The Playlist: More Than You Know EP by Axwell ^ Ingrosso

The EDM duo return with their latest EP to get the party started.

If I were to call myself out, I’d have to admit I’m a closet EDM fan. I usually listen to it when no one else is around. I love the beats, and if the artist I’m listening to gets it right, I may break out in a movement I call dance (but you may call a tragedy). One of those EDM artists I really enjoy are Axwell ^ Ingrosso.

The duo were two-thirds of EDM legends Swedish House Mafia. Sticking together after ending Swedish House Mafia, the duo has released some great singles like On My Way and Sun is Shining. They are a must-see live act, and to say I was excited for their new EP is an understatement.

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More Than You Know EP by Axwell ^ Ingrosso

What I love about the EP is that even though there are only four songs, Axwell ^ Ingrosso showcase their wide range of musical styles.

Title track More Than You Know shows their rockfish side with a cool guitar riff followed by a great singalong chorus that will undoubtedly translate into a great live performance. It’s one of the styles I enjoy most from the duo, though their diversity is all over the EP.

Renegade is my jam. This synth-heavy track has hints of the Daft Punk sound everyone tries to go for, but this time it doesn’t sound like a ripoff. This is going in my heavy rotation as the song’s modern disco sound has got me moving in my seat.

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How Do You Feel is the traditional style dance/house beat that EDM fans crave. The track’s three-minute run time is already made for extended mixes live while also being radio friendly. I see this being huge in the clubs for sure.

Closing track Dawn is a nice change of pace not only for the DJs, but for EDM, as instrumental only tracks have become rare, especially ones that can keep your interest like this does. Dawn brings this killer EP to a great finish.

Axwell ^ Ingrosso always keep you guessing as their music changes track by track, which is also a big strength in this overcrowded genre. The EDM scene is in good hands as the Swedish duo help lead the pack into the next decade. Even if you’re not a big EDM fan, you should check out Axwell ^ Ingrosso. And maybe dance a little.

The Playlist: May 30, 2017

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Lust For Life by Lana Del Rey (feat. The Weeknd)

When I wrote about songs for the summer last week, I realized I failed to mention Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life. Her team-up with frequent collaborator The Weeknd is a dreamy retro song that can just take you away. Lana Del Rey has one of those voices that you can get lost in and this track is one of those moments.

Remember I Told You by Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas dropped a new single this week. While there’s no sign of a new album, the single gets things off to a good start. This house-style track with guests like newcomer Anne Marie and Mike Posner is one of his better tunes. Remember I Told You seems to have been released very low key, but could be a contender for summer song if fans get a hold of it.

Trip Switch by Nothing But Thieves

I recently discovered Nothing But Thieves and I love these guys. Their new album, Broken Machine, will be out in September. However, it’s Trip Switch from their debut that has me addicted. In fact, I’m just plain getting addicted to this band as a whole.

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Black Hole Sun by Norah Jones

The Chris Cornell tributes have been plentiful. One of the best and most haunting is Norah Jones’ take on Black Hole Sun at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, the site of Cornell’s last performance. I can’t make it through without feeling emotional.

The Wait (Non-Electric) by The Kills

The Kills are one of those indie rock bands that are a bit under the radar, but if you’re lucky enough to know who they are then you’ve been enjoying their music for over a decade now.

The Wait is off their upcoming acoustic EP and it’s a great setting for the duo as Alison Mosshart’s vocals are killer in an acoustic setting. If you’ve never given The Kills a listen, now is the time.

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Highway Tune by Greta Van Fleet

Holy cow, this band rocks! Greta Van Fleet may be the reincarnation of Led Zeppelin. Listen to lead singer Joshua Kiszka’s voice and tell me that’s not Robert Plant. Highway Tune kicks major ass and is a true rocker. Put this on and blast it as loud as you can. This is my pick of the week.

Linkin Park recently became the eighth band in history to have six #1 albums, if you want to know more, be sure to check out my review of One More Light. If you enjoy the beats of Axwell ^ Ingrosso, keep the party going with Humanz by the Gorillaz.