PREMIERE: Lowly – Daydreamers

by Amy on April 17, 2014

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Photo: Michell Smedegaard Boysen

Lowly are a 5 piece noise pop band hailing from Denmark, who each have their own back story (unlike other groups of course, born in the Pop Group Factory solely for the purpose of performing). No no, these kids found their own way into the music scene, establishing their own musical projects first (NANOME, Islets of Dust, NovemberDecember & Point Blank), then deciding to come together to form Lowly. Each bringing with them their individual genre of expertise, from electronica to hiphop & folk. But it seems they couldn’t decide on a singer, so they stuck with 2! Now we’re proudly presenting the German premiere of their debut single & video – the epic Daydreamers. And if I had to make a prediction on this song alone, I’d say their side projects might have to be put on hold, cos we want more teamwork from this talented collective!

They’re also set to play SPOT Festival next month, so if any of you folks are lucky enough to be going, then catch them live on the 3rd May on the Foyer Stage, 11 PM!

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Lucas Nord – Wasting Time

by Amy on April 17, 2014

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Now here’s something I can get behind – Wasting time! With the 4 day weekend on the very near horizon, scratch everything off your social calendar and just replace it with “wasting time“. Time was made to be wasted after all. And although that’s the title of Lucas Nord‘s new song, he’s obviously not doing it, as he keeps churning out all these tunes! And now the Stockholm electro house producer has a forthcoming EP, from which he’s just released a chilled out tune in the form of Wasting Time, which apparently features his grandfather.

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Luha – Lullaby

by Amy on April 16, 2014

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There’s a new Swedish act on the dream pop scene – Luha. And no-one knows anything about her/him/them, cos that’s all the info we’ve been given. Not even 100% sure that’s her/him/them in the pic, cos she’s/he’s/they’re doing a Slipknot and disguising herself/himself/themselves. So I’m just gonna assume Luha’s a he known as Roger, who’s an Accountant by day and singer in the local bar by night. Now he’s released his debut single Lullaby. And who cares really who’s behind it? It’s a fine example of ambient electro pop, but my bets are on Roger.

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NEØV – Laketown

by Amy on April 16, 2014

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You know what’s overrated? Whistling. Don’t you find those talented smug few who can actually whistle, always want to rub it in your face for no reason? Doing their weekly Rewe shop – whistling. Washing the dishes – whistling. On their death bed – whistling. Yeah we get it, you’re happy!

Well now Finnish indie band NEØV, who are indeed a talented whistling bunch and proud as hell about it, have decided to fill their new song Laketown with the stuff. Meaning us non-whistlers can’t sing along, only spit & dribble in our attempts to do so. It’s catchy though, I’ll give them that! The track is taken from the upcoming album Dominique, which is out later this year.

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Listen up peeps, cos here’s some dating advice for you: The best way to woo even the most cynical person, is to invite them round, light some scented candles, throw some rose petals on the bed and stick on a sexy slow jam. Then work your magic. Guaranteed success, trust me! And I’ll even throw in the track suggestion for free. This is Sum Comfort, a production duo from Stockholm, who’ve teamed up with British Alt-R&B singer Jordan James for the new track Serena High, taken from their upcoming album Flying Kites.

By the way, if you ever find yourself on the receiving end of the advice above, RUN!

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NEW FEATURE: Scandivation

by Amy on April 15, 2014

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Welcome to a brand spanking new feature on the blog, that we’ve decided to call Scandivation….because we can.

Scandinavia has long been a pool of creative talent, making it the envy of the rest of the world. And I’m not just talking about their Elliphant‘s or their Asbjørn‘s this time! We’re now looking beyond the musical offerings and taking a peek into design achievements. Scandivation will basically focus on some of the hot shit that we love, coming out of the Nordic’s technology, design and all-round innovation sectors! Once a month we’ll feature one of our favourite things to come from the North. It could be a product, an artist, a jewellery collection or even an app. It’s our aim to highlight the innovation that’s happening in Scandinavia and bring it to you lovely people!

