Was an Independent, Do It Yourself Blog dedicated to Icelandic music by music slut Wim Van Hooste

Was an Independent, Do It Yourself Blog dedicated to Icelandic music by music slut Wim Van Hooste
Moved back to I love Icelandic music & started new blog Icelandic Music Mob
The Enfant Terrible of the Icelandic Music Scene - Crapule de Luxe Islandaise
The Mob
and I love Icelandic music

April 30, 2011

Emiliana Torrini "Gun" Remix

Emiliana Torrini
"Gun" Break Remix by Lix Rox

Lay Low Off-Venue @ Vesturbæjarlaug Swimming Pool @ Airwaves 2010

Lay Low Live @ Vesturbæjarlaug Thermal Pool @ Airwaves 2010 Festival
"By and by"

Pascal Pinon Artwork

Artwork # 8: Pascal Pinon (12 x 12 cm)

Retro Stefson "Senseni" Lightshow Design

Retro Stefson
"Senseni"

Retro Stefson

Rökkurró Live @ Engelsburg @ Erfurt, Germany (21. April 2011)

Rökkurró Live @ Engelsburg, Erfurt, Germany
Part 1

Part 2

Rökkurró @ MySpace

FM Belfast Live @ EVE Fanfest 2011

FM Belfast Live @ EVE Fanfest 2011

FM Belfast

Upcoming gigs in Reykjavík in May 2011

Route 101  
Where to go the next weeks to enjoy some live music downtown 101 Reykjavík?
I suggest you enjoy some local DJ's.

Tuesday 3. May 2011
Gimaldin & friends + Markus & The Diversion Sessions @ Bakkus @ 21:00
Heiða Trúbador & Maggi Eiríks @ Café Rosenberg @ 21:00
Thursday 5. May 2011
Kreppa Night with DJ Matti @ Bar 11 @ 22:00
Friday 6. May 2011 
Svinari # 2 with Who Knew, Hellvar & The Hydrophobic Starfish @ Faktorý @ 23:00
Gang Related, Ofvitarnir& No To Self @ Rock Bar Dillon @ 22:00
Saturday 7. May 2011
Valdimar & Æla + DJ Margeir @ Faktorý @ 22:00

April 29, 2011

New FM Belfast Song "New Year"

 FM Belfast
"New Year"
  New Year by fmbelfast
"New year"s is a track of the new album "Don't want to sleep" that contains 11 songs:
1. "Stripes"
2. "American"
3. "Believe"
4. "Mondays"
5. "We Fall"
6. "Noise"
7. "I Don't Want To Go To Sleep Either"
8. "Vertigo"
9. "In Line"
10. "New Year"
11. "Happy Winter"
To be released by Morr Music & Kimi Records Labels in June 2011.
Tour Dates in May & June :
4. May @ Kristiansand - Hjørnet (Norway)
5. May @ Århus - Voxhall (Denmark)
6. May @ Malmö - Babel (Sweden)
7. May @ Husqvarna - Popadelica Festival (Sweden)
28. May @ Kleinreifling - Seewiesenfestival (Austria)
29. May @ Berlin - Heineken Green Spheres (Germany)
1. June @ London - Cargo (UK)
3. June @ Paris - Filmez La Musique @ Gaité Lyrique (France)
10. June @ Prague - Electronic Beats @ TBC (Czech Republic)

April 26, 2011

Just Another Snake Cult "I know she does" Video

Just Another Snake Cult
"I know she does", a song of the album "Ghosts"
Buy the Album @ Bandcamp

Just Another Snake Cult - I Know She Does (music video) from Thor

Interview with Captain Fufanu

Christine Thelen had an interview with Captain Fufanu for Short & Sweet NYC.
Read the interview here.
Live @ Airwaves 2010

April 24, 2011

Song of the 212. Week Jón Þór Ólafsson's "Tímavél"

 212. Song of the Week is a song by Jón Þór Ólafsson, singer & guitarist of Lada Sport & Dynamo Fog. He made his first solo album. The songs "Tímavél" & "Hjartastingur" are featured on his first single.
Members of his band are Birgir Örn Árnason (bass player of Ókind), Þorvaldur (drummer of Coral) & Hekla Magnúsdóttir (theramin player in Bárujárn). 

April 23, 2011

Aldrei fór ég suður Festival 2011 Streaming by Inspired by Iceland

Watch the Aldrei fór ég suður Festival 2011 @ Inspired by Iceland @ 6 pm GMT 

Arnljótur "Trútt" Video

Arnljótur Sigurðsson
"Trútt" from the album "Listauki" (2008)

Back to the 90's: Todmobile "Abracadabra" (1990)

Todmobile
"Abracadabra"

