Swedish duo Death Team caught my ear last year with their catchy single “Messed Up,” an energetic and poppy electronic production with an addicting sound. “Work” is a solid follow-up that explores their sound with less of a party feel but just as much replay-ability. Electronic chords bounce around the background while Icona Pop-esque vocals lament the necessity of work and question the meaning of life – an intense theme set against a happy instrumental in an ironic dichotomy. Enjoy below!
Stockholm-based Leonell Cassio is back with another “emotional bass” track and it’s a chill experiment in future bass production. Natural melodies of soft vocals and light piano ease the listener into the track before Leonell hits them with a gentle drop with fills that bounce up and down with a lighthearted feel. Another step forward for this aspiring producer. Enjoy below!
Stockholm-based pop artist Elsa Carmona’s latest single “Run Baby Run” starts off dark and ominous but slowly comes into a passionate life of its own. An alternative take on a traditional pop song structure, Carmona’s track prefers dark distortions to catchy hooks and sultry verses to generic vocals. The chorus is where this track comes together – Elsa’s voice provides a light contrast to the industrial beat below it. Enjoy below!
Swedish sibling-duo R0TH has followed up their quiet debut track “We Are” with the decidedly more energetic “UP2U,” a song that opens sounding like a 1980s rock ballad but quickly develops into a wonderfully complex indie electronic anthem. Be sure to keep these two on your radar going into the future. Enjoy below.
P.S. – The album art is pretty sweet, too.
If you like The xx, then you’ll definitely dig “Communion” by Oracle North, an alternative band out of Stockholm, Sweden. While their other two songs are very experimental and ambient, “Communion” harnesses a tribal beat, reverberating guitar, and dark vocals to create a calm yet powerful vibe. Enjoy below.