First up, is the creation from an Icelandic guy called Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson. Having studied Product Design at Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík, he came up with the design of the Jónófón for his graduation project. It’s like a gramophone, but with Jón in it’s name. Oh yeah and one other minor difference, it’s made from paper!

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While everyone else is looking to add the latest gadget to their already existing gadget, the Jónófón strips it all back to basics. The acoustic vinyl record player consists of a simple electrical system, plywood, paper, plastic film & a needle and it all comes as a flatpack for the user to assemble themselves. Apparently nice things need effort!

Records are cool FYI. So if you don’t have any form of record playing device, either head out and buy yourself a Jónófón, or just buy some records to put on display in your flat, so people at least think that you’re cool!

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Call Me – Disclosed

by Amy on April 15, 2014

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A few months back, I stumbled across an a-m-a-z-i-n-g song on Soundcloud, but couldn’t find any traces of the artist on facebook….my pet hate! So I messaged her and low and behold some time later a facebook page was born (pretty certain I had no influence over that whatsoever, but we’ll go with it for the sake of the story). Sadly the song has since been removed, but thankfully it’s been replaced by an equally a-m-a-z-i-n-g new one. Introducing Call Me, a.k.a Anna Nordenström, a singer from Stockholm bringing us the beautiful pop track Disclosed - with a free download:

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Artist of the Week – #120 Iberia

by Amy on April 14, 2014

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I’m a little bit confused as to why these guys aren’t Artist of the Week every week, but I’ve been told by the Gods it’s not possible (BOOO!). Now for this week at least, Iberia are our Artist of the Week and deservedly so! Maja Milner and Alexander Palmestål are the Swedish duo responsible for making the world a better place. Having met and formed in Berlin, the pair are currently spread between here and Gothenburg. Iberia’s music is inspired by hiphop, although they succeed in merging hard beats with soft vocals, creating their own form of a techno, dreampop wonderland. They’ve just released their self-titled debut album, including the track Swansea, which FYI, you can currently download for free from Soundcloud (you’re welcome). The talent these 2 have doesn’t just stop at the music! As we all know, you’re not a serious musician until you’ve got your own clothing range. And while I’m still waiting for the Iberia onesie, they’ve already got their own bags. Their down right effortless style basically spreads to everything they touch, including music videos; Everyday & An Ending (Ascent) are as much of a treat for the eyes, as they are the ears. Mystery also adds to the impact when it comes to Iberia, with their live performances masked by smoke and strobe lights, now they’ve answered our AOTW q’s with just as much mystique! It’s cool, we get it. I know they’re just saving all their energy for their twitter hijacking at midday! You can follow them here: @nbn_berlin

1. Explain the evolution of Iberia in 5 words:
Harder, Faster, Better, Stronger, Kanye.

2. What song would you love to have written?
Nordpolen – När mitt blod pumpar i Dig.

3. Is there a typical Scandinavian sound?
Yes.

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4. What movie describes your music the best?
AKIRA

5. What question would you ask next week’s Artist of the Week?
“Avicci – True” Good, bad or genius?

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OUT MONDAY – Newsletter #11

by Amy on April 11, 2014

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It’s that time again, when we fill your inbox with 5 irresistible Scandinavian things to do in this great capital of ours. Next week’s newsletter includes Norwegian indie-pop band Highasakite, a great collaboration between Swedish and Berlin artists to keep you entertained for a whole weekend, as well some intriguing exhibitions by Scandinavian artists in Kreuzberg. Also look out for our introduction to a new David Lynch inspired pop band from Helsinki.

