Swedish music – Swedish Music Shop http://swedishmusicshop.com/ Fri, 20 May 2022 00:09:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://swedishmusicshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1.png Swedish music – Swedish Music Shop http://swedishmusicshop.com/ 32 32 Lykke Li on taking Ayahuasca and her new album “Dark and Dirty” https://swedishmusicshop.com/lykke-li-on-taking-ayahuasca-and-her-new-album-dark-and-dirty/ Thu, 19 May 2022 17:13:00 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/lykke-li-on-taking-ayahuasca-and-her-new-album-dark-and-dirty/ May 19, 2022 main pictureLykke Li, EyeDirected by Théo Lindquist A lovers’ quarrel; two naked dancers intertwined; LA’s nocturnal sprawl; a bleeding woman pulled from the wreckage of a car. Here are some of the images etched into your brain by Eyethe palindromic and black-inspired audiovisual project of the Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li. Shot on […]]]>

main pictureLykke Li, EyeDirected by Théo Lindquist

A lovers’ quarrel; two naked dancers intertwined; LA’s nocturnal sprawl; a bleeding woman pulled from the wreckage of a car. Here are some of the images etched into your brain by Eyethe palindromic and black-inspired audiovisual project of the Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li. Shot on 16mm film by A single man cinematographer Edu Grau, directed by Theo Lindquist, and starring Li opposite Unorthodoxby Jeff Wilbusch, it’s a heady fever dream with no obvious end or beginning, carved out of blurry, looping vignettes, and beautifully accented by bruised, Eno-inspired synthscapes taken from the accompanying LP.

If this all sounds like a shift from the slick R&B and trap-inspired swagger of Li’s latest album – 2018 so sad so sexy – you would be right. Speaking from her Los Angeles home today, the 36-year-old presents her creative development as something of an exorcism. “I had to get rid of the red patent leather character from So sad so sexy – let my blonde hair grow out and live in two white t-shirts and two white painter’s pants – just so I can be a blank canvas again. In her place is a character she describes as a “mute actress/gangster from a movie from Ingmar Bergman to Michael Mann. Heat.”

An avowed film buff, Li happily reels off an array of influences for Lars von Trier’s doomed love story, Today. Break the waves and Nicolas Winding Refn Pusher trilogy to Last Tango in Paris and Requiem for a Dream. These intensely dark and emotional touchpoints serve as fair warning for the eight-track album the shorts are about to arrive with, which features some of Li’s most raw and rewarding elements to date. .

Recorded in his living room in Los Angeles with longtime collaborator Björn Yttling, Li took the songwriting process back to basics, eschewing digital instrumentation and incorporating first-take vocals wherever possible to preserve the emotional integrity of the piece. For an artist who has made heartbreak her calling card, it’s perhaps the ultimate word on the subject, and is billed as a “break with the breakup album.”

Here, Li discusses how Pina Bausch, a romantic fantasy craze, and ayahuasca travel helped shape the world of Eye.

Gemma Samways: The minimalism of Eye feels like a reaction against so sad so sexy. Is it right?

Lykke Li: Yes. I remember Joan Didion saying something like, as soon as you try to put an idea on paper, it gets destroyed. And it’s the same with music: you have this intimacy with the source material, then you start producing and things go through so many different hands that in the end the end result is often quite far from the intimacy of the actual idea. This time, I really wanted to stay really direct and urgent, and not play with the crudeness of the initial idea.

GS: Tell me about the creative chemistry between you and producer Björn Yttling?

LL: We hadn’t worked in years, so it was actually nerve-wracking to get back together, like, shit, do we still have it? It was like when a couple divorces, then they meet years and years later and realize the love is still there. So it was really beautiful.

But I don’t know anyone else who pays as much attention to chords and structure as Björn. We’re both obsessed with the process of creating a song, and we have similar tastes. So this time around we knew we wanted the world to be quite dark and dirty, cinematic and beautiful.

“I became obsessed with art that has this repetitive quality, like Marina Abramović or Pina Bausch: the same movement over and over again. For me, this repetition really reflects an emotional truth” – Lykke Li

GS: Have you always considered Eye inasmuch as audiovisual project?

LL: No, I was so immersed in the process of writing and living the story. And then at the same time [I was] going for walks with my friend Theo [Lindquist], and I was telling him what was going on in real life, and he was like, “Oh my god Lykke, your life is like a fucking movie.” So I’m like, should I really make a movie out of it?

Then it was like, how can we actually do this? Because no one cares about music videos as a form anymore, and it’s impossible to make a movie. So we had an idea: what if we make a movie, but you only see seven key scenes, and that movie is cyclical, reflecting the world we live in, where we just watch a loop on Instagram?

Also at the time I was stuck in my own repetition of being heartbroken, making albums, making videos, going on tour, being heartbroken, so I got it that the concept [for the project] was the loop and [I] became obsessed with it. You see it everywhere in nature, from moon cycles to menstrual cycles. And I became obsessed with art that has this repetitive quality, like Marina Abramović or Pina Bausch: the same movement over and over again. For me, this repetition really reflects an emotional truth, since that’s also how the brain works. As humans, we are stuck in our own patterns.

GS: How does this idea of ​​repetition fit into the narrative of these films?

LL: Actually, I think the problem I also have in my private life is that I turn things into a film: I idealize and I glamorize. Like, as soon as I fall in love, the movie starts in my head and I live in an alternate reality to the other person. So we wanted to create a movie within a movie, where part of it is real and part of it isn’t.

The plot is that there’s these two actors making a movie, and then all the other scenes are between takes, where me – the real person – actually falls in love with the actor who’s playing opposite me. For him, it’s just a movie, but for me, it’s real. It’s about blurring the line between fantasy and reality, which I think women are particularly good at. And I think that’s also why there’s usually so much disappointment and heartbreak and spiraling out of control: you’re living in two different realities.

GS: You are setting yourself up for failure.

LL: Exactly. But on top of that, I make art out of those experiences, so for me, it gets extremely meta. Filming all of this felt like I was getting lost in my own maze. I was crying for real.

