The band Koop formed in 1995 when Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson met in a club and began mixing and sampling to create a unique fusion jazz sound that won them a Grammy and a Gold certification more recently. Due to the slow process of sampling and meshing together multiple short samples of music from old records and other sources, Koop requires a long amount of time between albums. Their music is not quick to create.
Sons of Koop
“Sons of Koop” was released in 1997. The debut album for the band was a hit in Sweden. The album featured vocals from Cecilia Stalin, Stephen Simmonds, and others. Of all of the band’s albums, this is the least polished and most gritty.
Waltz for Koop
In 2002, Koop followed up with “Waltz for Koop” which established the duo as a worldwide artist, as it was their first album to hit a US Billboard Music chart. The album peaked at number 17 on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums. Vocalist Cecilia Stalin is featured on the album, to much critical acclaim. A follow-up album of remixes and alternative tracks was released in 2004. “Waltz for Koop” earned a Swedish Grammy award in 2003.
The band’s third album was released in 2007, and has won the duo their most critical acclaim. The featured single on the album, “Koop Island Blues” showcases the vocals of Norwegian singer Ane Brun, who also co-wrote the song. The track was used in more than one video game soundtrack, and a US television commercial, as well as being featured on the US television dance show “So You Think You Can Dance.”