new album: Ian Pooley “What I Do”


Ian Pooley has released his first album in 4 years, and it is almost like he has reinvented his sound. At least its more fresh and makes you wanna dance on the kitchen floor! The two stand out tracks are with out a doubt Compurhythm (read more about that ep here) and the beautiful “1983” featuring the smooth voice of Högni Egilsson.

“What I Do” is released by Ian’s own label Pooled Music, and should be available everywhere as a digital download or on cd. But if you have the same problem as me that the local record store has closed down (in fact I think there actually never have been one around here), you can at least order it from Amazon. A 28 minutes album teaser and tracklist can be found after the jump.




Ian Pooley featuring Högni Egilsson “1983”:




From the Vault: new ep: Ian Pooley “CompuRhythm”

                         Gluteus Maximus featuring Högni Egilsson “Everlasting”



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RIP Donald Byrd


Few days ago Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II passed away, meaning we have lost a truely gifted jazz and blues trumpeter. Born in Detroit, 1932, he was a sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, like John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock.

For me though, I’ll remember him for being Guru‘s sideman on “Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1” and a producer on “Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality”.

Its not only MToK that will remember Donald Byrd, but also the artist SCNTST. His new tune is now dedicated to the great trumpeter since it contains samples of the very funky “Kofi” (original after the jump). The German has also made it available as a free download for us.






From the Vault:

BoysNoize Records Xmas Party 2011

Terry Callier and Massive Attack “The Windmill Hill Sessions”

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World premier of the Wesseltoft Schwarz Ensemble


In the beginning of the year I compiled for myself a list of what acts I really wanted to see live this year. On top of that, and pretty uncontested, was Bugge Wesseltoft & Henrik Schwarz preforming. So it was with great joy I received the news that they soon would preform in Oslo, not only as a duo – but as an ensemble!

The planning of the trip was done in an hour or so! The possibility to experience an enseble consisting of Bugge Wesseltoft (piano virtuoso), Henrik Schwarz (computer genius), the brilliant Austrian hang drum specialist / percussionist Manu Delago and the renown Swedish bass player Dan Berglund, was too great to pass on.

Fast forward to 1st of February and it was with great anticipation I entered the beautiful Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene. It is probably one of the cutest and most intimate venues Ive ever been to, it felt like I were on the stage with ensemble during the show…

…which started on time due to the live streaming on GubeMusic. First Bugge introduced the rest and then cracked a joke, that since they now were an ensemble they could apply for governmental support. Apparently it is possible in Norway that artists with a talent of writing good applications, can earn a decent living even they almost don’t sell any records…

Bugge also told that it was his birthday and that the first piece were called “49”, so then we knew that… From that moment the music just kept rolling, everything from experimental solos and minimalistic jazz to groovy bass lines. The gig as a whole can only be described by one word – fantastic! Im so happy that I was able to experience the interactions and true joy that was shown on stage by excellent musicians.

The concert was divided into two halves by an intermission. The first half were quite relaxed and mellow with some improvisations and great solos, so the following comment was heard in the restroom at the break: “I hope there will be more techno after the break!” I dont know if it was enough techno for the German accent gent, but there were definitely more beat in the second half…


MToK is looking forward to more music from this new founded super group!



From the Vault: For 2013 MToK is “Dreaming” about Bugge & Henrik

                         The Acid Symphony Orchestra “Coq au Man”



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Flunk “Queen of the Underground” (Kohib remix)


Øivind A. Sjøvoll, better known as Kohib, has been digging deep and found a wonderful beat to accompany his newest remix. The remix has been floating around on the net for a couple of months already, but was officially released through Beatservice Records earlier this week. It can be pick up through Juno, where you also can check out the remix/rework from Syntax Erik and Athome.

Flunk is a Norwegian band that has been around for more than 10 years. The members are: Anja øyen Vister (vocals),  Ulf Nygaard (programming/vocals), Jo Bakke (guitar/bass/++) and Erik Ruud on drums. “Queen of the Underground” (original after the jump) is the first singel from their upcomming album “Lost Causes”, that will come in the end of April this year.





From the Vault:

“Solar Day” a new EP by Kohib

Odd Nordstoga “Ei Anna Tid” (Kohib edit)

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mp3: Junip “Line of Fire”


Few days ago the Swedish band Junip shared a new song with the world. Its called “Line of Fire”, and will feature on their self titeled album that will be released in April this year. It will be available from Mute in North America and through City Slang in Europe.

Junip is Elias Araya, Tobias Winterkorn and José González. Mr González is without a doubt the most know of the trio after doing several beautiful covers of well known songs. like Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” and The Knife’s “Heartbeats”.

