Alex Metric & Jacques Lu Cont feat. Malin – Safe With You

Alex Metric & Jacques Lu Cont feat. Malin - Safe With You

Some new disco for Friday courtesy of Alex Metric & Jacques Lu Cont with vocals from one of Sweden’s most recognisable new pop voices, Malin. Released in September on Ministry of Sound.

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Interview: Quickfire with Vanbot

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One of my favourite newbie electropop princesses to emerge from Sweden, Vanbot has certainly been carving a name out for herself. You’ll be hard pressed to not find a music blog that claims to have some knowledge of Scandi music without featuring Vanbot’s tracks. Here’s a few short and sweet questions I threw to the lady herself. Check it out!

For those readers who may not know who Vanbot is, how would you describe your sound?

I try to create tension between the beautiful and the skewed electronic sound. I’m hooked on the idea to find a balance between catchy melodies and twisted synthesizers.

What inspires you to write?

I’m inspired by the things in life that communicate something hidden, an honest message. That’s what I call the nerve and that is something I always try to reflect in my songs.

Who are your musical idols?

I listen a to a lot of different music such as Apparat, Crystal Castles, Niki & The Dove, El Perro Del Mar.

Who’s your favourite up and coming singer?

I like the sound of NONONO (video below) and Sad, Vibrant and The Power!

Is it easier to write songs that are happy, or sad?

I feel the need to express my feelings and thoughts much more in hard times than in the good times. I think the hard times makes us come closer to life and to each other, and life becomes more real. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s sad.

Why do you think so much good music comes out of Sweden?

I’m really proud of my fellow Swedes. In Sweden we have a tradition of music schools from early ages and also a lot of opportunities to study music for free after high school. That gave me the opportunity to dare to try!

Who would you love to collaborate with?

I would love to collaborate with Apparat. I love their sound! It’s repetitive like Steve Reich, emotional like Bon Iver, and atmospheric like Loney, Dear.

What’s planned in the future for you?

My focus is primarily on the album that will be released this fall, I’m really excited about that! But we will also try to squeeze in some shows when we’re not in the studio.

Follow the lovely Vanbot on Facebook here!

Pearl Fiction + Niki And The Dove + Sound Of Arrows

This is cute. New track from Pearl Fiction and featuring two super hot Swedish bands: Niki And The Dove and Sound Of Arrows.

Check out Niki & The Dove’s first mixtape

I’ll be honest, some of the delights thrown in this mixtape are a bit too bizarre for my liking but it’s a good listen nonetheless.

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!

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.

BBC Sound of 2012 revealed!

Not to sound sad but this is one of my favourite moments of the year- when the BBC Sound of 2012 list is revealed. If you are unaware of how important this list of musicians is, check out the same list from 2011 and see how many predictions are household names now. This list is a big, big deal- so get used to the names this year because you’ll be hearing from them a lot in the next twelve months. The list is compiled by music bigshots. The top five will be revealed in the week commencing 2 January. Here’s the full list:

I’m proud of the number of artists on that list that I featured before… Boasting over and done with now!

First Watch: Niki & The Dove ‘The Drummer’

Niki & The Dove was featured here long, long before many people started to realise her amazingness. This is her new single and it is sick. The beats just melt like butter. Check out here.

New Music: Niki and The Dove

I stumbled across this randomly on Myspace. A little haunting. ‘DJ Ease My Mind’ is like a mesh between Lykke Li and The Knife. amazing. Check out here.