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Nordic Playlist

Week 33

Eivør

Singer / Songwriter / Musician

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INTERVIEW

This week’s Nordic Playlist takes us to the mythical land of the Faroe Islands, and to the homeland of this week’s curator, the rivetingly talented Eivør.

Eivør is a native of the village of Syðrugøta, which also happens to be the location of the Faroe Islands’ prestigious G! Festival, an event which took place just a few weeks ago. As part of the festival, the Nordic Playlist was lucky enough to witness one of Eivør’s living room concerts, where she performed a number of songs in t...

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Artist

  1. These days Ane Brun [NOR]
  2. House By The Sea Moddi [NOR]
  3. Over Alice Boman [SWE]
  4. Ålen Amason [SWE]
  5. Home Teitur [FO]
  6. Under Streetlights Hogni [FO]
  7. Kender du det? Skammens vogn [DEN]
  8. Dreams Today Efterklang [DEN]
  9. Trust Sin Cos Tan [FIN]
  10. No Death Mirel Wagner [FIN]
  11. Dýrð í dauðathogn Ásgeir [ICE]
  12. Nothing is written in the stars Bloodgroup [ICE]
  13. Good For You Nive Nielsen [GRE]

Week 32

Högni Egilsson

GusGus

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INTERVIEW

Every so often, a musician comes along with so many sides and facets to their musical abilities that you wonder if there’s anything they can’t do.

This week’s Nordic Playlist curator is exactly that kind of artist. Högni Egilsson is a stalwart figure of the Icelandic music scene, having performed with a number of different outfits and bands throughout his career. He’s currently a member of the prestigious Icelandic collective GusGus, is a solo artist in his own right and is the main...

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Artist

  1. Vikje Være I Din Verden Store P [NOR]
  2. Grizzly Man Rockettothesky [NOR]
  3. Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime The Field [SWE]
  4. Chiaroscuro Arve Henriksen [NOR]
  5. Metsäkukkia Olavi Virta [FIN]
  6. My Mind Jimi Tenor [FIN]
  7. Real Virtuality Eero Johannes [FIN]
  8. París Norðursins Prins Póló [ICE]
  9. Looking on Darkness Bent Sørensen [DEN]
  10. Trommuþrællinn DJ flugvél og geimskip [ICE]

Week 31

Icona Pop

Caroline Hjelt / Aino Jawo

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Icona Pop are masters of ultimate pop hooks. For the past two years, they’ve steadily released a string of singles which brim with excitable energy, and gleam with an irresistible pop sheen.

It all started when Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo released their smash hit single ‘I Don’t Care (I Love It)’ in the summer of 2012 – a track which would propel them to main stages and TV screens around the world. Their eponymous debut album was released later that year, and since then the pair ha...

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Artist

  1. Hoppípolla Sigur Rós [ICE]
  2. Army of Me Björk [ICE]
  3. Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo [SWE]
  4. Get Lost Icona Pop [SWE]
  5. Sun of a Gun Oh Land [DEN]
  6. Introducing Palace Players Mew [DEN]
  7. Satumaa Reijo Taipale [FIN]
  8. Lo-Fiction Jori Hulkkonen [FIN]
  9. Lanzarote Lindstrøm [NOR]
  10. Mirror Maru Cashmere Cat [NOR]

Week 30

Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Musician / Songwriter / Performer

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INTERVIEW

Jaakko Eino Kalevi is one of the most hyped and loved Finnish artists to be doing the international rounds at the moment, busily bringing his irresistible voice and style to festivals far and wide, releasing a steady stream of new music and unleashing his eclectic DJ sets upon avid audiences.

The tracks from his latest EP Yin Yang Theatre are a firm favourite on the Nordic Playlist office stereo, and this Helsinki based musician has already established himself as one of the most sel...

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Artist

  1. Hidden Place Björk [ICE]
  2. The Ghosts You Draw On My Bac Múm [ICE]
  3. Jewel CTM [DEN]
  4. Rush Kasper Bjørke [DEN]
  5. Simhaghosha Pekka Airaksinen [FIN]
  6. Karuselli Esa Saarinen [FIN]
  7. Whiskey Sour Molly Nilsson [SWE]
  8. Hurt Yung Lean [SWE]
  9. What Else Is There Röyksopp [NOR]
  10. Solitaire Arne Nordheim [NOR]

Week 29

Sune Rose Wagner

The Raveonettes

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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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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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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]