Kissey Portrait

Kissey Portrait

Tara Ziemba

Kissey, the alias of singer/producer Christina Kim Ingrid Asplund is clear about one thing: “ I don't write dance music, I write music to dance to,” she says. Her song “Dance The Pain Away” is both, even if the super sensual video doesn’t do much in the way of choreography. Watch the premiere exclusively here:

“This was one of the first tunes I produced where I was actively striving to write as minimal as possible, but make it as dance-floor friendly to me and my homegirls,” Asplund explains. “I was in New York when I sketched the beat for this song. I wanted to get some Scandinavian flavor in there with the synth-hits -- they are very Skweee in their sound.”

Skweee, for those who don’t know, is a distinctly Scandinavian subgenre of electronic music that draws equal influence from R&B, funk, and minimal electro. And while the sounds of “Dance The Pain Away” reflect this influence, Asplund leaves an undeniable emotional mark with this track too.

“I can go onto a dancefloor with a lot of pain, dance and connect with a stranger knowing nothing about his or her life, and vice versa,” she says. “That is the ultimate freedom, to come as you are."