Tag Archives: Scandinavia

AVANTE BLACK – DRUG MONEY (Indie – Sweden)

Avante Black

“Drug Money” is the debut single from Avante Black, a project led by 22-year-old Swedish singer/songwriter Ottilia, alongside fellow Swede Emil on guitar, Italian bass player Gabs and British drummer Dean. Produced in London by Luke Smith (Foals, Petite Noir, Depeche Mode), the release is the band’s first new tune since signing a global deal with PIAS electronic imprint Different Recordings.

With a distorted sound and dreamy vocals, Avante Black create an atmospheric vibe that meets a rhythmic drumbeat. “Drug Money” caused a storm at the end of last year and it has now received the remix treatment, courtesy of Anna Of The North, the music project of Norwegian singer Anna Lotterud and producer Brady.

Check out their official site or Facebook for more info and music. “Drug Money” is available now 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

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

VERONICA MAGGIO – DEN FÖRSTA ÄR ALLTID GRATIS (Pop – Sweden)

Veronica Maggio

On the heels of her hit single “Vi Mot Världen”, Swedish songstress Veronica Maggio released her fifth studio album, Den första är alltid gratis, last month on May 6th. The title track, which can be translated as “The First One is Always Free”, was unveiled in late March and supported by a video directed by Andreas Öhman.

On the new album, Maggio breaks new ground both in terms of songwriting and production. She describes the lyrics as being more honest and personal and significantly darker than her previous material. Together with some of Sweden’s best producers and songwriters, she has translated her vision into a coarser and more distorted sound with clear pop sensibilities. Long-time collaborators Salem Al Fakir and Magnus Lidehäll return for three co-writes with Vincent Pontare and new recruits include Niki and the Dove, Klas Gullbrand amd Petter Winnberg.

Veronica Maggio is confirmed to play at Stockholms Stadion in August. More info on her official site or Facebook. Buy on