Video: Hey Elbow – Martin

You may or may not remember that we featured Stockholm band Hey Elbow’s great second single ”Martin” a few weeks back; a track that continues to grow on me with every new spin. The duo is prepping their debut album for Adrian Recordings, set for an early 2015 release. In the meantime, you can watch the chaotic and colorful music video glazed in a very distinctive 90’s vibe above.

introducing new segment: ABSOLUTE SWEDISH

This might be a Sweden based music blog but we haven’t always been the best advocates of the Swedish music scene (there are however a couple of blogs that do it quite nicely; Meadow Music, Ge Hit Musiken).

Time for a change.

In this new recurring segment, the aim is to highlight noteworthy new music from Swedish bands/artists from a variety of genres that merits attention and recognition.   

O U F – Crisis (ft. Chris Haxa)

Our Underground Firm – or simple O U F – recently dropped their debut “Crisis” – a menacing hip hop / trap track loaded with alarms ringing off, deep pounding beats, pitch-shifting vocals and an overall dark, industrial feel that makes a good case for the grit of the nation’s hip hop scene.  For reference, put “Crisis” somewhere between Death Grips and ASAP Rocky.

Last Lynx – Brother

Stockholm band Last Lynx recently released their catchiest and most ecstatic track yet titled “Brother”. This is fun-loving, typical Swedish radio-friendly pop with massive hooks and a huge heart. Watch for their new EP Rifts to be released later this week.

Saint – For Life (ft. Rebstar)

On “For Life” Malmö rapper Saint and fellow Today Is: Vintage artist Rebstar comes through with a grinding, sonically twisted cut held together by a blissful hook that feels right at home on the dance floor. Check out more from the label here.

Hey Elbow – Martin

Former Malmö label Adrian Recordings (Alice Boman, This Is Head, Familjen and countless others) recently relocated to Stockholm and signed a new artist Hey Below; a band that sits well with the labels tradition of succesfully connecting pop sentiment with artistic vision. The duo’s second single “Martin” is a chaotic, percussion-packed track that explains band members Julia Ringdahl’s and Ellen Patterson’s background in jazz. Also, don’t miss Hey Elbow’s beautiful former single “Blanca”.