One of Denmark’s busiest and most adventurous soundsmiths, Hannibal has written and produced for indie-pop darlings Chairlift and Little Dragon and been sampled by Kendrick Lamar. He’s also one half of the R&B duos Rhye and Quadron.
Key Tracks: Rhye’s “The Fall,” Quadron’s “Hey Love”
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This sneering, snarling punk quartet formed in Copenhagen in 2008, when they were in their teens. Three explosive albums later, they’ve become the bratty, brooding embodiment of millennial angst.
Key Tracks: “The Lord’s Favorite,” “Forever”
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On their 2017 debut album, A Prayer for the Unemployed, Anton Falck Gansted and Joakim Nørgaard wrap their feel-good lyrics in chilly synthesizers, rousing four-to-the-floor beats, and pitch-slapped vocal samples. The perfect soundtrack for winter bathing.
Key Tracks: “The One,” “Copenhagen”
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With their first full-length, this year’s Heba, the Copenhagen five-piece has put a new spin on ’80s sophisti-pop, weaving in modern electronic flourishes to craft sexy, sumptuous lounge music for the Tinder age.
Key Tracks: “Deer Eyes,” “Mornings”
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Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo have been penning peppy songs about drugs, murder, and suicide for nearly two decades. The key to their longevity? They’ve dabbled in just about every genre, from surf rock and doo-wop to new wave and noise pop.
Key Tracks: “That Great Love Sound,” “Last Dance”
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