There is something undeniably beautiful about a married couple in love. After lending their background vocals to the Seattle Hip Hop group The Physics, Malice & Mario Sweet step into the limelight with their Happy 2 Year EP. In celebrating their second year of marriage, they reveal the emotional complexity of fighting for love while being in love. With Malice & Mario Sweet juggling full-time jobs and graduate school sessions, you get the sense that life is happening at a lightning quick pace. The brief, rustic opener, Happy 2 Year, flows into the frenetic breakbeat of Speed of Light where Malice & Mario Sweet’s smooth, slower vocals give a sense of the couple racing time. Traversing sonic landscapes like a time machine, Malice & Mario Sweet hop on the dance floor with crisp horns and a two-step inducing rhythm section. DateNight purely captures the optimistic euphoria of a couple’s night out. After Mrs. Mario Sweet showcases her soulful, upper register on Malice, Mario’s gentle tenor steps back in to create their iconic tight harmonies on Love & Friendship. The symbiotic essence of their relationship can be distilled down to this breezy, Hip Hop jazz track. At the close of the EP, Malice & Mario Sweet still has surprises to share. An impressive rap verse by R&B songstress Choklate on Happiness, the hint of a Marvin Gaye-esque falsetto on Mario, and the Janet Jackson tribute on the 80’s R&B Living Life all close out an EP that’s equally fun and romantic.