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Nordic Playlist

Week 29

Sune Rose Wagner

The Raveonettes

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INTERVIEW

If there’s one thing better than the end of a long wait for a new album, it’s when a band decides to release a brand new, unannounced, unexpected record!

The Raveonettes have just unleashed their seventh album upon the world, with no prior warning other than a recently unveiled download of new track ‘Sisters’ – and what a return it is! Denmark’s Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo – the minds behind the operation – released their first record back in 2003, the critically acclaimed and i...

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Artist

  1. Cedar Lane First Aid Kit [SWE]
  2. Gunshot Lykke Li [SWE]
  3. Higher Ground Cats on Fire [FIN]
  4. Militskvinder Kliche [DEN]
  5. Second Soul Disco Ensemble [FIN]
  6. The Sun Always Shines On TV A-ha [NOR]
  7. I Hate You Singapore Sling [ICE]
  8. Hit The Sugarcubes [ICE]
  9. What’s Going On Superheroes [DEN]
  10. Freezing Moon Mayhem [NOR]

Week 28

Janove Ottesen

Kaizers Orchestra

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INTERVIEW

Since 2001, vocalist and songwriter Janove Ottesen has fronted one of Norway’s most successful bands, and is now set to embark on a number of new, exciting projects within the world of music.

Janove has played the part of vocalist and songwriter for the renowned Kaizers Orchestra throughout the band’s lifetime, and has also released work as a solo artist in the shape of 2004′s Francis’ Lonely Nights. Not only that, but he’s produced albums for other carefully selected Norwegian arti...

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Artist

  1. Rocket Brothers Kashmir [DEN]
  2. Say You'll Be There MØ [DEN]
  3. It's Oh So Quiet Björk [ICE]
  4. Leyndarmál Ásgeir [ICE]
  5. Emmylou First Aid Kit [SWE]
  6. Gravitation Kent [SWE]
  7. Campfire Satellite Stories [FIN]
  8. Laws of Gravity Rubik [FIN]
  9. Brothel Susanne Sundfør [NOR]
  10. Lonesome Town Real Ones [NOR]

Week 27

Kamilla Ingibergsdóttir

Iceland Airwaves

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INTERVIEW

Iceland Airwaves is a festival which revels in bringing the best new Icelandic music to the forefront, and it’s set to return this coming November, bigger and better than ever!

The premier music event in Iceland’s busy cultural calendar, Iceland Airwaves has in recent years hosted shows from Sigur Rós, Robyn, Of Monsters and Men and Kraftwerk, along with hundreds of performances from some of the world’s most exciting, emerging artists. This year provides no exception, with local tal...

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Artist

  1. Color Decay Júníus Meyvant [ICE]
  2. Abc Grísalappalísa [ICE]
  3. Specters Kimono [ICE]
  4. Tell A Lie Farao [NOR]
  5. Over Alice Boman [SWE]
  6. Grown Up Emilie Nicolas [NOR]
  7. Memories Jaakko Eino Kalevi [FIN]
  8. Aftermath (feat. Nina K) Tomas Barfod [DEN]
  9. Brighter Days FM Belfast [ICE]
  10. Prophet Zhala [SWE]

Week 26

Claes Olsen

Booker / Øya Festival / Oslo

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INTERVIEW

With the first edition taking place back in 1999, Oslo’s Øya Festival has since then grown year upon year to become one of the Nordic region’s most highly regarded festivals.

The 2013 edition – which featured performances from The Knife, Goat, Blur and Kendrick Lamar – was widely regarded as the festival’s most successful event so far, cementing its reputation as one of the best in the world for combining homegrown talent with some of music’s biggest names.

Øya Festival is now set r...

