2018’s Random List

I think I speak on behalf of a lot of people around the world when I say that this year was messy. I don’t know about you, but for me, nothing seemed to be straightforward over the last twelve months. So this year’s Random List should be interesting…

MOST LISTENED

Astrid S – Emotion. I have surprised with myself on this one. Since it’s release a couple of months ago it’s had 110 plays. I like the idea that the song balances between a retro and kitsch vibe and spins it into a more current twist with a soulful edge. Then there was the (bonkers) performance of the song on Norway’s equivalent of the Brits which gave it another fresh take…

MOST POLISHED

This has been the year for Troye Sivan. We started 2018 with this understated pop banger and the hits came through over the next twelve months. Managing to balance commercial pop with the slickest delivery, I really can’t wait to see what’s next for this kid.

BEST GIG

I haven’t had the time to go out as much in 2018 but if there’s one gig that’s stuck with me then it has to be Daniel Adams-Ray (also known as ‘Human’ and one half of ‘Snook’) earlier this month. He’s unheard of outside of Scandinavia since most of his hits are in Swedish, but he is one of the reasons why I fell in love with Scandi music as a kid. In a venue almost entirely full of Swedish millennials in east London, his setlist spanned his entire career and more than anything made me realise that: A – I am weird, and B – that Swedes still push pop’s boundaries pretty hard.

MOST UNDERRATED K-POP BANGER

(G)I-DLE – HANN. In what’s been K-Pop’s breakthrough year, this one song didn’t get as much love as I think it should have. I know it’s been viewed 38-million times on YouTube, but that’s barely anything for the genre these days. Anyway – it’s a strong pop track with a strong essence of melancholy that you wouldn’t expect from K-Pop.

BIGGEST SUCCESS STORY

TEN Music Group. For those of you who aren’t too familiar with Swedish pop, TEN is the powerhouse behind Zara Larsson (and damn, what a huge year she’s had). Take a look at their other roster of artists because I genuinely believe they are the new wave of Scandinavian talent… Keep an eye on Felix Sandman‘s unique vibe in particular…

MOST LOVEABLE

Jeremy Zucker. While still relatively unknown, I have nothing but total love for this talent. Give the track above a spin, it’s really quite special.

BIGGEST IMPACT

Female Soloists! This was the year we saw talents like Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, Zara Larsson, Rosalia, Robyn make a huge impact. Not only through the release of consistent hits, but also through reminding us that we can all be strong even through turbulent times that make us vulnerable.

MOST DESERVING OF A BIG BREAK

Grace Carter. While Grace has been put on the longlist for BBC’s Sound of 2019, I’m not sure how likely she is to win it in January 2019. I, however, would love to see her become a huge success over the next twelve months.

And that, friends, is the Random List for the year. I can’t wait to keep sharing new music with you, and as always, thank you for following the site!

For previous editions of The Random List, head here.

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Live: Daniel Adams-Ray x HUMAN at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

The reason the photo above sucks is because watching Swedish pop institution Daniel Adams-Ray perform alongside his new outfit HUMAN in London last night got energetic and bonkers so fast that the whole set barely stayed still the whole evening.

Blending a mix of well-known hits alongside some new material from the latest record ‘IRL’ to a sold-out crowd, this was one of the best acts to watch live from Sweden this year.

HUMAN – IRL

One of Sweden’s biggest names in pop, Daniel Adams-Ray releases his new record IRL under the moniker of HUMAN. On the surface, it’s a pretty simple pop album but the further you listen to this collection of songs the more depth starts to become apparent. It’s a nice listen…

HUMAN

New Music: HUMAN

I am SO EXCITED to hear this. It’s Daniel Adams-Ray’s new project. Those who have followed my blog from the start will know that he is one of my favourite Scandi artists.

Daniel Adams-Ray

Daniel Adams-Ray x Oskar Linnros – Sitter på en dröm

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There’s a small story behind me posting this. It’s a track worked on by two Swedish hip hop artists who haven’t worked together in almost a decade. Back then they were called Snook.

Snook were one of the first Scandi artists that I genuinely fell in love with. Their mix of hip hop with a sense of playfulness brought me tons of good vibes.

So, this track might not blow you away, but it’s mighty special for me.

Daniel Adams-Ray | Oskar Linnros

Something different from Avicii

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If you know Stockholm, you’ll know the lyrics to this are pretty spot on.

A slower release from Avicii featuring Daniel Adams-Ray.

The most exciting piece of Swedish hip hop right now…

Daniel Adams-Ray

… Well, exciting for me. Indie pop kid Daniel Adams-Ray enlists some Swedish hip hop heavyweights (Adam Tensta, Dida, Eboi & DJ Akilles) to play with his new single and it’s very good.

Good Swedish stuff!

Daniel Adams-Ray

Ah WordPress. So good and annoying at the same time. This clip of Daniel Adams-Ray is up on the PSL blog right now and is one of the best live bits of music I’ve seen in such a long time!

You have to watch it!

Daniel Adams-Ray is back!

Daniel Adams-Ray

One of my absolute favourite Swedish soloists is finally releasing new stuff. It’s all in Swedish, but his quirky poppy sound should entertain you for a while.

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.

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”