Reyk Veek Compilation # 2

  VEEK002 by Reyk Veek
Download here
REYK VEEK's second compilation of Icelandic underground house & techno tracks, selected and mixed by Óli Ofur.
1. Tonik - Life's a Beach (Bypass Remix)
2. Captain Fufanu - Unkind
3. Viktor Birgiss & Hannes Smith - All the Things
4. Kerema - Summer Nights
5. Intro Beatz - Pick up the Paste Now
6. The Quijada Orchestra - Quijada Symphony
7. Sean Danke - Up
8. Moff & Tarkin - Long Shot Poems for Broke Players
9. Hypno - DooDoo
10. Axfjörð - Someone to Count on
11. Orang Volante - Who the fuck is Orange?
12. GusGus - Thin Ice (Oculus Remix)
13. Balrock - Moog it
14. Impulze - Entulesse
15. Pavilion - Come on Boy!
16. Gavrilo Prinzip - Suizen
17. Ahma - Mist
18. Asli - Roll the Shuffle

April 22, 2011

April 20, 2011

The Assassin of a Beautiful Brunette "A call for help" Video

The Assassin of a Beautiful Brunette
"A call for help" Trailer
Watch the full video here

Videos shot in Iceland - Part 14: Hurts "Stay"

Hurts
"Stay"
The latest single from Hurts' debut album "Happiness", "Stay" is the song they hope to "take over the world with". The suitably windswept video finds Theo mooching about on an Icelandic black beach with a grumpy blonde.

GusGus goes Icelandair

"Arabian Horse" Premiered during Icelandair flights
Icelandair is exclusively premiering the new album from Icelandic electro pioneers GusGus a month before its release. The album titled, "Arabian Horse", set to be released on 23. May, is currently being premiered a month in advance for Icelandair  passengers – the first time a record has been premiered during a flight.
The new album, Arabian Horse is to be the 8th release by Gus Gus, who have sold over 700,000 albums worldwide. “People will be listening to this album for the first time at 30,000 feet,” explains DJ Margeir, one of Iceland’s most successful club DJs. He followed by saying, “when you think about the fact that Iceland’s population is around 320,000 people, it’s incredible how much Icelandic music has spread throughout the world…of course we have bad music here in Iceland, but you’ll have to fly with someone else to hear that.” The album premiere is a part of Margeir’s contribution to Icelandair’s in-flight entertainment system.
DJ Margeir is also contributing his own musical expertise to Icelandair’s in-flight entertainment system. Icelandair passengers will no longer hear playlists of top 40 hits that seem as randomly compiled as an iTunes DJ. Instead, DJ Margeir has selected 40 albums and created 7 unique playlists comprising the most exciting Icelandic and international music.
“I want people to listen to this music and have a different experience,” explains DJ Margeir on his decision to become involved in this new project. “I want them to put on their headphones and for the music to inspire them somehow, to expand their musical horizons.”
Biggi Veira from GusGus also added, “I travel a lot myself and it got me thinking, it would be interesting to have the opportunity to listen to new and exciting music onboard; I thought this was a great reason to get involved.”
Highlights of the prolific DJ’s playlists include James Blake, GusGus, Hjalmar, Arvo Pärt, Ligeti, Gorecki, Caribou, Four Tet, Beach House, Neu!, Nicolas Jaar, John Coltrane, Trentemoller, Björk and Sigur Rós.
Icelandair’s musical revamp is part of its broader philosophy to maximise the positive travel experience for customers, giving them a taste of Iceland even if they travel no further than Keflavík Airport. The idea with the music is that customers can choose from any playlist and listen to a carefully composed mix without making any effort, or they can select individual tunes or albums using their touch screen menu – these playlists will be changed every three months.
Source: Icenews

Rökkurró Live @ Queen of Hoxton, London on 14. April 2011

Rökkurró Live @ Queen of Hoxton

Sudden Weather Change + Einar Örn Benediktsson @ Reykjavik Music Mess 15. April 2011

 Live recording of Sudden Weather Change & Einar Örn playing the Reykjavík Music Mess Festival. The concert was @ Sódóma Reykjavík on the 15. April.
The set consisted of 4 Ghostigital songs covered by SWC and Einar Örn joining them for the performance of these songs.
Songs were "Suicide", "The Heart", "Good Morning" & "Not Clean"
Sudden Weather Change + Einar Örn by ghostigital

Kiriyama Family "Sneaky Boots" Video

Kiriyama Family
"Sneaky Boots"
Kiriyama Family is an electro pop quintet based in Reykjavik. Although their main direction is electric based indie pop/rock, inspiration comes from a broad spectrum of other musical genres.
Four members of the band regularly switch instruments in order to shake things up, that's what you get when you form a band with four multi-instrumentalists. The instruments are, thankfully, brotherly shared and no tears have been shed, yet. 
In 2011 Kiriyama Family plans to release their first album along with doing lots of performing & touring.

