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If you’re looking for a funk-filled gem that is an absolute blast from the get go, look no further than ‘August’ by Norwegian duo Jimmy Smash (aka Mikkel Graham Guttormsen and Håvard Lyngstad). Arriving with an equally chilled out animated set of visuals by Tezo Kyungdon Lee, the shimmering single fuses lush grooves and percussive bursts with infectious melodies and dreamy vocals. Let Jimmy Smash sweep you off with your feet with the vibrant atmospherics of ‘August’ here.
Norwegian artist, producer and creative Lokoy teams up with Nils Bech on striking new single ‘relay’ which is lifted from his forthcoming debut album titled ‘badminton’. Driven by a lively beat which blends together African-inspired percussion as well as sampled Icelandic church choirs, ‘relay’ is a vivid pop cut that’s finessed by those light and airy vocals. Check out ‘relay’ here and keep an eye out for ‘badminton’ which is out January 22nd.
Norway based singer/songwriter Beharie shares stunning, slow burning single in the form of ‘Me and My Lonely’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s glorious ‘Beharie’ EP, the guitar-laden single sees the newcomer lay down his gentle, heartwarming tones over an ever blossoming, soul-stirring soundscape. Perfect for the colder months to come, ‘Me and My Lonely’ is a welcome return from the rising artist.
Copenhagen-based, Norwegian electronic duo Smerz share ‘I don’t talk about that much / Hva hvis’, taken from their forthcoming ‘Believer’ project. The singles follow Catharina Stoltenberg and Henriette Motzfeldt’s 2018 EP ‘Have fun’ as well as recent cuts ‘The favourite / Rap interlude’ and capture the pair’s exhilarating and cinematic sound. Blistering electronics and synths skitter across the sweeping soundscape as the pair’s heavenly tones are laid down with a delicate touch to create the perfectly juxtaposing sound on ‘I don’t talk about that much’ whilst the latter single embodies a minimal instrumentation of gorgeous strings. Check out the songs here and keep an eye out for ‘Believer’ which will be released via XL Recordings soon.
Introducing Norwegian singer/songwriter Marie Noreger and her delightful new single ‘Soulfully High’ which is lifted from her upcoming debut EP. The follow up to previous cut ‘Adore’ sees the newcomer showcase her poetic storytelling and sublime vocals over an uplifting and fluttery soundbed consisting of glittering electronics and warm guitars. Dive into the captivating single here and keep an eye out for Noreger’s debut EP which is out early next year.
Norwegian artist Sassy 009 aka Sunniva Lindgaard delivers an explosive electronic-led single in the form of ‘Ghost Town’. Recorded in collaboration with Spotify’s Oyster Playlist, the single serves as the striking follow up to last year’s exceptional ‘Thrasher’. On ‘Ghost Town’, Sassy 009 works her magic over a potent bassline that boasts equally frenetic breakbeats that’ll get your heart racing from start to finish. Dive into the single here, it’s a stomper!
Norwegian rapper Ivan Ave was one of the first artists to grace the COLORS stage, if you haven’t checked out his performance of ‘Hello’ yet, head over here. This past week, the artist unveiled his stellar new album ‘Double Goodbyes’ which enlists the likes of fellow COLORS alumni Joyce Wrice and Sasac, and features stand out cuts like ‘Triple Double Love’ and ‘Nu Path’. On ‘Double Goodbyes’, Ivan Ave is a breath of fresh air as he channels a vibrant and refreshing new sound that takes elements of soul, jazz and hip-hop encased in electronic beats. Check out the brilliant record here.
Introducing Norwegian newcomer fijitrip who shares ‘New$hoes’, another captivating single taken from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Tech’. Serving as the follow up to debut cut ‘Not Like’ which dropped last month, ‘New$hoes’ is a glitchy, electronic-led track that captures an element of playfulness whilst shrouding the true sentiment; a one-sided relationship. With these two tracks alone, fijitrip has shown why he’s one of the most exciting artists around – check out the vibrant lyric video to the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Tech’ which is out later this month.
