When Swedish pop star/actress/Eurovision songwriter Karin Park opened last year’s barnstorming Prague edition of Electronic Beats festival (video here), we were struck by her strain of sub-zero synth pop and, it has to be said, adroit handling of keytar. The news of her forthcoming single “Shine” therefore brightened up a pretty mundane day in February—particularly as it’s set to come packaged with a batch of ‘floor-primed remixes, including previous Mix of the Day stars Let the Machines Do the Work and Lovegrove. We’ve landed the pick of the crop right here in today’s exclusive premiere courtesy of upcoming Brit producer Hannah Wants and fellow Brummie Chris Lorenzo, whose slightly mussed up and bassy house productions have hitherto found a home of the ever-idiosycratic San Franciso label Dirty Bird. Check the elegantly restrained rework below.
Karin Park’s “Shine” is released on 24th Feb via State Of The Eye Recordings.
As reported earlier, Swedish-American indie-pop trio Miike Snow are returning in March with their second LP, Happy To You. Lately the boys have been sharing their gentle rhythmic charms with a series of teasers for the upcoming release. Part of these series is a 22-second video, as well as a fake newspaper called The Tiimes. Click here to check out the wanna-be newspaper, which includes an extra nice Coachella related story, and see if you can smell what the trio is hinting at whilst having a sneak peak below:
UPDATE: Miike Snow is also sharing another brand-new track called ‘Paddling Out’ from the new album:
We first introduced Pallers a few weeks ago with this excellent remix. We have been digging into their music ever since – a fragile mix of introspective lyrics and intoxicating beats that draw from bass music, but come ready packed in a shiny pop wrapper. So, we thought it was high time to ask the Swedish duo of Henrik and Johan to submit to a bit of 10 x 4 style probing. Their debut album is due to be released in October on Sweden’s Labrador Records.
Favourite part of the day to create?
HENRIK: Night time is the right time for me, even though lately I´ve been working more daytime. It´s not easy being nocturnal and also trying to maintain a day-job. The right mood always comes at night or late evening. I used to live right in the city centre when making some of the tracks on the album and when the shops closed and the traffic died it felt almost dystopian, like being alone in an abandoned city. Especially the winters were like that. But sometimes nights can be the only possible time to be creative, when working with other things during the day.
JOHAN: I used to think day time was an impossible time to create, but then I gave it a try a few months ago and it proved to be pretty good actually. The important thing is not seeing the light of day or people.
Method or madness?
H: Yes, please! Both. It´s good to start off with some “madness” when beginning to work on something. We often try to do as many sounds/melodies/structures as possible when recording together. Then we take things away in the finalizing process. The mixing of an album/song is always very methodical for us, for most other musicians as well, I guess.
Most influential person?
J: Morrissey. I’m a vegetarian, I started a record label which is my day time job, I write songs and I have a girlfriend. All because of Morrissey.
First musical love?
H: I was very much in love with Rod Stewart when I was very very young. I saw a televised concert and was totally amazed by his coolness, I was 4 years old…Atlantic Crossing was my first ever record and there are still songs I love on it. Some of them are covers but in my heart they will always belong to Rod.
J: Yazoo. I was very impressed by Vince Clark’s fringe.
Last musical love?
H: I´ve tried so much and many times lately to fall in love again, it is getting so hard. I feel pretty sick and tired of a lot of things right now. There are seldom very interesting albums nowadays, I think more the occasional great song here and there. Even though it´s been a while since falling in love I think Burial is the last one. No music has touched me as much since discovering The Smiths. There´s just such an amount of emotion in his way of putting together the sounds and the notes. I guess you all have heard him so there´s not much to say about it. Such a shame that his chipmunks have been kidnapped and abused lately. They need to stay quiet for a while.
J: I fall in love with music all the time. ‘Gentle roar’ by Niki & The Dove which I heard for the first time a couple of days ago was probably the latest.
One thing you cannot live with out?
