Norway is a surprising hotbed of electronic disco talent with the likes of Prins Thomas, Lindstrom and Todd Terje among the names often cited as leading lights of their home country.

Northern Disco Lights is a documentary film coming on April 29th that tells the story of how that happened starting with a group of teenagers in Tromsø who out of boredom and isolation started a music scene, set up radio stations, parties, built synths and made music that spread all over the world.

It features 67 contributing interviewees including Bryan Ferry, Bjørn Torske, Prins Thomas, DJ Strangefuit, Nemone (BBC 6 Music), Mental Overdrive, Idjut Boys, Lindstrøm, Bill Brewster and many more.

Paper Recordings (the label behind the film) will release the soundtrack of the film covering the most seminal tracks from the scene from the scene wihle Lindstrøm’s Closing Shot will feature on a 7″ for Record Store Day, backed with Erot’s ‘Song For Annie’. Erot tragically died at the age of 23 and this tune was instrumental in the Norwegian disco scene.

Northern Disco Lights – Soundtrack

Lindstrøm – Closing Shot (Original Mix)
Biosphere – Novelty Waves (Original Mix)
Doc L Junior – Sentimental Breakdown (Original Mix)
Rune Lindbaek – Ok, Kjor Romskip (Original Mix)
Bjørn Torske – Gullfjellet (Original Mix)
Erot – Song for Annie (Original Mix)
Mungolian Jetset – Moon Jocks Prog Rocks (Todd Terje’s Schlong Tong Vocal Version)
Mungolian Jetset – Quintessential Trip To Bergen (Original Mix)
The Torske / Mundal Explosion – In Disco (Original Mix)
Rune Lindbaek – Junta Jaegar (Original Mix)
Those Norwegians – Kakao (Original Mix)
Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band – Think Twice (Original Mix)
Blackbelt Andersen – Sandoz (Original Mix)
Doc L Junior – Twilight (Original Mix)
Lindstrøm – I Feel Space (Original Mix)
Prins Thomas – Fehrara (Original Mix)
Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas – Boney M Down (Original Mix)
Lindstrøm – Rà-àkõ-st (Todd Terje Extended Edit) (Original Mix)
Bjørn Torske – Møljekalas (Original Mix)
André Bratten – Be A Man You Ant (Original Mix)
Diskobeistet – Birkelunden (Original Mix)

Posted on March 28th, 2017

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After her set at Metropolis this weekend, Shura has released a Lindstrom & Prins Thomas remix of recent album title track ‘Nothing’s Real’.

The Norwegians give the song a superior disco imprint across 8 and a half minutes.

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Shura also has two fine remixes by Four Tet and Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey.

Shura UK Dates

December 5 – Glasgow,Stereo
December 6 – Bristol, Trinity Centre
December 7 – London, Kentish Town Forum
December 9 – Manchester, Manchester Academy 2

Posted on November 7th, 2016

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My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Listen on Spotify

The top songs of the month

  1. Cassius – ‘Action’ feat. Mike D & Cat Power

  2. Hundred Waters – ‘Show Me Love’ (Skrillex remix feat. Chance The Rapper, Robin Hannibal and Moses Sumney)

  3. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Untitled 03 o5.28.2013’

  4. Mark Pritchard feat. Thom Yorke –  ‘Beautiful People’
  5. Empress Of – ‘Woman Is A Word’

  6. Mura Masa – ‘What if I Go?’

  7. Gallant – ‘Bourbon’
  8. M83 – ‘Do It, Try It’

  9. Shit Robot – ‘End Of The Trail’ featuring Alexis Taylor

  10. Christine & The Queens – ‘iT’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9XeN3MSbyk

  11. Burnt Out – ‘Dear James’
  12. Lapsley – ‘Cliff’
  13. Come On Live Long – ‘For The Birds’

  14. Sheer Mag – ‘Nobody’s Baby’

  15. Brame & Hamo – ‘Kebab Dreams’
  16. Whitney – ‘Golden Days’

  17. Mmoths – ‘1709’

  18. Foals – ‘Run’
  19. Rubber Band – Caoutchouc (Soulwax)
  20. Lindstrom – ‘Closing Shot’
  21. Manzana Kicks – ‘In Knots’ 
  22. A.K Paul – ‘Landcruisin’
  23. Cinema – ‘Night Train’
  24. All Tvvins – ‘Unbelieveable’
  25. Carriages – ‘Like A Child’
  26. Lisa O’Neill – ‘Pothole In The Sky’
  27. JMSN – ‘Cruel Intentions’
  28. David August – ‘J.B.Y.’
  29. Kelly Lee Owens – ‘1 of 3’
  30. Silences – ‘There’s A Wolf’


Posted on April 1st, 2016

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Looking for more new music? Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. Updated weekly. Hit the last page for the Soundcloud playlist.


1.

Katharine Philippa

Bieber

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4 Bieber songs in one from the Belfast lady.

Katharine Philippa is one of my favourite Irish artists and one of the most talented I’ve seen play live.

She’s created an excellent mashup cover before this one takes four of Bieber’s songs from his new album Purpose, ‘What Do You Mean’ / ‘Love Yourself’ / ‘I’ll Show You’ / ‘Sorry’ and turns it into a beautifully-sung and arranged tribute to some great pop songs.

