Shaqdi ft. Zagor – “Lover”

October 12, 2016 at 5:44 pm


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.

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Zagor’s site – on Facebook – on Bandcamp

Compulsive – “Take Me Home”

April 29, 2016 at 4:52 pm


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.

Compulsive on Facebook

LAS – “Ta över hela världen”

March 31, 2016 at 4:09 pm


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.

LAS on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

Rebstar – “You Know Nothing About Love” EP

December 11, 2015 at 6:11 pm


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:

Rebstars site – on Facebook – on Spotify – on Apple Music

Video Thursday

December 10, 2015 at 8:15 pm


Mind – “Song of Circles”

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.

Mind on Facebook


Postiljonen – “The Open Road”

I believe many are looking forward to Postiljonen’s second album, “Reverie”. It’s scheduled to be released on the 19th of February next year, and here they are with another taste from the album.

Postiljonen on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music


Solblomma – “Bridgemaster”

Solblomma has stepped out of the electro pop for a moment with this sweet piano ballad, where the bridgemaster gets some company in his solitude.

Solblomma’s site – on Facebook – on Spotify – on Apple Music


Maria Hazell – “Golden Boy”

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.

Maria Hazell on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music


Navelin – “Daydream”

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.

Navelins site – on Facebook – on Spotify – on Apple Music


The Honey Ants – “Lies”

The London duo Honey Ants has released the single “Lies” with an accompanying music video. It’s a great video with a story to their Americana-vibing song, taken from their debut EP “EP1”.

The Honey Ants on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music


Bird – “Thrill Me”

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.

Bird on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music


Nomad – “Fakka Me Mej”

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.

Nomad on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

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