Sweden

Miike Snow

Miike Snow is not a singer/songwriter named Mike. Miike Snow isn't even a he, actually. It's an indie-electro pop trio, made up of singer Andrew Wyatt of Fires of Rome and Swedish (hence the double "i" in the name) mega producers Chris Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, otherwise known as Bloodshy & Avant.

The duo have worked with a number of high-profile artists, including Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Ms. Dynamite, Britney Spears, Christina Milian, Kelis and Jennifer Lopez. Founded in 2007, Miike Snow brought the talents of the three together in one group, and the commercial debut single 'Animal' was released on Downtown Records in 2009.

'Miike Snow' is Miike Snow's eponymous debut album. It was recorded in Stockholm and released early on 12 May 2009, by Downtown Records. With their self-titled release, they do make light, inoffensive electro pop with twinkling synths and unshakable choruses, but it's a pretty substantial shift in style from their past gigs. Consistent throughout, the album's more suited for a coffee shop or a Sunday morning drive than a night out, with its fill of slick mid-tempo beats and Swedish twee glee. With songs as a.o. 'Animal' and 'Black & Blue' the album became a border breaking succes.