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Swedish duo, Niki and the Dove, last came through LA as part of the Culture Collide festival last fall, selling out the Echo and promising to return. As the slow burn reaction to their summer release, Instinct, continued, the band toured some more before heading back to Stockholm. They did keep their promise quickly though, returning to Los Angeles to pack the El Rey with people who couldn’t wait to dance to their particular brand of indie electro all night long.
The charming vocalist Malin Dahlstrom immediately engaged a happy crowd which was kept bouncing by the production work of her other half, Gustaf Karlof working the electronics. Their brand of electronica is not your typical Swedish dance pop, as Dahlstrom’s breathy and sometimes childlike vocals contrast with Karlof’s sometimes off kilter yet big sounds. Tracks like “The Fox” shouldn’t inspire dancing, but somehow it still does. The anthem of “Tomorrow” filled the space as did “DJ, Ease My Mind, “ which gave the folks that huge dance song they were craving all night.