I'm a South Londoner now living in Sweden. I'm also a part-time DJ/ founder of Urbanlife Radio and co-founder of Scandinavian Soul. Music has always been my soundtrack to life and although I listen to everything, soul is always in my playlist.
Norwegian band D’Sound are celebrating 20 years in the music business. This in itself is a notable achievement, but the trio's consistently high level of soulful/pop grooves is also something to celebrate.
They continue their successful career with an instantly enjoyable groove filled release 'If you Don't Know' which debuted on Norwegian TV2.
You know the feeling.
If not, imagine a parade of Elephants playing football with your brain while trying to solve a cryptic crossword!
Humour has never been far from the dynamic Danish duo Black Dylan either. In their latest video Record players float through the air, and multiple versions of the band appear while singer Wafande tries to regain his composure after a night of indulgences.
The black and white video for this cool soulful track - Get Up Child fits the song's theme perfectly.
In a recently posted video, we see a live performance of their second single - I Found Me, at Rockefeller, Oslo in front of a packed crowd.
I'll never get used to being on the other side.
The interrogated instead of an interrogator.
Anyone would think I don't like being interviewed. I do, and in the capable hands of Fabian Hansen, it's also fun.
I just feel so awkward!
Earlier this month we announced the arrival of Danish singer Mikala and praised her debut single - Save Your Love.
Now the 'Nordic cool' singer demonstrates she also cuts it live in a new studio-shot video.
From another galaxy, another time and another space the intergalactic, future soul duo, Pomona Dream (SWE), return to Earth with a new single - Limbo featuring US rapper Def Sound.
Since the launch of their debut single - The Box (2015) and the splendid debut EP Rainbow Milk (2016), the experimental, 80’s style of Pomona Dream has quickly become instantly recognisable.
On this new musical journey their spacey electronic vibes and Sandra’s’ soulful vocals, blend perfectly with Def Sounds smooth, poetic rap.
The Swedish singer caught our ears and eyes attention with a series of sumptuous R&B tracks, an impressive debut EP 'Intermission' and visually compelling videos (What Can I Say, Breathe In, Ocean). The captivating songstress emanates sexual confidence. However, it shouldn't distract you from her mesmerizing vocals. Her recently uploaded single - How 2 Luv, is a perfect reminder.
Shaqdis' seductive vocals caress and entice as she asks to watch you have a 'good time' on a new R&B flavoured track - WANNA SEE YOU HIGH, produced by Zagor.
The UK producer has made an ideal partnership with the Swedish singer and together continue to create songs worthy of repeated play.
The short, colourful video is also filmed and edited by Zagor.
The Danish-Ugandan singer combines influences from her roots with modern sounds to produce an uptempo single featuring African rhythms and the singer’s mother tongue, Luganda.
Njabala is the title track from her recently released EP and takes a traditional Ugandan song, but reimagines the lyrics as a call to freedom. It is a hopeful celebratory song about being free to dream and inspire.
Regular visitors to our site may find many of the tracks we feature are sung in English though is not by intention. The Swedes, for example, have been devoted soul and style lovers for years and many excellent tracks are currently residing unloved in vinyl crates. And despite what non-Scandinavians may feel are 'incomprehensible lyrics,' native sung tracks from across the Nordics are just as accessible and enjoyable.
We've discovered a selection of 'old-skool' Swedish sung grooves on Mixcloud compiled by DJ Olof Karlstrand, ’Sweedest Sounds Vol. 24 - Soul På Svenska’, sprinkled with recognisable soul cover versions.
Who knows, by the end of the mix you may also say it's 'Bra.'