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Gothenburg, Sweden (2009 – present)

There are at least six artists with this name:
1. A Swedish indie group
2. A solo project of musician Jacob Janoram
3. An English pop group
4. A South African rapper
5. A Dutch musician
6. K-pop girl group


1. Swedish group jj emerged in 2009 on the Gothenburg-based record label Sincerely Yours with a particularly gratifying take on the musical preoccupations common to much of the label’s roster, which includes its founders, The Tough Alliance. jj are distributed in North America by Secretly Canadian. The band consists of Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander.

jj’s take on neo-Balearic indie pop filters Air France’s tropical haze, The Tough Alliance’s penchant for slyly irreverent appropriation, and The Honeydrips’ fragile twee pop melodicism into a beguilingly lush, gently electronic style, reminiscent of prime Saint Etienne with a smoother, beachier sheen. jj also share their label mates’ propensity for mystery, favoring an artfully enigmatic presentation. Vocalist Elin Kastlander provides a distinguishing sonic hallmark in the form of her warm, lusciously smooth alto.

jj released their debut single jj n° 1 in early 2009. A couple of months later they released their debut album jj n° 2. Their third album, jj n° 3, was released on March 9, 2010.

In late 2010, jj released a mixtape called Kills. The first single from Kills, “Let Them,” sampled Akon’s “Right Now (Na Na Na).” The single also featured a B-side entitled “I’m The One/Money On My Mind” that samples “Intro” by The xx.

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  • caitlinforeman

    come to america

    Yesterday 12:25am Reply
  • freeviagrasex

    V is good but its not what I love from jj. I think they lost some of that genuineness and naiveness that made them so special to me. I will always love them tho.

    19 Sep 6:30pm Reply
  • Homogenic_

    New pic! http://www.last.fm/music/jj/+images/100915313

    6 Sep 1:08am Reply
  • antenna

    @aaranws: Maybe, it means less melodies and more disconnected sounds in the void, supported by out-of-tune autotune.

    1 Sep 8:13am Reply
  • MiLkBAR

    i rly like the new cd. some sweet ass tunes!

    30 Aug 2:38am Reply
  • aaronws

    what does 'a more artsy area' even mean?

    30 Aug 1:48am Reply
  • Seperat0r

    Really starting to appreciate V. It's hard not to want a full repeat of N2, so you're gonna get thrown off by the flighty structure and its general pacing, but I think they've really stepped into a more artsy area. They aren't satisfied with just repeating the positive aspects of N2 and that experimental attitude is what made them so great to begin with.

    26 Aug 3:34am Reply
  • selle_fisk

    I agree with most of you but I still think there are some grains of gold on V. All White Everything, Hold Me, Dean & Me, Fågelsången and All Ways, Always are all really good. But yes far from no 2 though.

    22 Aug 9:55pm Reply
  • Siouxlex

    I am not impressed with V. The lyrics are very forced and not really song very convincing. Also the songs sound too familiar. Maybe VI will have them rebound.

    22 Aug 9:09pm Reply
  • vaskie

    jj>>>>JJ

    19 Aug 9:52pm Reply
  • Trashc0re

    Still - AWESOME!

    17 Aug 10:13am Reply
  • John__Lemon

    Not sure about V yet.. It's not very dynamic and there is too much lovey dovey-ness. They aren't Mum

    17 Aug 3:52am Reply
  • thekillingspree

    V is kinda meh, at least for me. There's no spark anymore. Not a single song with an even remotely catchy or memorable melody. Maybe antenna is on to something.

    16 Aug 12:44am Reply
  • antenna

    What I think is that it's actually the time to shut down this jj circus. No chance they will become good (or at least valid) musical act in the future. But continuous media exposure by hippy-trippy magazines and blogs luckily and unfortunately prevents this to happen. C'mon guys, jj in its current form is just a joke. This guy doesn't know how to write simple melodies and this woman even cannot sing. Just void wrapped in hype.

    12 Aug 8:51am Reply
  • aaronws

    who needs melody or hooks when you can say ooohhh whoaaaa eehhhh oohhh whooooa ehhh instead

    11 Aug 8:14pm Reply
  • antenna

    V .... The same shit as everything they did since No. 2, the eternal masterpiece. Having such great and consistent record among dozen of uninspired, boring and pointless songs is really a mystery for me. Maybe they stolen No. 2 somewhere or bought it from some great songwriter.. or are they just drug-addicts? :-)

    5 Aug 7:33am Reply
  • glogi

    V is amazing. thank you guys. You made this summer special for me. I will never forget this album

    31 Jul 10:39pm Reply
  • sls

    Considering this is jj, I was very much hoping "All White Everything" would be a take on "All Gold Everything" - disappointed

    30 Jul 10:45pm Reply
  • diadasbruxas

    decent album, but not even close to jj nº 2

    30 Jul 10:04pm Reply
  • diadasbruxas

    yes it leaked

    30 Jul 9:20pm Reply
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