This CD had to make the “Spin of the Day” before my head blew up from listening to it. Jam-packed with a mix of neo-soul, fast-paced funk, poppy beats, and strong vocal hooks tending toward the high notes, this five-song EP, which is available only on iTunes right now, is an addictive treat. But it might just hurt your teeth for being a tad too sweet after about the 12th listen. The beats sound sorta like Beck, and so do some of the vocals, but for the most part, it’s a pretty original sounding collection.
Kristoffer Ragnstam is a Swedish drummer-turned-signing/songwriting frontman, whose backing band The Electric 4 clearly have some skills at keeping the beats fast and clean. At times, you’re pretty sure that it’s electronica coming out of the speakers, but it’s real instrumentation. The songs range from the ballad-y title track to the dance-pop of “Woke Up Left Handed” while the lyrics of “Breakfast by the Mattress” and “Fashion” show Ragnstam’s promise as a songwriter. I’d love to write more about Ragnstam and his sound, but since he only made an EP, we’ll keep this review short as well.
We’re sad to have missed Ragnstam’s show at Rocks on November 11, but we hope he returns, and cannot wait for a full album of his dancefloor ready pop-funk-soul. He can go in many directions, as this EP shows, so let’s just hope he chooses wisely.