Good Swedish Hip Hop: Alexis Weak – Släpp Taget

You don’t need to understand it, just give it a go. Check out more Alexis Weak here.

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New Music: Fibes, Oh Fibes!

This band isn’t actually new – they’ve been around for a few years now, and have already released a couple of albums in native Sweden. It’s happy soul-pop with a harmless rock edge to it. Check out here.

New Music: Lilla Sällskapet

A little lesson in Swedish… ‘Snart’ which is the title to this lovely track you hear above, means ‘Soon’. ‘Lilla Sällskapet’, the act that are responsible for it, means ‘small society’- although I could be wrong- I’m still very new to the language. You don’t need to speak Swedish to enjoy it though. It’s the kind of music that lifts you up and takes you somewhere lush. Check out here.

New Music: Danny Saucedo

Danny Saucedo is already huge in Sweden, and recently came second in this year’s Melodifestivalen which I went to see. He’s finally coming to the UK with this single featuring Freja. The video is very filthy! Check out here.

Probably Sweden’s biggest pop song this year…

I love this video for two reasons. First is the song is so catchy and summery it’s impossible for it not to stick in your head the whole day. Secondly the words popping up on the screen are teaching me a bit of Swedish, which is good. Love it. It’s a matter of time before they turn this with English lyrics and release it across Europe. It’s by Eric Amarillo and will be released in Sweden this Monday. It’s almost on loop on Swedish radio these last couple of weeks.

New Music: Christoffer Skoug

This is a bluesy/ poppy sound that feels light and fresh. Has been signed by Universal Records so world domination is likely to ensue shorty. Check out here.

First Watch: Little Majorette ‘Never Be The Same’

Out now, produced by Pontus Winnberg from Miike Snow. Check out here.

Live: Lykke Li at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Despite living 10 minutes away from the Shepherds Bush Empire where Lykke Li played tonight, I still managed to get there late enough to only find space to stand on the top tier of this bigger-than-it-seems venue. I wish I came earlier. First I heard of Lykke Li’s music a few years ago I found her a bit scary- just because it was a bit dark and intense for me. But then I saw her live some time ago and saw the vulnerability of her songs and fell in love.

Tonight was mostly stuff from her new record (Wounded Rhymes), and there was some serious attention to detail with the staging of this gig… Very good.

New Music: Beldina

This is a very dancey little song- it took a couple of listens to get in to but it’s actually pretty good. It has a bit of that lovely Ed Banger French disco vibe that was so huge a few years back. Check out here.

New Music: Shallow Sense

I get asked sometimes how I pick who to feature on this blog. Most of the time I’ll listen to all the music I get without knowing who’s behind the songs, and pick the ones I like the most. Then I’ll find out who they’re by and do a bit of research.

The thing that amazes me the most is that whenever I do this, I end up with one or two songs every time that are outstanding and most likely to be by Swedish acts. That’s why I’ve set up a Swedish Music page on here- they just get it right! This is Shallow Sense. They have a very strong sound, mixing some electro in a Miike Snow (another Swedish talent) style with indie. Check out here.

Rasmus Faber – Hidden Thoughts feat. Frida Sundemo

I’ve been having a pretty terrible week but I guess the silver lining is discovering more and more about Frida Sundemo and that makes me happy.

New Music: Vanbot

If you like Robyn then you’ll probably love Vanbot. Makes me wanna go back to Stockholm so bad. Check out here.

New Music: Frida Sundemo

This is just so beautiful and fragile and cute. New electro synth from Sweden. I can’t wait to put this on my iTouch to ease the pain of travelling to work tomorrow at 6am! You can download a couple of tracks for free here, and check out her myspace here.

Spot the hip hop difference

One’s a huge MC from the UK, the other from Sweden. Both have massive followings and raid the charts in their own countries constantly. Both released albums last year. Both signed to the same label ( I think). Petter and Professor Green.

Little Majorette release cute new single

Overflow is the first single from Little Majorette’s upcoming debut album “Rifle Heart” (Sweden Music/Universal Music, April 2011). Check out here.

First Listen: Robyn feat Teddybears ‘Cardiac Arrest’

Teddybears have previously worked with Robyn on ‘Cobrastyle’ from *that* album which shook the pop world crazy side. They’ve collaborated with her again on ‘Cardiac Arrest’- it’s got a cheeky upbeat poppy vibe to it which is just perfect to listen to on one’s birthday! Buy it here.

Stockholm: Melodifestivalen & Schlager

I went to Stockholm this weekend to watch the Melodifestivalen final, Sweden’s biggest TV show and a dream-come-true for any Eurovision fan. I know people think it’s a bit sad, but I’ve been looking forward to the trip since last October when I brought the tickets. It was also a good excuse to check out Sweden. Stockholm was way bigger than I imagined it to be, and even though I only managed to cover a tiny bit of the city, it’s the most kooky place I’ve ever visited- just take a look at the place we stayed in!

Melodifestivalen was at the Ericsson Globe Arena (known for hosting Eurovision in 2000), which is a giant ball shaped venue that is absolutely huge on the inside. The winner of the show goes on to represent Sweden in Eurovision- this year it was this song by Eric Saade:

Pretty spectacular, albeit the lyrics are a bit on the weak side… But judging by the bars and clubs around town, it seemed that this song by Danny Saucedo (which came runner up) was the favourite amongst Swedes:

After the show we went to a Melodifestival party at a gay club tucked away in a really dodgy part of the city. One of my favourite songs from this year (which didn’t get through to the final) was this tune by Jenny Silver:

It was heaven. Now back to the real world and new music! More pics on Flickr.

First Listen: Lykke Li ‘Wounded Rhymes’

Click here to listen to Lykke Li’s new album, Wounded Rhymes, in full before it’s release next week.  If her first album, Youth Novels, was an innocent and fragile record then this is it’s darker, earthier sister. Jag tycker om hon ny album!

New Music: The Pusher

This is a bit huge in Sweden at the moment, and I can totally see why. How do the Swedes get it so right so much of the time!? A rock/pop vibe with a big big sound. Check out here.