The Local’s top Swedish songs of the month

The Local's top Swedish songs of the month
Tove Styrke is one of The Local's favourite acts for 2015. Photo: TT
The Local's resident music guru Paul Connolly is back with a selection of his favourite Swedish tracks to see you through February and into the early days of spring.

1. Tove Styrke – Ego

Umeå’s favourite daughter has long shrugged off the "talent show loser” tag after coming third in Swedish Idol in 2009 and the brilliant Ego could be her first global hit.

2. XOV – Lucifer

Damian Ardestani's Animal was featured on 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' and this slow-burning, darkly electronic follow-up builds on his reputation.

3. Breakup – Bubble

This newly-minted electronic duo from Stockholm have come up with a humdinger of a first single, all flash, clatter and sultry R&B.

4. Galantis – Runaway (U & I)

We tipped this dance act last year and they're finally showing signs of coming good with this adrenalised dance anthem.

5. Kassandra – Run

Brooding electro-ballads are, thanks to Lana del Ray and Lorde, big right now. This one, from a new Swedish talent, is a doozy.

6. Näääk & Nimo & Kaliffa – Lyckliga Gatan

Swedish hip-hop often flatters to deceive but this joyful little swagger is the real deal. Think Arrested Development/De La Soul tucking into the semla.

7. Vanbot – Trooper

Cold, austere and icily beautiful, Ester Ideskog's sparse electro-pop is a pure wonder.

8. Dim Out feat. Kristin Amparo – There Has To Be A Way

This is a lost classic from December but this blue-eyed soul is very special indeed. Further investigation of Dim Out's back catalogue is recommended.

9. Elin Bell – All The Love

Ms Bell is attracting a fair buzz in the UK – this delicious single from the Norrköpping native is proof why.

10. Tove Lo – Talking Body

This song is about to blow up globally. Lo really is Queen Of The Clouds right now.

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