Today sees the release of Superposition, the debut studio album by Danish noir-pop supernova KIll J – aka Julie Aagaard – via Nettwerk Records.
The album’s title is a nod to the superposition theory, while the more reflective, downtempo ‘Moon Sick’ in KIll J’s own words is “one of those nerdy songs,” which explores the idea of multiverse theories. Outside of science, that track is also a homage to Aagaard’s childhood obsession with Mariah Carey. Whilst ‘Entangled’ distils her fascination with science into a slow-burning future-pop jam.
For KIll J, the main draw of physics is its potential for enlightenment. “The language in physics has its own poetry, which helps me understand the world a little bit better,” she says. “I visited CERN – The European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, in preparation for this album. It was a mind-blowing experience and I got so much inspiration,” explains KIll J before concluding with her logic response to today’s chaos “because in the end, only science will save us.”
Steadily putting out an array of singles and EPs over the years, the singer-songwriter and producer has already gained a legion of fans; now it’s her time to bring her Kill J alter-ego fully to life in the form of her debut LP. Aagaard offers her own take on the so-called Scandi-pop sound that has rocked the music sphere in recent times. “There are definitely noir elements in what I do and also there are theatrical elements… I don’t know if it’s the lack of sun or if it’s in the water, but I’ve just always gravitated towards that kind of thing,” she offers.
As for her playlist for FMS: “Too often I am guided by fear, and I hate that. So sometimes, when I need to reinforce my backbone and toughen my skin, I turn to my favourite bad bitches for encouragement. I love how music can boost your confidence and make you feel that anything is possible. These guys have definitely helped me remember who I am and what I´m capable of – they make me wanna jump off the deep end!”
1. SOPHIE – ‘Ponyboy’
“Sophie stimulates your amygdala and calls upon you inner dominatrix – even if you didn’t think you had one.”
2. Leikeli47 – ‘Tic Boom’
“Everyone move the fuck over! This song is so punk. Walking down a busy street with this song in my ears, I feel like I own everyone and everything.”
3. Sofi Tukker – ‘Batshit’
“You can´t listen to this song and not want to move. This song makes me want to dance as ugly as I possibly can.”
4. Junglepussy – ‘Bling Bling’
“One of my favourite braggadoscious confidence boosters.”
5. Miley Cyrus – ‘Mother’s Daughter’
“This is a real girl power song – and a great message about how we need to raise our girls.”
6. MØ – ‘Way Down’
“Big up to my girl MØ for this song. It reminds me to appreciate all the ups and downs on the journey through life. A bad day can feel empowering too.”
7. Phil Collins – ‘Sussudio’
“I am a massive Phil Collins fan. As a kid I learned the whole But Seriously record phonetically. I didn’t understand English yet, so I made up my own stories of what the songs were about. And this song just takes me back and fills me with great energy.”
8. Janelle Monáe – ‘Make Me Feel’
“This song is unapologetic, empowering and groovy as fuck!”
9. Alanis Morissette – ‘Hand In My Pocket’
“When it all feels shitty and hard and I´m feeling sorry for myself I like to listen to this song. It reminds me to keep going and that it´s not really that shitty.”
10. Le1f – ‘Wut’
“If this song doesn’t make you wanna murder the dance floor like a queen assassin, something is wrong with you and you need to see your doctor immediately!”
KIll J’s debut studio album Superposition is out now via Nettwerk Records. Listen to it HERE.
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