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.
The Norwegian producer Lindstrøm has spent the last few years doing qualityremixes, 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A good old-fashioned disco dub workout by Lindstrom & Prins Thomas serves as a b-side for Twin Sister’s tour 12″ single which features the Balam Acab remix below on the A-side. Buy it at Domino. It’s released at the end of January.