released Nov 17th

from the album - Don't Stop
YouTube - Annie - Don't Stop

from amg

Norwegian singer Annie (born Anne Lilia Berge-Strand) is as pop as early Madonna or late Kylie Minogue, yet her hipster credibility puts her just as close to Saint Etienne or Miss Kittin. She first made an impression in 1999 with a juicy Madonna-sampling single called "The Greatest Hit," produced by Tore Andreas Kroknes (aka Erot); its impact wasn't immediate, but through several releases, a few keen club DJs, and word of mouth, it became something of an underground smash. The duo, who became romantically involved as well, recorded another single ("I Will Get On"), but Kroknes' life was taken (at the age of 23) by a heart defect in 2001.

Annie eventually picked herself up and became more involved in Bergen, Norway's club scene than ever. She made some connections and wound up recording a number of tracks with Timo Kaukolampi of Op:L Bastards. The two continued to record some tracks for Annie's own album. The results, along with a handful of productions from fellow Norwegians Röyksopp and England's Richard X, formed the basis of Anniemal. Originally released in 2004, the album was picked up for release in the U.S. in June of the following year. She contributed to K7's DJ-Kicks series in late October of the same year. A subsequent deal with Island fell through, though the alliance went as far as a first single and video, "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me." Annie obtained the masters and landed on the Smalltown Supersound label, which issued the singer's second studio album, Don't Stop, in November 2009. Its tracklist was significantly different from that of the original version that had leaked on the Internet.

album review

Annie ran into some obstructions on the way to the release of her second album. Don't Stop was supposed to come out on Island well over a year before it was finally issued on Norway’s Smalltown Supersound; Island had gone as far as releasing "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me" as a single and video, as well as a cover of Stacey Q’s "Two of Hearts" as a promotional single, but Annie and Island split, and Don’t Stop finally surfaced with a different track list that included neither "Girlfriend" nor "Hearts." As on Anniemal, Don't Stop contains some of the catchiest, most clever dance-pop in circulation, highlighted by the fizzy "I Don't Like Your Band," one of three songs produced by Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Florence and the Machine). Nearly as ensnaring as "Chewing Gum," Annie’s taunting, attitudinal wordplay is in top form, with "It's not you, it's your tunes" closely followed by a pointedly insincere-sounding "I feel bad." The collaborations with Xenomania (five songs), Timo Kaukolampi (three), and Richard X (one) aren’t as powerful, however, with a good handful of their songs no match for Anniemal’s weaker moments. The worst of all, "The Breakfast Song," has a chorus and call-and-response that resemble a flabby M.I.A. parody. [Some copies came with a bonus disc, the All Night EP, which included "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me" and some other material that originally leaked prior to the album's release.]

Track Listing
1 Hey Annie 4:07
2 My Love Is Better 3:19
3 Bad Times 3:57
4 Don't Stop 4:10
5 I Don't Like Your Band 3:25
6 Songs Remind Me Of You 4:05
7 Marie Cherie 5:14
8 Take You Home 4:25
9 The Breakfast Song 3:09
10 Loco 3:12
11 When the Night 3:31
12 Heaven and Hell 3:22