Essential Mix Review: Steve Angello gives first look into life after Swedish House Mafia
Ex-Swedish House Mafia member? It’s going to take a while before that one starts rolling off the tongue. Rather call him Who’s Who, Mescal Kid, Size head-honcho, or better yet, Steve Angello. Coming off a Miami Music Week and the final Swedish House Mafia show, Angello is now free of the dot spots and arena tours, ready to show the world what he will offer as not only a born-again solo artist, but an entrepreneur in the electronic music scene. Equipped with groovy house favorites and nearly ten unreleased Size Records productions, Steve took to Pete Tong’s Essential Mix with a two-hour set that revealed individualism and vision for a new era.
Opening the floodgates, and not with “Greyhound,” Steve gave the world a first listen of Trent Cantrelle’s “Nice & Close,” a future release from Size’s upcoming tech-savvy sister label, ‘X.’ “Justified” and “Puma” came next, blurring together into one groovy house mash up before Dannic’s “Clobber” with Steve’s remix of “Me & You” took hold as the only recognizable selection during the first stretch. Diving straight back into the deep end with Sebjack’s Size-signed “Liceau,” and exploring deeper with Roland Clark’s “Work It,” Steve’s introduction radiated with the personality that we haven’t had the chance to catch along One Last Tour.
Flexing his tech muscles, Steve ran through more of his own edits, including one of Sander van Doorn and Mark Knight’s latest gem, “Ten,” before hitting Abel Ramos for yet another dark beat. In control of the BBC airwaves and commanding the energy, the deep tracks flowed into “Boom,” a track signed to Size from Ivan Gough, Steve Bleas, and Stevie Mink, and an edit of “Hit It” with “Miami To Ibiza,” setting the big room benchmark that would allow world premieres and exclusives to fit the remainder of the mix. Unreleased Size productions that were as anthemic as ever followed, from Hard Rock Sofa’s “Let Me Hear You Scream” to Steve’s collaboration with Matisse & Sadko, “SLVR,” and the kickdrum of “Greyhound” set in to remind us how the track sounds when it’s not used for an introduction.
As Size Records nears its ten year anniversary and one hundredth release, Steve came prepared with a slew of unreleased records from his imprint and, at the mixes halfway mark, went on a Size spree. Giving AN21’s collaboration with Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman, “Rebel,” its world premiere, showing off his young stars Wayne & Woods with their Chris Avantgarde collaboration, “Revolt,” and teasing a remix for AN21 & Max Vangeli’s “Fresh Start,” fans were given a glimpse into the future of Size Records within a ten-minute span. But more exclusives would follow; a brand new production from Tommy Trash entitled “Monkey In Love” and, after a mega-bootleg of “Reload,” Norman Doray’s “Troublemaker.”
Following Steve’s cut of “Atom” with “Leave The World Behind,” AN21 and Max Vangeli received the spotlight for the revamped People of the Night remixes that have been anticipated since the original album dropped in September. Dimitri Vangelis and Wyman’s rendition of “People Of The Night” served as yet another way to enjoy the Tiesto-featured title track, but their remaining exclusive is slated to be the standout remix. Mash ups of “Champs” and “Lights” lead into Promise Land’s fresh take of AN21 and Max’s “Glow,” a magnification of the record that further fulfills its potential.
The final lap saw the grand finale we’ve come to know and love from the Swedish House Mafia members, as after Steve’s own “Yeah” came a medley of remixes for “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Save The World.” There was no arena to earn sing-a-longs from, but the trademark closing moments signified that, in addition to his wide-ranged persona, the Swedish House Mafia legacy will live through Steve Angello moving forward.
He gave the world a sneak peek into the future of his career in music that will be heavily influenced by his artistic integrity. From the early deep offerings that had listeners wondering if they had actually tuned into a Mescal Kid Essential Mix, to the mind-blowing unreleased records that will kick off the second decade of Size Records, to his climactic close that affirmed versatility, Steve made a statement as a veteran artist and businessman: Swedish House Mafia was big, but we haven’t seen anything yet.
01. Trent Cantrelle – Nice And Close [Size X]
02. Prok & Fitch & Filthy Rich – Justified [Toolroom]
03. Abel Ramos – Puma vs I Get So Hot (CR2) [X]
04. Dannic – Clobber vs Me And You (Steve Angello Remix) [Toolroom]
05. 02. Sebjak & Marcus Schössowc – Liceu vs Spectrum (Sebastian Ingrosso Edit) [Size / Island]
06. Roland Clark – Work It [Iberican League]
07. Sander van Doorn & Mark Knight – Ten vs In & Out (Steve Angello Edit) [Toolroom]
08. Abel Ramos – Latex vs Thomas Gold (SA Edit) [Deeperfect]
09. GTA, Henrix & Digital Lab – Hit It vs Miami 2 Ibiza (Steve Angello Edit) [Size / Emi]
10. Hard Rock Sofa – Let Me Hear Your Scream [Size]
11. Steve Angello & Matisse & Sadko – SLVR [Size]
12. Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound [Virgin]
13. Swedish House Mafia vs Knife Party – Antidote [Virgin]
14. Bassjackers & Dyro – Grid [Spinnin]
15. AN21, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman – Rebel [Size]
16. Wayne & Woods – Revolt (Steve Angello Recut) [Size]
17. AN21 & Max Vangeli – Fresh Start (Redroche Remix) [Size]
18. Tommy Trash – Monkey In Love [Size]
19. Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash – Reload vs Until We Bleed vs Pretender (Deniz Koyu 20. Remix) [Refune/virgin]
21. Norman Doray – Troublemaker [Size]
22. Nari & Milani – Atom vs Leave The World Behind (Steve Angello Edit) [Size / Emi]
23. AN21 & Max Vangeli – People Of The Night (Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman Remix) [Size]
24. MOGUAI – Champs vs Embrace Me (Dirty South Remix) [Size / Phazing]
25. Steve Angello & Third Party – Lights vs Push The Tempo (Steve Angello Edit) [Size]
26. AN21 & Max Vangeli – Glow (Promise Land, AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix) [Size]
+ Steve Angello – Yeah vs We Are Your Friends (Acapella) [Size]
27. Swedish House Mafia Feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child [Virgin]
28. Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child (Tom Staar & Kryder Remix) [Virgin]
29. Swedish House Mafia – Save The World [Virgin]
30. Swedish House Mafia – Save The World (Knife Party Remix) (VIRGIN) [Broadcasts]