Thomas Gold delivers a total banger with his remix of Miike Snow‘s latest single The Wave, taken from the impossibly good sophomore album Happy To You. This was ripped from Pete Tong’s show on BBC Radio One but the high quality file will be with us very shortly, stay tuned.
On Thursday afternoon I had the good fortune to see The Windish Agency post that there would be a launch party for the Ingrid music collective/label with Lykke Li, Miike Snow and Peter Björn and John, and quickly rallied bloggers and real life pals Tastes Like Caramel, Muumuse & NuWavePony to RSVP and check it out with me.
We headed down to The Bowery Hotel shortly after 7pm and upon our timely arrival discovered things were still being set up. On display was a handful of super cool Ingrid merchandise including t-shirts and most excitingly an Ingrd Volume One vinyl featuring new material from some of our favorites. As our group caught up over some drinks, our ears pricked up upon hearing a previously unheard Lykke Li track coming at us over the stereo, and that turned out to be not the only new music we were to hear during the evening!
As the crowd thickened we positioned ourselves at the very front of the ‘stage’ which was marked by a few amps and mics set up on the floor. Shortly afterwards Lykke Li appeared and jumped on decks with Miike Snow and Peter Björn and John members beside her, and threw down some excellent tunes getting the party started. Our group promptly turned into paparazzi, eagerly snapping pics of the talented Swedes, while their band members began tuning their instruments in preparation to play.
Much to our surprise they all took the stage together, starting off with a new track performed by Andrew Wyatt, while the others played behind him. We were then treated to an outstanding performance of Black Tin Box, a track featuring Lykke Li, taken from Miike Snow’s incredible latest album Happy To You. When I caught the band at Music Hall of Williamsburg a few weeks back I was dying for Lykke to come out and sing her part, it turns out I didn’t have to wait too long to see them all perform it together! It was a stunning performance and I couldn’t believe that we had the best spots on the house to view it, we were so close it was almost uncomfortable, we were practically on the stage!
Just when I thought that performance couldn’t be topped, Lykke announced she would be performing a new song that she had written the day before here in NYC. My jaw hit the floor as she launched into a passionate performance, the song was so very catchy she had us all singing along by the end of it, if that’s not talent I don’t know what is!
That ended the set on a high, they thanked the crowd and headed back behind the DJ booth to spin some more tunes, at which point Brad of Muumuse and I made a beeline for the bathrooms. After meeting again we spotted Lykke coming towards us, at which point I grabbed the opportunity to do the fan girl thing and ask her for a picture, which she kindly agreed to and chatted briefly with us before darting back to the DJ booth. Mission Accomplished!
After a quick bar run we returned to join our friends still camped out at the front of the stage, after a few minutes one of the guys from Peter, Bjorn and John took the mic announcing “We played earlier this evening but since you’re all still standing here, we’ll play again in about 30 minutes”.. and that they did, returning to the stage to play the exact same set they did before which sounded even better the second time around!
Be sure to check out the live performance videos and let us know what you think of the new Lykke Li track!
A couple of weeks ago we heard the exciting news that many of our favorite and impossibly talented Swedish musicians including Miike Snow, Peter Björn and John, and Lykke Li have joined together to create their own collective/record label.
“Ingrid was created over numerous cups of pitch black coffee at Mellqvist’s in Stockholm: a place where tall men, homecoming stars, sailor boys, toddlers, seekers, and women so beautiful it hurts, come together to discuss the indifferences of who you are and what you ought to be…
Beyond complaints of harsh winters and lack of a real good Mexican joint, other topics started to swirl around the tables. Isn’t there more to life than world tours, indie cred and empty pockets? Couldn’t we be creating straight from the heart right to the people without any middle hands? Is it not 2012?
In a heartbeat, Ingrid was created. Consisting of members such as: Miike Snow, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Coco Morier, Jocke Åhlund, Johanna Beckman, Jonas Torvestig, and Tomas Nordmark, Ingrid plans to offer a home for the new guard of musicians and artists. The opportunity for creation, collaboration, and compilation sonically and visually, Ingrid will provide in an unadulterated space.”
We’re excited about the possibilities that this collective holds, and they’ve already started hinting at their work together. We’ve already seen a couple of short videos (watch above) and today they released the short INGRID VOLYM 1 Mix. The anticipation is killing me!
Here is the Andreas Nillson directed video for Miike Snow’s The Wave, the latest video in the Jean Noel saga which started with the Paddling Out video. In that video we saw a group of people abducted to space in an experiment to make the perfect human being Jean Noel and it ended with their spaceship crashing, that is where The Wave video picks up…
Don’t you just love a weird and creative video series backed with some kick ass tunes? We sure do, and we can’t wait for the next part! Tell us what you think in the comments
p.s Have you entered to win the limited edition Miike Snow paint-by-numbers kit? We’re picking winners in the next few days, so get on it if you haven’t!
Miike Snow‘s phenomenal new album Happy To You is soon to be released!
Leave it to Miike Snow to come up with a fun creative promotional item, it’s a limited edition paint-by-numbers kit! Didn’t you love those as a child? Well now we’re giving you chance to win one with cool factor which you can enjoy as a grown up!
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One of my favorite tracks of the year, Miike Snow‘s Paddling Out gets another solid remix, this time courtesy of Wolfgang Gartner. This hard-hitting mix will surely put some pep in your step this Monday afternoon!
Paddling Out is taken from their forthcoming album Happy To You, which drops next month… the wait is nearly over! Do you like this mix or the Jacques Lu Cont mix better? or are you more feeling the original? Share your thoughts!