A few musical mysteries of the world may never be solved. When it comes to dance music, the biggest one might be—in a similarly vulgar fashion to Ke$ha—how and why commercial house music exists in the first place. Enter Swedish House Mafia: three DJs who are collectively responsible for such club bangers as the mid ’00s remixes of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams,” Bronski Beat’s “Smalltown Boy” and Robin S’ “Show Me Love.” So, if your idea of a good time is your own private Night at the Roxbury (I’ll take Idaho), look no further than Until One.
Swedish House Mafia's first mix album, Until One, is sure to please clubgoers from Miami to Ibiza (not so coincidentally the title of one of the two songs the Mafia recorded themselves for the mix). The three superstar DJs who make up the group, Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso, all placed in the Top 25 of DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs of 2009 list, and it’s easy to hear why after a spin of the record. It’s filled with the kind of uptempo floor-fillers that dancers crave, mixed one after the other like some kind of sweaty, glittery marathon of thick synths, diva vocal interjections, and fist-pumping breakdowns.
Swedish House Mafia are not the first DJs to think they're rock stars; they're not the first to do anything, really. But the alliance of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso embrace that image more than most. They eschew both subtlety and shame in their determination to convince the world theirs is the craziest party ever – their idea of a twist is to chuck such underplayed obscurities as You Got the Love or Satisfaction into the mix.
A loose mix best experienced with your critical faculties compromised. Matthew Horton 2012 House music's power is in communal experience, from the warehouse parties of the early adopters, through the cult of the DJ with every clubber worshipping at the altar of the 1s and 2s, to the colossal arena gig where thousands can hit that high at once. It comes into its own when you can look around you and see everyone moved by the same pull and thrust of the music, not vogueing alone in your bedroom.So far so obvious, but Swedish House Mafia live by this tenet, relentlessly working the dynamics of the dancefloor.