• Steve Angello Is Looking Forward to Being Finished With Swedish House Mafia
• Listen: Two-hour DJ mix from Massive Attack
• Nicolas Jaar wins Essential Mix of the Year
• Seth Troxler‘s favorite tracks
Steve Angello Is Looking Forward to Being Finished With Swedish House Mafia
There was a moment a few years back when Steve Angello was leaving a hotel in his native Sweden and found a few reporters waiting outside. They asked him what his plans were for the day. He told them nothing much. The response made the front page of the next day’s newspaper.
“That was the moment,” Angello says, “I knew things were different.”
And they’ve remained different ever since. As one third of DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia, Angello — along with Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso — has been on the forefront of EDM’s takeover of popular music and top 40 radio. The group formed in 2008, progressing through the club scene and ultimately building a massive international fanbase. They did so on the basis of their big beat dance music, ginormous live shows, the unhinged party rave atmosphere they concocted, and crossover hits like “One” and the Grammy nominated “Don’t You Worry Child.” (Watch your back, Al Walser!)
Last December, Swedish House Mafia was the first electronic act to play New York’s Madison Square Garden, and the show sold out in 16 minutes. They later became one of the few electronic acts to ever headline the mainstage at Coachella.
Backstage before that show, the guys said it took “thousands” of emails and “a dozen” flights to get the three of them in the same place. They were joking, but a certain strain was apparent, and two months later, the group announced that they were breaking up.
“We’re family men. We all have kids and wives, different management teams and our own labels,” Angello says now, on the phone from Stockholm. “There wasn’t a particular moment when I realized it had all gotten too big. It was just this huge machine had been created around us.”
Just after the breakup they announced One Last Tour, an industrious, international run of farewell shows. Ticket sales have been brisk. No one has ever accused Swedish House Mafia of being bad businessmen.
The spectacle touches down in L.A. on March 8 and 9, when SHM brings their “Masquerade Motel” show to Los Angeles Historic Park. The two night stand will be the tour’s only installment of the act’s celebrated costume party, which originated during a residency in Ibiza and is a twist on their standard set. Supporting acts for the gig include Nero, Alesso, Zedd and Vangeli. Angello’s scheduled set at Anaheim New Year’s Eve event White Wonderland has been cancelled.
When the huge One Last Tour production comes to a close in late March, (the final set will be at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival), Angello will remain busy. He’s an established solo artist who first came to prominence with a 2004 remix of the Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams,” and recently released his single “Yeah.” A solo album is in the works. He’s also the founder and head of Size Records, which represents artists including AN21 and Max Vangeli.For the next few months though, Angello will country hop, (Jakarta, Mumbai, Cape Town, Guadalajara, Toronto, etc.). As for the L.A. stop, “We have so many friends [there],” Angello says. “We had never done Masquerade Motel there. It’s like a thank you to the city.”
Angello in fact lives in town for part of the year, and says he loves Los Angeles for the weather, the chi chi sushi restaurant Nobu, (“it’s like my second home when I’m in L.A.), and for the solitude, of all things. “I love the privacy of just driving around the city alone in my car,” he says. “For me, that’s one of the best parts about the place. “
As for his plans after the tour is done in March, Angello says he just wants life to be normal again. “The first thing I’ll do,” he says, “is take my family to an island somewhere and just disappear for awhile.”
So, again, relatively normal.
(via LA Weekly)
Listen: Two-hour DJ mix from Massive Attack
Electronic acts don’t come much more seminal than Massive Attack. Way back in 1991, the Bristol collective released its defining album Blue Lines, which is now celebrating its 21st anniversary. To mark the occasion, Massive Attack’s main men Daddy G and 3G took over the 6 Mix on BBC Radio 1 recently for a rare DJ session. From touchstones like Pink Floyd, Isaac Hayes and Kraftwerk to newer gear from Flying Lotus, Addison Groove and Burial, the two-hour mix showcases the musical headspace of an iconic group. Then there’s the Massive Attack material in the tracklist, fromKarmacoma and Angel to I Against I.
When inthemix spoke to Daddy G in 2010, he spoke about his love of being a selector. “I love DJing, man; I tried to become the world’s number-one DJ but failed miserably,” he chuckled. “From the first time we went into the studio, I’ve taken it from the DJ angle. 3D looks at it more from a musical side; while he’s fiddling on keyboards I’m looking at layering and stuff. It’s quite a simplistic way of looking at music actually, but it gets me there.
