Slaughter Beach return with the broken dream pop of “Glaze”

June 6, 2016sb
The Odense-based trio of Nikolaj Westi, Mads Emil Aagaard and Hasse Mydtskov (also a member of The Kissaway Trail) came to our attention through early single “Made-Up True Love” in 2013 and made good on this promise through the Love/Venice EP in the latter half of last year.

With “Glaze”, Slaughter Beach have messed around with their sonic palette, combining forward-thinking production and recording with more than a slight nod to some of their musical influences. As the band says “we feel like this track embodies the spirit and vibe of our past, now and future as a band. There’s always been a tang of nostalgia in our music, but we’ve never been striving for just being great at emulating our heroes of some lost golden age of music…we feel as though we’ve made something that’s nostalgic and futuristic at the same time.”

The track deconstructs and degrades a dream pop framework; jangling guitars are cut through with synth buzz like The Radio Dept. sent through a 4AD filter, while water-treated vocals adding uncertainty, yet also vital melody. The opening lines of “Glaze” are “I’m so sorry that I let you down / made you crumble overnight / so I try to keep out of your way” , signalling that it’s not just the music that’s being taken apart and put back together again.

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Ny signering: Kajander

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Det er en glede å annonsere vår nyeste signering på management Kajander fra Lofoten. Vi gav ut singelen “E du den du vil vær?” på Diamond Club i april som har gitt han en pangstart med B-rotasjon på P3 og snart over 100 000 streams på under en måned. Bendik Kajander har trommet sammen et band og er nå klar for en rekke konsert i sommer, inkludert vår egen showcase under Øya-uken. Kanskje får du høre ny musikk om ikke altfor lenge!

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KAKKMADDAFAKKA – KMF out now!

April 6, 2016Print

KAKKMADDAFAKKAs new album “KMF” is out now!

Order CD/Vinyl here 

Nymusikkhverdag 9/10
Musikknyheter 8/10
Dagsavisen 5/6
Studvest 4/5 

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L/O/O/N debut LP

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“Fresh yet polished handiwork through glistening soundscapes and beat-driven excursions” SPIN
 
“Impressive stuff from an obvious contender” DJ Mag *******
 
“It’s concise, punchy, it leaves you wanting more and, quite possibly, hammering the repeat button. A really strong debut from an exciting young producer.” Clash Magazine *******
 
“Impressive debut” Exclaim! *******
 
“A properly uplifting record” Electronic Sound Magazine
 
“Brings the heat on!” EARMILK

In a climate where music is cheap and anyone with a laptop is a potential EDM artist, 21-year-old producer L/O/O/N looms imposingly as a production powerhouse. Originally from Tromsø, L/O/O/N (real name Mikael Kanstad) comes from a guitar-playing heavy metal background. After deciding to eschew the life of collectively organised band rehearsals in favour of running on his own clock, he formed the project L/O/O/N to vent music of a more electronic bent.

His self-titled LP, released March 11th on Balsa Wood, is a nine song romp through beat-heavy euphoric soundscapes. It plays with a dizzying array of dynamics, from hard hitting, hip-hop inspired dance music, to more laid back, blissed-out affairs, though ultimately never losing sight of his sweeping panoramic vision. Lead single ‘Dropping Face’ is a clarion call to the worldwide EDM community. Its lurching synths provide a constantly shifting quicksand base. The song’s rapid stuttering beats belie the delicacy of its synth melodies, before respite comes in the form of an ocean-calm bridge. L/O/O/N’s style here and throughout the LP owes much to his influences – bold, assertive, technicolour production is at once reminiscent of Hudson Mohawke, while the general life-affirming euphoria recalls Sweater Beats.

‘L/O/O/N’ is a wildly whimsical LP that often communicates multiple emotions at once. The urgent club-ready drums of ‘Heat’ co-exist with seraphic synth lines in a song which features two prominent beat drops. If L/O/O/N is aiming for transcendence he often gets there through the heady eccentricity of his execution. ‘Feel Good’ is a self-consciously feel-good song. The intro recalls Lido’s more R&B-leaning work but it’s quickly churned through some seriously warped production. The sliding synths endow it with a mammoth presence amidst all the jaunty sky gazing.

The fluidity of ‘Aye Aye’ manifests itself quite literally with cascading synths and buoyant bass. L/O/O/N’s nuanced synthesis on it would have Rustie eyeballing it with envy before the beat even drops. When it does finally drop, the fluidity evaporates and leaves us with a towering and brutalist urban soundscape that precisely tows the line between brashly imposing and compulsively danceable. Album closer ‘More Time’ ends on a sugar high. The sheer candied euphoria L/O/O/N channels on the track is both bombastic and gratifying, making for a joyous finale.

