Mi­ike Snow: cool as ice

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Mi­ike Snow ar­rive at New Mu­sic head­quar­ters with a CV we rarely see around th­ese parts. Two-thirds of the band are Swedish pro­duc­ers Pon­tus Winnberg and Kris­tian Carls­son, who have worked on chart­bust­ing hits for Brit­ney Spears (Toxic), Kylie, Madonna and Su­gababes. The third mem­ber is An­drew Wy­att, a Yank who has worked with Mark Ron­son, Daniel Mer­ri­weather, Ebony Bones and The AM.

You’re right – that’s a lot of name­drop­ping. But the three Snow­men weren’t con­tent to just stay in the stu­dio and rack up the hits: they wanted To Do A Tim­ba­land. This hap­pens when hugely suc­cess­ful and well-paid knob-twid­dlers fancy some time in the lime­light for them­selves.

Of course, they get a record deal – what la­bel would say no in the hope of get­ting a dis­count on pro­duc­tion fees in the fu­ture? – but of­ten the sub­se­quent al­bum, as Tim­ba­land cer­tainly showed with Shock Value, is never quite up to scratch.

It’s a re­lief to re­port that Mi­ike Snow buck this par­tic­u­lar trend with some elan. Their self-ti­tled de­but al­bum fea­tures both lush pop, the sort which might en­tice you to get out the cig­a­rette-lighters, and sleek elec­tro house, which usu­ally causes the strobes to go a lit­tle woozy. Through­out, Mi­ike Snow keep their cool, pile on the drama where it’s re­quired, and main­tain a stately mood of me­lan­choly.

Nat­u­rally, they can ex­pect the folks at var­i­ous US TV pro­grammes to be on the blower seek­ing to shoe­horn tracks such as Salvia and An­i­mal into suit­able on-screen scenes. Chances are, too, that they won’t be do­ing gigs for other pop stars for some time to come.

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