For some it was a day of unfathomable sadness. For others, it was a sign-off to the next chapter of a musical legacy that transcends the ranks of the great universal Dance explosion. But whatever the context taken for the ceasefire tour duties of the outfit known fervently as the Swedish House Mafia, the rock star sanctuary of Milton Keynes Bowl played host to the emotional last UK show of this taste making Swedish outfit. With endless speculation surrounding the ins and outs of their decision to stop touring, the star-studded line-up and 60,000-strong crowd made for yet another fine addition to the assorted landmarks conjured by the game saving trio amid their global House onslaught.
Handed the grueling task of kicking off such a formidable event, Axtone’s latest blue-eyed boys NO_ID four handedly set the tone for the unforgettable night. Fresh off the mark from their Ibiza debut alongside the Swede’s at Ushuaïa, the early rising crowds relished in such gems as the duos remix of ‘Leave A Light On’ alongside their own Tech infused hallmarks to persuasively win over their biggest UK crowd to date.
More accustomed to the aforementioned cosmic crowds than most, Fulham residing chart-to-club icon Example was a worthy addition to the otherwise House-rooted line-up of artists. From pop savvy chart-pleasers ‘Stay Awake’ and ‘Changed The Way You Kissed Me’ to forthcoming cut ‘Whisper’ alongside AN21 & Max Vangeli, Example’s signature vocal stylings drew a considerable first swell of hysteria while casting a legitimate light of club appeal to the British heavyweight in the process.
But for all the energy of Example’s hour of live Electronic power, junior Electro advocate and devoutly tipped newcomer to the new age French throne Madeon was a force hypothesized to shine amid the mixed weather and emotional tides. Dealing in wave upon wave of heavyset Electro with a strong and eclectic backbone of nostalgic perseverance, not even a brief technical blunder could counter the positive noise that the pristine young artist aptly beckoned. With insatiable offering ‘Icarus’ and his forthcoming single ‘Finale’ eagerly identified by the surging crowds at the bowl, the young Frenchman entertained a lot of current fanatics while making several thousand new friends in the process with his divine turntable wit.
As the proud protégé of Sebastian Ingrosso and one of the most definitive young Swedish talents to break into the universal spectrum, Alesso’s transition from club connoisseur to arena supporting artist has been sensational. Striking off this deserving spot on the line-up with raw adrenaline fuelled progressive House and soaring through his affinity of high-end remixes and the ID with REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’, forthcoming studio mark ‘Years’ and ‘Calling (Lose My Mind)’ sold the crowd to his renowned talent while utilizing the unsuspecting sunshine that crept across the bowl throughout his set. With a forthcoming spot on Madonna’s tour, the Swede used the end of his heavyweight peers live legacy to set in motion his own newfound association with the high end of European Dance music.
Despite sporting the enthusiasm of a stubborn teenager compared to his Swedish forerunner, the appearance of Scotland’s essential Electro Pop advocate Calvin Harris was not one taken light heartedly by the chart-ascending producer. In a set catered closely to his own infamous crossover exploits and personal re-edits, his utilization of the overwhelming energy between the 60,000 strong crowd was enough to forgive his lack of physical penchant. Between such crowd pleasers as ‘Levels’ and his latest single alongside Example, Harris bottled the energy of the widespread Dance explosion with little room for complaints from either end of the spectrum.
For all the stamina established by the formidable collection of artists at Milton Keynes Bowl, Pete Tong’s contributions fell surprisingly short given his second-to-last spot on the bill. Dealing almost exclusively in flat Tech vibes with the occasional throwback to the Swede’s earlier days and Pryda’s forthcoming single ‘Everyday’, the thinning crowd and undisputable lull failed to reflect his otherwise gleaming reputation as the ambassador to British Dance music.
But none of that mattered by the time Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso took to the stage to give their UK following the send-off they deserved. This was not a night of overextended goodbye speeches or transient notes of woe, but a formal musical sign-off for a country that has proven the epicenter of the hysteria that has cloaked the Swedish House Mafia’s four-year reign upon European House Music. Launching into ‘Greyhound’ to a firm heroes welcome, the next two-hours would see the trio unhinge the hands of time to blast through an arsenal of modern gems, stone cold classics and exclusive crowd pleasers alike with the authority of the lion’s share. Sporting a mixture of emotions throughout the landmark appearance, the premier of their next collective single ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ proved an uplifting and optimistic notion that while the Swedish House Mafia moniker may not have plans to touchdown on the UK again, their genre-defining studio work has made no such promises as yet. Painting the night sky with enough pyrotechnics, lasers and prancing visual illusions to put the Vegas skyline on stand-by, last night’s finale display was not only an exciting showcase, but a beacon to the 21st century Dance explosion at its most sincere. In an apt post-event statement, the trio suggested: ‘There are no words to describe what happened yesterday at Milton Keynes Bowl’. There are infact one thousand words of praise that could follow their finale UK performance, but none that could do as much justice as their united enthusiasm has done for global Dance music. One thing was certainly encapsulated by the 60,000 strong crowd that made history alongside the definitive European outfit: They came united, they raved like there was no tomorrow and the UK will never stop loving the meticulous dons of Swedish House Music.