GS: Almost methodical?

LL: Exactly. My whole life is just a game of method. (Laughs)

GS: The loops give the piece a hallucinating side. Was that the intention?

LL: Absolutely. If I look back in my life, the highest highs and the lowest lows have been around love: love has been my drug of choice and where all my baggage comes from. So I was really trying to describe what a heightened experience it was, especially when the pain hits. And at the same time, I was dealing with my own pain in a hallucinatory state, trying to overcome my love addiction by doing lots of psychedelics. I have done ayahuasca several times.

GS: How was this experience?

LL: It was the most intense and overwhelming experience I’ve had in my life. I mean, even the image of the carousel and spinning – parts of my journey were that. It’s almost impossible to describe, but it’s almost like downloading ten years of therapy in a flash, covering all the pain, suffering and trauma you’ve been through.

And then sometimes you go into pure hallucinations and visions, so music is a big part of the ayahuasca experience. When you listen to music in this state, you realize that music is the portal to heaven and to healing. So while I deal with this very painful thing [on Eyeye], I also wanted the music to reflect the sky. And I’m planning an immersive, audio-visual, spatial audio experience to accompany the release of the album, where you literally ride the carousel of love, where you enter the red room. It will basically be like an ayahuasca trip.

GS: Eye was billed as a breakup with the breakup album…

LL: Yeah, I mean, I’m sure I’ll swallow my words. But I’m kinda tired and somehow I feel like I’m in control of my own form [with Eyeye]. I feel like if my 19 year old self saw me now, she’d be like “Yeah bitch!”

“I remember Joan Didion saying something like, as soon as you try to put an idea on paper, it gets destroyed. And it’s the same with music” – Lykke Li

GS: Can you imagine writing from a place of contentment?

LL: I mean, I don’t know if the artist’s life is a life of contentment. Even if you’re in a happy relationship, you still rub shoulders with her. And there are so many things to be unhappy about, whether it’s aging, femininity, or injustices in the world. You can pick and choose. (Laughs)

I’m definitely much more interested in becoming a visual artist, or creating worlds that embody images and music. I think I’m going to move further and further away from pop structures. Because when I think of the women I look up to, I don’t think of anyone in music. I’m thinking of Cindy Sherman, Tracey Emin, Jenny Saville: women who are artists and not just a face.

GS: And yet, with this album, you seem more authentically yourself than ever?

LL: Yeah. I’m just trying to remember that I made this album for me: to give myself the gift of doing the job that I’ve always wanted to do.

Eye by Lykke Li is released on May 20.

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Friends say Taylor Hawkins wanted to tour with the Foo Fighters less https://swedishmusicshop.com/friends-say-taylor-hawkins-wanted-to-tour-with-the-foo-fighters-less/ Tue, 17 May 2022 13:05:45 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/friends-say-taylor-hawkins-wanted-to-tour-with-the-foo-fighters-less/ Friends have claimed late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins told them he wanted to cut back on touring with the Dave Grohl-led rockers in his final days. One of them, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron said rolling stone in a new report Hawkins told him, he “couldn’t fucking take it anymore.” However, through a representative, […]]]>

Friends have claimed late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins told them he wanted to cut back on touring with the Dave Grohl-led rockers in his final days.

One of them, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron said rolling stone in a new report Hawkins told him, he “couldn’t fucking take it anymore.”

However, through a representative, Foo Fighters took issue with the characterization that emerged in the report this week. Hawkins died unexpectedly in March while on tour with the Foos, with the rock band canceling all of their tour dates soon after. He was 50 years old.

On Monday, May 16, Cameron said of Hawkins in a startling revelation: “He had a one-on-one with Dave and, yeah, he told me he ‘fucked up’ – c were his words.”

The Pearl Jam drummer, also known for his work in Soundgarden and several other artists, collaborated with Hawkins in the Nighttime Boogie Association.

“I guess they hit it off,” Cameron continued, “but it seems like the touring schedule got even crazier after that. … He tried to keep up. He just did whatever it took to follow, and in the end he could not follow.”

Singer Sass Jordan, whom Hawkins supported early in his career, added: “I think he was so tired. Tired of the whole game.” Another friend of Hawkins, who remained anonymous to Rolling Stone, agreed. “He finally spoke to Dave and really told him he couldn’t do this and he wouldn’t do it again,” they said.

Still, according to the report, it appears Hawkins gave in to a schedule outside of his wishes. Last June, Hawkins said rolling stone he was trying “very hard to figure out how to continue to keep the intensity of a young man in the body of a 50-year-old man, which is very difficult”.

Cameron remarked this week, “[Foo Fighters] is a big machine [with] a lot of people on the payroll. So you really have to be aware of the business side of something when it’s so big and it has an inherent pressure.” (Cameron is currently away from touring with Pearl Jam after testing positive for COVID.)

The Foo Fighters rep denied that Hawkins ever raised the issue with Grohl or the band’s management team. “No, there was never a ‘heart to heart’ – or any kind of meeting on that subject – with Dave and [Silva Artist Management]they said. “He never ‘informed Dave and [management]’ of anything like that.”

In the report, it is suggested that Hawkins’ fate was underlined when he passed out on a plane last December. But the band’s rep replied that it was “not true” that Hawkins lost consciousness. Reports at the time said an unidentified member of the Foo Fighters had been rushed to a Chicago hospital after boarding a flight to the United Arab Emirates.

Hawkins’ cause of death is still unknown after he was found dead in Bogota, Colombia on March 25 before Foos performed at the Estereo Picnic Festival. A preliminary toxicology report suggested he had 10 different substances in his system when he died.

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Levi’s® puts Shy One and Jarreau Vandal at the forefront of new 501® campaign https://swedishmusicshop.com/levis-puts-shy-one-and-jarreau-vandal-at-the-forefront-of-new-501-campaign/ Mon, 16 May 2022 11:25:05 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/levis-puts-shy-one-and-jarreau-vandal-at-the-forefront-of-new-501-campaign/ To mark the 149th anniversary of the 501® this month, Levi’s® launched its all-new 501®: the number that changed everything campaign, a stylish visual deployment that delves into the unrivaled and illustrious history of the jean silhouette. One of that of the brand groundbreaking moments came in 1873 when Levi Strauss & Co. was officially […]]]>

To mark the 149th anniversary of the 501® this month, Levi’s® launched its all-new 501®: the number that changed everything campaign, a stylish visual deployment that delves into the unrivaled and illustrious history of the jean silhouette.

