röyksopp “bounty hunters”

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apparently disney paid george lucas a lot of money for the star wars brand,  so they have to earn it back somehow. and through hollywood record they are releasing “star wars headspace” – a compilation of electronic music infused with sound effects and clips from the star wars saga.

artist such as bonobo, flying lotus and breakbot have all contributed to the compilation, but a head above the rest is the track from röyksopp! they may have stopped making full length albums, but they still can produce a great tune.




from the vault:

röyksopp + susanne sundfør = “running to the sea”

the irrepressibles “in this shirt” (röksopp edit)



new album: Tricky “False Idols”


Adrian Thaws, better known as Tricky, has just announced a new album. Its called “False Idols” and will be released internationally on May 27th (28th in USA). False Idols are not only the name of the album, but also the name of his new label.

First teaser of the album is called Nothing’s Changed” and features the beautiful vocal of Fransesca Belmonte. If this will be representative for the rest of the album the grapevine might be true when it whispers that “the spirit of Tricky’s ‘90s output looms large over False Idols”. Join his mailing list to get it as a free download.

Tricky on why did the album get the name “False Idols”:

“Because there’s so much bollocks going on at the moment! People follow celebrities and read every little thing they do. It’s living vicariously through someone else. Get your own life. All this stuff is false idols. That’s what helps keep the status quo.”




Tricky “Nothing’s Changed”:



From the Vault:

Massive Attack: 3D’s “Vermona” demo

Terry Callier and Massive Attack “The Windmill Hill Sessions”


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mp3: John Grant “Black Belt”


John Grant has moved to Iceland and have teamed up with GusGus’ Biggi Veira for his second solo album “Pale Green Ghosts”. It will also feature the Irish singer Sinead O’Connor on guest vocals. “Black Belt” and the title track (watch the official video after the jump) promise a much more electronic and dirtier sound than the highly acclaimed, but slightly boring debut album “Queen of Denmark”.

The album will be released by Bella Union in UK on the 11th of March and Partisan Records in US 2 months later… And this is what I do not understand! Do Partisan Records expect to sell any copies at all (at least not digitally)? I mean, releasing the album over 60 days after it was made available in Europe is not a good business strategy – especially in an environment where the customer appreciate availability over quality…




Update: You can download the song by going here (the embedded code is a do not work for WordPress / stupid listen only on SoundCloud one…).



From the Vault:

GusGus “Arabian Horse”

video: 22 Pistepirkko “Onion Soup”



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video: James Blake “Retrograde”


“Suddenly Im hitten” by a song from James Blake! Im a bit surprised since I couldn’t buy into all the hype around his self titled first album. It was ok, but it was no a life changer (as certain publications would have it). So I’ve found him a bit overrated in the past, but that changed last week when I heard the radio rip of “Retrograde”! If the rest of his new album is like this I might buy into the hype…

“Retrograde” is available from We are Apple, and Take 30%, and is the first single from the up coming album “Overgrown” that will be out on the 8th of April.




James Blake “Retrograde” (official video):



From the Vault: Bruce Springsteen “State Trooper” (Trentemøller remix)

                         new album: Lower Dens “Nootropics”



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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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.




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)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “We No Who U R” (lyric video)


Haven’t been into Nick Cave since the “Murder Ballads” album, that’s roughly 15 years. What it means is that I haven’t really cared for him, the Bad Seeds or the Grinderman project, so I got caught by surprise by the first listen of the upcoming album. Don’t get fooled by the silly name, the song is simply beautiful!

“Push the Sky Away” is the name of the album and it will be released in February next year (album teaser and tracklist after the jump). The album cover has already caused heated discussions amongst the fans, is it art or is it just plain male chauvinism… Anyhow if you pre order the album from here, you’ll get a free download of the song.




Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “We No Who U R” (lyric video):



From the Vault: new album: The Herbaliser “There Were Seven”

                         Philosophy Of Sound “It Is Like That” (Radio Edit)



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new album: Sin Cos Tan “Sin Cos Tan”


Yep, I had to check my old mathbooks for the true meaning of the name to Jori Hulkkonen‘s new project – Sin Cos Tan. This time he has teamed up with Juho Paalosmaa, better know as one half of the Finnish electro pop duo Villa Nah. They started to record their self titled debut album at the beginning of this year, and tomorrow (22.11.12) we will find out how the collaboration turned out. That is not completely true since the album (tracklist after the jump) is “Album of the Week” at YleX, which means that you can stream it until Friday – well worth checking out!

Update: check out Sugarcane Recordings soundcloud page for an album preview!

The release party for the album will be at Ravintola Adams the 1 of December. Tickets are not on sale yet here, or please let me know if they are (and where) read more on the event page. Im not going to miss their live show this time around as I did during Flow Festival (too early start)!

You can also check out Jori Hulkkonen’s BassoRadio show if you want to know more about Sin Con Tan’s thoughts regarding their album.

After having listened a few times to the album the stand out track is still “Trust”, even I’ve its been around for a couple of months already. It can be downloaded for free here!




Sin Cos Tan “Trust” official video:



From the Vault: Chairlift “Amanaemonesia”

                         Jori Hulkkonen as Third Culture “Negative Time”



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