Simen Mitlid – “Two Days” // Teagan White

“Two Days” is what would be the perfect soundtrack to the bittersweet ending of your favorite indie film.  The synth accompanying the glockenspiel lines and nylon-string guitar strums blurs the line between “electronic” and “acoustic” music, banking on a dynamic that creates song’s emotional weight of nostalgia.

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Great News – “NEVER GET MY LOVE” // Charlie Kwai

Great News are from Norway, but between the rollicking drums, swinging tropical percussion, and pervading sense of danger, there’s a hefty dose of the jungle in their latest track. Don your grass skirt and join the party on “Never Get My Love”.

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SASSY 009 – “Pretty Baby” // Mark Powell

“Pretty Baby” is a dream without being a nightmare, but still gives you a shiver after you wake up. Shadowy and spacious, SASSY 009 leaves all the muscle for the bassline, which punches just as hard as a kick drum.

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Strangelove – “From Heights” // Vera Van Wolferen

A lush production of a song that doesn’t skimp on catchy hooks. “From Heights” has the chops to be on every “Chill” playlist by the end of the summer. Look for the album by the same name, out on Luft Recordings August 25th.

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Mørk – “See You Dance” // Maxwell McMaster

Bust out the robot helmets and giant crosses, because Mørk is bringing you the best of the French electro-disco revival with a distinctly personal touch. Jam out to synth solos and vocoder goodness in the “really official” music video below.

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Coucheron – “LOUD” // PIRU

One of the highlights of my SXSW was finally seeing Coucheron live (at our own showcase!) and watching him rip through his eclectic mix of jams and bangers. A generally sweaty good time all around! Be sure to catch him live if you can. And in the meantime kick back to “Loud”!

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BAYA – “Loon” // Marcos Navarro

When the sun finally sets today, I’m gonna need a stiff drink and some dark and funky beats to pull me into the weekend. Time to cue up BAYA’s jam “Loon”!

His debut album Oslo-Harlem just came out and you can bet I’ll be digging into it this weekend…

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Hajk – “Magazine” // Aart-Jan Venema

If any part of last week got you down then take a cue from Hajk and put those headphones on and think of something else. “Magazines” is the perfect soundtrack for it. I’m feeling better already!

Hajk is on the killer Norwegian label Jansen Plateproduksjon and their full LP is due in the spring.

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