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Stockholm, Sweden-based soul singer Nápoles follows up last year’s ‘Slowin It’ EP with brilliant new slow jam ‘Know My Place’ produced by Wahib. Encompassing a classic R&B soundscape that boasts a seductive beat, ‘Know My Place’ finds the perfect sweet spot between nostalgic and refreshing as Nápoles graceful tones sweep across the instrumentation like butter. Dive into ‘Know My Place’ here, it’s a stunner from start to finish.
Swedish artist and producer Shadi G teams up with American artist Elijah Boothe on mesmerising new single ‘Mitoone’. Serving as her first offering that’s almost entirely sung in Persian, the enchanting number sees Shadi G’s woozy and captivating vocals blend with Elijah Boothe’s silken tones with ease over a rich, intoxicating beat-driven soundscape. Dive into the atmospheric nuances of ‘MItoone’ to the right.
Emerging Swedish singer and producer Sam Ezeh’ delivers the smoothest of vibes on brilliant new EP ‘Night At Ezeh’s’. Featuring previously released singles ‘CRISIS’, ‘Bonsai Love’ and ‘Suspension’, the seven-track project is rounded off with two lush closing numbers in the form of ‘Fly/Gravity’ and ‘Makes My Night’. A wonderful debut offering, ‘Night At Ezeh’s’ is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year so far.
If you’re looking for a song that will warm your heart and soul, look no further than ‘Once’, the new single by Swedish singer and songwriter Anna Leone. Since sharing her intimate and stunning A COLORS SHOW of ‘Wandered Away‘ in 2018, Leone went on to share her debut EP of the same name and returned last year for the equally gorgeous ‘Wandering’. With ‘Once’, which arrives with a stunning music video shot on The Azores created alongside Savannah Setten, the Stockholm native evokes a sense of freedom as she sings about embracing “what once was in order to move forward”. Drift away to the quietly surreal and delicate intonations of ‘Once’ here.
Swedish actor / artist Robin Nazari shares new single ‘Zindigi’ (which translates to “Life”), a genre-bending love song taken from his forthcoming debut album which is out next year. Accompanied by an equally slick and classy music video directed by Enzo Paredes Diaz, the striking single serves as Nazari’s first multilingual offering and wonderfully presents a contemporary take on Kurdish music. Dive into the stunning track here and keep an eye out for Nazar’s debut album ‘Idag, Igår & Imorn’ next year.
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.