Category Archives: Scandinavia

ANNA OF THE NORTH – OSLO (Pop/Indie – Norway)

Anna of the North

Anna of the North is a collaborative project between Anna Lotterud, an electropop artist from Norway, and New Zealand-born producer Brady Daniell-Smith. The two happened to live in Australia a few years ago and they met at a show in Melbourne. They hit it off and started working together over Skype, which led to debut single “Sway”, released in 2014.

The song became an internet hit and was quickly followed by singles “Sway”, “The Dreamer”, “Baby” and most recently “Us”, which all together racked up over 40 million streams. Anna of the North also caught the attention of tastemakers such as Fader, NYLON or Noisey and picked up considerable airplay on Australia’s Triple J Radio and BBC’s Radio 1.

Released on Honeymoon/Different Recordings, brand new single “Oslo” was premiered in early January and is the official version of the track which surfaced online as a demo and has grown to be a fan favourite. It’s an icy, dark, chamber-pop tune which perfectly blends 80s tinged synths with beautifully delivered vocals.

Find the band on SoundCloud or Facebook. Buy on

THE RADIO DEPT – SWEDISH GUNS (Pop/Indie – Sweden)

The Radio Dept

The Radio Dept. is a Swedish band fronted by friends Johan Duncanson and Martin Carlberg. The pair recently announced the release of their fourth studio album, Running Out Of Love, on October 21st via Stockholm-based premium pop label Labrador Records. This will be their first full length recording since 2010’s critically acclaimed album Clinging To A Scheme. First single “Swedish Guns” is a haunting takedown of the Swedish arms industry.

Running Out Of Love is about life in Sweden in 2016 moving in the wrong direction: politically, intellectually, morally. It’s about the impatience that turns into anger, hate and ultimately withdrawal and apathy when love for the world and our existence begins to falter.

For more info, go to The Radio Dept’s Facebook or their official site. You can pre-order the album and download the single on

SLOWES – SWEET (Alt/Pop – Denmark)

Slowes
With their subtle mix of alternative psychedelic lo-fi and dreamy chillwave, Danish duo Slowes create evocative pop soundscapes with an electronic twist. Jack Kilburn (vocals) and Anders Hamann (drums) formed Slowes in 2015, under the name More, and have since released two singles: “I Need You” and “Sweet”.

With a string of live performances scheduled over the summer, as well as a couple more singles expected before the end of the year, the boys are keeping busy ahead of the release of their highly anticipated debut EP in early 2017.

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HIGHASAKITE – CAMP ECHO (Alt/Pop – Norway)

Highasakite (photo by Tonje Thilesen)

Norwegian alternative pop outfit Highasakite recently released their highly anticipated new full length Camp Echo via Propeller Recordings. The album is influenced by the realities and horrors of war. In fact, the album’s title is even taken from the name of a detention camp at the infamous Guantanamo Bay facility.


Camp Echo is a mix of rare musical landscapes, a place of long dark shadows, sudden flashes of glittering light, brooding silences and unexpected explosions of fierce percussion.

Vocalist Ingrid Håvik has said that Camp Echo isn’t about pushing anyone toward a political philosophy but more about how war has been central in her mindset for a number of years. “There are not many love songs on the album,” Håvik said in a statement. “Because I haven’t been in that state of mind for a long time.

You can find more info and music on the band’s official site or Facebook. Buy the new album on

TOBTOK – ABER (House/Electro – Sweden)

Tobtok

Tobtok is a young musician, producer and DJ from Uppsala, Sweden. At only 23 years old, he has already perfected the art of mixing nu disco, house and electro in his productions. After several high-profile remixes (Lemaitre, Citizens!, Icona Pop, Junior Senior) and a highly praised debut EP, Tobtok is back with new single “Aber” which was released last week via UK-based label Perfect Havoc.

‘Aber is about the struggles in life and the way we overcome them and grow from them’, Tobtok explains. “Aber” which translates from Swedish to “an unexpected obstacle” is a dedication to life.

More on Tobtok via his Facebook page and more music on his SoundCloud. Buy the new single on