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Avicii’s posthumous single ‘SOS’ is out now: Listen

The track is the first to be shared from the forthcoming album, ‘Tim’...

Avicii posthumous track SOS 2019 DJ Mag
Avicii posthumous track SOS 2019 DJ Mag

The first track to be shared from Avicii’s posthumous album, ‘Tim’, has been released.

‘SOS’, which features vocals from the late EDM star’s ‘Wake Me Up’ collaborator Aloe Blacc, was one of a number of tracks that were near completion at the time of the 28-year-old’s tragic death in April 2018. You can hear the track below. The video for the track is comprised of messages and memories shared by fans on Avicii's official website, which has since become a memorial platform.

A seven-minute video documenting the creative process of the track has also been shared. Check it out below.

 

“I feel like 'SOS' was a song that was probably ahead of its time for when he wrote it," said Aloe Blacc of the song. "He wrote these lyrics obviously about some of his battles and I think it’s a really important topic to approach and to share, especially with his visibility and his access to ears and hearts. To give people the words to be able to say ’I need help.’”

A statement released last week outlined that the late artist's family had "...decided not to keep the music locked away – instead they wanted to share it with his fans all around the world”.

Using the extensive notes and email chains that the beloved DJ/producer – real name Tim Bergling – left behind, his numerous collaborators and co-songwriters banded together to finish the album, which will be released in June.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, producer and Avicii collaborator Carl Falk, one of the central artists in completing ‘TIM’, said, “I was trying to produce through someone else’s eyes and ears — someone who’s not here. It was really hard not to criticize yourself the whole time. Would he like this? What would he have done?”

Avicii's net proceeds from the album will be donated to the Tim Bergling Foundation, which was launched in March. The project’s initial work will concentrate on offering support to individuals and organisations in the field of mental health and suicide prevention, before expanding to cover other issues such as climate change, development assistance, nature conservation and the protection of endangered species.

Following Bergling’s tragic death aged just 28,  DJ Mag’s digital editor Charlotte Lucy Cijffers reflected on the young DJs enormous influence on the global EDM community and on how his openness surrounding struggles with fame, touring and alcoholism gave a troubling, if necessary, insight into a side of dance music the world often does not see.

 

 

In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email [email protected] In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.

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