1. Tove Lo – Timebomb
Lo, remarkably, is bigger in America than in Sweden. Her new single, the Taylor Swift-esque Timebomb, is smart, funny and sad.
2. Faråker – Apans sång
This is hugely reminiscent of Peter, Paul & John’s Young Folk, the whistle-led song that soundtracked the summers of the mid-noughties.
3. Cazzette – Together
On Together Cazzette accomplish that peculiarly Swedish thing – they make you dance with tears in your eyes.
4. Zara Larsson – Lush Life
Larsson may not yet have the distinctive edge that makes Tove Lo so fascinating but she’s only 17. There’s plenty of time. And there is, of course, that voice. A Nordic Rihanna?
5. Icona Pop – Emergency
Icona Pop’s career had appeared to stall after the global hit that was I Love It. Emergency appears to have jumpstarted it back into life.
6. Mapei – Million Ways To Live
This is a big-boned bruiser of a song and one that should edge Mapei closer to mainstream success.
7. Death Team – So Fresh
You know a band has a way with a tune when even their B-sides are sumptuously hummable. We featured Dolphin Style, the A-side of So Fresh, last month.
8. Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique – Love Is Free
After last year’s so-so long-form EP with Röyksopp, Sweden’s female version of Prince is back with another dancefloor collaboration. It’s a stomper, alright.
9. Raindear – Human Kind
Raindear, aka Rebecca Bergcrantz, is ploughing a furrow all of her own with her minimalist take on electronic balladry. She, too, is bigger in the USA than in Sweden…
10. Fore! – Wait
They may be yet another Swedish girlband but these, er, four, have the advantage of a song written by the King of Pop himself, Max Martin.