March 17, 2014
Lisa Alma - Oh Darling

Not too long since we’ve released our review of Lisa Alma’s fantastic EP “Oh Darling Let’s be Adventurers” is the video for Lisa Alma’s “Oh Darling”. As we described earlier, the first track of the four-track EP is one about  puppy love. The light percussive-punch of the album opener “Oh Darling” is driven by its 80’s pop-flair and subtle electronic edges - one that is cleanly cut and carefully-spliced with its clean bridging. Her video for the single, like most of Lisa Alma’s previously directed works is minimal and shot in monochrome is Alma’s little kitchen dilemma pondering over spilled milk and a lovely house plant.

Check out the video below:

March 17, 2014
Tove Lo - Habits

Today on St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday synonymous with having a few too many, Tove Lo releases her latest video for “Habits”. Although this isn’t exactly a new track, as it was released last year, it is however a new video and who is to say we can’t help but love Tove Lo’s crazy ways. Although they don’t feature bits of Princess Cake flying about (available at your local IKEA) like the original Swedish version, the highs and lows of having a few too many wild nights still flows nicely with Tove’s up-and-down vocals on her latest video.

Check out the video below:

And you can check our earlier write-up of the track here.

March 10, 2014
Ji Nilsson & Marlene - Love You Anyway

Released on International Women’s Day, Josefina “Ji” Nilsson and Marlene Strand collaborate once more for their latest single “Love You Anyway”. With an air of minimalism attached to it their latest effort, “Love You Anyway” is a building track, gaining force through the song’s repetition of choppy beats, clunky new age synths and back-and-forth vocals. As for the video, the same minimalist mantra applies, with the two best friends sitting side-by-side slowing fading in and out as they gracefully move about the window sill.

Check out the video below:

March 4, 2014
Obsi - She Turns Around

We’re glad to premiere the first track from Swedish quartet Obsi composed of members Andreas Jensen, Simon Ljungman, Mischa Hayman and Maja Gödicke who some of you may know as Lo-Fi-Fnk’s backup vocalist. Geographically shattered yet musically united, the four bonded over soft and sleepy experimental jazz-pop as demonstrated through their first single “She Turns Around”. Gentle woodwinds soothe over light-and-easy string arrangements, as vocalist Maja Gödicke provides her soft and subtle vocals over the infinite calm of the track. Accompanying the track is a video is found footage from Jiří Trnkas “Ruka” and the Eartha Kitt video for the Turkish folk song “Uska Dara” which you can see below:

Obsi - She Turns Around from Obsi on Vimeo.

"She Turns Around" can also be found on Spotify HERE.

March 4, 2014
Lisa Alma - Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers (EP) - Review

With its four tracks beating a lofty boom-clap beat progression, “Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers” is the follow-up EP from Lisa Alma’s self-titled debut full-length release. All the tracks are essentially about love spoken with a female perspective and as the title suggests there’s an air of innocence and youthful naiveté that accompanies each track. However, to call Lisa Alma’s romantic pieces child’s play would be an understatement. Coming off bolder and stronger, Alma still hones in dreamy loftiness that created her self-titled debut yet drives harder with hook-heavy rhythms.

The first track of the four-track EP is the light percussive-punch of the album opener “Oh Darling”. Driven by its 80’s pop-flair and subtle electronic edges, the puppy love of “Oh Darling” is wonderfully-cut and carefully spliced with clean bridging. Following is “When I Knew”, slower and smoother than its preceding track. With its sustained keys and spacious melodies, “When I Knew” moves along with an oceanic calm before the lead single “Magic Power” takes helm. “Magic Power”, a track about being “so good together” that “a few months we copied the keys”, is perhaps the most eye-catching of track of the album. Whether it’s how Alma suggestively whispers “baby” or the quick riffs and seductive guitar slides that move against heavy drum kicks on the track, “Magic Power” is sleek, sexy and uniquely Lisa Alma. However, like perhaps any good showman Alma saved her strongest track for last. Reverberating with an arpeggiating baseline and Lisa’s delicate vocals, “Bittersweet” is Alma’s woman-in-charge, reverse-machismo ballad to being her lover’s savior as the track dreamily floats away to melancholic strings and drifting electric guitar. While the hot and heavy tone seems to be the lovechild of Alma’s sweat and tears, I can only imagine how many more potential offspring are made to Alma’s EP. As inappropriate as it sounds, it’s the perfect album for you know what.

Stream the album below and check out the video for an acoustic version of Lisa Alma’s  ”Oh Darling”:

February 27, 2014
iamamiwhoami - Hunting for Pearls

Morphsuits! Fishing nets! Icecubes! These are just a few of the things that feature in “Hunting for Pearls”, the latest video single from Swedish viral enigma iamamiwhoami. Reminiscent of iamamwhoami’s Claes “Midnight Ruler” Björklund’s production on fellow Swedish act Azure Blue, “Hunting for Pearls” resonates with a deeper vintage electronic feel than iamamwhoami’s previous works. While vocalist Jonna Lee’s vocals are not as prominent on this track, the single which is perhaps more melodically-driven is much more upbeat. Kick, kick, snare elements beat against racing arpeggios and sci-fi beats while our protagonist scurries away from those men in tights through the ice and snow.

Check it out below:

February 18, 2014
Rebecca & Fiona - Candy Love

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Synthpop DJing duo Rebecca & Fiona return to the forefront of Stockholm pop with their latest single “Candy Love”, in what seems to be a retrospective of Rebecca & FIona’s career. Their video panning across their rise to fame showing the duo with emotions high and low, “Candy Love” is perhaps the most sonically-evolved of all their tracks yet. Swapping their quick-tempoed dancefloor beats for slower, heavier sounds, arpeggios pound through their breathy, robotic vocals and more personal lyrics. The track is lyrically a bit of what Rebecca & FIona could deem as lessons learned on the road. As the duo state “Candy Love” is about finding priorities in life as the two elaborate, 

"It’s about a person having a destructive lifestyle where the person only gets attention through this way of life. This creates a Catch-22 where the question is, ‘should I stop doing drugs and the drinking and not get the same appreciation from others, or dare to live healthier and not get it anymore?’"

Despite the heavier subject matter, Rebecca & Fiona still do what they do best and are far abandoning their pop-friendly, hook-heavy approach to music. After all, it’s Rebecca & Fiona and they still know how to have a good time whether it be nailing loops or glamming-it-up on the latest music video.

You can check out “Candy Love” below:

February 18, 2014
Disa - Stones

It’s been almost a year since the Copenhagen-based Icelandic artist Disa Jakobs put out her first track for “Sun”, and to follow up Jakobs returns another track with the air of the classical elements (you know air, earth, wind and fire?). Titled “Stones”, the track certainly has that cosmic energy to it, not only through its computer generated landscapes but with Disa’s delicate vocals eerily and levitating arpeggios floating against the crushing bassline of the song.

You can check it out below:

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