Standing firmly on his own two feet is the young Copenhagen-based Vera (aka William Asingh).
His latest single, ‘Nobody Else’, was a collaborative effort with Off Bloom, and is influenced by the Caribbean novel ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys, which is about a landowner’s Jamaican wife who is locked up in an attic for allegedly being mad.
The ‘Good Job – No Conversation’ EP is released on 8 December through Ultra Records/Ministry of Sound.
Finally, we have the brilliant new indie-pop trio from Portland called Year of the Brother.
We are particularly excited about these guys as they seem to have something special about them. Perhaps it’s the soaring, yet delicate production? Perhaps it’s the on-point falsettos? Or perhaps it’s the enticing lyrics? You decide.
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 OffBloom.
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.
Slowes are a Danish duo, who formed in 2015 and like to merge alternative psychedelic pop with the dreamy sounds of chillwave.
One of the results is ‘I Need You’; a track comprised of textured lo-fi vocals, phased-out synths, and melodic waves from the retro keys. The trackwas recorded and co-produced by Christian Alex Petersen (Mew, VirginSuicide, LISS).
‘I Need You’ is released on 8 July. Expect an EP in early 2017.
Sounds like: Sundara Karma, Tame Impala, Day Wave, Jo Marches
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, MØ)
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