Best known for his brilliant progressive productions and Axtone Records label, Swedish maestro Axwell turns 41 years old today, with 2019 heralding the biggest year in his career to date. Responsible for various projects including Supermode (with Steve Angello), Swedish House Mafia, and Axwell Λ Ingrosso, few DJs in world music can boast a back-catalogue as huge as Axwell’s, and so… To celebrate the birth of a true dance music legend, We Rave You take a look at his 10 greatest remixes/remodes.
Happy Birthday Axwell!
10. Michael Feiner – Mantra (Axwell Cut) 2016
Adding an Axwell cut to Michael Feiner‘s bouncy horn sounds in 2016, this Axtone classic has proved a firm fan’s favourite and is still regularly used in sets to this day. The enchanting flute arrangement brings bristling anticipation before launching into a slick latin-style drop.
9. Axwell (feat Errol Reid) – Nothing But Love (Remode Mix) 2010
Soaked in the gorgeously dynamic vocal tones of Errol Reid, Ax touched up his own modern classic ‘Nothing But Love’ in 2010 with this vibrant remode which has become a real floorfiller worldwide. Carrying the key messages of love and positivity that his music stands for, this is ‘Nothing But Love’!
8. Pauls Paris (feat Moses York)- Make Your Mind Up (Axwell & New_ID Remode) 2017
Undoubtedly one of the most eager releases of modern times, fans of the Swede had been circulating this one online for a long time prior to release. But when the opening chords echoed around the Axtone stage at Tomorrowland in 2017, Ax knew he had to repeat the feat – Opening his set there with the anthem one year later.
7. TV Rock (feat Rudy) – In The Air (Axwell Remix) 2010
Regularly used in the sets of SHM during their One Last Tour, ‘In The Air‘ embodies the high-tempo euphoria that the trio became known for, and though we could serve up the official video… What better way than to enjoy it with this exclusive footage from the ‘Take One‘ movie instead!
6. Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode) 2010
Instantly recognised as one of his most iconic productions of modern times, Ax transformed this fairly downtempo Adrian Lux track into a storming house classic, lacing his remode with energetic chord patterns alongside Henrik B, the mastermind producer behind 2013 hit ‘Voices‘.
5. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Axwell & Dirty South Remix) 2009
With indie band The Temper Trap scoring worldwide success with their summer hit ‘Sweet Disposition‘, it was tough to see how the track could be improved in any way. But of course, this is Axwell we’re talking about, and so the Swede teamed up with Aussie superstar Dirty South to bring us one of the greatest EDM anthems ever made!
4. Hook N Sling (feat Karin Park) – Tokyo By Night (Axwell Remix) 2014
One of Axwell’s most under-rated hits of the past half-decade, the Axtone boss first dropped this rattler in his 2013 Tomorrowland set on the main-stage. A little under 9 months later, and the official release dropped, transforming the Hook N Sling effort into a true masterpiece.
3. Michael Calfan – Resurrection (Axwell Recut) 2012
Despite changing his sound to a more commercially-friendly electro-pop style in recent times, this classic from French producer Michael Calfan was soon used as the opener to Swedish House Mafia’s sets globally, with Axwell providing the hit with a recut in 2012.
2. Axwell & Shapov – Belong (Axwell & Years Remode) 2016
Unearthing a true gem in the shape of Russian progressive prince, Shapov, the bossman teamed up with his protege in summer 2016 to bring us a hit which was hammered during Ax’s Ushuaia Ibiza residency with Seb, and was later reimagined with this Years remode:
1. Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl (feat Georgi Kay) – In My Mind (Axwell mix) 2012
It simply couldn’t be anything else! Taking the crown is one of the most iconic, popular, and timeless, EDM hits ever made! Popping the melancholic original into his magical progressive oven, Ax dished up a piping hot treat with his mix in 2012, which was later sampled by Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino with their 2018 hit of the same name.
— Steve Angello (@SteveAngello) December 18, 2018