Until Now – Swedish House Mafia (2012)

Verdict – 5.5shm-until-now-artwork2

The Swedish EDM supergroup consisting of three of the worlds’ best DJ’s/producers (Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello) released their second compilation album exactly two years after their initial compilation, Until One. After releasing the news they would begin a hiatus from the group to work on separate projects, the expectancy for the trio to release new music amplified. For a start, it is very difficult to decide on a rating for a compilation album, especially an EDM compilation, so the rating is based more so on the individual songs in the album, rather than the album itself.

Unfortunately, a large majority of the songs are filler and serve very little purpose on the album besides for adding onto the length. Until Now is at its best when the three are directly involved, or when Axwell has his contributions. On “Greyhound”, “Antidote”, “Lights” and the Axwell Mixes, “In My Mind” and “Resurrection/Paradise”, the album finds high points, blending their signature anthem-like vibes adeptly into the album flow.

The album standouts are the Ingrosso/Alesso collaboration “Calling (Lose My Mind)” (feat. Ryan Tedder), the Dirty South and Those Usual Suspects/Swedish House Mafia collaboration “Walking Alone/Miami 2 Ibiza” and the trio’s final single, “Don’t You Worry Child”. Labelled as the ‘faces of mainstream progressive house music’, the trio are expert at being able to convert their club tracks into chart toppers. Their final single, “Don’t You Worry Child” is a perfect example of that, achieving immense mainstream success while still being able to dominate club sets.

No, this isn’t genre defining music, nor is it the best electronic music has to offer. What we have here are three very established and accomplished disc-jockeys/producers making the kind of music they love, for the music buying masses, and their success stands as a highpoint for EDM in recent years. If you love EDM, don’t let the rather average rating put you off, there are enough tracks in here to satisfy your time, but it just isn’t likely to convert any non-believers either. A satisfying end to one of the most interesting mainstream success stories in past memory.

Top Songs –Calling (Lose My Mind), Walking Alone/Miami 2 Ibiza, Don’t You Worry Child


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