The word “elusive,” when applied to electronic-music producers, tends to get thrown around for people like Burial, who prefer to keep their identities shrouded. Andreas Kleerup is just plain elusive. A bit after the middle of the last decade, the Swedish musician was starting to make a splash globally: First remixing the Tough Alliance with his group the Meat Boys, then collaborating with Robyn on her still-soaring “With Every Heartbeat.” In 2008, he even wrote and produced a song for Cyndi Lauper. Kleerup’s self-titled debut the same year featured Lykke Li and Neneh Cherry. He didn’t release another album until Aniara in 2012, and there’s no sign of that charting even in Sweden (where Kleerup cracked the top 10).
And now, a new mini-album titled As If We Never Won is on the way October 13 via Warner Music. The stomping, ’80s-reflecting “Let Me In,” the first peek at the record (via Popjustice), features booming vocals from Susanne Sundfør, who has worked with M83 and Röyksopp. It’s worth opening the door for, surely. And once Kleerup crosses the threshold, let’s not let this musical escape artist get away without sharing the rest of the upcoming release.