Marie Dahlstrom is an acclaimed Rosklide-born, London-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and JOVM mainstay whose work has been largely influenced by the R&B and soul she heard in her home as a child — in particular Edwyn Collins, Womack & Womack and Gloria Gaynor and the like were on regular rotation. As a teenager, Dahlstrom discovered Dwele, Dire Straits, Erykah Badu, Kirk Franklin and Fleetwood Mac.
The Roskilde-born, London-based JOVM mainstay first gained attention as a solo artist in her native Denmark, quickly becoming a three-time Scandinavian Soul Award winner. Since relocating to London, the Danish-born JOVM mainstay has become an international sensation, crafting a warm and ethereal sound with elements of jazz, classic soul and contemporary R&B.
While the COVID-19 pandemic had put an indefinite pause on live shows and touring until relatively recently across much of the world, Dahlstrom managed to be one of the busiest and hardest working contemporary artists out thee: After successful collaborations with Tom Misch and Alfa Mist, the Roskilde-born, London-based JOVM mainstay released her highly-anticipated, critically applauded full-length debut Like Sand last year. Recorded in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, and London, the album features collaborations with James Vickery, Jeremy Passion, Elijah Fox, Beau Diako and a list of others. Dahlstrom also continued her ongoing work with the multi-national, all-female artist collective Her Songs — with the act releasing the Toronto Vol. 1 EP.
She also teamed up with London-based producer Dan Diggas and Canadian emcee Aligo on a collaborative EP together 4inaRow. The EP’ was conceived around a central idea — of the trio writing and recording a four-track EP in just four nights with the material being an experimental writing, recording and producing purely on impulse and instinct. Each of the EP’s four songs was recorded between 8:00pm and midnight during four nights — and each individual song has its own story to tell. Generally speaking the process was centered around Diggas providing beats and production while the Dahlstrom and Algo shared vocal duties. “Marie and I lived in the JFH flat for a little over a year and after a few months we figured out a way for us to really tap in and make music together.” Aligo says about the creative process behind the EP. “We told ourselves every night for 4 straight days we are going to tackle a pack of beats that Dan made while he was on tour with Mahalia. Theme-wise there wasn’t a plan at first but we knew we wanted to explore different emotions and feelings with each night that passed. By the end we noticed the songs came together in a cohesive way that demonstrated a four stage cycle of love/relationships.”
The Danish-born, British-based singer/songwriter and producer continues a remarkably prolific period with the Friday release of her latest EP Safe Place through JFH Records. “I wrote this EP during lock down. This was a special time in my life, where everything shifted in a way” Dahlstrom says of the soon-to-be released EP. “I was moving out of my apartment in London, the only place I’d ever lived since I moved. There were no gigs or concerts, society was (and still is) in a strange place, and then there was coronavirus and my pregnancy. It gave me a lot of time to reflect about what really matters and just how lucky we are to be living and experiencing this life.”
The EP’s latest single, EP title track “Safe Place” manages to continue a run of sweet and intimate material, informed by and influenced by personal experience. Featuring a What’s the 411? era Mary J. Blige-inspired production featuring delicately twinkling keys, boom bap beats and atmospheric electronics serving as a silky bed for Dahlstorm’s soulful and earnest delivery, the song reminds listeners to appreciate the people they love the most; that those you love are the ones who are your safe place when the everything else is mad.