Kiriyama Family's Website

New Singapore Sling song "You can't compare"

Singapore Sling
"You can't compare"
  Singapore Sling - You Can't Compare (2011) by Outlier Records

Ruddinn "Not the end of the road" Video

Ruddinn
"Not the end of the road" with guest vocals by Heiða Eiríks (Unun, Hellvar)
Video made by Hector Tamburi (Ekhtronic). Shot in Mendoza, Argentina.
Buy his music @ Gogoyoko

April 19, 2011

Of Monsters and Men in the Spotlight @ IMX

Of Monsters and Men
Of Monsters and Men are the 2010 winners of Músiktilraunir (a nationwide Battle of the Bands competition). The band's name is apt and fitting to their lyrics, which mostly comprise stories of all kinds of monsters, both fictional and human. While they used to be mainly an acoustic band, OM&M has taken their sound to a different level with the addition of bass, drums, piano and the accordion, creating a bigger sound.
After spending most of last year playing gigs and festivals all over Iceland and in Holland the band focuses now on recording their first full length album that’s set be released in the summer of 2011. The six piece indie/folk band has already had some success though, with their song “Little Talks”, that has spread over the world wide web like wildfire after the Seattle based radio station “Kexp” recorded it live over last year’s Iceland Airwaves festival.
Interview with Ragnar Þórhallsson
So, you won the Músiktilraunir last year - how did that feel and what kinds of doors has it opened?

It felt great and it opened up a lot of doors for us. We got a lot more attention here in Iceland which then led to some people overseas noticing us. So now we're just trying to make the most of that.
Not bad considering your first gig with new member Arnar in March 2010! did Arnar complete the band in a very final way or will you add more members?
When Arnar joined the band things really started to roll. He started out doing some percussion work for us and singing back up vocals but as the songs continued to evolve we knew we had to kick it up a notch. So now he's behind the drumset fulltime and we've also added two new wonderful members; Kiddi Palli on the bass and Árni who plays the accordion/piano.
When did you form and what was/is your musical mission?
The six of us have been playing together now for about eight months but I guess you could say that we've been together as "Of Monsters and Men" for about a year now. Our mission has always been simple. We just want to make good music and have fun. Simple as that.
Who are your main musical influences?
That's always a hard question to answer. But for myself I'd have to say Bon Iver and Ray Charles. Those are my favorites. I can’t answer for the others though...
And non musical influences?
We tend to get our inspiration from all sorts of weird stories that we find here and there. These are mostly stories of people doing something out of the ordinary, something that's not considered normal human behavior. It's the weird things that excite us!
Where does the name come from?
The name is sort of a spin of from the 1937 novel "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.
The name sounds frightening yet your music is so lovely: discuss!
Haha well...yeah. I guess it's a bit of a scary name when you hear it at first, but if you put the name in context with the lyrics it all makes perfect sense. (to us at least).
You've been generating a bit of a buzz lately, what's the cause of all that?
I guess it all started when the wonderful people of the seattle based radio station KEXP came to us around last year's Iceland Airwaves Festival and asked us if they could shoot a video of us playing a few of our songs. We of course said yes and ended up playing a song called "Little Talks". They then posted it on their website and that's when everything started to happen.

Rumour has it you've been working on a new album - what can you tell us about that?
Yes we're in the studio as we speak. I'm actually writing this from the control room where I sit comfortably on an old brown sofa while resting my feet in the table in front of it. We're well into recoring the album and are looking forward to showing everyone the finished product.
When will it be released and with who?
It's set to be released in the end of May/early June and hopefully that won't change. We're working with a great label here in iceland called Record Records. But we're not signed outside of Iceland.
What other plans do u have for 2011? Tours? Shows? Naked skydiving?
As of now, nothing is set in stone, but we’re definitely hoping to play some shows overseas. Naked skydiving sounds great as well. Maybe we’ll combine the two and play a show while skydiving naked.
Which other icelandic bands do you rate at the moment?
There are so many to choose from. Right now my favorite Icelandic band is Valdimar. You guys should definitely check them out. Then there are other bands like Cliff Clavin and Rökkurró that are also great. Check them all out on www.gogoyoko.com. A great website that gives you easy access to all the main icelandic artists.
Source:
IMX

April 17, 2011

Rökkurró "Sjónarspil" @ The Line of Best Fit

Rökkurró did for the The Line of Best Fit an acoustic version of "Sjónarspil", a song from the band's second album "Í annan heim"
Buy the album @ Gogoyoko

Two Tickets To Japan "Stellar Patterns"

Two Tickets To Japan
"Stellar Patterns", a song from the EP "The storm that makes our minds collide". The video was shot @ Chinatown on Hverfisgata, Reykjavík in February 2011.
Directed by Bjarni Svanur Friðsteinsson & Jón Smári Tómasson.
Buy the EP @ Gogoyoko

Song of the 211. Week is Orphic Oxtra's "Hey"

211. Song of the Week is "Hey" by the band Orphic Oxtra.
Buy the album @ Gogoyoko

Orphic Oxtra is comprised of 13 charismatic and highly talented musicians that write and performan enticing recipe of Balkan and klezmer-influenced orchestral dance music with a multitude of twists.
These festive collaborators, all of whom are contributors to the song writing, are not musically confined to the Balkans as they also take turns challenging each other with a fireworks display of solos inspired by other cultures and types of music as well. The outcome is a rare marriage of the cerebral and the celebratory that captures mind, body and soul. No gazing of shoes here - not even a glance. Their objective is to move you and your feet!
Orphic Oxtra @ MySpace

