The singer and producer Shaqdi, aka Madeleine Rönnberg, moved to London to develop her music further. There she met the producer Zagor and together they spent one year working on the EP “Lover”, which was finally released in September. And it shows because it’s a thoroughly worked-through album with strong tunes all seven of them, perfectly cut for Shaqdis sensual soul vocals. Here they have found their own blend of R&B, hiphop, soul and jazz in a laidback and at times seductive ambience. There’s a great variation that keeps my interest up through all the tracks, from catchy songs with strokes of ’90s R&B to jazzfunk influences to the finishing great hiphop-vibing track where the rapper Sway comes visiting. Here are two of my favourites.
Half of the duo Our Underground Firm, the rapper Compulsive, has released his debut track “Take Me Home”. It’s a fascinating track where he moves through the big city’s illusive setting, a setting where he no longer belongs. His humanity is being stripped away, which he underlines with his somewhat chopped flow, and the swirling voices and sounds around him put him in a suggestive and foreign world. It’s creative and thought out from the first line to the last. Hiphop at its best. And the city, it’s Stockholm.
Niklas Gottfridsson Jeng calls himself LAS as an artist, and recently he released his debut single “Ta över världen”. With this new and fun music video interpretation it all turns into a great mix of humour and seriousness, perfectly coloured by his natural way of delivering the rhymes. It’s a personal style without exaggerations, but with a sweet nuanced flow which breathes life into the words.
Rebstar finally released his awaited debut-EP about a week ago. It’s called “You Know Nothing About Love” and contains 6 tracks produced by the trio Saint, Madison and DJ Pain 1. His tone of voice has varied quite a bit on the earlier singles, but here he is signalling with a foghorn at the very start in the first track that he means business. This is far away from the joyful playfulness and pop-hooks in “Thing About You”, and he feels serious, direct and personal. The productions are great and varied to each track, and Saint impresses me again with his minimalistic style in the new track “All I Know”. Simply a brilliant debut EP with a lot of food for thought. Here are two tracks to taste:
The band Mind, hailing from Malmö, have made their debut with this cool song and video, “Song of Circles”. Ola Salo and Jens Andersson have produced the song and the video was directed by Lena Shkoda in Kiev, Ukraine.
Maria Hazell made her debut last year with the single “Say It Like You Mean It”, a song that has been spun more one and a half million times on Spotify and also gave her a nomination as “Rookie Artist of the Year” on The Dennis Pop Awards. Recently she released the single “Golden Boy” along with this video.
Navelin has taken the song “Daydream from their new EP “Side One” and supplied it with an animated music video. The video was created by Michael Zauner, who earlier has worked with artists like Arctic Monkeys and Tame Impala among others.
Bird has released the album “Figments of Our Imagination”, an album produced by the Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey and where Bird plays all the instruments on the album. “Thrill Me” is one of the songs from the record that has been accompanied by a music video, a song with a nice tension in a lo-fi-sounding verse which bursts open in a sweet pop chorus.
The rapper Nomad, hailing from Lund is underway with his debut EP and has released the single “Fakka Me Mej” as a first taste. It’s an ambitious video which almost feels like an action movie trailer, an outburst from a song with a style he calls punk trap.
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