One of that of the brand groundbreaking moments came in 1873 when Levi Strauss & Co. was officially granted a patent for the copper rivets of its blue denim suit. Although it didn’t acquire its famous batch number until a few years later, the foundations for the global takeover of 501® – and the blueprint for future denim – were officially laid. 149 years later, what started as heavy-duty workwear has become a staple for millions around the world.

A true testament to timelessness, today the 501® bucks trends, proving that genuine, genuine craftsmanship never really goes out of fashion.

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Now, to celebrate the past, present and future of the brand’s signature archetype, Levi’s® has teamed up with five creatives who embody the distinctive spirit of 501® and showcase the silhouette’s versatile style and longevity through the 501® Original and 501® ’90s Jeans and Shorts.

The campaign itself showcases a diverse range of creatives embracing the seasonal offering in a very unique way. Leading the visuals are Shy One, a London-based DJ who started life on pirate radio, and music producer Jarreau Vandal, who can be seen rocking various pieces, including matching denim ensembles, crochet headwear and shirts, alongside a beauty influencer and model Kicki Yang Zhang, Swedish musician Fricky and British novelist MC.

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The images are accompanied by a series of intimate conversations, which offer a unique perspective on the personal growth and evolution of each distinctive talent.

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In addition to launching the campaign, Levi’s® will also unveil new interpretations of its well-worked denim. Drawing on a contemporary ’90s aesthetic, standouts include Levi’s® 501® ’90s jeans for women and a pair of vintage-inspired shorts, which are guaranteed to keep you looking great in the summer heat.

For more information about the Levi’s® brand, products and stores, visit levi.com.

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We are the country of song – and yet we don’t have our own place at Eurovision | Carolyn Hitt – Carolyn Hitt https://swedishmusicshop.com/we-are-the-country-of-song-and-yet-we-dont-have-our-own-place-at-eurovision-carolyn-hitt-carolyn-hitt/ Sat, 14 May 2022 17:56:56 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/we-are-the-country-of-song-and-yet-we-dont-have-our-own-place-at-eurovision-carolyn-hitt-carolyn-hitt/ Praise the Lord, we are a musical nation! Except when it comes to Eurovision, of course. It’s one of the biggest cultural ironies that The Land of Song doesn’t have an entry for the world’s most famous song contest. My Welsh independence fantasy always starts with Wales crushing it in this musical smorgasbord. I don’t […]]]>

Praise the Lord, we are a musical nation! Except when it comes to Eurovision, of course. It’s one of the biggest cultural ironies that The Land of Song doesn’t have an entry for the world’s most famous song contest.

My Welsh independence fantasy always starts with Wales crushing it in this musical smorgasbord.

I don’t care how we would. From Bryn Terfel rapping a hip-hop era in the language of heaven to H from Steps emerging from the mouth of a giant dragon carried by Treorchy Male Voice Choir in sequin blazers. The more Cymru Kitsch, the better.

But there is no decentralization of Eurovision. And even though Can I Gymru has tripled its pyrotechnics budget, that can’t make up for the fact that Wales can’t go it alone in this sometimes surreal but always spectacular celebration of songwriting.

Read more: Eurovision Drinking Game 2022: 12 rules to make the song contest much livelier

The UK is unique in Eurovision setup – four countries must compete under one roster banner. Could we not group the nations of origin separately to demonstrate not only our musical diversity but also our linguistic diversity?

And after the debacle of the past few years, at least someone might love us for a change. Well the three of us at least.

Worth asking. After all, this is a contest where the rules can be bent like a boomerang. Down Under arrived in the north in 2015. A song for Europe? The clue is in the title, you might assume. But that didn’t stop Australia from securing a wildcard entry to mark the competition’s 60th anniversary.

The justification is that Eurovision has a special cult in Australia. Apart from Kylie, their main contribution to popular music is Bjorn Again – the tribute band who imitate the most successful Eurovision contestants, ABBA.

If the Australians found a way in via their obsession with Swedish pop, Wales made an impact via Team GB and less obvious routes.



Mary Hopkins

Knock Knock who’s there? Mary Hopkin, of course – our Pontardawe-born singer who propelled the UK to second place in 1970, narrowly edged out by Dana with All Kinds of Everything.

Then there was Jessica Garlick, who grew up in Burry Port and helped the UK achieve its best charting of the 2000s – third place with the song Come Back.

There was a more tenuous Welsh connection in 2010. It was the shameful year the UK came last in the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time in eight years. Performed by 19-year-old Josh Dubovie and written by stalwart synth pap Pete Waterman, the song, That Sounds Good to Me, didn’t sit well with anyone and scored just 10 points.

But a Welshman did a little better that year. Newport’s Jon Lilygreen, with a Rhondda-tinged backing band, was higher on the voting table. Too bad they were representing Cyprus.

Back in 2013, who can forget how Bonnie Tyler brought the guttural roar of the Mumbles to Song for Europe. “Believe in Me” was the pleading refrain Bonnie sang in Malmö, Sweden that night. And I believed in Bonnie.



Bonnie Tyler is one of many Welsh artists to have represented the UK
Bonnie Tyler is one of many Welsh artists to have represented the UK

When the chorus started, Believe In Me was truly a cracking motivational anthem. It had a good hook, as they say in songwriting circles. I know a little about these things after beating Gary Barlow in A Song For Christmas 1986. Unfortunately, our musical paths have since diverged somewhat. Apparently he did pretty well.

And Bonnie should have done the same. Great song. Good singer. What could go wrong? She came in 15th. Without wanting to sound more eurosceptic than Farage, having a good song and a good voice are never guarantees of success in this continental contest.

