IMX Staff Picks :: Airwaves 2016
October 18th, 2016 | In The Spotlight
The office is starting to get a bit noisier, things are heating up while the weather is decidedly cooling down. This can mean only one thing: Iceland Airwaves is about to hit and everyone is getting a bit giddy with the impending madness.
As is customary at this time of year we got the whole IMX team to give their top 4 picks of who we most want to see this year. Staff picks man, gotta love em…
Sigtryggur Baldursson – Head of IMX, Lover Of Bongos.
The poetry slam I only saw a bit of last time but enough to not want to miss it this time. Plus Johnny Rotten will be performing, and I can’t miss that!
The first band to make me take proper heed to rap, apart from public enemy of course. But very creative and unique, the first rappers to sample jazz…
Kött Grá Pje
My favorite cross everything Icelandic Rapper. With due respect to all the others, he is a wierd and wonderful universe onto himself:-)
What can I say, her last record knocked me off my feet and the one before that knocked me off my bike. I literally once fell after a spasmic seizure to one of her songs.
Anna Áshildur – Project Manager, Jedi Master
Doddi (producer: Samaris) is a very very talented musician and all around great guy.
Silla’s show is always breathtaking, definitely something you can’t miss.
Great music for a cozy (cold) November evening.
Megan Horan – Editor, Believer In Unicorns
Gruesome twosome making weird and scrappy electronic music. And if that wasn’t enough Loji’s stage banter is always 5 stars.
With trembling voice and lyrics that could make a grown man cry, the fragility of Jófriður is utterly captivating.
There is something very menacing yet very theatrical about the band. Each show I’ve witnessed has been mesmerising and intriguing. I mean, who doesn’t love being screamed at? Apparently we are all slaves… well, I guess dude has a point.
Julia Holter (USA)
One of my favourite albums from last year, part classical, part low key not-quite-as-bonkers Kate Bush. I’m very interested to see how it translates in a live forum.
Tómas Ísdal – Black Metal Man
Ethereal, dreamy and minimal, Samaris have been my favourite from the local electronic scene since the release of their debut ‘Hljóma þú’ EP. Their live appearances are more common abroad than in Iceland so you would do well not to miss this one.
Apparently the entire Bedroom Community collective is teaming up with the Icelandic symphony orchestra at Harpa on the third of November. I don’t even know what that entails but i’m definitely not going to miss it.
One of the bigger names from the Bedroom Community, and my personal favourite from the collective. Heavy-hitters like ‘By the Throat’ and ‘A U R O R A’ make me very curious to see how his sound translates to a live setting.
Combining industrial and coldwave elements with the ferocity of raw punk, Kælan Mikla sure are a force to be reckoned with. Their music is bleak and melancholic, but surprisingly easy to dance to. An appropriate soundtrack to a shady Reykjavík alley on a Sunday morning.
Dorota Kosela – Intern
I first heard her 12 Tónar, coffee in hand, from the very first moment Sigurlaug’s voice strongly ‘caught my ear’. Luckily, it wasn’t just a one song. The whole debut sounds great and I can’t wait to finally check it finally live.
Purposefully extending the feeling of ephemerality, and softness in music, I would recommend to pop up to Samaris show. After a while in standing in the dark, this Icelandic project get back in a good style. Catchy sounds and pretty characteristic vocals could be pretending to one of the most intimate gigs of forthcoming festival.
After that huge amount of soft, electronic music, you should definitely grab any chance to move your feet more freely. No doubt, a young Dream Wife trio will do it with a blast, free-charging you with a smile and laid-back mood for the whole day!
Leyya with a balmy vocal and smooth touch to the compositions makes you feel comfortable with the melancholy I guess you quite often could hide in front of anyone around. It’s worth a try to leave this attitude behind you without hesitation and let the sounds of Leyya invite you to their mysterious world!