Monday, September 26, 2016


I was delighted when Wallace, undeniably one of the most promising vocal talents of 2016, accepted my invite to compile a "Perfect Party Playlist" exclusively for my blog. The future soul singer behind this year's most sophisticated single - "Negroni Eyes" very kindly selected the following list of gems in spite of her busy schedule packed with gigs, festival performances and the promotion of her new singles "Raffled Roses" and "Is It You?" featuring Kraak & Smaak.

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1. "I'm Every Woman" - Chaka Khan

2. "Gett Off" - Prince & The New Power Generation

3. "Finally" - Ce Ce Peniston

4. "Baby Boy" - Beyoncé

5. "Street life" - The Crusaders feat. Randy Crawford

6. "Get Ur Freak On" - Missy Elliott

7. "Let's Dance" - David Bowie

8. "Sex X Money X Sneakers" - Bj The Chicago Kid

9. "Midnight Lady" - Marvin Gaye

10. "Am I Wrong" - Anderson .Paak feat. ScHoolboy Q


I have been raving about Smerz's "Because" since January and now Henriette Motzfeld and Catharina Stoltenberg are back with another track - "Blessed" heralding their debut EP "Okey" which is out 14 October via Hard Up. The elusive Norwegian duo is serving their very own scrumptious cocktail of house, electronica and synth pop. "Because" is already up there with this year's most compelling releases and it now looks like the soundtrack to this autumn may be provided by this Copenhagen based pair as well.

Monday, September 19, 2016


Somewhere between the modern funk of Jungle and the alt-pop of Silicon's "Personal Computer" floats this ethereal new single from Leisure. The instrumentally luscious "Moonbeam" is another teaser from the New Zealand quintet's upcoming debut album which follows a colourful stream of tremendous singles. Sonic lushness.

Monday, September 12, 2016

SHREM'S LIST OBSESSION: "NEVER EVER" [feat. Susanne Sundfør] + Top 20 Greatest Röyksopp Collaborations

Norway's national treasures Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland aka Röyksopp might have just dropped the greatest Pop single of 2016! The fact this instantly appealing (and ridiculously catchy!) synth-pop jewel features another Norwegian music hero - Susanne Sundfør, motivated me to compile this very special and subjective list of Röyksopp's Greatest Collaborations to date. I have already once dedicated an entire ranking to the Scandinavian duo when I cherry picked Top 10 Best Röyksopp Remixes back in 2012.

Top 20 Greatest Röyksopp Collaborations:

20 "Sayit" - Robyn & Röyksopp - from "Do It Again" [EP] (2014)

19 "The Wedding" - Annie (2005)

18 "Go Away" - feat. Chelonis R. Jones, from "The Understanding" [Deluxe Edition] (2005)

17 "Miss It So Much" - feat. Lykke Li, from "Junior" (2009)

16 "This Must Be It" - feat. Karin Dreijer-Andersson (2009)

15 "Remind Me" - feat. Erlend Øye (2002)

14 "Running Boy" - Frost (2003)

13 "Do It Again" - Robyn & Röyksopp (2014)

12 "Running To The Sea" - feat. Susanne Sundfør,  (2012)

11 "My Heartbeat" - Annie (2004)

10 "Something In My Heart" - feat. Jamie Irrepressible, from "The Inevitable End" [Deluxe Edition] (2014)

9 "Tricky Tricky" - feat. Karin Dreijer-Andersson (2010)

8 "Slowly" - Susanne Sundfør (2015)

7 "Vision One" -  feat. Anneli Drecker, from "Junior" (2009)

6 "Here She Comes Again" - feat. Jamie Irrepressible, from "The Inevitable End" (2014)


5 "What Else Is There?" - feat. Karin Dreijer-Andersson (2005)

4 "Never Ever" - feat. Susanne Sundfør (2016)

3 "The Girl And The Robot" - feat. Robyn (2009)

2 "Poor Leno" - feat. Erlend Øye (2001)

1 "Monument" - Robyn & Röyksopp (2014)


One of the most unique and refined talents of the ever so vibrant UK Soul & RNB scene, Miss Lulu James, returns with a much anticipated first new solo single since the dramatic "Beautiful People". "It's The Time", a melodramatic 21st Century soul track, transfixes with its flawless melody, subtle production, understated elegance and a captivating video directed by Alicja Rymarowicz. It's so great to have Lulu James back especially that the track seems to be her best effort since the exquisite "Closer" back in 2013.

And here's "Closer" once again...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Crème de la crème: TOP 20 BEST OF AUGUST 2016

Exclusive Artwork: Les Cullinan Designs

Honourable mentions:

*** "Gemini Feed" - BANKS (Harvest Records)

*** "Carré Magique" - Cliché (self-released)

TOP 20

20 (N) "Amandine Insensible" - Sevdaliza (Twisted Elegance)

19 (N) "Matadora" - Sofi Tukker (Ultra Records)

18 (N) "After All" - Charlotte Day Wilson (self-released)

17 (N) "Love Invaders (Breakbot Remix)" - Fatima Yamaha (Magnetron Music)

16 (N) "Lying Has To Stop" - Soft Hair (Domino Recording)

15 (2) "Triple XL (Hard Ton Reshape)" - Hard Ton (Bordello A Parigi)

14 (N) "Happy" - NAO (Little Tokyo)

13 (N) "Back (Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie's Karlovak Remix)" - Cassy (Aus Music)

12 (4) "La femme à la peau bleue (Chez toi)" - Vendredi Sur Mer (Profil de Face)

11 (N) "Can U Read Me?" - Nite-Funk (!K7 Records)

10 (N) "Indigo" - GL (Plastic World)

9 (N) "Beautiful People" - Mark Pritchard feat. Thom Yorke (Warp)

8 (RE) "Ultimate Syndrome" - Gnučči feat. Tami Tamaki (self-released)

7 (1) "Let Me Be Me" - Nite-Funk (Glydezone)

6 (N) "Guap" - Yaeji (GODMODE)

5 (12) "Let A B!tch Know" - Kiddy Smile (Defected)

4 (N) "Work" - Rainbow Chan (Silo Arts)

3 (RE) "Negroni Eyes" - Wallace (self-released)

2 (N) "Thoughts Wasted" - Róisín Murphy (Play It Again Sam)

Listen on Spotify

1 (N) "Elevate" - Blissful (Vitund)