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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
A mix as random as you would expect…
Listen to the full album here.
Finally! Robyn’s new album ‘Honey’ is out today – give it a spin on Spotify or buy it up on iTunes. Trademark sounds here from the queen of Scandi pop!
The original, undisputed genius of Swedish pop over the last decade seems to have returned on top form!
Stumbled across this interesting article over on The Independent – check it out!
Robyn has invited some of her favorite artists in dance music from across the globe to remix key tracks from throughout her career, including Axel Boman, The Mekanism, Harry Choo Choo Romero, The Black Madonna, Cassius, Zhala & Heal the World, Joakim and Mr Tophat. Two coming every Friday. Follow the playlist on Spotify for all new tracks.
I’m not a big fan of this show but Calum Scott’s cover is so good.
Half a decade ago I started this site with no clear aim on what it should be about, or for what purpose. I was a bit down and bored with too much spare time and not enough fun.
In time as I’ve learnt more about myself, I’ve come to realise that discovering new music – or music as a whole – is something I just can’t do without.
I didn’t care how cool, or current, or how unfinished, or how dated something sounded. If I connected with it then I didn’t need anyone to tell me that what I was listening to was good or bad, right or wrong.
I started to feature sounds before most people had heard them. It didn’t matter what genre they were. I just posted what I liked. And I just kept going. Over the years the followers started to grow and I came to learn that I am not the only one to think this way about music.
That is what Alfitude has evolved into. I’m not the biggest music site on the web. But I know that when it comes to the followers on here- there’s a real love for music.
I’ve seen unsigned talent get featured and have the deals they deserve, and that’s an awesome feeling.
I’m sharing some Robyn with you in this post for a reason. These past twelve months have been the hardest for me, and only recently have I started to think with a clear head again. ‘With Every Heartbeat’ had randomly appeared on a shuffle two weeks ago and something in me changed; a new level of optimism that I wish I could share with you all. I’d never quite felt anything like it before- it was as though the world was trying to tell me a message. And I haven’t felt the same since.
That’s what music does.
Thank you everyone for following Alfitude all this time. None of it would have existed without you and the passion that you share with me. There are no plans for any of it to stop. In fact, it feels like a new beginning…