★★★★ A Nordic Soul COSMOS MUSIC. CD/DL/LP UK debut from Sweden’s premier soul man.
Sweden’s Magnus Carlson has 16 albums to his name in his home country, several of which have gone platinum or gold. The latest, a collection of Northern soul-style songs in Swedish made Number 1. He’s since recorded it in English for his first UK release. Put down in Paul Weller’s Black Barn studio, it fanfares his rich voice rooted in the ’60s masters. Musically, songs are bright, brassy, recalling the ’80s pop-soul of The Style Council, Blow Monkeys, Redskins – Fay Hallam of ’80s Mod band Makin’ Time guests on Now That It’s Over, one of the key tracks. Elsewhere, From Now On, a whirlwind of horns, organ and drums recreates the sound of Wigan Casino. Ebullient covers of Frankie Valli’s Beggin’ and Eddie Holman’s I Surrender further fan the soul flame.