That's an appropriate reaction when listening to hot new Swedish duo jj, who are pushing the boundaries of ambient music with a combo of indie pop, acid house, new age, electro, hip-hop, and Caribbean elements, all paired with singer Elin Kastlander's aching vocals. The result: a euphoric sound as soothing as lying on a private beach in St. Barts.
Take, for example, "Baby," a previously unreleased track recorded during the sessions for Kastlander and Joakim Benon's excellent 2009 debut jj n° 2. Download the song below.
On August 3, indie powerhouse label Secretly Canadian, which has released material from Animal Collective, Yeasayer, and Antony & the Johnsons, among others, will reissue jj n° 2 on vinyl, CD, and digital formats (pre-order here).
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LISTEN: jj, "Baby" (DOWNLOAD MP3)