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)
The Pygmalion has just announced they are bringing Prins Thomas to the Dublin venue on Sunday May 1st.
The Norwegian producer, musician and DJ gained notoriety for his cosmic electronic disco productions alongside fellow countrymen Todd Terje and Lindstrom. Of late, Thomas has kicked back into release mode with Paradise Goulash DJ mix, Toransu, new tracks and reworkings and Principe Del Norte, a more ambient disco release.
Prins Thomas will do a 3 hour set with support from Colin Perkins, Niall Redmond, Cesar. Expect a bit of everything: “freaky-deaky funk, disco, electro-boogie, italo and other trippy dancefloor delights.”
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.
A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin.
A good cross section of gigs taking place this week with Chic, Marina and the Diamonds, The Joy Formidable, The Rags, Julie Feeney in the National Concert Hall, New Young Pony Club, Frank Turner, a Children Under Hoof BYOB event in the Joinery and ONRA. The State Social takes place in Twisted Pepper on Wednesday night from 11pm with DJ sets from Super Extra Bonus Party, The Cast of Cheers, BATS & more. Also, the Dublin City Soul festival takes place all week – see here for events.
I also have two pairs of passes to giveaway to Ragged Words’ Ruby Suns gig in Twisted Pepper on Thursday. Just leave a comment on the post below saying you want the guestlist before Thursday at noon to be in with a chance.
Wednesday 26th May
– Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance) @ Tripod (€24.50)
– The State Social #5: DJs Super Extra Bonus Party, The Cast of Cheers, BATS & more @ Upstairs, Twisted Pepper (Free, 11pm)
– Maud In Cahoots @ Bewley’s Cafe Theatre (€10)
A selection of nine songs for your long weekend delectation. Enjoy.
The Very Best’s debut album Warm Heart of Africa is out on the 11th of August and while it’s perhaps not as exciting as the mixtape last year, these remixes of the title track which features Ezra from Vampire Weekend are making up for it right now. The Architecture in Helsinki remix is essentially a cover with brass replacing the original’s African guitar sample. It’s awesome. The Metronomy is equally different taking the a snippet of the vocal and putting it through some weird 80s vocoded effect.