Real-life couples making music together rarely sustain long relationships in either endeavor, but Seattle’s Malice and Mario Sweet are meant to last -- in love and music.
Released in commemoration of their second wedding anniversary (and on Valentine’s Day no less), their 2011 debut EP Happy 2 Year built on the out-of-nowhere buzz of lead single “Speed of Light” to establish the couple as the forerunners of the burgeoning Northwest soul music scene. Happy 2 Year reached #3 on KEXP 90.3’s Blues charts, landed on Kevin Nottingham’s Top 10 Soulful EP’s of 2011, and received love and recognition from media outlets local and global, including The Seattle Times, BBC Radio 1, and The Stranger.
The Sweets’ music is a heartfelt homage both to their love of each other, and to the last three decades of R & B and soul classics. Malice’s tender, alluring vocals and Mario’s Phonte-esque falsettos stand well on their own on self-titled solo tracks, but are at their strongest when crafting harmonies together. Just as they build a life together, Malice and Mario Sweet’s songs feature both vocalists singing lyrics together in a perfect union. This genuine connection is palpable throughout Happy 2 Year, whether on the funked-up 80’s stomp of “Living Life,” the propulsive “Speed of Light,” or throwback jam “Date Nite.”
Malice and Mario Sweet met in college through mutual friends who would later become Northwest hip-hop favorites The Physics. Music was their first shared passion, and their talents led to on-going duty as The Physics’ back-up singers. They have also worked with artists including Geologic of Blue Scholars, Choklate, Grynch, Vitamin D, and Tall Black Guy, and shared stages with nationally-touring acts including J*Davey.
Happy 2 Year was re-released in November 2011 as a deluxe edition. Malice and Mario Sweet are humbled by and grateful for the praise and recognition the project has garnered, and are hard at work on a follow-up in between completing their graduate studies.
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“Some of Seattle's finest soul ever, and one of the best local releases of the year” - The Stranger
“The occasionally funky and always soulful Happy 2 Year is a must-have project fitting for Valentine's Day but equally enjoyable for the other 364” - Seattle Weekly
“One of our favorite husband and wife duos … a stellar debut EP” - Soul Bounce
“Malice and Mario Sweet’s Happy 2 Year EP is a giant leap forward for Seattle R&B/soul music” - 206UP.com
Featured on Gilles Peterson’s Amy Winehouse tribute show, BBC Radio
Airplay on KEXP 90.3, KUBE 93.3, BBC Radio 1, and many more
#3 KEXP Blues Music Chart, #9 Northwest Music
Top 10 Soulful EP’s of 2011, Kevin Nottingham