What’s this? The brand new single from Swedish duo Galantis. They’ve recruited Uffie to front ‘Spaceship’. What do Galantis say? “The Aviary was a big project for us…but we’re excited to let some fresh new Galantis music out into the world. ‘Spaceship’ takes us to the core of Galantis and our love for dance music. We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with Uffie. The first time we heard ‘Pop The Glock’, it blew our minds… and since then, Uffie’s music has always stuck with us. See you on the dance floor!” What does Scandipop say? This is Galantis at their most infectiously fun. ‘Spaceship’ is the kind of song to bounce around to in the club. Or at home. Or in the supermarket queue. Big tune.
Loving this comeback! ‘Vice’ is legit one of our favourite songs of the year so far. And ‘Broken Melody’ was awesome as well. And you can check out both songs right here if you’ve yet to. Now Anna Bergendahl is back with a brand new single – ‘We Were Never Meant To Be Heroes’. And somewhat incredibly, it’s JUST as fab as ‘Vice’. What does Anna say? “We can travel in space, make sick hearts beat, we’ve created weapons that can destroy earth in an instant, we’ve even solved the algorithm for time travel. This song is about the grandeur of humanity and our false belief that we’re bigger than everything.” Written by? The same trio behind the first two singles – Anna Bergendahl, David Lindgren Zacharias, and Anders Petterson. More from Anna? Actually yeah! Today she also releases an EP of the same name, featuring the three singles plus two brand new songs. We reached out to Anna and asked her how the huge response to ‘Vice’ (it’s started to make dents on the Svensktoppen radio chart) has felt or her, and about the fact that she’s finally out with a new collection of tunes. “It has been absolutely amazing and it has exceeded all of my expectations! It feels so good to be back and to feel the support from my listeners. I’m very proud over the new EP. It makes me feel like I’ve finally come home musically. Can’t wait to share it with you all!”
You can find ‘We Were Never Meant To Be Heroes’ on our Best New Pop playlist.
‘Never Learn’ should’ve been in the Melodifestivalen final. Totally. But it ended up clocking up well over 2.5 million streams on Spotify, so it’s all good. And now it’s time for the follow-up? Not just one, but three! Today Olivia releases her debut EP, featuring ‘Never Learn’ and three brand new songs. What are they like? All quite different to each other from each other, actually. ‘Priorities’ is the natural successor to ‘Never Learn’ in terms of style and sound. ‘Sad Now’ is the bubbly pop number that’s having a lot of fun with itself, and ‘Liar’ brings the sass. What’s y’all’s fave? ‘Priorities’ is ace too, but our big favourite on the first few listens is most definitely ‘Liar’. It’s the big Scandipop moment on the EP.
You can find ‘Liar’ on our Best New Pop playlist. And ‘Never Learn’ is still on there too, ‘cos tune.
Who? Sleepyheads! A brand new side project for three individual artists. Swedish singer and songwriter Emanuel, Icelandic singer and songwriter Daniel Oliver, and Swedish producer/songwriter Von Arbin. They’ve all collaborated on making this, the debut single of their new outfit Sleepyheads – ‘If U Got A Problem’. What’s it like? It’s a pretty exciting debut. When a new artist comes along and launches with something like this as their first single, their statement of intent – you do get a feeling of excitement that they’ve arrived. ‘If U Got A Problem’ is a bit of a mind-blower, and we’re already looking forward to them sticking around and releasing loads more stuff. Yeah but what’s it like?! Oh, yeah. Ok so it’s essentially a synthpop song with equal emphasis on synth and pop. But thanks to the production, it really does lend itself extremely well to comparisons with Robyn. Specifically ‘Hang With Me’. Or ‘Indestructible’. Basically, it’s a song that could have fit very well on the ‘Body Talk’ albums. And that, as you well know, is the greatest compliment imaginable. Best bit? I mean, where to start! The soft, vocal bridge? The bass-heavy instrumental chorus? But probably the most special bit is the middle eight. Daniel’s delirious “what if I can’t stop” vocal leading into Von Arbin’s veritably galactic production, before the song sets off on its final spin towards a finish.
What’s this? A brand new track from Sigrid. The third song to be taken from her forthcoming ‘Raw’ EP. And OMG, the best, too. Today she releases the music video for the song too, which you can watch below. What does Sigrid say? “It’s about the importance of those relations where you both dare to be completely honest with each other, rather than exchanging superficial high-fives.” What does Scandipop say? ‘Raw’s first two tracks have been a bit of a departure in sound from what we heard from Sigrid in 2017. However, anyone who fell hard for ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’, ‘Plot Twist’, and ‘Strangers’, will find a lot to love in ‘High Five’. Written by? Emily Warren, Martin Sjølie, and Sigrid. Produced by Odd Martin Skalnes and Martin Sjølie.
