In plenty of ways, The Knife’s new record Shaking The Habitual seems to have “inaccessible” etched into every fiber of its DNA. It is 98 minutes long (about double the length of the already-epic-seeming Silent Shout). Six of its thirteen songs exceed eight minutes and there are two long, dissonant drone pieces. But once you surrender to these facts and descend into Shaking the Habitual, its atmosphere is strangely inhabitable. - pitchfork.com
During one of last week’s episodes of The Daily Show, the Swedish electronic group debuted “Sunshine” in a music video created in conjunction with Absolut Vodka for Absolut Remix, and inspired by the company’s Absolut Punch drink. Sunshine was released June 28 via Peacefrog.
For years now, the summer season has been dominated by nostalgic, topically sunny and dreamy pop/rock. Drop into your proverbial indie coffee shop and let the sonic ocean waves of Tennis, Best Coast or Beach House roll over you. Well, on “I Love It,” Icona Pop plants a stick of dynamite into that trend, steps back and then hits the record button, and the result is a track of such unadulterated bombast and fun, it almost feels like it couldn’t have been born out of today’s musical climate. “I Love It” is, as the ladies of Icona Pop say, a 90′s anthem of sorts, but more than that, it’s a salute to a state-of-mind and a mentality that is, at its core, recklessly youthful. This is a track built for summer. As cliche as this sounds and is: pile the friends in the car, roll down the windows and blast this shit.
…Swedish pop chameleons jj released this track via their blog end of June 2011. It came with a thank-you note to fans that closes thus: “THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU MESS WITH US.” Celebris was apparently the inspiration for yesterday’s Beautiful Life
…Swedish electro-pop duo JJ dropped a mixtape last Christmas called Kills, which you can download free HERE. Keeping with the bands style, the mixtape features the soft, ethereal vocals of Elin Kastlander over remixed uber-pop hits like “Paper Planes”, “Empire State of Mind”, “Dynamite” and “POWER”. This is the first track off the mixtape: “STILL” featuring Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.” #fun #rad