We always knew she could do it!
We listed Sabina Ddumba as an upcoming soul singer over two years ago. Since then, she's been singing background vocals for numerous artist in the Stockholm music scene such as Seinabo Sey, Elias Sahlin, and Adam Kanyama. She even appeared on Katy Perry’s hit single “Walking On Air”.
A regular in the excellent Tensta Gospel Choir, we've been eagerly waiting to hear this young singer represent her own sound, her own way.
And now she does.
From Barbara Moleko to Quadron, the Danes seem to be producing a varied range of artists who all express their soul in their own Scandinavian way. In 2013, I wrote down the names of two of these artists, underlined them, and added the words “keep an eye on”- these artists were Scarlet Pleasure and Rebekah Christel.
There's a rawness, a feeling of untamed energy and sheer attitude that makes Rebekah Christel, much like Scarlet Pleasure, really appealing.
This may be the only time in the past 20 years that I've been glad to not buy as much vinyl as I used to. Had I'd been searching through my local record store, I probably would have skipped past Marie Dahlstrom’s EP – entitled Gloom – no matter how good she looked on the cover! What a mistake I would have made! Luckily, Marie’s ever-growing fan base means that there’s no doubt I would have been recommended this EP sooner or later.
The artwork for the cover of Mama's Feast is actually quite intriguing.
The illustration shows Mariama bare-shouldered, looking smolderingly behind her. It's also designed with creases so it looks like a very neatly opened wrapping paper, perhaps representing that now the contents are being revealed. A very clever touch as having successfully teased us in November 2012 with a video clip from her single 'Money', it's exciting to finally get to enjoy it in its entirety as part of her new four-track EP (released Aug 5 2013).
For reasons unknown to me, you’ll find Swedish singer Josefin’s new EP, 'Getaway' listed under Rock on iTunes. I guess it’s because there’s no Scandinavian Soul-Pop category - yet.
If there was, then this 5-track EP would top the list.
Just released is Marie Dahlstrøm (DK) new single 'Without Our Time' produced by Alfa Mist. This is her first original song since her excellent debut EP Feelings and I'm pleased to say it doesn't disappoint.