Three years later a duo called Jake and Joe represented the British hopefuls – Joe was from Ruthin. The couple did their best to sing a song called You’re Not Alone. Finishing in 24th place, they might as well have been.

But this year more than Tenuous Welsh Connection could still deliver the hit that has eluded Britain since Katrina and the Waves let the light of love travel 25 years ago.

The UK entry is co-written by Amy Wadge, the former Welsh Music Award winner who sent Ed Sheeran into the stratosphere by sharing writing duties for his worldwide hit Thinking Out Loud.



Amy Wadge has written for artists such as Niall Horan, James Blunt, Dua Lipa and LeAnn Rimes among others

Wadge, who is also known for her evocative soundtrack to BBC Wales drama Keeping Faith, created the song Space Man with Tik Tok sensation Sam Ryder. Ryder has 12 million followers on the social media platform – which bodes well for him, giving young voting audiences the contest they are drawn to. But he’s also a real talent with a distinctive falsetto voice that soars skyward like the eponymous hero he sings about.

Critics – and bookmakers – believe Ryder is capable of reaching for the stars tonight. In the words of The Guardian’s Angelica Frey: “His song, Space Man, has big astronaut boots to fill, capturing celestial vibes from Elton John’s Rocket Man, The Beatles’ Across the Universe and Man on the Moon. by REM – but its shrill chorus notes really hit between the eyes. Will having a social media-friendly entrance help break a long streak of failures? It’s hard to say how much sentiment anti-Brexit sabotaged the UK and how bad it is because of a series of terrible songs – but Space Man has been the best for many years.

It is indeed a banger, as young DJs say, and comes with a hint of Wadge’s Cymric class. (Yes, I know she was born in Bristol, but she’s definitely Welsh-qualified.)

But wouldn’t it be great to be there in your own right, tapping into the wealth of songwriting talent in the country of song. Yet in recent years they haven’t even let us wave a Welsh flag. Y Ddraig Goch was banned from the Swedish Eurovision moshpit in 2016.

Read more: Wales compete as an independent nation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Frankly, with the miserably miserable amount of television Sweden sends us, allowing the cheerful color of one of the most beautiful flags in the world on their dark Scandi screens would have done them a favor.

But that year, our national pennant was blacklisted alongside groups like the Islamic State, because the pageant organizers decided on a “flag policy” which decreed that only the flags of members of the pageant and UN states could be displayed so that the event would not be considered “political”. .

Because the Eurovision Song Contest is never political, is it? No not at all. Well apart from the fact that the result was skewed for years by more Allied pacts than WWII.

This is the competition where Finland, Sweden and Denmark vote for each other; Greece and Cyprus trade twelve points and everyone ignores Brexit Britain except Ireland who will do anything not to win it after four triumphs in the 1990s nearly ruined their audiovisual industry . Irish anti-success strategies include being portrayed by a puppet – Dustin the Turkey – and inflicting Jedward on 120 million viewers. Twice.

Yet this year, it’s the best kind of politics. The usual petty partisan tactics will be subsumed by the larger gesture of the organizers – banning Russia. At first they said that Russia could compete since the contest was apolitical, but luckily they reversed their decision.

Naturally, Ukraine are favourites. “They have the sympathy vote and more people than usual can tune in just to support them,” a Eurovision official said this week. Even without the understandable backing, they have a song that can stand on its own. Stefania – performed by the Kalush Orchestra – combines Ukrainian folk and rap and manages to be both energizing and poignant.



Ukraine is the favorite to win Eurovision 2022
Ukraine is the favorite to win Eurovision 2022

The Kalush Orchestra is missing a member after he chooses to stay and fight for his homeland. His remaining bandmates have been given special permission to leave Ukraine for the contest and are due to return right after.

Singer and songwriter Oleh Psiuk helps Ukrainians left homeless by the Russian invasion find shelter and medicine. He created the song before the war but its lyrics took on a new resonance, including the line: “I will always find my way back, even if all the roads are destroyed”.

The Stefania in the title is her mother, but her motherly embrace has also been given new symbolism, as he explains: “After the war started, the song started to mean something to a lot of people because they interpreted as ‘Mother Ukraine’. That’s why the song is in the hearts of many Ukrainians and we hope Europeans will like it too.

Two hundred million Europeans will watch the competition tonight, broadcast live from Turin. And whether we’re in Eurovision or not, when it comes to supporting Ukraine, we all sing from the same score.

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Auris Presents Announces Debut of HEATWAVE Music Festival https://swedishmusicshop.com/auris-presents-announces-debut-of-heatwave-music-festival/ Thu, 12 May 2022 21:16:44 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/auris-presents-announces-debut-of-heatwave-music-festival/ Today, Auris Presents, Chicago’s leading force in live music events, announced the first Heatwave Music Festival. Heatwave will take over Chicago on July 16-17 with a fully immersive pop-art inspired event, bridging the gap between experiential art and world-class dance music performances. From the world-shaping works of Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans and Lichtenstein’s Crying Girl, […]]]>

Today, Auris Presents, Chicago’s leading force in live music events, announced the first Heatwave Music Festival. Heatwave will take over Chicago on July 16-17 with a fully immersive pop-art inspired event, bridging the gap between experiential art and world-class dance music performances.

From the world-shaping works of Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans and Lichtenstein’s Crying Girl, pop art has always been about harnessing the power of mass culture to subvert the images of the moment. Heatwave aims to tip its hat to this moment by creating a musical and artistic landscape of installations and environments to explore.

The first event will feature some of dance music’s most famous stars like Group Therapy and Anjuna powerhouse Above & Beyond, Swedish hitmakers Galantis, hip-hop influenced producer RL Grime, global superstar TIËSTO and Canadian kings from Zeds Dead bass music.

Larger-than-life house-inspired sounds will be on display at Heatwave from the illustrious Grammy-nominated Audien Oliver Heldens, South African live duo Goldfish, hitmaker Frank Walker, rising star MADDS and the sultry signee of Counter Records Kasbo playing a DJ set. The billing continues with Endless Summer: Sam Feldt B2B Jonas Blue, Matoma, Borgeous, and more.

The deeper end of the mainstream electronic music sound continues with scene leaders like G Jones, Ekali, Blunts & Blondes and Boombox Cartel paired with the crossover rapping styles of Lost Kings and Yellow Claw.

Bass and tech house continue their meteoric rise at Heatwave as they welcome superstars like J. Worra, Dr. Fresch, Shiba San and Westend to their art haven.

Heatwave will host a full lineup of visual artists and creatives who will be announced to decorate Douglass Park with areas for attendees to get lost in. These experiential, reality-altering elements make Heatwave the most exciting addition to Chicago’s dance music calendar.

The event will be led by the team behind Auris Presents, the reigning tastemakers of Chicago’s dance music and immersive festival community, and the team behind Chicago’s live music and entertainment venues RADIUS , Concord Music Hall, PRYSM and more.

Attendees can register to be the first to get their festival pass at https://heatwavemusicfestival.com. General tickets go on sale May 13 with payment plans available now.

Heatwave Music Festival Lineup:
Above and Beyond, Galantis, RL Grime, Tiësto, Zeds Dead

In ABC order:
Audian
Blunts & Blondes
Boombox Cartel
Borgeous
canabliss
Dion Timmer
Dr. Fresch
Endless Summer: Sam Feldt B2B Jonas Blue
Ekali
Frank Walker
G Jones
GG Magree
Goldfish
J Worra
Kasbo (DJ set)
laszewo
lost kings
Loud luxury
Madds
matoma
Olivier Heldens
Ghosts (DJ Set)
Ranger Truck
Rome in silver
Rossy
Shiba San
sinking
slow magic
Two feet
West end
Earn and woo
Yellow Claw

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Russia urged to annex Kherson in Ukraine as battles rage https://swedishmusicshop.com/russia-urged-to-annex-kherson-in-ukraine-as-battles-rage/ Wed, 11 May 2022 19:14:05 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/russia-urged-to-annex-kherson-in-ukraine-as-battles-rage/ Pro-Kremlin authorities in Kherson, Ukraine, announced on Wednesday they would ask Russia to annex the region as Moscow seeks to consolidate its gains in an increasingly long and bloody war. Gas supplies to power-starved Europe were also disrupted by the halt in Russian supplies passing through Ukraine as international shock waves from the February 24 […]]]>

Pro-Kremlin authorities in Kherson, Ukraine, announced on Wednesday they would ask Russia to annex the region as Moscow seeks to consolidate its gains in an increasingly long and bloody war.

Gas supplies to power-starved Europe were also disrupted by the halt in Russian supplies passing through Ukraine as international shock waves from the February 24 invasion continued.

The developments came as Ukraine said it was pulling Russian troops away from the country’s second largest city, Kharkiv, in the northeast, but faced heavy resistance from security forces. invasion.

Russia has focused on eastern and southern Ukraine since failing to take kyiv in the first weeks after the February 24 invasion, and US intelligence has warned that Putin was ready for a long war.

Kherson, the first major Ukrainian city to fall after the Russian invasion of its pro-Western neighbor, is located north of Crimea, itself annexed by Moscow in 2014 after an internationally condemned vote.

Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Moscow-based civil and military administration of Kherson, said there would be a “request to make the Kherson region a full subject of the Russian Federation”.

Stremousov suggested authorities would appeal directly to Putin without putting the decision to a vote.

But the Kremlin replied that it was up to the people of Kherson to “determine their own fate”.

Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak said Kyiv forces would liberate Kherson and “the invaders could ask to join even Mars or Jupiter.”

Russia appears determined to create a land bridge to Crimea from its own territory, with US intelligence suggesting it then wants to cross the southern coast to Moldova.

“They come in waves”

On the battlefield, Ukrainian forces have been bolstered by what kyiv says is the recapture of four villages around Kharkiv.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his late-night address on Tuesday that he had “good news” from Kharkiv and hailed the “superhuman strength” of Ukraine’s defenders.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said on Wednesday that “the occupiers continue to concentrate their efforts to prevent the further advance of our troops” from Kharkiv towards the Russian border.

But Ukraine is engaged in what appears to be an increasingly desperate effort to hold the Russian-speaking Donbass region to the east.

“They are coming in waves,” volunteer fighter Mykola said of repeated Russian attempts to push south across a strategic river near a rural settlement called Bilogorivka.

Nearby, Ukrainian doctors rushed a bloodied soldier from the eastern front, an AFP correspondent noted. A doctor reassured the grimacing fighter that the tight tourniquet above his knee did not mean he was about to lose part of his leg.

US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said on Tuesday that Putin was “preparing for a protracted conflict” and “still intends to achieve goals beyond Donbass”.

UN chief Antonio Guterres, who recently met Putin, said on Wednesday it was important to maintain contact with Russia even though there was currently “no chance” of a ceasefire -fire at this time.

The war in Ukraine has fueled Europe’s growing energy crisis, with kyiv pushing for an embargo on oil and gas imports from Russia.

Ukraine said on Wednesday that Russia had cut off gas supplies through a key transit hub in the east of the country, a day after Ukraine’s state-owned energy company Naftogaz said it was no longer responsible. gas passing through Russian-occupied territory.

Germany said Russian gas inflows had accordingly fallen by a quarter from the previous day.

Germany is heavily dependent on Russia for its gas supplies and has rejected an immediate full embargo on Russian gas, although it supports a halt to Russian oil that the EU wants.

“Ukrainian culture exists”

Russia’s invasion has also prompted Sweden and Finland to consider joining NATO, with the two countries set to decide this week.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Swedish counterpart Magdalena Andersson announced on Wednesday a mutual defense agreement in the event of an attack.

Ukraine has pushed Western countries for more military and economic support, despite Russian warnings to the West.

Czech President Milos Zeman, a close ally of Putin before the war, on Wednesday approved a request allowing 103 citizens to fight in Ukraine alongside the army.

As President Joe Biden warned that Ukraine would likely run out of funds within days to keep fighting, the US House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to send a $40 billion aid package to the country.