L/O/O/N is an artist fully capable of turning the page on EDM music and writing the next. There is no one quite like him, but he’s also the sum of his parts. Ultimately, origination and originality are both about selecting which parts to add to the equation. L/O/O/N’s music is club ready, but he never compromises on his fearless individuality and idiosyncracy. Mostly what listeners to the ‘L/O/O/N’ LP can be assured of is that L/O/O/N is never predictable and always protean. These are the things pioneers are made of.

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Sounds from Norway @ SXSW 2016

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Brilliance Records and Jansen Plateproduksjon presents Sounds from Norway @ SXSW 2016

Torgeir Waldemar, Living, Spidergawd, Electric Eye, Death By Unga Bunga and Rytmeklubben

Icenhauer’s on Friday, March 18. Adress: 83 Rainey Street

RSVP http://bit.ly/soundsfromnorway

8:00 – Torgeir Waldemar
American tradition has had a strong foothold in the Norwegian music scene for a while, and Torgeir Waldemar’s most recent LP is filled with amazing songs exploring folk and Americana. This album, which he released at 40, appeared on many Norwegian critics’ top ten lists in 2014. Although this may sound like a late start for a music career, age is nothing but a number here – Waldemar was nominated for the Grammy in Norway and has already played most major Norwegian festivals, including the internationally renowned Øyafestival.
http://www.torgeirwaldemar.com/

9:00 – Living
Living is the project of Bergen-based producer and artist Lucas de Almeida. It started in 2015 as a solo project, but soon picked up bassist Nora Tårnesvik and drummer Sturla Kverneng for its energetic live performances. Living creates music for the body and soul by blending psychedelic and dreamy harmonies and melodies with groovy and tropical rhythms. Newest single “Cerulean” was recently premiered on The FADER upon its recent release via Brilliance Records.
https://soundcloud.com/livingliving

10:00 – Spidergawd
Spidergawd’s most recent album, Spidergawd III, is one of a trio – so far – of LPs that seem to appear with alarming regularity: at least once a year, between numerous 7”s and what feels like constant touring. These guys are on fire, and you can hear it in every song and see it at every concert. A band that is self-confident enough to record their debut album during their fifth-ever rehearsal, they’ve since evolved even further and found their true voice, which is adventurous, energetic, and very immediate.
http://spidergawd.no/

11:00 – Electric Eye
It’s fully possible to hear traces of the golden psychedelic reveries of the 60s and the lyrical and scenic progrock of the 70s in Electric Eye’s music. Different Sun (released February 5 via Jansen Plateproduksjon) is first and foremost proof of Electric Eye as a band who in every way are present in the moment, where they guide the listeners on a perpetual musical journey full of surprises. Fasten your seatbelts and look for a different sun!https://soundcloud.com/electriceye

12:00 – Death By Unga Bunga
Death by Unga Bunga are five nasty guys from Moss, the garage rock capital of Norway. Just like in fairytales, they formed with lead singer Sebastian Ulstad Olsen holding auditions in his own garage. Seeing them live is an experience you’ll never forget, an experience that’s best described as being hit by a rock’n’roll tornado. Pineapple Pizza, their fourth album in five years, will be out worldwide March 4 via Norwegian label Jansen Plateproduksjon. https://soundcloud.com/deathbyungabunga

01:00 – Rytmeklubben
Rytmeklubben is a Norwegian live group, production team, and DJ crew who make, play, and DJ club-oriented electronic music in concerts, remixes, original trarcks, DJ mixes, and club nights. As part of the up and coming electronic music scene in Norway, they find themselves among Cashmere Cat and similar artists who deliver a fresh approach. They blend elements from underground club music and merge them with pop sensibilities and pristine production, with the end result always sounding fresh and refined. https://soundcloud.com/rytmeklubben

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Thea Stapnes – Follow The River out now!

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While rooted in the classic singer/songwriter tradition, Thea Stapnes could also be counted among those who let themselves be inspired by the electronic gizmos and multitude of opportunities of the current music scene.

In February 2015 she released the single “Run”, which was recommended by and aired on national public broadcasting NRK P3 and listed for several weeks by NRK P13. Her producer Øystein Skar (Highasakite) has ensured to place Stapnes in a larger pop-landscape, to which she has cleverly managed to add her very own flavour. In the summer of 2015, Thea returned to Lydriket Studio, Bergen, to record a new single ’Follow The River’, this time in collaboration with Skar and Odd Martin Skålnes (AURORA). 

Thea was inspired to write the song after watching the Robin Hood movie starring Russell Crowe. What was stuck in her mind was the quote “Rise and rise again until lambs become lions”. She knew she had to use this very brilliant sentence in a song and started writing at once.

‘Follow The River’ is a powerful song about having lots of perseverance and never giving up. It’s about not getting lost, trusting in something good that keep you walking towards your goal. 

