Swedish artist Tove Styrke has just released brand new single “Ego” ahead of her debut U.S. full-length album Kiddo, scheduled for release in spring 2015 via RCA. Hailing from the northern Swedish town of Umeå but now based in Stockholm, the 22 year-old singer songwriter is pushing the boundaries of modern pop with her infectious melodies, polished production, and razor-sharp lyrics.
Tove burst onto the international music scene last year with the release of the critically acclaimed track “Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You” which was closely followed by the Borderline EP. “Borderline” shot to #1 on Hype Machine and came accompanied by an incredible video shot on the island of Svalbard and killer remixes by Swedish producers Salvatore Ganacci and Dan Lissvik.
If you like what you hear, check out one of Tove Styrke’s previous songs just below. “Million Pieces” is taken off her self-titled Swedish debut and is here remixed by Familjen.
Tove Styrke - Million Pieces (Familjen Remix)
More on Tove Styrke via her official site or Facebook.
Haerts is a five member indie pop group based in Brooklyn. Founding members Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert grew up in Germany, meeting as teenagers when they were on a swim team together. They moved to the US to study and ended up settling down in New York to make music, like many other young musicians who seek out Brooklyn as the backdrop to their musical dreams.
Ever since they wrote their first song, the band’s creative core have been moved by the same passion and unwavering desire to find their own sound. “Benny is still the guy that’s the foundation in the songwriting, he’s on that composition element and I’m still the one more interested in melody and words,” Fabi says. Gebert agrees. “I would literally never write lyrics. It wouldn’t occur to me.”
Haerts released their first EP, Hemiplegia, in October 2013 and has toured with bands such as Shout Out Louds, Washed Out and Atlas Genius. You can get tour dates and more on their official website or Facebook.
Born from Oxford’s famously innovative artistic community, Chad Valley is the solo project of Hugo Manuel, who you may recognise as the frontman of UK band Jonquil. Over the past three years, he has released a string of laid-back Balearic influenced EPs that “recreate the feeling of being on the beach”. On his debut album, Young Hunger, the young artist keeps exploring new sounds with a handful of unbelievable guests, including Twin Shadow, Glasser, Active Child and El Perro Del Mar.
Young Hunger may feature a lot of guest artists, but it is a personal record at heart. With a rare clarity of vision and innovative drive, Manuel creates fancy smooth pop jewels that draw on 80s synth bass, 90s filtered vocals and timeless melodies in an attempt his own blend of retrofuturistic pop.
As a bonus, check out a couple of (more or less recent) remixes for labelmate Rush Midnight and Swedish trio The Touch!
Rush Midnight - Night Was Young Enough (Chad Valley Remix)
The Touch - Sermon (Chad Valley Remix)
For more info and music, check out Chad Valley’s Tumblr or Facebook. Buy Young Hunger on