Swedish DJ and electronic dance music producer John Dahlbäck’s latest single, “Count To Ten” featuring Alexx Mack, is out now. The single is the third from Dahlbäck’s forthcoming full-length studio album, Saga.
There’s something about Swedish electronic dance music producers and their seemingly innate ability to write the catchiest of leads. Upon a single spin of “Count To Ten,” it is guaranteed that the song will ring in one’s ears for hours or days to come. Uncompromising in its production, “Count To Ten” has perhaps more in common with radio-friendly synth-pop than it does with house music. While the boundaries of progressive-house music have widened to encompass a field where outright pop songs are as much at home on the dancefloor as their grittier, more “underground” cousins, John Dahlbäck sees no reason to limit himself to just one style. The first single from Saga, “Raven,” had more of a dark, clubby vibe and that track got dance music fans ready for a long night of celebration. The second single from Saga, “Atlantis,” held a deep allure colored by the song’s warm, creamy vocals. “Count To Ten” is unabashedly buoyant and upbeat, positive to the core. It is this versatility Dahlbäck possesses as a producer that suits him so well as a performing DJ. There is literally nowhere he is afraid to take his audience, and he’s loved for it.
The Radio Edit of “Count To Ten” pops the champagne cork right from the outset as the high-pitched female vocal comes in. Instantly, this edit has all the workings of an effervescent pop tune, not only of a great progressive-house track. This edit is pure in its crystalline directness and at no point in the song does Dahlbäck’s hand waiver. This song shows that Dahlbäck is unafraid to go this pop music route because he knows his clubbing bona fides remain intact. The Extended Mix has a longer, syncopated intro with a beat that sets the stage for a spell before the main vocal even enters the picture. The vocal is more treated and stuttered on this version and the infectious, high-energy refrain makes even this mix easily grasped. The sunny energy is addictive and irresistible. Popstar-in-the-making Alexx Mack has a bold, come-hither voice full of self-affirmed female swagger and it is absolutely of-the-moment. Music lovers can also catch a glimpse of Mack in the official music video for “Count To Ten” to be released in late-December.
As a producer and DJ, Dahlbäck has an inherent sense of what works on a dancefloor. His music consistently earns support from the top names in the industry, including from Avicii, Pete Tong, Tiësto and Swedish House Mafia, among others. Over the years, Dahlbäck has had his music released on top record labels, including Ultra Music, Toolroom Records, Defected, Spinnin’ Records, Subliminal, Ministry of Sound, KOMPAKT, Dessous Recordings and others. Additionally, Dahlbäck has lent his sought-after production skills to remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, David Morales and others. Having grown up in a family reverberating with music, one of Dahlbäck’s earliest forays into electronic music was while tinkering with his father’s Atari computer as a youth. It was perhaps unsurprising that Dahlbäck would sign his first record deal at age 17, a time when most of his peers were just discovering the club scene. Today, Dahlbäck DJs at leading nightclubs and festivals around the world including at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel on the Balearic island of Ibiza.
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