Live: Haux at OMEARA London

Haux has produced some incredibly stunning sounds over the last couple of years, and watching him this evening really brought that intensity to life.

The duets with Rosie Carney were particularly cute.

Haux

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Live: Betty Who at Bush Hall London

One of pop’s most promising kids right now, Betty Who played to a packed out crowd at Bush Hall in London this evening. Top stuff.

Betty Who

Live: Jack & Jack at Bush Hall London

Popped by Bush Hall last night to catch Jack & Jack for their London show. They’ve got seriously loyal fans… that’s all I can say! Good pop!

Jack & Jack

Live: Albin Lee Meldau at OMEARA London

I caught Swedish neo-soul superstar in the making, Albin Lee Meldau earlier this week in London’s Omeara. Incredible talent!

Albin Lee Meldau

Interview: Quickfire with LINES

LINES manage to bring out all that is best in Scandi pop right now. A bold beat, excellent electro and melodies that won’t leave your head for a while. Here’s a bit more about the Swedish outfit.

Tell us how you formed, and a little more about your sound…
The short story is that we didn’t form at all, that we don’t exist. But the legend is we evolved out of nowhere like the big bang. Small energetic explosions of light that expanded through time and space. At first we couldn’t make any sense of it, later on we understood it was all part of a grand idea, the blueprints of a masterplan. When everything comes around we’re pretty small, aren’t we.
Our sound is solid.
What artists are you listening to now that you are loving?
Yaeji, almost exclusively actually. She’s been on repeat in our headphones for the last months.

Where has been the best place to play live so far?
Our own release party at a sauna club here in Stockholm. Top notch party.
Who would your dream collaboration be with, and why?
The CIA, our marketing campaigns would really benefit from their surveillance and we would also treat all the information more responsible than they would.
Why do you think Scandinavia has such a unique place in pop music?
Left wing politics and the belief that culture is one of the basic needs for the survival of our spices. Although that might change in the future unfortunately.
What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
More music coming! We release a single with Dolores Haze pretty soon and we have an EP in the making that will release this summer. That and playing live!

Introducing… The Nordic Playlists!

There are now dedicated playlists for Sweden, Norway and Denmark on the Alfitude Spotify page.

Each playlist is refreshed monthly with tracks featured on the blog. Click here to see and follow them all!

Finland & Iceland are also coming soon.

Interview: Quickfire with Fabich

London producer Fabich has shown an infectious blend of smooth disco and feel-good vibes that’s been hard to ignore for me. With an upcoming EP, here’s some quickfire questions to get you acquainted with this exciting new talent.

Tell me more about yourself?

Hi my name is Fabich, I’m a record producer and DJ and my music is a mix of House and Soul/Funk/RnB. I’ve released on labels like Majestic Casual, The Magician’s POTION and Island Records.

What’s the new EP about?

The EP’s name is “a friends story” and it’s about the people I’ve met since arriving in my new hometown London. Ever since moving here from Germany I’ve met a lot of fun and talented people from all over the world and I wanted to tell their story in this collaborative project!

Have you got a favourite track on the record?

All of the records on the EP are my favourite tracks out of the ones that I’ve produced during the last couple of months so a lot of work and love went into each one of them and I like all of them equally… :)

What are you currently loving listening to?

I currently listen to a lot of Disco and also urban stuff. Artists that get me excited at the moment are Anderson.Paak, Goldlink, Kaytranada, James Vickery, Jafunk, Mokoa, Young Franco…

I do a monthly podcast series on Soundcloud called 12 Tracks Tape where I include my current favourites and also ask another artist to do the same, check it out.

Who would your dream collaboration be with?

I’d love to get in the studio with Pharrell one day. He’s been one of my favourite record producers since his work in the early 2000’s as part of the neptunes. I worked with one of his new artists last month so that was an exciting experience for me! I hope to show you the song we did soon.

What’s the rest of the year got in store for you?

Releasing this EP has been so much fun and I want to keep on putting music out every couple of weeks this year. I’m in the studio almost every day so it’s cool to see if people enjoy the music I’m making and also to play it Live!

Check out Fabich on Spotify

2017’s Random List

Now in it’s sixth edition (yep… I’ve been around that long), my Random List seems to be the most visited post on this blog every ear.

Due to life being hectic I haven’t had much time to reflect on the last twelve months much, but I feel that while people are claiming new music is losing it’s direction – well, it’s good to shake things up every so often.

I’ve found myself mostly being drawn to pop in 2017, although there was a lack of those ‘massive’ hit singles that we usually see in previous years. Nonetheless, credit given where it’s deserved…

Banger Of The Year

The older I get, the more I start to dig Justin Bieber. I don’t know why. It is what it is. I think this is one of the best radio hits of the year.

