It took a while for Steve Angello to recover from the enormous success of Swedish House Mafia and find his voice again. Prior to the formation of the DJ supergroup (with Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso) the Swedish producer was easily one of the best in the business, but after seven successful singles with SHM, the massive One Last Tour, and the somewhat disappointing Wild Youth album, it seemed that the Size Records honcho was burnt out.
Thank God (literally), he is back and ready to take his music into a new direction with the two-track Genesis EP. Taking inspiration from the sermons of West Virginian Bishop T.D. Jakes, the 34-year old father of two takes us on a powerful journey both sonically and spiritually with Rejoice. “You have to fix the mind before you can bestow the blessing because until they get their mind right everything you invest in them is going to leak out,” the track starts out with T.D. Jakes’ commanding voice. “Put your hand on your head and say, ‘Give me a new mind,” the bishop continues before the drop finally kicks in after four and a half minutes.
Sounding more like Eric Prydz than ever, the emotional song is a further step away from the tone of his past productions and more into some serious electro-house territory. “Rejoice’ is the most powerful piece of music I’ve ever created. I’ve never done anything like it and I’ve never worked with words that meant more in my entire career,” he wrote on his Instagram page on Friday.
The slow burning Breaking Kind is a more conservative alternative to Rejoice, but still brings plenty of blissful synths and sounds that culminate into an alluring pop/dance/rock hybrid. “Melodically and musically it hits every emotion I have for display,” Angelo gushed about the track on Instagram.
House music and spirituality have a long standing history going back all the way to its roots; therefore, it’s no surprise that a major house music producer would eventually venture back into that territory. In a world that is further enveloped in spiritual darkness, it seems, by the day, this is quite refreshing, to say the least. Let’s hope that Angello is blessed with clarity and discernment powerful enough to create more compelling productions to fill his upcoming Almost Human album, out later this year.