Over the past 15 years of being active as one of Scandinavian Pop’s most prolific and celebrated producers Andreas Kleerup has had huge highs (#1 in the UK with Robyn) and the lowest lows (he’s been legally dead from overdoses twice). Beginning with production duties for the likes of Roxette, the Cardigans and Shout Out Louds, the Swede then went on to release Kleerup in 2009, featuring tracks with Lykke Li and Neneh Cherry. Also during that era, he also wrote one of the best pop songs of the last 20 years for Robyn with “With Every Heartbeat.”
On the new LP “2” Kleerup has been focussing on new inspiration from a couple of sources: one, the importance of making himself happy, and listeners happy, with his music and two, hooking up with the likes of album collaborators Joachim Persson (Lady Gaga, John Legend), Mr Tophat (Robyn) and AlunaGeorge to harness his creative spark. Andreas describes his previous record Kleerup as a “greatest hits of everything I’d done up to then” and while “2” has some songs from the vault it’s mostly newer collaborations. It’s the work of somebody finding their way back from (literally) the dead to a place of joy and hope.