Norwegian singer/songwriter Emilie Nicolas returns with her first new single since 2018 in the form of ‘Who’s Gonna Love You’. Lifted from her forthcoming third album which is out this May, the infectious cut follows up 2018’s magnificent album ‘Tranquille Emile’ and continues to show why Nicolas is one of the most exciting voices to come out of Norway. Backed up by a super slick beat, its Nicolas’ pristine vocals and laidback delivery that truly shine – check out the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for the new album.
Norwegian singer/songwriter Farida shares an incredibly empowering and explosive new single in the form of ‘IGotBetterThingsToDo’. If you’re looking for a track that will get those energy levels up, look no further than because on ‘IGotBetterThingsToDo’, Farida’s slick vocals and sharp lines will do that just as they glide across the expansive production with ease.
If you’re looking for a spectacular slice of Nordic pop, look no further than ‘New Fears’, the striking new single from rising artist Hannah Emilie Grung aka Halie. The single serves as the follow up to recently released single ‘Circling’ and again showcases the Norwegian artist’s superb ability to write infectious pop songs that carry a powerful message of not letting our fears get in the way of what we really want to do or achieve.
Norwegian songstress and COLORS alum Charlotte Dos Santos shares the utterly breathtaking and healing new single ‘Harvest Time’. A song about “killing your ego and burying the old”, ‘Harvest Time’ is a spellbinding and soulful affair as the Oslo based artist’s soothing tones wash over the gentle and serene instrumentation. This sense of release and regeneration is captured wonderfully in the song’s accompanying music video which sees Dos Santos surrounded by nature; whether it’s lush fields or a wondrous waterfall.
Oslo based newcomer Christian Beharie aka Beharie introduces himself with his spellbinding eponymous debut EP which highlights his poetic songwriting and enticing vocals. From the calming atmospherics of singles like ‘I Need You’ and ‘What We Started” to the more vibrant and energetic vibrations of ‘Alone’ and ‘Let Me Out’, Beharie showcases his immense versatility with each track offering a varying slice of the artist’s unique sound.
Norwegian duo Konradsen (comprised of vocalist/pianist Jenny Marie Sabel and multi-instrumentalist Eirik Vildgren) share their sparse yet hauntingly beautiful new single ‘Dice’, taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Saints And Sebastian Stories’. Since introducing themselves with ‘Never Say A’ a year ago, the pair have continued to impress with their intimate and utterly captivating compositions with singles like ‘Baby Hallelujah’ and ‘Television Land’. With ‘Dice’, Konradsen strip away the production to allow the twinkling keys and Marie Sabel’s honeyed tones.
Originally a trio comprising of Sunniva Lindgaard, Teodora Georgijevic and Johanna Scheie Orellana, who released their hypnotic debut EP ‘Do You Mind’ back in 2017, Sassy 009 is now the solo project of Lindgaard. Earlier this week, Sassy 009 shared her debut single ‘Thrasher’. An apt title as the song encompasses a frenetic and utterly intoxicating electronic beat which is accompanied by a striking Andreas Bjørseth-directed music video.
Norweigian producer Magnus August Høiberg aka Cashmere Cat shares ‘EMOTIONS’, the playful and vibrant lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album ‘PRINCESS CATGIRL’. The track is Cashmere Cat’s first taste of new solo music since last year’s ‘Miss You’ with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Embodying Høiberg’s signature pop prowess, ‘EMOTIONS’ is another delectable cut that might just get you crying and on the dance floor – but not necessarily in that order!
Bergen based singer/songwriter Shikoswe first entered the foray with ‘The Hour of the Body’, the stunning debut EP which showcased her magical voice and ardent songwriting. With a firm fragility, Shikoswe’s voice is soft and comforting – and those golden tones are exactly what shine on latest single ‘Two Heads in a Room’, a post-Valentine’s Day cut soundtracked by heartwarming guitars and a spirited beat.With more new music on the way, there’s a lot to get excited about when it comes to Shikoswe.
- The Norwegian creative comet Lil Halima makes alternative pop evoking melancholic feelings. The 19 year old popstar writes, produces and makes her own cover-art. Lil Halima ́s short videos of herself playing and singing on Instagram have attracted a significant following and led to her signing with Def Jam Norway last year. Her new single Train blends crunchy, electronic elements with a smooth soulful groove, adding an airy, easygoing pop-song to her catalogue before her debut EP drops in October this year.