April 1, 2011
We’ve always had a soft spot for Swedish talent (ahem, Miike Snow), and here’s another one to add to the Scandinavian roster: Niki and The Dove’s “DJ, East My Mind,” is simply smoking. The debut single from the Stockholm, Sweden band is so unique, that the band will easily carve out a niche for themselves in the American music marketplace. Sub Pop agrees, the Seattle-based home of artists CSS and The Go! Team, snapped up the duo, Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf, in March.
With its tribal drums and electric synthesizer undertones, the song easily sucks listeners in building up to its cadence. On first take, their sound not only reminds me of the Eurythmics for the electro-synth feel, but also of The Tings Tings for the staccato phrases and sultry breaths laced into the track. There’s tinges of Australia’s Sneaky Sound System layered in there too.
The duo has already been getting some early buzz from UK’s The Guardian and Fader. Once the single gets a little more popular exposure, I could totally see DJs like Deadmau5 or The Jump Smokers picking it up and putting out a ridiculous techno remix.
As a follow up, the band is offering their second single “Mother Protect” for free download.
The group is set to play at Seattle’s Crocodile April 6th, and if you’re in the area, you’d be foolish not to buy a ticket.
Check out the quirky vintage gymnastics-inspired music vid: