In The Spotlight

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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Akureyri Scene Report

June 04, 2014 at 2:20am

In the small and relaxed town of Akureyri a generation of inspired and talented artists has been making some of Iceland's best current music away from the spotlight. We took a closer look at this hotbed of exciting music.

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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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ADHD: 'Supergroup? Really?'

March 20, 2014 at 1:44pm

Those chaps in Icelandic alt-jazz group ADHD are nothing if not modest. But the fact is, all of them are star musicians in their own right and names that will be familiar to many - go-to drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, sax king Óskar Guðjónsson, the iconic guitarist Ómar Guðjónsson and the brilliant Davíð Þór Jónsson on keys. They have a short tour of Germany in May and a new album in the works - not to mention a documentary film - and the atmosphere and sound they conjure onstage is unparalleled, spirited, and definitely defies the usual 'Icelandic music' cliches that are tagged on to bands from these chilly climes. We have no idea how drummer Maggi made time for a chat with us (he plays with EVERYONE, including the mighty Moses Hightower) but he did, and for that we must salute him. Read on!

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Mammút: 'M Is A Beautiful Letter'

March 08, 2014 at 8:46am

After a fantastic 2013 which saw the release of the long-awaited album 'Komdu til mín svarta systir’, it was high time we caught up with those crazy kids Mammút for a chat! They are soon to appear at Harpa for STOPP! - a concert in aid of Icelandic conservation with a bill that also features Björk, Patti Smith and Of Monsters And Men (we know! Swoons all round!) and they've got a busy year ahead - but they still made time to answer our questions. Read on, dear reader!

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