MOCA L.A.'s Basel Beach Party: Lykke Li, Miike Snow, Peter Bjorn and John

See this wasn't just a Lykke Li show or a Miike Snow show or a Peter Björn and John show. Lykke Li and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow took care of the vocal duties, while Björn Yttling and Pontus Winnberg handled most of the instrumentation. The Swedish/American conglomerate performs under the Ingrid moniker -- and ultimately, it turned out to be a great reason to play a few hits from each act.

Photo by Ciara Osorio
Lykke Li

Midway through the short set, the Swede all-stars launched into "Animal," Miike Snow's monstrous hit that took Bloodshy & Avant from Grammy-award winning producers to pop stars in their own right. That was followed by Lykke Li's dance hit "I Follow Rivers," which became a nightclub staple after the Magician remixed it. And finally, they bid farewell to the crowd with a version of "Young Folks" that featured Andrew and Lykke Li on vocals and whistles.

All we were left wondering is: Why are Swedish musicians so awesome at making pop music?

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: It could only have gotten better if an Ace of Base cover was thrown into the mix.

The Crowd: A tad younger this year when compared to previous editions of MOCA's Basel party.

By the Way: Too many Russian Standard cocktails didn't help with the writing of this recap.

- "Get Some" (Lykke Li)
- "Black Tin Box" (Miike Snow featuring Lykke Li)
- "Harlem Boyz"
- "Animal" (Miike Snow)
- "I Follow Rivers" (Lykke Li)
- "Falling Down"
- "Du Är Den Ende" (cover)
- "Young Folks" (Peter Björn and John)

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