With Tove Lo making waves in North America and Tove Styrke on the cusp of achieving the same thing, things are looking bright for Swedish pop music, whose quality is almost always above average. Singer Mizgin is making a bid to be the next great Swedish pop export, and if there’s one thing she has going for herself it’s that she sidesteps the usual indie “poptimist”-pandering fare for flat-out, bombast reminiscent of Rihanna and Beyonce. She’s already topped the Swedish charts with “Get You Off”, and the anthemic “If I Said I’m in Love (Suicide)” aims to continue that momentum.
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Composer/musician Jared C. Balogh has a wide variety of music for the taking available right here. The styles present can be interpreted as classical, jazz, or minimalist. However, for Music For Rhymers and Lyrical Designers, Balogh takes a brief step back to one of his first musical loves: in his own words, “old school rap/hip-hop from the early ‘80s through early ‘90s.” Two things stand out when listening to this free, miniature album: first, despite the words “Rhymers” and “Lyrical” being the title, Music For Rhymers and Lyrical Designers is instrumental; second, Balogh is far more interested in updating his past fascinations that just revisiting them. In other words, Music For Rhymers and Lyrical Designers has a great deal in common with his classical, jazz, and minimalist works.
The Los Angeles-based musician and producer GDNA describes himself as “the melodic apothecary peddling medicine for the melancholic.” You can confirm his alliterate appellation by downloading the track “Reasons”, his collaboration with beatmaker and lyricist Jo Def, which you can do exclusively here at PopMatters. Citing influences such as Flying Lotus and Dwele, The LA Times says of the tune, “‘Reasons’ is nothing if not of the moment.”
The English electronic project Squarepusher, helmed by Tom Jenkinson, will release its 14th studio LP, Damogen Furies, via Warp on 21 April. This LP follows 2012’s Ufabulum. With this album, Squarepusher intends “to explore as forcefully as possible the hallucinatory, the nightmarish and the brutally visceral capacities of electronic music”, to use his own words.
Although it’s winter in the United States right now, you might be transported to the summer months by the disposition of the Australian singer Vassy, whose latest single “In the Sun” is the kind of summer jam that’s designed to be blasted out of hatchback car radios and beach boomboxes. Of course, it’s summertime in Vassy’s native Australia, but this buoyant pop jam is enough to make it feel as if the season is spreading all around the world.