“With this aid package, America is sending a resounding message to the world of our unwavering resolve to stand with the brave people of Ukraine until victory is won,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

The United States considers it increasingly likely that Putin will mobilize his entire country, including by ordering martial law.

Sanctions on Russia are biting, with its foreign currency reserves dwindling and new car sales falling more than 78% in April.

As Russia cracks down internally, Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina says she left Russia disguised as a food delivery courier to evade the police.

Music has also become a rallying point for Ukrainians, ahead of Saturday’s final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the world’s biggest live music event.

Ukrainian folk rap group Kalush Orchestra are the favorites to win the after camp celebration and they progressed to Tuesday night’s semi-final. Ukraine won in 2016 and Kyiv hosted Eurovision in 2017.

Russia was excluded from the competition this year.

“We are here to show that Ukrainian music and Ukrainian culture exist,” said rapper Oleh Psiuk.

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Olivier Award-winning Shakespeare-Meets-Pop musical ‘& Juliet’ is coming to Australia in 2023 https://swedishmusicshop.com/olivier-award-winning-shakespeare-meets-pop-musical-juliet-is-coming-to-australia-in-2023/ Tue, 10 May 2022 02:01:19 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/olivier-award-winning-shakespeare-meets-pop-musical-juliet-is-coming-to-australia-in-2023/ Whether you studied it in high school or just obsessed with Baz Luhrmann’s glorious ’90s flick, everyone knows how Romeo and Juliet ends – and it doesn’t end happily for any of her eponymous star-crossed lovers. What if it didn’t end like this? What if Juliette lived to love again? What if his experiences from […]]]>

Whether you studied it in high school or just obsessed with Baz Luhrmann’s glorious ’90s flick, everyone knows how Romeo and Juliet ends – and it doesn’t end happily for any of her eponymous star-crossed lovers. What if it didn’t end like this? What if Juliette lived to love again? What if his experiences from there, after thwarting theater’s greatest tragedy, involved a whole bunch of pop songs from the past two decades?

There’s no need to wonder how this could all be because the answer already exists, all thanks to the Olivier award-winning musical jukebox. & Juliet. A hit in London’s West End since 2019, it remixes the iconic love story in multiple ways – tinkering with its narrative and adding all that catchy music to it.

Even better: on her second stopover outside the United Kingdom, after Toronto, & Juliet locked in a trip to Australia. In February 2023, with exact dates to be confirmed, it will be released at the Regent Theater in Melbourne. Whether it will then head to other Australian cities – as most big productions tend to do after their first seasons – has yet to be announced.

If you now think “why are you?” in regards to & Juliet‘s, it picks up after the ending that we all know doesn’t happen. And, he ponders what might happen if Juliette could choose her own destiny instead. This storyline involves Anne Hathaway – no, not that one – and her husband William Shakespeare, and features songs from Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Robyn, Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Kelly Clarkson and more.

Tunes that go around: ‘Larger Than Life’, ‘I Want It That Way’, ‘…Baby One More Time’, ‘Show Me Love’, ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’, ‘ As Long As You Love Me’, ‘Stronger’, ‘I Kissed a Girl’, ‘Since You Been Gone’, ‘It’s My Life’, ‘It’s Gonna Be Me’ and many more. The common factor between them all is Swedish songwriter Max Martin, who wrote or co-wrote every track on the musical’s soundtrack.

In addition to Martin’s involvement — including as one of & Juliet‘s co-creators – the musical presents a book by the Emmy winner Schitt’s Creek writer David West Read.

And if you’re wondering about the show’s brilliant Olivier Awards, it was nominated for nine for its first West End season, and won three: for Best Actress in a Musical, Best Actor in a Second Role in a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.

An Aussie trailer hasn’t dropped since & Juliet again, but here’s a snippet from his run in London:

& Juliet will make its Australian premiere at the Regent Theater in Melbourne from February 2023. For more information or to join the ticket waitlist – before tickets go on sale in October – go to the musical’s website.

Images: Johan Persson.

Posted on May 10, 2022 by

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Our Best Friday: Justin Bieber, dinos, ‘Giselle’, Snoh Aalegra, ‘Grape’, ‘Runestone’ https://swedishmusicshop.com/our-best-friday-justin-bieber-dinos-giselle-snoh-aalegra-grape-runestone/ Thu, 05 May 2022 12:01:56 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/our-best-friday-justin-bieber-dinos-giselle-snoh-aalegra-grape-runestone/ justin bieberA pop star for almost half his life, the 28-year-old Biebs have gone from adorable Canadian teenager to tattooed Hollywood husband with a new religious commitment. On his first tour since 2016-2017, he’s promoting last year’s hit “Justice.” Despite the title and a few snippets of Martin Luther King speeches, it’s mostly a collection […]]]>

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A pop star for almost half his life, the 28-year-old Biebs have gone from adorable Canadian teenager to tattooed Hollywood husband with a new religious commitment. On his first tour since 2016-2017, he’s promoting last year’s hit “Justice.” Despite the title and a few snippets of Martin Luther King speeches, it’s mostly a collection of pop and R&B-tinged love songs. With the new record, Bieber becomes the first male artist to have his first six studio albums at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart. Material from “Justice,” including “Ghost” and “Peaches,” will dominate the concert’s set list. But Bieber hasn’t forgotten “Baby” and “Sorry.” The openings are Eddie Benjamin, Teo and Jaden, sons of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. (7:30 p.m. Fri. Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., Mpls., $62.50-$202.50, axs.com.)
JON BREMEN

Dinos on a walk
Get up close to colossal sized dinosaurs and dragons in this walkthrough experience. The Dino & Dragon Stroll features advanced animatronic and sound technology for realistic creatures. Dinosaur sizes range from small babies to a 20-foot-tall Brachiosaurus, a 60-foot-long Mamenchisaurus, a 24-foot-tall Apatosaurus, and the popular 28-foot-tall short-armed T-Rex. Activities include story time and craft stations. For an additional fee, kids can ride scooters, inflatables, and stationary rides where they can experience what it would be like to ride a dino. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. $29.45. RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. dinosroll.com.)
MELISSA WALKER

