First Listen: Say Lou Lou ‘Julian’

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Saint Lou Lou have changed their name to Say Lou Lou and come out with a beautiful new piece of pop.

First Listen: Naughty Boy & Sam Smith ‘La La La’

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Sam Smith’s voice graces the new single from Naughty Boy. Nice.

First Listen: Kristine Mirelle ‘Over and Over’

Kristine Mirelle

New one from Kristine Mirelle. I find her voice pretty distinctive and her tracks show heaps of potential.

First Listen: Caught A Ghost ‘No Sugar In My Coffee’

Caught A Ghost

I have a fondness for this neo-soul act. It’s a sexy, perfected sound that still manages to sound pretty raw.  Caught A Ghost will release a special version of their debut EP ‘Nightworks’ on April 8th.

First Listen: Har Mar Superstar ‘Lady, You Shot Me’

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I’m a fan of Har Mar Superstar. His brand of pop is incredibly infectious, and although it’s not always amazing to listen to, every now and again he comes out with something huge like that puts a massive smile on my face.

Mutya Keisha Siobhan!

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

A little surprise for the afternoon courtesy of ex-Sugababes Mutya Keisha Siobhan. It’s a mash up between a new track and Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools.

First Listen: Beatrice Eli ‘Violent Silence’

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Another epic pop track from Swedish Beatrice Eli. Debut EP ‘It’s Over’ is out on March 24th.

Its Melodifestivalen time!

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I am in Stockholm as we speak, at the Friends Arena because it’s the Melodifestivalen Final for 2013. The winning song tonight will go through to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

The show is Sweden’s biggest TV event, and always mixes established Swedish artists with newcomers. Generally the standard of entries is always pretty high (although this year has been a bit of a turbulent ride in my opinion).

I try and keep my Eurovision posts to a minimum on here because I know it’s not everyone’s flavour, but if you want to follow me on Twitter then I will be trying to tweet through the night. Or not. Depends how much Absolut I go through.

Follow me on Twitter right here, and wherever you are in the world, you can watch the show live and for free over on SVT’s website. The show starts at 20:00 Sweden Time. I promise you, you will never watch anything quite like it…

First Listen: Mercedes ‘Cool For Me’

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I’m not sure what I think of this new one from Mercedes. Maybe it’s because I haven’t heard anything quite like it. I think it’ll be a grower.

First Listen: Fou De Toi ‘Heartless’

Fou De Toi

I’m a little in love with this new track from Sweden’s Fou De Toi. It’s a cute little indie pop number.

First Listen: Lulu Rouge ‘Sign Me Out’

lulu rouge

I don’t know much about Lulu Rouge but this Danish duo have come up with a seriously handsome piece of broody electropop.

First Listen: Saturday, Monday ‘The Ocean’ (feat. Julia Spada)

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This new track from Swedish electro outfit Saturday, Monday is a bit depressing but it’s also pretty nice to listen to.

First Listen: Fyfe ‘St Tropez’


I’ve rarely seen someone take the blogosphere by storm as much as I have with Fyfe. Anyway, he’s back with this gorgeous track which hops around playfully between the minimal and the epic.

First Listen: Dan Croll ‘Compliment Your Soul’

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A new indie/ afrobeat sound for Dan Croll’s new track, out in April.

Give Misty Miller’s new EP a listen…

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If you’re fancying a bit of British rock and roll, give this new EP from Misty Miller a spin. It’s out next week, and she’s giving away her cover of ‘Happy Together’ over here.

First Listen: Kleerup feat. Loreen ‘Requiem Solution’

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A beautiful, epic and genius piece of Scandinavian music from Kleerup and Loreen.

First Listen: Grenades for the Wall ‘Fight Your Battles With Me’

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Feels like a lifetime since I wrote about this Swedish band for the first time, but it looks like they’ve finally been snapped up by a label and are releasing this as a single. Good!