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)
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.
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.
‘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.
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.