The song is produced by Øystein Skar and Odd Martin Skålnes at Lydriket Studio and mastered by Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. 

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New signing: Living

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Living is the project of Bergen-based producer and artist Lucas de Almeida. It started in 2015 as a solo project, but soon picked up bassist Nora Tårnesvik (Marbe Pools) and drummer Sturla Kverneng (Hvitmalt Gjerde) for its energetic live performances. Living has released a single via Diamond Club late 2015 and is ready for a second single release, “Cerulean” via Brilliance Records. The band is also confirmed to play SXSW-festival in March.

Living’s music is hard to describe, ebbing and flowing in and out of many styles and genres. The music is best appreciated live, where improvisation and playfulness rule. Living creates music for the body and soul by blending psychedelic and dreamy harmonies and melodies with groovy and tropical rhythms. It is a fusion of electronic and organic heard best through great speakers and with lots of room for movement and dance.

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Line Dybedal ute med debutalbum

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Line Dybedal slepp  debutalbumet “Til kjærleiken” på bursdagen sin 12. februar, etter eit suksessfylt år med fire av fire singlar lista på nasjonal radio. Siste singel «Et evig ønske» vart A-lista på NRK P1 basert på ein demo. Ho prøvde seg på engelsk i fleire år, men det var fyrst då ho byrja å synge på den vakre nordfjorddialekta det verkeleg losna.

«Noko så naturleg som å syngje akkurat slik ein snakkar, det trur folk på. Det vert så ekte og nært.»

Samstundes med plateslepp flyttar Dybedal heim til garden i Selje, der ho og mannen ventar sitt fyrste barn.

«Ein kan skrive musikk uansett kvar ein er i verda. Eg håpar og trur at nærheita med fjella, dyra, og havet vil gje meg mykje inspirasjon. Huset vi skal bu i har vore fylt med musikk igjennom 200 år, og når mannen har bygd studio i lada som står rett ved sidan av, så eg har tru på at dette skal bli rett så festleg.»

“Til kjærleiken” består av åtte låtar skrive over ein periode på 5 år, der fleire av låtane er oversett frå engelsk til norsk. Låtane handlar om nokre av utfordringane igjennom desse åra. Nokre personlege, nokre om det å omstille frå å vere bandmedlem til soloartist, og eit par kjærleiksviser.

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Kakkmaddafakka – Young You

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Kakkmaddafakka er tilbake med ”Young You”, en pianodrevet indie-poplåt som gir et friskt pust til den velkjente sounden til bandet. Kakkmaddafakka har gjennom sin karriere sluppet mangfoldige melankolske, men samtidig dansbare listetoppere.

”Young You” handler om kjærlighet og tap av kjærlighet i hjembyen Bergen og er  andre singel fra Kakkmaddafakkas fjerde studioalbum ”KMF”. Frontfigur Axel Vindenes forklarer: ”Det skjer om igjen og om igjen – du møter den rette personen, bare på helt feil tidspunkt, og veldig ofte alt for tidlig i livet. Denne låten handler om øyeblikket hvor du innser dette og med et tungt hjerte blir nødt til å gjøre det slutt. Du vet det kommer til å gjøre vondt, men du vet også at det er for det beste. Å gjøre det slutt er både en slutt – og en begynnelse.” 

Etter over et tiår med sensasjonelle festivalkonserter og hits på indiedansegulvet, er Kakkmaddafakka fortsatt fulle av rastløs energi, noe som bragte dem popularitet, i tillegg til å demonstrere deres alltid utviklende omfang og dybde i deres forrige singel ”Galapagos”.  Som Noisey/ Vice skriver det: 

“Kakkmaddafakka can get the muddy dance floors of the European festival circuit pumping—but they can prop you up against a tree to lounge in the midsummer sun, too”. ‘Galapagos’ was a hit with fans and critics alike, featured in hundreds of blogs and magazines and played on radio stations the world over.“ 

“KMF” slippes 26.02 på Brilliance Records og Kakkmaddafakka turnerer verden rundt i 2016.

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Niilas – 24OZ

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Sjeldent har man sett en så rask utvikling hos en musiker som hos Niilas, den unge Bergenseren som i år har tatt de klubbscenen med storm. På knapt et år har han rukket å remixe Sondre Lerche, Depresno, Stockhaus, vært gjest i NRK P3 og blitt spilt på BBC1 Radio en rekke ganger. Ute med debut EPn «Memoraids» på Balsa Wood 22. Januar. 

«24Oz» er et resultat av min interesse for detaljer og perkusjon. Når jeg lager en ny låt vil jeg at lytteren skal høre nye detaljer og elementer for hver gang. Låten kan også beskrive stilen min, eller heller mangel på en konkret stil, med sine tre økende basstunge deler. – Niilas

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