In The Spotlight

Kiasmos In The Spotlight!

August 25, 2014 at 3:48pm

Kiasmos have been garnering well-deserved attention from the world's music press, and rightly so; consisting of superstar composer Ólafur Arnalds and Faroese maverick Janus Rasmussen, the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup, this act was always going to be something special. They've been hitting the festivals, but 2014 was their year to go deep, get in the studio and work on that all-important debut album, exploring, as they put it, "the area in-between Ólafur’s more acoustic, piano-based solo work and Janus’s synth-heavy electro pop." With their album pending (to be released on October 27th) we thought it was high time we pinned the chaps down for an interrogation. They told us all sorts of interesting things, and also revealed that Ólafur is busy working on a score for the new series of 'Broadchurch' (his music for the UK series won the composer a BAFTA earlier this year). How DO they do it all? Ladies and gentlemen, this is Kiasmos, a truly cosmic collaboration...

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DJ Margeir On That Blue Lagoon Magic!

August 11, 2014 at 12:57pm

DJ Margeir is, as many of you will be well aware, one half of Gluteus Maximus and a founding father of Radio Bongo, from the mighty Kompakt stable - alongside friend and collaborator President Bongo. Margeir is well known for his Blue Lagoon parties, and the hugely popular compilation albums he curates to accompany them. As a club DJ, Margeir has, in his own words, "circled the globe laying down the gospel since the early ‘90s.' His Blue Lagoon baptisms are "legendary, water-borne party sets ferrying crowds to an otherworldly land of musical plenty." We couldn't have put it better ourselves, and that's why we didn't. We're big fans of DJ Margeir AND big fans of the glorious Blue Lagoon, so we managed to pin the man himself down for a chat about his latest release, the third instalment of his Blue Lagoon compilation soundtrack on HFN Music. He also reveals his secret formula...

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Iceland Symphony Orchestra At The BBC Proms!

July 28, 2014 at 1:20pm

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, directed by Ilan Volkov, will make its debut at the Proms this year on Friday 22nd August. The performance will include the UK premiere of Haukur Tómasson's 'Magma'. The event, taking place at London's Royal Albert Hall, will feature music inspired by Iceland's unique geology from two major Icelandic composers - Haukur Tómasson and Jón Leifs. We had a chat with Ilan himself to find out more about this momentous occasion.

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Behind The Scenes At The Nordic Playlist!

July 14, 2014 at 11:35pm

It's hard to believe it's more than six months since the essential Nordic Playlist has been in our lives! Guiding us through the best music from across the Nordic territory and providing us with cracking interviews and, of course, playlists curated by top notch artistes every week, they've swiftly become a staple. We had a chat with Nordic Playlist editor Francine Gorman, who snuck us behind the scenes and revealed what would be on HER playlist...

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Unnstein Manuel Takes A Step Away From Stefson

July 01, 2014 at 10:52am

Retro Stefson star Unnsteinn Manuel - aka Uni Stefson - has launched his own solo project, which is quite a departure from the infectious party grooves he creates with his brother Logi in Retro Stefson. He is now, as he describes himself, "a grown-ass man" after all, and a "rigorously disciplined, constantly evolving musician". Let's hear more about this refreshingly low-key, moody venture from the man himself, shall we? Yes, let's.

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Low Roar Take The Spotlight!

June 16, 2014 at 5:09pm

Those cinematic sound-sculptors Low Roar have graciously stepped into the gleaming IMX Spotlight this week to tell us about their crowd-funding campaign on Pledge Music for new album '0', the follow-up to their dreamy eponymous debut album in 2011. Read on!

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Epic Rain On Somber Air - Track By Track

May 16, 2014 at 4:33pm

Well, do we have a Spotlight for you? (Yes we do. It was a rhetorical question.) We are thrilled to say that we managed to tear the mysterious Epic Rain away from 'kebabs in Berlin' (these popstars!) for a chat. These waltzy hip-hop dark horses also took the time out to tell us all about their new album 'Somber Air', track by track, no less! Read on...

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Samaris In The Spotlight

May 05, 2014 at 3:06pm

Samaris' star keeps on rising, and with good reason - this Icelandic trio is perching deftly on the very cutting edge of electronica and the world is taking note. Alongside Lay Low and MAMMUT, Samaris appears at the Great Escape in Brighton this week, plus they have a fabulous new album out, titled Silkidrangar (Silk Cliffs) We grabbed Jófríður Ákadóttir for a quick chat...

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In The Eye Of The Storm With Mono Town

April 22, 2014 at 10:48am

What a year it’s been for Mono Town! After a lively 2013 which saw them receive international attention which included a spot on KEXP and being hand-picked by The Pixies to join them on their Scandinavian tour, this year started with a bang as their debut album In the Eye of the Storm was released worldwide on CD and LP late January, and the incredibly catchy country-flavoured pop-rock of their 'Peacemaker' single has been a mainstay at the top of the Icelandic charts. Just last week Mono Town received the highest grant from Icelandic non-profit Kraumur Music Fund to support further ventures abroad. The Reykjavík trio of guitarist / lead vocalist Bjarki Sigurðsson and multi-instrumentalists and studio experts, brothers Börkur and Daði Birgissons, are seasoned veterans of the Icelandic music scene and are ready to take on the world with their larger than life tunes. Here they are to tell you all about it.

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Kimono In The Spotlight!

April 06, 2014 at 11:15am

Attention! The fabulous math-rockers Kimono have a brand new single out, titled 'Specters', AND they are celebrating their 13th anniversary by re-releasing their back catalogue of albums on vinyl via the crowd-funding platform Karolina Fund. There are all sorts of goodies you can get if you pledge, so here are the band themselves to tell us all a little bit more about it...

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