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Six sensational Swedish songs for January

Six sensational Swedish songs for January
We're big fans of Miriam Bryant here at The Local. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
The Local's music critic, Paul Connolly, has picked six songs to help you through this chilliest of winter months.

1. Miriam Bryant – One Last Time

Miriam Bryant was the huge breakout star of the most recent series of Swedish music show 'Så mycket bättre' – at one point she had four songs in the Swedish top ten, including her cover of Niklas Strömstedt’s One Last Time. Here, at The Local, we’re way ahead of the rest of Sweden – we first wrote about Bryant nearly three years ago.

2. Elias – Green Eyes

The rest of the world is slowly catching up with us here, though. Several Swedish newspapers, as well as a clutch of international magazines have tipped the extraordinary Elias for big things in 2016. His debut single was, of course, our 2015 Swedish song of the year and Green Eyes is the follow-up.

3. Rein – Can’t Handle Me

Stockholmer Rein has only played one gig. And this is her first single. Can’t Handle Me’s crushing industrial beats and sinuous melody makes Rein one of the most intriguing new Swedish acts in quite some time.

4. Hanna Järver – Anekdoter 

Järver’s been making lovely music sporadically for the last few years – the gently propulsive Anekdoter may be her best song yet.

5. Maria Hazell – Golden Boy  

Newcomer Maria Hazell has a touch of the Zara Larsson about her. This is tip-top electronic soul.

6. LÉON – Treasure

Another artist already featured by The Local, LÉON is the Swedish singer most tipped by international critics to be huge in 2016. Treasure is from her current EP.

You can see the videos on a playlist here and listen to the songs on Spotify here.