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Atella – Anyone Out There? Feat Cal

Atella - Anyone Out There? Feat Cal

Time for some intergalactic sounds from Atella, a Norwegian producer duo who are on par with Röyksopp.

Atella’s new single, ‘Anyone Out There?’ asks the age old question about outer space, and features Cal, the alias of singer and songwriter, Frida Amundsen.

It’s out now on Eskimo Recordings.

Sounds like: Röyksopp, Goldroom, RAC, Joe Goddard, Lindstrøm

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Playlist: Tube & Berger

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Tube & Berger by Claudio Oliverio

German duo, Tube & Berger (aka Arndt Roerig and Marko Vidovic) have been producing music for a while now, but it’s only recently that they’ve really sparked our interest. Working hard on evolving their sound from pure club grooves to a more ‘live’ focused indietronica styling, they have quite literally blown us away with their new track, ‘We Are All Stars’.

To help you get used to the transition, the guys have put together a playlist. It fuses indie/electronica/dance into one delicious pot.

GusGus – Crossfade (Maceo Plex Remix)
This has been a huge​ track​ in our DJ sets for over 2 years now​, we ​wish we had made it​!​

Moderat – Running
Big respect to our fellow Germans​, Moderat are ​the best live electronic band​​ in the world right now​.​

Royksopp – What Else Is There? – Trentemoller Remix
Mid Noughties Electro House classic. Sounding just as epically dark and dangerous today​. ​

Mylo – Destroy Rock n Roll
A track to dance and laugh to at the same time​. ​

RÜFÜS ​-​ Innerbloom
Kings of the Electronica new breed smashing it with a chilled masterpiece​.​

Foals – Late Night – Solomun Remix
​Foals are an amazing Indie Rock band​ and with​ Solomon on the ​re​mix​, ​it was always going to be good​…and it is​!​

The Chemical Brothers – Do it Again
Probably our favourite ever band. ​We ​could have chosen loads of their tracks​. ​

SOHN – Conrad
Downtempo brilliance. Spiritual and soulful​.​

The XX – Crystalised
The perfect mix of chiming guitars, indie vocals and electronic beats sensibilities​.​

Justice VS Simian – We Are Your Friends
Not sure any rock band has made a better rabble rousing festival anthem in recent times​.​

Live Dates

Fri 03 Mar – Zero Gravity, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fri 07 Apr – Hehku, Tampere, Finland
Sat 22 Jul – Open Beatz Festival, Herzogenaurach, Germany​

Expect Tube & Berger’s album to drop shortly, via Embassy One. If you can’t wait, take a listen to ‘We Are All Stars’ below.

Sounds like: Justice, Bakermat, RÜFÜS

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Röyksopp – Never Ever (Feat. Susanne Sundfør)

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Röyksopp

Norweigian artists, Röyksopp and Susanne Sundfør are no strangers to working together, having collaborated on ‘Running To The Sea’ and ‘Save Me’.

New number, ‘Never Ever’, is a highly danceable, electronic track, seeing Röyksopp return in full force.

“The track has its own cosmos and its own place.” says Svein Berge. “The whole idea of us going away from the whole album concept was that we do have many musical expressions that we want to do,” says Torbjørn. “One of them might be a club track, but we don’t necessarily want to do an album of it. It’s that way with ‘Never Ever’ – we love it, but we don’t need 12 tracks like it.”

Sounds like: Robyn, Digitalism, Fever Ray, Little Boots, Goldfrapp

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Leitbur – I Need You

Leitbur

Leitbur

Musical couple, Leitbur (Pronounced ‘Light-brr’) (aka Jaron Widman and Samantha Krzyston), return with ‘I Need You’.

Combining his knowledge in film production and love of music, Widman constructs his songs like his short films; each filled with autobiographical scenes, characters, and the occasional flashback or dream sequence. Widman uses the mood and tone of the 1980’s like a cinematographer, framing each song with care, to tell stories that are in equal parts nostalgic, sweet, and filled with pathos.

Widman began collaborating with Krzyston, an aspiring psychotherapist and vocalist. Their romantic relationship caused Leitbur to become a film with two main characters. Soliloquies became conversations, and many of the warmest, and most painful, moments of their relationship were turned into their own scenes.

