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Stockholm artist and producer ishi vu shares the first taste of his forthcoming debut album in the form of ‘Isolated Incidents’. A solid dancefloor track that’s packed with gritty electronics and catchy melodies, ‘Isolated Incidents’ wonderfully straddles the line between experimental and pop to create an entirely immersive and hypnotic atmosphere. Dive into the swirling soundscapes here and be sure to keep an eye out for ishi vu’s debut album which is out early next via Different Recordings.
Stockholm-based singer and guitarist JÁNA collaborates with Nigerian-American duo VanJess on her breathtaking new single ‘Green’. Serving as the first taste of her forthcoming new EP which follows this year’s ‘Flowerworks’ EP, the spellbinding cut is soundtracked by a vibrant electronic soundbed tinged with gorgeous synths as JÁNA and VanJess lay down their nonintoxicating smooth vocals. Check out the single, which portrays a relationship filled with jealousy here, it’s an absolute gem.
Swedish singer, songwriter and producer Sam Ezeh steps into the spotlight with soulful and groove-inflected debut single ‘CRISIS’. Citing the likes of Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar and Prince as inspirations, Sam Ezeh wonderfully navigates the self-produced soundscape of lush guitars and crisp beats as he sings about “escaping your problems, running away from things you know you eventually can’t hide from”. Dive into the vibrant atmospherics of ‘CRISIS’ and it’s equally exceptional self-directed music video here.
Swedish duo lennixx (aka Hanna Larsson and Andrea Kallström) return with another dazzling slice of silky R&B with ‘Bold Me’. Having already impressed with their stunning debut EP ‘Split By’ last year, the rising duo take things to another level with latest offering ‘Bold Me’ which encompasses a dreamy, luscious soundscape with the pair’s heavenly vocals magically blending together. Tuck into ‘Bold Me’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from lennixx this year.
Rising Swedish pop-star-in-the-making Hanna Jäger aka Yaeger teams up with Oscar Scheller on latest single ‘Nosebleed’, the follow up to ‘Peace n War’, a collaboration with Casper The Ghost. Encompassing a lo-fi atmosphere that sees Scheller lay down a slick trap-inspired beat riddled with soft electronics as the pair’s yearning tones wash over the soundscape. Check out the single up top and be sure to look out for more from this rising artist.
Consider yourself introduced to Swedish-Congolese singer/rapper/songwriter Blenda and her explosive debut single ‘Options’ which dropped in March. Today, the single is accompanied by a quarantine-ready visual which features Blenda and her friends vibe to the slick track via a video call. Encompassing a pristine, crisp beat which boasts a pounding bass whilst Blenda lays down her super smooth vocals, ‘Options’ makes quite the impression and sets Blenda as one to watch.
Stockholm based songstress JÁNA (pronounced yah-na) introduces herself with her stunning debut single ‘Wild Roses’. The single is a dreamy and enchanting cut that features the newcomer’s lusciously smooth vocals that gracefully float atop the woozy, groove-inflected instrumentation penned by the Swedish heavyweights and COLORS alumni Little Dragon. Check out the dazzling single and it’s gorgeous video here, and keep an eye out for JÁNA’s forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Flowerworks’ which is set for release on July 3rd.
Consider yourself introduced to Swedish newcomer Max Nilsson aka Where Is Maps who steps into the spotlight with a dazzling single in the form of ‘Never The Same’. The infectious pop song serves as the lead single to his forthcoming debut EP which is out on December 17th via new label Dreams Never Die. Listen as Nilsson’s alluring vocals sweep across the bright soundscape that boasts groovy guitarlines, subtle synths and a killer beat.
Swedish singer/songwriter Nirob Islam aka SHY Nodi shares another delectable slice of trap inspired pop in the form of ‘Busy Making Plans’. The Stockholm based artist, who’s written for the likes of Jess Glyne, John Newman, The Chainsmokers and more, impresses once more as his slick vocals sweep across the crisp and icy production penned by Freddy Alexander.
Sarah Klang’s warming music is exactly what we need during this time of year. Her powerful voice fits perfectly along with the beautiful instrumentation, as you can hear in ’Call Me’, the lead single from her new record ‘Creamy Blue’. The lyrics serve as an anthem for the brokenhearted, the forever romantic, the dreamer and the believer. Through ‘Creamy Blue’, Sarah Klang evokes every emotion and every step from being in a relationship til it’s end; it’s a reconciliation between her and her own heart, it is a ten track confession of how a relationship can affect you.
‘Summer 3000’ is the debut EP from the emerging Swedish R&B-duo called Hannes, who first made an impression when COLORS alum Seinabo Sey invited them on stage at the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden in August. The singer’s silky smooth voice is an invitation to the world of late summer nights, teenage love and a mix of different emotions whilst the production encompasses a captivating simplicity. ‘Summer 3000’ is more than just an EP, it is everything, it has everything: the voice, the lyrics, the beats.
Ness Hakin is the definition of true artistry. The Swedish artist’s debut EP ‘De va meningen’ (translates to “It was the point” in English), which dropped this past September, explores the different steps you go through when you lose yourself. A sensational blend of spoken word, smooth R&B and soul, the project evokes a sense of realness, of purity and honesty. This is the soundtrack of being true to yourself and to not let fear, your emotion and struggles to get in the way of life – because, eventually, it will get better.
