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Globally acclaimed dance music trio Swedish House Mafia are back

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Tiësto, Armin Van Burren, Swedish House Mafia
Tiësto, Armin Van Burren, Swedish House Mafia

This is not a dream. I repeat, this is not a dream and you can open your eyes. Renowned EDM trio Swedish House Mafia are reunited and packed with extra attitude as well as a new sound direction in their band reboot. The trio shared the news of their reunion these past few days and this information has already seen thousands of retweets and shares on social media, it kind of feels like the public is in a frenzy about the news and why would they not be? This is, after all, the trio that brought calm to the public after the conspiracies of the world ending in 2012 re-surfaced. How did they do so you might wonder?

In 2012, the trio released their anthemic single ‘Don’t You Worry Child’, which has been streamed over 600 million times on Spotify to date and certainly turned up the energy in clubs all over the world. The trio consists of members Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Angello who all departed from the group in 2013 to pursue other ventures. Fans across the world were disheartened about the news, but at least they ended the news with a final emotional event with Ultra Miami in 2013. It was revealed that there were indeed some creative differences and tension between the lads building up to the final show. 

Now it’s a new decade, and the fires have been put out between these guys as they have shared their first offering ‘It Get’s Better’ via SSA Recording which is certainly a change of tone from their former sound. Nonetheless, the same spirit exists that makes them engaging and animated. This latest single has also been unveiled with a music video, which has a dystopian flair and it is hard not to stop watching and nodding your head along to. We look forward to seeing what this trio unveils in the week to come, and the public does as well. The video has been streamed over 7 million times on YouTube to date since its release last Thursday – enough said.

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Emo music producer Marcus James shares dance banger via Physical Presents

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Alle Farben, Robin Schulz, Elderbrook, Marcus James, Physical presents

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With anthemic emo energy, music producer Marcus James has exceeded our expectations yet again with his latest banger ‘The Night We Nearly Threw It All Away ft. MNYS’ via Physical Presents. It may be the catchy synth notes that have intrigued us? What we do know is that the air feels more lively listening to this latest song. Known to be a lover of collaborating with his previous EP offering Warning Sign, the artist has given emerging singer MNYS room for the spotlight as well. Marcus James previously featured on Dave Rave with the emotionally honest single ‘Honest’ with electronic duo RYYZN.

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Featured on Raudio with his collaborative EP Warning Sign, they commented on Marcus James’ overall vibe: “ Inspired by more alternative acts when it comes to lyrics and soundscapes, Marcus James pairs exceptionally together with indie dance duo RYYZN. This EP revolves around emotion-drenched lyrics that revolve around the pitfalls and growing pains of relationships of all kinds with the backdrop of airy dance-pop textures to break the weight.”

‘The Night We Nearly Threw It All Away ft. MNYS’  dwells on second chances and what-ifs? These are the questions that many wonder about when it comes to matters of the heart. One tends to forget about logic when it comes to these questions, and Marcus James remind us that it’s okay to have these feelings as we are not robots – we feel & bleed. We make mistakes as we are not perfect and this track elaborates on these feelings of love over logic.

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Renowned pop duo Icona Pop team up with DJ VIZE on new anthem

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Tove Lo, David Guetta, VIZE, Icona Pop

Global chart-topping duo Icona Pop return with brand new music, joining forces with German producer and DJ duo VIZE on the track, “Off Of My Mind,” released via Ultra Music. Pulsating with serious summer anthem energy, “Off Of My Mind” looks to kick off summer festival season with a real bang. Speaking about the new song, Icona Pop reveal, “We are always so excited to release new music, especially in these times. We have been locked in the studio working on a new album for what feels like forever! We’re so happy to work with VIZE on this and can’t wait to start playing live again and to share all of our new music.” On the collaboration, VIZE adds, “It was a pleasure to work on this song together with the girls from Icona Pop. Even though we unfortunately did not have the chance to meet in person, we simply cannot wait to play this on stage. It has such a unique vibe and the vocals are so on point. We are really happy that this track finally ‘sees the light.'”

With the release of the new single, Icona Pop confirmed that work has begun on a new album, a follow up to their 2013 smash sophomore album, This Is… Icona Pop, which will turn 8-years-old this September.

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TGC take us on an electro-pop journey through time and space with latest album

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There’s been an album smouldering at the back of our minds for the past few years. It’s a little more mellow than what we usually support but each release has intrigued us a little bit more. TGC have slowly been sharing their ethereal album, Parallels song by song, with a small sliver of the magic gifted to their listeners with each release. As today is the official release day for the duo, we figured what better timing to give you a blow by blow of some of our favourite songs?

