Ten fantastic Swedish songs for February
Paul Connolly · 5 Feb 2016, 11:10
Published: 05 Feb 2016 11:10 GMT+01:00
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1. Niki & The Dove – So Much It Hurts
The brilliant Stockholm duo's new single channels Prince with late-period Human League with slinky, melancholy grace. Their second album, Everybody's Heart Is Broken Now, is due in April.
2. Vanbot – The Way You Say it
Vanbot is often compared to Robyn but The Way You Say It sounds like Goldfrapp being fronted by Kylie - which is obviously a recommendation.
3. Laser & Bas – Hot Daang
Swedish indie pop is in a creative rut at the moment so this gently strange, wonderfully melodic take on nervy Talking Heads-esque pop is a shot-in-the-arm.
4. Petra Marklund & Linnea Henrikson – Kidz
Two of Sweden's premier female voices on a sizzling slice of infectious pop.
5. Rein – Concrete Jungle
Anyone who uses the template of German electro-industrial pioneers D.A.F. as a platform for their take on brooding pop is well worth keeping an eye on.
6. Teddybears – Best You Ever Had feat Gorilla Joe
25 years on from their inception, Teddybears remain one of Sweden's more interesting bands - this banging blend of Chemical Brothers and Shaggy (not the Scooby Doo one!) is proof.
7. Nellie – You’re A Star
Nellie's only 16-years-old and her first single can sound a little callow - but we think her smoky voice might prove to be very popular. Keep an ear out for more.
8. Maja Francis – Come Companion
Maja Francis's latest bears the hallmarks of early Abba - anthemic, sweet and very catchy.
9. Kreep – Bitter Honey
This enigmatic Stockholm twenty-something may not remain mysterious for much longer if this euphoric, slightly odd, electronica is anything to go by.
10. Elliphant – Step Down
Another terrific single from Elliphant - what more can we say?
Listen to the Spotify playlist here.