If the Dutch are viewed as the best in the EDM world, the leaders in the dance-pop kingdom are clearly the Swedes. From Abba to Ace of Base to Robyn, is there really any competition? Stepping up to the stage is Alice Kristina Ingrid Gernandt, better known as Ace Wilder, who topped the Swedish pop chart with “Busy Doin’ Nothin’,” which she had performed in the Annual Melodifestivalen. Not to say the song is reductive, but clearly she was listening to Avicii’s album and thought “let’s make this into eurodance pop for teens.” The chorus chant “Don’t Wanna Work” is so infections that the verses don’t even need to be there. Her song could easily be the slacker anthem for millenials. Swedish producer EsQuille channel ’80s/’90s Hi-NRG for just about girliest “hands-in-the-air” twirl since the heyday of Stock Aitken Waterman. Yes, it sounds modern and current, but something in the bassline might make you smell poppers in the air.
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