In The Spotlight

Fufanu - On Brink Of World Domination

November 13, 2014 at 12:44pm

For many of us, this year's Iceland Airwaves could be defined by one word: FUFANU. These rising Icelandic stars were formerly known as Captain Fufanu, and at the moment they added drummer Frosti Gnarr to the fold, dropped the 'Captain' and effortlessly changed their sound - from techno to dark, seductive, ambient rock - the key was turned and a rather special door flew open. And with their UK debut kicking off Friday night (November 14th) at the Ja Ja Ja Festival in London, a slot supporting Damon Albarn at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday (November 16th) and confirmation of their appearance at next year's Eurosonic, we think we can safely say that the future is bright - the future is Fufanu.

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Iceland Airwaves Boss Grímur Atlason Brings The Magic!

October 23, 2014 at 12:42pm

Unless you've been residing beneath a large rock, you won't need us to tell you that the super-duper festival Iceland Airwaves is just around the corner! The festival team are busy getting everything ready, the beers are chilling, the dancing shoes have been polished, the blue M&Ms have been removed from the rider and Reykjavik is ready to ROCK from the 5th until the 9th of November. We snuck backstage to have a chat with Iceland Airwaves festival manager Grímur Atlason, who filled us in on everything from the early days of Iceland Airwaves, the struggles of making up the original timetable and he also doled out some special tips for an unforgettable festival experience - our favourite being: keep your feet in order! Read on..

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Lily Of The Valley Take The Spotlight

October 17, 2014 at 12:00am

It's time for us to turn our IMX Spotlight onto super-cool up-and-coming Icelandic folk-poppers Lily Of The Valley. Their contemplative sound has drawn comparisons to Of Monsters And Men and Mumford and Sons, and their tunes have charmed some of the most influential scenesters on the Icelandic ... er... scene, and as a result their music has been played frequently on national radio, their gigs have been abundant and packed-out and their gorgeous song 'I'll Be Waiting' stayed in the national chart for eight weeks, peaking at number 13. There's a lot of love in Iceland for this lot. It's high time they were heard by YOU. Yes, YOU, the one reading this. So let's meet them, shall we?

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Kaleo - Eurosonic, Culture Night And Strong Liquor

October 07, 2014 at 1:22pm

Buzz band alert! Yes, we are turning our dazzling IMX Spotlight onto new rock 'n' roll hopes Kaleo - and believe us, it wasn't easy to pin these chaps down. After exploding onto the rock scene in Iceland, their sound has been taking over the Nordic territories and beyond - as a result, they're getting pre-tty busy. They're playing Iceland Airwaves, they've just been announced for the Eurosonic Noorderslag bill (in case you've been living under a stone, Iceland is next year's focus country at the showcase) and all sorts of other exciting things are afoot. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to rock with Kaleo.

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Berndsen In The Spotlight

September 19, 2014 at 6:32pm

Synth superstar Berndsen is at the heart of the hip Icelandic music scene and he's the artist many a groover wants to work with - he's collaborated with the likes of Hermigervill, Thorunn Antonia and many others - and he has just launched a new project with Icelandic dance maverick Oculus (the new single 'Show Us' is synth-pop perfection). We caught up with him on the eve of his appearance at Reeperbahn Festival to find out more...

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Kiriyama Family In The Spotlight

August 29, 2014 at 11:50am

Electro-pop quintet Kiriyama Family are the latest to step into our dazzling Spotlight - they've been working their magic since 2012 and have a new album pending this autumn! You can sneak a peek by checking out the new video to their gorgeous and dreamy song 'Apart'... We caught up with them (they weren't running too fast) and found out more about who they are, their upcoming release, where that intriguing name comes from and what they would wish for should they happen to meet a genie. (All the important issues investigative journalism should cover, basically.)

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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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