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Good news for those who revelled in the online tizzy over MØ (AKA Karen Marie Ørsted) at the start of last year: it’s hard not to fall for multiple cuts from her wonderfully-produced debut album, which, for the most part, is a colourful clamour of earworming gems. As hoped, the Danish songstress packs virtually every crevice of ‘No Mythologies To Follow’ with sparkling hooks and the result is something to be mooned over – like a 2014 Baccara, but for insatiable bloggers.

‘Fire Rides’ kicks off the party, with a theatrical Florence-like organ intro and her Del Rey-ish inflection, which later morphs into the sort of whirring electro banger that littered Yeah Yeah Yeah’s ‘It’s Blitz!’. There’s also hints of Little Dragon throughout – a group MØ cites as an influence – but this isn’t nearly as demure; it’s spangled, unabashed and keen to woo. Her early forays still prove to be the epitome of this; ‘Pilgrim’’s glitchy jam and ‘Maiden’, with its juddering groove and pretty little guitar licks that flutter and swirl, both dazzle.

That said, MØ seems a little too eager to score an Icona Pop-sized smash with new single ‘Don’t Wanna Dance’, which is a not-quite-cloying behemoth saved only by its early mystery and eventual parping strut. Although, it’s a moot point, perhaps, considering it should well accomplish its mission to be heard in millions of homes alongside the orange faces and perma grins of Saturday night telly. It’s a minor gripe, however, and one that should be lived with on the basis that this is fun and intelligent; Grimes’s ‘Visions’ reworked for frivolous weekends.

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