Remember Orion? He’s the Swedish producer responsible for crafting last summer’s stunning “In The End,” which left us all crying at the discotheque.
Over the past year, he’s been steadily prepping his full-length debut. But in between crafting new cuts, he’s been putting his signature emotional spin on some of the finer Swede-pop songs of the past decade, including Faye‘s “Water Against The Rocks” and Agnes’ “One Last Time.”
He’s got a new mix to add to his dreamy collection this week, this time putting a spin on Christian Falk‘s 2006 single “Dream On,” featuring Robyn and The Ark‘s Ola Salo.
Orion’s take on the track adds some celestial stringwork and intergalactic polish to the production, allowing Robyn to sound right at home dancing on her own up in space. Dream on, indeed. (Speaking of, can she come down to Earth to unleash some more Swede-pop perfection this year, please?)
Check out the MuuMuse premiere of Orion’s glittering remix below.
I’ll admit it: I slept on Vanbot‘s 2011 debut.
Not that there weren’t enough people yelling at me about it–I just never got around to listening! Naturally, it was a dreadful mistake on my part.
The Swedish songstress’ (born Ester Ideskog–wise name change, no doubt!) self-titled record is a thoroughly free of flaw Swede-pop production, channeling the sad disco of Kleerup-ian Robyn, a bit of Lykke Li, and some of Canadian crooner Lights‘ latest album. It’s an absolute must listen, and if I’d actually given it a chance earlier, Vanbot would rank high on my Top Albums of 2011 list. (You can stream much of Vanbot right here.)
But there’s no time to mourn my missing the Vanbot train, because she’s already back with a new groove for 2012: “Got To Get Out,” which just premiered via Nylon Magazine.
“Got To Get Out” is about my hometown Stockholm and how it’s filled with people experiencing a sense of isolation and separation, how it makes you feel lonely in a crowd,” she explains. “It’s fascinating that people can live so close together without really noticing one another. It’s about exploring the city nightlife and the tendencies people have to chase after the experiences that will cause the best story to tell the next day instead of enjoying the happiness of the moment.”
“The beat will guide us home, and we just got to get out tonight,” Vanbot cries out.
The production on Vanbot’s latest track still channels those Kleerup/Robyn electro-indulgence, but this time around, it’s actually closer to the ethereal, spaced-out synthesizer sound of The Sound of Arrows.
“Got To Get Out” will be released on February 28 as the lead single from Vanbot’s upcoming sophomore record, according to her official website. (And best of all, you can download it for free at Nylon!)
So hop on board now–don’t miss out for a year like I did!
“Got To Get Out” will be released on February 28. (iTunes)
Two weeks ago, I presented my Top 25 Albums of 2011. Now…it’s time for the Top 50 Singles of 2011!
If the album list was tough, this was one step short of impossible, Shontelle style. Between rock-solid offerings from my favorite pop princesses, to stunning debut tracks from some of MuuMuse’s Most Anticipated artists, to throbbing dance floor bangers from DJs and producers worldwide–there was simply too much to love in 2011!
As a result, the list took a while. I didn’t sleep. I didn’t eat. I haven’t bathed. I’m literally a disgusting music-minded mess right now.
BUT NOW IT IS COMPLETE!
This is a list of 50 of my favorite offerings of the year (plus one honorable mention which was never actually released as a single.) Since I am giving like the Baby Jesus, I’ve created a full playlist of all my Top 50 tracks on Spotify. You are welcome in advance.
So without further ado, check out the full list below. Remember: If you have a problem with the final ranking, please…don’t hold it against me!
If you happened to be busy having a social life (seriously overrated), you might have missed Robyn performing on Saturday Night Live last night.
The Queen of Swede Pop rocked it out to two stellar tracks off of 2010′s best album of the year, Body Talk: “Call Your Girlfriend” and “Dancing On My Own.” As anyone who’s ever seen her live can attest, the bowl-cut chanteuse tore up the stage as only she can in concert, nailing that backward-roll-to–floor-hump in “Girlfriend” and slamming the machine gun-air-punching frenzy of “Dancing.” OHMYGOD, and that dance breakdown at 2:40 during “Call Your Girlfriend”? I DIE! Get it, get it, GET IT!
It was such a treat to see the ever under-the-radar superstar performing on such a massive American platform as SNL–and oh, how she so thoroughly slayed the stage! As my friend Bryan Byczek so perfectly summed it up last night: “It’s Robyn’s earnestness that gets me every time. She truly believes pop can save the world, or cure a broken heart. I love her for that.”
So proud of you, Robyn!
Oh yes, and someone that looked like Zooey Deschanel but wasn’t Zooey Deschanel was hosting. Not familiar.
Rebecca & Fiona – “Hard”
Haven’t heard of DJ duo Rebecca & Fiona yet? You probably have in some capacity, but sit down and get cozy anyway–you’re going to be glad you did.
The stunning Swedish twosome have been making waves in their homeland for over the past two years, beginning with the release of their debut single: “Luminary Ones.” “It’s been a long time since I’ve had some fun,” the girls chant listlessly above the song’s dark, throbbing pulsations, bringing to mind the electro-pop ferocity of Cat5 (“Stretch & Bend”) and the hypnotic trance beats of Kleerup (Robyn‘s “With Every Heartbeat,” for instance.)
Since then, the girls have only continued to be dominate on their path of reckless amazingness–from “Bullets” (which MuuMuse contributor Sam Lansky spotlighted in his first installment of Amazing Things I’m Listening To From Sweden) to an opening spot on Queen of Swede-Pop Robyn’s European tour.
They even snagged themselves their own reality show at some point based on their lives as DJs/producers (which I haven’t seen quite yet, but I’m going to assume it’s something like a Swedish version of The Hills. Which one’s Heidi?)
Most recently, the duo unleashed their manically delicious “Jane Doe” earlier this month; a song with enough bubbling electronica to have the Pet Shop Boys foaming at the mouth and enough chilly, echoed vocals to keep the ghoulish Halloween feeling alive well past October. It’s incredible–no, it’s absolutely EVERYTHING.
(But if the accompanying video above is anything to go by, you wouldn’t want to have this bickering duo as your new roomies. For God’s sake, learn to share a mirror you two!)
Rebecca & Fiona also made a guest appearance on “Turn It Down,” the searing collaboration found on DJ Kaskade‘s new album Fire & Ice, and arguably one of the best tracks on the entire record.
Oh, and by the way: Rebecca & Fiona released their debut album I Love You Man today in Sweden, and it’s easily one of the best records of 2011. I’m absolutely F-L-O-O-R-E-D. Swedish dance-pop perfection. Track it down now.
I Love You Man was released on November 16. (iTunes)