Update: A 48 minute video of Swedish House Mafia’s set has been added:
Tracklist of Swedish House Mafia’s set:
01. Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound [EMI]
02. Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes – Here We Go [Axtone]
03. Deniz Koyu – Hertz [Flamingo] w/ Eric Prydz – 2Night [Pryda] w/ Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso feat. Michael Feiner – Together (Acappella)
04. Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso feat. Ryan Tedder – Calling (Lose My Mind) [Refune]
05. Sebastien Drums, Whelan & Di Scala – Here I Come [Stealth] w/ Leave The World Behind (Acappella) w/ Daft Punk – Harder Faster Better Stronger (Acappella)
06. Henrik B & Rudy – Leave A Light On (NO_ID Remix) [Axtone] w/ Thomas Gold – Marsch Marsh (2011 Rework) [Toolroom]
07. Steve Angello – Knas [Size] w/ TV Rock feat. Rudy – In The Air (Axwell Remix) [Axtone]
08. Steve Angello – Yeah [Size]
09. Miike Snow – The Wave (Thomas Gold Remix) [Axtone]
10. Alex Kenji – Blue Strobe Light [Toolroom] w/ Rob Adans – Abash [Work Machine] w/ The Knife – Silent Shout w/ Axwell feat. Errol Reid – Nothing But Love (Acappella)
11. Deniz Koyu – Bong [Refune] w/ Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus (Acappella)
12. Lights [Size]
13. Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix) [Axtone]
14. Nari & Milani – Atom [Size] w/ Michael Calfan – Resurrection (Axwell’s Recut Club Version) [Axtone]
15. Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – Antidote w/ Hatiras, Will Bailey & Nom De Strip – Swagnum P.I.
16. Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza w/ Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht – Walking Alone [Phazing]
17. Usher – Euphoria (Produced by Swedish House Mafia)
18. Pendulum – The Island (Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix) [Size / OMT] w/ Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside (Third Party Remix) [OMT]
19. Hard Rock Sofa – Quasar [Axtone] w/ Diddy, Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey – Coming Home (Dirty South Remix) [Interscope] w/ Faithless – Insomnia
20. Steve Aoki feat. Wynter Gordon – Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Instrumental Remix) [Ultra] w/ Thomas Gold – Sing2Me [Axtone] w/ Red Carpet – Alright (Acappella)
21. Hardwell – Three Triangles [Toolroom] w/ Arty, Matisse & Sadko – Trio [Axtone] w/ Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Acappella)
22. DubVision – All By Myself [Spinnin] w/ Dada Life – Kick Out The Epic Motherf*cker [So Much Dada]
23. Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
24. M-3ox ft. Heidrun – Beating of My Heart (Matisse & Sadko Instrumental Remix) w/ The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Acappella)
25. Coldplay vs. Swedish House Mafia – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall [Parlophone]
26. Tommy Trash – The End [Downright] w/ Florence and the Machine – You’ve Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix) [Toolroom] w/ Swedish House Mafia – One [Virgin] w/ Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know (Acappella) w/ Miike Snow – Devil’s Work (Dirty South Remix) [Phazing]
27. Axwell – Heart Is King [Axtone] w/ Swedish House Mafia – Save The World (Knife Party Remix vs. Original) w/ Ferry Corsten – Punk (Arty ‘Rock-N-Rolla’ Remix) [Flashover]
Pete Tong tracklist:
01. Pryda – Everyday
02. Steve Angello – Monday Blue Monday (Pete Tong Edit)
03. Joris Voorn – Goodbye Fly [Rejected]
04. Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know (Marco Faraone Edit)
05. Pete Tong – Different Gear
06. Hot Chip – Flutes
07. Cirez D vs. N.E.R.D – Raptor Gets Hypnotised (Pete Tong Edit)
08. Jeremy Olander – Love Flight (2012 Edit)
09. Steve Angello – Tivoli [Size] w/ Empire of the Sun – Walking On A Dream (Acappella)
10. Adam Port – Black Noise [Cocoon] w/ The Beatles – Revolution
11. Pryda – Mirage [Pryda] w/ Empire of the Sun – We Are The People (Acappella)
12. M83 – Midnight City (MKB Edit)
Words by Dan Carter
Dignified Swedish House icon and infamous Axtone flag bearer Axwell is set to make his first solo London headline appearance in four years at Electric Brixton on June 23. Joined by rising label talents Arty and NO_ID, this landmark event will see Ax take the intimate London venue in true Axtone fashion.
