Rosa Raye – When We Were Good

Danish soul-pop songstress Rosa Raye is back with another slice of musical perfection.

This song reminisces of the good times from a relationship that has ended; it takes the pain and serves it in a beautifully blissful way.

“We actually kept the demo vocal on the track, so what you hear is just what I wrote and recorded that day. I wasn’t trying to say the right, correct things – I was just expressing a feeling. I don’t sugarcoat it because stuff like that hurts. But sometimes when the truth hurts, you just want to escape and make yourself feel good by thinking about the good memories and ignoring the bad, so the song is not too serious. There are some fun lines in there.”

Rosa Raye

Mei River – Blue

One of the most exciting talents to emerge from Sweden this year, Mei River returns with a melodically intense piece of indie-pop.

Mei River

New Music: Late Verlane

A fusion of subdued indie and power-pop from a Swedish talent signed to the iconic Future Classic label.

Late Verlane

New Music: Red Moon

A perfect harmony of dark pop and electronica, immersed within a universe of emotive tones.

Red Moon

Jada – On Me

Already an established name in her native Denmark, Jada continues to release some of the country’s finest RnB-pop. I think it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world wakes up to this fabulous talent.

“I grew up in the 00s and this has shaped my creativity, my music, and my life. With this song, I was as inspired by this musical era as I wanted to. To me, this means combining elements of the outer space and infinite universe with intimacy, intensity, and drama. And I just love that.”

Jada

Jesse Markin – Stars in Your Eyes

Jesse Markin really is making his name as one of the boldest talents to have come out of Finland in the last couple of years. Take note of this kid, his approach to hip hop and RnB is too damn good to miss.

Jesse Markin

Chris Holsten – Shout, baby

There’s so much good disco-pop coming out of Norway these days, and I have no idea why, but I am here for it!

Chris Holsten

New Music: Ask Carol

Proof that music is as universal a language as you could imagine, this energising grunge-pop outfit are based out of the Norwegian mountain community of Auma.

The track itself is a tongue-in-cheek ode to California, and was made at a time when Corona stood in the way of the band’s ambitions.

“In April this year, we, Ask Carol, finally got set up for a meeting with some big shot management in LA, which we had been working towards for a long time. We were supposed to fly in around the middle of April, but we all know what happened… So, with all travels out of the question, we were stuck in the middle of nowhere, with internet-speeds from the 90s. ‘What do we do now?’ we thought. In need of a distraction from our frustrations, we made this song, ‘Do It in LA'”.

Ask Carol

New Music: Mahrow

A finessed blend of soul, RnB and pop from a new Danish artist-producer who’s crafted a song that feels sultry and smooth, yet very mischievous.

The track is inspired by Mahrow’s own life stories of being ‘that guy’ that girls turn to when they get bored of their own partner.

“Something about the drama that comes with it is so tempting and interesting to dive into, and the whole mystery of it is fuelled with adrenaline and sensuality. Although when it comes down to it, it’s only a brief excitement, ’cause there’s no real love involved. It’s all a matter of skin against skin and the hunger for new things.”

Mahrow

Fantasillion – Need a Way Out

Danish electronic power-pop doesn’t come more fantastic than this. A track that takes retro vibes and turns them upside down, to create something that’s not only refreshing but also really feel-good.

Fantasillion

Matilda – Figure it Out

One of Norway’s most exciting pop exports finally releases her album ‘Retrospect‘ and I can safely promise you that each song is pure quality.

Matilda

Watch: Dagny – It’s Only A Heartbreak

“‘It’s Only A Heartbreak’ is actually partly inspired by the classic movie ‘Casablanca’ from 1942, and Humphrey Bogart’s famous quote: ‘Here’s looking at you, kid’. Like the movie, the song is about knowing that you will never get someone back, but you can secretly still look at, and admire, that certain someone. The song carries a nonchalant expression, but the undertone makes it pretty obvious that you’re not over that person yet.”

Dagny

New Music: ISÁK

Dark Norwegian pop with subtle fusions of melancholy, and a sense of emotive fragility.

ISÁK

Das Body – Scared

This is what it feels like when melancholy and euphoria are blended together into an indie song.

“’Scared’ was written a couple of years ago and we’ve played it live every time since – it’s one of our favourites. But we struggled to translate the energy that Ellie (front woman, Das Body) radiates during the live performances into the studio version. We feel like we finally managed it, to project the eccentric Ellie Linden, almost as if she is pushed through even the tiny speakers on your laptop or phone.”

Taken from upcoming album Peregrine, which is due soon.

Das Body

Maja Kristina – Slow Hand

Maja Kristina reshapes a cheesy (but timeless) 80’s classic into something sharp, fun and damn infectious.

“I love this song and I’m super excited to bring it back from the 80’s with a modern twist. Great songs never go out of style and this is no exception.”

Maja Kristina

New Music: Andrea

A quintessentially Scandinavian pop sound; one that carries a fine balance between melancholy and light-hearted introspection. A very promising release from Norwegian talent Andrea, who is still only 21-years old.

“I wrote this song in early 2020, while living in London. A song about not quite knowing where and how to move forward in life. Mentioning a failed relationship as well as the struggles with making and seeing through plans, ‘Fighting For’ addresses the pressures in the life of a young adult.”

Andrea

New Music: Sätilä

A balanced mix of alternative indie and electronic pop from a Finnish talent who creates melodies that are both rousing and memorable.

Taken from the debut EP ‘on the verge of something’ which is out now.

Sätilä