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Artist

  1. Do It Again Röyksopp & Robyn [NOR/SWE]
  2. I'd Ask Them Mugison [ICE]
  3. Lost Weight, Perfect Skin Lower [DEN]
  4. Be My Yoko Ono Reptile Youth [DEN]
  5. Klapp Klapp Little Dragon [SWE]
  6. Don't Wait Mapei [SWE]
  7. #61 INVSN [SWE]
  8. Spiral Todd Terje [NOR]
  9. One Plus One Makes One Out Of Two Hanne Kolstø [NOR]
  10. Snow King Midas [NOR]

Week 25

Highasakite

Norway

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INTERVIEW

Highasakite have had a phenomenal year so far – a year packed with international touring, critical acclaim and to top it all off, a number one album.

The Norwegian collective released their debut album All That Floats Will Rain back in 2012 and multiple tours ensued, leading the band away from their native Oslo to visit the States, the UK and to take their beautifully crafted, outstanding live show on the road.

Two years later, and their long awaited follow up album Silent Treatment...

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Artist

  1. Dýrð í dauðaþögn Ásgeir [ICE]
  2. No Mythologies To Follow MØ [DEN]
  3. Christmas Fire The Deer Tracks [SWE]
  4. Sleep/Swim Múm [ICE]
  5. I Follow Rivers Lykke Li [SWE]
  6. Ný Batterí Sigur Ròs [ICE]
  7. Marching To The Heartbeats Cult of Luna [SWE]
  8. The Brothel Susanne Sundfør [NOR]
  9. There Is No Light Wildbirds And Peacedrums [SWE]
  10. Just A Little Bit More 22 Pistepirkko [FIN]
  11. Eurosport John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen [NOR]
  12. Magic Kids Indians [DEN]

Week 24

Tuomas Kallio

Flow Festival / Artistic Director

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INTERVIEW

Since 2004, an annual event has taken over a disused power plant in an industrial corner of the Finnish capital, creating a unique universe where incredible music is fused with food, art and a rare and special atmosphere.

Over the past 10 years, Helsinki’s Flow Festival has become recognised as one of the most interesting and pioneering festivals around. Its focus is not purely on the music programme (although each year, the musical line-up seems able to shift from exceptional to ex...

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Artist

  1. Alempana Kuin Enkelit Kemialliset Ystävät [FIN]
  2. Oak Tree Mirel Wagner [FIN]
  3. Burning Bridges For Fuel Nina Persson [SWE]
  4. Shopping Trance Siinai [FIN]
  5. Restless Wind Jenny Wilson [SWE]
  6. Klapp Klapp Little Dragon [SWE]
  7. Keep Looking Up Tuomo [FIN]
  8. Don't Wanna Dance MØ [DEN]
  9. Restless Kakkmaddafakka [NOR]
  10. Beibe Mopo [FIN]

Week 23

Neneh Cherry

Singer / Songwriter / Performer

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INTERVIEW

Returning with a brand new album earlier this year, iconic Swedish musician Neneh Cherry didn’t just tiptoe back towards the music scene, she strode – full charge and top pace – back to the centre stage, bringing a dazzling list of collaborators with her.

Having kicked off her career with the now classic track ‘Buffalo Stance’, Neneh has since gone on to perform alongside the likes of Pulp, Gorillaz, Groove Armada, Kleerup, and CirKus, releasing her last solo album Man back in 1996....

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Artist

  1. Ridin Round (Sky High) Fatima [SWE]
  2. Let Go Little Dragon [SWE]
  3. Monument Robyn [SWE] & Röyskopp [NOR]
  4. In My Own House Astrid Swan [FIN]
  5. XXX88 MØ [DEN]
  6. Open Rhye [DEN]
  7. Glow Retro Stefson [ICE]
  8. Tookah Emiliana Torrini [ICE]
  9. Sounds Like A Sandwish The Thing [NOR / SWE]
  10. Lifeissin Carmen Villain [NOR]

Week 22

Shout Out Louds

Adam Olenius / Lead Singer

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INTERVIEW

Hailed as one of Sweden’s most exciting live bands, we’re very excited to welcome the Shout Out Louds aboard as the curators of this week’s Nordic Playlist!

The past 12 months have been incredibly busy for the band, seeing them celebrate not only 10 years since the launch of their first album, but also the release of their fantastic fourth record Optica.

