Some tracks come and go, others blow up and then fizzle out, and some tracks are so good that they transcend time and reach legendary status. “Calling” is one of those songs. The Swedish collaboration between Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso that went on to receive the golden touch of OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder is a record that epitomizes an era. The instrumental version of the record was released in August of 2011, however the single became illustrious when it was released in March of 2012 with the breathtaking vocal.
Those who associate themselves with the house music scene will certainly recognize the melody for “Calling” if one were to hum it to them on the street. Of all the superb parts of the track, the most awe-inspiring has to be the melody. Story has it that the crowd chants (screams) the melody louder than the actual song when it is played live. If that doesn’t prove its prominence, the record is still an integral part in the sets of Alesso, Axwell & Ingrosso, and many other DJ’s. As much as a commercial success as it came to captivate a generation, “Calling” topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs and went on to be a top 10 single in Australia and the UK.
The record was instrumental for introducing rising star Alesso at the time. The Swedish prodigy gained huge attention after the single, and some refer to the track as one of his best work’s still today. The record pulled in the creative efforts of many amazing musicians, Canadian recording artist Matthew Koma assisted the guys in writing the record. As a track that will go down in history as one of the genres’ finest, it was included in Swedish House Mafia’s compilation album Until Now that was released in 2012.
Although it is becoming more rare to hear the track in its pure form, the vocal and instrumental are always injected with new life in the sets of its producers. Whether it’s Whitney Houston, Candi Station, or Gotye, the track will always be a sure crowd pleaser.
Sink back into those 2012 vibes below!