"No Rest for the Wicked"

Lykke Li has described her new LP as "power ballads for the broken," and the remix to this dark, moody single fits the bill. The haunting piano and her vocals are untouched; what's new are a thumping bass line and an A$AP Rocky verse that name-drops Big Pun and Eazy-E. The combination doesn't always exceed the sum of its parts, but Sad Rocky's lyrics – "If love don't work, it just gon' hurt/It all goes bad, it just get worse" – have their charms.

From The Archives Issue 1209: May 22, 2014