New Music: Rebecca & Fiona

I first saw these two Swedish club DJ’s when they were the warm up act for Robyn at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. They’ve now got their own single, and it sounds a bit like something Robyn would sing herself, which is a good thing. Check out here.

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When Swedes do soul…

… they really go for it. Courtesy of Swedish Stereo, this is a video for a band called Ansiktet. And to the regular, non Swedish music fan it’ll just look like a standard video. But it isn’t a standard video. It’s got Salem Al Fakir, Peter Jöback, Christian Waltz, Christian Olsson (Fibes Oh Fibes), Musse Hasselvall, Mange Schmidt, Thomas Rusiak, Eric Gadd and Magnus Carlson guesting. These are very huge stars in Sweden. The song’s a bit standard but I won’t lie to you, it’s the most exciting thing I’ve seen today.

New Music: The Fix

Swedish rock/pop along the lines of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and a bit of Lenny Kravitz. Check out here.

First Listen: Lo-Fi-Fnk ‘Boom’

With a big throwback to French house comes this big tune by my favourite Swedish dance duo.

New Music: Niels Nielsen

Swedish solo indie rocker Niels Nielson’s most recent solo album, Cmon Vultures: Part 1 includes folk-inspired pop tracks drawing inspiration from the likes of The Radio Dept. and Modest Mouse. The album also features more upbeat, danceable tracks, such as “Tell Me Now” and “Absolutes,” along the lines of Peter Bjorn and John.

MP3 – Niels Nielsen – Tell Me Now

New Music: Kaka

Yea, he really does go by the name of Kaka, yet his music is anything but. Swedish pop that is kinda happy and sad at the same time. It’s a grower for sure and I love it. Check out here.

MP3: Kaka – Worth Waiting For

First Watch: Robyn ‘Call Your Girlfriend’

I love Robyn (as you might have guessed if you’re a regular on here). Video’s great, even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the song when I first heard it but watching this makes me change my mind. Gonna dance like her next time I’m rockin’ the discotheque.

Good Swedish Hip Hop: Alexis Weak – Släpp Taget

You don’t need to understand it, just give it a go. Check out more Alexis Weak here.

New Music: Fibes, Oh Fibes!

This band isn’t actually new – they’ve been around for a few years now, and have already released a couple of albums in native Sweden. It’s happy soul-pop with a harmless rock edge to it. Check out here.

New Music: Nause

Swedish housey pop- makes me want to be in the middle of a big dancefloor in Stockholm rubbing with hot Swedes. Check out here.

New Music: Lilla Sällskapet

A little lesson in Swedish… ‘Snart’ which is the title to this lovely track you hear above, means ‘Soon’. ‘Lilla Sällskapet’, the act that are responsible for it, means ‘small society’- although I could be wrong- I’m still very new to the language. You don’t need to speak Swedish to enjoy it though. It’s the kind of music that lifts you up and takes you somewhere lush. Check out here.

New Music: Danny Saucedo

Danny Saucedo is already huge in Sweden, and recently came second in this year’s Melodifestivalen which I went to see. He’s finally coming to the UK with this single featuring Freja. The video is very filthy! Check out here.

Probably Sweden’s biggest pop song this year…

I love this video for two reasons. First is the song is so catchy and summery it’s impossible for it not to stick in your head the whole day. Secondly the words popping up on the screen are teaching me a bit of Swedish, which is good. Love it. It’s a matter of time before they turn this with English lyrics and release it across Europe. It’s by Eric Amarillo and will be released in Sweden this Monday. It’s almost on loop on Swedish radio these last couple of weeks.

First Watch: Little Majorette ‘Never Be The Same’

Out now, produced by Pontus Winnberg from Miike Snow. Check out here.

Live: Lykke Li at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Despite living 10 minutes away from the Shepherds Bush Empire where Lykke Li played tonight, I still managed to get there late enough to only find space to stand on the top tier of this bigger-than-it-seems venue. I wish I came earlier. First I heard of Lykke Li’s music a few years ago I found her a bit scary- just because it was a bit dark and intense for me. But then I saw her live some time ago and saw the vulnerability of her songs and fell in love.

Tonight was mostly stuff from her new record (Wounded Rhymes), and there was some serious attention to detail with the staging of this gig… Very good.

New Music: Beldina

This is a very dancey little song- it took a couple of listens to get in to but it’s actually pretty good. It has a bit of that lovely Ed Banger French disco vibe that was so huge a few years back. Check out here.

New Music: Shallow Sense

I get asked sometimes how I pick who to feature on this blog. Most of the time I’ll listen to all the music I get without knowing who’s behind the songs, and pick the ones I like the most. Then I’ll find out who they’re by and do a bit of research.

The thing that amazes me the most is that whenever I do this, I end up with one or two songs every time that are outstanding and most likely to be by Swedish acts. That’s why I’ve set up a Swedish Music page on here- they just get it right! This is Shallow Sense. They have a very strong sound, mixing some electro in a Miike Snow (another Swedish talent) style with indie. Check out here.

Spot the hip hop difference

One’s a huge MC from the UK, the other from Sweden. Both have massive followings and raid the charts in their own countries constantly. Both released albums last year. Both signed to the same label ( I think). Petter and Professor Green.

A big box of joy came in the post today

 

I don’t care- this box made me yelp. It’s cost me a fortune but you can’t put a price on your passion- no matter how camp it can be. This 6 CD box set has pretty much every Melodifestivalen track since the show was launched in it’s current format in 2002. There’s a book that comes with it. I didn’t get a chance to buy this when I was Stockholm last week (when I went to watch the real thing) so I had to order it via import. Just as well- it’s a massive box. This is definitely gonna keep me out of trouble for a few weeks…