Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw, who produce music as the disco-tinged dance duo Galantis, are hardly new to the scene. Karlsson you’ll know as Bloodshy, the songwriter/producer behind Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and other hits from Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Lopez (just to name a few), and as a member of the synthpop outfit Miike Snow. Eklöw has operated under the Style of Eye moniker since the early 2000s, and has produced Icona Pop’s smash “I Love It” as well as for Usher, Zedd, and Lily Allen (to name a few more).
The two met in 2009, when Karlsson reached out to Eklöw, wanting a remix for Miike Snow’s track “Animal,” and in 2012 they first began discussing making an album together. “We just weren’t in love with the scene,” Karlsson says of the early plans. “No one was doing what we wanted to do. [Dance music] was focusing a little to much on what was working on a stadium—to the point where the song got lost. The first dance music I loved was able to be listened to it at home and not only at the club, like with Daft Punk or the Chemical Brothers.”
On June 8, listeners will get Pharmacy, their debut collection. Glinting, ambient tracks like the previously-shared single “Gold Dust” serve as anchors, but the album is fueled by propulsive beats that make you jump around your room as well as strike out looking for a dance floor. Try to not move to “Peanut Butter Jelly“—it’s impossible.
“I think you always have tons of influences, but it’s hard sometimes to pinpoint exactly what it is. Me personally, I liked to go back to the ’60s. The way they format music was more open,” Karlsson begins explaining some of the air surrounding the album before Eklöw finishes, “And the way that they used different instruments—the way that they are able to just throw them in and have it feel completely natural.”
(And the name Pharmacy? Karlsson and Eklöw laugh, explaining that they’ve tried every other form of self-medication, but, “the only thing that really worked was music.”)
Thursday, the duo is sharing the album’s opening track, “Forever Tonight,” with EW. A catchy, bubbling tune with an addictive vocal. (You won’t find a new singer, however, as Karlsson explains that what you hear is a mix of “A, man, woman, and a robot!” that’s been layered and treated many times.)
“There was just something we instantly loved about the song. There’s something about the song that speaks to me,” Karlsson says of the track’s personal significance. “It sounds like the song that I always wanted to do and couldn’t, but then we finally did it.”[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208760745?secret_token=s-QoiRt" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true&show_comments=true&color=false&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]
Pharmacy is out Tuesday via Big Beat Records, the duo is currently on tour, a full list of dates can be found on their Facebook.