Full post.


2.

Bibio

Feeling

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Some daft funk from his seventh album on Warp.

Stephen Wilkinson, who makes music under the name Bibio, has long had a place in my musical heart for his endeavours.

His 2009 Ambulance Avenue album is one I constantly return to.

As happens with artists and fans, we drifted apart a bit but I always found something to like on each successive album. Recently, that relationship has been renewed with the brilliant lilting song ‘Petals’, which I found out today opens his new record, his seventh, A Mineral Love, out on Warp on April Fool’s Day.

‘Feeling’ is the flipside of that quiet contemplative side, his daft smudged funk side. It’s brilliant.

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Posted on January 22nd, 2016

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played on the most recent show.

Listen: Part One | Part Two.


Part one

  1. Underworld – I Exhale (Radio Edit)
  2. Lapsley – Love Is Blind
  3. Bibio – Feeling
  4. Her – Quite Like
  5. Anderson .Paak – Come Down
  6. Guts  – Want It Back (feat. Patrice & The School Voices NYC)
  7. PJ Harvey –  The Wheel [Radio Edit]
  8. Katharine Philippa – Bieber
  9. The Natural History Museum –  Jackdaw is the Kingpin
  10. New Portals – Skyline
  11. Hyphen Hyphen – Just Need Your Love
  12. David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
  13. Savages  – T.I.W.Y.G.

Part two

  1. Rusangano Family –  Heathrow
  2.  The Very Best & Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
  3. Mura Masa – Firefly (feat. Nao)
  4. Toby Kaar – Snapdragon
  5. MMOTHS – Eva
  6. Foals – Give It All (Lindstrom Remix)
  7. Four Tet x Champion – Disparate
  8. Lime – I Don’t Wanna – Lose You (Radio Edit)
  9. Gerry and the Holograms – Gerry & The Holograms (Diplo edit)
  10. Orbital – Belfast (Original Version)
  11. Erykah Badu – Trill friends Whodini
  12. Young Marco – Darwin In Bahia

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on January 22nd, 2016

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‘Give It All’ is one of a clutch of delicate songs on Foals new album What Went Down.

In a similar way, that Hot Chip expanded the creases of ‘My Number’, Norway disco producer Lindstrom has stretched the song to a 12″ maxi single length and injected some of that cosmic disco synth magic to it.

Foals play 3Arena on February 10th 2016 with support from Everything Everything.

Posted on November 10th, 2015

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Bodytonic and Hidden Agenda just threw a spanner in the works for your August bank holiday plans with the reveal of The BeatYard happening in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on August 1st and 2nd.

Music guests include:

Sister Sledge, Lindstrom, Four Tet, Neneh Cherry, Madlib, I Am The Cosmos, Public Service Broadcasting, Barrington Levy, Horse Meat Disco, Midnight Magic, Embrz, RiZA, Craig Charles, DJ Marky, Telephones, Optimo vs. Eamon Harkin (Mister Saturday Night), Sim Simma and more.

There are also a whole lot of food and drink options like 3FE Barista Jam, Big Blue Bus, Teddy’s ice Cream (naturally), Angel Churros, Staple Foods, Suhas Falafel, Brewtonic Beer Hall and Wine-yl Ville.

There’s also Graffiti, The Gamesyard with The Back R.A.G.E and Pinball Parlour; Dub City Sneaks (Dublin’s first sneaker fair), vinyl records, crazy golf and more.

Looks ridiculous.

Early bird tickets are €49+ on sale for the weekend or €29+ per day.

Posted on May 28th, 2015

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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM.

Part One

Songs played

  1. Hot Chip – ‘Huarache Lights’
  2. Lindstrøm & Todd Terje – ‘Lanzarote’
  3. Jape – ‘Absolutely Animals’
  4. Not Squares – ‘Oops Said Hi’
  5. All Tvvins – ‘Thank You’
  6. Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’
  7. Django Django – ‘First Light’
  8. Lapsley – ‘Brownlow’
  9. #throwbackthursday: James Cleveland & The Angelic Choir – ‘Peace Be Still’
  10. Father John Misty – ‘The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.’
  11. Fort Romeau – ‘Not A Word’ (with New Jackson)
  12. Lana Del Rey – ‘Brooklyn Baby’ (YUKSEK remix)

Part Two 

  1. Jamie xx – ‘All Under One Roof Raving’
  2. Tobias Jesso Jr. – ‘How Could You Babe?’
  3. Oh Wonder – ‘Lose It’
  4. Cal Folger Day – ‘Homez A Place’
  5. Bob Moses – ‘I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry’
  6. Sunken Foal – ‘Never Knew’ (ft. Si Schroeder)
  7. Monto – ‘Worlds Apart’
  8. Theesatisfaction – ‘EarthEE’
  9. Ghostface Killah & Badbadnotgood – ‘Six Degrees’ (feat. Danny Brown)
  10. Kaytranada – ‘Drive Me Crazy’ (feat. Vic Mensa)
  11. Yumi Zouma – ‘Song for Zoe & Gwen’
  12. Cloud – ‘Melting Cassatt’
  13. Murlo – ‘Jasmine’ (feat. Gemma Dunleavy)

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on February 27th, 2015

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The Norwegian producer Lindstrøm has spent the last few years doing quality remixes, providing production on tracks for Say Lou Lou’s ‘Game For Girls’, generally easing off on working with his close partner Prins Thomas, releasing his last 2012 solo album Smalhans and working with Todd Terje on edits of ‘Ra-Ako-St’ / ‘Eg-Ged-Osis’ and the brilliant ‘Lanzarote’ the latter of which are particularly worthy for DJs.