April 16, 2011

Ensimi "Arpeggiator" in the KGB Soundsystem remix

Ensimi
"Arpeggiator" (KGB Soundsystem RMX)
  Ensimi - Arpeggiator (kgb soundsystem remix) by KGB Soundsystem

For a Minor Reflection "A moll"

For a Minor Reflection
"A moll"

For a Minor Reflection - A Moll from lorenzo fonda
FaMR's Website

Havarí opens Bríarí

Havarí opens Bríarí
The cultural center Havarí closed it's doors last january due to hotel growth in downtown areas of Reykjavik and has been searching for a new place for weeks now, unsuccessfully. In order to do something fun for a change Havarí has decided to open up a flash store @ Skulagata 22 (above The Living Art Museum) during the awesome and great Reykjavik Music Mess. We named our store BRÍARÍ (bríarí means doing something with haste and without an apparent reason, or something like that).
In the spirit of Havarí, Bríarí will offer music, concert (for free), art, posters, coffee and good vibrations. Bríarí will also serve as a festival center and ticket office for Reykjavik Music Mess (www.reykjavikmusicmess.com).
Bohem's, hipster's and housewifes are adviced to dress up and get down to Bríarí over the weekend and suck in the wonderful and vibrant culture of alternative Reykjavik.
Bríarí will be open from Thursday April 14th to (and with) Sunday April 17th from 11 - 18

Off Venue Program:
16. April
14:00-15:00: Sóley
16:00-17:00: Nive Nielsen (GL)
17. April
13:00: Tomutonttu (FI)
15:00: Borko

17:00: Fist Fokkers

Plötubúðadaginn - Record Store Day @ Lucky Records 16. April 2011

Plötubúðadaginn - Record Store Day @ Lucky Records  
Hverfisgata 82, 101 Reykjavik
Program
12:00 Extreme Chill DJ Set
14:00 Kristján B. Heiðarsson(pop)
15:00 Óskar Guðjónsson og Co (jazz)
16:00 Sesar A +DJ Kocoon (hip hop)
17:00 Epic Rain (gothic country)
18:00 DJ set mismunandi snúðar

Winner of Músíktilraunir 2011: Samaris "Hljóma þú"

Winner of the Músíktilraunir 2011 Competition (Musical Experiments, sort of Battle of the Bands) was the band Samaris. One of the 3 band members is Jófríður, of the twin duo Pascal Pinon.
Samaris were founded last January by Jófríður Ákadóttir, Þórður Steinþórsson & Áslaug Magnúsdóttir. They play dreamy triphop influenced by The Knife, Portishead and Massive Attack.
Hljóma þú (demo) by Samaris

Snoop Around in the Studio of Berndsen

Snooping around in the studio of Berndsen and interview with Berndsen
Berndsen recently signed to the 101berlin Label. 
101Berlin
Berndsen @ MySpace

April 15, 2011

Agent Fresco Live @ Söngvakeppni framhaldsskólanna 2011

Agent Fresco Live @ Söngvakeppni framhaldsskólanna 2011 here

Music Alliance Pact (MAP) # 31 (April 2011)

It's time for the 31st I love Icelandic music/Icelandic Music Maffia contribution to an international initiative, the Music Alliance Pact, aka MAP. I take part in this Blog Alliance since the start in October 2008. On a monthly basis music bloggers from around the globe select a track from their country which is then posted collectively and simultaneously on those blogs - giving each nation's track international exposure.
A trip around the world in 36 songs with a take off in Iceland:
This month I contributed the song
"Kvaðning" by Skálmöld.
Skálmöld is an Icelandic metal band formed in August 2009. The six members had been formerly active in other bands, not all metal. Their music can be described as a powerful, melodic and epic Viking Metal, along with various folk influences. The lyrics follow the strict rules of traditional Icelandic poetry.
The song "Kvaðning" is featured on the debut album "Baldur", a concept album telling the epic and dramatic tale of the viking Baldur, released last year.
The band signed a deal with Napalm Records for a worldwide release and distribution.
Official Video 


To download all 36 songs in one file click here

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Violeta Castillo - La Batalla Del Movimiento
Violeta is a young and promising singer-songwriter from Buenos Aires who just released her first recordings in the form of two EPs, Uno and Otro. La Batalla Del Movimiento is a sweet pop ballad with great arrangements, thanks to her collaboration with a great band called Monoambiente. You can listen to both EPs and buy the MP3s from her Bandcamp page.


AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Khancoban - Until It Takes You Over
Sure there are big drums and meandering atmospherics that do tab out a few pages of Neon Bible, but Khancoban manage to verge on 'epic' without coming out too overtly pomp. For what it lacks in lyrical diversity, it makes up for in delivery - a steady build that abruptly cuts off after only three minutes. New album Arches Over The Sun drops in July. Until then, this one will be a good excuse to wake up early and mull over my cereal to.


BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Luísa Maita - Lero-Lero
Lero-Lero is the minimalist samba that opens the debut album from singer Luísa Maita. It's a song that calmly grows, almost without you noticing - her soft voice takes you to a special place in your head and suddenly you're just dancing and singing along with her. This track is also available for free download on Bandcamp.


