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Super Sad True Love Story
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Sadness, Lykke Li Is Your Girl

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Ahh Lykke Li, what on earth are we to do with you, girl? So torn and troubled, so introspective, fragile and worn. So fierce and fashionable, and of course, immensely talented. And sad. But you knew all that already.

 

Here's the video for 'Sadness is a Blessing', the one that Gold Panda so artfully turned on it's head a little while back. Directed by one Tarik Saleh, the first minute and a half of the video is set up soundtrackless, with Lykke drinking shots like a fish. Or a Russian. Or someone who is on a suicide mission to get terribly, recklessly drunky town. Drama, of course does ensue, around the tragic and gorgeous figure of Lykke Li. Check it out:

 

 

To those who have missed out on seeing the girl onstage, she does send heartfelt (and most poetic) apologies; I hope for you all that you get to see her live because she truly is a force and presence. Like some kind of Scheherazade, Lykke tells what happened to keep her from the stage:


"...I had some kind of complete meltdown on Marks&Spencer in Glasgow on one of those very rare days off while on route...I was standing at an isle contemplating life and death and the struggles of being an artist/soul/woman/human being when the overbearingness sneaked up on me like Batman himself. I fell to the floor and so did the raspberries I had in my hand..."

 

GET WELL SOON GIRL!

Gold Panda is a Blessing
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Gold Panda pitches Lykke Li down a touch, and works his airy ethnic-stringed magic into Swedish songstress' 'Sadness is a Blessing'. Gold Panda adds his scuffed beats, skipping electronica and murmuring undercurrents whilst occasionally putting Li's vocals through that muffled megaphone that she loved so dearly in Youth Novels.

 

A perfect combination in my opinion; both artists who are experts in that sparkling, double edged melancholy pitted against deceptively uplifting atmospheres. This is pretty stunning; check it:

 

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Tyler the Creator Follows Lykke Li
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Here's yet another interesting remix on Lykke Li's 'I Follow Rivers', this time by Tyler The Creator (who I thought I knew nothing about - until a google made me realise that I'd been listening to him with a concussion in a basement club, whilst threading glittery fish onto the ceiling last weekend - long story) from Cali hip hop crew OFWGKTA (an acronym for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), flipping out the track and turning it into a more of a taunting refrain rather than an urgent one. In this way, despite the fact that Lykke's talking all like "I'll follow you baby!" Tyler interprets her into a strung out state of care factor zero, before throwing in a rap. It's chill and goes pretty hard at the same time.

 

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Whilst we're at it, we might as well post the video for 'I Follow Rivers' directed by Tarik Saleh since we haven't already. As usual, girl doesn't do things by halves, running through the snow and ice - BAREFOOT - to get her man. You go girl.

 

 

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David Sitek working his magic on Lykke Li

 

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One thing people can’t complain about Lykke Li is that the girl has taste. She might overuse it in the art world, but she is careful when it comes to picking the right names and sounds for the remixes of her new songs – not to mention the excellence of the songs themselves. After some interesting choices like Beastie Boy’s Mike D and Beck for ‘Get Some’, she is going for names like The Magician (ex-Aeroplane) and David Sitek (TV on the Radio/Maximum Balloon) for ‘I Follow Rivers’.

 

The Magician already impressed us with his upbeat club approved remix, but I guess David Sitek did overshadow that remix for me with a really cool new version for it. His remix starts with a false introduction featuring a really melodic and laidback bass, then a combination of different drums take over as well as Lykke Li’s voice... but it only starts for me at 1:14, when the chorus kicks in accompanied by brass instruments and a really smart synthesizer. Something special happens when the song hits the 2:10 mark and it reaches its “break” moment.

 

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Lykke Li would do well if she decided to make The Magician and David Sitek official remixers of her upcoming album.

