Album Reviews

Sunday, 11 June 2017 00:46

Djeff blossom with debut album

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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?

Friday, 02 June 2017 08:38

PATATA & Freddy King are ready to be served

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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.

Thursday, 04 May 2017 23:04

Reverse lights on Adée - Addicted

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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.

Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:51

Twaine - A World in Change

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Soul came from gospel. It was born from suffering and gave heart and hope. In light of the heartbreaking events in our home city Stockholm last week we could all use some spiritual re-connection.

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.
Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:21

Rohey - A Million Things

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Sold out gigs, high praise from Jamie Callum, and a five-star review in the Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen confirm what we already knew - Rohey is different, exciting and a band you should know.

The Norwegian quartets exquisite, jazzy-soul tracks have impressed since their debut, and the first compilation of their music can now be found in a strikingly designed, 12-track album - A Million Things.

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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