Annie - Heartbeat
Those familiar with Norway's Annie will know recognition here in the UK is long overdue. In September 2004, the single Chewing Gum managed a highest chart placing of only 25, and the album Anniemal, available in other countries for some time, is finally hitting the shelves here on March 7th.
Anyway, Heartbeat is a true gem, a gorgeous song about the excitement of falling in love. Unlike much of our homegrown pop, it retains a certain innocence and has the confidence to be subtle. You'll be left with a warm glow inside rather than that feeling of being battered round the ears with a big stick.
This is backed by a host of unusually essential mixes. Alan Braxe and Maurice Fulton both match the quality of the original. The former, with an eye on the dancefloor, is simple and unashamedly uplifting, while the latter takes the direction of ultra-chilled, burbling electronica, cutting up the vocal nicely. Very classy. The most famous name on the package, Royksopp, add a few layers of Scandanavian mystery and some dubby bass. Their mix can be downloaded from Annie's website.
If you're looking for life-affirming pop to see in the spring, look no further.