Trend Of The Year

Hot British guys who manage to blend RnB with soul and funk, each of them in a very unique and painfully cool way. You’ve got Zak Abel, SG Lewis, Tom Misch, Toulouse, Louis Mattrs, Jarreau Vandal… The list goes on. And actually, I am near obsessed with each of these guys.

Scandi Country To Have Perfected Pop

Norway (they managed this accolade back in 2015 as well). I mean it couldn’t be anywhere else this year. In the last year we’ve seen some excellent music from Astrid S, SigridDagny, dePresno, Smerz… The country even has it’s own museum dedicated to pop (it’s the cool building you see up there). That’s saying something. Check out my full list of Norwegian talent here.

Best Hair

ALMA! Finnish talent has never been so exciting! The hair’s even got it’s own (amazing) song.

Most Tear-Jerking Music Moment

Portugal’s Salvador Sobral winning Eurovision this year. Whatever you think of this TV show, the kid (who was struggling with heart problems) single handedly commanded a huge arena and a whole world to listen to this blissful and simple melody.

Best Track Not Sung In English

Cezinando’s ‘Håper du har plass’ is undoubtedly my most loved song of the year. Entirely in Norwegian (see, Norway getting another mention on the same List), this mellow hip hop sound mixed with some strings had me emotional all the way through. I still feel warm when I listen to it now. And it took his home country by storm too. Just look at the love from the crowd on this…

Best Gig

Jessie Reyez put on a very short set at London’s tiny Miranda venue back in May this year, and the buzz in the room was inspiring. Powerful vocals, intensely sharp lyrics and beautiful melodies.

Most Played On My iTunes

Yep – Swedish music had to make an entry on this list somewhere. I honestly don’t know what the deal is with We The Kids aside from the fast that they released this great piece of Scandi pop earlier in the year, and that they came from the Tenacity label which is run by mega-important Swedish production company Ten. Believe it or not, this clocked up 170 plays on my iTunes since July so I really hope more comes in 2018!

Likely To Be Huge In 2018

This is a tricky one because there’s a few on my radar. I think a safe bet will be the UK’s Tom Walker. I’ve seen him live a few times this year and I honestly think he has great mainstream appeal.

But I also want to mention a Danish talent called Maximillian, who’s been on my radar for some time and I can’t fault any of his releases to date…

And there we have it! I hope you’re all as excited as I am about the next twelve months, and thank you for logging on and enjoying the music that I post – it gives me so much life!

For previous editions of The Random List, head here.

 

 

 

Live: Misunderstood at The Curtain London

London duo Misunderstood played The Curtain this evening, showing off some slick pop and RnB sounds. Blurry picture is due to some on-point choreography :)

Live: Jerry Williams + Sam Fender at Courtyard Theatre London

Back from seeing Jerry Williams‘s cute and catchy pop set at London’s Courtyard Theatre, in contrast to Sam Fender‘s epic indie-rock sound for BBC Music Introducing .

Live: Ady Suleiman at Jazz Cafe London

After catching Ady Suleiman this evening at London’s Jazz Cafe, all I can say is it seems this kid has managed to garner a cult-like following  of happy fans right now… One of the best shows of the year!

Live: Matt Maltese at Moth Club

Matt Maltese played a sell-out gig at London’s Moth Club this evening. Stunning vocals and a simple set… Was pretty special.

Live: Dua Lipa at Brixton Academy

The force of Dua Lipa seems to be never ending right now. A packed Brixton Academy in London played host to one epic gig!

Live: Tom Walker at The Scotch of St James

Back from seeing a secret little show from Tom Walker at The Scotch of St James. It was a short and sweet set – the vocal is still immense!

Tom Walker

Interview: Quickfire with Lina

One of the more interesting pop acts to emerge from the global scene of late, this year has seen Lina reach new heights, and I can’t see any sign of it slowing down any time soon. Here’s a Quickfire to get to know this fresh new talent…

You’ve recently announced that you’ll be supporting Little Mix on their arena tour… How does that make you feel?

I’m super excited! I love Little Mix, and it’s truly a dream come true for me.

Your musical journey has been pretty special, tell us a little more about your story so far.

I’ll make it short!

  • I was the first Palestinian Arab to win The Voice Israel in 2013 (or any big reality TV show by the peoples vote)
  • I supported Queen+Adam Lambert, Will Smith, and Little Mix.
  • I am the first Arab female singer to publicly support the LGBT+ community.
  • I got the support of the one and only Alicia Keys all over her social media when she posted a cover I made of her song ‘Holy War’.
  • I’m the most hard working dreamer you’ll ever meet.

Who inspires you the most?

A lot of artists inspire me but every time I need inspiration I turn to Beyoncé, Eminem, and Alicia Keys.

