Swedish electropop duo ICONA POP (AKA Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt) released their brand new single, Emergency” earlier today and it’s exactly the sort of throwbacky dance-pop song we need as summer starts heating up. Featuring fellow Swede (and Music Is My King Size Bed favorite) and friend of the band, Erik Hassle, “Emergency” this STOMPER starts out a bit Europop but quickly evolves into a hand-clapping, trumpet-blowing RAGER of a dance party. The tune maintains its jazzy 1920s flair throughout, but that sound is especially noticeable during the trumpet breakdowns. No word whether or not we’re going to get a visual for this one, but I can’t help but picture Baby Jane (Christina Aguilera‘s 20s-era stage siren from her VERY GOOD “Ain’t No Other Man” video) breaking it down during the trumpet bit, flanked by her girls in the middle of the smokey nightclub floor, before sauntering back up stage and finishing her set. HOT.
Up to this point, I’ve had a hit or miss relationship with Icona Pop. Like the rest of the world, I fell for their 2012 triple platinum Charli XCX collab, “I Love It” (my GOD has it really been that long?!) but subsequent releases, including “All Night” and “Just Another Night,” failed to make the same connection. With the release of “Emergency,” my faith in Icona Pop is fully restored.
At this point, we’re not sure whether “Emergency” is a stand-alone single or the lead single from their, as of yet UN-announced third studio album. Time will tell, I guess but we do know (according to the press release) that the girls have been busy working in the studio and have plans to announce some live dates in the near future. The song premiered over on Pitchfork and is now available to download (iTunes | Amazon | Google Play) and stream (Spotify) via Record Company TEN/Big Beat/Atlantic Records. Add it to your playlists, like I already did (obviously).