CANADA: I(Heart)Music
Dora Alexander - Travelers
Yes, Dora Alexander sound just like a version of Radiohead that ceased to exist somewhere between The Bends and OK Computer. But you know what? It's been about a decade and a half since then, so it's probably safe for someone else to claim that sound. And, as Travelers - both this song and their debut EP of the same name - demonstrates, Dora Alexander are ready to pick up that mantle. Here's hoping they stick with it a little longer than the originators.


CHILE: Super 45
DeMentira - Post-Tbc
Ariel Altamirano, the DJ and producer better known as DeMentira, is the founder of Chilean netlabel Discos Pegaos, specializing in electronic music and abstract beats. The label was responsible for debut albums by Vaskular and Motivado as well the release of Chinpancé EP, first solo effort from DeMentira since his introduction as producer and rapper for the trio Iris in 2006. Post-Tbc is the first single from Chinpancé EP where we find mysterious beats, not dissimilar to dubstep, as well the experimental nature of the wonky sound.


CHINA: Wooozy
Friend Or Foe - Snorting Clorox
Friend Or Foe are a secretive, occasionally masked rock trio who have been tearing up the Shanghai scene lately with their brand of fun-filled, balls-out rock. Preferring to keep their identities a secret, the band promulgate the myth that they are in fact three illegitimate demons, raised in Heaven: guitarist and vocalist Rabshakeh and often topless drummer Mahanehdan are joined by bassist Bill.


COLOMBIA: Colombia Urbana
Jiggy Drama - Me Vale
Jiggy Drama is a musical phenomenon in Latin America. His 'Nerdside' style has the total attention of radio stations and nightclubs, generating an internet boom with his urban alternative music. His most recent single, Me Vale, is a Cumbia fusion with some Caribbean sounds.


DENMARK: All Scandinavian
Frederik Teige - You Always Tried To Pull Us Down
He’s been touring with Efterklang since 2007, but thankfully singer, songwriter and guitarist Frederik Teige has also found time to write and record material of his own. The climax so far is his self-released full-length debut Body God - nine songs worth of awesome alternative pop - which you can get for as much as you feel like paying (free is even an option) on Bandcamp.


ENGLAND: The Guardian Music Blog
Holy Other - Touch
A nameless character who works variously in Berlin, Gothenburg and Manchester, Holy Other is a British musician who, like his US counterpart How To Dress Well, has a penchant for taking contemporary R&B and draining it of all passion and all its sexual signifiers. What you're left with is music like Touch: slow, drifting electronica, marked by glitches, with an almost church-like atmosphere that has led some to describe it as "ambient goth", an affecting mix of spectral sonics and ghostly vocals, as un-earthy as it is unearthly.


ESTONIA: Popop
Mimicry - Godspeed
Aggressive and arrogant, otherworldly and expressive, Mimicry fuses electroclash with psychedelic techno, ethnic beats and garage rock. Their aim: to produce perfectly mindblowing party music and provoke emotions never felt before.


FINLAND: Glue
NT's White Trash - Whistle
The most recognizable Brit in Finnish indie, Nick Triani, put together NT's White Trash with the aim of making some noise, which is captured in the band's debut Mourning Becomes Electric due in May. Whistle is a catchy two-and-a-half minute guitar-pop song, with an uplifting… well, whistling. It is a smooth exception on an album that promises some edgier sounds.


FRANCE: Yet You're Fired
Thomas Kieffer - Summertime
Thomas Kieffer is a talented songwriter, offspring of the Strasbourg rock scene. At 15 years old, he was hugely impressed by bands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple and started playing in different bands. Today, at 35, his resumé is very impressive: he has opened for legendary artists such as Canned Heat, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Gary Moore, NOFX and Scorpions. He started a solo career two years ago, giving up on hard rock and metal, and should succeed with it and his album Beautiful Hands.


GERMANY: Blogpartei
Joasihno - Von
Joasihno's songs benefit a lot from his percussionist skills and his open-mindedness for playful but cautious arrangements. His wanderlust is almost tangible as he sings, although he is deeply rooted in Bavaria. Von is taken from his forthcoming debut We Say: Oh Well which is being released on Kyr Records.


GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
2L8 - Don't Follow Me
2L8's music lurches deftly between emotional intimacy, ambition and experimentation. Their two well-received previous releases (download them for free here) proved they are one of the most creative and compelling acts in the musical underground. They are running a campaign on Pledge Music to help them unleash their forthcoming double album, New Battles, Without Honor And Humanity. The magnificent Don't Follow Me, a Music Alliance Pact exclusive, drips with melancholy. It blends warmth and brooding, existential contemplation with a repetitive but mesmerizing acoustic guitar melody full of subtlety and distinct sonic accents, and swims in gorgeous sheets of trembling, passionate vocals.


ICELAND: Icelandic Music Maffia
Skálmöld - Kvaðning
Skálmöld is a metal band formed in August 2009. The six members had been formerly active in other bands, not all metal. Their music can be described as powerful, melodic and epic Viking metal, along with various folk influences. The lyrics follow the strict rules of traditional Icelandic poetry. Kvaðning is featured on last year's debut record Baldur, a concept album telling the epic and dramatic tale of the viking Baldur.


