The rollout for Avicii’s posthumous album TIM continues tomorrow with his second single, “Tough Love” featuring Agnes, Vargas & Lagola.
Fervent Avicii fans have already found a leak to the track, showing off a more Arabic/Indian style of production, particularly in the strings and melody. Vargas & Lagola, AKA Vincent Pontare and Salem Al Fakir, worked with Avicii on many other productions like “Silhouettes” and “Hey Brother.”
Writes DJ Mag, “The track was 80% finished at the time of the EDM star’s death in April 2018 and features vocals from Vargas and his wife, award winning Swedish singer/songwriter Agnes.”
“This one needs to be a duet,” Avicii had written in his notes while working on the track. “Coolest thing would be a real couple. Or a couple that have worked together enough to be almost considered a couple!”
“Oddly enough, the Indian influences fit perfectly into a song we were working on, something that was so typical of Tim” Vincent Pontare wrote in an official statement. “He was a melodic genius.”
TIM is out in full on June 6. You can listen to the first single “SOS” from the album here. You can watch a video detailing Pontare and Al Fakir’s creative process while finishing ‘Tough Love’ below. (Note: the video is blocked in some regions.)
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