  • Beyoncé – whenever I need some drive and motivation.
  • Eminem – whenever I need to focus and find determination.
  • Alicia Keys – whenever I need an  inspiration before writing new songs.

Who would you love to do a collaboration with, and why?

There are so many people that I would like to collaborate with but at the moment, I have an amazing single which hasn’t been released yet and I think Sean Paul would be a perfect match. I met Sean a few months ago here in London and last month in Tel Aviv, and if luck plays on my side we’ll collaborate! He’s an extraordinary artist who adds his own spices to every song and turns it into a hit.

Aside from the huge tour ahead, what else do you have in store for your fans?

My new single ‘I Wore It Better’ is out now! I love love love this single since it’s a super fun song that talks about overcoming the disappointment/heartbreak of seeing your ex with their new crush, who is wearing your favourite sweater. It explores how that makes you feel, the memories, the pain but ends with positive and empowering feelings.

My album is almost ready- it’s called ‘Walking On A Tightrope’ and hopefully will be released in the beginning of 2018. Stay tuned and follow my news on my social media pages and website.

Interview: Quickfire with Frida Sundemo

This quickfire is a bit of a big deal for me. Frida Sundemo’s been on my radar for as long as I can remember, and was one of the first artists to be featured on this site back in 2011. With an album due for release in October, I had the chance to ask a few questions…

So, I’ve been a fan since 2010. I can’t even remember how I stumbled across your music but I remember falling in love with the sound straight away. Seven years later, how has your sound evolved?

That’s lovely to hear, thank you very much! Back in 2010 the music was guitar-based and the productions quite small. In 2012 I started working with (producer/songwriter) Joel Humlén and we developed the sound more towards the electronic pop genre.
Ever since then I feel like we’ve let the productions grow bigger and bigger and we’ve also moved in a cinematic direction. Still, I guess you could recognise the melodies and harmonies all throughout the years. That has always been the core of my music.

 

What inspires you when you think of songs to write?

Almost anything. A conversation, a concert, a good song, a memory, feeling bored, feeling sad, feeling free and much more. But on my upcoming album I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration from sci-fi space films. And I’ve Youtube’d video clips of space in the studio that I’ve looped on the screen while writing the music.

Where is your favourite place to write songs?

I wish I’d answer ‘in the deepest forests of Northern Sweden’ or something like that but it’s actually in my studio in Stockholm. I love structure and good technical conditions. Actually, I also love writing on the guitar at my parents summer house at Tjörn, an island on the west coast of Sweden. That’s a bit more romantic, I guess.

 

Tell me of a new artist that you are a fan of, and why…

Norbert Lukacs from Sweden. He released his debut EP recently and it’s just beautiful. Melancholic retro-indie music that makes you sad in just the perfect amount.

Who would you love to collaborate with on a song, dead or alive?

I’d love to do a duet with Tom Waits. His voice is just to die for.

What does the year ahead have in store for you?

I’m releasing my international debut album ’Flashbacks & Futures’ on Oct 6 and I’m super excited about that! It’s a lot of PR stuff going on around it and I’m also doing a couple of shows this fall. And I’ll keep writing new music of course. I never stop.
The inevitably beautiful debut record, ‘Flashbacks and Futures’ is due October 6th.

Why does Scandinavia keep on producing effortlessly cool and hugely influential female pop stars? – The Independent

Stumbled across this interesting article over on The Independent – check it out!

Live: Tom Walker at OMEARA London

tom walker omeara london may 2017

Probably one of the loudest, happiest gigs I’ve been to this year so far. Tom Walker loves his fans, and his fans certainly love him back…

Support from Etham was pretty special too.

 

Live: Jessie Reyez at Miranda London

Back from watching a short set list from one of the most anticipated Canadian exports over the last year, Jessie Reyez.

Intensely beautiful blends of hip hop and RnB mixed with the most innocent sounding voice you could imagine!

 

Interview: Quickfire with JMSN

Since discovering JMSN‘s sound five years ago, I have been consistently digging his raw and soulful sound. With new record ‘Whatever Makes U Happy’ slated for a release on April 28th, here’s a few words from the man himself.

Tell us more about your new record…

It’s exciting to have it coming out. Feels like my first official record.

How does it feel releasing it under your own label?

Amazing wouldn’t have it any other way!

Who would your dream collaboration be with, and why?

Prince, because he is the greatest.

Is it easier to write about falling in, or out, of love?

They both have their advantages. Depends on how I’m feeling. They’re both a way to express myself.

What’s your favourite jam that you’re listening to right now?

‘Just Once’ – James Ingram

What’s your favourite city to perform in?

I can’t pick one. It’s like picking a favourite child. I love them all.

JMSN headlines London’s Village Underground on June 27 2017.