Catching Up – Hip Hop from Rebstar, Adam Tensta, Saint, Östblockarn and Skuggan av Svampen

June 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm
Adam Tensta

Adam Tensta

Another “Catching Up”-post, today with a hip hop theme. I don’t receive that much hip hop; not that surprising since there are other colleagues that do a better job with it; but what I do get is good:

Rebstar – “Safe Safe”

The versatile Rebstar has released the first single from the upcoming album “Girls Like Nicole”. It’s called “Safe Safe” and is a tribute to Rosengård (neighbourhood in Malmö) and Zlatan.

Adam Tensta (ft. Spoek Mathambo) – “Head Trippin”

The likewise creative Adam Tensta has been collaborating with the producer Carli resulting in the three-track EP “Black Taxi Joints”. The three songs will be released one at a time each week on the blog Discobelle. First up is “Head Trippin”, including the South African artist Spoek Mathambo:

Saint – The Devil Is Alive (ft. Rebstar)

Joined by Rebstar, Saint has created his version of Rick Ross’ “The Devil Is Alive” in this remix/cover:

Östblockarn – “Original Oregano”

Östblockarn takes us back to the eighties and runs around like Leisure Suit Larry in his morning gown in this video. Funny enough a game in the same spirit, with Östblockarn as one of the characters, is being created by NMRosta, who’s also responsible for this video.

Skuggan av Svampen med Östblockarn – “Dirty” -video

Skuggan av Svampen launches the detergent Dirty! “- People are tired of walking around smelling of tussilago. There’s a need of going back to something primal and dirty, Skivling says. Dirty works just like any other detergent, but with the opposite effect.”

New songs from Peacock Farm, The Grand Minnows, Blackstrap and Rebstar

February 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm


Peacock Farm – “Monogram (Plum Run)”

Peacock Farm is a band from Stockholm which shares members with Alexandria and is soon releasing a new vinyl EP. “Monogram (Plum Run)” is the name of the first track, a track that reminds me of Pink Floyd and early Genesis and overall a sound that breathes of the dynamic seventies. Great music.

The Grand Minnows – “Televised”

After the EP debut last month The Grand Minnows are back with a new single, “Televised”. I do recognise them, but they sound a bit different now, more dirty, more indie rock and feels even sharper than before.

Blackstrap – “Monument”

Blackstrap are releasing their third song, “Monument”, from their upcoming album; a Nine Inch Nails-influenced dense shoegaze, which you can also hear on the earlier song “Monoheart” here below. I couldn’t help but adding the psychadelic “Make Sense Make Change (Feat. Victoria Bergsman)” from last year too.

Rebstar – “My Way”

Here’s a new hip hop single from Rebstar, different from what I’ve heard before from him, minimalistic in comparison, 8bits-synth sounding and rock hard.

Groovy music from Riddarna, Saint, Åkersbronx and Hillman Lighthouse

February 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm


Riddarna – “Hjärtat slår”

Riddarna are on their way with their third album “Under Jorden”, due for release on February 12th. The first single from the album is called “Hjärtat slår” and to me they sound better than ever before; rough rock with a dark ambience, skillfully played and groovy.

Saint – “The Song”

Saint came from Gambia to Malmö in 2012, where he’s still waiting for the final decision in his asylum case. Gladly, this doesn’t stop him from moving forward and creating music, and the debut album “Asylum” is being released later this year. His first single “The Song”, featuring Bramma, invites us to a groovy hip hop with a dense, a bit dark atmosphere, massive choirs and a great chorus.

Åkersbronx – “Bromance”

Already on their first single “Spela död“, the duo Åkersbronx showed their sense for groovy music and the second one, I’d say, shows it even more. This is uplifting hip hop which makes me happy, where the feet start moving, whether you like it or not, right at the start of the song when they pick up some speed with funky guitars and a big dose of joy of playing. The duo have started out great and I’m looking forward to their next song.

Hillman Lighthouse – “Change Your Mind”

And here’s some more groovy music, but now from a quite different genre. It’s about country rock, Americana and a power pop inspired chorus. Hillman Lighthouse is the name of the band and the song is called “Change Your Mind”. They have created a simply wonderful, dynamic sound with just the right patina from the early seventies and I fall head over heels for this. The debut album is being released in March.

Stilett, Hurula, The Bland, Rebstar and Century of Ecstasy

January 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm


It’s Friday and the end of the week, so I thought I’d gather some news from this week I haven’t had the time to present yet. Here’s some more great music:

Stilett – debut album

Stilett is the name of a new punk band formed by Adam Nilsson from Tysta Mari and Crippe Määtä from Bombshell Rocks. Joined by Thomas Åberg (Twopointeight) and Inge Johansson (International Noise Conspiracy) they have released their debut album today. Here’s a taste of it:

Hurula – “Sluta deppa mig”

Robert Hurula, former front man in Masshysteri, is now going solo and have recorded an album to be released later in Spring.”Sluta deppa mig” is the first single from the record:

The Bland – “Changes”

I called the former street musicians The Bland’s folk and Americana-inspired music irresistable, the last time I wrote (called The Bland Band then) about them. And I still think it is when I listen to their new single “Changes”, which you can listen to here below. The song adverts their debut album “Strangers on the Side of the Street” which will be released next Friday.

Rebstar – “Simple”

Here’s some hip hop from Malmö, from the artist Rebstar. He released this single “Simple” this week, which is the first one from his upcoming album, which will be his third full length album.

Century of Ecstasy – “The City Of You”

Century of Ecstasy calls himself lo-fi-artist and shows us what he means by that on the debut single “The City Of You”, released yesterday. It’s a beautiful, soft piano ballad with a sound that could have been inspired by John Lennon from the early seventies.

Menteroja – “Yankilandia​/​Analogue Circuit”

December 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm


It’s been a few years since Emil wrote about Menteroja here on the blog. Well, here’s a blog comeback from him with the new single, “Yankilandia​/​Analogue Circuit”; two tracks with his red hip hop, this time in a cool synth-heavy costume.

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