Need some sun-kissed electropop to listen to by the pool now that the summer is finally here? Swedish synth pop duo Sameblod have got just what you want! Released June 15th, their new single “My Fortune” is the perfect combination of catchy singalong vocals, pulsating beats and layers of magnificent synths.
Helmed by Frederick Rundqvist and Mikael Mattisson, Sameblod was created in 2011, bringing together a wide range of influences to create a unique sound, cool mix of arctic indietronica with a twist of balearic sunshine. Keep an ear out for new tunes!
Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots, unveiled her new album Working Girl a couple of days ago to generally positive reviews (4 **** from Q Magazine, The Times, The Telegraph). This third full-length is also quite a statement for the synthpop diva turned business woman who, having left behind the major label machine, now runs her own label On Repeat Records. Hence the title and the song “Working Girl”, which was written with fellow On Repeat associate Tom Aspaul and one of the UK’s most sought after producers Grades.
This new album was produced by Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, Ariel Rechtshaid, Patrick Lukens, MNDR‘s Pete Wade, and Com Truise. Filled with her signature icy synths, airy vocals and well-crafted catchy melodies, the 13-song LP might not be an extremely adventurous album but it delivers the kind of sugar pop with hints of nineties dance music one expects from Little Boots.
The Working Girl Tour kicked off in style with a sold-out London show last week, featuring special guest Femme. The tour will be continuing across the USA starting in LA and closing in Washington, calling in San Francisco, New York and Boston on the way.
For more info and tour dates, find Little Boots on Facebook or check out her official site. Download the music on
Born in the remote Scottish Borders, Monogram is the brainchild of guitarist and producer Liam Rutherford. Imaginatively DIY and strikingly sincere, his music generously draws on big reverbed drums, classical piano, howling guitars, triumphant choir… all wrapped into one big drama. Following sparkling debut song “Romance”, here’s the new single “Anno” in all its big-drum-jangly-guitar’d glory.
This new tune is an epic post pop anthem Monogram crafted in an isolated little cabin in the Scottish countryside. Featuring lush guitar arrangements, almost tribal drums and powerful vocals, “Anno” is a swirling multi-layered song that that looks set to become the triumphant soundtrack to your long summer drives.
Hotly tipped Norwegian singer/songwriter Aurora (born Aurora Aksnes) is an autodidact who started composing around the age of 10, and has in recent years matured into a strong, confident artist with solid compositional skills. After building a solid following at home and performing on national TV, she recently shared her debut EP, Running With The Wolves, released on iconic Decca Records in Europe and renowned label Glassnote in the US.
The 19-year-old Norwegian singer has been impressing tastemakers around the world at different showcase festivals, such as by:larm in Norway, Eurosonic in Holland, and CMJ in New York. Despite her young age, Aurora’s voice is clear and assured and her performances display a remarkable vocal technique and great stage presence that have already earned her numerous accolades.
Probably one of Scandinavia’s best kept secrets, Simian Ghost is an indie pop outfit founded in 2010 near Stockholm by musician and visual artist Sebastian Arnström. Their debut album, Infinite Traffic Everywhere, had bloggers and music critics raving about their lush electronic sound and its follow-up, Youth (2012), garnered equally impressive reviews. Fast forward to 2015 and the Swedes are now ready to dazzle their fans with their third album The Veil.
With The Veil the band wanted to test the barriers of how much brilliant pop the album format can hold, with no less than 18 tracks, ranging from foot tapping indie songs like “Never Really Knew” to more introspective psych pop tracks like the 8-min long “The River Ouse”.
Simian Ghost originally performed live as a trio, but more recently, they have added two new live members, Maja Agnevik on vocals and Wilhelm Magnusson on bass. They have toured in Germany, France, UK, USA and all over Scandinavia. Catch them in July in Italy…