trulz & robin “the clearing” (ost & kjex remix)

trulz & robin has released a new ep called “dance music therapy volume 2”, and one of the songs is a really beautiful remix of ost & kjex. their rework of “the clearing” just makes me happy! if it does the same for you, a digital copy can be picked up from here.


new single: Rune Lindbœk featuring Kurt Maloo “Wonder”


Rune Lindbæk will release a new single today, just a week after he became the laughing stock of the yellow press in Norway. Lets hope the urban legend that “all PR is good PR” is true and will lead to more interest for this beautiful song. At least it is Disco Rodent approved!

Update: If you find a store that actually sells a copy, please let me know! It seems like all the stores online is out of stock (even the mp3)…

If you think you have heard the voice of Kurt Maloo somewhere, but cant actual pin point it (like I did), it was probably through the Swiss duo Double and their biggest hit “Captain of Her Heart” (watch it after the jump).




Rune Lindbœk feat. Kurt Maloo “Wonder” (official video):



From the Vault: Rune Lindbæk vs. Röyksopp – the circus has started!

                         Mungolian Jet Set “Moon Jocks n Prog Rocks” (Todd Terje’s version)



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Rune Lindbæk vs. Röyksopp – the circus has started!


On Monday the district court of Bergen started processing the complaint from Rune Lindbæk against Röyksopp, it was also the day the circus came to town! In fact, this trail is only good for the yellow press selling more papers…

If you aren’t familiar with the case, then please read this and this to get up to date what all the fuzz is about. Hadn’t it been for that I had already written about this complaint I wouldn’t have touched it even with a 10 feet pole! Why? Well, I didnt know that musicians had so much dirty laundry to show the world. Here is a few pointers:

– A mum have paid some of the legal fees.

– Free mini gig by Röyksopp (where they showed that they had sampled Jarre).

– Counter complaint to discredit Linbæk for composer rights of “Lift” by Drum Island.

– A brother in law on the witness list.

And the list just goes on! Cant think about all the gruff that will be dug up during the closing 3 days. MToK has decided to leave this matter alone from now (will update this post with the verdict though). Will end this post with a brilliant parody of the longest running soap serial in Norway (sorry but it is in northern Norwegian).


Update: The complaint against Röyksopp was dismissed, and they also won their counter complaint. Rune Lindbæk does also have to pay Røyksopp’s cost for the trail.






From the Vault:

Rune Lindbæk vs. Röyksopp – the truth is out there (somewhere)…

Rune Lindbæk vs. Röyksopp – an update

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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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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Röyksopp + Susanne Sundfør = “Running to the Sea”



Lydverket is dead, long live Lydverket!


Lydverket was a Norwegian music magazine for TV that was aired by NRK between 2002 – 2012. The final show was aired a few days ago (28.11), and what a finish it was! Not only featured the show a new song by Kvelertak, but it also had the honour to reveal the collaboration between Röyksopp and Susanne Sundfør“Running to the Sea”!

I guess the two headed Norwegian monster from Tromsø doesnt need much of an introduction, but Sundfør might. Susanne Sundfør is one of the most interesting artists that comes from Norway these days! Earlier this year she released her fourth studio album “The Silicon Veil” to standing ovations amongst the dice throwing Norwegian music journalists (the album is good even the pun towards the critics…).

Sundfør is also one of the reasons that there is no gender specific category for best artist in Norway these days. In the thank you speech after winning the Spellemanspris for best female artist in 2007 she just said:

“I am first and foremost an artist, not first and foremost a woman”.

This of course spurned a public debate about the topic, which she added more fuel to after withdrawing her nomination in the same category in 2010.

The collaboration will also be released as a single at some point in the future.




Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør “Running to the Sea”:



From the Vault: The Irrepressibles “In This Shirt” (Röksopp Edit)

                         Kvelertak live @ Tavastia, Helsinki



Enslaved covers Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”


Enslaved, one of the most famous metal bands from Norway, preformed a cover version of the Led Zeppelin classic “Immigration Song” on television a few weeks ago. Many of their international fans were scratching their heads on whether the band had become sellouts or just gone plain soft. Well the answer is neither, but rather simple. The program performed on was Trygdekontoret and its run by Thomas Seltzer, better known as Happy Tom from Turbonegro. The program ends every time with a live performance of a well known Norwegian artist.

So why the picture of Grutle Kjellson and Ivar Bjørnson with a sheep? Well, the picture is taken from a protest organized by the same Norwegian campaign (Piracy Kills Music) that I mentioned in the post “Home Taping Is Killing Music” – the mp3… In short: the two Enslaved members stole downloaded a sheep from Lars Sponheim, the Liberal Party Venstre leader, that fronted the statement that downloading music should be legal and free! Watch the hilarious video after the jump.




Enslaved “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin):



From the Vault: Nine Inch Nails scores to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

                         Led Zeppelin “Ramble On” (Virgin Magnetic Material Remix)



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“Is this Rock ‘n’ Roll?” asked the Disco Rodent


Few days ago one of the Disco Rodents found a box containing my earplugs, and this is our conversation leading to a great revelation!!


Disco Rodent (DC): What is this?

MToK (Me): A box containing my earplugs.

DC: What is earplugs.

Me: It is something you can have in your ears to reduce the sound of loud music or snoring.

DC: Why do you have them?

Me: Im going to a concert soon (Friday 16th of November in Tavastia, Helsinki), with a Norwegian band called Turbonegro.

DC: Turbo what? Are they running around?

Me: No, they arnt running around. They are playing music, do you want to listen?

So off we went to play some music. Unfortunately I dont have the their latest album “Sexual Harassment” only “Apocalypse Dudes” and the song of choice was “Get it On”

Me: So this is how the band sounds like.

The Disco Rodent listen for 20 seconds, then smiled and asked:

DC: Is this Rock ‘n’ Roll?

Me: Well I guess you can call it Rock ‘n’ Roll if you want to.

DC screaming out loud: Ohhhh yeahhhh, Rock ‘n’ Roll!!!!!

Then the Disco Rodents played some very cool air guitar for the rest of the song…


Stay trygda!


Torbonegro “Get it On” official video:



From the Vault: Turbonegro announce new Vocalist

                          new album: Turbonegro “Sexual Harassment”


“Inspector Norse” wins the best Scandinavian music video 2012


Autumn is here, and Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) has once again chosen the best Scandinavian music video. Every year Denmark, Sweden and Norway nominates 5 videos each, that an expert jury pick their winner amongst. Todd Terje‘s “Inspector Norse” won this years prize in stiff competition with Miike Snow, First Aid Kit, Trentemøller and Tomas Barfod!

MToK sends a big congratulation to the director Kristoffer Borgli!

The good news doesnt stop here! The video also won the prize for best editing, but most important is that the 15 minutes documentary “WHATEVERST” is coming soon (check teaser after the jump)! “What documentary?” you might think. Well, the music video is an excerpt from the documentary. A documentary about:


“the unlikely inspiration behind a dance tune produced by Todd Terje called “Inspector Norse”. “Inspector Norse” is the internet alias of Marius Solem Johansen, a failed musician living in a small town, producing dance videos and drug recipes for YouTube.”


Looking forward to this one, but first the best video of 2012!


Todd Terje “Inspector Norse”:



From the Vault: Joakim “Nothing Gold” (Todd Terje Remix)

                         WhoMadeWho – The Copenhagen Sessions



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