Image via Sandra & Julia

Image via Sandra & Julia

“Time After Time,” the debut song from enigmatic Scandinavian creative collective Sandra & Julia, recalls irreverent duo jj. and their earlier work that blended hip-hop aesthetics (often using familiar instrumentals) and detached, cool indie pop. Built on a skeletal beat indebted the slinkier side of The Neptunes or Timbaland, Sandra & Julia’s “Time After Time” feels more focused on the creation of atmosphere than catchy hooks and memorable lyrics, an exercise in structured texture more than a polished bit of alternative pop. It succeeds through its dark energy and subtly infectious production.