Every Friday we select the best new tracks and videos from all around Scandinavia and present our editorial picks in the New Music Weekly series. New year, new music. Let’s start 2018 with a double selection featuring Silvana Imam, Luxe For Fun, Lalume, Fred Well, Join The Riot, First Aid Kit, Ida Long, Schultz & Forever, Cats of Transnistria, & Liima.
Silvana Imam – Bulletproof Baby
Silvana Imam is definitely one of Sweden’s hottest hip hop talents and you certainly have been missing out if you haven’t heard about her so far. After releasing her album ‘Naturkraft’ back in 2016, the Swedish rapper is back with another new track called ‘Bulletproof Baby’ that was just released today.
Luxe For Fun – Motion
In the last 12 months Luxe for Fun have been shaping their sound in studios in London and Copenhagen. On New Year’s Day, the synth pop duo formed by Zara Tobias and Alex Tyrrel first shared a result of their work, debuting with the spherical and calming single ‘Motion’.
Lalume – Satisfy
Sharing one song per month until the release of an LP in October 2018, Norwegian-Australian electro pop duo Lalume reached level 3 by now. ‘Satisfy’, the third single in this series is obscure, massive – and explicit.
Fred Well – Superhero (Acoustic)
Norwegian newcomer Fred Well created some buzz around his first two singles ‘Complicated’ and ‘Superhero’. Today he dropped a beautiful acoustic version of his latest tune. Check it out below and make sure to catch him at Eurosonic Noorderslag next week!
Join The Riot – Fantasies
‘Fantasies’ is the opener of ‘Echo’, the new 5-track EP of Swedish indie band Join The Riot. With reverberating snare drums, dancing synthies and a powerful bass, this song sounds so happy and euphoric – like a phantasy you could say.
First Aid Kit – Fireworks
The Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, better known as First Aid Kit, will share their fourth studio LP ‘Ruins’ in exactly one week. At the beginning of 2018 they already gave a foretaste with a video for ‘Fireworks’. Watch the two slip into the roles of American high school students on a prom in the 80s.
Ida Long – Wolf
Ida Long, an indie pop artist from Sweden, shares an elaborately produced lyric video for her 2016 song ‘Wolf’ that begins quietly and controlled just to eventually burst into loudness and distortion.
Schultz & Forever – Backwards
We’ve already featured ‘Backwards’ in one of our posts, but we simply cannot ignore this delightful visual that Denmark’s Schultz & Forever have delivered for the track. It’s a bold and playful video that deals with englightment, inspiration, and catharsis. The singer’s debut album ‘Grand Guignol’ is set for release on February 23rd!
Cats of Transnistria – Tunnel
Shoegazey dreamy goodness straight out of Helsinki: that’s Cats of Transnistria, guys! The duo has released a new single ‘Tunnel’ off its upcoming debut album ‘Opium’ (dropping on February 2nd). ‘Tunnel’ is dark and mysterious, with tender vocals and mesmerising background beats.
Liima – Always
Liima have uncovered a previously unreleased track ‘Always’ off their second album ‘1982’: a somewhat dark but resolute and cheeky hymn-like ballad that apparently was a favorite among Norwegian teenagers when the band was touring middle schools in the deep North. By the way, Liima’s big European tour starts next week – so get you tickets sorted!