This week, we recommend New Zealand newcomers Broods, Bladee’s debut mixtape, and a new Alice Boman video.
Broods – Broods EP
Behind new pop duo Broods are siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott. Just like fellow New Zealand newcomer Lorde, the duo are hailing from Auckland, have collaborated with the producer Joel Little, and are about to conquer the world. This week saw the release of their eponymous, six-track debut EP, including their first single Bridges. The duo plan to release a debut album later this year, hopefully in August.
Kalle J – Tip Top
When not making music together with Johan Tuvesson under the moniker of Karl X Johan, Swedish musician Kalle J is putting out sweeping pop music with hints of dance band, seductive r’n’b, and eighties ballads. This week saw the release of his marvellous Tip Top mixtape, featuring songs like (om du inte säger det nu) and Circle of Love. Listen below and download it here.
Beckmans Fashion Collaboration
This week, the third-year fashion students at Beckmans College of Design presented their Fashion Collaboration collections with a show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Stockholm. For the project, the students created new visionary collections in collaboration with Swedish fashion brands Back, Diana Orving, House of Dagmar, Lagom Studios, Malinda Damgaard, Filippa K, and Örjan Andersson, interpreting both the history and current influences of the brands, while adding their own personal touch.
The collaborations were also conceptualized in seven short fashion movies, made by the third-year students in Visual Communication. Watch the movie accompanying the collaboration between students Martin Karlsson and Nhina Svensson and designer Örjan Andersson, made by Per Holmquist and Patrik Mollwing, below, and check out the rest of the movies here.
Founder of Stockholm hip hop crew Gravity Boys and front-runner of the Swedish sad rap scene, nineteen-year-old Bladee just put out his debut mixtape. Featuring Yung Sherman, Ecco2k, Thaiboy Digital, and Whitearmor, it’s just as sad and spacey as you would have expected. Listen below.
Alice Boman – Skiss 3
Last year, Swedish singer Alice Boman made a stunning debut with her delicate, dreamlike EP Skisser, released on Adrian Recordings. This week, her track Skiss 3 was accompanied by a brand new video. Made by Henric Claesson at Studio Pop, the video captures the song’s tranquil, melancholy mood perfectly. Watch it below.
Banks – Brain
Los Angeles born musician Banks has released yet another song from her upcoming debut album. Made in collaboration producer Schlomo, her latest track Brain is a piece of emotional and harmonious electronic r’n’b. Last year, Jillian Banks made her debut with the EP Fall Over, and earlier this month she came third in BBC’s Sound of 2014, a list highlighting the best new artists for the year ahead.