H: Apart from the obvious things I´d say my headphones. Nothing is as comforting as shutting out everything and sink into a nice tune. I´d kill myself if I didn’t use them while on the train everyday.
One thing you would live without if you could?
J: I always thought death was a bit overrated.
J: Can we consider Cubase an instrument? Cubase VST32 5.0 from the year 2000 would be my favourite.
H: Sidechaining!? No, I´m still waiting…
H: I once had this really big pike hooked that just snapped the line. I only caught a glimpse of it but it was beautiful and needless to say, very very big, surely over 10kg.
J: Every time I hear a new Morrissey song it’s a huge disappointment. Usually I do like the songs eventually, but it’s just so tiring that he keeps working with the same musicians who play the same uninspired riffs over and over and over again.
A place to create?
J: I’m the opposite of a handyman and just connecting a microphone to a mixer or something basic like can get on my nerves. The studio is the place to create – everything is already connected and in place when I get there.
Last thing that inspired you?
J: Bycycling (crescent retro).
Settle down and prepare to be intrigued by our exclusive preview of In Dust – the latest project from Sweden’s Roll the Dice. Strange, claustrophobic and slightly mysterious we defy you to not be drawn into the mystical world of Malcolm Pardon & Peder Mannerfelt’s creation. Watch the video below and look out for our in depth feature coming soon.
Little Dragon are one of our favourite bands at Electronic Beats. Off-kilter pop that you can dance and sing along to from a charmingly rag tag bunch of Swedish multi-instrumentalists, singers and percussionists. Straddling a fine line between cute and edgy Little Dragon are a unique proposition.
With a new album Ritual Union due to be released later this month on Peacefrog, we thought it was about time we got back in touch with the band decided to take the chance to find out about some of their favourite things in an interview with the band’s drummer Erik Bodin.
At side of the page you can also find our Slices video feature where we join the band in the studio to discover more about their backgrounds and approach to making music.
Hey Erik. What is you favourite song on the new album?
My favourite song on the new album is ‘When I go Out.’
Why is that?
I think mainly because it is so different and also that it means something special … we put it there just to show just for ourselves that we still are keeping it open for experiments and it is a song that is really far out for me. I think it stands for that curiosity that we really want to have as a big ingredient in our music.
A big bit of strangeness?
What is your favourite part of recording an album?
When you are still in that vague place where you don’t really know where things are going to take you. When you maybe you just have a drum beat and you starting to put down the harmonies and Yukimi brings in her stuff and that’s when you feel… you don’t really know where all this music is coming from but it is obviously coming from us but you are still excited and curious where it will take you.
What is your favourite place to play?
There are so many right now but I must say in general it is always fun to be in America and play just because there are so many good places to play. But the some of the most appreciative crowds have been in Poland and yeah in San Francisco. So, yeah San Fran and Poland.
What’s your favourite bit of studio equipment?
That will be the PC. A strong PC with the soundcard.
What’s your favourite website?
My favourite website… I was almost going to say Google! No but actually I must say YouTube, if that is considered to be a website.
Absolutely! If it has www it is a website
It is full of so much other stuff. I think it is magic the way you can find anything and discover so much new things all the time. Yeah it is a winner!
And who is your favourite Swede? Swedish person?
That would be Mum.
Who is your favourite Jackson??
My favourite Jackson. Yeah that would be Janet Jackson. She seems to be so full of surprises. I have never heard anybody do dirty songs like Janet. She seems to be strange in a wonderful way.
What’s your favourite dragon?
There is this monster called Katla, it’s a from Astrid Lindgren books. The one with the two brothers and they end up in this place when they die. They are both young and they die from some disease and come into another dimension. They made it nice in the ‘80s they made this Swedish film about it. It was very scary, it was a huge dragon, very scary but it was more of a monster then a dragon but I think it could be considered as a dragon.
What is your favourite way to listen to music?
Right now… I just bought the Tonium Pacemaker. I have a hard time to listen to music and relax so now I have a solution I can just listen to the music and mess with it at the same time. So it would be through that little DJ machine.