Lykke Li – Sadness Is A Blessing (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 28th, 2011 by Hyphen

Lykke returns with the newest visuals from her excellently titled Wounded Rhymes album.  This girl is on fire with her videos…all doper than the next.  Great stuff.

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Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on January 29th, 2011 by Hyphen

Really looking forward to Lykke’s Wounded Rhymes album.  Sometimes you just get a little rapped out.

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Lykke Li – Get Some (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on November 20th, 2010 by Hyphen

After the promo video dropped, here’s the official clip from my girl Lykke.  #swedishpride

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Lykke Li – Get Some (promo video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on October 30th, 2010 by Hyphen

Just the viral version, real video coming soon.  But either way, my girl is back.  Download the track for free on her site,

Heja Sverige!

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N.A.S.A. ft. Kanye West, Santogold, & Lykke Li – Gifted (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on March 27th, 2009 by Hyphen

Two of my favorite artists in music…and Santogold…combined for this dope track off N.A.S.A.’s debut album, The Spirit of Apollo.  I really dig the sounds at the beginning and end of this joint, but as with most N.A.S.A. videos, I don’t think I do enough (ok, any) drugs to enjoy the visuals as much as some folks do.  Seeing them live at SXSW was definitely an experience though.  Peace to the dancing alien go-go dancers at the Filter party…

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Lykke Li – Tonight (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on January 28th, 2009 by Hyphen

Rainy day anthem.  There are like 20 different mixes to this track, and even though I’m not used to this one yet, Lykke kills it as usual.  Seattle folks, I’ll see you at Lykke’s show next month.

Swiped from Stereogum, via Herfection.

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Lykke Li x Rick Ross

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on January 21st, 2009 by Hyphen

Hmm…not sure how I feel about this.  On one hand, Lykke Li is the ish and I love this chick.  On the other hand, I hate the whole “haha let’s have white people do something hip-hop and let’s all laugh” schtick.  I mean, we’ve seen her do covers of A Tribe Called Quest before, and those were dope, but I don’t think I needed to see her and Bjorn from Peter, Bjorn, and John remake Ricky Rawwwwwwss.  Yeah…I’m good (I’m gone).

Seattle people: Lykke will be back in town at the Showbox in February.  I’ll see y’all there.

Swiped from IllRoots.

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Can she kick it?

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Music Videos on October 30th, 2008 by Hyphen

Yes, she can.

I hit up the Lykke Li show in Seattle last night and it definitely lived up to my high expectations.  If you’re unfamiliar with her, peep this post from a while back.  As for the concert, let’s see…

  • Performing my favorite songs of hers (“Little Bit,” “I’m Good, I’m Gone,” “Tonight” (ultimate mood music), and more)?  Check.
  • Kanye-esque “Love Lockdown” style live percussion?  Check.
  • Hauntingly dope live voice?  Check.
  • Swedish swag (shout to my people)?  Check.
  • Breaking out a megaphone to sing random verses?  Check.
  • Covering 2 classic hip-hop songs (BDP’s “Sound of da Police” and Tribe’s “Can I Kick It”) and 2 of my favorite samples ever (Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” and Wendy Rene’s “After Laughter (Comes Tears)”)?  Check.
  • Crazy Euro hippie white girl sex appeal?  Check.

Even if you’re a novice to the indie rock scene like I am, break out your schmedium t-shirt and go see her when she comes to your town (dates available here).  Also be sure to check out her album, it’s dope.  Her live show is even better.

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Current Obsession = Lykke Li

Posted in Artists, Joints, Live Performances, Music Videos, Videos on July 31st, 2008 by Hyphen

Lykke Li

I’ve been meaning to make this post ever since Euro 2008 started and I watched my Swedish brethren (I was this close to having a Swedish first name, apparently “Torsten”…whew) play like bitches and fail to advance past the 1st round.  A little bit before that, The Fader featured a great article on indie-pop’s next big thing, Swedish singer Lykke Li (pronounced “lickee lee”).  I’d heard bits and pieces of her music before (shout to The Exactly for being one of the first hip-hop sites to feature her), but that article inspired me to check her out in full.  She released her debut album earlier this year, Youth Novels, and as expected, she’s dope as hell. Y’all need to get familiar.

Sweden’s been a surprising hot spot for quality pop music over the years (this was my jam back in middle school, I ain’t ashamed), thanks in part to a refreshing respect the Swedes have for the genre.  In essence, it’s a lot less disposable over there than we treat it here, and Lykke displays that in her music.  While the on the surface, it embodies that traditional playful pop vibe, there’s also a deeper emotional level in the way she sings about heartbreak and disappointment.  She’s not outwardly sexy like our stars aim to be, but there’s something sultry about her style and her voice when she sings lines like “…and for you I keep my legs apart/and forget about my tainted heart.”  Damn…and that’s just on the single, “Little Bit.”  Perhaps it’s the Scandinavian blond thing, but I feel like her stuff sounds like what Scarlett Johansson wishes she could make (when she’s not covering Tom Waits).  Anyway, peep her first two videos and download the mp3’s:

Lykke Li – “Little Bit”

Lykke Li – “I’m Good, I’m Gone”

You have to love Swedish people…I mean, really.

Hit the jump to watch some other ridiculously cool performances and download a ton of bonus tracks/remixes.  I’ll toss in a few of my favorite cuts off Youth Novels too.  I don’t want to post the whole thing, but if you want to check it out, shoot me an email and you might get a present back in return.

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