New Music: SUAD

An artist and songwriter hailing from Helsinki, SUAD blends that dark and ethereal sense of Scandinavian melancholy into an indie-rock sound that feels intense and atmospheric in equal measures.

SUAD

Olivera – Lot to Live

One of Finland’s newest pop starlets returns with a slice of pulsating synth goodness.

Olivera

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

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

New Music: Ade Mai

A universally loveable indie folk sound that is both uplifting and atmospheric. The song itselfwas written at a time when Ade Mai was experiencing the excitement of moving to a new country.

“I had just moved to the UK from my home country Finland, and I was full of energy and wanderlust. I met lots of new exciting people and got to live next to the gorgeous Bournemouth beach. I am sure that’s where the cheerfulness in this song comes from.”

Ade Mai

New Music: Malla

An exciting talent from Finland who merges classic disco sounds with synth-pop and sleek house vibes.

“‘Tilaa’ asks more space for personal and universal speculation moments and raises a moment where unnecessary hustle and bustle has subsided freeing up time and space for a new kind of view of thoughts and being.”

Malla

New Music: ILON

Finland doesn’t produce many pop stars, but when it does, it really comes up with some seriously strong prospects.

Add to that roster 21-year old ILON, a talent who is already rapidly getting attention from some of the industry’s heavyweights; take Bille Eiilish and Halsey collaborator FINNEAS, who has already collaborated with the singer on a project.

Could she be the next big starlet to emerge from the Nordics? I think very possibly so…

“‘Selfish Love’ is about being hurt one too many times. The other person sees your vulnerability as a chance to abuse you, to pretend to love you to feel good about themselves. At this point you are already broken enough to see through their malevolence – You throw yourself into it completely, giving in to every emotion. Being in such a vulnerable state, it sucks to notice that the other person was never really in it wholeheartedly.”

ILON

New Music: Illuusio

If you’re wondering what language this sublime piece of dream-pop is sung in, it’s Finnish. Finland itself has long been a hotbed of pop talent, but rarely do songs get the traction they deserve when they aren’t performed in English.

Somehow though I have a feeling that Illuusio could change that. Despite not understanding the lyrics, this song has such a powerful emotive flow that it’s easy to feel moved by what you hear.

“The Finnish lyrics tell a sweet story about the euphoric feeling of falling in love overnight, and the bitterness of a heartbreak.”

Illuusio

Robin Packalen – Benefits

As far as Finnish pop goes, this is some of the best you can experience right now.

Robin Packalen

Olivera – Tomorrows

Another slice of Finnish power pop from Olivera with a sense of positivity and hope.

Olivera

New Music: Tuure Boelius

Entirely sung in Finnish and yet this is just too great not to share with you. It’s a mix of bubblegum pop and a very hard electro sound.

Tuure Boelius

New Music: Louie Blue

A perfect slice of Nordic funk pop by this 18-year old talent from Finland.

“This is the song that makes you dance while you’re walking down the street and you make a complete fool out of yourself although you think you look like the coolest guy in the world. It makes the rainy day feel like it’s shining.“

Louie Blue

New Music: Pearly Drops

A Finnish duo who masterfully blend dark, haunting pop with minimal indie vibes.

Pearly Drops

Live: Jesse Markin, Moyka & Elias at Ja Ja Ja

What better way to celebrate 10-years of London’s top Scandi night, Ja Ja Ja than to go and watch them showcase three of my absolute favourite Nordic acts last night.

Elias

I have been featuring this Swedish talent since 2015 and I am still a huge fan of his raw take on soul and pop – and the intensity is amplified tenfold on stage.

Moyka

Moyka carries a powerful synth pop sound in a way that Norwegian talent only can. Watching this kid live felt like a polished cross between Robyn and Ingrid, only with a naivete charm which makes the whole sound so unique.

Jesse Markin

One of Finland’s brightest talents of late, with the most stunning fusion of RnB and pop. A bold presence on stage, this set was mind blowingly epic and captivating.