Although Swedish House Mafia began their musical journey in 2008, the iconic house trio has finally delivered their debut album, Paradise Again.
Freely incorporating multiple genres — and artists — into their inescapable dance-ready tracks, the Stockholm-based group has not only become a quintessential face of house music, but is one of, if not the biggest contributors to the 2010s rapid EDM boom. Working with The Weeknd, Pharrell, Coldplay and more, their radio-ready hits and earth-shattering drops have become a force to be reckoned with in the past decade.
Swedish House Mafia perfectly tailored to each of their guests on the LP — ensuring that everything they touched would become a bonafide hit. 070 Shake and Ty Dolla Sign float over the club-ready banger “Lifetime” while The Weeknd steals the show on the previously-released “Moth to a Flame.” A$AP Rocky also flexes his smooth, versatile flow on the shapeshifting “Frankenstein,” as the fresh-pressed record sees the group triumphantly craft a pure cinematic experience over 17 tracks.
In a new Variety interview that coincided with the album, SHM openly discusses their reformation in 2018 as well as the recording process, among other things. Also divulging on how it felt to record a proper album, what’s it like reuniting and how perfect The Weeknd matches their sound, they also released a statement to explain their overdue official debut — especially after the band disbanded in 2013.
“There’s always new ground to break. However, the biggest challenge was to do what nobody expected us to. We needed to find sounds in the studio we had never heard before and were excited about. It’s super inspiring for me to be in a band where we actually want to challenge ourselves. This is definitely one of the most exciting times for us, because we’re having fun like 15-year-olds again.”Steve Angello of SHM
Seemingly finding real-life Paradise Again, the album dropped in line with their headlining performance at Coachella with The Weeknd. The pair have created nothing but pop perfection in recent years, as expectations are sky high once they take the stage Sunday night (April 17).
Listen to ‘Paradise Again’ by Swedish House Mafia below!