Made In Iceland III – IMX

Yes, it's time for the third installment of IMX's regular profile of Icelandic music! Made in Iceland III is a collection of twenty songs from as many bands and artists currently operating out of tiny Iceland, on the outskirts of the North Atlantic. At first listen, they might not seem to have a lot in common, save for the…

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Steve Sampling – Milljón Mismunandi Manns – Kimi

Producer and beatmaker Steve Sampling has released his third album, "Milljón mismunandi manns" (e. Million Different People). As the first two albums were almost purely instrumental, Steve now brings out some of the best mc's and lyricists from Reykjavík's prominent hip hop scene rapping in Icelandic over his signature sample heavy & soulful beats. This is a concept…

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Hjaltalín – Terminal – Borgin

Hjaltalín are Iceland’s newest sensation. Their debut album 'Sleepdrunk Seasons' - released to great acclaim in Iceland in December 2007 - was produced by Benni Hemm Hemm and Gunni Tynes of múm and sold gold in Iceland. The album was released in the rest of Europe in late 2008 and early 2009 and received universally positive praise, including…

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Daníel Bjarnason – Processions – Bedroom Community

Daníel Bjarnason is already a veteran of Iceland’s music scene and his compositions have received international acclaim in recent years. As co-founder and chief conductor of the Ísafold Chamber Orchestra, the 30-year-old composer has recorded two discs of modern classical music on the 12 Tónar label.   Strikingly, there is no discontinuity between his work’s grounding in musical conventions of…

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Ingveldur Ýr – Portrett – Songstudio

This crossover album is the latest from the highly versatile and unique icelandic singer Ingveldur Ýr, accompanied by first class musicians from the Caput Sýrland session ensemble. Featuring classical, pop and musical theater and folk, it includes songs like Dream A Little Dream, the French waltz Les Chemins D'amour and Icelandic folksongs such as Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu, as well…

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Benni Hemm Hemm – Retaliate – Kimi Records

With a move to Edinburgh, Scotland, Benni Hemm Hemm learned  two things. He learnt to speak Scottish and  that it´s just as much fun recording at home as it is to record in the Sigur Rós studio. To practice his recently discovered knowledge Benni made an EP at home with his newly bought home recording gear. This EP is called Retaliate.  Retaliate is…

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Belafonte – Belafonte – Tímaskína

Belafonte’s approach to composition is to borrow from the old and combine it with the new. Fascinated by sounds and harmonies from past eras, their unique brand of indie-electro combines at times with an old jazz standard feel, at others with 70s American funk. The ever-present dramatic undercurrent is unsurprising given the background of members Styrmir Sigurðsson and…

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Rökkurró – Í annan heim – 12 Tónar

Rökkurró's debut album, "Það kólnar í kvöld" was released in late 2007 and received critical acclaim, as well as landing the band a distribution deal in Japan. After countless live performances in Iceland and a few in Europe (playing alongside fellow Icelanders múm), the band headed to the studio in 2009 to record their second full-length album. Dubbed Í…

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Ólafur Arnalds – …and they have escaped the weight of darkness – Erased Tapes

Ólafur Arnalds' second full-length album '...and they have escaped the weight of darkness', continues his mission to lure an indie-generation of pop and rock fans into an emotive world of beguiling electronic chamber music and delicate classical arrangements. The sense of an organic crossover recording is reinforced by the involvement of co-producer Barði Jóhannsson of eccentric pop/rock/electronica-formation Bang…

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JohannG – In English

Composer, arranger and singer Jóhann G. Jóhannsson is one of the pioneers of Icelandic popular music. One of Iceland's most prolific and successful songwriters, he has been active for three decades, and his songs have been recorded by many of the countries most successful recording artists. Many of them have become evergreens in the field of Icelandic pop…

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