Loved for their inventive indie pop and adored for the boundless energy that they bring to their live performances, Stockholm’s fi...

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Artist

  1. Birthday Sugarcubes [ICE]
  2. Hoppípolla Sigur Rós [ICE]
  3. Intentions The Whitest Boy Alive [NOR]
  4. Strandbar Todd Terje [NOR]
  5. Heaven’s on Fire Radio Dept [SWE]
  6. Mount Everest November [SWE]
  7. Den Jeg Elsker Sanne Salomonsen [DEN]
  8. Love Like This Kant [DEN]
  9. Sandstorm Darude [FIN]
  10. Higher Grounds Cats On Fire [FIN]

Week 21

Teitur

Musician / Songwriter / Performer

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INTERVIEW

One of the most prominent musicians ever to emerge from the Faroe Islands, Hoyvík native Teitur Lassen first came to the world’s attention with his debut album Poetry & Aeroplanes back in 2003.

Following on from these early steps, Teitur has remained versatile and inventive throughout his musical career, becoming renowned for his ability to add heart-wrenching tones and melodies to delicately woven, stories and lyrics. A decade after his debut release, Teitur returned to release his...

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Artist

  1. Lacrimosa Bent Sorensen, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier [DEN]
  2. Room Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children [GR]
  3. The Mega Song Mads Björn [DEN]
  4. Við teimum kvirru gráu Hamferð [FO]
  5. Unknown Allan Tausen [FO/GR]
  6. Big Reveal Valgeir Sigurðsson [ICE]
  7. Halo Ane Brun [NOR], Linnea Olsson [SWE]
  8. La Prima Estate Erlend Øye [NOR]
  9. Lost Landscapes: I. Tanglewood Einojuhani Rautavaara, Pekka Kuusisto, Paavali Jumppanen [FIN]
  10. Orfeus og evridís Ólöf Arnalds [ICE]
  11. Jag är på väg till dig Tomas Andersson Wij [SWE]

Week 20

Tomas Barfod

Musician / Producer

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As talented when placed at the forefront of his electronic universe as he is when he’s sat behind the drums or the sound desk, Tomas Barfod has spent the last few years honing his reputation as one of Denmark’s most creative musicians.

He’s an esteemed producer, a member of the almighty Danish outfit WhoMadeWho and the producer of albums for a number of promising artists emerging around the world. With an insatiable appetite for an incredibly exciting music scene, 2014 is surely se...

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Artist

  1. Heaven Is Above Us Sleep Party People [DEN]
  2. Ilsa Drown Death Vessel ft. Jónsi [US/ICE]
  3. Can't Be Love Sekuoia [DEN]
  4. Mirror Maru Cashmere Cat [NOR]
  5. Hello Axel Boman [SWE]
  6. Pyramids (Rose Out Of Our Pain) Jenny Wilson [SWE]
  7. Delorean Dynamite - Disco Mix Todd Terje [NOR]
  8. Hard Feeling (M.E.S.H Promiis Mix) Renaissance Man & Me.Sh [FIN]
  9. Tree House (Clouds Remix) Husky Rescue [FIN]
  10. Crossfade (Gluteus Maximus Mix) GusGus [ICE]

Week 19

Ólafur Arnalds

Songwriter / Musician / Composer

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INTERVIEW

Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds is a pure and rare talent, harbouring the ability to shift and fuse genres with a fluency rarely seen before.

He has a unique gift for blending sounds, tones and emotions in each style that he decides to employ, and has become widely respected for his chameleon-like ability to take his work from theatres to clubs, and on to the world’s most renowned stages.

Since releasing his debut album Eulogy For Evolution in 2007, Ólafur has gone on to release t...

