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Eight sizzling Swedish songs for this July

Eight sizzling Swedish songs for this July
Icona Pop at the Summerburst festival. Photo: Frida Winter/TT
July brings a haul of great new Swedish pop – let our music writer, Paul Connolly, take you through the very best.

1. Louis The Child & Icona Pop – Weekend

The Stockholm duo, er, pop up on this dazzling lament to partying too hard on schoolnights. “We’ve been treating weekdays like the weekend.” Song of the month.

2. Peg Parnevik – We Are (Ziggy & Carola)

We’ve featured Peg before but we weren’t expecting a summer song this huge and this ubiquitous. Turn on that sunshine, quick.  

3. Christie & The Dream Beats – Wasn't My Fault

Big, bouncy and decidedly retro, this poppy rock mammoth benefits from not one, but two, choruses. And it sounds quite a lot like prime Pat Benatar.

4. Sabina Ddumba – Kingdom Come

Ddumba’s run of terrific singles takes a reggae/dancehall diversion on this chugging little classic.

5. Metronomy & Robyn – Hang Me Out To Dry

Robyn provides vocals for this compelling chunk of electronica about nostalgia, friendship and desire.

6. Olsson, featuring Mapei – Hold On

Well-fed funk with Mapei’s glorious voice floating over the top. Debut single from Stockholm’s Christian Olsson.

7. Big Wild, featuring Tove Styrke – Aftergold

Another guest vocal appearance, this time from Umeå native, Tove Styrke on Big Wild’s boldly inventive nugget of pop.

8. Death Team – Jump

Toytown 90s piano riffs dominate Death Team’s take on relationship discord, which is as effervescent and oddball as usual. The chorus, however, is very similar to Babylon Zoo’s 1996 one-hit wonder, Spaceman.

You can watch all the videos here and listen to the Spotify playlist here. All Paul's Swedish playlists since 2014 are also available on those pages.