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The first song, ‘Sophie’ sets the tone for the album, inspired by aliens and the longing for repeat encounters and encased in shimmering electro-pop. ‘Dreamers’ follows a similar day-dream tone with a few more upbeat elements that inspired a remix from the Lithuanian producer Embody. ‘Symbiotic’ gave us chills with its dark “push and pull” elements that carry the listener into pure temptation. Who needs to make good choices when you’ve got tantalising codependency? 

‘Secret Wedding’ left listeners dying with curiosity. What important piece of info had fans missed? However, the paradoxical nature of the single means we will never know – only speculate to the romantic tones. The previously unreleased title track, ‘Parallels’ follows a similar path of mysticism and surrealism as the two explore the theory of multiple lifetimes running adjacent to one another.  

Overall, the album manages to find the sweet spot between romance, fantasy, philosophy and intrigue. We thoroughly recommend checking out TGC’s Parallels in the link below. Which song is your favourite?

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Trance DJ enthusiast MaRLo shares new club hit

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Armin Van Buuren, Tiësto, MaRLo
Armin Van Buuren, Tiësto, MaRLo

Australian-based producer MaRLo has crafted the perfect tune for dancefloor reunions this summer in the form of his thumping rave anthem ‘No Other Alternative’.

The tune kicks off with a staccato synth siren before the hypnotizing vocals take over. ‘No Other Alternative’ quickly shifts into high gear with quaking bass thumps, but lets listeners catch their breath during soft synth breaks. “I always felt this melody was incredible and has the type of energy in it that makes you want to crank the volume as loud as it can go. I wanted the beat to match that same sort of power.”  – MaRLo

MaRLo has become synonymous with a sound and a feeling that has electrified crowds worldwide. The globally in-demand DJ and producer has worked relentlessly to evolve his signature “MaRLo sound,” cementing his reputation as a genuine musical powerhouse.

In recent years MaRLo has taken his performances to the next level with his concert series Altitude, a nine-city series of sold-out shows. With an annual audience of 15,000 people in attendance at the Altitude events, plans are in the works to host more Altitude events in larger venues and in more cities around the globe. In combination with the massively popular events, MaRLo has also launched his own label “Reaching Altitude” and is dedicated to recognising and nurturing the next generation of talent.
With a busy touring schedule and performances at world-renowned events such as Tomorrowland, A State Of Trance, Ultra Music Festival, EDC, Creamfields, Transmission, Waterzonic, Springwave, Summersonic, Electronic Family and Beyond Wonderland, it’s clear that MaRLo is a superstar who has done it all. The excitement of what the future holds is what drives MaRLo to always progress and maintain his status as a global name.

No Other Alternative’ is out now via Central Station Records.

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Music producer Axel Thesleff shares bass-fuelled remix

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M.I.A., Fakear ,CloZee, Axel Thesleff, ShiShi

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Renowned Finnish composer and beatmaker Axel Thesleff has teamed up with artist ShiShi to share a reworked version of the 2020 hit ‘Sajani 2.0 (feat. Ben Parag)’. ShiShi originally composed the track along with New York vocalist Ben Parag. ShiShi previously mentioned that the original mood of the track speaks the truth about his own life, as he was experiencing a difficult breakup and wanted to relay that pain into a song. The original and remix both translate pain and inner turmoil in their melancholic tone, one does not need to understand the words in order to be emotionally engaged by them.

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Axel Thesleff previously shared on social media: “I teamed up with ShiShi @shishimusic to take his track Sajani (feat. Ben Parag) to the next level, so we named it Sajani 2.0. Ben’s @benparag vocal performance is incredible and so powerful in this song, it was a real treat to create harmony underneath his Indian melodic sensibilities. I think the end result is really epic, but it also has that summery groove in the drops that gets your feet moving. It’s a contrasting dialogue between more dramatic parts and lighter, dancier parts.”

Axel adds a more dancefloor orientated energy to this track with unapologetic bass notes throughout. The music producer has worked with the likes of globally renowned dancefloor acts like  Deadmau5, ZEDD, Paul Van Dyk and Alt-J in recent years. This latest offering shows a bit of a softer side to Axel as he puts emphasis on the lyrical content of this track, making one feel a rollercoaster of emotions. 

