IMX Wrap Up :: 2016 :: Who Loved What & Why?
December 5th, 2016 | In The Spotlight
Oh boy, 2016 has been a wild and crazy year, on that almost everyone can agree. We’ve lost many iconic irreplaceable superstars, the world appears to be in the throws of a bonkers shakeup, and some would say we’re heading to hell in a handbasket…
BUT, at least we have music to lift our spirits up. We can always rely on some good music to remedy even the darkest days. Stay strong my friends. We are here to help and feed you musical inspiration to sooth the senses…
We spoke to our Icelandic artist friends, and asked them what their musical highlights were for 2016, one must look for silver linings in even the most furious of clouds.
dj. flugvél og geimskip also moonlights with punk band Skelkur í bringu and had this to say about her musical highlights of 2016:
My favourite gig of 2016 was Norðanpaunk. (Watch a great documentary about the DIY festival here)
Best albums of the year for me were: Andi released by lady boy records and tónlist fyrir kafara by Sindri Freyr, released by möller records.
Snorri Helgason had a great year releasing his wonderful album Vittu til and had this to say about his top pick:
My favourite Icelandic track of the year is Feikn by Moses Hightower.
It’s a simple little folk song (yeah, I know. I’m a sucker for simple little folk songs, so shoot me) but the arrangement and lift it to someplace divine. It’s also the first lead vocal from my friend Danni who is the man behind Moses Hightower’s distinctive and inventive guitar playing.
Jófriður aka JFDR, but also Pascal Pinon, Samaris AND GANGLY (how does she do it…?) :
My music highlights this year were Indriði‘s album Makril out on the lovely Figureight records, aYia‘s release Water Plant and their incredible live show over Iceland Airwaves as well as GKR‘s EP which he released in the form of cereal. So brilliant.
Reykjavíkurdætur have had a crazy year! They released their debit album and literally everyone is talking about them…We asked them about their year:
Cyber is the best new comer and we are still recovering after our Roskilde performance so that would be the best gig.
EinarIndra wrote us a lovely comprehensive list, and we thank him for that:
Here are some of the Icelandic records I like in the year of 2016:
Best of Möller Records Vol. 1 – a collection of great Icelandic electronic music
Ambátt – Flugufen – very smooth jazzy live hip hop
Ceasetone – Two Strangers – interesting up and coming band that has a very cool soundscape
Bistro Boy – Svartir Sandar – a master of sound
Tracks: Vök – Waiting. Gangly – Holy Grounds. Ayia – Water Plant
Gig of the year – Kórus on Iceland Airwaves