Thirteen terrific Swedish summer hits for June

The Local's music writer, Paul Connolly, has sifted through an avalanche of early summer songs and picked 13 choice cuts for you.

Thirteen terrific Swedish summer hits for June
Jumping for joy. Nova Miller is one of our picks this month. Photo: Courtesy of Nova Miller

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.

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