Manchester alt-pop act Larkins are back today with one of the most moving releases of the week. ‘Digital Love’ is the band’s very special take on the Daft Punk classic, and was produced by Dan Nigro (Olivia Rodrigo) and Ryan Linvill (Tai Verdes, Dermot Kennedy).
Taken from the debut album ‘JCOY’ which is out on 8th October 2021.
I don’t often say something so early on in the year like this, but Ida Redig’s ‘Though Shall Not Be A Pu**y’, released last week, has to be one of the best debut records coming out of Scandinavia this year.
For those who don’t know who you are, how would you describe your sound?
My spectrum is very wide, my music has an intensity that sticks to your body and I would say a recurrent thing in my songs are heavy bass drums and hooky sounds that stands out from the music. Big sound landscapes and appealing melodies. Above all, it’s great songs that everybody should listen to!
What do you prefer to write music about: happy or sad moments?
I prefer to write about happy moments. Sometimes the theme of the song I write have a deep thought or something broken over it, but I always have something happy to refer to in all my songs. Its all about how you want to live your life, and I want people to feel happy when they listen to my music, as I do when I play it!
Why does so much great pop come from Scandinavia?
The changing of seasons makes us creative!
Who are you currently loving music-wise?
Lorde. Her album is magnificent from beginning to end.
What artists inspire you to write your songs?
I don’t have a specific artist or group that inspires me. I prefer to say my music comes straight out of me, but in the end I think my wide music taste over the years have given me a lot of references and inspiration to write music just the way I want.
What is your new album about?
It’s about how to take myself to another level, to challenge myself and not back down for what I want and love. That all my choices I do, I do because I want to, not because what’s expected of me. I want to blow away people with my music, that’s what it’s all about.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
Daft Punk, no doubt!
What’s in store for the rest of the year?
I have some gigs booked all over this spring and summer and between the shows I’m in the studio making more music! I also have some fun collaborations and remakes of my songs on top of that, and this weekend I’m going to the north of Sweden to record two music videos. So stay tuned!
Last night on Now Playing on BBC Radio 6, Disclosure was revealed to be the most blogged artist in the world this year during a special Half Year Music Blog Zeitgeist in collaboration with Hype Machine.
Sexy, slow Swedish soul funk courtesy of Beldina. She’s actually put lyrics and new melodies over Daft Punk‘s ‘Something About Us’ for this one. The last few seconds of soundbite are particularly funny/sad.
I actually really like this- it sounds very different to a lot of the music I get sent, which makes it refreshing and new. And on top of that, it’s a very slick production. That’s because Johan Reinhold is a Swedish Grammy nominated indie electro-pop singer/songwriter who has just released this song, “Shoot Me Down” which was created by some of Sweden’s most prominent producers and engineers like Astma & Rocwell and the Lasse Mortén (who produced Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn & John, and Primal Scream). Check out here.
Let it be known that I think French House is one of the best genres of music that I’ve ever let myself listen to. It’s defined so many big moments in my life, and for that I’ll hold it to my heart like the rockers do to the Rolling Stones or the hippies do to Jimmy Hendrix. For me, Daft Punk, Cassius, Justice, Air, DJ Mehdi, etc remind me of what it felt like to be a reckless hot mess stumbling through school and uni. Anyway, one of the newer kids on the block, SebastiAn, has carved a reputation for himself by making dirty funky remixes like this:
His debut album is due to hit shops at the end of the month, and I for one am very excited about it all. This is one of the tracks set to be on the record, and it features ‘it-boy’ of the moment, Mayer Hawthorne. It’s just so sexy (sounds a bit like Prince’s ‘Kiss’ on foreplay), and I feel like in a year’s time this is what pop songs will sound like:
There’s also a track with M.I.A. although I sadly don’t care much for her. But I know her contribution will be amazing. If you love this style of music like I do, check out Ed Banger’s roster of artists (of which SebastiAn belongs to).