EP Review MØ - Bikini Daze4 Stars
Just another Scandi-pop sensation or the real deal? Talk about matching the hype…
Releasing the punchy, no-prisoners ‘XXX 88’ and the ‘is this an actual ballad?’ ‘Never Wanna Know’ back in September, it was suffice to say that MØ had thrown a couple of curveballs to preview her debut EP ‘Bikini Daze’. She’s fast becoming more of an enigma than ever.
Opener ‘XXX 88’ bears the hallmarks of the trap genre – 808’s, hi-hats, layered synthesizers, with MØ chanting a series of wild ‘heys!’ in the chorus. It’s not an anomaly, either. Its counterpart comes in the suitably ceremonial ‘Dark Night’; an immense, introspective take.
There’s a flipside. ‘Never Wanna Know’ is the turning point; a pure and simple ballad. It’s easily the most likely track to endear MØ into public consciousness. Charts await. It’s bolstered by the closing track ‘Freedom (#1)’, in which the taunter of ‘Never Wanna Know’ still lingers, the grim lines take on its most dangerous manifestation.
‘Bikini Daze’ is essentially a tale of two sides, with the sequencing of the EP presenting each story like the flip of a coin. At its centre is the equivocal MØ, unafraid to shake pop conventions with a complex stick. ‘Bikini Daze’ proves that MØ has pretty much mapped out every aspect of her identity; it’s up to her which path she chooses to take.
Flow Festival makes a fantastic return to Helsinki
Gorillaz, Burna Boy and Fred again.. provide standout moments as the Finnish festival opens its gates once again.
MØ: “It’s so special seeing people sing along to a song for the first time!”
Hitting the stage at Finland’s Flow Festival this weekend, we catch up with MØ to hear about her 2022 so far.
MØ shares new single ‘True Romance’
The fan favourite track gets an official outing.
MØ, Burna Boy and more added to Flow Festival lineup
The festival takes place in Helsinki this August.