Swedish House Mafia return after nearly a decade-long hiatus — and they’re certainly back. On Friday, April 15, SHM dropped their highly-anticipated debut album, Paradise Again. Seeing its official release through the acclaimed Republic Records, a leading label which is part of Universal Music Group, Paradise Again showcases a new direction for the guys, who have certainly evolved over the course of the last decade.
Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Axwell, who make up the famed trio, Swedish House Mafia, give their diehard & dedicated base and newly acquired fans seventeen examples of their direction in 2022 with each song on the 17-track LP. While there are certainly notes and elements of old-school Swedish House Mafia found within the bones of Paradise Again, it’s best to go into the listening experience without expectations.
As “Time” ft. Mapei, the opening track reveals, “It takes time to heal, it takes time to know where your heart is at,” listeners are graced with an updated take on the traditional Swedish House Mafia sound. Paradise Again proceeds with the heavily-supported and uplifting “Heaven Takes You Home” ft. Connie Constance. However, it’s important to note that it’s not all uplifting and high energy on SHM’s debut album, which includes plenty of deep, dark, and underground elements. Some other notable features on Paradise Again include those from previously released singles, “Moth To A Flame” with The Weeknd, “Redlight” with Sting, “Lifetime” with 070 Shake & Ty Dolla $ign, and the newly released “Frankenstein” with A$AP Rocky, where the guys showcase their skills at intertwining dance elements with hip-hop. Songs like “It Gets Better” and “Mafia” take things even deeper, so if you’re expecting to hear a return to the 2010s “Don’t You Worry Child” Swedish House Mafia, you won’t find it on Paradise Again. The album closes with two beautifully soaring anthems, “Another Minute” and “For You.”
Since last touring and performing as Swedish House Mafia, whose last shows were at Ultra Music Festival in Miami on March 24, 2013, as well as a surprise reuniting headline set at UMF in 2018, the guys have announced a full, massive world tour. In addition to their global tour, SHM also will be making their return to Bayfront Park in 2023 to headline Ultra Music Festival once again, exactly one decade after their last show before reuniting. For two weekends in April, Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd will serve as headliners at Coachella 2022 as a replacement for Kanye West on Sunday, April 17, and Sunday, April 24.
SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA 2022 TOUR DATES
Fri Jul 29 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
Sun Jul 31 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Tue Aug 2 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Wed Aug 3 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Fri Aug 5 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sun Aug 7 – Montreal, QC – îleSoniq Festival
Tue Aug 9 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Wed Aug 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Thu Aug 11 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Sat Aug 13 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Wed Aug 17 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Fri Aug 19 – St Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Sun Aug 21 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Thu Aug 25 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
Fri Aug 26 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Sat Aug 27 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Tue Aug 30 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
Fri Sep 2 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Sun Sep 4 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
Tue Sep 13 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Wed Sep 14 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Fri Sep 16 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Thu Sep 29 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena
Fri Sep 30 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro Arena
Sun Oct 2 – London, UK – The O2
Thu Oct 6 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena
Sat Oct 8 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena Birmingham
Mon Oct 10 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
Fri Oct 14 – Madrid, Spain – IFEMA Madrid Live
Sat Oct 15 – Lisbon, Portugal – Altice Arena
Tue Oct 18 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
Wed Oct 19 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
Fri Oct 21 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
Sat Oct 22 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
Tue Oct 25 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Thu Oct 27 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
Sat Oct 29 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Mon Oct 31 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Thu Nov 3 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
Sat Nov 5 – Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle
Sun Nov 6 – Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena
Tue Nov 8 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
Wed Nov 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
Fri Nov 11 – Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
Sun Nov 13 – Tampere, Finland – Uros Arena
Featured photo credit: Alexander Wessely
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