Sunday, 01 December 2013 22:49

Just Discovered....

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We're always looking around for Scandinavian soul artists and music, and here's a few recent discoveries.

Kim Nkoubou (SWE) – Mama's Refrigerator

Here's an exciting electronic soul debut track from Swedish singer Kim Nkoubou (see main image) in Goteborg, Sweden. We don't know much about him at the moment, but we'll be keeping an ear open for more information.



Mikko Pettinen (FIN)

Pettinen cd1000Don't judge a book by its cover.

While always sound advice, it couldn’t be more relevant than when looking at the 'funny' artwork of Finnish artist Mikko Pettinen’s debut solo album 2Happy.

The music on this album is soul/funk with some jazz and pop influences; something in the style of Stevie Wonder meets Tower Of Power and Steely Dan. Produced with the dynamic, tight, and funky 10-piece live band Happy People, and utilizing a large horn section, accompanied by a soulful female vocal trio TriSis.


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.

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  • Mikko Pettinen aims to bring soul and funk with a smile

    Finnish singer/trumpeter Mikko Pettinen & Happy People release a funky new single/video Dance Away - out June 3rd, 2017.

    Founded in Helsinki in 2013, Mikko Pettinen & Happy People have made it their mission to give listeners positive energy and spread the message of soul and funk music with a taste of jazz and pop.

  • Mikko Pettinen & Happy People: Nothing Can Stop My Spirit

    After reviewing music from Finland over the years, I can conclude that Finnish soul artists always give 100%. There is no midpoint to aspire to. They’re passionate about music, so it’s all or nothing.

    Finnish soul began with Quintessence, became established with Tuomo, and grew with Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, Dolla Lova, Humus and The Napkins, to name but a few. All have all set the standard, and it’s a high one.

    With a beautifully designed vinyl album, a CD and a live DVD (yes, a live DVD) to accompany his latest release, Nothing Can Stop My Spirit, it’s clear that Mikko Pettinen is another passionate Finnish music creator, too.

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