INDIA: Indiecision
Pentagram - Tomorrow's Decided
Pentagram is one of India's biggest acts. The band has been around for the better part of the past two decades, creating music that's always been a contemporary, cutting edge reflection of the generation it is part of. The band recently released its fourth studio album Bloodywood, arguably its most evolved work yet. Tomorrow's Decided uses a traditional, folk-based drum beat and surrounds it with quintessential, soaring Pentagram electro-rock goodness to create four of the most intensely exciting minutes you're going to have today.


INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Gugun Blues Shelter - White Dog
Gugun Blues Shelter is probably one of Indonesia's best exports, with recognition from the blues community in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. The band have played at international events such as the Belfast Big River Blues and Jazz Festival and Great British R&B Festival. And no big festival in Indonesia would be complete without them.


IRELAND: Nialler9
SertOne - Past Present Future
Reminscent of RJD2, J Dilla and all those fine beat maestros that no doubt inspired him, Liverpool via Portadown's SertOne aka 21-year-old Gareth McAlinden is certainly a producer to watch. This tune contains a unique Belfast sample, twisted brass and a head-nodding beat that makes you sit up and take notice. You can find it on the recent seven-track The View From Above EP through Melted Music.


ISRAEL: Metal Israel
Gevolt - Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn
Yiddish metal pioneers Gevolt took this 1932 Yiddish musical track (that incidentally was a big hit in Nazi Germany until they figured out it was Yiddish) and made glorious metal out of it. Their sound resembles a happy-go-lucky Rammstein/Linkin Park hybrid with violins. But since a lot of their songs are versions of the old ones my grandmothers sing, they have an unmatched nostalgic beauty. Download their second album Alef Base for free while you still can at their site.


ITALY: Polaroid
Love Boat - You Know I Really Want You
These guys from Sardinia are probably more known around Europe than in Italy. That's how bad this country has gotten. Anyway, they have a new album on the German label Alien Snatch and a 7" EP on Shit Music For Shit People. This song comes from the latter's B-side. Grab everything and start to dance a wild garage party - this is good rock 'n' roll.


MEXICO: Red Bull PanameriKa
Toy Selectah - No Pasma feat. Isa GT
In the last decade, Cumbia has become the 'lingua franca' to fill Latin-oriented dancefloors worldwide. Its saucy rhythms and nasty grooves easily adapt to many other musical forms: from techno to reggae, passing through favela-funk or dubstep. With a career spanning 15 years (and dreadlocks nearly that long), Toy Selectah has earned respect as a Cumbia-lord, trading the genre and cross-pollinating it with his constant travels and after-hours gigs. His Mex Machine EP out on Diplo's Mad Decent label is an infectious state of affairs. On No Pasma, the Colombia-born, London-dwelling singer Isa GT throws some cocksure chants on a perfect groundshaking Cumbia.


NETHERLANDS: Unfold Amsterdam
Death Letters - Your Heart Is Upside Down
It's nice to see a bit of international buzz building for a young Dutch band. This duo aren't even legal to enjoy a good piss-up in Texas, which is where they headed last year to record an album with Chris 'Frenchie' Smith (Jet, The Dandy Warhols, Smog) and where they returned to for SXSW last month. The resulting album, Post-Historic, isn't the band's first effort but it's markedly different from their self-titled debut. Here they leave behind their original blues-rock trappings and fire through Glassjaw post-hardcore, Biffy Clyro post-grunge and ...Trail Of Dead post-rock 'n' roll. That may be a lot of 'posts' but they make an incredibly energetic yet refined racket on stage.


NEW ZEALAND: Einstein Music Journal
Ghost Wave - Sunsetter
Ghost Wave hits you like a motorik wall of noise, with its hypnotic waves of reverb guitar, mechanical drums and atmospherics. Matt Paul's project started after his solo electronic act Street Beat gave way to this united front, with drummer Eammon Logan, guitarist Rikki Sutton and bassist Alex Grant. Live they're enigmatic with tightly wound, ravaged Clean-style hooks and perfectly warped pop songs. Their debut EP was released earlier this month on Arch Hill.


NORWAY: Birds Sometimes Dance
Beatbully - Bølleboogie
Beatbully is an offspring of the Norwegian skweee label Dødpop. Skweee is a genre of Nordic heritage, based on classic hip hop beats with heavy influence of modern electronica. Although mainly composed for a live audience, Beatbully invites skweee to your living room as well. This winter, he released Kosmisk Regn ("Cosmic Rain"), the first solo album in Dødpop's history. Bølleboogie has an irresistible beat that leaves no one behind on the dancefloor, and the juicy melody won't release you till its over. It's a three-minute piece of bliss that will make even your grandmother dance.


