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6 New Electropop Albums to Tide You Over If You’re Impatiently Waiting for Robyn’s Honey

October 10, 2018

We knew the wait for Robyn’s brand new album was going to be painful, but it’s borderline agonizing over here.

Honey finally drops Fri., Oct. 26—and luckily, we’ve managed to find solace in a few other hard-hitting electropop albums released this year. If you’re also on the edge of your seat, below are a few recommendations to get you through the wait!

Tove Styrke – Sway

Tove Styrke's "Sway"
Fellow Swedish pop princess Tove Styrke is, dare I say, a mini Robyn. There’s definitely more to her latest feel-good pop album than meets the eye, though. Bubbly and electric on the surface, it takes a slow dive into human connection, vulnerability and some of life’s toughest lessons, all while remaining 100% danceable. She uses the intensity of her emotions to create bold, relatable music. It instantly felt like we were best friends after hearing this album—she just gets it.

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Ralph – A Good Girl

A Good Girl by Ralph

Ralph is a majorly stylish songstress who stole our attention after releasing “Cold to the Touch” last year. After hitting our ears, we instantly knew she was a new favorite go-to when we really want to groove. Naturally, her debut full-length album didn’t disappoint. Filled with heavy synths, ’80s guitar riffs and a flare for disco, it gives a stage to romance, heartbreak and everything in between. We know this strong but smooth debut is going to take her career to new heights.

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Lauv – I met you when I was 18. (the playlist)

I met you when I was 18. (the playlist)

Although “I Like Me Better” is the most well-known track on this album, we recommend giving this whole collection a listen. Tight bass lines, warm synths and amazingly layered vocals wash over you, as songwriter Ari Straprans Leff takes you on his sonic journey in love. We think it’s safe to say this record is a total game changer in the electropop genre.

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Lykke Li – so sad so sexy

so sad so sexy by Lykke Li

Lykke Li is the queen of sad pop and we dare you to tell us otherwise. She reinvented her sound a bit this time around with a few more noticeable hip-hop and electronic influences throughout the album—not to mention, the woman’s insane harmonies on the opening spine-tingler “hard rain.”

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Fickle Friends – You Are Someone Else

You Are Someone Else by Fickle Friends

With their debut full-length album, the UK’s Fickle Friends gives us all the infectious, get-up-and-dance tunes we’ll ever need in life. Bursting with energy, each song sounds like it’s straight off the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. They’ll even be playing the Teragram Ballroom in a few days, but, sadly, it’s sold out… of course.
Fickle Friends – You Are Someone Else

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Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises

My Mind Makes Noises by Pale Waves

Okay, we’ve had this one on nonstop repeat since it came out a few weeks ago. We like to think of Pale Waves as a female-fronted The 1975. Glittering guitars, crisp synths and catchy hooks will fill your sonic soundscape on this record in a big way. It’s just asking to be blasted at night on your way down the 405.

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PHOTOS: Swedish Electropop Singer Tove Styrke Takes Over the Troubadour!

May 22, 2015
Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

America has found its latest Swedish sensation!

Following in the footsteps of Avicii, Robyn, Icona Pop, Miike Snow, Lykke Li – and the list goes on and on – Tove Styrke (not to be confused with Tove Lo, who is also from Sweden), is making a name for herself in the states.

Her career took off in Sweden all the way back in 2009, when she was a contestant on its version of American Idol. And now at only 22 years old, she’s proving she can make it as a worldwide star.

Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

The electropop singer, who I included in this week’s New Music Monday, made an energetic debut at West Hollywood’s Troubadour last night, and she did not disappoint. Performing a handful of songs, including “Borderline,” “Brag” and “Even If I’m Loud, It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking to You,” there was not a single body in the venue that wasn’t bouncing away to her infectious sound.

Luckily, I had fellow Tove Styrke fan Natalie Kanooni on hand to capture some of the action in photos. Enjoy the shots, and check out one of the adorable singer’s singles “Ego” below!:

Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

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Hortlax Cobra, Gigamesh, Tove Styrke & 17 More Artists: New Music Monday, 5.18.15

May 18, 2015

Hortlax-Cobra-Night-Shift-300x296Wow, this is one of the best New Music Mondays I have encountered in quite some time!

For starters, Hortlax Cobra‘s “I’m Still Here,” featuring Ane Brun is the gem of the week. John Eriksson of Peter Bjorn and John is the mastermind behind this act, which is named after the area of Sweden in which he was raised.

For the nu-disco-lovin’ lady (or gent) like myself, Gigamesh‘s “The Music” is like the best thing ever. I can’t stop listening to its melodic goodness. Then you have Tove Styrke‘s super catchy “Number One” for the indie-pop fans.

And for those EDM lovers, Borgore teamed up with Addison for “School Daze,” while Just a Gent brings you “Driftless Spirits,” Oliver Heldens has “Melody,” and Tritonal and Cash Cash came out with “Untouchable.” Rest assured, none of these are too bass-heavy.

I am also super stoked for new Wilkinson. If you even slightly enjoy drum n bass, Wilkinson is like the ultimate. Super melodic, easy-on-the-ears kind of sound. I’ve been a huge fan for years.

Give a listen below for 20 fresh tracks, which also include Ghost Loft, Metric, Disclosure, Elliphant, Powers and Oh Wonder.

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SXSW 2015: From the Performances, to the Swag and V.I.P. Services, Go Inside the Hottest Music Parties!

March 24, 2015

I can’t stress enough how much incredible music talent was at SXSW this year – but as is the case with so many festivals, the parties were just as worthy as the shows themselves.

Guests at some of these top-tier fetes (which took place in the middle of the day through the wee hours of the morning) were treated to specialty cocktails, luxury swag and beauty services. Read on to go inside some of the hottest happenings in Austin, Texas, over the weekend!

Nylon x The dFm Present Terrace at the W Austin

The Nylon party was everything you’d expect it to be: the perfect blend of music, arts and fashion. Zella Day was a highlight performer at the fete, which featured other live acts, including Holychild, Tove Styrke, Safia and darling Cody Simpson, who had pals singing along to his songs. V.I.P. guests covered themselves with removable Flash Tattoos and swooped up swag from SkullCandy, Gibson, Pax Labs, Inc. and Original Penguin.

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Neon Gold Presents Neon Golden at Empire Control Room

Neon Gold‘s Neon Golden party had an insane music lineup. Featuring live performances by ASTR, The Knocks, Years & Years, MS MR, Marina & the DiamondsVerite and Cathedrals (just to name a few), this bash was off the hook! In between catching the acts, guests got beautified with the help of PRIV, a straight-to-your-door beauty service, currently available L.A., NYC and London, which launched in Sept. 2014 with a chic fete in West Hollywood. In celebration of SXSW, the company (whose app is available on your iPhone) made its services permanently available in Austin and kicked things off with manicures and hairstyling at the Neon Golden party!

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GQ x Jam in the Van Sessions Presented by Stillhouse Moonshine

Any event put on by GQ is bound to be a success, and such was indeed the case when the mag partnered up with  Jam In the Van for SXSW. During the two-day shindig, guests were able to let their hair down in a relaxed environment, taking in the sounds of a slew of acts, including Plain White T’s, Surfer Blood, Cody Simpson, Zella Day, X Ambassadors and Jukebox the Ghost. They sipped on specialty cocktails by Stillhouse Moonshine whiskey and had a peek of what goes down in the world’s first solar-powered music discovery vehicle. PRIV (short for PRIVileged) was on hand yet again, for massages, his and hers manicures and man-bun styling galore!

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