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Artist

  1. Käppee Värttinä [FIN]
  2. McCanick Jóhann Jóhansson [ICE]
  3. Dorian Agnes Obel [DEN]
  4. Dreams Today Efterklang [DEN]
  5. Stay Alive Jose Gonzalez [SWE]
  6. Yr Heart Isn’t a Heart Einar Stray [NOR]
  7. I Feel You Hjaltalín [ICE]
  8. Cargo Mika Vainio [FIN]
  9. Norðlýsið Byrta [FO]
  10. Burning The Whitest Boy Alive [NOR]
  11. Score Music Sakaris [FO]
  12. A Dance Like We Used To Moto Boy [SWE]

Week 18

Lordi

Mr. Lordi / Lead Vocalist

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INTERVIEW

In the 22 years since creating the first demo, Finland’s Lordi has grown from a solo project into an iconic hard rock outfit, known for extravagantly monstrous live shows and for becoming the first ever Finnish act to win the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2006.

With this year’s edition of Eurovision just around the corner, we decided to catch up with the leader of one of our favourite ever entrants (and victors!) to find out more about the hard rock scene which spawned and inspire...

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Artist

  1. Skuggakvædi Dimma [ICE]
  2. 10,000 Lovers TNT [NOR]
  3. Do Ya Wanna Taste It Wig Wam [NOR]
  4. Family Ghost King Diamond [DEN]
  5. Sleepless Nights King Diamond [DEN]
  6. Get You On The Run Treat [SWE]
  7. 24/7 Sister Sin [SWE]
  8. Night On Fire Reckless Love [FIN]
  9. Too Hot To Rock Iron Cross [FIN]
  10. Marttyyrin Aika Martti Servo & Napander [FIN]

Week 17

Esben Marcher

SPOT Festival

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INTERVIEW

Each year, the vibrant town of Århus, Denmark experiences a musical invasion, as the city’s SPOT Festival opens its doors to Danish music fans, presenting the best new music emerging from the Nordic region.

Returning on the 1st May for its 16th edition, the festival has this year expanded to include not only its coveted music showcases and conference, but also an interactive and film programme. More than 120 concerts are lined up to take place, so who better to guide us through the ...

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Artist

  1. O Everyone Chorus Grant [DEN]
  2. Tension Vök [ICE]
  3. Tangerine Electric Eye [NOR]
  4. Älgen Amason [SWE]
  5. No End Jaakko Eino Kalevi [FIN]
  6. Hver er ég? Grísalappalísa [ICE]
  7. Come Closer Treefight For Sunlight [DEN]
  8. Pstereo Emilie Nicholas [NOR]
  9. Gold Delay Trees [FIN]
  10. Never Wanted To Be Sumie [SWE]

Week 16

Oh Land

Nanna Øland Fabricius

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INTERVIEW

Unique, colourful and unconventional, singer/songwriter/producer Oh Land has spent her career not only pushing artistic boundaries, but playing with them – moulding them into rare, distinct shapes to allow herself to combine music with her love of visual expression.

A native of Denmark’s capital, Oh Land – also known as Nanna Øland Fabricius - is a Copenhagen girl with an explorer’s heart, one which has led her to travel the world with her music, touring with the likes of Katy Perry...

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Artist

  1. Twice Little Dragon [SWE]
  2. Play iamamiwhoami [SWE]
  3. In And Out Of Weeks Highasakite [NOR]
  4. Halo Ane Brun [NOR]
  5. Strange Ears Asbjørn [DEN]
  6. Rush (ft. Tobias Buch) Kasper Bjørke [DEN]
  7. Josephine Teitur [FO]
  8. Land Of Darkness Mikko Joensuu [FIN]
  9. Going Home Ásgeir Trausti [ICE]
  10. Tookah Emiliana Torrini [ICE]

Week 15

Von Hertzen Brothers

Mikko Von Hertzen / Vocals & Guitar

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INTERVIEW

Consisting of “three brothers and two others”, Finnish rock outfit the Von Hertzen Brothers have been busily creating their celebrated brand of rock music for the last 14 years.

During that time, they’ve topped the album charts in their native Finland twice, with their latest album – their fifth release Nine Lives – hitting the number two spot. They’ve worked alongside other Finnish masterminds such as Pepé Deluxe and the recently disbanded Rubik on various projects, as well as supp...

