Lions!

This will either make you cheery or annoyed but I hope it makes you smile. It’s fresh.

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Lykke Li and Miike Snow make a song together.

Two Swedish heavyweights making one epic track. So excited for Miike Snow’s upcoming record.

 

New Music: The Slytest

Swedish indie pop. The Slytest, consisting of young Swedes Dan Axelsson and Simon Larsson has had a fascination for American music since birth. The band manage to put some local colour to the recording with what in Sweden is considered “the Gothenburg sound” – indie choirs and vibrant distorted guitar melody lines in the vein of Broder Daniel and Håkan Hellström – two of Sweden’s major underground pop stars. Check out here.

New Music: Pavlov

Yes, it’s in Swedish. But it’s such a great song I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too. Carries along the same veins as Oskar Linnros and Daniel Adams-Ray. Check out here.

New Music: Emma Lewin

Swedish pop. This would fit in to Eurovision nicely. Check out here.

Swedish country music (it’s better than it sounds…)

I think one of the reasons Swedes do music so well is that they take the best out of genres and improve on them ever so slightly. I mean, this song is country. But it sounds poppy at the same time, but it’s still really country. And I like that. Check out First Aid Kit if you like.

Let’s finish the week off with a mixtape

Courtesy of those Swedish electropop geniuses Icona Pop.

1. NT89 – Lyfe
2. The Dø-Slippery Slope
3. Justin Martin & Ardalan – Lezgo
4. Dada Life/Staygold – Video, Kick, Snare
5. Depressed Buttons – Ow! (Para One Remix)
6. Savage Skulls/Sprinkle Juice/Tony Senghore – Caravan
7. Surecut Kids feat Cheasleauen -Drunk In This (TJR Vox Remix)
8. Brodinski – Let The Beat Control Your Body (feat. Louisahhh!)
9. Yung Humma – Leme Smang It (Edo remix)
10. Knife Party – Internet Friends

New Music: Jasmine Kara

Swedish retro pop. Keep her away from hammers. Check out here.

Take it to the top of the world

This is one of those songs that makes you think you can take on the world and come out winning. Whether you end up succeeding is another matter, but this is done with two Swedish pop superpowers and is worth having on your iTunes.

New Music: Simian Ghost

Beautifully life-affirming music from a super talented Swedish newbie. So happy to have discovered this. Check out here.

Those cheeky Swedish hiphoppers are back…

I love Ansiktet, even though they bust their vibes in Swedish which can be a bit problematic at times. The video is a bit out there but the song’s pretty awesome.

Mix a bit of Robyn with some Whitney and you get a good start to the week…

Courtesy of one of the most amazing Scandi blogs around, this will be my wake up alarm for the next week. A blend of the finest Robyn and Whitney Houston. Come on peeps, smile… Life’s good!

The most listened to track in Sweden last year

It’s just gone 7 times platinum. Good song, maybe an English version would make a lot of people happy?

1. Veronica Maggio ”Jag Kommer”
2. Bruno Mars ”Grenade”
3. Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull ”On The Floor”
4. Daniel Adams-Ray ”Gubben i lådan”
5. September ”Mikrofonkåt”
6. Adele ”Rolling in the deep”
7. Chris Medina ”What Are Words”
8. Pitbull – feat Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer ”Give Me Everything”
9. Alexandra Stan ”Mr. Saxobeat”
10. Eminem & Rihanna ”Love The Way You Lie”

New Music: Ted Morris

Sounds American right? Well, it isn’t. It’s Swedish. His real name is Ted Mauritz Svensson and his sound moves swiftly round the edges of 70’s americana and Randy Newman-esque singer/songwriter moods. It’s big sounding and heartfelt. Check out here.

First Watch: La Puma ‘Hotter’

I mentioned La Puma in June 2010 and patiently waited for their camp Swedish electropop to take over the world. It hasn’t yet, but in the meantime we have this wonderful piece of video to enjoy.

Niki & The Dove come in fifth on BBC Sound of 2012

BBC announced today Swedish electro duo Niki & The Dove have come in 5th in the Sound of 2012. Impressive!

Party Swedish Style

This has been around for a really long time in Sweden but I notice I’ve never mentioned it on here. Anyway, enjoy the last Friday of 2011!

Christmas with Niki & The Dove

This is so so so cute! It’s Niki and the Dove covering Nat King Cole’s ‘The Christmas Song’. Whatever you’re doing today, and whoever it’s with- whether you’re happy or sad, worried or relaxed… Merry Christmas.

Free Download: Johan Reinhold ‘Shoot Me Down (Owsey Remix)’

One of my favourite exports from Sweden this year, Johan Reinhold, has released an exclusive remix of his viral hit ‘Shoot Me Down’ courtesy of UK producer Owsey. Looking forward to Johan’s ‘Rework’ EP out January 20th 2012! Listen to the original version of ‘Shoot Me Down’ here.

MP3: Johan Reinhold – Shoot Me Down (Owsey Remix)