When Swedish electro-pop trio Miike Snow released their eponymous debut record in 2009, it took a lot of people by surprise. It was unexpectedly brilliant.
Not that we should have expected anything less, the founding duo of Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg already had some impressive previous. They enjoyed success as Bloodshy & Avant, a songwriting and production team who worked with some of the biggest names in pop, including Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Kelis. They even won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording for Britney Spears' global hit 'Toxic', which Bloodshy & Avant co-wrote and produced.
So when Karlsson and Winnberg joined forces with American songwriter Andrew Wyatt, the die was cast. The result was 11 tracks of ice cool electro-indie pop, as befitting a summer's afternoon as a candle-lit evening in an ice hotel. Packed with hooks and catchy melodies, the album's stand-out tracks included Animal and Burial, both called on time and again for soundtrack and incidental music duties and each a cucumber slice of deliciously Scandinavian electronic pop.
Miike Snow release their second album, 'Happy To You', on 26th March and arrive in the UK two months later, playing The Ritz in Manchester on 30th May, followed by the Brixton Academy the next night. Support comes from emerging Swedish electro duo Niki and the Dove who placed fifth in the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll.
The self-titled debut album from Niki and the Dove, aka Gustaf Karlöf and Malin Dahlström, will be released in mid-May, making the Miike Snow support slots even more exciting.
We will have tickets for the two shows when they go on sale at 9am on Friday 17th February, priced £14 for Manchester and £16 for London.