True to their word, Swedish dream pop duo jj gave one hell of a Christmas gift to their fans with the release of a new mixtape, Kills. We're all aware of Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander's fondness for revamping current r&b and hip hop numbers; on Kills they sample beats from an impressive roster of artists including Kanye, M.I.A., Jay-Z and Dr. Dre.
On a reworking of P. Diddy's “Angels,” Kastlander's hazy harmonies blend well with Biggie's infamous rhymes, (you'll find 2pac's famous “We got to make a change ” soliloquy concluding the song). “High End” finds her singing the chorus from Kanye's “Dark Fantasy” over a slightly tweaked “Runaway.” Sounds like there's some autotune in there as well, quite appropriate.
You can listen to and download these tunes below, and if you haven't already, you can download Kills for free here.