In conjunction with his triumphant return, Beat My Day is offering one lucky reader four tickets to the event and the opportunity to meet and greet Axwell himself, with a bottle of champagne and a summer merchandise bundle thrown in for good measure. One runner up prize of two tickets will also be up for grabs.
- Meet and Greet Axwell
- 4 x tickets
- Bottle of champagne
- Axwell summer merchandise bundle
- 2 x tickets
Question: On which date is Swedish House Mafia taking over Milton Keynes Bowl?
To enter simply email your answer to the question above along with your full name and age (Strictly 18+, Photo ID required upon entry) to email@example.com under the subject of ‘Axwell Competition’.
Update: Congratulations Edward Clowes and John Bedford.
Buy tickets here.
Vancouver-bred ImanoS continues to flaunt his penchant for summery Progressive House for episode 16th of his monthly ”Decked Out” mix series. Straying considerably far from the bootleg-filled mixes, Decked Out #16 sees the now New York residing up-and-comer lead with simplicity and consistency over intensity. But where ImanoS’ halfhour mix blends indie vocals with synth-tinged chords, plenty of room is left for newly signed Axtone duo NO_ID’s far ”techier” 30 minute guest mix to make up the perfect counterpart. The mix includes the likes of Dirty South’s remix of ‘Embrace Me‘, the forthcoming Ken Loi remix of ‘Angels‘, NO_ID’s ‘Leave a Light On‘ remix and more.
01. Adrian Lux feat. Dante – Burning (Faustix & Imanos Remix) [Ultra]
02. Deadmau5 feat. Chris James – The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix) [Mau5trap]
03. Denzal Park – Amarok [Neon]
04. Charli XCX – Nuclear Seasons (Michael Brun Remix) [Asylum]
05. John Dahlback feat. Urban Cone & Lucas Nord – Embrace Me (Dirty South Remix) [Phazing]
06. Adrian Lux – Angels (Ken Loi Remix) [Ultra]
07. Mikael Weermets vs. Bauer & Lanford – Out Of Control [Musical Freedom]
NO_ID Guest Mix
08. NO_ID’s Identity Intro
09. Henrik B & Rudy – Leave A Light On (NO_ID Remix) [Axtone]
10. Alex Kenji – Blue Strobe Light [Toolroom]
11. Trisco – Musak (Eddie Halliwell Remix) [Toolroom] w/ Daft Punk – Technologic (Acappella) (NO_ID’s Technology Booty)
12. The Weeknd – High For This (123XYZ Mix) [White]
13. NO_ID – Mantaz [Spinnin' Deep] w/ Harry ”Choo Choo” Romero – What Happened? (Acappella) [Rise] (NO_ID’s ‘What Happened?’ Booty)
14. NO_ID – How R U Feeling Right Now (NO_ID’s Private Vocal Mix) [Diffused]
/Jesper & Anton
Stern rising duo NO_ID have proven far from the atypical European House asset. Soaring into 2012 with the adamant support of the Swedish House Mafia and a vast arsenal of heavy-set studio endeavors, their accession to newly inaugurated residents of Axwell’s Axtone imprint beckons a formative mixtape from the vivacious Dutch outfit ahead of their most promising summer to date.
Launching with a stern transition from their aesthetic opening sequence to their remix of Henrik B’s ‘Leave a Light On‘, the duo leap from dose to dose of modern club fuel with the seamless energy that has fuelled their own studio exploits. Working in a choice selection of their own well crafted bootlegs and edits for good measure, a hefty finale of brand new Pryda material sees NO_ID sign off with apt respect to an artist who has invariably inspired almost every extension of EDM. Set to join Axwell for both stints of his Where’s The Party? by Carlsberg after shows for Summerburst festival in Gothenburg and Stockholm, their fresh ‘Leave a Light On’ mix is as good of a calling card for their bold new partnership as there ever could be.
01. NO_ID’s Identity Intro Mix
02. Henrik B feat. Rudy – Leave A Light On (NO_ID Remix) [Axtone]
03. Miike Snow – Devil’s Work (Dirty South Remix) [Phazing]
04. Trisco – Musak (Eddie Halliwell Remix) [Toolroom]
05. The Weeknd – High For This (123XYZ Mix) [White]
06. NO_ID – Mantaz [Spinnin' Deep] w/ Harry ”Choo Choo” Romero – What Happened? (Acappella) [Rise] (NO_ID’s ‘What Happened?’ Booty)
07. NO_ID – How R U Feeling Right Now (NO_ID’s Private Vocal Mix) [Diffused]
08. Sander van Doorn feat. Mayaeni - Nothing Inside [Doorn]
09. NO_ID & Martin Volt – Zelda [Revealed]
10. Michael Woods – Full Acces [Fly Eye] w/ Pryda – Miami To Atlanta [Pryda] (To Atlanta NO_ID Booty)
11. Miike Snow – The Wave (Thomas Gold Remix) [Axone]
12. Pryda – SW4 [Pryda] w/ Miike Snow – Devil’s Work (Acapella) [Universal] (NO_ID ‘Need Somebody To Love’ Booty) [Virgin]
13. Pryda – Allein [Virgin]
/Jesper & Dan Carter
It is no secret that Henrik B has established himself as something of a beacon for Swedish House music’s promising new school contenders. Armed with robust keys, well executed builds and a haunting vocal line from Rudy, the contemporary Swede producer hits a middle ground in global House music that defies the tedium of his chart-raking peers while still playing out as universally attainable to both the club floor and radio alike.
But calling upon Dutch daredevils NO_ID for remix duties, ‘Leave A Light On’ is given an essential injection of the Axtone duos hard-hitting musical stamina from the outset. Drawing on the originals anthemic vocal line and building a canvas of solid synth work around its emotive tones, their remix transitions from piercing keys to aggressive chords with impressive technical substance. Their remodel, though invariably close to their securely established sound, is enough to place them at the heart of their genre while establishing a firm ground for the Dutch duo not only to claim their diversity amid their hometown peers, but to soar to unprecedented levels amid a European onslaught within Electronic music.
Words by Dan Carter
It is no secret that Henrik B has established himself as something of a beacon for Swedish House music’s promising new school contenders. In the same vein as his own workings of Adrian Lux’s ‘Teenage Crime’, Berntsson establishes himself as a stronghold for emotively charged club music with that vital punch of vivacity that the club floor beckons. Armed with robust keys, well executed builds and a haunting vocal line from Rudy, the contemporary Swede producer hits a middle ground in global House music that defies the tedium of his chart-raking peers while still playing out as universally attainable to both the club floor and radio alike.
But calling upon Dutch daredevils NO_ID for remix duties, ‘Leave A Light On’ is given an essential injection of the Axtone duos hard-hitting musical stamina from the outset. Drawing on the originals anthemic vocal line and building a canvas of solid synth work around its emotive tones, their remix transitions from piercing keys to aggressive chords with impressive technical substance. Their remodel, though invariably close to their securely established sound, is enough to place them at the heart of their genre while establishing a firm ground for the Dutch duo not only to claim their diversity amid their hometown peers, but to soar to unprecedented levels amid a truly European onslaught within Electronic music.
‘Leave A Light On’ will be released on April 23rd via Axtone Records.
0:00 – Radio Edit
1:23 – NO_ID Remix
Words by Dan Carter
Still scouring the globe for universal talent and formative club fuel, MYNC’s Mark Brown bounces back with another solid instalment of the CR2 Live & Direct Radio Show. Jumping between an array of exclusive cuts and essential Progressive anthems, Nari & Milani and Maurizio Gubellini are hailed as the labels Producers of the week, while Eric Prydz’s Slammin takes the spot of classic track.
We pick John Dahlback’s sterling remix of Jonathan Johansson’s ‘Stockholm’ and Nicky Romero’s free download ‘Tension’ for the episode’s Beat My Day Live segment alongside promising newcomer PrototypeRaptors’ bootleg of Wolfgang Gartner’s ‘Push & Rise‘. Rising Dutch duo NO_ID extend their recent prosper by joining the ranks for this weeks guest mix, donning their finest original material and remixes into a concise instalment to climax the show.
