#NewMusicFriday: ‘Dreamer’ by Axwell Λ Ingrosso (Jack Wins Remix)

If a song lacks a certain something – or kick – then it’s usually the remixes which can fill in the gaps and breathe new life into the track. The latest example is Jack Wins’ remix of Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s Dreamer – a version which adds a punch to the underwhelming drop of the original.

Photo: Axwell Λ Ingrosso.

It’s something proven right from the get-go. Out goes the piano melody at the start of the song, and in its place is a more immediate introduction to the first verse complete with a pronounced drum beat leading up to the chorus. At this point, Jack teases us with the various styles that all work with the original – from  harsh piano stabs, to a drum-and-bass like beat, before settling on a more deep house vibe in the inevitable drop.

As the track progresses, the driving rhythm from the previous verse gets a club revamp alongside heavy bass. Whilst the initial version offers little difference between verse and chorus and shows a lack of potential with its drop, Jack Wins’ maintains the emphasis placed on Trevor Guthrie’s vocals in addition to creating something exciting and diverse to listen to every second.

It’s a remix which shows Axwell Λ Ingrosso just what they’re missing from their original version, and as such, it makes Dreamer take on a whole new vibe as if it were his own.

The remix is available to listen now on Spotify.

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#NewMusicFriday: ‘Dreamer’ by Axwell Λ Ingrosso

Over five years since the DJ trio Swedish House Mafia announced their split, group members Axwell and Ingrosso have done a good job of filling the SHM-shaped hole in the world of EDM. This time, the pair return with a more reserved dance track in the form of Dreamer.

Whilst tracks like Something New and Dream Bigger have taken the more loud and bombastic route, their latest single – taken from their album More Than You Know – maintains the same anthemic vocals in a rather low-key fashion. In a sense, it’s a song which lacks the traditional punch of a busy dance hit. Whether that it is a good or bad thing in the context of Dreamer is up for debate.

Such an indication comes with the central drop of the track – something which is somewhat underwhelming when one considers the build-up beforehand. Layered with impassioned vocals centre-stage from Trevor Guthrie, a hint of the main melody and additional tones to back it up, it’s an assortment which suggests a hard-hitting hook…

The end result? A descent into a trap-like beat which, although an interesting change of style, feels disappointing until the listener plays the track several times and know what’s coming. The aforementioned elements remain, but it still feels like there’s something missing. It’s almost like the horn-like synths push the song forward, whilst the simplistic drum groove holds it back. Whilst the musical ‘tug-of-war’ may sound like an interesting concept to play with, it just leaves the listener in this weird state of limbo, unsure if this is one of those chill trap tracks or – at a stretch – an unconventional club hit.

The former is what I’ve come to accept Dreamer as being. It’s alluded to with the soft piano chords in the opening, and a slightly orchestral-style interlude in the middle of the song, but it’s not long before this atmosphere is lost to the chorus.

For me, it’s not the first song to fall victim to a delayed fondness. Initially, Something New, the soundtrack to a weekend with friends in February last year, caught my attention with its almost guitar-like melody, but something still felt underwhelming. It was only months later that whatever dissatisfaction I felt went away. On this occasion with Dreamer, the time it took for me to appreciate the change in style was shorter. Yet, in such a judgemental music climate, it shouldn’t have to be down to the third or fourth listen for it all to suddenly click – however replayable a song may be.

Despite feeling stripped back in areas, Dreamer is an interesting change Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s dance style, and in parts of the single where things may feel rather flat, that’s where the remixs – as always – can step in to inject new life into it.

Those should be interesting…

Musical Discovery: ‘Something New’ by Axwell ^ Ingrosso

After Swedish House Mafia disbanded, the trio have all explored different musical opportunities. For Axwell and Ingrosso, they have joined forces to produce more electronic dance anthems, this time for their latest track, Something New.

With the latest Beats advert appearing everywhere on television recently, it was almost impossible for me not to hear this song soon enough (as it is the soundtrack for the advert). Funnily, upon listening to the track in full on YouTube, the advertisement beforehand was for Beats.

Anyway, to the song itself. Although the vocals are uncredited, the male vocals add a chant-like feel to the duo’s previous anthems. This is further shown in the chorus, with an almost vocal solo singing the line: “We belong to something new.”

The song then develops its catchy, memorable and somewhat guitar-like melody. With it being upbeat and fast-paced, the song immediately becomes another unique anthem to enter the electronic dance scene.

What do you think? Comment below!

Liam

P.S. This week’s Weekly Update shall be up tomorrow!