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.
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.'
Since 2013, the Danish duo (Monika Faludi and Mathias Dahl Andreasen) has pushed the edges of Nordic soul and pop with their dreamy, 80's influenced, ethereal sound. It's not for everyone. However, many loyal fans (Furnies!), including us, have been drawn in by their soulful vocals and laid back productions.
Danish singer Mikalas' debut single 'Save Your Love' is soaked in R&B influences, retro samples and fused with her sweet vocals.
In collaboration with Scandinavian producer David Mørup (Scarlet Pleasure), the result is a compelling Nordic cool R&B track.
Press play below and turn it up!
Without a doubt, one of the stand out EPs from 2016 was Shaqdi ft. Zagor (The EP). The Swedish singer, Shaqdi and UK producer, Zagor released a debut selection of tracks for complete contentment.
A few months later and the music has lost none of its' immediate, seductive and enthralling impact. Now, the first track - Lover, is given a visual version with a stylish Black & White video. See below.