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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KJARR

KJARR is a new project lead by Kjartan F. Ólafsson, previously known for his work in duo/trio Ampop (Kjartan is also currently the keyboard player with local rockers, Leaves). While the first single "Beðið eftir sumrinu" (released may 2011) has generated some curiosity among music bloggers and enthusiasts as the song was initially only relased as a radio…

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Árstíðir “Svefns og vöku skil”

Árstíðir is a vocal­-based acoustic band from Reykjavík with a sound unique to the Icelandic music scene. All six members are distinguished players known from various bands in the Reykjavík soundscape. Over the two and a half years since Árstíðir’s formation, the band has released two records praised by trendsetting music critics, enjoyed two number­-one hits on Icelandic…

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Stop That Noise by Hellvar

Stop That Noise is Hellvar's long awaited followup from the critically acclaimed Bat out of Hellvar (released in 2007 by Kimi Records). Hellvar has developed from being a duo of Heiða (from Unun) and Elvar (Dys) into a full band since then and their sound has grown alongside with them. Stop That Noise is a unique album under…

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Gímaldin og félagar – You Are Not The One I Chose

Icelandic folk rock musician gímaldin has released a new feature album as gímaldin og félagar (gimaldin and comrades), titled Þú ert ekki sá sem ég valdi (You Are Not The One I Chose). While mostly having worked solo over the years, gímaldin has also worked with musicians including 5ta herdeildin - an icelandic punk-folk-slash-activist group, operational from 2001…

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Of Monsters And Men – ‘My Head Is An Animal’

Of Monsters and Men have had quite a year. After signing to Record Records just a year after their first gig with their definitive line-up, they headed to the studio in March 2011 with engineer / producer Aron Þór Arnarsson to create the debut album that everyone's talking about. The band's sound is pure and almost entirely acoustic…

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Oddur – Our Place in This

Although perhaps publicly best known for his contribution to the story of Lamb, Oddur’s talents are not only appreciated by his fans but are most definitely recognized and respected amongst the music establishment. Over the years he has worked doing guitar sessions and backing vocals with many key figures in the British music scene including artists such as…

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