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.
Coco Rouzier and Swedish producer Freddie Cruger aka Red Astaire recently released a 7" single with a stunning A & B side, and the demand for it has quickly grown, making it one of the most sought after vinyls in the UK.
However, it's hard to deny there's a whole lot of soul in US singer/poet Dean Bowman vocals. Together with an exquisite Finnish production, it steers this track directly into our waters.
Produced by David Mørup, the joyous harmonies, tight R&B riffs and Mikala's assured vocals this track leaves you feeling optimistic and hopefully. In a world decidedly bereft of uplifting sentiments, it's a delight to hear.
The video marks the point Nordic R&B rose to a new level and immediately becomes a classic of this new alternative genre.
We weren't alone as it led to critical acclaim amongst independent music lovers who also took to the intricate and compelling vocals of Finnish singer Dea Juris with producer FLWRS (Emiliano Flowerman) smooth synths and beats.
Now the duo returns with their latest single Rough Terrain, and you'll experience an evolving sound with more swing than previous.
It's time that started showing on Google maps and marked as the place to find one of the finest soul bands in Scandinavia.
For us, Religion can be found at the altar of soul, with its welcoming vibes and a heartfelt connection to all of us. Danish trio Sweatshop has certainly found theirs.
‘New Religion’ is the title of their new single, released on Good Friday, and it's a funky mix of soul and hip-hop.
Directly touching at my soul is the single - A Gospel by the Swedish band Twaine.
'A Gospel' was first released on the Japanese compilation album 'We -Songs of Hope-', and all royalties went directly to the people affected by the catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan, 2011. The single also features on their new album - A World in Change.