NOTD? It’s pronounced ‘noted’, FYI. Ah. And they are? Samuel Brandt and Tobias Danielsson from Stockholm in Sweden. They rose through the ranks as remixers for other artists, and are now producing bangers for themselves. Here’s their latest one – ‘I Wanna Know’, featuring Bea Miller. It’s been racking up MILLIONS and MILLIONS of streams since its released, and this week they’ve also put out a video for it. What’s it like? A dance track which sounds like a pop song. Which is our favourite kind of dance track. And actually, our favourite kind of pop song too. We like this tune a lot, needless to say. Let’s hear some of those remixes they’ve done then! Here’s their release of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’. And ‘There’s Nothin Holdin Me Back’ by Shawn Mendes.
What’s this? This is something very special indeed. A song composed as a tribute to Avicii, to mark his tragic passing at the end of last month. By Swedish artist Hilda Stenmalm, and Dutch producer and DJ Don Diablo. All the profits of the song will be donated to the Swedish charity, Tilia and other charities devoted to mental health issues in teenagers. What does Hilda Say about it? “It came together the morning after we got the tragic news. Being one of our generation’s greatest icons and inspiring millions of people from all over the world… the shocking news shook us at our very core. Knowing Don shared exactly the same emotions, it felt natural to collaborate with him on this song.” What does Don Diablo say about it? “When I listened to it the first time it touched me deeply in so many ways. As artists, the best way to express our emotions is through music so I locked myself up in the studio and was determined to walk out with something magical that would do justice to the sincere message of the demo and the incredible talent of HILDA. I truly felt this song needed to get heard. So many people are struggling with mental health problems and we have to make sure to never turn a blind eye to this.” Written by? Martijn van Sonderen, Hilda Stenmalm & Don Diablo.
You can find ‘Wake Me Up When It’s Quiet’ on our Best New Dance playlist.
This sounds familiar. Well yeah the record label released it a couple of weeks back but geo-blocked it to Sweden until today. No I mean the song sounds familiar. Oh yeah – it’s a Swedish language cover of Benjamin’s hit from last year, ‘Do You Think About Me’. Why the cover? Why not? They’re label mates, they’re Melodifestivalen chums, and they’re the best of friends. BRO Du Att Han Bryr Sig, am I right?! Don’t. And it’s just as well they’ve done it – in two weeks it’s already clocked up over 1.3 million streams. A quarter of what the original has managed in about a year! And the whole effort was worth it for the söt som fan music video in which they’re both adorable.
You can find ‘Tror Du Att Han Bryr Sig’ on our Best New Pop playlist.
Benjamin Ingrosso & FELIX SANDMAN - Tror Du Att Han Bryr Sig (Video) - YouTube
He’s back! With a brand new single and video, released today (well – the video is released today, the single will be on Spotify soon). It’s Boris René and ‘Give It To Me’. What’s it like? Mercifully, despite having been away for a while, he’s not changed his sound all that much. And those who fell in love with him after ‘Put Your Love On Me’, will find plenty to fall in love with on ‘Give It To Me’. What does the man himself say? “Music has been with me ever since I was a child. I grew up in a family where we all loved Michael Jackson. Singing and dancing came naturally right from the start, and when I was 20 I felt it was time – I was ready to go all in. It eventually meant leaving soccer – another passion in my life – behind. It wasn’t easy to make that choice. But to inspire people with music – to give everything you got and see the audience smiling, dancing and singing along – fills me with incredible joy and energy! What a feeling to spread a little soul and get so much back. Hope to see you soon out there!” Keep it coming, Boris! With the swish production on his new music video, we’re hoping this means he’s got plenty more planned for us!
Boris René - "Give It To Me" - official music video - YouTube
A new single? It’s very pleasing to see that now that Andreas Wijk has been freed from the shackles of music industry contractual hell, and is able to release music all on his own, he’s not relenting one bit. Less than six months after his first release, he’s already onto his third. New single ‘Flaws. What’s it like? His best one yet, without a doubt. Whereas the first two (also great tracks) played out as downbeat, minimalist r&b songs, on ‘Flaws’, Andreas increases the tempo, deploys a big pop melody, and unleashes the Popstar. We love it! More from Andreas? Hopefully even more soon, at this rate. And he’s promised a new album by the end of the year. But until then, do check out ‘Blue Ribbon‘ and ‘Liar‘, if you’ve yet to.