Spin It Back Saturday: Alesso & Dirty South – ‘City of Dreams’
February 1, 2020
February 1, 2020
Most common listeners will frequently lump a musical group as one entity, forgetting that in order to complete that puzzle that makes up the sound of the group, you need those individual contributions to form that as well. Since their Swedish House Mafia split in 2012, Axel “Axwell” Headfors and Sebastian Ingrosso have taken the time to form their own 2014 duo, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, filling the hole left by SHM’s departure with 2014’s Something New, as well as 2016’s Thinking About You, which updates the original brand of contributions the duo used to contribute to Swedish House Mafia and puts it in the mixing bowl with a effects-heavy laden video combing house and hilarity.
Axwell ^ Ingrosso – Thinking About You
2016 for Sebastian as a solo artist has been noteworthy as well, for his releases of tracks like the “festival version” of “Dark River” which combines a mixture of jungle sounds we haven’t always heard together and make it the perfect track for a live performance with its original riffs that hark back to his place in SHM. Ingrosso’s newer solo work outside of Swedish House Mafia highlights the best parts of his contributions to the group, while simultaneously arguing why he should have his own designation as his own solo artist. His work with Axwell proves to have a unique spin as well, taking some of his more musically complicated works and bringing a more organic sounds of a traditional band to push their newer sound acclimated to the festival scene while still staying true to their own melodic works. Aside from continuing his own musical career, for the past few years, Refune as a record label that has produced faces like Alesso, as well as former member of SHM, Steve Angello providing tracks for the label as well.
Salvatore – Dive Feat Enya & Alex Aris (Ingrosso & Salvatore Remix)
For a good hint of what Ingrosso is on to for 2016, check out his remix he did with Salvatore, as well as the fabled Enya and Alex Aris, Dive. Dive is a house-meets-trance elements that puts intricate melodies upfront and giving Alex Aris’s vocal contributions the impression of a Hayden James-esque chesty delivery that is only matched by the rising and descending drops. While Swedish House Mafia may be in the rear-view mirror for their former members, Sebastian Ingrosso is doing the best he can to make himself a singular, household name again.