Hanouneh is a band with a good memory and on Hometown Prophecies they show what a sonically potent thing this can be.
They draw from a very distinct lineage of modern black music performance but the clever thing is that they are happy to revere and reinvent rather than merely remix it. This meandering path sees them connect dots between jazz traditions, future soul grooves, the chilled end of Minneapolis funk, and the ghosts of old blues players and modern R&B.
The name, Charlotte Dos Santos, has been sung loudly from this websites rooftops ever since she released her debut single - Watching You (2015) and since then I've been eager to hear her first body of collected work.
The Norwegian singer has now dropped her first album 'Cleo'. It's the story of a romance told with a pleasant 'loungeful' vibe from start to finish.
Let me begin by saying this.
The debut album, In Bloom, by 7-piece Danish band Djeff showcases a band striving for reinvention and recreation and is one of the best albums you'll hear from Scandinavia in 2017
I write this early so you can press play now rather than read through my words.
If you're still here, let me explain why?
I wonder if you're like me?
Music on at nearly all times.
Always have headphones on a walk.
And always require a good selection of music when labouring through the preparation and cooking of an evening meal.
Well, I think I've found a delightful album that makes cutting courgettes, peeling potatoes and dicing onions a pleasure.
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.
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.