For me, though, the most impressive is his collaboration with the Books and their cover of Nick Drake‘s “Cello Song” (listen to it after the jump). Not only a brilliant interpretation of the original, but it also features on “Dark was the Night” – an album released to rise funds for rising the awareness of hiv and aids.




The Acid Symphony Orchestra “Coq au Man”


Last Friday The Acid Symphony Orchestra preformed a new piece called “Coq au Man”, at the Eurosonic festival in Groningen, Holland. It is composed by the master conductor himself, Jori Hulkkonen, and last for 42 wonderful minutes. The orchestra was comprised by 10 TB-303 players (Kalle Karvanen, Juha Matinmäki, Timo Ahlqvist, Kimmo Oksanen, Aku Raski, Tatu Peltonen, Janne Puurunen, Petri “Pete” Salonen, Valtteri Mäki and Jani Lehto) and Mr Hulkkonen that controlled the mixer and a TR-707.

Update: Our Top Secret Reporter tells me that the name of the piece basically means “Rooster cooked with Man”, and that the man was dead before being cooked…

For those that is not familiar with what the brainchild to Jori Hulkkonen is, I highly recommend to watch the 3 part mini documentary about their first gig after the jump!







From the Vault:

Jori Hulkkonen as Third Culture “Negative Time”

Huoratron – the Pride of Finnish Electro

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mp3: Rampue “Love You”


Have no idea who Rampue is! The only things that I’ve manage to dig up is that its a guy in the late 20’s that lives in Berlin and signed to Audiolith Records. What I DO know is that this song has been on constant repeat for the last 2 days, driving the Disco Rodents mad! Its also a free download, just perfect!

The vocal is taken from the song “I Found You” by Alabama Shakes (check out a live video after the jump), and is done by Brittany Howard.






From the Vault:

video: Ralph Myerz “The Magic Of You”

Bob Dylan loses out on the Nobel Prize for Literature

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mp3: Apparat “A Violent Sky” from Krieg und Frieden


Some artist understands the potential of social media and its power better than others. Sascha Ring is one of them. He has made a new album under his moniker Apparat, and has chosen the fans to be the promo machine for it. Here is part of the statement to the fans:

“I decided to not do a single interview, skip the promo marathon and make it available for you asap. This time YOU are the promo machine. Please share if you want to support what i’m doing.”

I guess it worked! In less than 20 hours “A Violent Sky” has got over 40 000 plays and 4000 downloads on SoundCloud. Apparat also did a hugely successful Q&A just before he revealed the news on Facebook, in less than 5 minutes there was over 200 questions for him to answer.

The new album “Krieg und Frieden – Music for Theatre” will be out via MUTE on the 15th of February. It is originally a soundtrack to a theatre play of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”, tweaked into an album format. Sounds good!






From the Vault:

Apparat + Band live @ Hebbel Theatre, Berlin

mix: Apparat “Summer ’87” (podcast for Resident Advisor)

Chinawoman “Party Girl” (Gluteus Maximus Remix)


To celebrate that they have reached 200 000 plays on SoundCloud, Gluteus Maximus share a basically free download with us. DJ Margeir and President Bongo has spun a little magic over the excellent “Party Girl” by Chinawoman, and it can be yours if you go here and “pay” with a tweet or facebook post. Well worth the time and effort me think!

Chinawoman is the Canadian musician Michelle Gurevich, currently based in Berlin. Raised in the Russian hoods of Toronto and compared to Leonard Cohen, add a voice akin Tanita Tikaram there is no wonder that her music can be heard blaring regularly from the yachts of Russian billionaires and as the ringtones of mothers all over the Ukraine.






From the Vault:

Gluteus Maximus featuring Högni Egilsson “Everlasting”

Orbital feat. Zola Jesus “New France” (Tom Middleton Cosmos Mix)

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For 2013 MToK is “Dreaming” about Bugge & Henrik


Im not exactly having a dream where they are the pin-ups in my calendar, its more like I want to experience a gig with them! Have been watching a few live video of them lately, and I have to say its a pure enjoyment to watch the harmony between them while playing. Watch the video after the jump and you will understand what I’m on…

Didnt discover their album “Duo” until this fall, but it has been on heavy rotation ever since. Their special blend of soothing jazz moods, flavoured with Henrik‘s deep electronic grooves and Bugge‘s piano, is just amazing! You can pick up the album from Jazzland Recordings.




Bugge Wesseltoft & Henrik Schwarz “Dreaming”:



From the Vault:

Hauschka “Radar” (Michael Mayer Remix)

The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble feat. Emika “Pretend”

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