‘Gisele’
What could say Mother’s Day weekend more than a ballet about a gang of revenge-seeking virgin spirits whose main business is dancing men to death? Twin Cities Ballet’s “Giselle” has it all: seduction, ghosts and redemption. One of the most famous ballets in the canon, it is set to music by the 19th-century French composer Adolphe Adam. (Casual performance 10:15 a.m. Friday. Also, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $28-$40, Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville, 952-895-4685, ames-center.com.)
SHEILA REGAN

“A Raisin in the Sun”
Postponed days before its scheduled January opening due to groundbreaking COVID cases, Lorraine Hansberry’s classic drama finally debuts on Friday. Its main characters are members of the Younger family of Chicago, mourning the death of their patriarch but hoping that an insurance payout will help them achieve long-thwarted dreams. (7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls., $26-$80, 612-377-2224 or guthrietheater.org.)
CHRIS HEWITT

Snoh Aalegra
Now based in Los Angeles, the Swedish singer has created enough buzz to be named Best New Artist at the 2020 Soul Train Awards and Best New R&B Artist at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Mentored by Prince for a time, she embraces R&B chill at the current on his latest “Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies” of 2021, addressing a turbulent relationship with grace instead of volume. Tyler, the creator, pumps up the energy with a verse on the joyful “Neon Peach”, his latest single, and adds to the climax, the deliciously melodic “In the Moment”. (8:00 p.m. Sun. Armory, 500 S. 6th St., Mpls., $34 and up, ticketmaster.com.)
J.B.

Tai Greens
The hottest young newcomer to KDWB Jingle Ball last December – the one who also performed “live” – this 26-year-old Californian singer/rapper returns for a late headlining set. His Michael Franti-flavored rap/pop hybrid “AOK” became a timely hit last summer to capture the easing of people’s COVID tensions. He and his band have a lot more feel-good songs and wacky stage presence too. (7 p.m. Tuesdays, Varsity Theater, 1308 SE. 4th St., Mpls., $48 and up, ticketmaster.com.)
CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER

‘Runestone! A rock musical
The Swedish-American hustle and bustle around the Kensington Runestone and the misadventures of Olof Öhman are given a musical punk, pop, heavy metal and rock treatment in a production by writer and lyricist Mark Jensen and music by Gary Rue. The story centers on the Swedish-born farmer who, in 1898, unearthed an alleged ancient stone telling the story of the Vikings’ arrival in Minnesota. He was later reviled for being a fraud. First developed by the History Theater’s Raw Stages and Second Stage programs, the musical was originally slated to debut in 2019. (7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through May 29, History Theater, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul, $45-$60, 651.292.4323, historytheatre.com.)
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The singers
“Considering Matthew Shepard” is an oratorio created by Grammy-winning Minnesota-born choir composer and conductor Craig Hella Johnson. The singers will perform a work that employs elements of the passions, gospel, blues and musical theater of JS Bach to explore not just tragedy, but a path to forgiveness. (7 p.m. Saturday, Kracum Performance Hall, Carleton College, Northfield, free; 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, $5-$35; 7 p.m. May 14, St. Michael’s High School- Albertville Performing Arts Center, 5800 Jamison Av. NE., St. Michael, free; 3 p.m. May 15, Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 S. 4th St., Mpls., $5-$35; singersmca.org. )
ROB HUBBARD

“The Booze Club Bucket List”
Four women discuss big changes in their lives while drinking exotic drinks in a comedy/drama that sounds a bit like “Steel Magnolias.” Friends of Maureen Paraventi’s 2016 play get together weekly for no-holds-barred confabs on topics like hot flashes, ex-lovers, and cringe-worthy first dates. “It’s like a book club but without all the downsides of reading,” one said. Twin Cities director Rachel Flynn is directing this regional premiere for the Freshwater Theatre. (7:30 p.m. Saturday, Monday, Thursday-Friday, Crane Theater, 2303 NE. Kennedy St., Mpls., $25, freshwatertheatre.com.)
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Band-Aid for Ukraine
A cool band of Twin Cities rock and Americana music veterans unite to raise money for Ukrainian war relief, including Dean of Lennon Tribute Curtiss A, Piano Boogie Queen Davina Lozier, traditional country darlings Trailer Trash, garage-rock howlers the Hypstrz, Mia Dorr & the Funkin’ Bluesers, the Jiggs Lee Invasion and Harrison Street. The Ukrainian Village Band is the host, and all proceeds go to standwithukrainemn.com. (3:30 p.m. Sunday, Minnesota Music Cafe, 501 Payne Av., St. Paul, donations at the door or in line.)
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Back home in the moonlight’
Jungle Theater Artistic Director Christina Baldwin joins her sister Jennifer Baldwin Peden in this lyrical meditation on the poetry of their late mother. Fern Baldwin wrote about the valleys and peaks of life, and composer Daniel Nass set this work to music. Ben Krywosz conducts this intimate chamber opera under the musical direction of lyricist Sonja Thompson. (7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and some Monday-Wednesday performances. Through May 29. Nautilus Music-Theater, Northern Warehouse, 308 E. Prince St., #190, St. Paul. $10 to $35. tix.gobo.show/moonlight.)
ROHAN PRESTON

Kassa as a whole
The mix of hip-hop and jazz has evolved into an organically dissolvable genre in its own right, and Overall is at the forefront of that. The Seattle-raised, Brooklyn-based drummer/rapper/producer studied at Oberlin with current master drummer Billy Hart and has forged his own path since his 2019 debut, “Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz.” During the pandemic, Overall released two remix albums in tribute to DJ/producer Madlib. By turns playful, political and sonically deep, “Shades of Flu” puts songs from everyone from Jon Batiste to Archie Shepp into a blender without undermining their essence. (8 p.m. Fri., Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. $28.50-$30. walkerart.org.)
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Tuulikki Bartosik shares new single https://swedishmusicshop.com/tuulikki-bartosik-shares-new-single/ Tue, 03 May 2022 15:11:56 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/tuulikki-bartosik-shares-new-single/ Swedish-Estonian musical experimenter and composer Tuulikki Bartosik shared a new single from their upcoming album game landscapes, which is due out digitally and on vinyl in October 2022. In his review of Bartosik’s Storied Sounds album in 2016, Thomas Blake noted that there are “polskas and slängpolksas – dance tunes deeply indebted to the Scandinavian […]]]>

