This week, we recommend New York rapper Le1f’s Hey EP, new videos from Ji Nilsson and Lucy Love, and Up North, a new monthly show on Swedish music.
Le1f– Hey EP
With his eccentric, sensuous sound and impeccable rap skills, New York rapper Le1f has established himself as one of the most unique voices in the global hip hop scene. Next week will see the release of his new Hey EP, featuring the 2012 banger Wut and brand new single Boom, but right now you can stream the whole thing over at Pitchfork. Listen to Boom below and stream the whole EP here.
Lucy Love – Colours
Denmark’s grime queen is back. This week, Lucy Love released the video for Colours, the latest single from her 2013 album Desperate Days Of Dynamite. Directed, edited, and styled by the artist herself, the video is a mix of psychedelic graphics and intense head banging. Watch it below, and read an interview we did with Lucy Love during last year’s Way Out West festival here.
Ji Nilsson – I’m Her
With her swirling vocals and seductive soundscapes, Stockholm based singer, songwriter, and producer Ji Nilsson is one to watch. This week, her debut single I’m Her was accompanied by a wonderful video, showing the singer dancing together with two friends in the streets of New York, dressed in brightly coloured camo clothing. Directed by Sandra Hagblom and shot by Aleksander Michaud, it features Linn Eklund and Linda Skogh as Ji’s two dance partners. Watch the video below, and read Ji’s answers to our Under the Radar questionnaire here.
NONONO – Hungry Eyes
Swedish pop phenomenon NONONO are back with a new video accompanying their track Hungry Eyes. Directed by Amir Chamdin, the video shows the trio performing against a backdrop of flamethrowers. Watch below.
A new monthly show brought to us by Red Bull Music Academy Radio, Up North aims to be a window into the emerging sounds from the Swedish underground. Hosted by music journalist Calle Dernulf, together with hip hop artist, Jason Diakité, also known as Timbuktu, and young DJ Clea Herlöfsson. The first episode featured everything from the mellow techno of Johanna Knutsson and Hans Berg to the return of legendary vocalist Neneh Cherry to the emotional beats from Stockholm’s Sad Boys crew. Listen here.