still flawless in his transitions and greeted with a wave of fist pumping homeland followers, there was little indication of Prydz’s dynamic live appeal going anywhere fast in the nights festive proceedings. Drawing on favoured classics from Daft Punk an Faithless in the process, some special cuts from the night suggest that as one hell of a year for the globally acclaimed producer ends, the one approaching promises to be nothing short of magic for this well preserved legend of European Dance music.
As another of Sweden’s young leaders that once basked in the country’s misconstrued Techno scene, Henrik B is a different breed in European Dance music’s à la mode forces. Strongly tipped by Axwell and boasting support from the likes of Tiësto and Mr. Prydz himself, his well-pitched offensive of the globes supreme outlets of Electronic music has gained him a reputation as one of Swedish Dance music’s most hotly tipped producers to date. Unhindered by the slightly thinning crowds, it was the crowds glowing reactions to renowned singalong moments of ‘Levels’ and Adrian Lux’s ‘Teenage Crime’ that truly hit home the sheer dynamics of Henrik Berntsson’s mass appeal on the global clubbing circuit. Finishing proceedings with an actively charged outing of modern bangers, Berntsson preserved the crowds into the earlier hours of the morning with little effort and a whole surge of enthusiasm. Singing off an incredibly positive night of home grown Electronic music, this highly enthusiastic final set could not have better encapsulated the warm glow of pride and excitement that surrounds Swedish House music as its players prepare to bring even more positive noise for 2012.
‘M83 – Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix)’ played by Eric Prydz
Henrik B feat. Rudy – Leave A Light On (Forthcoming on Axtone Records)
Pryda – Intro ID
Avicii – Levels (Henrik B Remix)
Franz Novotny – 22:45
01. Promise Land feat. Sandy B – Never Be Lonely [Subliminal]
02. Franz Novotny – ID [White Label]
03. Zedd – Shave It [Owsla]
04. Franz Novotny – Big Bang [Vicious]
05. Sandro Silva & Quintino – Epic [Musical Freedom]
06. Bingo Players – Rattle [Hysteria] w/ Adele – Someone Like You (Thomas Gold & Mark Mendes Bootleg) [Beat My Day] (Wahlstedt Mash-Up)
07. Rebecca & Fiona – We Are Girls (Franz Novotny Remix) [Universal]
08. Avicii – Levels (Hardwell Bootleg) [White Label]
Style of Eye – 23:25
01. Marcus Price & Carli – Flaska & Bas [Universal]
02. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Save The World (Style of Eye & Carli Remix) [EMI] (Edit)
03. Crookers pres. Dr. Gonzo – Dr. Gonzo Anthem [Southern Fried]
04. David Guetta feat. Usher – Without You (ID Remix)
05. Prodigy – No Good (ID Remix)
06. Dada Life – Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker [So Much Dada]
07. Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – Antidote [EMI]
08. Avicii – Levels (Clockwork Bootleg – Edit)
10. Style Of Eye – We Are Boys [Refune]
11. Zedd – Shave It [Owsla]
13. Miike Snow – Animal (Style Of Eye Remix)
Johan Wedel – 00:16
01. Niki & The Dove – Dj Ease My Mind [Moshi Moshi]
02. Congorock – Ivory (The Bloody Beetroots Remix) [Ultra]
03. Mumbai Science – Lotus (Johan Wedel Re-Edit)
04. Fake Blood – I Think I Like It [Cheap Trills]
05. Chris Lake – ID [White Label]
06. MyBack – Was I A Fool [Mutants]
07. Deniz Koyu feat. Jason Caesar – Lose Control (Johan Wedel Remix) [Scream & Shout]
08. Denzal Park – Nammos [Cr2]
Eric Prydz – 00:47
01. Intro ID
02. Jeremy Olander – Evade [Pryda Friends]
03. Pryda – Glimma [Pryda]
04. Pryda – Creamfields ID #01 2010
06. Faithless – Not Going Home (Eric Prydz Remix) [PIAS] w/ Faithless – Insomnia [Sony]
07. Cirez D – The Tumble [Mouseville] w/ ID w/ Daft Punk – Aerodynamic [Virgin]
08. M83 – Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix)
09. Pryda – Inox [Pryda]
10. Dukes Of Sluca vs. Apollo – Mighty Love (Eric Prydz Re-Edit)
11. Eric Prydz – 2Night [Pryda] w/ Underworld – Two Months Off (Acappella) [Underworldlive.com] w/ Pryda – Melo [Pryda]
12. Eric Prydz – Pjanoo (Private Edit) (Encore)
Henrik B – o2:08
01. Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso feat. Michael Feiner – Together (The Attic Intro Edit) w/ Alesso – Nillionaire [Refune]
02. Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Remix) [XL]
03. Coldplay vs. Swedish House Mafia – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall [Parlophone]
04. Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht – Walking Alone [Phazing]
05. Avicii – Levels (Henrik B Remix) [LE7ELS / Universal]
06. Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode) [Axtone]
07. Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – Antidote (Vocal Mix) [EMI]
08. Henrik B feat. Rudy – Leave A Light On [Axtone]
09. David Guetta feat. Sia – Titanium (Arno Cost Remix) [F*** Me I'm Famous]
10. Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go – Cinema (Skrillex Remix) [Ultra]
11. The Killers – Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont’s ‘Thin White Duke’ Mix) [The Island Def Jam]
Photo credit: Nattstad
/Anton & Dan Carter
After a two year residency in Stockholm, Eric Prydz, also known as Pryda, Cirez D and more, brings his annual Christmas tradition to the second biggest city of Sweden, Gothenburg, along with a string of noteworthy Swedish electronic dance music exports for a night that is looking to be his best Christmas show in Sweden to date.