‘I Need You,’ the first single from their album, ‘Antique Travelers’.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, BLSHS, Röyksopp, Tesla Boy, TDeL2, Graingerboy, Chvrches, NINA, Tears for Fears

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Leitbur – Counterpart

Leitbur

Leitbur

Want to know what perfect indietronica sounds like? Then, this is it. ‘Counterpart’ by Leitbur.

Pronounced ‘Light-brr’, the band is formed of Jaron Widman and Samantha Krzyston, who are engaged to each other.

Uplifting harmonies, sparkling synths and 80’s new wave sums up their LA sound.

The track is free to download for the rest of the year on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, BLSHS, Röyksopp, Tesla Boy, TDeL2, Graingerboy, Chvrches, NINA, Tears for Fears

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An Indietronica Preview of Iceland Airwaves 2014

Iceland Airwaves

Since the first edition was held in 1999 in an airplane hangar, Iceland Airwaves has become the festival for music lovers, being praised by many as the best music festival in the world.

Set amongst beautiful scenery in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, the festival celebrates homegrown talent as well as musical craft from further afield.

Haven’t got a ticket? Don’t fear! Indietronica is attending to find out what all the fuss is about.

By the powers of the internet we bring you a preview of the lesser known bands and our ones to watch, straight to your computer or phone screens.

ADULT JAZZ

Adult Jazz

Adult Jazz

Adult Jazz is a four-piece from the UK. Their debut album ‘Gist Is’ has taken four years to make and was released via their own label Spare Thought.

They sound like a jazzed-up version of Bombay Bicycle Club or a mellowed out version of Jagwar Ma.

We are definitely looking forward to seeing them play.

Sounds like: Bombay Bicycle Club, Jagwar Ma, Panda Cubs, The 1975, Yeasayer, Saux

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ALICE BOMAN

Alice Boman

Alice Boman

With simple lyrics and ethereal overtones, Alice Boman is a quintessentially Swedish singer.

Have a listen to her stunning cover of War on Drugs‘s ‘Red Eyes’:

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Sounds like: Lykke Li, Kate Bush, Ellie Goulding, Rae Morris

ÁSGEIR

Ásgeir

Ásgeir

For fans of Bon Iver and Deptford Goth looking for something slightly different, meet twenty-two year old Icelandic singer/songwriter, Ásgeir (aka Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson).

Ásgeir’s debut album, ‘Dyrd í dauðathogn’ was mostly written by his 72 year old father and became so popular in his home country, 10% of the Icelandic population is estimated to own a copy.

The English-language version of the album (‘In The Silence’) was translated by John Grant.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Deptford Goth, RY X

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BALLET SCHOOL 

Ballet School

Ballet School

Berlin-based Ballet School is Irish Rosie Blair on vocals/guitar, Japanese-Brazilian Michel Collet on lead guitar and Louis McGuire on drums.

Blair and Collet met two years ago in Berlin when Blair heard Collet playing his guitar in the U-bahn. Sharing their love of the Cocteau-Twins, she immediately asked him to form a band. In 2012 they began collaborating with McGuire.

A mélange of ’80s pop and R’N’B is always at the forefront of the band’s agenda.

Sounds like: Kitten, Claire, BLSHS, Kavinsky, Madonna, Robyn, Ronika

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BERNDSEN

Berndsen

Berndsen

From modern 80’s inspired music to a musician who sticks to his roots and breathes 80’s electronica.

Berndsen (aka David Berndsen) is a bearded iconic figure in Iceland and regularly works with Hermigervill; one of Iceland’s most notable producers.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, New Order, Tesla Boy, Salt Ashes, Graingerboy, Thomas Azier, Soft Cell

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BIRD

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bird

bird is Jon Valur Gudmundsson, a successful 26-year-old singer/songwriter from Iceland who makes electro-infused indie pop.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Ásgeir, 1860, Kid Astray

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BLAENAVON

Blaenavon

Blaenavon

Blaenavon is a three-piece indie outfit from Hampshire, UK formed of Harris McMillan, Frank Wright, and Benjamin Gregory.

Heavily guitar-based, it is no surprise that these guys are being written about by the likes of NME and Clash.

Their new EP ‘Koso’ is out now on Transgressive Records.

