Swedish pop sentinal, Neo, is BACK with a new single.
After January’s down-tempo and semi-epic ‘Underground‘, he’s sticking with the adult theatrics and injecting them into what’s perhaps a hybrid of ‘Underground’ and the older stuff he had released previously. Lush but ever so hushed synths and strings are the order of the day on ‘Toxicated Love’. A dramatic dissection of a man’s tortured love affair with the dancefloor. A little bit like how we imagine a Bond theme to sound, had the series of films been aimed towards a gay audience!
The best bit is undoubtedly the middle eight. It’s a carefully crafted section of musical madness. Swaying ever so slightly towards dubstep, but equally teetering on the brink of pure, unadulterated WTF! And it’s within those 30 seconds or so that we reckon that Neo has sounded his absolute best vocally, on recording at least.
We’ve been enjoying this immensely on Spotify for the last couple of weeks, but now you can have a listen for yourself below.
Since the song was selected as the official Stockholm Pride b-side (to the a-side Straight Up’s ‘Show The World Tonight’), Neo was one of the artists to perform at Stockholm Pride’s huge concert on Saturday. He performed ‘Toxicated Love’, ‘Underground’, and of course last year’s Melodifestivalen hit, ‘Human Frontier’. And all splendidly well at that.
You can peruse his set at the concert for yourself (in medium quality recording) below;