Responsible for behemoths like Pjanoo, Niton, Melo and the recent 2Night amongst countless others, the now 35 year old Dj and producer is a mastermind in its natural grace. Representing integrity, brilliance and an admirable awareness of all things producing, the Stockholm-born powerhouse of a producer is a loyal and pioneering mercenary of electronic dance music and also, by many, even regarded as a living legend of his craft. Coming off his recent, third EPIC live show, which was attended by a crowd of 11 000 people, the acknowledgement of Prydz’ impressive live shows continues to grow as the projection of his third Christmas show is in full swing. Also hot off a signing with EMI, which has been making for assumptions regarding the fact that his debut artist album might not be too far away now, there is quite the buzz surrounding camp Prydz nowadays, just in time for him to sell out the vast halls of Svenska Mässan on Christmas Day.
Renowned for building his foundations with the assistance of his dexterous ability to create playful merges of fierce club sounds and his signature way of filtering and chopping up vocals, Johan Wedel is a prime example of the immense talent many young Swedish producers are in possession of. Since his game-changing remix to Lose Control came out in post-summer of 2010 has the club music scene witnessed Wedel’s productions score plays from the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto, David Guetta and more and pioneer a soon to be released collaboration with Fedde Le Grand and Deniz Koyu to consequently make up an avant-guard of aspiring producers across the globe.
Following on from a short but intense appearance on national television in early November, the sterling Refune Records representative Linus Eklöw, professionally known as Style Of Eye, is also making for a Christmas night in honour of the most outright of modern dance music sounds. His distinguished style and prestigious reputation has paved the way for numerous installments on the record label of Sebastian Ingrosso, most recently with the tremendous We Are Boys, and trademarks such as Antidote, Girls, Grounded, Sexx and more over the past few years.
With the remarkably timeless Teenage Crime remode alongside Axwell under his belt, Henrik Berntsson, better known as just Henrik B, is another prominent character amongst Sweden’s distinct House music export. Recognized by his eccentric productions and downright humorous personality, the Skövde-bred producer has become an intriguing act to follow make appearances on David Tort’s The Mansion label and Armada this year. Henrik B is also in possession of a wide pallette of aces up his sleeve, including a Dirty South-premiered collaborative effort with Niklas Gustavsson and an upcoming single release on Axwell’s Axtone Records.
Although he is merely just a freshman in terms of producing, 18 year old Franz Novotny is already showcasing a wealth of production proficiency. Signed with the down-under based Vicious Recordings, the very same label that secured Avicii as one in their artist roster a few years back, and seeing recurrent support from the likes of Kaskade, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to name a few fall in favour of the diverse and dynamic style of his two Crunch and Big Bang singles, Novotny is an aspirant worthy of keeping a close watch upon.
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Eric Prydz – 2Night
When: 25th of December, 22:00 – 03:00 December 26th (GMT+1)
Where: Svenska Mässan Kongresshallen, Mässans gata 20 in Gothenburg, Sweden
Main Act: Eric Prydz
Other Acts: Johan Wedel, Style Of Eye, Henrik B & Franz Novotny
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Simmering hot off his debut as a newly acquired DJ and producer of the Australia based Vicious Recordings, the remix on Ryan Kono’s Someday, Franz Novotny’s eagerly-awaited first single is out. Despite his utterly fresh and little experience of anything electronic dance music and the dance-friendly chords one can achieve from computer software, the Swedish producer has boasted incredible awareness of how to blend sounds in the best possible way meanwhile screening a rendering deftness that is worthy of being compared with the top-tier of producers. Weaving clean and kicking electro beats together with a simple, synth filled lead melody for the set weapon that is Crunch, the keen anticipation for the release of the Kaskade-supported sequel, entitled Big Bang, is yet ascending.
Merely a week til’ his very first single release – Crunch – Franz Novotny makes his debut as the essential aspirant of the Australia based Vicious Recordings. Havng boasted remarkable proficiency on everything producing, the 18 year old Swede offers his superb interpretation of the Jakarta-bred Ryan Kono’s second single out from Vicious – Someday. Borrowing heavily from the ravishing big room progression of Kono’s original composition, Novotny, influenced by the crisp and dashing sounds of Dutch house, supplements with a grinding electro lead to originate broader dynamics out of the invariant, synth-driven original. Also having the Big Bang release, which has been steadily played by the likes of Kaskade among others, coming up on the record imprint from down-under, the Franz Novotny frenzy is preparing to plant its conquest shortly.
To breach the barriers of the electronic dance music industry, a certain uniqueness is required. Sweden’s intriguing Franz Novotny has just that – a blend of various sounds brought together to reach the wished-for climax that producers are working years to accomplish. As the dynamics of his recently unveiled ‘Crunch‘ single is emerging Vicious Recordings, the young talent from Gothenburg is hereby uncovering another single to be released via the Aussie imprint by the end of the Summer. With a steadily increasing support from the world’s biggest DJs at his mercy, the future of his follow-up to ‘Crunch’, titled ‘Big Bang’, is surely looking bright with its firm flip from a high-pitched setting of synths to heavy dirty Dutch-oriented beats, making this a suitable contender for big room venues.
‘Big Bang’ is released May 7th 2012 via Vicious Recordings.
Yet another Swedish talent is on the rise. Franz Novotny is a new name in the industry and is certainly one to keep your eyes and ears peeled for as his new single called Crunch is already getting hammered by the likes of such established artists in the industry as Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Swanky Tunes among others. A nice blender, going from bubbling beats into a stripped piano lead and back again into a stunning set of warped and twisted sounds abound. It’s due out October 31st on Vicious Recordings, have a listen!