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Scan Magazine | Culture | Scandinavian Music
Scandinavian electro-pop music is the subject of some cross pollination at the moment, with the upper tier of the genre’s artists all at the forefront of the game once again. To promote their forthcoming album, Norway’s Röyksopp have released a new, and vastly superior, version of their collaboration with Sweden’s Robyn, Monument. The new bass-heavy version
sounds a lot more like the Röyksopp we all know and love – and funnily enough a lot more like the Robyn we know and love, too. The new version (and the group’s forthcoming album) is titled The Inevitable End. Robyn herself has just come out with her first disco release. Produced last year by the legendary Swedish producer Christian Falk, who has since sadly passed away, it is Tell You (Today) and Robyn’s contribution to the late Arthur Russell tribute compilation album that comes out on 21 October. It is a cover version of the original by Russell’s group, Loose Joints, and Robyn has maintained the classic disco flavour of the song, while ramping up the tempo – and the brass section! The man behind Robyn’s biggest UK hit, With Every Heartbeat, Kleerup has got himself a new EP ready: As If We Never Won. Lead single Let Me In sees him team up with Norwegian vocalist Susanne Sundfør (who herself is most famous for her recent feature on Röyksopp’s Running to the Sea), sounding in parts a lot like when Kleerup’s Swedish forefathers ABBA occasionally explored disco in the early
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By Karl Batterbee ’80s. Kleerup delivers an on-the-surface frivolous and fun production, punctuated with seconds of camp drama. A surprising direction from Kleerup, but one that is very welcome on the basis of this. Sweden’s Tove Lo scored a huge hit in both the UK and the US this summer with Habits (Stay High). Her new album, Queen of the Clouds, came out at the end of September, and the standout track from there is undoubtedly Timebomb – written and produced by the same man who was behind Robyn’s enormous selftilted comeback album, namely Klas Åhlund. The songs on this album assist Tove Lo’s continued ascension to becoming the best pop star in the world right now. And finally, if you want a taste of 2015’s biggest Scandinavian export, check out the buzz release from Denmark’s Invader Girl. Titled Starting Fires, it shows some extremely exciting promise of what is to come from her. www.scandipop.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.