Mooncut – Don’t Leave (Extended)
Martin Solveig & The Cataracs ft Kyle – Hey Now (Original)
Robbie Rivera and Federico Scavo – Jump (Original)
Ivan Mastermix – Shakti (Menini & Viani Remix)
Steve Aoki ft Miss Palmer & Dan Sena – Omega
Burn the Disco – Dreams
Lazy Rich & Hirshee ft Amba Shepherd – Damage Control (Jerry Rekonius Remix) Sebastian Ingrosso and John Martin – Reload (Main Mix)
Starkillers and Kai ft Richard Beynon – Rampage
Subfocus ft Alex Clare – Endorphins (Tommy Trash)
Above and Beyond – Walter White Mobin Master vs Tate Strauss ft Polina – Dreams (Safari Mix)
It’s interesting to watch the direction of music coming from the former members of Swedish House Mafia. While Sebastian Ingrosso came out with “Reload,” an excellent track (but still quite similar to the music of SHM), Axwell has gone in a more alternative direction. Discopolis is a 4-piece electronic Scottish synth-pop group and on the original version of “Falling,” they sound like a mix of Miike Snow and Cut Copy. Downbeat, yet happy and somewhat singalong, it’s the kind of song that the hipsters will love and dance to with the guitar line, sweeping pianos, and plodding beat. While Dubvision did a more typical club remix, upping the tempo to a high 120-something with big room electro beats and a stadium-ready dropout, Axwell went the opposite direction, keeping the original tempo and simply enhancing the production. The intro sounds like it could be the original version but when the loop builds into the synth-line, you know its a remix. The style is modern yet vaguely retro – with classic elements of synth pop from the original modernized with what could be one of the downtempo K-Klass or Bimbo Jones remixes -i.e. fully realized musical productions using just about all of the original parts with more electronic elements added. While you may not get the Sparkle Motion/Donnie Darko/Star Search reference, on first listen you will definitely enjoy this midtempo electronic pop track perfectly suited for downtempo sets and radio.
With Swedish House Mafia disbanding after their massively successful odyssey as a trio, it kind of makes you wonder what the single heir apparent to their global hit “Don’t You Worry Child” will be. First out of gate is “Reload” from Sebastian Ingrosso. Teaming up with Australian Tommy Trash, they enlisted the help of DYWC vocalist John Martin to add a topline over their Beatport chart topping “Reload.” As an instrumental, “Reload” was a summer festival favorite with its dynamic mood changes and emotional dropout. It could easily be lumped in with the countless progressive/electro/stadium house tracks out there, yet something about the chord structures make it stand out. John Martin’s lyrics and vocal performance elevate the track to a universal song about the uplifting nature of love and music, yet some of the lyrics (“Sending you far away,” “don’t have to be afraid”) make you wonder if it’s also meant as consolation to Sebastian about the breakup.