The description of his Soundcloud profile says: “I have the worst taste in music”, and we can’t agree. Mattias is a Stockholm-based selector, well-known among diggers, who’s also making very cool edits. So after our request, the man compiled a local top-5 for us: “It’s four records made in Stockholm that deserve more attention, and a mysterious seven that I think is from the south of Sweden.”
Ståålfågel Space Corp. – Utan Rymddräkt På Uranus (Musiklaget Slick, 1982)
I’m not a fan of Ståålfågel’s vocal songs, but these spaced out and dubby instrumentals are great. Both tracks were produced by Greg Fitzpatrick, a pioneer in electronic music in Stockholm. My friend Sebastian Gudding introduced me to this record when we played at a bar a few years ago. I still almost always bring it in my record bag.
Daniel Fagerström – Beyond Interstitial Space (UFO Mongo, 2013)
Let’s join Daniel Fagerström on a journey into the microcosmos. Daniel Fagerström’s synth compositions meet Alexander Skepps unrestrained drumming on this LP, which is themed around the world of cells. My go-to track is Chromatin – what a trip.
Diagnos – Diagnos (Diagnos, 2017)
Be Good is a psychey hand-clap jam that gives me Bo Hansson vibes. Another track that stands out on this album is the lovely ambient piece Walking Down. The record was produced by Per Nyström and Marcus Harrling, and I think it was released in very limited copies.
Chris Owen – What’s Up (CdM, 1983)
I don’t know anything about Chris Owen, except that he made a swisco-boogie bomb with the Late Night Mix. I first heard it in a mix by Albion this spring, and shortly after I stumbled upon a copy of the single. Unfortunately, it seems quite hard to find.
Unknown Artist – Mariella (Peder Och Grisen, 2003)
I’m finishing this list with a love song – and what a love song Mariella is. One of the best sweggae ballads ever made. This seven inch was released in a small edition by a bootleg label. Who made Mariella and the story behind it are a mystery. Now I think I have traced its origins to the mid-eighties in Skåne in southern Sweden. If that’s the case this record isn’t really a local thing, but Skåne is just a few hours away by train so I will slip it into the list anyway.
Texts, pics Mattias Lodding