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.

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Live: Amanda Tenfjord at Ja Ja Ja

London’s biggest monthly showcase dedicated solely to Scandinavian music featured one of Norway’s most promising pop starlets last night, Amanda Tenfjord.

The amount of talent that has emerged from the country this year has been exceptional so I am keen to see what else is in store in 2019.

Sweden’s Orkid (channelling a sassy electro sound) and Denmark’s Luster (with a unique blend of power pop and rock) also played sets in the evening.

Live: LANY at O2 Forum London

Arguably one of the largest American ‘boy bands’ to impact across the world, I watched LANY perform to a packed crowd yesterday evening in London’s Forum.

Stunning set, mega loyal fans and the best chilled musical vibes you could expect.

Sophomore record ‘Malibu Nights’ is out now and carries their trademark blend of minimal soft, heartbreaking pop with a wistful charm.

Oh, and the support from APRE was pretty slick too…

Live: Haux at OMEARA London

Haux has produced some incredibly stunning sounds over the last couple of years, and watching him this evening really brought that intensity to life.

The duets with Rosie Carney were particularly cute.

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Live: Betty Who at Bush Hall London

One of pop’s most promising kids right now, Betty Who played to a packed out crowd at Bush Hall in London this evening. Top stuff.

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Live: Jack & Jack at Bush Hall London

Popped by Bush Hall last night to catch Jack & Jack for their London show. They’ve got seriously loyal fans… that’s all I can say! Good pop!

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Live: Albin Lee Meldau at OMEARA London

I caught Swedish neo-soul superstar in the making, Albin Lee Meldau earlier this week in London’s Omeara. Incredible talent!

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2017’s Random List

Now in it’s sixth edition (yep… I’ve been around that long), my Random List seems to be the most visited post on this blog every ear.

Due to life being hectic I haven’t had much time to reflect on the last twelve months much, but I feel that while people are claiming new music is losing it’s direction – well, it’s good to shake things up every so often.

I’ve found myself mostly being drawn to pop in 2017, although there was a lack of those ‘massive’ hit singles that we usually see in previous years. Nonetheless, credit given where it’s deserved…

Banger Of The Year

The older I get, the more I start to dig Justin Bieber. I don’t know why. It is what it is. I think this is one of the best radio hits of the year.

Trend Of The Year

Hot British guys who manage to blend RnB with soul and funk, each of them in a very unique and painfully cool way. You’ve got Zak Abel, SG Lewis, Tom Misch, Toulouse, Louis Mattrs, Jarreau Vandal… The list goes on. And actually, I am near obsessed with each of these guys.

Scandi Country To Have Perfected Pop

Norway (they managed this accolade back in 2015 as well). I mean it couldn’t be anywhere else this year. In the last year we’ve seen some excellent music from Astrid S, SigridDagny, dePresno, Smerz… The country even has it’s own museum dedicated to pop (it’s the cool building you see up there). That’s saying something. Check out my full list of Norwegian talent here.

Best Hair

ALMA! Finnish talent has never been so exciting! The hair’s even got it’s own (amazing) song.

Most Tear-Jerking Music Moment

Portugal’s Salvador Sobral winning Eurovision this year. Whatever you think of this TV show, the kid (who was struggling with heart problems) single handedly commanded a huge arena and a whole world to listen to this blissful and simple melody.

Best Track Not Sung In English

Cezinando’s ‘Håper du har plass’ is undoubtedly my most loved song of the year. Entirely in Norwegian (see, Norway getting another mention on the same List), this mellow hip hop sound mixed with some strings had me emotional all the way through. I still feel warm when I listen to it now. And it took his home country by storm too. Just look at the love from the crowd on this…

Best Gig

Jessie Reyez put on a very short set at London’s tiny Miranda venue back in May this year, and the buzz in the room was inspiring. Powerful vocals, intensely sharp lyrics and beautiful melodies.

Most Played On My iTunes

Yep – Swedish music had to make an entry on this list somewhere. I honestly don’t know what the deal is with We The Kids aside from the fast that they released this great piece of Scandi pop earlier in the year, and that they came from the Tenacity label which is run by mega-important Swedish production company Ten. Believe it or not, this clocked up 170 plays on my iTunes since July so I really hope more comes in 2018!

Likely To Be Huge In 2018

This is a tricky one because there’s a few on my radar. I think a safe bet will be the UK’s Tom Walker. I’ve seen him live a few times this year and I honestly think he has great mainstream appeal.

But I also want to mention a Danish talent called Maximillian, who’s been on my radar for some time and I can’t fault any of his releases to date…

And there we have it! I hope you’re all as excited as I am about the next twelve months, and thank you for logging on and enjoying the music that I post – it gives me so much life!

For previous editions of The Random List, head here.

 

 

 

Live: Misunderstood at The Curtain London

London duo Misunderstood played The Curtain this evening, showing off some slick pop and RnB sounds. Blurry picture is due to some on-point choreography :)

Live: Jerry Williams + Sam Fender at Courtyard Theatre London

Back from seeing Jerry Williams‘s cute and catchy pop set at London’s Courtyard Theatre, in contrast to Sam Fender‘s epic indie-rock sound for BBC Music Introducing .

Live: Matt Maltese at Moth Club

Matt Maltese played a sell-out gig at London’s Moth Club this evening. Stunning vocals and a simple set… Was pretty special.

Live: Tom Walker at The Scotch of St James

Back from seeing a secret little show from Tom Walker at The Scotch of St James. It was a short and sweet set – the vocal is still immense!

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Live: Tom Walker at OMEARA London

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Probably one of the loudest, happiest gigs I’ve been to this year so far. Tom Walker loves his fans, and his fans certainly love him back…

Support from Etham was pretty special too.

 

Live: Dua Lipa + Off Bloom at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Shepherd’s Bush was the place to be in London last night! Being one of the UK’s biggest pop exports of late, Dua Lipa put up an impressive gig to a sold-out crowd, with support from Danish indie-electro outfit Off Bloom.

Live: Rhys Lewis at Borderline London

Rhys Lewis played London’s Borderline last night where he showed off a pretty likeable pop-rock vibe. Fun night.

Live: Sailor & I at Pickle Factory London

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I saw Sailor & I last evening at London’s intimate Pickle Factory. The sound coming out of this Swedish talent through a good sound system is one thing, but hearing the synths and beats live was on another level! Debut album ‘The Invention of Loneliness’ is out now via Skint.

Live: Harlea / Petrie at Sebright Arms London

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Caught Harlea do a short set at London’s Sebright Arms today… Umm… WOW! This kid is carrying the flag for British rock with some serious power.

Support from Petrie was also pretty special.

Live: HONNE at The Roundhouse

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Probably the most anticipated gig of the year for me. I’ve made no secret of how much I love HONNE so seeing them at London’s Roundhouse last night was just… Epic.