With the rise in popularity of the fellow Norwegian Terje, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Hans-Peter Lindstrøm was wondering if he could grab a piece of that pie. He’s got the chops as we know and for his first original track in two years, ‘Home Tonight’, teaming up with Skin Town vocalist Grace Hall, he delivers a nine-minute slice of bouncing synth disco that recalls a lot of what Terje has been doing – that’s no surprise the pair have a close kinship. It means there’s suddenly a whole new audience who were unaware of Lindstrøm’s out there to discover tracks like ‘Home Tonight’:

Lindstrøm will be releasing more music this year as Runddans, a studio collaborative album with Todd Rundgren and Emil Nikolaisen.

Posted on February 26th, 2015

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Say Lou Lou and Lindstrøm’s disco earworm now has a video by Dimitri Basil (he was responsible for this) which features video collective Welcome to Cult and the pair in LA altering billboards (their own) and pranking people and art galleries. Except the Miranda and Elektra’s model prettiness gets in the way for most of the video. Great track though.

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

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Tracks of the Week playlist


1. Alt-J – ‘Every Other Freckle’

The third preview from the band’s new album This Is All Yours, is a cross between An Awesome Wave style dynamics, English folk, Oompa Loompa chants and electronica with libidinous lyrics suggesting Joe Newman wants to “turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet.”


2. Clu – ‘Mirrors’

The video directed by Freeney serves as a chassis for a potent mix of music (an amalgamation of bass / garage / post-dubstep) , visual (cinematic sumptuous imagery), interpretive dancing and colour that makes for an impressive display of art in total.

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3. Lindstrøm x Say Lou Lou – ‘Games For Girls’

Norwegian producer Lindstrøm has teamed up on a disco stomper with Aussie/Swedish sisters Say Lou Lou called ‘Games For Girls’.


4. Kaytranada – ‘Leave Me Alone’ (feat. Shay Lia)

Montreal producer Kaytranada has been one of my favourite new discoveries of the last year or so via his remixes and his sliver of original tracks. He’s signed to release on XL Recordings and the first taster from the EP, So Bad is this rolling R&B track featuring Shay Lia on the vocals.


5. Kindness – ‘World Restart’ featuring Kelela & Ade

A new Kindness album is on the way.. Exciting.


6. Sam Amidon – ‘Walkin’ Boss’

Vermont’s Sam Amidon is one of the few American folk singers who equally at home delving into rich archive of folk music whether the song is of Appalachian origin or first sung in Derry.

Lily-O, like his last album Bright Sunny South, will feature some reimagined folk songs including ‘Walkin’ Boss’, one of the first songs Amidon learnt to play on the banjo after playing along to a recording of Jeff Davis playing the song as a teenager.


7. Seafret – ‘Give Me Something’

Coming on like a male-fronted cover version of Daughter, ‘Give Me Something’ is a gentle folk song from the Yorkshire duo Seafret.


8. Sinead Harnett – ‘Paradise’

Disclosure and Rudimental vocalist releases a fresh track from her new EP.


9. The Juan MacLean – ‘A Simple Design’

Juan Maclean and Nancy Whang have been on a roll of late, on a series of a singles leading up to their new album, In a Dream, out on DFA Records next month out September 12/15/16. The new single is a solid electro-disco groover with Whang providing some stellar vocals.


10. My Brightest Diamond – ‘Lover/Killer’

A track from Shar Worden’s marching band-inspired album This Is My Hand.

Posted on August 18th, 2014

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Norwegian producer Lindstrøm has teamed up on a disco stomper with Aussie/Swedish sisters Say Lou Lou called ‘Games For Girls’.

It’s nice to hear Say Lou Lou ditch their somewhat jaded sound for a more upbeat dance workout. This one features on the duo’s debut which isn’t out til February. This tune isn’t out til October 12th either. Still, it’s lots o’ fun.

Posted on August 11th, 2014

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The creepy jerky video by Kris Moyes for the relatively serene ‘Gun-Shy’ from last year’s Grizzly Bear album Shields finds the band getting various surgical and medical samples taken from them at a very pleasant-looking location (Taylor’s house).

The idea came from a question:- if the creative energy of any living organism could be seen, what would it look like? Ed, Daniel, T and Bear demonstrate where their creative energy is located by extracting their hair, nails, skin, sweat, tears and blood. This is an invitation for a very rare glimpse of what creative energy could look like on a molecular level, if it could be seen.

More explaining.
Download the Lindstrom remix →

Posted on January 28th, 2013

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