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Mohammed Ali – Postkodsmiljonär

Igår hade videon till Mohammed Alis senste singel “Postkodsmiljonär” exklusiv premiär på SVTs blogg PSL. På bloggen kan man utöver att se videon även läsa en intervju med dem där man pratar om det kommande albumet “Vi”, mixtapet “Processen” och om videon, som de  säger de följande om:

“Det var viktigt för oss att få fram en känsla av hunger i videon, samtidigt som man blir upplyft och glad av att se den. Detta la vi då fram till regissören, som då fick någon form av breakdance-vibb av låten och ville bygga på det. Så det vi gjorde var att slå ihop våra idéer och ur det föddes då det som kom att bli videon, två unga killar från orten som tar sig in till den stressiga innerstaden och försöker tjäna en slant på något de brinner för. Vilket också speglar mig och Mohammed mycket från när vi själva var yngre och försöka få folk att lyssna på våra demos med mera.”

Videon är regisserad av Daniel Jigenstedt och låten är producerad av Masse. “Vi” släpps den 13 April och kommer att innehålla produktioner från Mack Beats, The Salazar Brothers, Dj Lastword samt Astma och gästas av Robert Athill, Kristin Amparo, Samson For President och Asha Ali.

Klicka här för att läsa hela intervjun på PSL.

Ison & Fille – Jag Skrattar Idag

The video to Ison & Filles track “Jag Skrattar Idag” (which we wrote about earlier) was released today. The video is directed by Mattias Gustafsson and Oskar Ljungholm for www.slagskottfilm.com and the track is produced by Astma. Taken from their fortcomming album “För Evigt”.

I also would like to recommend those of you that listen to P3 to tune in on wendnesdays at 16.08 and listen to “Lilla Al Fadjis Hälliwüüd Radio”.

Promoe – Generation Kill


… but can we blame the children when they kill the children / and can we blame the young men when they become the gun men / when we create the monster but let’s expose the sponsor / cus i wanna know who’s responsible.

Finally the song of the month for June by Promoe has arrived from the Basecamp Studios. This time the song of the month is produced by Mr Sloap, a riddim/reggae producer based in Skåne, Sweden. Hanouneh, who is completely unknown for me, is backing up on the vocals and she pulls it off great. According to her MySpace profile she is a former jazz vocalist who has moved on to reggae and hip hop with a political message in her songs. She and Mr Sloap runs a label together called DonDada where they produces and distrubuting reggae and dancehall music.

Click here to download “Sunday morning” in mp3

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Ison & Fille – Jag Skrattar Idag

Ison & Fille - jag skrattar idag

Ison & Fille released their debut album “Vår Sida Av Stan” in 2002 and has since then released 2 full length albums, 1 EP, a couple of mixtapes with the group Highwon and featured on tracks by Petter, Advance Patrol, Stor, Paragon, Fattaru, Organism 12 and numerous others. After all of this they took a break from music and Ison started working as a host for the morning show on SR Metropol whilst Fille could be seen on the comedy show “Lilla Al-Fadji & Co” starring him and Big Fred.

But now, three years after the release of their latest full length album, they’re finally back in the studio to finish their long awaited (at least from me) forth album, “För Evigt”.

The first single is called “Jag Skrattar Idag” and is produced by Astma. “Jag Skrattar Idag” will be avaliable through iTunes and other digital outlets on June 9 via Hemmalaget/Bonnier but for a limited time the track is available for free through Wonlove (who’s celebrating their re-launch).

Click here to go to Wonlove and download “Jag Skrattar Idag”

Promoe – The Logic of Dreams

Promoe - The Logic of Dreams

In between shooting the video for the first single of his upcoming album and teaching rap at a hiphop-school, Promoe still manages to keep his promise of releasing one track each month. Today he’s releasing his march-track, called “The Logic of Dreams”, through Looptroop Rockers homepage. The track is produced by Astma & Rocwell who has also been involved in all of the previous tracks this year and Promoe has this to say about the track:

“It was recorded during one of many late night sessions in Astma’s studio (just like ‘New Day’ and ‘Blind’ were), when people finally have stopped calling and emailing for the day. A perfect time to be creative. Enjoy!”

Click here to download “The Logic of Dreams” (right click and chose save as…)

Promoe is also sharing a track that he recorded in 2005 together with Cosmic and Tenor Diamond. The track is called “Bureaucrazy” and for those of you who haven’t heard it before I really recommend you to download it!

Click here to download “Bureaucrazy” (right click and chose save as…)

Henok Achido – Almaz Charming Child

Almaz Charming Child
Henok Achido first entered the spotlight in 2001 when he featured on the group Fattaru’s debut single “Mina hundar”. Henok, who stood out with his fast rap and different flow, joined Fattaru on their tour through Scandinavia. It looked like he had a bright future in hip hop, but instead of riding on the hype he chose to take a step away from the spotlight to work further on his skills.

Nothing new was to be heard from him until 2007 when he released That Fucking Guy EP for free through his homepage. The EP was well received and he quickly gained a reputation as one of the most promising rappers on the Swedish scene.