To read all about the events, just sign up to the newsletter here. It all comes out on Monday, but if you can’t wait til then, check out some of their audio delights below:

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Easter, Spot Festival, Birthday, Christmas! The Aarhus Festival takes place every year at the beginning of May and has become one of our favourite traditions. The line up is focused on introducing new artists from Denmark as well as other parts of Scandinavia and Europe. So for us, a perfect occasion to discover, be astonished/ aroused/ interested/ distracted and hopeful. Not only is there a very!!! interesting line up this year, but also tons of friends & colleagues will be joining us at the festival, making a 10 hour bus trip from Berlin to Aarhus almost bearable. Spot Festival is basically a class reunion with good music, placed on the sea. And like the cocks that we are, we’ve picked 10 new artists from all over Scandinavia who will probably blow your mind this year.

Communions

 

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Guess with whom Communions are sharing their rehearsal space? Ding Ding Ding, Iceage! And exactly what happened with Iceage is supposed to happen with Communions. The new “Exportschlager” from Denmark who doesn’t give a shit. We agree with Pitchfork and NME and are stoked to watch this Copenhagen band up close now, rather than far away in the near future.

 

Karl William

 

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Combining Hip Hop & R’n'B is the right recipe, not only since Drake & Co. Karl William is a new artist from Aarhus singing in Danish and spicing up the Danish Hip Hop Scene. Listen to his EP on Bandcamp.

 

Iberia

 

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Maja Milner and Alexander Palmestål are the Berlin based duo Iberia, trying to hide the fact that they are the most exciting thing alive on this planet right now. I can never decide if I wanna get into a fight or rather chill the fuck out to their music. Iberia’s live show is a trip through outer space that Alice in Wonderland would wish for. If someone tried to squeeze my head into a toilet, cut my left ear off and wipe animal/ human blood on my whole body, I would still try to get the fuck out of there just to not miss this show at Spot Festival.

 

Sekuoia

 

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Sekuoia is Patrick Bech Madsen from Denmark, colouring up the scene with his mix of Dubstep and Electronica, signed to Berlin based label Project Mooncircle. Just last week he was supporting his Danish fellas WhoMadeWho on their German tour and the future stands wide open for this sympathetic young man.

 

Sea Change

 

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Sea Change is the Norwegian, but Berlin based electronic low-fi-project by Ellen A.W. Sunde who has a strong fascination for tiny acoustic instruments, improvisation and yes! synth pop. Her gig at by:larm this year was acclaimed by a couple of blogs & magazines and so! Sea Change is definitely an “artist to watch” these days.

 

Ice Cream Cathedral

 

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Traveling to the unexplored borderland between kraut rock, 60‘s pop, acid and IDM, Danish trio Ice Cream Cathedral orbits into the outer spheres with their futuristic dream pop PLUS the confident vocals of Anja T. Lahrmann. In Candy Crush this band would be pointed out as  D E L I C I O U S.

 

Truls

 

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In case you were wondering what the word “Power Pop” actually means, Spot got Truls for you. His song Out of Yourself is the perfect pop song and after his Berlin show at Introducing I was convinced. It’s the attitude of that guy I can’t shake off – you know just like when a tattooed, hot punk rocker is holding a little kitten.

 

Blaue Blume

 

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Something has been going on with this Copenhagen based band. A couple of great songs in a row make clear that Blaue Blume are not only the symbol for a drunken/depressed flower, but also a good name when it comes to promising Danish artists. For fans of Anthony & The Johnsons and Wild Beats.

 

Adna

 

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The just 19-year-old Swedish singer Adna will shortly release her album Night in Germany. The entire album was written in only five days, or rather five nights. All music Adna writes starts off with a Swedish lyric, guitar riff and a sound in her head which she later tries to convert into English. Adna will probably drag me into this world, where I lose my facial awareness standing there with my mouth open and hands in a pocket like a rapper. Hilarious! Happened already/will happen again.

 

Naomi Pilgrim

 

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We picked Naomi Pilgrim as one of the 20 most relevant newcomers in 2013 and it seems we were absolutely right about this choice. Naomi Pilgrim has been featured by the good, wise & pretty blogs and after years of performing behind artists like Lykke Li, the Swedish singer has finally found her way into the middle of the sunshine.

Spot Festival |  1. – 4. May  |  Aarhus, DK

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