I'm not following, Lykke!
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With Rihanna on one end of the spectrum, Lykke Li is on the other; both an equally mesmerising and complete package. They're like...different shit with the same stink, in the best way possible. If that makes any sense.

 

Last week I was all about Lykke's newie and it's accompanying remix by The Magician, 'I Follow'. This track is amazeballs, such a great second single and more immediately likeable for me than 'Get Some'. This week though, Lykke comes out with this short film, Untitled that I'm really not following this, or feeling it that much. But I guess girl is simply // making \\ art. And is girl wearing a wig?! It looks like something a hippie was working before they decided to go all out and dreadlock that shit.

 

No matter how much of an unbranded perfume ad Untitled is, Lykke Li kills it in her way - her commitment is total. Even though there's something oddly Lady Gags about it for me. Hmm. But whatever. HURRY UP MARCH 1st (due date for Wounded Rhymes)!!

 

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I Follow Lykke Li

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Lykke Li has got to be my favourite female artist in the last two years, with no one coming near touching her; aside from the pop greats, like Beyoncé and Mariah, those whom it's not really fair to compare with anybody. In terms of everyone else though, Lykke Li is in that rare category of The Total Package. Of being The Real Deal. And in my eyes she can do no wrong.

 

Unlike 'Get Some' which for me was a grower, 'I Follow Rivers' had me hooked on first listen. All the smaller parts that she used to build up the track, from the percussion to the odd, hollow sounding synths had me at 'Lykke Li's next single'.

 

Wounded Rhymes is shaping up to be all that I've been hoping for and everything it should be; Lykke Li's next step into a more nuanced, more sophisticated skin whilst still delivering that indescribable je ne sais quois that she oozes out of every pore. I NEED TO HEAR THAT ALBUM ALREADY!!


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And in keeping up with the fabulous, the little known project by Stephen Fasano entitled The Magician has delivered this equally excellent remix. Using a clean, housey and driving piano sample at the heart of the track to give Lykke Li's vocal melody a different meaning. An exciting, dynamic remix, it's the perfect accompaniment for Lykke's fabulous second single.


  Lykke Li "I Follow Rivers" The Magician Remix by TheMagician

Beck is getting some

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Who doesn’t want to be Lykke Li right now? Her latest video, ‘Get Some’, is probably one of the coolest we’ve watched lately – and we are pretty sure that it made lots of fashion bloggers jealous of her boogie. Next she released a remix done by Beastie Boy legend Mike D with some sick 808 beats. Now she shows that her contact list is superior than anybody else’s with another big act on remix duties, the singer/scientologist (sorry, couldn't resist reminding y'all of that), Beck!

 

The remix consist of big beats, some guitar riffs and our favorite effect in pop at the moment: the constant changing of vocal pitch, from the lowest to the highest. But while the spooky reconstructed vocals and schizophrenic drums make it difficult for it to be played in clubs, it seems ready to be used as a soundtrack for the catwalks.

 

You can download the remix below but if you want to get a real quality version of it, you'll have to wait until tomorrow, when the single finally gets its official release in good quality (via RCRD LBL). 

 

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Lykke Li gets remixed by Mike D

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Imagine you're at some cool house party. It's around 4.30am. The party isn't so much raging anymore; rather, it's smouldering. You're a slinky, sexy femme fatale type feeling a little intoxicated but still maintaining your aloof, magnetic cool. A tall handsome stranger catches your eye across the darkened room as you artfully arrange yourself with a nonchalant langour in the doorway. You smize. It's on.

 

The soundtrack for this scenario (which I imagined NOT to be as cheesy as it reads. Or something) would be Mike D's superb remix of Lykke Li's 'Get Some'. Mike D turns the track into something cooler and sexier; less aggresively on the prowl than the original track, but with plenty of bite. Whilst still equally intense as the single, Mike D remixes more of a blue light than a red light special into 'Get Some'. Pure sexy-town.

 

  Lykke Li - Get Some (Mike D Remix)

 

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