From this week's print edition of the Phoenix, Staff Spinz highlights what we're playing these days in our newsroom...
ICONA POP “Good For You” [Atlantic/Ten Records] Summer J-A-M “I Love It” launched Swedish electro pop duo Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt onto the playlists of every tastemaker from here to Stockholm, and now comes the tricky follow-up.
The unofficial competition for Song of the Summer 2k12 ended in May when Swedish electro duo ICONA POP released their tidy banger track "I Love It." Most people did, in fact, love it from their very first listen (including us), though on repeated spins it was obvious that, at just over two minutes long, the shout-along breakup song was practically begging for a long-form re-boot that would transform it from fun indie buzz cut to a true nightclub anthem.
I think it was about this time last year we all started blowing ourselves in excitement over M83’s “Midnight City,” tripping over our sexy sax erections in declaring it –- before anyone else! -– the highly-coveted “Song of the Summer.” For once, everyone was right. Joint was the Song of the Year.
Because we’re up a goal, we’ll roll the dice this year and bet this new jam from Swedish pop duo ICONA POP will be in everyone’s Discman through Labor Day, inspiring dance parties on subway platforms and backyard BBQ from Stockbridge to Stockholm.