Having blown us away with debut single ‘Always On My Mind’ as Hanna & Andrea, Hanna Larsson and Andrea Kallström not only return with a new moniker – lennixx – but also an untapped maturity that shines through the Sunny-days-in-Stockholm tones of new mixtape hapap. They progressively peg an early-noughties r&b slink with their own crystalline contemporary margins of sound, making for something familiar and nostalgic, yet utterly fresh. Two years since their debut, Hanna and Andrea; 18 and 20, have by no means reached their peak, but have presented to us an innovative diptych of Stockholm’s urban aesthetic to a quite frankly, tired Scandi-pop scene.
Introduction to the 6-track feat is selfless, which aerates flawless oscillating beds of synthesisers as they glide effortlessly over in a liquid-like fashion, seamlessly intertwining the duo’s vocals.
Opening with a combination of glimmering vocal samples and 80s synthesisers, remaining ever prevalent throughout the track, traded up. is truly eclectic in the range of genres and styles it incorporates into its body. The duo presents us with diamante dynamism and panache with their effortless marriage of vocal parts, which skip, harmonise, and jump in a Brandy & Monica or TLC manner, yet integrating something of their own; a certain indescribable sheen only achieved through the neoteric songwriting and production.
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From the outset, fourth track HER is a serious slow-jam, using syncopated melodies which are as hard to keep up with as they are easy to love. The underlying chorus melodies and bassllne take UK post-dubstep influences similar to the likes of Mount Kimbie adding to lennix’s clean-cut urban aesthetic.
EFFORTS works up with glossy verses to a thick cloud of a composition in the chorus, using multi-tracked vocal parts and pastel-coloured walls of synth bass parts filling every crevice of the mix with Apricot sunset tonalities.