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Past TracksSwedish genre crunchers Teddybear have announced Slick Rick and Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne as collaborators on their upcoming album Devil's Music, but it's this pairing with a fellow Swede, pop star Robyn, that's making the early waves for the record.

Since Teddybears' Klas Ahlund produced Robyn's self-titled album in 2005, and she covered Teddybears' Cobrastyle in 2006, it's only natural she return the favour by guesting here, detailing a list of party girls gone wrong over burbling electro gizmos, buzzing new wave guitar and real live drums that keep the whole thing moving at a heartpounding pace.

Both acts are masters of reinvention, Teddybears beginning as a grindcore band in the early '90s, around the same time Robyn first appeared on the scene as the latest Europop moppet. But the group became more interested in a smart rearrangement of retro pop elements (members were also involved in the Caesars, of "Jerk It Out" fame) and Robyn hooked up with indie acts like The Knife and Basement Jaxx as she moved towards greater maturity and credibility as an artist.

Together they make ideal co-conspirators. Surely the razor-sharp hooks of "Cardiac Arrest" make Teddybears and Robyn elligible for some sort of Nobel Pop Prize.


On iTunes: Teddybears feat. Robyn / "Cardiac Arrest"

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Stephen Cooke is an arts and entertainment reporter for the Chronicle-Herald daily newspaper in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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