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Artist

  1. Oslo Skyline Jaga Jazzist, Live with Britten Sinfonia [NOR]
  2. Hell, Part: 7 Victim Of Rock Motorpsycho [NOR]
  3. 156 Mew [DEN]
  4. Don't Leave Me But Leave Me Alone Tim Christensen [DEN]
  5. Tookah Emiliana Torrini [ICE]
  6. Kveikur Sigur Ròs [ICE]
  7. liian Aikaisin Yona [FIN]
  8. Melody K-X-P [FIN]
  9. Panda Dungen [SWE]
  10. Little Star Stina Nordenstam [SWE]

Week 14

Lemaitre

Ulrik Denizou Lund

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INTERVIEW

Norwegian electro duo Lemaitre have had an incredible past 12 months…

They released their fourth EP Relativity 3 as well as a remix EP, they performed far and wide – from Roskilde Festival to London’s iconic club Fabric – and they topped their year off by signing to legendary label Astralwerks, home to the likes of Swedish House Mafia, The Chemical Brothers and Deadmau5. And that’s not even mentioning their series of performances at this year’s South by South West Festival, or the r...

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Artist

  1. Staralfur Sigur Rós [ICE]
  2. Svefn-g-englar Sigur Rós [ICE]
  3. Rice Rain Cashmere Cat [NOR]
  4. Sparks Røyksopp [NOR]
  5. Kids Mikky Ekko (Oliver Nelson Remix) [SWE]
  6. Let Go JJ [SWE]
  7. Sound of Love Husky Rescue [FIN]
  8. Bleeding For Your Love Suvi [FIN]
  9. XXX 88 ft. Diplo (Joe Hertz Remix) MØ [DEN]
  10. Miss You Trentemøller [DEN]

Week 13

Stefan Gejsing

Roskilde Festival

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To celebrate the release of the full line up for Roskilde Festival 2014, we have a very special Nordic Playlist in place this week – curated by none other than the festival’s chief booker!

Stefan Gejsing has been inviting incredible bands to grace the stages of the legendary Roskilde Festival since 2007, and has now revealed the full line up for the much anticipated 2014 edition. Alongside internationally renowned artists such as The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys and Major Lazer, you’ll find...

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Artist

  1. Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone Lykke Li [SWE]
  2. A Safe Passage Bombus [SWE]
  3. Liquid Fire Kindred Fever [NOR]
  4. Wedding Bells Cashmere Cat [NOR]
  5. Wolves Chorus Grant [DEN]
  6. Undertaker The Awesome Welles [DEN]
  7. Anatomy Jaakko Eino Kalevi [FIN]
  8. K Dark Buddha Rising [FIN]
  9. Góða tungl Samaris [ICE]
  10. Have You Seen This Girl Anywhere? Just Another Snake Cult [ICE]

Week 12

Jenny Wilson

Musician / Performer / Songwriter

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INTERVIEW

This week’s Nordic Playlist curator is an artist who has spent her career inspiring fans and fellow musician alike.

We’re very excited to reveal that it’s Sweden’s Jenny Wilson who will be introducing us to some of her favourite Nordic artists in a brand new edition of the Nordic Playlist – an artist whose boundless passion and ambition has made her one of the most respected performers in her field, and whose artistic drive often incites her music to transcend the sonic realm and e...

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Artist

  1. Dead Mantra Dead Skeletons [ICE]
  2. Te Morituri Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson & Sigur Rós [ICE]
  3. String of Everything Mariam The Believer [SWE]
  4. Crystalfilm Little Dragon [SWE]
  5. Like This Linkoban [DEN]
  6. Pilgrim MØ [DEN]
  7. Burning Whitest Boy Alive [NOR]
  8. Dino$aurer Yoguttene [NOR]
  9. Girl Jaakko Eino Kalev [FIN]
  10. Munich 1972 Siinai [FIN]

Week 11

Emilíana Torrini

Singer / Songwriter / Performer

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INTERVIEW

This week’s Nordic Playlist curator has had an amazing career to date – she’s a former member of Icelandic supergroup Gus Gus, has co-written tracks for the likes of Kylie Minogue, performed a track for the Lord of The Rings film, but is above all known for her acclaimed solo work and songwriting.

