Professor Johan Bring – “Universum”

August 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Professor Johan Bring

Johan Bring from the electronica duo Stygg, which I’ve written earlier about, released a first single in Spring from a new project where he calls himself Professor Johan Bring. It’s called “Universum” and is a laidback song with funk-disco vibes, where he talk-sings in a way that makes me think of the days of Just D. Together with his colleague David Strindberg from Stygg and Punx he has of course also created a video to the song. On his Soundcloud page you’ll find more songs and remixes from the new project.

Professor Johan Bring on Facebook  – on Spotifyon Soundcloud

Riff Knives – “Fire”

May 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Riff Knives

On their way to their debut album, which soon will be released, Riff Knives have released the single “Fire”, a chorus-strong song in the same spirit we’ve heard from them before, with their own mix of rap and rock.

Riff Knives’ site – on Facebookon Spotifyon Wimpon Soundcloud

Anydaynow – “Interstate 22” – video

May 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Anydaynow

Here’s a nice track from the hip hop band Anydaynow, “Interstate 22”. Well hip hop may be the wrong word for it, maybe it’s better to say soul-vibing rock with rap lyrics. They have anyhow created their very own pleasant mix, recorded, they say, in a shower room inside a an old worn building out in the Swedish woods, just a few steps away from the airport. The song is taken from their new EP “The Heartbreak” which was released recently. You’ll also find their debut single from last year here below, “College”.

Anydaynow on Facebookon Spotifyon Soundcloud

Adam Tensta – “The Undeniable Tape”

April 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Adam Tensta

With an interval of two weeks Adam Tensta released five new songs from December to January, where each song was a collaboration with another Swedish artist. In March he released this song collection as the album “The Undeniable Tape”.

“The Undeniable Tape is a collection of songs that I created during the travels across Europe and Africa. The songs were created along with other Swedish artists, artists for whom I have great respect for. TheUndeniable EP is not really a sequel to my previous album, rather a 6-track tribute to the listeners who’ve kept up with me during my travels. It’s a tribute to the generation of Swedes who are citizens of the world, and it’s first and foremost a tribute to everybody that is listening to my thoughts”

It turns out as a brilliant set of musical meetings, and a lovely mix of styles as he works with Duvchi, Chords, Eboi, Adam Kanyama, Elliphant and David Sandström (Refused) respectively. The best Swedish hip hop there is right now.

Adam Tensta’s site – on Facebookon Spotifyon Wimpon Soundcloud

Dida – “Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown”

April 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Dida

A couple of months ago Michel Dida released the new mixtape “Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown”, and sounds like no other Swedish hip hop I’ve heard lately.

“Last year was a long year, mostly spent as a traveling man, I had a lot of fun, but i´ve also dealt with a lot of unhappy stuff. Music lost it´s touch and i was never psyched about writing. Summer was crazy, winter was dark. When the year was in it´s last days it felt necessary to summarize it….four or five feelings that remained became heavy is the head that wears the crown. Some kind of stepping stone between windowsill rap on youtube to a supposed ep and an album release.”

He creates a laidback atmosphere like we were sitting in a half full piano bar with a couple of bears in our hands, and he’s telling stories from the past year in his own special,  somewhat languorous and cool, but engaging voice. The words are pouring out with many references, references I don’t always get, but I nod and smile, because it’s entertaining and comfortable where we sit.

The samples come from Sampha, Jessie Ware, Mister Lies, JMSN,Rebecca & Fiona, My Tandem and Boi-1da, and the mixtape is free to download. Here are two tracks:

Dida on Twitter – on Soundcloud

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