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WhoMadeWho – Dynasty

WhoMadeWho

We love electronica being at the forefront of music, but we also love an amalgamation of genres. Cue WhoMadeWho, a Copenhagen-based trio comprised of Tomas Barfod, Jeppe Kjellberg and Tomas Høffding.

WhoMadeWho like to experiment sounds inbetween disco, funk, techno, indie rock and pop. They also like to tackle hot topics whilst they’re at it…including sex. It’s complicated, ever more so with dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, so why not listen to ‘Dynasty’, and turn that energy you spend on your phone into something good, like connecting with someone in real life? Good advice guys!

Sounds like: Hot Chip, Du Tonc

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Vera – In And Out Of Love

Vera - In And Out Of Love

Copenhagen-based Vera might be a newcomer in the vocal world, but he has already earned a lot of respect as producer and co-writer for a crop of Norwegian breakout acts including Liss, Soleima, Goss and Off Bloom.

His latest track ‘In And Out Of Love’ is a sultry number, reminiscent of Sade, that anchors on the vocalist’s Banks-esq tone seesawing with the 90’s styled saxophone.

Sounds like: Banks

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Masasolo – Ordinary Day

Masasolo

Masasolo is a four-piece from Copenhagen, who write drowsy lo-fi tunes mixed with 70s-infuenced, indie-psych.

Their slow tempo single, ‘Ordinary Day’, creates such a chilled vibe, your worries will disappear in no time.

Expect an announcement of European shows in due course.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala, Palace Winter

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MATTIS – Loverboy

MATTIS

Copenhagen-based superstar in the making, MATTIS, shares his stunning debut, ‘Loverboy’.

This self confessed “viking soul” uses somewhat minimalistic production, relying heavily on his vocals (think James Blake or Sampha), but ‘Loverboy’ also tells an emotive story, driven from a dark place that MATTIS found himself in three years ago, having lost his apartment following a break up, and generally feeling like a lone wolf away from the pack.

​The single is out via Sony Music in Scandinavia and Tigerspring/The Orchard elsewhere.

Sounds like: Rationale, Ben Pearce, James Blake, Sampha

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CHINAH – Even Love

Chinah

Chinah

Danish band, CHINAH, are back with new track, ‘Even Love’.

Echoed vocals fit nicely amongst some laid back synths, yet upbeat and funky riffs.

Sounds like: Shura, Fickle Friends, Madonna, Ellie Goulding, Ayer, Keyes

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KING – Blood

KING

KING

Denmark has a new pop star in the making, and she’s called KING.

Born in Copenhagen to a Cuban mother and a Chilean father, KING has had a bit of an unbringing, watching her uncle work as one of Fidel Castro’s personal bodyguards.

With her street smart dance style and accomplished vocals, we kindly ask Banks and Grimes to step aside for the KING.

Sounds like: CAPPA, Grimes, Banks, MØ

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Bodebrixen – Change It Back

Bodebrixen

Bodebrixen

Danish indie pop outfit, Bodebrixen, are bringing Spanish guitar back, and it’s sounding pretty damn good.

Not only that, the new disco-tinged lo-fi single, ‘Change It Back’, also features strings and synths. Bodebrixen know how to spoil us, but we think the effort is worth it.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Summer Heart, Day Wave, Clean Bandit, Roosevelt, Tough Alliance

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Saint Best – In The Morning

SAINT BEST

SAINT BEST

Copenhagen-based quartet, SAINT BEST debut the video for ‘In The Morning’; also a tribute to 1985 Japanese cult film, ‘Tampopo’.

Usually a time for the most weary, this energetic synth-pop number will get you dancing straight out of bed. And this pretty much sums up the SAINT BEST ethos; always seeing the positive in things and not holding back as there will always be tomorrow.

When their rehearsal space burned to the ground, along with all of their instruments, the foursome saw this as a new beginning, and thus began the new sound of SAINT BEST. The ruined guitars were substituted with synthesisers and samples. Inspired by nu-disco and new wave, SAINT BEST decided to make danceable electro-pop. “We were looking for a new dynamic sound and got together around a percussion and synth-driven sound universe”.

‘In The Morning’ is released via Fake Diamond Records.

Sounds like: Girl Friend, Calypso, Kid Astray

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Soleima – Wasted

Soleima

Soleima

It’s Monday morning and some of you may still be wasted from the weekend’s antics, or even contemplating how the weekend was wasted.

One woman heavily discussing the wasted topic is Copenhagen-based singer Soleima (aka Sarah Mariegaard, formerly of Danish hip-hop outfit Flødeklinikken).

“Off-sounding” writings merged between electronic pop and hip-hop, luxurious synth arrangeents and majestic instrumental touches, ‘Wasted’ is a summery track. Production is courtesy of Vera (Liss, )

Previously living in Tanzania for a portion of her life, some of the vocal melody structures could arguably be inspired by the Sukumaland song tradition, the specific region in Tanzania where Sarah lived.

According to Soleima, “…the song is about allowing yourself to run away from a crazy and awful world. Using a disguise and forgetting everything for a moment. But also it is a song about having blinders on. Not recognising, or choosing to forget – that we are living in a fucked-up world.”

“To me the term “wasted” gets double sided in this song,” Soleima explains. “The obvious meaning is of cause being drunk/high and therefore unable to process thoughts and logic. The other way to look at it, is that some people, like myself, are able to lead a certain kind of life whereas many don’t have the same possibilities as me – and sometimes that chance can be wasted.”

Sounds like: LIVI, MØ, Zara Larsson, Alice Jemima, FØRTE, Dominique, Hotel Garuda

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Exclusive: Guns Playlist

Guns

Guns

Guns is 24 year old, Norwegian Gunhild Jarwson Tekle, who is now based in Denmark.

She’s lovingly prepared a chilled pop playlist for us.

See the track list below:

1) Nico – These days

Reminds me of a sort of summery boredom.

2) Texas – Inner Smile

Oh I have been dancing so much to this song, I’m in love with it. I did a terrible version of it in a karaoke bar in Berlin over Christmas.

3) Kylie Minogue – Slow

For some reason this song reminds me of summer. Maybe because of the music video with Kylie by the pool, surrounded by a bunch of men.

4) Sean Nicolas Savage – Promises

I just discovered this artist playing a small concert in ideal bar in Copenhagen, he was so crazy good and charismatic on stage!

5) Blood Orange – Chamakay

I think i just love music that sounds like a jungle.

6) Enya – Boadicea

Think it’s so great how there’s just her vocals and keys, and its so mysterious sounding too. And that there are no lyrics at all.

7) David Lynch – The Line It Curves

Makes me wanna get a drivers license so i can drive around listening to this at night. That goes for the whole album by the way.

8) Michael Jackson – Stranger in Moscow

It’s Michael walking around in bad weather.

9) Burial – Hiders

I’ve just been listening a lot to this this winter.

10) Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing

I find this track so beautiful, and weirdly motivating. (Listened a lot to it while walking to school in the morning).

Like Guns’s vibe? Listen to ‘I Know Exactly How It Feels’ below.

It was released on 22nd January via Tigerspring / +1 Records.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, MAASAI

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