Monday, December 5, 2016

SHREM'S NEWBIES BUT TO-BE'S: "SOMMAR I DECEMBER" - Daggi Zegreat feat. Abel Haile


A delicious slice of Scandinavian soul on a winter evening anyone? Daggi Zegreat comes from Stockholm and her sumptuous debut single "Sommar I December" is an impossibly attractive medley of nu jazz, neo soul and funk. To spice things up, this aptly titled "summer gem for the winter" is sung in Swedish as the artist herself loves exploring and experimenting with languages, genres and artistic expressions. Please enjoy and share this effortlessly cool groove made in Sweden. I adore surprises like this arriving in the last month of the year. Daggi Zegreat certainly is one to keep an eye on. 

The stylish video for the song was directed by Malaika Holmén and Henrik Rinaldo.



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Crème de la crème: TOP 20 BEST OF NOVEMBER 2016


Exclusive Artwork: Les Cullinan Designs

Honourable mentions:

*** "Maniac" - Jhené Aiko (Def Jam)


*** "Visa (Shinra Remix)" - Sandboards (Feel My Bicep)


TOP 20

20 (N) "Go" - YIH (self-released)



19 (7) "Honeycomb" - Kadhja Bonet (Fat Possum)



18 (N) "How Feet Is Your Love" - XXX (Kitsuné)



17 (N) "St Lucia" - Bernice (Arts & Crafts Productions)



16 (N) "I Talk BB (Morgan Geist Remix)" - Jessy Lanza (Hyperdub)



15 (1) "I Gotta Feeling" - Midnight Magic (Soul Clap)



14 (N) "Darkside" - Tepu (self-released)



13 (N) "A Lonely Night" - The Weeknd (The Weeknd XO)

SPOTIFY

12 (N) "Hang Me Out to Dry (KDA Remix)" - Metronomy feat. Robyn



11 (5) "Discomfort Of Strangers" - Róisín Murphy (Play It Again Sam)

SPOTIFY

10 (N) "Heavy Game" - HiFi Sean feat. Billie Ray Martin (Plastique)



9 (N) "Trust Me" - Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn (Smalltown Supersound/Konichiwa)



8 (N) "Loner" - Mykki Blanco feat. Jean Deaux (Dogfood Music)





7 (N) "Permanent Love" - Youthfaire (self-released)



6 (N) "Pretty Gardens" - Róisín Murphy (Play It Again Sam)

SPOTIFY

5 (N) "Is It Possible" - Wildhart (Gaphals)



4 (2) "Never Ever" - Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør (Dog Triumph)



3 (N) "Tártaro" - Buscabulla (Baby Making Records)



2 (N) "Malibu Fun" - Midnight Magic (Soul Clap)



1 (N) "Human" - Sevdaliza (Twisted Elegance)



Friday, December 2, 2016

CHOON OF THE DAY: "HEAVY GAME" - HiFi Sean feat. Billie Ray Martin


One of the most iconic figures of the global House scene - Miss Billie Ray Martin (Electribe 101, S'Express + over 2 decades worth of club classics) is joining a rather spectacular array of special guests on HiFi Sean's epic "Ft." LP. And what a palette of guests it is: Yoko Ono, Inner City's Paris Grey, Crystal Waters, Bootsy Collins among others. "Heavy Game" is a luxuriant diva house moment, paying a sublime homage to 90's sounds with Billie Ray Martin delivering a dazzling vocal performance. Your new Saturday Night essential.



Monday, November 28, 2016

SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "Hang Me Out To Dry [KDA Remix]" - Metronomy feat. Robyn /// "Trust Me" - Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn


While we wait for Robyn's brand new solo material we can indulge ourselves in two of the Swedish Synth Pop queen's most recent collaborations. British producer KDA (responsible for last year's most fun #1 single "Turn The Music Louder (Rumble)" featuring Tinie Tempah & Katy B) pimps up the rather low-key and mellow "Hang Me Out To Dry" from Metronomy's latest LP and puts it on a clubbing pedestal with some delicious 90's house vibes. Parallel to this upbeat rendition we receive Robyn's electrifying and epic nu disco odyssey (+10 minutes!) where she joins efforts with her compatriot Rudolf Nordström, better known as Mr. Tophat. These fill the anticipation gap nicely while we hope for some more concrete music plans from the "Stars 4-Ever" artist.





Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CHOON OF THE DAY: "HUMAN" - Sevdaliza


Every so often there comes a track which literally leaves you speechless... In this case the track left me awestruck both sonically and visually. Sevdaliza's tantalising new single "Human" is an electronic orgy of slow and micro beats, subtle Oriental adornments, whispers, recitations and flawless vocalisations. One to throw on full blast on that surround system of yours. It's certainly not the first time this gifted multifaceted artist of Iranian descent caught our attention, with the opulent "That Other Girl" landing among Top 20 Greatest Tracks of 2015 in our annual year-end countdown and the haunting "Time" which I was singing the praises of only last month.

Over half a million views on Youtube in less than one week is quite an achievement for a niche alternative artist like Sevdaliza. The visual feast courtesy of Emmanuel Adjei.



Monday, November 21, 2016

SHREM'S GUILTIEST OF PLEASURES... VOL. 41: "RUNNING BACK TO YOU" - Vanessa Williams


"Running Back To You" - Vanessa Williams
Release Date: 1991
Chart Peak: U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs #1, Canada Dance #2, U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #2