When we wrote about Niki and the Dove in FADER 72, it was right on the cusp of their signing to Sub Pop, and there was (and still is) a real sense the group was at a taking-off point. At first it seemed like a surprising fit for a fairly weird Swedish pop group to sign to the Seattle label that brought the world Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr and Mudhoney, but if you approach Niki and the Dove’s music from the perspective of an indie rock stalwart, maybe those worlds and genres aren't so different anymore. Mylo’s remix of the group’s first b-side at Sub Pop, the first Niki thing the label has promoted, retains singer Malin Dahlström’s increasingly trademarkable vocal approach, a sort of hushed talking and a scream that’s never a scream, and familiar classic synths. All kinds of happy guitar sounds we haven’t heard associated with Niki before, though, something like a Mylo drum machine version of calypso. This remix won't be on it, but “The Fox” 12-inch comes out June 14th. Really love that every Niki and the Dove remix we post is seven minutes long.
April 14, 2011