With the many Prince connotations in Niki and The Dove's bandname ('Darling Nikki', 'When Doves Cry') and the purple hue on the artwork of their debut album, Instinct, it's no surprise that there are further nods to the High Priest of Pop throughout the 12-track wonder.

The Swedish are no strangers to creating masterful pop and Niki and The Dove (Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf) are no exception. This is a malleable album. When played at low levels, you can take on board the narratives contained in each song, particularly the image-heavy 'The Fox', which was based on a children's story. When played at bass-thumping levels, this is an electro-pop dream album designed to get you nimble on the dance floor.

Sadly, one downfall of Instinct is that three songs, 'The Drummer', 'Last Night' and 'Mother Project', were rehashed from their 2011 EP, The Drummer, which was what led them to the BBC Sound of 2012 limelight. 'Last Night' still remains as one of their stronger tracks with a slow, raunchy celebration of backseat taxi love.

'The Drummer' and 'Mother Project' fall under the Prince spectrum and more obviously so, 'Somebody' could actually have appeared on Purple Rain with vocalist and songwriter, Malin, doing utter justice to this perhaps not-so-accidental tribute to the man. Malin's voice waivers from confidant and sturdy to possessing a vulnerable and childlike quality. Meanwhile, the music bounds from winking seductively and provocatively at us as the lyrics often provide mystical visions, akin to Bat For Lashes. It's a daring mix of subtle innuendos and brazen declaration of intentions, romantic and otherwise. Much like Robyn and Oh Land, Niki and the Dove are a pop act that know how to play the game without taking the brash David Guetta route.

If I hadn't been familiar with their 2011 EP, I would have been overly-delighted with Instinct's offerings. Whether they were contractually obliged to re-release those three songs on the album, I do not know, but in the past few weeks, they have released Mixtape 1, a compilation of their own songs remixed plus unheard numbers, which will appear on the 16-track deluxe version of Instinct, which can be bought for a few extra sheckles.

It took the Nordic duo two years to stitch this album together. If the deluxe version was an after-thought to distribute the four new songs, then maybe they should have held onto their proverbial horses and placed them on their next album. Nonetheless, this is an album of splendour and if the deluxe track, 'Taylor', is anything to go by, their songwriting fountain hasn't run dry so they shouldn't need to rely on old greats to sell something new.