Bitter: Sweet

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Bitter sweet
General information
origin Los Angeles , California
Genre (s) Trip hop
founding 2006
Current occupation
Shana Halligan
Kiran Shahani

Bitter: Sweet is a trip-hop - duo from Los Angeles , consisting of Shana Halligan (vocals) and Kiran Shahani (production).

Band history

Bitter: Sweet was formed in 2006 around Shana Halligan (vocals) and Kiran Shahani (production). Kiran Shahani was also a founding member of Supreme Beings of Leisure , Halligan is the daughter of Dick Halligan of Blood, Sweat & Tears . The two found each other through an ad placed by Shahani on Craigslist looking for a singer.

Shortly after the founding, the debut album The Mating Game was released in April 2006 via Quango . The duo was best known through MySpace . Her songs can be found on the soundtrack of The Devil Wears Prada and in episodes of some US series (including Grey's Anatomy , Smallville ). In Germany, the song Dirty Laundry from the album The Mating Game is also used as the theme song for Doctor's Diary .

After the remix album The Remix Game , the second album Drama was released in 2008 . The song The Bomb was used on the Lipstick Jungle series theme song .

The EP The Break Up followed in 2010 . Then Shana Halligan tried a solo career. Among other things, she performed with Nouvelle Vague and collaborated with Serj Tankian .

In 2015 the duo returned with the album Trilogy , compiled by Bruno Guez .

Music genre

Musically mix of bitter: Sweet 70s and 80s lounge music and soul music with trip-hop. Stylistically, they are often compared to Björk , Everything but the Girl and Zero 7 .



  • 2006: The Mating Game (Quango Records)
  • 2008: Drama (Quango Records)
  • 2015: Trilogy (compilation, Quango Records)

Remix albums

  • 2006: The Mating Game - Remix Sampler (Quango Records)
  • 2006: The Mating Game - Club Sampler Vol. 1 (Quango Records)
  • 2007: The Remix Sampler (Quango Records)

Singles & EPs

  • 2006: Dirty Laundry (Re: mixes)
  • 2006: The Mating Game (Re: mixes)
  • 2007: The Remix Game
  • 2007: Moving Forward (Re: mixes)
  • 2007: Heaven (Re: mixes)
  • 2010: The Break Up

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b BWW News Desk: Shana Halligan Releases Debut Solo EP PAPER BUTTERFLY, 11/29. Accessed May 31, 2020 (English).
  2. a b c 20 Questions with Bitter: Sweet. In: October 26, 2006, archived from the original on December 8, 2007 ; accessed on May 31, 2020 (English).
  3. Bitter: Sweet at Allmusic (English). Accessed May 31, 2020.
  4. BWW News Desk: Shana Halligan of Bitter: Sweet's First Solo EP Debuts in iTunes Top 10 Electronic Chart. Accessed May 31, 2020 (English).
  5. Bio. In: Official website. Retrieved May 31, 2020 (American English).
  6. Shana Halligan - Back To Me. In: December 8, 2015, accessed on May 31, 2020 (German).