Swedish-Estonian musical experimenter and composer Tuulikki Bartosik shared a new single from their upcoming album game landscapes, which is due out digitally and on vinyl in October 2022. In his review of Bartosik’s Storied Sounds album in 2016, Thomas Blake noted that there are “polskas and slängpolksas – dance tunes deeply indebted to the Scandinavian musical tradition. But there is also a welcome modernity at play.” He concludes “…tradition means nothing without evolution. Storied Sounds sums up this concept with breathtaking simplicity and dynamism.

A lot has happened in the meantime, the evolution mentioned by Blake has grown wings. In her own words “My next album marks a new era in my musical creation, I intend to hold no barriers in the creation of this new album and let my inspiration flow in any way it sees fit. .”

While we may have seen flickering embers of this growth in his previous music, the first two shared singles from his forthcoming album Playscapes hint at a freedom that is both beautifully experimental and deeply engaging. It’s also our song of the day.

Notes on Reval: Pettäsaamislugu

Rather than in Estonian, the title and lyrics are in the language of the Võrumaa region in southern Estonia. Roughly translated as Reval, A Cheat Story, “Reval Pettäsaamislugu” mixes its impressionistic lyrics with rhythmic music reflecting the torment of not being able to reconcile one point of view with another. It’s about how more than one thing can be right, even if they seem to oppose each other – is one idea a deception, the other, or neither?

Tuulikki is constantly changing and evolving. She started out as a musician drawing inspiration from the traditional, but her approach to songwriting and recording has transformed since her second album “Tempest In A Teapot” in 2019 and the EP “Fýri” in 2021. “I always start writing in the traditional way but then I improvise a lot,” she explains. “I check in, then I start taking the bits that I like and composing from there to create a structure.” With Playscapes and its singles, she entered different territory than “Fýri”, which was recorded live in an outdoor setting.

On “Reval Pettäsaamislugu”, the accordion is there – but it creates rhythmic punctuation. You can also hear the Estonian kannel, the zither-like instrument unique to Finno-Ugric culture – but, again, it’s there for the feel. A pen plucks its strings. What is heard becomes part of the whole rather than a goal.

What Tuulikki instinctively invoked was inspired by his experiences as a child in a kindergarten also attended by other local children from Russian or ethnic Russian families. This was before independence when Estonia was still occupied by the USSR. “My grandparents had told me horrible stories about World War II, what the soldiers had done – my grandfather was in prison,” says Tuulikki. “My mother would not recommend me to play with them, but I established my own relationship with Russian-speaking children in kindergarten. I had to think for myself. And recently, with Russia, there has been so much cooking in the background all the time, and now it’s surfaced in a heartbreaking way. It’s a really tricky thing to think about how I grew up.

Conflicting emotions are never easy and by meeting them head-on, Tuulikki, of course, can’t come up with anything definite. “Reval Pettäsaamislugu” evokes an insoluble internal conflict – where we are now, against where we were. Where is Tuulikki now, and where she was.

Also from the past, Reval is the old name of Estonia’s capital, Tallinn. Tuulikki chose it because when the name was in use, the city was an international trading place, a melting pot where anyone from anywhere found a place.

The same goes for the title Playscapes. “It’s a free place, where I can play without any limits, without anyone telling anyone what to do,” Tuulikki says of the album’s title. “During the occupation in Estonia you weren’t free in your thoughts as a child, I remember living with the feeling ‘do they know what you’re thinking?'”

That’s what “Reval Pettäsaamislugu” is about – expressing difficult, connected yet divergent thoughts. How could it be otherwise in the limitless world of Playscape.

You can purchase the track through Bandcamp: https://tuulikkibartosik.bandcamp.com/

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Audio Pro launches powerful Drumfire II multiroom speaker https://swedishmusicshop.com/audio-pro-launches-powerful-drumfire-ii-multiroom-speaker/ Mon, 02 May 2022 07:41:11 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/audio-pro-launches-powerful-drumfire-ii-multiroom-speaker/ Swedish loudspeaker specialist Audio Pro has unveiled Drumfire II, an updated version of its powerful Drumfire active loudspeaker, and its stablemate Drumfire D-2, which replaces the D-1. Both new speakers allow users to pair them with other models via AirPlay 2 and Google Cast, in addition to Audio Pro’s own multiroom system. Available in Coal […]]]>

Swedish loudspeaker specialist Audio Pro has unveiled Drumfire II, an updated version of its powerful Drumfire active loudspeaker, and its stablemate Drumfire D-2, which replaces the D-1.

Both new speakers allow users to pair them with other models via AirPlay 2 and Google Cast, in addition to Audio Pro’s own multiroom system.

Available in Coal Black, Arctic White and Platinum Gray finishes, the Drumfire II is the largest speaker in the Audio Pro collection, an audio system that demands floor space and respect, while the Drumfire D-2 is built for library or shelf use.

Connectivity options include Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, and Bluetooth.

The number of presets has also been increased to six, allowing direct access to playlists or favorite radio channels.

Jens Henriksen, CCO at Audio Pro, says: “When Drumfire was released in 2018, we expected a positive reaction, but even in our wildest imagination, we could not have foreseen that the product would be so popular. The excellent sound has resonated with far more consumer groups than expected, it’s popular not only among rock lovers who want to shake the room, but also among fans of jazz and classical music, as its sound reproduction picks up the nuances of music that are enjoyed in different musical genres.

Henriksen says he expects the new Drumfire models to be received with the same enthusiasm. “We believe it will continue to ‘rock’ with our consumers for a number of years to come.”

The Drumfire II and Drumfire D-2 are priced at £700 and £400 respectively.

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