After a sold out return in March, Ja Ja Ja is gearing up to bring three exciting artists to Berlin for an extra special show in April!
Bringing “lovestruck, vengeful, heavy-hearted, triumphant” pop from her debut album In Bloom, GRANT will be joining us from Sweden, along with a prolific duo described as the “future of Icelandic hip-hop”, JóiPé x Króli. And the third act of the evening is new Norwegian arrivals Konradsen who, with just two songs released so far, have become one of the most hotly tipped emerging artists on the scene.
Ja Ja Ja Berlin
Thursday, March 4th 2019
JóiPé x Króli (IS)
“GRANT brings the drama to every facet of debut album In Bloom” – The Line of Best Fit
Swedish artist GRANT debuted late 2017 with the single ’ Waterline’ and released her critically acclaimed debut album ‘In Bloom’ in June 2018. High profile UK music site The Line of Best Fit gave the album a glorious 9 of 10 reviews saying “As introductions go, its rawness and honesty surpass pretty much anything you’ll have heard before; its blistering surge into a final triumphant chorus always primed and ready to take your breath away no matter how many times you hit repeat.”. There’s a certain mesmerising quality to her first full-length LP, with her captivating vocals, the 24-year-old delivers every lyric with both a larger-than-life urgency and uncompromising intimacy, drawing the listener into her private universe. Set against a backdrop of sumptuously textured alt-pop, ‘In Bloom’ finds GRANT wholly embodying whatever mood she’s conjuring: lovestruck, vengeful, heavy-hearted, triumphant. 2018 have been a massive debut year for the young Swede with several TV-performances (she tore the house down at Swedish Grammy Awards in February 2018), summer festivals, a headline tour, a support tour with pop star Tove Styrke and two nominations for national radio P3 Gold Awards + one Swedish Grammy Awards nomination.
JóiPé x Króli (IS)
“The future of Icelandic hip-hop” – Sónar Reykjavík 2018
JóiPé x Króli are two young artists that exploded onto the the Icelandic Hip-Hop scene with a bang in 2017 with their album Gerviglingur. In only a year they’ve racked up over 25,000,000 streams on Spotify and their music is loved by all ages. Their second album Afsakið Hlé came out in April 2018 and is by far their most personal project where they wrote about their experiences after Gerviglingur, every feeling and every moment.
On October 6th 2018 they wrote and recorded an album called 22:40 – 08:16 in one day and the songs are named after the time they were made. A few days later they secretly released it without any promotion upfront and they themselves have still not mentioned it publicly. When the word spread about the release people were quick to catch on and the album was streamed around 500k times in the first few days. These guys seem to have endless creative energy and the future is bright for sure.
„Konradsen make music that is minimal and maximal in all the right places, suggesting they could go anywhere in the future.“ – The FADER
Konradsen are Eirik and Jenny and a bedroom in Oslo with synths and plants. Konradsen are also Erlend, and Ivar, and Øyvind and Big Bruce. And that guy who inspired you at a café in Copenhagen, and the mother who attends every show. And Sara, and Simen, and Tom, who once said that the music sounded like family love. And the music is also like a big family, with all those voices and sounds that have the need to have the last word.
At the heart of it all: a gentle piano and an ambient voice that brings together all these people who are all part of Konradsen. Their debut single ‘Never Say A’ was released 4th of October 2018 on Su Tissue Records (Okay Kaya, Jenny Hval, Broen and Farao in their homecountry). The track was mixed by Tom Carmichael (James Blake/Chance The Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Haim ++) and mastered by Matt Colton (James Blake, Arctic Monkeys, Flume ++), and is followed by a brand new, acclaimed release entitled ‘Baby Hallelujah’.
For the past 9 years, Ja Ja Ja has provided the primary spot to discover the latest and best music coming from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Bringing three new artists to London and Berlin on a monthly basis, previous years have seen the likes of MØ, Aurora, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Silvana Imam and Vök rise through the ranks to achieve widespread success – and for the upcoming season, we’ve lined up some of the best talent yet.
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