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ALBUM REVIEW

SOWECO - Keep On

SOWECO has already laid down a solid reputation for creating music which weaves smooth jazz-infused vibes through soulful grooves. Their new album does take a bit of finding, however, once you do track it down, you are in for a real treat.

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Linn & Freddie

ALBUM REVIEW

Linn & Freddie - Right Here in The Middle

Music maestro Freddie and vocal songstress Linn have released their long-awaited and highly anticipated second album.

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GG

ALBUM REVIEW

The Band Called Oh - Guerrilla Gardening

An album built around the concept of Guerrilla Gardening, a movement that sought to improve the urban decay of 60’s New York is certainly a brave and fascinating idea. We took a listen to the Norwegian band's new album.

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Andy Collins

Andy Collins

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.

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 21:59

The Napkins are Genuine

Is it just me or do so many pop artists sound very similar?

And in fact, where are all the bands?

Good question, I'm sure you'd agree. However, I'm not going to start disassembling the music business and demonstrate how the major corporations have a monopoly on all commercial music. That's a discussion for another day.

However, I do want to talk about a band who've released their new EP Genuine, and a singer who's voice cannot be mistaken for anyone else.

The band are The Napkins with lead vocals by Charlotta Kerbs.

Thursday, 04 May 2017 23:04

Reverse lights on Adée - Addicted

On our quest to find the latest soul music from across Scandinavia we usually fill the tank with premium grade and travel at 130km/per hr. Naturally, therefore, from time to time we miss writing, reviewing or listening to all the new soulful releases. In a desire to address this I'm pressing the brakes, backing up and taking the time to check them out, slowly.

So, with our Scandi Soul Mustang parked outside our favourite night spot in Stockholm, I recline in the leather seats, press play on the album - Addicted, and shine our reverse lights on Adée.

In recent years Producers / Beat Makers have become as well as the artists they work with. They play an ever important role in modern music and the songs we love. Like a Classical music composer, these creators build the foundations of tempo, sound and instrumentation, and often invite artists to feature on their musical creations.

We first heard Swedish producer Jimmy Kuf production on his debut track 'Spela Roll'. A wonderfully mellow, Swedish sung track that resonated with our soul loving ears. We spoke to Jimmy (Jimmy Agvén) to discover more about him and his music.

Norwegian singer Amanda Kamara brings her soulful/pop sound to speakers and now to screen with her debut video - Limbo.

Directed by Emil Wahl, the video captures Amanda against the beautiful backdrop of Norwegian nature, graffiti-styled murals and in the springtime sunshine.
Saturday, 29 April 2017 09:49

Saint Cava take it Deeper on new single

Duos seem to be at the forefront of the new R&B sound in the Nordics, and Danish duo Saint Cava continue to demonstrate the impressive results a soulful vocalist and a skilled producer can create.

Since their debut, Saint Cava, Andreas Vasegaard, Erika de Casier, have turned heads with their dark R&B beats, soulful lyrics, matched with intriguing videos. Their new track 'Deeper', continues that theme. 'Deeper' opens gently before a deliciously deep bassline kicks in, and the sweet haunting vocals synonymous with Saint Cava draws you in.

Make no mistake, UK soul lovers love their music, and they know a great track when they hear it.

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.
We're not going to pretend this is anything but Jazz.

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.

Danish/Italian R&B newcomer Mikala has released her first official video, to her second single - We Got It, and it leaves you feeling good.

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.
Monday, 24 April 2017 11:09

Video Premiere: F.U.N.C. – Nectar

Finnish/Dutch duo F.U.N.C. invite you to their futuristic R&B adventure to the dark side of the human psyche with the release of their music video - Nectar.

The video marks the point Nordic R&B rose to a new level and immediately becomes a classic of this new alternative genre.
Saturday, 22 April 2017 12:40

Premiere: EDA WOLF - Rough Terrain

Based in Brooklyn, New York is the Electronic/R&B duo Eda Wolf whose debut single, Slow Speed, had us in raptures.

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. 

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