Swedish electro-pop outfit Miike Snow has transcended as wunderkinds of the musical kingdom since their inception in 2007. With their self-titled first album being a compilation of masterful singles, if you would, with "Animal," "Cult Logic," "Black & Blue" and "Silvia" to name a few and having received A-list remix treatment from the likes of Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South, Mark Ronson and Caspa, Miike Snow is no stranger to the worldwide dance scene.
Their amicable tunes seem to get just about anyone's head rocking back and forth, and for many may even burst them into an vivacious dancing or singing episode.
The supergroup is back for seconds with their March 2012 album release Happy To You that is no different than the first in quality, depth and sing-a-longness. Boasting singles "Paddling Out," "Devil's Work," "Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)" and a collaboration with fellow Swede femme Lykke Li in "Black Tin Box," Happy To You is a brilliant work that can be listened to on repeat all the way through.
Having already seen success from the album's first few singles and the eccentric music video for "Paddling Out", some stellar remix action was neccessary, right? This time around Wolfgang Gartner, Jacques Lu Cont, Dirty South and Penguin Prison were some of those who went to bat turning already infectious dance tunes into ambient or euphoric reworks with builds and hooks that will make you turn.
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Miike Snow hit the road this Spring in support of Happy To You including headlining performances at Ultra Music Festival and both weekends of this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival which just wrapped, not to mention a slew of other dates in the US and Canada before a Europe-heavy summer. If you can't catch them stateside this time around, they'll be back for Lollapalooza in Chicago, an experience I'd whole-heartedly recommend. Remaining dates below:
Tue. 04-24-12 Terminal 5 New York, NY SOLD OUT
Wed. 04-25-12 Terminal 5 New York, NY SOLD OUT
Thurs. 04-26-12 Terminal 5 New York, NY SOLD OUT
Fri. 04-27-12 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
Sat. 04-28-12 9:30 Club Washington, DC SOLD OUT
Sun. 04-29-12 House Of Blues Boston, MA
Tue. 05-01-12 Sound Academy Toronto, ON
Wed. 05-02-12 Metropolis Theatre Montreal, QC
I did, however, get the chance to catch a glimpse of their artistry at their stop in Los Angeles at The El Rey Theatre last Wednesday night. It was the second of two sold out shows giving fans who (did and) did not get a chance to catch them at Coachella, just a two-hours drive away, an opportunity to revel in their tunes and dance the night away (or do it again). It was just two years ago on a summer evening when I caught them for the first time at the same magical venue, where hits were live-remixed to give off a very special effect. You can see my review here.
The venue was slammed, and show goers were heavy on anticipating Miike Snow's set as The Big Pink finished their dreamy renditions of electro-pop. The trio came out masked, much like before, opening with "Enter The Jokers Lair" from the new album, followed by "Wave" and "Cult Logic." Mixing old with new, Miike Snow gave revelers what they came for in classic favorites while mixing in current material. With brilliant lighting to accompany their live set, it was the perfect way to deliver, leaving fans feeling good and indeed sweaty.
"Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)" was next, and a personal favorite of mine. I caught "Burial" and "Silvia" too before unfortunately hitting the door to diverge into a whole different spectrum of dance music. Swedish House Mafia were slated to play a surprise set Downtown at an event hosted by Absolut for their rendition of Absolut Greyhound, taking after the hit single and music video "Greyhound" in collaboration with the Swedish vodka company, review here.
At least Miike Snow, Swedish House Mafia and Absolut have something in common, they wouldn't be mad, right? Pretty fair too given I wasn't able to catch either at this year's Coachella, that was a 36-hour musical blur from Saturday at noon to Sunday at midnight. Apparently, I missed"Black & Blue," "Paddling Out," "Black Tin Box," "Devil's Work" and "Animal", but there's always next time.
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Background: Miike Snow was formed in 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden. Band members Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg were childhood friends who spent time playing in bands and working on various projects in studios throughout the city of Gothenburg. Karlsson used to be a member of Swedish hip-hop band Goldmine, who toured with The Fugees. After separate moves to Stockholm, they reunited in 2000. In 2004, whilst working on writing a pop album for Britney Spears, the pair met the third band member, American songwriter Andrew Wyatt.
Karlsson and Winnberg collaborated under the moniker Bloodshy & Avant, and enjoyed a significant amount of success as producers and songwriters. They have worked with artists such as Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Kelis, and won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for Spears's track "Toxic".
The name "Miike Snow" is said to have come from one of their friends called Mike Snow, with the spelling of "Miike" coming from the Japanese film director Takashi Miike.
Happy To You on iTunes