Every now and then we think that the Swedish music industry probably doesn’t need another talented female doing minimalist electronic R&B, but then another new one comes along and we’re convinced yet again that this country just keeps pouring out fantastic musicians. And so it is with Anna Melina, who has just released her EP Allt är kvar, with lead single 13 Maj. It’s on a par with the likes of Ji Nilsson and Banks and it’s instantly got under our skin. She’s playing at the Kobolt No. 5 release party in Stockholm this Wednesday, if you’re about. If not, then watch this video five times in a row like we’ve just done.
It’s only Wednesday but we’d wager that XOV is having a pretty good week. Within hours of each other he unveiled his debut single, the smooth R&B of Boys Don’t Cry, and was also revealed to be part of the undeniably cool Lorde-curated soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 with Animal. Not bad. XOV is Stockholmer Damian Ardestani and he doesn’t sound a world away from the likes of Autre Ne Veut, The Weeknd, How To Dress Well et al. We have to admit to being more intrigued by him at this stage than fully-fledged converts, but will certainly be awaiting Animal with interest.