It’s difficult to see any other new dance act arriving on the scene this year with as strong a hit-making pedigree as Swedish duo Galantis, a.k.a. super producers Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklow.
As one-half of pop factory Bloodshy and Avant, the former (who is also one-third of indie-pop trio Miike Snow) has been at the center of numerous monster chart smashes by Britney Spears (including the Grammy-winning “Toxic”), while the latter (who records under the moniker Style of Eye) co-wrote one of 2013’s biggest electro-pop anthems, Icona Pop’s “I Love It.”
And now the twosome look set to add to their tally of hit singles in 2015 as collaborators, thanks to an impossibly addictive blend of EDM-lite, funky house and synth-pop which has inevitably drawn comparisons with a certain French robot-headed duo.
The pair first met at Karlsson’s Stockholm studio in 2007 but only began recording under the Galantis moniker in 2012, making an early appearance on A-Trak’s “Jumbo” before signing a deal with Atlantic Records imprint Big Beat Records a year later.
Championed by the likes of Diplo, Kaskade and Tiesto, their 2014 debut single, “Smile,” showcased both their euphoric, yet slightly subtler, take on the ubiquitous hands-in-the-air EDM sound, and their signature mascot, the Seafox, in its accompanying video.
Also featuring on their self-titled E.P., the pitched-up vocals, soaring synths and Italo house piano keys of second single “You” then became a Miami Winter Music Conference favorite, while a stellar set at Coachella – in which they were voted ahead of Calvin Harris, Flume and Disclosure as the festival’s best dance music moment in a Billboard poll – continued to raise their international profile, along with a North American tour.
But it’s their two most recent cuts which look set to launch Galantis into the big leagues. “Runaway (U I& I),” a sublime piece of funky house which could have been lifted from Daft Punk’s Discovery, has already been a notable hit across Europe, while new cut “Peanut Butter Jelly,” a glorious string-soaked 70s disco throwback, is being tipped as one of the sounds of this summer.