8 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Announcing his second album, Kygo explained that the title refers to the intense feeling of “being super-passionate about someone or something.” Accordingly, these eight tracks are vivid, rousing and full of yearning vocals, whether he’s venturing into power balladry on the title track or treading more familiar ground with the tropical disco of “Riding Shotgun”. Everything’s shot through with the immediacy and infectiousness that has become Kygo’s trademark, not least on “Never Let You Go”, where bubbling rhythms and John Newman’s soulful cries capture the head-lightening euphoria of new love.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Announcing his second album, Kygo explained that the title refers to the intense feeling of “being super-passionate about someone or something.” Accordingly, these eight tracks are vivid, rousing and full of yearning vocals, whether he’s venturing into power balladry on the title track or treading more familiar ground with the tropical disco of “Riding Shotgun”. Everything’s shot through with the immediacy and infectiousness that has become Kygo’s trademark, not least on “Never Let You Go”, where bubbling rhythms and John Newman’s soulful cries capture the head-lightening euphoria of new love.

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About Kygo

Kygo turned the dance-music world on its ear in the simplest way possible: by slowing down. The Norwegian producer (born Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll in 1991) cut his teeth crafting bootleg remixes of songs like Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” and James Blake’s “The Wilhelm Scream,” fleshing out the originals with contrasting touches: EDM drops inspired by his fondness for Avicii and ruminative melodies reflective of his childhood piano studies. In 2013, layering an a cappella of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” over dancing marimbas and a teasingly measured 4/4 beat, he hit upon his slow-motion signature. The following year, he was called up to replace an ailing Avicii on Tomorrowland’s main stage, and his relaxed, sunny vibe stopped EDM’s harder-faster-louder ethos in its tracks. Kygo’s dreamy, pioneering tropical house—encapsulated in singles like the lilting “Firestone” and his even-more-weightless remix of a-ha’s “Take On Me”—cast its influence across the pop music landscape, reaching as far as Skrillex, Diplo, and Justin Bieber’s smash, “Where Are Ü Now,” and securing Kygo collabs with Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Miguel, and Imagine Dragons.

HOMETOWN
Bergen, Norway
GENRE
Dance
BORN
September 11, 1991

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