Swedish based artist and producer Simon On The Moon shares the latest single from his forthcoming ‘Milk’ EP in the form of ‘Sleeping With You’. The dazzling single serves as the follow up to previously released offerings ‘Lied 2 U’, ‘Stromboli’ and the titular ‘Milk’. Sparkling guitar riffs are accompanied by Simon’s delectably smooth, falsetto-laden tones to create a refreshingly vibrant and groove-inflected atmosphere.
Swedish rap sensation Z.E. opens up his banger ’74 Bars’ with the fiery line “Tar inte klubbspelningar, bara festivaler” (no more club shows, only festivals), setting the scene wonderfully for his equally explosive flow. Z.E has been topping the Swedish music charts ever since the debut a little over two years ago. With the gift of eloquently incorporating his life experiences into the rapping, Z.E has reached out to every Scandinavian music lover from the upper North to the South.
On ’74 Bars’, Z.E. looks forwards, after touring around the country at different clubs, Z.E. sets his sights on playing for bigger crowds and festivals. The past months have seen the rapper flourish with a slew of unexpected releases, where each song has it’s special signature sound. Z.E is and will always be one of the top dogs of Swedish hip hop.
‘Houdini’ is the debut album of the emerging Swedish rapper Prins Daniel (Prince Daniel). The album is a 15 track masterpiece showcasing Daniels’ lyrical prowess as the record explores a mix of political views over slick beats. Prins Daniel brings up the social structures and doesn’t shy away from wearing his heart on sleeve.
‘Citroner’ (Lemons in English), the lead single from the record delves into social structures, Daniels comments on how milennials are not being true to themselves and reaching out to please everybody without actually doing anything. It is about a digital generation saying that they have strong political views and that they care about the world, but behind those words lies a privileged person who actually doesn’t care about other people. Prins Daniel is a poetic genius. Prins Daniel is art, a living, walking and talking proof of an excellent rapper. One thing is for sure: his journey has just begun.
Iranian-Swedish artist Nadia Tehran teases the release of her forthcoming new debut ‘Dozakh: All Lovers Hell’ (out May 16th) with brand new single ‘Jet’. Reminiscent on M.I.A.’s superhit ‘Paper Planes’, ‘Jet’ takes flight with a pounding drum beat and fantastic bass which is backed up by Tehran’s empowering and ruthless, almost careless flow. It’s this relentless delivery that gives the track a sense of freedom – it’s say to say that ‘Jet’ will instantly get you hyped, no matter what.
‘Zebrapojken’ (Zebra Boy in English) is the debut album from Swedish/Gambian rapper Erik Lundin. He has been a part of the Swedish rap scene for over a decade, starting off by rapping in English under the name of Eboi. His first offering in his native tongue of Swedishwas in the form of an EP called ‘Suedi’ in 2015.
The record ‘Zebrapojken’ is a reference to the Swedish word zebrabarn (zebra kids) which means kids that grow up during bad circumstances: their emotional lives are striped because of the vast change of feeling happy and/or sad. The ten track album takes the listeners through a musical journey of emotions and real life scenarios as Erik gives us an insight into his life stories in an easy and melodic way.
His wizardry in writing depicts real life scenarios and emotions of vulnerability and hurt playfully combined with joy and hope of seeing the good in life as well. Erik Lundin is a true songwriter and musician who’s honesty and talent has a great impact and value on Swedish pop culture.
‘O.G’ is the new title track from Cherries’ upcoming and highly anticipated mixtape with the same name (will be released in the near future on her own label ‘Araweelo’). O.G. is a Swedish acronym for ‘Orten Gäri’ (in English ‘Suburb girl’) and the song is an anthem for girls who’ve made something out from nothing.
The playful track, which is produced by talented Swedish producer Filip Hunter, shimmers with a touch of old school, down tempo R&B that’ll make everyone move.
Cherrie is proof that music is an international language – she’s brought attention to music lovers all around the world with only singing in Swedish. One of her biggest ambitions is to unite the Somali diaspora around the globe and acknowledging that you can become what you want if you have the strive and ambition to succeed. Cherrie is here to inspire and radiate positive vibes, inspiring us to rule our own destiny and to be proud of ourselves.
The world has waited for Robyns’ comeback after being M.I.A. for almost eight years. Even though the physical absence has been a fact, she’s made sure that dance floors all around the world would always be playing her eternal dance tunes that are perfectly decked with powerful lyrics about heartbreak and tough love.
‘Honey’ is the comeback album of the decade. ‘Honey’ is the soundtrack of our lives. ‘Honey’ is the last piece of the puzzle. Released at the end of last year, the 9-track masterpiece, which features stand out singles like ‘Missing U’ and the titular ‘Honey’, sees Robyn embody the power of self love and accept the pain and joy a person goes through in life.
In a short space of time, Aden x Asme have introduced themselves into the Swedish rap community with a bang and have quickly shown why they’re one of the most exciting artists to come out of Sweden. Even though they rap in Swedish, their digital success with millions of streams on Youtube and Spotify has led them to an audience that spans the world with songs like ‘Kasse’, ‘jet ft Mo’ and ‘skiner’. They’ve worked with Afro B and Dun D (UK) along with producers like Ceefigz who’s produced for rising British artists like Fredo, Sneakbo, Yxng Bane and D Block Europe. The duo’s latest single ‘Favela’ is produced by the iconic Swedish producer Masse Salazar and encompasses the pair’s smooth flow as they work their magic across the spirited beat.