01. Thomas Gold – Sing2Me [Axtone] w/ Red Carpet – Alright (Acappella) [Positiva]
02. Vida – I Got The Love [Cr2]
03. Tiesto & Wolfgang Gartner feat. Luciana – We Own The Night [Musical Freedom]
Beat My Day Live
04. Jonathan Johansson – Stockholm (John Dahlback Remix) [Hybris]
05. Nicky Romero – Tension (Vocal Mix) [White]
06. Wolfgang Gartner – Push & Rise (PrototypeRaptor Bootleg) [White]
07. Sultan & Ned Shepard feat Quilla – Walls [Musical Freedom]
08. Eric Prydz – Slammin [Credence]
09. MYNC – Stadium [Cr2] w/ Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime [Axtone]
10. Nari & Milani – Atom [Size]
11. Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound [EMI] w/ Shakedown – At Night (Acappella) [Panorama] (MYNC’s ‘Miami Shakehound’ Mashup)
12. Miike Snow – Devil’s Work (Henry Fong Edit) [White]
13. Royksopp – What Else Is There? (Pauls Paris 2012 Unofficial Remix) [White]
14. Nari & Milani and Maurizio Gubellini – UP [Cr2]
15. Nervo – You’re Gonna Love Again (MYNC Stadium Remix) [Virgin]
16. Carl Louis & Martin Danielle – Black Eyes & Blue [Up North]
17. Sander van Doorn & Adrian Lux – Eagles [Doorn] w/ Inpetto – No More Serious Faces [Cr2] (Jacob Van Hage Mashup)
18. Qulinez – Troll (Sick Individuals Remix) [Size]
19. Mario Fischetti – Faith [Cr2]
20. Dyro & MYNC, Christian Luke 7 CoCo Star – EMT w/ Miracle In Melbourne (MYNC’s Miami Miracle Reboot)
21. Michael Brun – Dawn (Hardwell Edit) [Revealed] w/ Kings Of Tomorrow feat. Julie McKnight – Finally (Acappella) [Defected] (MYNC’s Miami Reboot)
NO_ID Guest Mix
01. NO_ID – Miami Intro [White]
02. Cirez D – Mokba (NO_ID’s Accident Booty) [Mouseville]
03. NO_ID – Sex Sells (NO_ID’s Beautiful Life Booty) [Diffused]
04. NO_ID – Mantaz (NO_ID What Happened? Booty) [Spinnin Deep]
05. NO_ID – How R U Feeling Right Now (Michael Woods Edit) [Diffused]
06. NO_ID & Martin Volt – Zelda [Revealed]
07. Jack Back feat. David Guetta, Nicky Romera & Sia – Wild Ones Two (NO_ID Remix) [Big Beat]
/Jesper & Dan Carter
In the same vein that initially caught the ears of Swedish House Mafia among many others, newly inaugrated Axtone duo from the Netherlands, NO_ID, release their take on David Guetta and Nicky Romero’s recent remodel of Flo Rida and Sia’s ‘Wild Ones’. Carrying hallmarks that are somewhat similar to ‘How R U Feeling Right Now‘, the duo which has shown a great intent of letting merely the music do the talking, hence the name, gives the first instalment, entitled ‘Wild One Two‘, in the new collaborative affair between Guetta and Romero the NO_ID treatment. Adding to Sia Furler’s captivating top line, this Amsterdam pair are simply making their easy going signature sound fit like a hand in a glove.
The name ‘Zelda’ may bring on memories of a camp green video game character, but at number 14 in the night edition of DMC World’s Miami Buzz Chart, NO_ID and Martin Volt’s similarly named new cut is sure to put a stop to that. Representing Axtone at this year’s Miami Music Week and brandishing remix duties for David Guetta, Nicky Romero and Thomas Gold alike, NO_ID unite with homeland peer Volt for a perceptive romp for fellow Dutch powerhouse Robbert van de Corput’s Revealed imprint.
Boasting a uniquely tailored canvas of dancing synth play and rising Electro-tinged riffs, the main edit of ‘Zelda’ reigns in a mature sound scope of well-tuned melodic play from the outset. Paving the perfect route for Hardwell himself to pitch an edit of alternative dimensions to the original cut, both NO_ID and Martin Volt prove worthy of the limelight with this exciting collaborative endeavour of alternative Dutch flavours.
Words by Dan Carter
Jetting in comfortably at #14 on the night edition of DMC World’s Miami Buzz Chart, a first taste of NO_ID and Martin Volt’s ‘Zelda’ has now entered the limelight. Add a host of forthcoming remixes for David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Henrik B and Thomas Gold to the fact that the Dutch duo were recently picked up to officially represent Axwell’s Axtone imprint during this year’s Miami Music Week, NO_ID’s new collaboration with compatriot Martin Volt sheds further light on their innovative qualities. Where it may lack on the production side, it makes up for with a catchy lead that is ever so reminiscent of the theme song for Zelda, hence the name. Also due to contain an edit from Revealed head honcho Hardwell himself upon it’s final release, you’re certain to be hearing quite a lot of ‘Zelda’ in Miami next week.
‘Zelda’ will be released on March 26th via Revealed Recordings.
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