Five sun-sleepy Euro house tunes as seen through the eyes of Pet Shop Boys and Saint Etienne
Back when Icona Pop were still playing with their Fisher-Price toys, Annie released the song that let the Swedish duo’s all-conquering ‘I Love It’ happen: 2004’s ‘Chewing Gum’. Two albums later, like many Scandinavian pop bellwethers, Annie still hasn’t really benefited from her early influence. Nevertheless, ‘The A&R EP’ seems like a passion-project, and sees Annie reuniting with long-term collaborator Richard X for five sun-sleepy Euro house tunes as seen through the eyes of Pet Shop Boys and Saint Etienne. For all its obvious ’90s touchstones, it is a love letter to the age rather than trite fetishisation.