The Local's top Swedish songs of the month:June
The Local · 3 Jun 2015, 08:45
Published: 03 Jun 2015 08:45 GMT+02:00
- US rapper Wyclef Jean: 'I want to move to Sweden' (28 May 15)
- Eurovision winner Måns celebrates with pizza (25 May 15)
- 'I've heard the King likes Swedish House Mafia' (04 May 15)
1. Sharks - Rebel
You can tell summer is (finally) on its way - Swedish record labels are unleashing a torrent of summery pop and much of it will be featured here. First up are Sharks. Rebel is their second single. It'll probably be their first hit.
2. Baron Bane - Fire Play
Baron Bane have been around for more than a decade, but have only released two albums. Their third is imminent. This majestic slab of electro-prog-rock brings to mind Propaganda, Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead.
3. Awa - Obvious
I'm not sure how Sweden keeps churning out great soul music but I'm glad it does. Following in the footsteps of Seinabo Sey, Mapei and Sabina Ddumba, Awa is ANOTHER great Swedish soul singer.
4. Tove Styrke - Number One
Northern Swede Styrke is enjoying a modicum of success Stateside. With songs as good as Number One it's not hard to hear why.
5. Pyco - Revolution
I'm not sure the world is ready for the Swedish Spice Girls but it may not get a choice in the matter. This is breezy, confident pop of the highest order.
6. ADL - Forever Börjar Här ft. Joakim Berg
Adam Baptiste has recruited Kent's Joakim Berg to provide vocals on this gorgeous, sun-dappled burst of Swedish hip-hop.
7. Dotter - Dive
Toy pianos, hollering and chunky but sinuous modern pop - welcome to Dotter's world.
8. Otto Knows - Next To Me
Måns Zelmerlöw's Eurovision triumph emphasised Sweden's status as globe-straddling dance-pop powerhouse. Here's a prime example of the genre.
9. Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
And here's another...
10. Julia Adams - Som Jag
Adams's music is exquisitely, delicately mournful. And utterly beautiful.
11. For BDK - My Tears
Marcus Borrman and Adele Kosman's new single sounds like Massive Attack's Teardrop being reworked by Moloko.
12. Death Team - Dolphin Style
This cheeky, ludicrously catchy song simply has to be a huge hit.
13. Elliphant - Love Me Badder
Major success has somehow eluded Elliphant so far. But we're not giving up on her. This is as terrific as ever.