A remarkable musician, this week’s curator is Icelandic musician Emilíana Torrini – a singer who retains a statement style in each track and album that she makes, creating songs that are a...

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Artist

  1. Letter to... Hjaltalín [ICE]
  2. Solitude IV. Selge Ruh Daniel Bjarnason [ICE]
  3. Riverside Agnes Obel [DEN]
  4. Elsa Palma CTM [DEN]
  5. Limbo Sin Cos Tan [FIN]
  6. Letting Go [Original Mix] Kitkaliito [FIN]
  7. October Jonas Alaska [NOR]
  8. Mephisto in the water Jenny Hval [NOR]
  9. Blood Donation Mariam The Believer [SWE]
  10. Ritual Union Little Dragon [SWE]

Week 10

Redrama

Rapper / Writer / Producer

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INTERVIEW

Hot on the heels of releasing his fourth full length album Reflection, we’re very excited to announce that Helsinki based rapper, producer and creator Redrama is the curator of this week’s Nordic Playlist!

One of the most established and prolific artists in the Finnish hip hop scene, Redrama has spent his career perfecting his craft and collaborating with the likes of Norway’s Madcon, Sweden’s Lazee and Finnish peer Paleface. On his new album – which jumped straight into Finland’s t...

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Artist

  1. Ubiquitous You Tuomo [FIN]
  2. Älä Tyri Nyt Jukka Poika [FIN]
  3. Gå Hem Oskar Linnros [SWE]
  4. Spring Timbuktu [SWE]
  5. Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz [NOR]
  6. Soul Searching Nico D [NOR]
  7. Elephant Mads Langer [DEN]
  8. Never Played The Bass Nabiha [DEN]
  9. Army Of Me Björk [ICE]
  10. King And Cross Ásgeir [ICE]

Week 9

Francine Gorman

Editor of Nordic Playlist

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NORDIC MUSIC PRIZE SPECIAL

The fourth Nordic Music Prize was distributed on Saturday night, to award one record with the prestigious title of the best Nordic album of the year!

Held at an event in Sentrum Scene in the middle of Oslo’s annual by:Larm Festival, the offering of this award gives an overview of what’s considered to be some of the best music made in the region in recent months, honouring the most creative and talented artists from the Nordic countries. The prize winner was selected...

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Artist

  1. Full Of Fire The Knife [SWE]
  2. Mephisto In The Water Jenny Hval [NOR]
  3. My Sun Mona & Maria [NOR]
  4. Kaktos Atlanter [NOR]
  5. Night Children Death Hawks [FIN]
  6. Mia Minä Ja Ville Ahonen [FIN]
  7. I Feel You Hjaltalín [ICE]
  8. Toothwheels múm [ICE]
  9. The Future Jenny Wilson [SWE]
  10. Ecstasy Iceage [DEN]
  11. The Fall Rhye [DEN]
  12. Op Ad Dine Lår Synd Og Skam [DEN]

Week 8

Brian Batz

Sleep Party People / Scarlet Chives / Producer

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INTERVIEW

It was back in 2010 that we heard the first whisperings from Brian Batz’s Sleep Party People - a project playing host to dreamy soundscapes, ethereal vocals and an unforgettable live set up where Brian and his band sport stark, black outfits with striking white bunny masks.

Having caused a stir on the live circuit throughout Europe, the self-titled debut album from Sleep Party People was released and was followed by a second album – the critically acclaimed We Were Drifting On A Sad...

