Video | Jonsi, “Go Do”

Alright, most of you know I’m not a big a fan of the cold, but for some reason I want to visit all the Scandinavian countries. The music coming out of these countries are some of the most refreshing and original stuff I’ve heard in a long time.  Artists such as Denmark’s Quadron to Sweden’s Lykke Li to Iceland’s Gus Gus have been a staple on my ipod and in my sets.  My fascination with Scandinavia began with Iceland and their “princess” Bjork.  Ever since then, I always wandered what was in their water supply to create such music.  Bjork is not the only artist from Iceland that is making waves.  Jonsi (Jon Thor Birgisson) of Sigur Ros has created some amazing sonic landscapes. Jonsi recently dropped his solo debut entitled simply “Go”.  Check out the video for the song “Go Do”.  You can stream the whole album over at NPR.  It almost makes me want to try some lutefisk…almost.

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Event | Movits! Swing Jazz meets Hip Hop at Stonefly, Saturday, January 30th

Photo Credit: Fredrik Larsson (hayvosh.net)

I continue to say this: Sweden’s music scene is crazy.  From the country that gave us Abba, this country is producing some amazing artists within last 4 years in all genres. Artist such Lykke Li, Miike Snow, Kissey Asplund, Red Astaire, El Perro del Mar, Peter Bjorn & John, Mando Diao, Mapei, and Adam Tensta are helping put Sweden on the map for music. I always wanted to visit Sweden to see what kind of water they are drinking to produce some of the stuff I hear.  Another group from Sweden that is making a mark here in the states is Movits!

Movits! is a hip hop group that blends the sound of swing jazz and hip hop with Swedish lyrics.  They created a huge buzz here since their performance on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report.  Lucky for Milwaukee this Saturday, you will get a taste of their sound this Saturday at Stonefly.  Milwaukee’s Fresh Cut Collective and 88Nine’s Tarik (that’s me) will also be performing.  A show not to be missed.

Don’t Sleep On: Quadron

Qaudron

For the last couple of years, Swedish artist have been dominating my personal playlists.  Now it looks like Sweden’s neighbor to the south, Denmark, is trying to squeeze in. The Danish duo is named Quadron, and I first heard of them through our fam over at The Couch Sessions. Quadron’s sound is what I would call ‘Refreshing Soul’. The duo consists of producer Robin Hannibal from Owusu & Hannibal and singer Coco Malaika.  The American soul and R&B scene can learn a little something from this duo

There was very little known about this duo other than they released their own debut back in the summer, and it was only available as an import and downloadable via iTunes and Amazon. Now I think the U.S. will get to learn more about them thanks to a recent record deal with the U.S. label Plug Research. The label is best known for releasing music from artists such as Flying Lotus, Bilal, Daedelus, Mia Doi Todd, Ammon Contact, and others. The album will be released later this year with worldwide distribution.  Trust me when I say, “Definitely Do Not Sleep On Quadron!”

Quadron – “Buster Keaton”

Quadron – “Slippin”

Video: Lykke Li, “Breaking It Up”

One of two of my favorite Swedes (the other one is Kissey Asplund) Lykke Li is about to take America by storm.  Her album Youth Novels is due out later this fall and she will be in Chicago sometime in September or October.  Check out the latest video for “Breaking it Up”

Video: One Woman Band

I found this really cool video of this Swedish born, New Orleans transplant Theresa Andersson over at Wired.com. She played all the instruments and then looped them in the video.

Freebie: Lykke Li, “Everybody but Me (diskJokke Remix)

Lykke Li

Lykke Li (pronounced Licky Lee) at the tender age of 22 is continuing mesemerizing audiences with her organically grown electronics and her icey but soothing voice.  We have her song “Little Bit” from her Little Bit EP in rotation on RadioMilwaukee.  The guys over at rcrdlbl.com post a free remix of the tune “Everybody But Me (diJokke Remix)”.  Go grab it and make sure your alarm is on becuase you definitely don’t want to sleep on her.

Lykke Li – “Everybody But Me (disJokke Remxi)” (download)

Video: Lykke Li, “I’m Good, I’m Gone”

Lykke Li

Sweden’s Lykke Li is now one of my favorite artists. Basically, if Bjork was to have a daughter, Lykke would be her. At a tender age of only 21, she has caught the internet world by storm. She is even putting her “Youth Novels” album out on her own record label LL Recordings (take that major labels). Now if Santogold and Lykke would go on a tour together, I would be in heaven.

The video for “I’m Good, I’m Gone” is visual candy. Check out the female painted bodybuilders. Totally surreal. Lykke’s eyes are so mesmerizing. Don’t you think?