The second single to be released from Avicii’s posthumous album ‘TIM’ will be released tomorrow, 9th May.
‘Tough Love’ was made in collaboration with Vincent Pontare and Salem Al Fakir (AKA Vargas & Lagola), both of whom had worked with the late producer – real name Tim Bergling – before on tracks like ‘Silhouettes’, ‘Hey Brother’, ‘Without You’.
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!"
‘Tough Love’ features a melodic passage inspired by Bergling’s time spent studying the music of northwest India.
"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.”
You can watch a video detailing Pontare and Al Fakir’s creative process while finishing ‘Tough Love’ below.
'Tough Love' follows the release of single 'SOS', which was released in April.
‘TIM’ will be released on 6th June. 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.