Sounds like: The Macabees, Two Door Cinema Club, Young Kato, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Editors, White Lies, Daughter

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CARIBOU

Caribou

Caribou

Following the success of ‘Swim’ in 2010, Caribou is finally back!

At first glance, his latest track ‘Our Love’ is a long wave length of dance music beats, but upon further inspection it is a lot more gritty and the R&B hooks remind us of Inner City‘s ‘Good Life’.

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Metronomy, All We Are, New Build, Touch Sensitive, Rufus

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DISA

Disa

Disa

Iceland born Disa writes celestial, synth pop. She left Reykjavik to live in Copenhagen and pursue her dream of singing.

She is now signed to Danish label Tigerspring.

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, I BREAK HORSES, Kate Boy, Death Rattle, Dimond Saints, Brian Eno

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EAST INDIA YOUTH

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East Londoner William Doyle is East India Youth.

His tracks are stark and choate masterpieces with marching and minimal drum rolls.

Sounds like: Sivu, These New Puritans, Conner Youngblood, Brian Eno

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EAST OF MY YOUTH

East Of My Youth

East Of My Youth

East Of My Youth is Herdis and Thelma from Reykjavik.

Citing influences from classical and modern genres, the duo creates experimental pop music.

Sounds like: Austra, Feist, OH Land

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EMILIE NICOLAS

Emilie Nicolas

Emilie Nicolas

Emilie Nicolas is another one of Norway’s amazing exports.

Her voice immediately demands your attention and we have had her atmospheric cover of Norwegian band DumDum Boys‘s 1990 track ‘PStereo’ on repeat in the Indietronica office.


Sounds like: Tove Styrke, KYIKI, BLSHS, Monogem, Tove Lo, Lykke Li, Elliphant, X priest X, La Roux

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FARAO

Farao

Farao

Following on from Nicolas is Farao, another Norweigen singer/songwriter with a knack for combing emotive lyrics and indie-folk sounds.

Sounds like: Poliça, Emilie Nicolas, Bon Iver, Rae Morris, First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør

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FURA

Fura

Fura

FURA is an Icelandic project between songstress Björt Sigfinnsdóttir, and producer duo Hallur Jónsson and Janus Rasmussen.

FURA embraces the element of drastic nature, isolation and emotional depth.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Lykke Li, Nina Yasmineh

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FUTURE ISLANDS

Future Islands

Future Islands

The serious electronic Baltimore trio is back.

Advising us about love and loss, and offering up mesmerising performances, we are glad Future Islands will be getting the recognition they deserve at Iceland Airwaves.

Sounds like: New Order, Suzuki Method, Wild Beasts

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HIMBRIMI

Himbrimi

Himbrimi

Himbrini is an Icelandic band comprising of Margrét Rúnarsdóttir on vocal and keys, Birkir Rafn Gíslasson on guitar, Hálfdán Árnason on bass and Skúli Arason on keys and Egill Rafnsson on drums.

Himbrini offers up soft, Scandinavian pop and it is lush. This is one band we cannot wait to watch live.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, Röyksopp, London Grammar, Bat For Lashes, Island Fox, IYES, The XX

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HOW TO DRESS WELL

How To Dress Well

How To Dress Well

How To Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) is an American singer who twists up sensual guitar-based R&B with sparkling synth pop.

He is definitely one to watch.

Sounds like: LANY, Great Good Fine OK, Until The Ribbon Breaks, July Child

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JUNGLE

Jungle

Jungle

The music-by-soul collective Jungle has been bubbling away at the surface for some time now. Their music offers a pinch of Gorillaz-esque bass lines and sexy lyrics.

Sounds like: Rudimental, Disclosure, Le Youth, Clean Bandit, Gorillaz

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KAJAK

KAJAK

KAJAK

We absolutely love Icelandic cousins, KAJAK.

They are heavily influenced by tribal cultures and in their live shows they mix visual arts and theatrics, making it a special and engaging experience to watch.

Sounds like: Coldplay, I BREAK HORSES, Kate Boy, Sia

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KLANGKARUSSELL

Klangkarussell

Klangkarussell

Klangkarussell is Tobias Rieser and Adrian Held; an Austrian electronic dance music production duo who formed in 2011.

They are known for ‘Sonnentanz’, a track that accidentally became a hit last year. We’ve watched Klangkarussell perform live with their band and they put on a good show!