Two years after his return to the spotlight the debut album is finally here. Henok has managed to build an incredible hype around this album and he even gained the attention of some of the biggest hip hop blogs in the world, like NahRight and RealTalkNY. Because of this my expectations were set very high when I received the album. To my big relief he manages to meet these expectations and delivers confident lyrics with an amazing flow.

The electro-wave that is currently taking Sweden (and hip hop in general it seems) is also present on the album, but instead of club-friendly disco the sound on Almaz Charming Child is instead rather dark and dystopic. The beats and, for such a large group of producers, the surprisingly held-together sound of the album is produced by some of Swedens most talented producers such as DJ Large, Filthy, Astma and Michel Rocwell.

The very frequently used auto-tune effect can also be found on the album, and is used on the dark track “Heartbreak Hotel” which is reminiscing to the sound on Kanye West’s latest album. But whereas Kanye, according to me, uses auto-tune to the point where it’s unbearable to listen to Henok manages to make it almost seamlessly float into the sound and lift the song.

Everything about Almaz Charming Child isn’t great though. Because even if he has a flow that can lift an otherwise mediocre song and he has some of Swedens most talented producers featured on the album I can’t help feeling that the lyrics are a bit repetitive after a while. There’s to many lyrics about his own greatness and to few lyrics with a bit of depth. Henok’s got swagger that some only dream about and because of this he shouldn’t have to tell you that in so many of the songs. It’s in the songs with a deeper meaning he really shines and shows you what a talented artist he really is. Like on the powerful track “High On Life (When The Drugs Don’t Work)” where the beat is scaled down in favor for his voice and lyrics, which reflects what I wished there was more of on this album:

“It seems like everybody loves my flow, but what’s a flow without a heart, I must touch your soul”

Despite all this, Almaz Charming Child is a very strong album which undoubtedly lives up to the hype and will follow me throughout the year!

4 out of 5

A swedish version of this review (which is slightly longer) is avaliable through the Whoa Blog!

Other Reviews:

City (5/5), Dn (3/5), GP (4/5), Kristianstadsbladet (4/5), Metro (3/5), Sydsvenskan (4/5), SVD (3/5), Sonic (8/10), Dagens Skiva (8/10)

Promoe – Blind feat. Million Stylez

Promoe - Blind

In the beginning of 2009 Promoe released the track “New Day” (which we’ve written about earlier) on Looptroop Rockers blog. He also wrote aboute some of his plans for 2009, the main one beeing his upcoming solo-album “Kråksången”. But he also had plans on releasing an album in English on the internet, but because of all the focus he had to put on his Swedish album he decided to release one English song every month and then eventually put them all together as one album.

The first one out was “New Day” and now it’s time for the second release which is called “Blind”. The track features Million Stylez and is produced by Astma and is released in Co-operation with JuJu Records, DvsG and DLX Entertainment.

Promoe is also generous enough to offer the track in both Mp3 and Wav format!

Click here to download Blind in MP3 format. (right click and chose save as…)
Click here to download Blind in Wav format. (right click and chose save as…)

Click here to download the lyrics to Blind.

Promoe – Detta Har Hänt

Promoe - Kråksången (cover)

The date is finally set for Looptroop Rockers own Promoe fifth solo album which will be the first time Promoe releases a solo album in swedish! The album, “Kråksången”, will be released the 22th of April at JuJu Records.

Promoe has a lot of records behind him and all of them in english, so I guess you can understand now how interesting this release is for us swedish fans. He has released songs in swedish before thou, but only on 12″, compilations and various guest verses – not a whole album.

Participated producers behind “Kråksången” are Astma, Filthy, Jimmy Ledrac and Dj Large and I am stunned over that Embee hasn’t been mentioned. Oh well, you will also find guest artists such as his Looptroop Rockers colleague Supreme, Timbuktu, Afasi, PSTQ and singer Vincent.

“Detta Har Hänt” is the first track released from the album and it is produced by Astma. It is a bright storytelling song where Promoe let us all know what has happen since day one ’til now. I sure do like it, and my expectations for this album is enormous. And I don’t think I am the only one with such expectations..

Download “Promoe – Detta Har Hänt” (.mp3) here!
Download “Promoe – Detta Har Hänt” (.wav) here!

Henok Achido – Pusher ft. Sophia Somajo


The third single of Henok’s forthcoming album “Almaz Charming Child” called Pusher featuring Sophia Somajo has just been released. It is produced by the duo Astma & Rocwell. Last single, Fly Fresh, was well welcomed over in the states and mentioned on all big american hiphop blogs.

Henok keep proving with the latest single his unique style and I’m really curious on his album which drops the 25th of February. The video for Pusher will be released in a week.

Download “Pusher feat Sophia Somajo” here!

Promoe – New Day

It’s a new year, it’s a new beginning, it’s a new song called ‘New Day’.

Promoe writes about the future at Looptroop Rocker’s own blog and lets us all know that his highly anticipated first solo record in Swedish will be released this spring. Also, Embee is currently working with his own solo material and obviously it’s two records in the making..

Another great year a head with exciting releases from DvsG! But until then can we kick back this day after New Years Eve and listen to Promoe’s new song “New Day” produced by Astma & Rocwell from the DLX family. It’s released in co-operation with JuJu, DvsG and DLX Entertainment.

Download “New Day” here!