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Trance DJ’s Adventure Club & DJ Kaivon release song ‘You’ll Never Be Alone’

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FFO: Krewella, Tiësto, Kaivon, Adventure Club

Canadian dubstep-influenced duo Adventure Club are back with their next single “You’ll Never Be Alone,” made in collaboration with Kaivon, out now via Ultra Records. “You’ll Never Be Alone” immediately starts off strong with powerful, soulful vocals, eventually building up to a hard-techno drop. This track is definitely one to add to your summer playlist! Prior to this new release, the duo released “Anywhere” on Feb. 19. 

Providing a more upbeat approach with this release Adventure Club previously shared their excitement about releasing the track on social media: “thank you for all of the love on this one already- we hope it makes you wanna jump around, dance with your dog, sing to your best friend, etc”

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DJ Joris Delacroix performs latest song at iconic Montpellier Opera

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Jon Hopkins, Trentmøller, Lapalux, Joris Delacroix, CEBB

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Always evolving with each release, music producer Joris Delacroix has made his mark known once again with his latest video ‘Need Your Attention’ which sees the producer performing the track alongside friend and fellow collaborator CEBB. Filmed in the world-renowned opera house Montpellier Opera, the video captures the two performing alongside each other amidst an empty theatre space. This does create tension but of the good kind with the contrast of technology being set up in the dated monument feels delightfully alien for the spectator. It is an engrossing watch nonetheless, as we soak up the upbeat energy of these two acts as they perform the track like nobody is watching. 

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Delacroix is known for putting on a good show for electronic music lovers, his recent performance at  Cercle’s Rooftop series took definitely took away the damper on any cloudy day you were having before. ‘Need Your Attention’ is a big leap from mellow track ‘Early Hours ft. Run Rivers’, we are left to focus on more textures and development in the arrangement of notes this time around. One element  that will always remain in Delacroix’s palette will be his infinite love for electronic exploration and standing out from his peers as a risk-taker and adventurous spirit.

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Club music duo Space Rangers shares banger ‘GUCCI LOUIS’

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Duke Dumont, MK, Space Rangers
Duke Dumont, MK, Space Rangers

LA-based duo Space Rangers, consisting of long-time friends Christian Dold aka Diamond Pistols and Daniel Spool aka SNEEK, are making their Ultra debut with new track “GUCCI LOUIS.” Together, the certified hit maker producer and LA-based clothing brand creator 

form a battle-tested duo, that has been quietly building buzz and interest from the industry’s biggest players. The first of several singles to come from Space Rangers, “GUCCI LOUIS” is a straight up VIBE. The beat is super catchy, featuring deep, warped background tones and varied instrumentals. The vocals are deep and monotone, pairing well with lyrics that read “I got my diamonds, bust down, shit look like jacuzzi, Pull up in the space coupe rocking Gucci Louis.” This track is definitely one to add to your summer playlist. Space Rangers’ music is meant to be very meme-based and fun, as the duo envisions it being their exciting side project, eventually wanting to go on tour.

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Singer Hanne Mjøen collaborates with renowned DJ Felix Cartal

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Music producer Felix Cartal has shared his latest single ‘My Last Song’ featuring the vocal stylings and songwriting talent of musician Hanne Mjøen. This release along with his previous offering ‘Only One ft. Karen Harding’ are one of many to feature on his forthcoming album Expensive Sounds For Nice People, which is set for official release in June via Physical Presents. The album will feature a diverse range of singers and producers that have been making waves in the music business in recent times, including the noteworthy song ‘Mine’ with Sophie Simmons which previously featured on Dave Rave (read feature).

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Previously featured on Raudio (read feature) with the ‘Only One’ single featuring Karen Harding they mentioned: “With this latest release one can hear the sombre tone in Harding’s vocals, but the uplifting tempo progression hooks one more. It is definitely a speciality of Felix Cartal to leave the listener with perplexing emotions with his releases. ‘Only One’ strikes a delicate balance of being close to a tearjerker with sincerity in its message and vocal delivery, but Felix’s electronic arrangement leaves the pulse fluttering & longing to be on the dancefloor all night.”

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Hanne Mjøen brings a more expressive tone to this latest offering. The ‘Sounds Good To Me’ songwriter has seen acclaim since the single’s release, written music for the likes of renowned singer Kiiara and producer R3HAB. She continues to collaborate with the music industries highly regarded electronic and pop artists. Hanne brings an open and grounded mood to this track, leaving one to ponder on relationships that may be standing in the way of growing as an individual. 

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