January has been a pretty stunning month for new Scandi music, so here’s our roundup of the best of the month. The Soundcloud list is pretty comprehensive, but criminally Zhala’s brilliant Aerobic Lambada is absent from YouTube.
On Saturday night it was the awards show for what is apparently Sweden’s hippest radio station – P3. We settled down to watch it, not knowing too much what to expect, but pretty certain that it would be far more interesting than the UK’s Brit Awards. Of course, it was all in Swedish, but pretty much from the word go it was clear that there were far more risks here than you’d ever see with James Corden and co. The outfits, the winners (mostly women) and the performances all had an exciting edge. And as was clear to us and also the viewers on Twitter, 2015 looks set to be dominated by women in Sweden (just like 2014 then, really). So here were our favourite performances on the night.
Linnea Olsson – What (with something that wasn’t as good tagged onto the end)
Little Jinder – Vita Bergens Klockor
Marlene and Silvana Imam – För Evigt
And if you want to watch the whole thing (and are allowed to in your territory…), then head over to SVT Play.
Silvana Imam has been the talk of the town for a little while now, with I.M.A.M even being named song of the year in some quarters. It can be hard as a non-native speaker to truly appreciate foreign language rap music but here she’s teamed up with one of our favourite new Swedish pop stars, Marlene. Opening with military beats and Marlene’s sweet tones softens the unfamiliarity of the Swedish rapping from Silvana and the whole thing reminds us a little of something off Angel Haze’s underrated album. It’s certainly made us reevaluate our opinion of Silvana Imam and we’re now quite excited to see what comes next from her. Listen over at Musikguiden i P3.