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The Local’s top Swedish songs of the month

The Local's top Swedish songs of the month
Death Team are one of the acts on our list this week. Photo: Death Team
The Local's resident pop music guru, Paul Connolly, has a bumper selection of great tracks to welcome in the warmth of spring.

1. Elias – Revolution

Elias is only 19. 19! Just let that sink in as his gloriously rich soul voice envelops you on this debut single. The world has gone crazy for the rather bland music and voice of Sam Smith, so we're hoping that there must surely be room for the not-bland-at-all Elias too. What a voice. What a song.

2. Nadia Nair – Beautiful Poetry

Gothenburg native Nair has produced the month's second classic song, a punchy blend of old-time R&B and shadowy dubstep. Most important of all, Beautiful Poetry has a whacking great tune.

3. Amason – Kelly

Amason, tips of ours recently, have clearly been listening heavily to Steely Dan and Prefab Sprout – and as long as they keep producing glistening pop such as this, who cares?

4. Maja Francis – Last Days Of Dancing

Maja Francis's co-songwriter is Veronica Maggio. This glittery, cloud-skimming tune is the excellent fruit of their endeavours. A promising start.

5. Dante – Champagne Problems

We first heard this back in August but there wasn't even a name attached to the song, never mind a video. Dante is the former drummer of indie hopefuls, The Concretes. This is a step up.

6. Eric Prydz vs Chvrches – Tether

Chvrches debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, was one of the finest records of 2013. This euphoric remix by veteran Swedish DJ, Prydz, of a great album track should bring the electronica trio's music to another audience.

7. Sabina Ddumba – Effortless

Ddumba is a member of the Tensta Gospel Choir and has sung on Katy Perry's latest album. She's probably going to be a star in her own right, right? Right.

8. Anders Enda Barnet – This City Is Dark And Silent

Anders Enda Barnet is the solo project of singer and pianist Anders Göransson. On the basis of this single alone he sounds like a Swedish blend of Bruce Springsteen and Brian Wilson. This, I need hardly add, is a good thing.

9. Urban Cone feat Tove Lo – Come Back To Me

Two of our favourite Swedish acts, collaborating? What could go wrong? As it happens, absolutely nothing. Gorgeous, widescreen pop.

10. Death Team – F*****g Bitches In The Hood

Slight, profane pop this may be, but Death Team have a wicked sense of humour and a keen ear for a tune.

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