PERU: SoTB
Kuraka - Fuego Negro
Kuraka is a rock group that spawned from the collaboration of renowned musicians of local bands such as Emergency Blanket, Zen, M.A.S.A.C.R.E. and Inyectores. The diversity of styles seemed an obstacle to assemble their ideas, but the bonds of friendship led to them making something interesting. In 2009, they released a few singles that whetted the appetite for their debut album Fuego Negro, which came out in August 2010 on Mundane Records. Take a listen to the great song that gives the album its name.


PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
They're Heading West - My Case Is A Different One
They're Heading West are three singers/composers (João Correia, Francisca Cortesão, Mariana Ricardo) and a drummer (Sérgio Nascimento) who decided to get together and play songs from their bands and solo projects. They only have one set of songs, recorded live at a national radio station, which is not yet available commercially. The song featured this month is, therefore, a MAP exclusive as a free download.


ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
Parachute Pulse - Hopscptch
Parachute Pulse is the brand new project of Ana Roman. Her debut album, Kingdom, is a collection of cinematic sounds, moods and emotions. The album is available for free download on her label's page, Asiluum. Hopscptch is a collaboration with Res Es of Semiosis, who were featured in the Music Alliance Pact back in May 2009.


SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Sebastian Dangerfield - You Played Your Part, Singer!
Sebastian Dangerfield are a four-piece from Edinburgh who are little-known even in their home city. But that shouldn't be the case for much longer if the band continue to show such an accomplished grasp of Americana-tinged folk-rock amplified with a healthy dose of scuzzy-pop zest and various stringed instruments. The wonderfully-named You Played Your Part, Singer! is taken from their new EP, The Sound Of The Old Machines, which you can find on Bandcamp.


SINGAPORE: I'm Waking Up To...
DJ Koflow - Make Your Hands Clap, Toes Clap
DJ Koflow is one of Singapore's most celebrated DJs. His claim to fame started when he won the national DMC Championship in 2003, and he continued to skyrocket by receiving many honourable mentions in local and international media. He dropped his debut album The Turntable Instrumentalist despite a heavy production and performance schedule, with the record speaking volumes of his myriad influences. Jazz, hip hop, funk and soul all seamlessly flow together in the hands of one of the country's brightest mix masters.


SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker!
Battle Beyond The Stars - The Desert
Philip Kramer, aka Battle Beyond The Stars, is a Cape Town-based DJ and producer. He is best known for his unique blend of electro, French house and unusual tracks that no DJ in their right mind would play in public. He recently released an EP entitled Memory which gave his awaiting fans a concrete collection of songs. With his new offering The Desert, he injects his signature sound to create a shimmering, synth-infused song that shows off his immense talent with its subtly.


SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK
Neon Bunny - Long-D
Yoojin Lim is the sole member of Neon Bunny, who debuted with an album called Seoulight in late March. Having been a session keyboardist for successful power-pop act The Black Skirts - the very first South Korean MAP contribution - her own sound is on the electro side, influenced by Ladyhawke and Phoenix. Long-D is a semi-catchy track with something of a retro sound.


SPAIN: Musikorner
Disco Las Palmeras! - La Casa Cuartel
Disco Las Palmeras! are a three-piece band from Galicia, hometown of related acts such as Franc3s, Mequetrefe or Triángulo de Amor Bizarro and cradle of the new Spanish noise wave. La Casa Cuartel opens their debut album, Nihil Obstat, released earlier this year. The song is about a terrorist strike on a police station and features hypnotic drums and suffocating guitar riffs that recall exactly the same feelings the lyrics talk about: fear and anxiety.


SWEDEN: Swedesplease
Summer Heart - Please Stay
It's almost spring which means summer is still a while away. But we can dream, can't we? That's where this song from Malmö-based band Summer Heart comes in. It's called Please Stay, but with its Beach Boys harmonies, groovy beat and summer feeling, it may as well be the band's coup d'état.


SWITZERLAND: 78s
Pamela Méndez - Bubble Bubble
Bubble Bubble is the first single from Pamela Ménedez's critically-acclaimed debut album I Will Be Loved, released in February. The Bern resident, whose father is Mexican, belongs to a new breed of female singer-songwriters popping up in nearly every Swiss town. Heidi Happy, Sophie Hunger, Lena Fennell and Lea Lu are others to check out.


UNITED STATES: I Guess I'm Floating
Supreme Cuts - Amnesia
Chicago's Supreme Cuts describe their sound as "future R&B" - a perfect name for the sample and bass-heavy slow grooves they weave into their songs. Amnesia is perhaps their most supreme cut, a ridiculously addictive head trip that could soundtrack a nightclub as easily as it could an R Kelly video from the 90s.


VENEZUELA: Música y Más
Unos Infames - Pagando Es Que Se Puede
You could say that Unos Infames is just another rock band. But no. To hear and see them live you will realize that their strength on stage belongs to a mega band. Unos Infames, who formed in Barcelona, Anzoátegui, is made up of experienced musicians who fuse some blues influences with controversial lyrics. They are currently recording their debut album.

April 11, 2011

FM Belfast "Underwear"

FM Belfast
"Underwear", as performed in the documentary Backyard

FM Belfast: Underwear from morr music 

Song of the 210. Week is Sudden Weather Change's "A smoke trail in the sky"

210. Song of the Week is a song taken from the "Varrior" EP  by Sudden Weather Change: "A smoke trail in the sky". Released on Kimi Records as a 10" vinyl in February 2011.

