Here at Paper Darts we are all about mixing media. From lavish illustrations to bombshell jewelry designs, we are not afraid to venture outside of the literary world for inspiration. PAPERCUTZ, an adventure in literary mixtapes, is one example of this boundary crossing. Inspired by niche literary genres, we curate musical mixes to jam to while you read, write, dance, type—or do whatever it is that you do. This month's mixtape is inspired by the literary genre Nordic Noir.
Also known as Scandinavian Noir or Scandinavian Crime Fiction, this genre is dark and complicated—just like Scandinavians. Right? Realistic and morally complex, these crime fiction thrillers will pull you in for days. If you like Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, or Stieg Larsson, then this mixtape is especially for you. To complement the sinister leanings of books in this genre, this mix errs on the side of pop to soothe your soul. From '90s favorites like Ace of Base to contemporary pop queens like Maya Vik, get down to some refreshingly danceable tunes all created by artists of the Nordic persuasion. And if you must know, there might be a few extra Robyn tracks thrown in for good measure.
So crack open that book, hit play and get ready to get down—Scandinavian style. Skål!
1.) Ace of Base, "All That She Wants"
2.) Robyn, "Dancehall Queen"
3.) The Knife, "Pass This On"
4.) Niki & The Dove, "Somebody"
5.) Maya Vik, "Get Low"
6.) The Cardigans,"Lovefool"
7.) Miike Snow, "Animal"
8.) Lykke Li, "I Follow Rivers" (The Magician Remix)
9.) Icona Pop, "I Love It"
10.) Robyn, "Do You Know (What It Takes)"
11.) Robyn, "Dancing on My Own"