“The thing that got us into the studio was sampling records. We cleverly – or as we say in some respects, un-cleverly – make something out of other people’s music. We progressed from there really. That’s how I’ve always looked at it; D is of course completely different. He’s the artist; I’m the DJ – with an exclamation mark.” Get into it below.
Massive Attack – 6 Mix
Pink Floyd – On The Run [Eagle Vision]
Kraftwerk – Musique Non-Stop [EMI]
Massive Attack & Mos Def – I Against I [Virgin]
Addison Groove – Savage Henry [50 Weapons]
Burial – South London Boroughs [Hyperdub]
Massive Attack – Angel (Remix) [Virgin]
Gang of Four – At Home He’s A Tourist
The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Baby [Truth and Soul Records]
Massive Attack – Karmacoma (Remix) [Virgin]
The Bug vs. The Rootsman – Killer (feat. He-Man) [Rephlex]
Khan – Tehran [Punch Drunk]
Man Parrish – Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) [Polydor]
Flying Lotus – Unknown
Kanye West & Booka Shade – Monster Vs In White Rooms [Roc-A-Fella/Get Physical Music]
Jallanzo – Rockin’ Reggae [Charmax Music]
Omar Perry – Boom Town [Makasound]
Hempolics – Serious [Reggae Roast Records]
Mr. Vegas – Mus Come A Road
DUB TERMINATOR – Give Praise (feat. Ras Stone) [Green Queen Music]
Jumpshot – Headstrong (Lion Dub Hood Refix) (feat. Jahda) [Hoodfamous Music]
Rico Tubbs – Trap Muzik Sounds Better With You [Free Download]
Björk – Venus As A Boy (Parker Refix) [One Little Indian Ltd]
B. Dub – Kingdom
Isaac Hayes – Bumpy’s Lament
Eddie Harris – It’s Alright Now [Resist]
[unknown] – McKay (Mr Benn Refix)
Glen Brown – No More Slavery (Atomic Edit) [Trojan]
Nicolas Jaar wins Essential Mix of the Year
American-Chilean DJ/producer Nicolas Jaar’s Essential Mix has been voted the best of 2012 by Pete Tong and a panel of experts.
Jaar’s 120 minute mix featured music from Aphex Twin, Ricardo Villalobos, Marvin Gaye, Beyonce unplugged and even Jay-Z playing a spot of golf.
The BBC said Nico’s mix was “…bold, brave and timeless.”
Jaar also included tracks from N*SYNC, Feist and his own album ‘Space Is Only Noise’.
View the full tracklist for Nicolas Jaar’s Essential Mix here.
Seth Troxler’s favorite tracks
The track that currently gets the most rewinds
Lee Curtiss: Freaks
Rich Hawtin heard this at the start of the summer and begged us to give it him. He’s played it in pretty much every set since then.
The track I wish I’d signed to my label
Tom Demac: Critical Distance Pt 2
I actually had this as a demo and didn’t realise until it was too late. The EP has been killing dancefloors all year and it stings a bit every time I play it.
The best track by my favourite new artist
Footprintz: Keys To The Sky
Footprintz are two supercool guys from Montreal, and their sound is somewhere between Depeche Mode and a slightly more cheerful xx.
The track that’s been unfairly slept on this year
Everything by Blood Orange
I cannot understand why this guy isn’t the biggest thing in popular music right now. He’s got the guitar skills of Hendrix and a voice like Prince.
The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding
Gwen Guthrie: Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent
This record is impossible not to love. It puts a massive smile on my face every time I hear it and reminds me of good times with family and friends.
The track I wish I’d never played
Lily Allen: Not Fair (Lazaro Casanova remix)
I played this during a ten-hour back-to-back set with Loco Dice at a Cocoon after-party. All the Brits in the crowd loved it, but the Germans were like, “Wot is diz?”
The track I always play to rescue a dancefloor
Trouble Men: Get This Party Rockin’
Amazing French house jam from 2000 that does exactly what it says on the tin.
The ideal festival track
E-Dancer: Velocity Funk
Detroit rave-techno classic from Kevin Saunderson. Kills it every time.
The track I’d play to show off my eclectic tastes
Thomas Leer: International
It’s an 80s synth-pop gem that seems innocent at first until you realise that he’s singing about being a heroin smuggler.
The track I’d play at sunset in Ibiza
Jesse Somfay: Small Pebbled Forest
A Canadian minimal techno classic from 2006. Sounds like angels crying gently on to an electric xylophone.
The track I want played at my funeral
Love Inc: Life’s A Gas
So beautiful, and the title is fitting.
(via The Guardian)