15 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tropical house’s reigning prince delivers his highly anticipated debut album. Cloud Nine is a shimmering tide pool of warm synths and gentler drops that finds the Norwegian producer pairing up with a wide variety of talented vocalists. While John Legend weaves his way through the moonlit pulse of “Happy Birthday”—a moving tribute to his infant daughter—“Oasis” combines a cloud-parting piano melody with UK singer/songwriter Foxes’ soaring voice.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tropical house’s reigning prince delivers his highly anticipated debut album. Cloud Nine is a shimmering tide pool of warm synths and gentler drops that finds the Norwegian producer pairing up with a wide variety of talented vocalists. While John Legend weaves his way through the moonlit pulse of “Happy Birthday”—a moving tribute to his infant daughter—“Oasis” combines a cloud-parting piano melody with UK singer/songwriter Foxes’ soaring voice.

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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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