Category Archives: Scandinavia

JÓNSI & ALEX – RICEBOY SLEEPS (Ambient – Iceland)

Jónsi & Alex is the new joint project of Jónsi Birgisson (better known for his work as part of Icelandic ambient electronica outfit Sigur Rós) and his partner Alex Somers.

This fruitful artistic collaboration began as a Sigur Rós side project around 2003 under the name Riceboy Sleeps.In November 2006, they released their first picture book with the same title. The following year a second edition went to press and the pair held a series of art exhibitions in Reykjavík, Arkansas and Melbourne to promote the book.

Jónsi & Alex are now releasing their debut album, Riceboy Sleeps, a moving work that takes the listener to otherworldly musical landscapes.

For more info, check out the boys’ official website or Facebook. Stream the whole album here and buy it on Jónsi & Alex


Veronica Maggio

In 2006, Veronica Maggio released her first album, called Vatten & Bröd (Water and Bread). The lyrics and music were written by Stefan Gräslund. She won the Award for Newcomer of the Year in the Swedish Grammisgalan.

A couple of years later, in 2009, her single “Måndagsbarn” was released in Scandinavia, earning her considerable success in Denmark and Norway, where it even managed to top the charts and get A-listed on Norwegian radio station NRK P3. As for the album Och vinnaren är… (And the winner is…), it was highly praised by critics across-the-board and broke into the top 40.

Veronica Maggio - Mandagsbarn (Le Prix Remix)     

The remix above was produced by fellow Swedes from Le Prix. Speeded up and synthed up, this bass-filled version has got “party” written all over it. Don’t try to resist, you know you want it!

Find out more about Veronica Maggio on MySpace and buy her album on

LYKKE LI vs KINGS OF LEON – KNOCKED UP (Electro/Indie – Sweden/US)

Lykke Li

Lykke Li was born in Sweden in 1986 and was raised by artistic parents. The family moved to Stockholm when Li was a toddler and later moved to a mountaintop in Portugal when Li was six. They lived in Portugal for five years and spent winters in Nepal and India.

This rich cultural background was well put to use on Lykke Li’s debut album, Youth Novels, released in February 2008 in Scandinavia and later that year in the rest of the world. Produced by Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) and Lasse Mårtén, the album draws on a wide variety of genres, such as indie rock, jazz, 70s pop music and contemporary dance music.  Li’s breathy vocals and Yttling’s subtle arrangements provide for a debut album that is delightfully refreshing and definitely leaves us asking for more.

Lykke Li vs Kings Of Leon - Knocked Up (Death To The Throne Remix)     

One of Lykke Li’s early successes was her cover of the song “Knocked Up”, which earned her a lot of praise. The track was originally recorded by Kings of Leon and it was actually the band who approached Lykke and offered her to cover the song of her choice. Her cover was subsequently given the remix treatment by Death To The Throne to great effect!

If you like what you hear, find out more about Lykke Li and listen to her music on MySpace. Buy her album and singles on

WHO MADE WHO – KEEP ME IN MY PLANE (Funk/Indie – Denmark)

Who Made Who

WhoMadeWho are a Danish indie rock/dance-punk band from Copenhagen founded 2003 by falsetto voiced bassist Tomas Høffding coming from the Scandinavian rock underground, singer songwriter/guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg from the avantgarde jazz scene (with beard to match), and drummer Tomas Barfod – who also records as Tomboy – a rising star of electronic music.

Besides a number of 12” singles on German disco label Gomma Records and remixes for other artists, the band’s first full release was their self-titled debut, WhoMadeWho.

Their second album, The Plot, was released on February 24 2009. It showcases WhoMadeWho’s futuristic, danceable rock sound, always two steps ahead of musical trends.

Who Made Who - Keep Me In My Plane     

For more info, check out WhoMadeWho’s official site or MySpace. Buy all their music on