Music Remixes

Niki & The Dove – DJ, Ease My Mind

Take me downtown
Tonight I want to forget
I want lights to blind me
I want peace, want to disappear.”

What is it about dance beats paired with a narrative of lost love that makes songs like this so good? I came across Niki & The Dove this weekend and at thought that Fever Ray had released something new. But the farther I got into the song the more I started to hear the distinctions between the two Swedish groups. This song was poppier; it managed to sonically carry a melancholy tale through the air with its beat that doesn’t give up until it reaches the end. You can hear the anguish in Malin Dahlström’s vocals. Her high-alto raspy voice sounds like a howl when she reaches the chorus begging the DJ to just play the damn song so she can forget her lost love for a bit. Dahlström’s delivery had me wanting to hold her and let her go at the same time. I listened to it once and had to listen to it again because I, too, wanted to get as lost as she was.

Songs like this track – dance-y break up songs somehow make the situation seem bearable. Robyn’s, “Dancing On My Own” comes to mind as I sit here racking my memory of other similar tracks. That song (which I happen to believe is one of the most underrated pop songs to exist) captures the unrequited love perfectly, but instead of singing it over some mellow guitar or low-fi electronic production, it’s set to a beat that lets the listener (and artist) shake whatever negative feeling they got brewin’ out. Niki & The Dove do the same thing in this track. Why bother relishing in some longing when music and a little swayin’ with your eyes closed to the beat is the best remedy? A DJ can be your doctor. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all experienced this desire for someone else only to find that they don’t feel the same. When that moment comes and you want to get lost (hell, even if you just want to let go for four minutes) turn this track up and just go. Trust me, by the time you get to the break down half-way in and Dahlström is “oh-oh-ing” you’ll feel as light as the track.

Niki & The Dove – DJ, Ease My Mind

Bonus: Get your good headphones ready, I’m including Jakwob’s excellent remix of this song. It’s darker and more hypnotic than the original. A heavy bass-line and synth melt together to create a lush euphoric track that pulses through your whole body.

Niki & The Dove – DJ, Ease My Mind (Jakwob Remix)


Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect (Goldroom Remix)

I love the beginning of this track, the beat and progression of the beat immediately caught my attention.  For me personally if the beginning of a song, the first 30 sec doesn’t capture me I go to the next, kind of the same thing with reading a book, the first 30 pages are important.  When Niki’s voice came in I was captured, she has such a different sound that is sweet, but not too sweet and seductive.

Oh my heart is like an eagle, I love to fall from the sky
It’s so beautiful, I see right through the water’s edge
And I love your hands, I let them lead me into the cage
So tender but your body was warm, and so frail,
But your eyes like mine, the color of ice

You can’t keep me down, I am done, I am furious
Fear the lioness paint her face black and golden

The lyrics are like nature singing to you.  I did a lot of research at NYU about Greek poetry and Sappho is a poet who writes similarly to the lyrics in this song.  I love using nature to describe life and emotions because if you think about it our emotions feed off of nature.  In this track I thought maybe she was talking about a lover at first but I think its much deeper then that, I think its about your feelings and emotions and not letting them over come you and keep you down, you always have to keep pushing forward..

Really take a listen to the words in this one and maybe you’ll come up with a different idea of its meaning…Enjoy!

Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect (Goldroom Remix)

Music Remixes

Niki & the Dove – Gentle Roar (Mylo Remix)

First of all, this track is a banger and Mylo absolutely smashed the remix. The song is a bold 7 and half minutes long yet so well produced and executed you never even notice. Malin Dahlström has an incredible voice and her performance on almost everything I’ve heard is lights out.

Signed to Seattle’s Sub Pop label, Niki & the Dove a Swedish pop duo that you’ll be hearing a lot of in the months to come. I was reading an interview about their their approach to making music and boy do these guys have and understanding of their craft…

I hope that every producer of pop music has the aim of creating the perfect pop song. We try to do it, as there is so much power in the perfect pop song. It is a power than can go to your heart not via your brain. It goes to your heart without any logic at all. That is a power for which I have a very huge respect.

The perfect pop song is like the golden ratio in mathematics, where everything is corresponding with each other. I think it is about mathematics and physics and all these perfect combinations and equations is what you are striving for. That’s the struggle.”

If you haven’t noticed by now I’m a huge Quincy Jones fan and reading the band talk about music reminds me of something Quincy said when asked about his approach.

What’s your approach to life?

I’m always prepared and I mix science with the soul. You do whatever it takes to get that balance. You have to turn all of your drunken dreams into sober realizations.” – Quincy Jones

You have to turn all of your drunken dreams into sober realizations – that’s worth repeating. Our minds are so creative and if we’re not careful we can spend so much time drifting off into space, creating these elaborate schemes, justifying our thoughts while never actually bringing them to life. It takes a conscious effort to do that so take Q’s advice and do whatever it takes to find that balance. I’m going to contact my designer and bring some EMPT ideas to life, you can start off by listening to this amazing song while executing your plans. Perfect jam for your weekend pre-grams, enjoy.

Niki & the Dove – Gentle Roar (Mylo Remix)

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