More information about this EP:
This text was not written by a member of Sudden Weather Change, but an inseparable “sixth” member of the group who put together parts of conversations that went in and out of context. These mood-driven, half forgotten parts have later been used to create something more wholesome which is best described in a sort of puzzle.
"Let me introduce you Sudden Weather Change and their new record. This record wont make the band, or any member of the band famous. Its not going to make anyone rich or for that matter return any profit for anyone, either. The album you hold in your hand is one of the few, and it probably wont appear in physical form outside of the bands originating home, Iceland.
There really aren’t any “number 1's” on the album and I predict it will get little, if any radio-play, and if I know the relationship between the band and media, it wont get much coverage. I'm sad to be the one telling you this, but you are not reading this text at your home, next to a christmas tree, because the album arrived in a limbo-esque place between christmas and christmas.
To make hits, get advertised or being played on the radio was never this records goals, or even destiny for that matter. It is a great record, I can tell you because I've heard it. I am still deeply convinced about all these negative things I've said about it before – despite all that, the album is fantastic. Despite other things, like the fact that Sudden Weather Change will never even fill up Iceland's best concert hall, Laugardalshöll, they’re awareness of it and ambition has never been more than now.
All of the members of the group are artists. They’ve either graduated as such, or found themselves studying an art form or another. The creation and process behind is what "Varrior" is about – the curiosity to try new things and pushing the limits of songwriting and personal soundscape is more what the record is about. Lately, the members of the band have found themselves trying new things and opening they´re arms to collaborations and new ideas. Both to conquer they're previous activities as well as gaining experience from it. The Saan Rail is a song they wrote with one of Icelands brightest new bands, Nolo, and sometime in the future, the band will release a split with their friends, Reykjavík! where the bands make cover songs of each other. An example of the charity or givingness Sudden Weather Change bring with them is found at the Iceland Airwaves festival in 2010; instead of playing the old set for people who already know the band all too well, they took a certain challenge and made they're own versions of 6 songs by local legends Ghostigital, at an evening they curated in a nice old theatre venue. As I said before, Sudden Weather Change do everything to gain new experiences as a group.
With this record, the band decided to collect some of Icelands most promising and ambitious young artists to make the album happen. They took in two modern composers who had recently graduated from the Icelandic Art Acadamy's music department, Þorbjörn G. Kolbrúnarsson (Thobbi) and Þórður Hermansson (Doddi). Together they helped composing and arranging songs with the band as well as taking theyre sound to a new level. That level was then pushed to its outer limits when sound artist Ben Frost took the job of recording the outcome. Everyone was on the same level, and the collaboration was great, without further words describing it.
One of the new elements the band brings in with this record, along with making better songs and having a more personal sound, are the lyrics. It is safe to say that the lyrics are more carefully crafted than before, they do not have any resemblance to found words on the internet or television programs, and the sentence “great selection of words”, does not count in this case.
There is always a certain joy among members of the band, but the pressure is not far from it. Being chosen the most promising band at 2009's Icelandic music awards as well as in Morgunblaðið was most certainly an honor, but the pressure was on the always uprising name and they knew they had to make something good out of it. This was in 2009, right after the debut LP “Stop! Handgrenade in the name of crib death, ´nderstand?” was released. After they're accomplishments earlier that year, the band could'nt seem to write a single note, even 8 months after the 13-track release. The reasons were simple; (1) despite success, the group didn't want to enter a spiral of repetitiveness and (2) they knew they could do better than before.
When releasing an album like this one and continuing to make material of well crafted excellent is part of the bands standards to not disappoint. Furthermore, it is of the bands interest to feel more confident and secure in the studio space. Because, despite all awards and appreciation from previous works, the band never wants to hesitate or stop experimenting with new sounds and approaches without losing the bands high-quality mark. Forever pushing limits inside the band as well as the listeners.
However, being a band in Iceland is like having a job you pay for doing. There are almost no paychecks and the job seems to be some sort of luxury part-time job you pay yourself for. There are tons of concerts every month, week, days and bands rarely get paid, except the one or two beers you get if you're in luck and the venue happens to include a bar. Just as natural as concerts come, you must have in mind that music-life has a way of taking a toll out of your wallet. Bandmembers spend they're money on rent, amplifiers, strings, instruments, drumsticks, and everything necessary to continue on what they like best. The best thing about being in a creative commune, however, is creating something like Varrior. The final outcome, which is perfectly visible to you, is made by a group who like making music just as much as you like listening to it. It becomes a gift for two individuals, something you can give to make your heart and soul more physical, in a way.
The achieved goal of this record is to release something of fineness, something to keep next to the other records in shelves. This record is for everyone who wants something more physical from a hard working band, and therefore, become part of the band. I deeply hope this record helps you get more involved in the story and progress of the band Sudden Weather Change and hopefully it will become and belong to some specific time of your life, at least having a respectable place in your record collection."