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NEW ALBUM: SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA | PARADISE AGAIN

After breaking up in 2013 Swedish House Mafia reunited for a surprise set at Miami’s Ultra Festival in 2018. They’ve been in the studio ever since, working out what the group should sound like now. Swedish House Mafia has released their long-awaited album, "Paradise Again," serving as the trio’s debut album (2010’s ‘Until One’ and 2012’s ‘Until Now’ were singles compilations). And they’re taking no chances: hyperactive opener "Time" and the glitching club beats of "Calling On" feels like classic Swedish House Mafia, all infectious melodies and absolute euphoria. In contrast, "Heaven Takes You Home" is an instantaneous burst of joy. With British singer Connie Constance’s vocals celebrating the ability to “backflip through tragic,” it feels like an evolved form of what the dance titans were doing a decade ago. Then there’s "Redlight," a playful and rave-ready EDM reworking of The Police’s "Roxanne" featuring Sting. So far, so safe, but there’s also plenty of new across "Paradise Again." "Moth To A Flame" sees the group embrace melancholy with help from The Weeknd, while the industrial instrumental of "Mafia" acts as an ominous scene-setter for the A$AP Rocky-starring "Frankenstein." A lot is going on across "Paradise Again." Rather than sounding like a vintage group struggling to find their identity, though, Swedish House Mafia’s debut album sees the trio flexing their musical and emotional muscles across 17 brilliant, fearless and often surprising tracks. The kings of dance music are very much back.