Sweden’s Miike Snow are gearing up to return with their first album in nearly four years, iii, this spring through Downtown/Atlantic Records. The 10-track effort, which follows 2012’s Happy To You, finds the outfit continuing to expand on their indie pop sound — assembling together elements old and new.
“I think the question should always be ‘Is it good or isn’t it good?’ Not ‘Does it sound like you?’ or what people’s expectations of you are,” frontman Andrew Wyatt said of the LP in an interview with Rolling Stone last month. “You’re always going to run up against expectations versus reality in all aspects of life. I think we challenged ourselves and we still ended up making stuff that’s good. I think if people have an open mind, then they’ll probably still be satisfied, but in a different way than they were with [self-titled album single] ‘Animal’.”
Ahead of the March 4th release of iii, Miike Snow have not only been gifting fans with singles, but also corresponding remixes from some of music’s best and brightest. In October, the three-piece shared lead single “Heart is Full” followed by a “sledgehammer” of a reworking by Run the Jewels. Now, Miike Snow have unveiled a new spin on album cut “Genghis Khan”, courtesy of Empress Of, a synthpop virtuoso whom Wyatt calls “a petit box of gunpowder.”
His description couldn’t be more apt. Not unlike the material found on her sophomore LP, last year’s well-received Me, this remix comes laced with a sense of fervor and urgency. If the original track’s swift grooves weren’t enough to elicit a little hip shakin’, surely Empress Of’s take will help pack dance floors worldwide, one accentuated, determined beat at a time.
“She sings, writes, plays, programs; she does it all,” Wyatt tells Consequence of Sound. “When I gave her the a cappella for this ditty, we knew it would come back quite beautifully transformed. Enjoy.”
For reference, here’s the original:
Empress Of’s “Genghis Khan” rework is part of a larger remix package which drops on January 29th. Meanwhile, pre-orders for iii are ongoing.
“Genghis Khan” Remixes Artwork: