World Tour

I’m pretty sure there’s a place in Sweden where you can line up to get some talent. It’s impossible to ignore all these exciting Swedish artists and bands we’re being treated to lately- I won’t even bother to name them all. The latest offering is World Tour, a band who recently released a promising 4-track EP called Believe on Cascine (without doubt the label to keep an eye on if you’re into promising new acts from the Nordics). This trio embodies the true essence of dream pop – their sound drifts between balearic and romantic, and they could be pegged right alongside bands like the iconic The Radio Dept. and Korallreven. As their EP evolves, the listener gets sucked into their fantasy – a place where all (Nordic pop) dreams come true.

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Jessie Ware

We have to admit it’s been quite a while since any interesting pop artists has come along. Overused gimmicks, dubstep-breakdowns and auto-tune overdoses – we’ve heard it all and none of it has really caught our attention. But there’s a new girl in town: Jessie Ware. To be honest, she’s not that new. The young brunette has already laid down some vocals on productions from the masked beatsmith SBTRKT, but it’s only recently that Jessie started recording material of her own, for which she teamed up with acclaimed producer Julio Bashmore. The results of their collaboration are quite amazing, to be frank. Both ‘Running’ and ‘110%’ are smart, disco’ish, clean pop with a soul vibe – and not the kind of thing you hear on the radio that gives instant headaches, but highly enjoyable, well-produced pop masterpieces you’ll probably never get bored of. It’s nice to see such a talented woman not fall for the “high-budget pop”trap of the industry for once; let’s hope she’s the first of many.

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FAMY

It’s hard to put a label on four-piece FAMY. Your first thought might be folk because of all the guitars and nostalgia, but once you’ve heard a couple of tracks you’ll come to realise they’re anything but a regular folk band. Perhaps it’s best to label them as “zeitgeist folk”, as the basis of their music is folk – but from there they depart on a completely different trip. Instead of whispering romantically, they kind of shout; instead of relying on soothing harmonies, they build some sort of challenging rhythm. FAMY are friends with WU LYF, and you’ll know doubt recognise certain elements (such as funereal organs and the sonorous choral swells) in their music. In the end it doesn’t really matter the label, as long as they have the music to back it up – and FAMY sure do.

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