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Ten fantastic Swedish songs for February

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Maja Francis. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT
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February brings a haul of great new Swedish pop - let our music writer, Paul Connolly, take you through the very best.

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.

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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.

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