Posted by Robpop at Sunday, June 19, 2016
In the week of the Polar Prize of Sweden comes this bouncy dance choon by Paula Lobos direct from Stockholm. Sounding like a cross between Kylie, Zara Larsson and MNEK Eyes On You is a bombastic summer song embedded with delicious loops and a relentless chorus. Definitely the type of pop song I wanna hear when I land in Ibiza later in the summer.
Posted by Robpop at Sunday, June 19, 2016
In the blaze and glory that was a very successful Eurovision in Stockholm, comes this beautiful anthem by Swedish duo Smith & Thell which has had me in a happy rapture since first hearing it. Statute is clearly underlined as one of DontStopthePop's early summer smashes of 2016. It is a heady mixture of Ellie Goulding, Molly Sanden, Zara Larsson and Dolly Parton. It soundtracks a perfect summery sunday afternoon with friends and family. Sublime. Album please!
Posted by Robpop at Monday, May 16, 2016
OMFG! Say has arrived and launched with the stunning Monsters. As 2016 stands so far - this is the bestest. It is monstrously good. I TOOT TOOT THIS SONG! I fucking love it. Yes, I used an expletive but Monsters deserves it. It is polemic. It is epic. It is hyperbolic. It is an leviathan of a song. Since hearing the full version earlier today I've been on a constant repeat. I don't think I'll leave Say's soundcloud all day today. She belts out her vocal around a gloriously rich production (the song was produced by Say and Sebastian Winskog). The ad-libs at the end are like the caramel in the centre of the best chocolate pudding you ever ate. Oh, I love caramel btw so yeah - its a metaphor that works for me. I am ecstatic bout Monsters (as you may be able to tell). I need the album now. So follow Say at Facebook and Twitter. Tack Tack Tack Say!
Posted by Robpop at Friday, March 25, 2016
I loved everything Molly did this year. Her E.P Like No One's Watching was one of my most treasured possessions of 2015. She has a big voice and stunning pop songs. Very good.
Another Scandinavian appearance here with Cilia who has constantly released brilliant music this year. Silhouettes clearly stated her intentions to win over my heart. In an extremely busy market place concerning Swedish pop stars Cilia has managed strike through and mark out her identity by creating absolutely stunning pop music. Thank you Cilia. Cannot wait for you 2016 and 2017. P.S please do some gigs in London. Tack.
Gosh, my heart hurts for Carly Rae Jepsen. Her album Emotion was amazing. And, it is my my album of 2015! But what an bittersweet experience. Such a well-produced album loaded with so many good pop songs and yet, nowt seemed to stick. Chart success aside, Emotion and all its beautiful gems it contained glisten bright like a super-nova in my heart. I love it always. Pop album of the year.
And, now Noonie! Someone who actually contributed to the brilliance of Carly's album! Yes, Noonie co-wrote Run Away With Me. Her EP Noonia was a fantastic follow-up to her 2012 debut album which was my album of that year. I was smitten the very first time I heard the singles Pyramids and I'm In Love. Adorable.
Posted by Robpop at Monday, February 08, 2016
And, boom in the flickering embers of the year Sophia drops the song of 2015. And, maybe 2016. What the hell Sophia? Talk about pulling the rug from under our feet. Klein Blue is deliciously electric resplendent in gorgeous choruses and feverish middle eight draped with power-house vocals. The song is THE song. It is an optimistic song - of passion, of knowingness and if's&maybes. Watch and you'll see sort of thing. Which is great. Sophia keeps everyone on notice. She's not this. She's not that. Stop putting her in that box. Stop with labelling.
We've written about Sophia quite a lot - first appearing on Dontstopthepop back in 2009 in our INTRODUCING SOPHIA SOMAJO feature which really felt like a MOMENT! A moment of discovery that I treasure. Listening to her first E.P back then I was rendered speechless - gosh I can recall how fucking difficult it was to write a review about Somajo even now. And, today? The same again. Somajo pushes herself, her music, her image, the norm, and the listener. I love it. Any album you can find of Sophia's get it. They're journeys. Polemics! Sophia always brings a sense of berserk attitude to her pop stylings that carry me on every slick beat and synth snare. She provides - I consume. Thank you.
Posted by Robpop at Friday, December 04, 2015
Sadly not a tribute to Rachel Stevens second album but don't allow that to hold you back. My favourite Malmo duo are back after their immense debut Thieves with the mighty Come & Get Me. And, its a monster of a song. If you like Oh Fibes, Alphabeat, The Cure and The Ark you'll like Come & Get Me. Its a bombastic song that borrows shades of those big power rock anthems that plastered the soundscape of films like The Breakfast Club and with adorable synths that smash against delectable drum-roles making Come and Get Me one heck of a pop cocktail. I want your album Kastrup. I want it now.
Posted by Robpop at Monday, October 26, 2015
Maybe "Forever" by dePresno, "The brothel" by Susanne sundför, "tambourine man" by Bob Dylan, and "Tomorrow never knows" by the Beatles! Thank you:) lovely questions!
Posted by Robpop at Friday, June 12, 2015