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Artist

  1. Haluan Sinut Regina [FIN]
  2. Four Notes Petri Kuljuntausta [FIN]
  3. Blue Skies Dråpe [NOR]
  4. Selina's Melodie Fountain Serena-Maneesh [NOR]
  5. The Swollen Map Pinkunoizu [DEN]
  6. Windshield Cody [DEN]
  7. Fireworks Stina Nordenstam [SWE]
  8. You Burn I Break Horses [SWE]
  9. Stones Disa [ICE]
  10. Erla's Waltz Ólafur Arnalds [ICE]

Week 7

Joakim Haugland

by:Larm Festival / Smalltown Supersound

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INTERVIEW

Having founded the seminal record label Smalltown Supersound at the age of just 16, Norway’s Joakim Haugland has gone on to release records from some of the Nordic region’s most prominent artists, including Lindstrøm and Annie, and not forgetting legendary Swedish singer Neneh Cherry’s forthcoming album.

As well as running Smalltown Supersound, Joakim is also the Festival Programmer for the annual showcase festival and music conference by:Larm, an unmissable event which takes place ...

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Artist

  1. Ain't Got Nobody Sísy Ey [ICE]
  2. Orar Hjalmar [ICE]
  3. Mine Armer Vilde Tuv [NOR]
  4. Libra (Original mix) Andre Bratten [NOR]
  5. But There Has To Be More Lower [DEN]
  6. Told You So Christopher [DEN]
  7. Lovesong #1 Tussilago [SWE]
  8. Breaking Silence Lust For Youth [SWE]
  9. Memories Jaakko Eino Kalevi [FIN]
  10. Older Shine 2009 [FIN]

Week 6

Sondre Lerche

Musician

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INTERVIEW

Sondre Lerche is a rare treasure of an artist, one with seemingly boundless creative limits and an insatiable appetite for exploring new sounds and styles.

The Norwegian artist – who has come to be known as one of the country’s most inventive, prolific and imaginative musicians – is now based between Norway and New York, where he has spent the last few years spreading his artistic wings and working on projects ranging from film soundtracks to jazz records, personal albums to cover ...

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Artist

  1. Sergels Torg Veronica Maggio [SWE]
  2. Du Ar For Fin For Mej Dungen [SWE]
  3. Horse Quadron [DEN]
  4. Modern Drift Efterklang [DEN]
  5. Nytt Verdensrommet [NOR]
  6. Disco Impaler Bloody Beach [NOR]
  7. Surrender Ólöf Arnalds [ICE]
  8. Speed Of Dark Emiliana Torrini [ICE]
  9. Melody K-X-P [FIN]
  10. Barefoot Not Naked Uusi Fantasia [FIN] feat Eirik Bøe [NOR]

Week 5

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir

Vocalist / Of Monsters And Men

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INTERVIEW

By now, it’s more than likely that you’ll have heard of the Icelandic musical sensation that is Of Monsters And Men.

Their track ’Little Talks’ propelled the group to international success upon its release in 2012, and the band went on to become the second Icelandic recording artist in history (following Björk) to achieve platinum sales in the US with their record My Head is An Animal.

The group – comprising “five day dreamers” and the sumptuous vocals of the fantastically talented ...

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Artist

  1. A Sudden Sickness Nils Bech [NOR]
  2. Finally 1982 Philco Fiction [NOR]
  3. No Death Mirel Wagner [FIN]
  4. Escape In The Afternoon French Films [FIN]
  5. Mountains Crave Anna von Hausswolff [SWE]
  6. Killing Switch Last Lynx [SWE]
  7. Magic Kids Indians [DEN]
  8. Pilgrim MØ [DEN]
  9. I Feel You Hjaltalín [ICE]
  10. Ströndin Mammút [ICE]

Week 04

Jori Hulkkonen

Musician / DJ / Producer / Sin Cos Tan

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INTERVIEW

Musician, Sin Cos Tan member, DJ, producer, remixer, presenter…

Finnish electronic legend Jori Hulkkonen has occupied just about every role possible in the world of music making – his enduring passion for creating, reworking and rethinking is relentless, and he’s played a vital role in some incredible productions as a result.

We’re very excited to reveal that Jori is the latest artist selected to present his very own Nordic Playlist, and his has a very personal touch, with the world...

