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Only a week after his final show as part of Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello started his new chapter as a solo artist. Returning to his established, signature sound of old-school house vibes with crafted modern tracks, Angello has a knack for delivering some of the most complete sets.

The start of his Essential mix on March 30th, 2013 saw Angello almost return to his time before the Swedish House Mafia era. Going back to the roots of diverse, spectrum-straddling  mixes, leaving much of the anthemic scale and production of the previous 6 years behind, Angello takes a nostalgic trip down House music alley. Although not all is lost…

Taking the opportunity to play the likes of “Nice and Close”, “In and Out” and “I Get So Hot”, the vocal riff of Florence and the Machines “Say My Name” foreshadows and hints that the set’s journey is going to end on a big climax. Reflecting the structured, crafted nature of his sets. With tracks from Sander Van Doorn, Ivan Gough, Nicky Romero and Thomas Gold at the start of the mid-section, you get the sense Steve Angello’s status within the industry equally reflects his caliber.

Blending drums, bass, piano, synths, strings, FX and riff’s, you get the sense Steve Angello has an ear for not just tracks, but the sounds themselves. How they work and don’t work. How they contribute to the overall effect and atmosphere. Overlaying “Miami 2 Ibiza” halfway through, SIZE’s head-honcho goes indicates the second half will be far less humble, and more symbolic of his new-found reputation as a solo artist.

Playing “Let Me Hear You Scream”, “SLVR”, “Greyhound” and “Antidote” back to back halfway through is a ballsy move, and they’re set-finishing tracks in themselves. With names such as Dirty South, Moguai, Tommy Trash, Third Party, Fatboy Slim, Deniz Koyu, An21 and Max Vangeli all featuring in the latter half of the Essential mix, Steve Angello’s intent to start his new chapter off in flying-fashion is certainly fulfilled.

Polishing off the remarkable set with the likes of “Reload”, “People Of The Night”, “Leave The World Behind”, “Yeah” and the inevitable “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Save The World”, Steve Angello really goes to prove not everything is better in 3’s. In fact just one is sometimes enough.

Going down as one of the best Essential Mixes of 2013, only losing out to the-one-and-only Eric Prydz, the set still remains as one of his finest ever amongst his adoring fans. Acting as the start of something new by combining some of the best of the old and hinting at the future, it’s as good in music terms as it is in symbolic intentions.

And reflecting on where he is today, it’s hard to deny it was a very fitting 2-hour start to his current career chapter.

Catch Steve Angello’s Essential Mix today at 8pm (UK) here



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