You could easily be confused by the headline or think it’s a typo for which I am often guilty. Perhaps, I should have written – A Brand New Stage released their debut album, A Brand New Stage, but you can see, neither really works well.
I’m pleased to say the album’s rather uninspiring self-title is the only real major misstep on this 11-track soul-filled album.
In 2012 I interviewed Swedish producer Peo (who I affectionately nicknamed the Kung Fu Panda of Soul) in a search to discover more about producers working on producing soul music which, at the time, was scarce. It has always been interesting to me to discover what, despite the commercial drive on trends, keeps artists, producers and musicians true to the sound they believe in.
Peo had several releases at the time, however following this interview I did not hear anymore from him during the years that followed.
However, at the beginning of 2016, Peo returned with a brand-new album titled ‘Swede Soul Music’ released on Sundae Soul Recordings, and it was well worth the wait.
The fourth full-length album Superconductor by Swedish boogie-funk extraordinaire Peter Major, aka Opolopo, emphasises his musical roots in the 80s funk and disco-scene, as well as old school Chicago house.
It’s been five years since Opolopo put out his last full length album, Voltage Controlled Feelings, on the Tokyo Dawn label. These past years he has instead been putting out remixes and edits, resulting in both the remix-album Mutants from 2011 and a whole bunch of 12’’. Now he’s back again on another label, Z records, with music ranging from his more ambient-style instrumentals to house and old school 80s disco-boogie.
In the world of soul music in Scandinavia, there really is something for everyone. If you’re looking for something with US-inspired tones and influences, then look no further than the Swedish band Soweco.
From the outset of their debut 13 track opus Sense/Sensibility, it is clear that Humus are more a movement than a musical duo, where they use poetry, music, film and Fashion, as the mediums to impart their messages of love, happiness, togetherness, loss, pain, self awareness and hope.
With so much good music pouring out of Sweden, Denmark and Finland lately it’s feels like it’s been a while since we introduced a new Norwegian artist, now singer Monica Ifejilika certainly makes up for the absence.
For nearly 15 years Monica Ifejilika has been part of Queendom, an artist collective who present a conscious message and energetic music through Afropean eyes.
Released on 31 October 2014, on the DaWorks label, was the singer-songwriters' first solo project.