New: Niki and the Dove - "Hot Summer"

Niki + the Dove Instinct

We like the Swedish duo Niki and the Dove (neither of whom are actually named Niki) for their fractured pop that borders on soul here, electro there, artstep there. We also like their prolific releases – they’re dropping a debut record, Instinct, in May, and in the meantime they’ve released a mixtape to tide you over. You can sample first track “Hot Summer,” which sounds like its title – humid, sexy, percolating like a thunderstorm on the horizon. We love how Malin Dahlstrom’s vocals are cut up and edited until they’re more a rhythmic element than lyrical at all – it makes “Hot Summer” sound almost robotic, in the most human possible way. Instinct drops May 14.

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