Out of My Head
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Out Of My Head is the sophomore release from Swedish hip hop swing sensation Movits! Hailing from Luleå, Sweden 500 miles north of Stockholm, just south of the Arctic Circle, and at a latitude higher than that of Fairbanks, Alaska brothers Johan and Anders Rensfeldt, along with friend Joakim Nilsson recorded the album live over a four month period in the winter of 2010 at their studio in Luleå. Of the new album, the trio notes, "We didn't have a set theme in making Out Of My Head. All we knew was that we wanted to make tracks you won't be able to stand still when hearing."
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So I've been anxiously waiting for more of their work. The wait was well worth it. This album moves me every bit as much as their first. They've managed to evolve their music while maintaining that distinctive sound and energy that made their music so addictive in the first album. The compelling mix of modern hiphop with a classic swing sound and feel remains.
"Na na nah", "One Take - Take One", "I Andrahand", "Huvudvarken", and "Sammy Davis Jr" all stick out, but really, I've enjoyed every single song on this album.
Listening to this music actually puts a smile on my face and a swing in my step, despite the fact that I can't understand most of the vocals. I love this album. It's a worthy follow up to their great first album and makes me look forward to their future work.
The fact that it's in a different language from my own makes it even more enjoyable, because it's harder to let the lyrics go under the radar, since they're so unusual to me.
This is not the kind of music I would have expected myself to like, but I'm discovering more and more wonderful things lately and I am beyond thankful that Movits! can be a part of that.
Na Na Nah! is one of the best songs I have heard in a long time. Sammy Davis is a close second. You need to try this out. No questions asked.
The standout track for me is 'Na Na Nah!'. It's in my head right now. Keep 'em coming!
Want to meet Movits? Let's start with Joakim Nilsson, the sax player.
JK: Your home town --- Lulea --- has 45,000 people. Are you the biggest celebrities the town produced?
JN: No. A lot of hockey players come from Lulea.
JK: Were you hockey stars?
JN: We started out as hockey players --- well, I played floorball.
JK: What went wrong?
JN: We weren't good enough.
JK: What's it like there?
JN: In winter, in Fahrenheit --- 15 degrees below zero.
JK: Can you go home again?
JN: Anders still lives in Lulea. We live in Stockholm.
JK: I love those dinner jackets. Where do I get one?
JN: Shanghai. We played there last year and found a great tailor.
JK: Your videos look like they cost a fortune.
JN: The tech takes two months --- there's a lot of tech. We save money because we make them with our friends from northern Sweden. And Johan did most of the green screen work --- - he and Anders are good on graphics.
JK: Two brothers and one outsider --- tell me your votes are equal.
JN: We've been together since 2003. We discovered the sound of Movits together. If I'm their slave, they do a good job of making me believe I'm not.
JK: "Sammy Davis" has a 1930s feel. You write that you were "born in the 80s," but how much of your head is in the `30s?
JN: I say that I would love to be living in Chicago in the `30s. But then I think: a week without the Internet?
JK: You come from a Socialist country. Is your music political?
JN: Very. But it's subtle. That is: unofficially, we have no plan for world domination. We're all about having fun and singing in Swedish, but unofficially....
JK: I just realized: You're all....Socialists! You got a free education --- through college! How did you use it?
JN: I have a degree in philosophy. I wrote a thesis on the metaphysics and value of death.
I moved on to lead singer Anders Rensfeldt.
JK: You were at a party. They played Benny Goodman. And that was it?
AR: We were looking for a new direction. When we heard that music, it seemed like the way to go. So we went back to the studio and re-recorded what we had until we created dance music that makes you happy.
JK: And do people dance when you play?
AR: Some 1930s Swing. An occasional Lindy. Mostly, uncontrolled freestyle dancing.
JK: In daily life, do you live the music? Are you hep cats?
AR: We're not walking around in zoot suits.
JK: How did you avail yourself of your free education?
AR:I didn't get far enough in college to write a thesis. My brother hasn't been at all --- he's more of a hustler.
Get the idea? They are fun.