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Artist

  1. A Ballet In The Sea Sans Parade [FIN]
  2. uu uu uu Jaakko Eino Kalevi [FIN]
  3. The Beginning Of The End Of Us Jay-Jay Johanson [SWE]
  4. Pocketful Of Money Jens Lekman [SWE]
  5. Symfonisk Utviklingshemming Prins Thomas [NOR]
  6. Confirmation Bias Skatebård [NOR]
  7. Aether Tomas Barfod [DEN]
  8. Bohemian Soul (ft. Laid Back) Kasper Bjørke [DEN]
  9. Polyesterday (Carl craig shot in the leg vox) Gus Gus [ICE]
  10. Mysteries Undone Bloodgroup [ICE]

Week 03

Jonas Bjerre

Vocalist / Mew

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INTERVIEW

Each week here at the Nordic Playlist, we’re asking one of our favourite artists to put together a specially curated playlist featuring their favourite sounds and artists from the Nordic countries.

This week, we’ve invited Jonas Bjerre – one third of Denmark’s Mew – to share his favourite tracks with us and we have to say, it’s a pretty special one! His playlist combines brand new, emerging sounds from throughout the region with some of his all time loves and highest recommendations...

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Track

Artist

  1. Stars Are A Sailing Kala-OK [DEN]
  2. Forever Grinning Thulebasen [DEN]
  3. Little Star Stina Nordenstam [SWE]
  4. Hit the Waves The Mary Onettes [SWE]
  5. State Of No Connection Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo [NOR]
  6. Au Kaja Gunnufsen [NOR]
  7. Black Acid Death Hawks [FIN]
  8. Latter Days French Films [FIN]
  9. Sudden Throw Ólafur Arnalds [ICE]
  10. Tokan Marius Ziska [FO] & Svavar Knútur [ICE]

Week 02

Rich Thane

The Line of Best Fit / Best Fit Recordings

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INTERVIEW

The founder of leading new music website The Line of Best Fit and record label Best Fit Recordings, we’re thrilled to welcome Rich Thane to curate this week’s Nordic Playlist!

Read on to find out more about his song selections, how his enduring love of Swedish music came to be, and what 2014 has in store for the artists on his acclaimed record label.

First of all, please introduce yourself…

Hello there, I’m Rich and I’m the founder of The Line Of Best Fit and the signature label Bes...

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Artist

  1. Pstereo Emilie Nicolas [NOR]
  2. i-D The Embassy [SWE]
  3. Tell A Lie Farao [NOR]
  4. These Girls Shine 2009 [FIN]
  5. Somewhere Pascal Pinon [ICE]
  6. Phoenix KIll J [DEN]
  7. Windvane (Korallreven remix) Neøv [FIN]
  8. Ocean 1987 [SWE]
  9. Sólhvörf (II) Samaris [ICE]
  10. Sun Has Gone Broken Twin [DEN]

Week 01

Francine Gorman

Editor of Nordic Playlist

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The Nordic Playlist has arrived! Providing a destination for Nordic music lovers searching for new sounds, the Nordic Playlist will each week offer up a specially curated playlist, handpicked by your favourite artists and tastemakers.

Getting things started is the Editor of the Nordic Playlist Francine Gorman, who here tells us more about the idea behind this new platform, what you can find on the website and about the tracks that she’s selected for the first playlist.

What is the Nordic Play...

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Track

Artist

  1. No Gun Naomi Pilgrim [SWE]
  2. You Never Asked Noah Kin [FIN]
  3. Waste of Time MØ [DEN]
  4. Supreme Postiljonen [SWE]
  5. Continuum Lemaitre [NOR]
  6. Limbo Sin Cos Tan [FIN]
  7. Candy Tongue ft. Marie Fisker Trentemøller [DEN]
  8. Nýfallið Regn Ásgeir [ICE]
  9. Tookah Emiliana Torrini [ICE]
  10. Tube Stops and Lonely Hearts Annie [NOR]