SWAYDAY – Disconnecting

I’m finding Swedish boyband SWAYDAY’s recent tracks as a breath of fresh air. The music has an undeniably universal pop sound, and yet still feels uniquely individualistic.

Lead singer Arthur wrote the lyrics about a painful break up with someone he once loved on this song, and for that you may experience an essence of melancholy nestled within a playful melody here.

SWAYDAY

Watch: SHY Martin – Are You Happy?

In the midst of writing hits for the likes of Bebe Rexha, Astrid S, Kygo, Ellie Goulding, ALMA and Jess Glynne to name a few, SHY Martin still manages to release one stunning track after another. I really can’t get enough!

The sophomore EP ‘Sad Songs’ is out now.

SHY Martin

New Music: Sannah Sae

A polished and sleek piece of melodic electro pop which still feels emotive despite the Swedish lyrics!

Sannah Sae

SG Lewis – Impact (with Robyn & Channel Tres)

This song is the highlight of my year… Period! Three of my biggest dance-pop artists coming together like this gives me hope for the rest of this cursed year.

Robyn | SG Lewis | Channel Tres

Alex Holtti + LOVA – Oblivion

A stunning collaboration between two of Scandinavia’s most promising exports in recent years.

Alex Holtti | LOVA

New Music: Ida Tosh

Swedish queer-pop with an emphasis on blending techno and electro elements into something quite unique and charming.

“This song is about the fuzzy feeling of falling in love, with somebody who isn’t a man.”

Ida Tosh

Sofia Vivere – What’s Best For Me

Since being featured last year, Sofia has gained a nomination from Scandinavia’s biggest music magazine GAFFA for ‘Breakthrough of the Year’, and it seems that’s just the beginning for this 20-year old Swede. ‘What’s Best For Me’ is a punchy slice of self-empowered pop that demands you to listen up and pay attention!

“This single is about being the boss over your own life, encouraging especially girls to do as they like.”

Sofia Vivere

New Music: Ida Hansson

A Danish/ Swedish talent who has mastered the sound of alternative RnB, infused with subtle pop quirks, and balanced with an essence of raw emotion and authenticity. It’s a very interesting approach to the genre and the song itself is pretty mesmerising from the first moment you press play.

Ida Hansson

New Music: 20 Milk

Conceptual electronic pop with a dark, yet playful essence.

20 Milk

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Lee Bowie – Lucky Fool

Swedish outfit Lee Bowie are back today with a song that is frankly, as bonkers and eclectic as you would expect from pop.

The song is inspired by 90’s Finnish breakbeat, kids TV and upper-middle class kids doing speed at festivals. It’s a riot!

Lee Bowie

Buster Moe – Blackbird

A perfect fusion of dark pop and indie. The sound feels raw and emotive while still carrying a sense of hope.

“I think many of us have felt lonely these last months. I was completely locked away from the outside world for a month and it really got to me. I’ve always liked to be alone but only when its my own choice. I wrote the song as a way do deal with the quarantine and was just like damn i just wanna leave the house and do something. Wouldn’t it be awesome to just be that black bird and leave the city?”

Buster Moe

New Music: SoLonely

An understated Swedish mix of RnB and hip hop. The sound has a soft sense of intensity, while still feeling airy and mellow.

SoLonely

Atlas Knox – Honeypot

Atlas Knox are a mysterious producing and writing outfit who have worked on hits with Stormzy, Not3s, Chaka Khan, Jax Jones, Duke Dumont and Florence and The Machine to name a few.

We won’t know who they really are, since their focus is on the music. And it’s great; this collaboration with Swedish starlet Lune is a fantastic pop release.

“We want to be unencumbered by fame, class, race, age, gender, and outside influence. We seek to not just exist, but to optimistically, economically, and sustainably, produce more love than we consume.”

Atlas Knox | Lune

Zara Larsson – Love Me Land

Zara never fails to disappoint. I am living for this disco vibe she’s worked up… Absolutely huge. HUGE!

Zara Larsson

New Music: ruus

Some songs you press play to, and immediately know that you’ll love. This is one of those moments. Swedish talent ruus is a singer songwriter who works closely with producer DIMD to create an eclectic and alternative edge to pop.

“Sometimes you hang out with people you don’t necessarily like, but because you don’t want to create a bad mood in the group, you smile and are polite. But sometimes you have to wake up and change the situation to feel good about yourself. Stop pretending some days.”

ruus

lennixx – Bold Me

I’ve always sensed something special about Swedish soul-pop dup lennix; and this release has really finally gained the momentum they rightfully deserve. This track is a slice of audio heaven.

lennixx

Anthony Dircson x ISA – Know Me Better

Some of the catchiest EDM pop you’ll likely hear this week, courtesy of the 21-year old Dutch DJ & producer Anthony Dircson, and vocals from Swedish mega talent ISA.

“‘Know Me Better’ is about after a break up when your ex still is keeping you on a leash, letting you close when they feel like it, and abandoning you the other day. You’ve come to a point where it doesn’t matter what lies this person throws at you. You know you deserve better and that you’ll be fine on your own.”

Anthony Dircson | ISA

Slide – Keep Shining

Swedish duo Slide (Albin Skeppholm and Simon Werner) have crafted quite a name for themselves with their unique indie sound; one that plays with lots of other genres in a way that feels both interesting yet understated.

“We felt like young people nowadays, including us, spend a lot of time worrying about the future and growing up and making money and stuff like that. And we don’t really have the answers either so we’re pretty much just singing to ourselves saying “keep going it’ll all make sense at some point’.”

Taken from their forthcoming sophomore EP, ‘Things I Tell Myself’ which is out on 31 July.

Slide

Violet Days – This Year’s Summer

While lockdown has hampered with all of our summer plans this year, hearing releases like this by Swedish outfit Violet Days make things feel a little better.

Violet Days

Örnsberg – I Love You

I’ve featured Örnsberg a couple of times on here through the years. The Swedish talent has created a deliciously mellow electro-pop sound with a sexy vibe on this release.

Örnsberg