Aka Aka & Thalstroem are back with their second album, Connected, released on their own label, Burlesque Musique. After releasing album track "Take My Time," a collaboration with the Erfurt, Germany-based band Northern Lite, the trio released the album's first single, "Never Alone," a collaboration with Sola Plexus that offers a promising insight into the follow-up album to their successful 2011 debut, Varieté (BUR 001CD). "Never Alone" immediately proves that AKA AKA & Thalstroem haven't lost their sense for memorable vibes with a strong narrative. While their house beats open a cosmic and playful groove, the distinctive vocals by Sola Plexus spread the right portion of pop appeal, including a hopeful message against life's solitude. Connected features many guests artists and friends including Northern Lite, Sola Plexus, Jim Hickey, umami, and Chasing Kurt. Aka Aka & Thalstroem has always been a harmonious trio, whether on stage or in the studio; their teamwork vibe carries both listeners at home and audiences during their live gigs.