Little Bit

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"Little Bit"
Lykke Li - Little Bit single cover.jpg
Swedish cover
Single by Lykke Li
from the album Youth Novels
B-side Everybody but Me", "Time Flies", "After Laughter", "Dance, Dance, Dance
Released 24 September 2007 (2007-09-24)
Format Download, CD, EP, 7", 10", 12"
Genre
Length 4:33
Label LL
Songwriter(s) Lykke Li, Björn Yttling
Producer(s) Björn Yttling, Lasse Mårtén
Lykke Li singles chronology
"Little Bit"
(2007)
"I'm Good, I'm Gone"
(2008)
Alternative cover
UK and U.S. cover
UK and U.S. cover

"Little Bit" is a song by Swedish recording artist Lykke Li from her debut album, Youth Novels (2008). Produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John and co-produced by Lasse Mårtén, the track was released in Sweden on 24 September 2007 as the album's lead single. It was included on the soundtrack to the HBO series Bored to Death,[3] while a snippet of the song was used in the commercial for Victoria's Secret Ipex bra starring Heidi Klum.[4] Also, rapper Charles Hamilton sampled the song on his track Starchasers from his mixtape It's Charles Hamilton. Canadian singer Drake remixed the song for his 2009 mixtape So Far Gone.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

"Little Bit" received positive reviews from many music critics. In a review for Blogcritics, Tan The Man wrote that the song is "mesmerizing, evoking a sensual striptease fantasy by a former love" and that it "fuses so many sounds, from quasi-bossa nova to soul, while maintaining a simplistic and raw, non-explicitly erotic beat in the background."[6] Matthew Perpetua from Spin rated the track seven out of ten, stating it is "built upon the clack and clang of acoustic percussion and little else, aside from occasional bits of guitar or saxophone", addind that it sounds "exceptionally intimate, to the point where it's easy to feel voyeuristic when listening on the title cut to her unguarded declaration of love."[7] Q magazine noticed "a breathless intensity to [the] lyrics that takes the song beyond the realm of throwaway pop. 'I would do it, push the button, pull the trigger, jump of a cliff...' she sings, clearly not just 'a little bit' in love as she tries to convince herself, but rather in the grip of an overwhelming infatuation."[8] Jon Lusk of BBC Music called it "metronomic, infectiously hummable" and viewed it as "a great new example of the emotional conflict which 10cc and Smokey Robinson lyrically documented so well."[9] Adrien Begrand of PopMatters felt that the song's "approach is far more subtle that most contemporary pop singles would ever dare to be, its gentle, slightly distorted bass synth propelled by the faintest traces of percussion, both electronic and acoustic, Yttling providing mandolin accents during the chouses. But it's Lykke Li who commands our attention, delivering as perfect a hook in the chorus that rivals Robyn's best work, but not before making us fall off our chairs with a second verse that tosses aside all nuance in favor of direct, unadulterated lust."[10] Rolling Stone's Will Hermes opined that "[a] quietly intoxicating electropulse drives the reluctant lover's confession in 'Little Bit' while Li memorably rhymes 'legs apart' with 'tainted heart.'"[11]

Track listings[edit]

Swedish iTunes EP and promo CD single
  1. "Little Bit" – 4:34
  2. "Everybody but Me" – 3:17
  3. "Time Flies" – 3:15
Swedish limited edition 10" single
A1. "Little Bit" – 4:34
B1. "Everybody but Me" – 3:17
B2. "Time Flies" – 3:15
U.S. EP
  1. "Little Bit" – 4:41
  2. "Dance, Dance, Dance" – 3:43
  3. "Everybody but Me" – 3:18
  4. "Time Flies" – 3:22
UK iTunes EP
  1. "Little Bit" – 4:35
  2. "Little Bit" (Loving Hand Remix) – 9:26
  3. "Little Bit" (CSS Remix) – 4:40
  4. "After Laughter" – 3:40
UK promo CD single
  1. "Little Bit" – 4:34
  2. "Dance, Dance, Dance" – 3:42
UK limited edition 7" single
A. "Little Bit" – 4:34
B. "Dance, Dance, Dance" – 3:42
UK 12" single
A1. "Little Bit" (Loving Hand Remix) – 9:26
B1. "Little Bit" (CSS Remix) – 4:40
B2. "Little Bit" (Staygold's Skansen Remix)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Belgian Tip Chart (Flanders)[12] 9
Swedish Singles Chart[13] 20

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Sweden 24 September 2007 Digital download[14] LL Recordings
2007 Promo CD single,[15] 10" single[16]
United Kingdom 25 February 2008 Promo CD single,[17] 7" single[18] Moshi Moshi Records
United States 6 May 2008 EP[19] The Control Group
United Kingdom 24 October 2008 Digital download[20] Atlantic Records
27 October 2008 12" single[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lykke Li Dives Into Heartbreak on 'I Never Learn': Album Review". Billboard. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Billboard Reviews". Billboard. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Grimm, Beca (23 August 2010). "TV on the Radio, Lykke Li, M. Ward Featured on Bored to Death Soundtrack". Paste. Paste Media Group. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  4. ^ brandon (25 September 2008). "Lykke Li And Heidi Klum Sell A Smoother, Lighter Bra". Stereogum. Buzz Media. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Breihan, Tom (29 June 2009). "Drake: So Far Gone". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Tan The Man (5 May 2008). "Music Review: Lykke Li – Little Bit EP". Blogcritics. Technorati. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Perpetua, Matthew. "Lykke Li, 'Little Bit EP'". Spin. Spin Media LLC. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Track of the Day: Lykke Li". Q. Bauer Media Group. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Lusk, Jon (6 June 2008). "Review of Lykke Li – Youth Novels". BBC Music. BBC Online. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Begrand, Adrien (26 March 2008). "Lykke Li: Youth Novels". PopMatters. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Hermes, Will (21 August 2008). "Youth Novels : Lykke Li". Rolling Stone. RealNetworks, Inc. Archived from the original on 22 August 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Lykke Li – Little Bit". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Lykke Li – Little Bit". Swedish Recording Industry Association. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Little Bit – EP by Lykke Li". iTunes Store Sweden. Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Lykke Li – Little Bit (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Lykke Li – Little Bit (10")". Discogs. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "Lykke Li – Little Bit (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "Lykke Li – Little Bit (7")". Discogs. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "Little Bit [EP]: Lykke Li". Amazon.com. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  20. ^ "Little Bit – EP by Lykke Li". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  21. ^ "Lykke Li – Little Bit (12")". Discogs. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 

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