Fasten your seat belts. The Swedes are coming back to Miami, and if the past is any indicator of the future, we all know what that means. Coming off a monthlong studio session in Los Angeles, you can bet your bottom dollar that Swedish House Mafia’s latest single will be nothing short of epic.
It’s no secret that the stakes are high. Having been dubbed owners of the unofficial Winter Music Conference anthems the past two years running with “Leave the World Behind” and “One,” respectively, Ax, Seb and Steve know that their massive following expects nothing short of another Miami monster. And according to Axwell, when the curtain falls at Saturday’s “Masquerade Motel: One Night Stand,” their new song “Save the World” will deliver just that.
“It’s one of the songs that came out of the studio sessions we had over here in L.A. this year,” Axwell told MTV News of the new indie-rock-infused track, which he promises is nothing like anything they’ve produced in the past.
“I think a good thing is always to leave what you did there and start fresh,” he said. “Like with ’Save the World,’ for example. It’s not the ’One’ rip-off, it’s not the ’Miami 2 Ibiza’ rip-off, it’s just something new. It seems like it’s what people want to hear.”
That’s not to say that the new single or their upcoming album won’t have that iconic big-room house vibe.
“We’ll have some duplication of the other [classic tracks],” Axwell explained, “[but] there’s a lot of music coming out [that sounds] similar. It’s nice to sort of break away from that a little bit, and we went completely the opposite way — like to indie dance, rock-inspired stuff. So, we just want to keep it fresh and interesting all the time.”
With uplifting rock synths and an impossible-to-not-chant-along-with hook, “Save the World” has all the elements of a 2011 Miami anthem in the making, and will undoubtedly be one of the week’s most buzzed-about tracks. Featuring the vocals of fellow Swede John Martin, “Save the World” flawlessly fits the mold as a crowd-pleaser that will undoubtedly appeal to the group’s loyal fans.
“We found [John] during the winter. He has a fantastic voice, and the way things are looking now, he’s going to be on that track and maybe one more,” Axwell said. “There was a lot of speculation as to who it was, like even Chris Martin [of Coldplay]!
While no collaborations with Chris or any other rockers have been disclosed or even hinted as of late, the Swedes have again proved their versatility in the exploding and ever-morphing genre of electronic dance music.
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