Legendary Swedish artist and producer Axwell has teamed up with his protégé Shapov for brand new track, ‘Belong’.
The soaring, anthemic vocal will sound familiar to anyone who has seen either artist playing live over the last few months, as it has rapidly become a fan favourite.
The record will be released via Axwell’s own Axtone Records label, and includes a ‘Remode’ version from Axwell & Years.
Axwell said: “Working with Shapov has been a real pleasure. He is one of the most talented artists around right now, and I’m pleased to be a part of his musical journey and to have him representing Axtone at shows all around the world.”
Shapov may be a new name to the dance music community, but he has certainly paid his dues and rightly established himself under his previous moniker, Hard Rock Sofa. A duo which in themselves have an esteemed reputation.
Signed to Axwell’s Axtone Records, Shapov has been busy as of late with a string of heavily-supported releases, showcasing his genre-defying style across the past year or so.
Cleverly combining classic and forward-thinking elements has now become a signature characteristic for the young Russian’s work, that have in turn come to form the ‘Shapov sound’.
Shapov said: “We’re very excited to be unleashing ‘Belong’ to the world! It’s been amazing to hear crowds singing it back to us already when we’ve play it out!”
Long-awaited “Belong” is one of the best releases this music industry will see in 2016 and beyond. “Belong” radiates through strength and energy. The vocals stand out very much and fit perfectly with the Build Up. The melody harmonises well with the overall business.
Axwell is currently in the midst of a packed summer schedule of Axwell Λ Ingrosso shows, and is also taking time out for his solo performances as well as some special Axtone dates which will include appearances from Shapov.
He recently hosted an Axtone stage at Tomorrowland, and last week’s Ushuaia Ibiza Axwell Λ Ingrosso show was a special Axtone party. Forthcoming dates include Axtone Mondays at Aquarius, Croatia on August 8 (Shapov) and August 15 (Axwell).