It must be pretty exciting to be Ji Nilsson right now. She’s just signed a new record deal with UK based Best Fit Records and is finally releasing the video for Encore on Friday, so I guess she wants to have a chat with one of her besties Julia Spada (currently achieving her own success as part of new act Breakup) to share the news. And here is the result – a Soundcloud only treat that’s better than some acts’ whole careers. It’s a cover of Julia’s song Lägg Dig Ner which they originally wrote together with Mack Beats in 2013 and has Ji’s trademark sound, but with every track she’s just getting more confident. 2015 will be her year.
We’ve been quite excited for this for a while now. Ji Nilsson only came on our radar when she collaborated with Marlene on Love You Anyway for International Women’s Day – a song which we’ve barely stopped playing and will certainly feature very highly in our end of year list. She’s since followed it with a couple of songs of her own and a collaboration with Min Stora Sorg (“My Greatest Sorrow” for the non Swedish speakers among you). So anyway, Encore. It has Ji’s recognisable sound, with vaguely Mediterranean strings and her by now already trademark melancholy in love lyrics: “When the song is over, so are we… Keep your feet on the dancefloor, encore, I’m not ready for this”. And you will be on the dancefloor for this, no doubt with a few tears in your eyes as you lament the end of your holiday romance. Listen over on Musikguiden i P3.
Updated: Four months on, to coincide with Ji signing to record label Best Fit Records, we now have a video! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, too.