1. Nova Miller – So Good
This Swedish teenager has made a fantastic feelgood summer hit – it’s 50 percent bubblegum funk, 40 percent Jackson 5, 10 percent Hanson’s Mmmbop and 100 percent brilliant. The only shock is that Max Martin is not involved.
2. Ruby Empress – DeLuca
Swoony, luscious orchestral pop from a new Swedish band.
3. Julia Adams – Spegelbild ft. Mwuana
Adams, a favourite here at The Local since 2014, releases her most commercial single yet, a sultry dance confection that is reminiscent of both TLC and 80s Madonna.
4. Amason – I Want To Know What Love Is
The indie supergroup with a delicate, stripped-of-bombast, cover of the Foreigner hit. The video is very amusing too. Recommended.
5. Fou de Toi – Only In My Head
Our early summer may not last too long but the summer hits just keep on coming. Great new single from young Swedes.
6. Rein – I Don’t Get Anything
Rein is not showing any signs of mellowing – 2016’s shoutiest new electro-popster is still very ticked off.
7. Nea Nelson – Shoot You Down
Big-boned, angsty pop from a new Swedish-American singer-songwriter.
8. Amanda Bergman – Taxis
Swedish indie-pop queen Bergman (she was married to The Tallest Man On Earth and fronts Amason) with a coolly beautiful summer breeze of a song, with a dollop of Fleetwood Mac and a smidgeon of Cocteau Twins.
9. David Guetta ft. Zara Larsson – This One's For You
Larsson’s reputation grows as she’s asked to guest on David Guetta’s Euro 2016 theme tune.
10. Ellen Sundberg – Favourite Town
Sundberg’s appropriated the swing of Rhythm Of The Rain by The Cascades and made it yearn on this prime cut of Swedish Americana.
11. Janice – Don't Need To
She may have the least glamorous name in the history of pop music, but Janice’s new single is sinuous electro-soul on a par with prime Massive Attack.
12. Lova – Sluta
Heartbroken electronica from another Swedish newcomer.
13. Frej Larsson, Joy – Mitt team
Could it be that the brilliance of Swedish pop extends to their football songs? Not quite, but this, in support of Sweden’s imminent Euro 2016 campaign, is at least raucous and celebratory.