Sin Fang – Summer Echoes

It's been only 3 years since Iceland's new king of lo-fi layered lushness, Sindri Már Sigfússon, began his official recording career. “Summer Echoes”, the new and second album of his solo-project Sin Fang (he dropped the “Bous”) is now already his 4th album release (including 2 records of his other musical outlet Seabear) since 2007. The album oscillates…

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Tómas R. Einarsson – Early Latin

The Icelandic bassist/composer Tómas R. Einarsson is best known for his Latin Jazz CDs, recorded in Reykjavik and Havana from 2002 to 2009: Kúbanska, Havana, Romm Tomm Tomm and LIVE! His new CD, Early Latin, is a long awaited compilation of his Latin tunes from 1985 to 2000. It includes his Mambo for ten toes, Tommatumbao, his homage…

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Noise – Divided

The new album from noise, Divided, has been a huge success since its release. It has entered Iceland's-top 10 most sold albums (reaching number 7), and the first single, "A Stab In The Dark", also reached #2 in the top streams section (watch the video to that song here). Noise was formed in early 2001 by brothers Einar…

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Ólöf Arnalds – Innundir Skinni – One Little Indian

Ólöf Arnalds' hotly anticipated new album Innundir Skinni was released through One Little Indian on the 13th September 2010. The new album marks a departure by including three English language songs, including the single Surrender, which also features Björk's distinctive vocals. Of the new album Ólöf has this to say: "With my first record I was more surprised…

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Retro Stefson – Kimbabwe – Kimi Records

Retro Stefson started out as a project in middle school in 2006 and has since become Iceland's top live acts. They made their public debut at the 2006 Iceland Airwaves festival when they were aged between 14-16. Since then the band has played a big part in the Icelandic music scene, gigging regularly all around the country. The band has…

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Original Melody – Back & Fourth

Original Melody is Iceland´s premier hip-hop group. The crew consists of Fonetik Simbol, the producer and dj of the group, who has produced for the likes of Chino XL, Sabaac Red, Shawn Jackson, Blu and a slew of up-and-coming underground artists. Three emcees accompany Fonetik - Immo, Shape, and S.Cro. Each of which is defined by a unique…

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Moses Hightower – Búum til börn

Reykjavík-based soul quartet Moses Hightower released their debut album, Búum til börn (Let's make babies), on July 5, 2010. Starting out in 2007 as the live band for solo chanteuse Dísa the group soon received considerable airplay with the smooth, plain-spoken single that would later become the title track of their critically acclaimed debut. Ever-plagued by being scattered…

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Helgi Valur & The Shemales – Electric Ladyboyland

Singer/songwriter Helgi Valur released his third LP, Electric Ladyboyland, on November 3rd under the project name Helgi Valur & The Shemales. Having previously taken on the topics of faith and race with his 2005 release, Demise of Faith and 2009´s more playful Black Man is God, White man is the Devil, Helgi Valur now tackles the increasingly elusive…

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Gímaldin – Midi Proektif

Midi Proektif is a project totally composed through midi gear, written between 1998 and 2000. Producer gímaldin came into possession of a sound module, with a tiny keyboard and having little or no understanding of midi programming proceeded by manually playing all voices, incorporating almost no afterwork in the sequenser. The music is subsequently a kind of a…

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Malneirophrenia – M

Malneirophrenia used to be called Medectophobia and held its first garage rehearsal in November 1999 in Reykjavík, Iceland. The band played two concerts, recorded a handful of tracks and created one music video before finally resigning in 2002. Medectophobia was a much larger band, with electric guitars and drums and a more traditional lineup, strongly rooted in metal…

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