Sounds like: Will Heard, Milky Chance, Klingande, Wankelmut, MÖWE

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KWABS

Kwabs

Kwabs

Vienna-via-London producer Kwabs‘s music is soulful with an electro twist.

Kwabs is a growing artist and we are expecting a number one hit soon!

Sounds like: Azekel, MNEK, SOHN, James Blake, Ben Khan, Banks, Jesse Ware, Kele Okereke

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LILY THE KID

Lily the Kid

Lily the Kid

Lily the Kid is the brainchild of Lilja K. Jónsdóttir (who was the former front woman of Icelandic electro-pop veterans Bloodgroup) and her brother, the producer Hallur Jónsson.

Breathtaking vocals, combined with a bass line bubbling at the surface makes Lily the Kid very special indeed.

Sounds like: Banks, Shura, Blood Orange

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ROOSEVELT

Roosevelt

ROOSEVELT

Roosevelt (aka Marius Lauber) is a Cologne-based electronic artist with a flair for discotronica. He effortlessly emerges warm beats with hypnotic psychedelia.

Sounds like: The Whitest Boy Alive, Caribou, Tourist., Jagwar Ma, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Yellerkin

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SHURA

Shura

Shura

Shura (aka Aleksandra Denton) was born in London to a Russian actress and an English documentary filmmaker.

Her last (but unreleased) track ‘Touch’ gained 3 million hits on Soundcloud.

Her music can be described as a contemporary mix of twinkling, ‘Lucky-Star’-era Madonna with the bedroom-R&B grooves of Blood Orange, filtered through a haze of Balearic synths and swirling, Warpaint-inspired guitars.

Shura has just signed to Polydor.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Massive Attack, Madonna

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SISY EY

Sísý Ey

Sísý Ey

Sísý Ey (pronounced See See Ay) was formed in 2011 by three sisters; Elin, Elisabet and Sigga. Their goal was to sing live house music, and with the help of DJ Oculus, their dream has become a reality.

Sounds like: Gorgon City, Klangkarussell, TIEKS, Celeste

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THE WALKING WHO

The Walking Who

The Walking Who

The Walking Who is a psychedelic rock trio based based in Sydney and is made up by Rohin Brown, Paul Mclean and Jay Drury. Their music is inspired by Byron Bay surf chimes and folk.

Sounds like: War on Drugs, Yellerkin, Jagwar Ma, Roosevelt, Empire of the Sun, The Doors

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VOK

Vök

Vök

Vök is a dreamy electro duo-turned-trio from Iceland.

Taking a slightly different slant on traditional Icelandic electro music, we especially like the smooth tones from the saxophone, courtesy of Andri Már Enoksson.

Sounds like: Death Rattle, Duran Duran, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Chairlift, Poliça, Björk, Tegan & Sara

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YOUNG KARIN

Young Karin

Young Karin

Young Karin is a simple and dreamy art pop production by Reykjavik-based Karin & Logi Pedro.

Having already been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards, we anticipating brilliant things from the duo.

Sounds like: Banks, July Child

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Having already sold out (apart from limited package deals), this year is set to be as explosive as ever! You can track the event on the Iceland Airwaves 2014 app.

Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument

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Röyksopp and Robyn have got together again to create more amazing collaborative music. They have just announced the release of the ‘Do It Again’ mini album, which will be released on Dog Triumph via Wall of Sound and Cooking Vinyl on 26th May 2014. You can preorder from here

Having previously worked together to produce the fantastic ‘The Girl and the Robot’, which appeared on Röyksopp’s ‘Junior’ album in 2009 and ‘None Of Dem’ on Robyn’s ‘Body Talk’ Pt. 1 in 2010, the ‘Do It Again’ mini album sees the two artists doing just that.

The super-duo from Sweden (Robyn) and Norway (Röyksopp) have also revealed a snippet of the track ‘Monument’ which you can hear below – can’t wait to hear the full track!

Sounds like; Digitalism, Fever Ray, Little Boots, Goldfrapp
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Kidnap Kid – Stronger / Like You Used To

Kidnap Kid

Kidnap Kid

Kidnap Kid is Sheffield born and bred, DJ and producer, Matt Relton.

The mellow and slightly euphoric ‘Like You Used To’ is cushioned on Kidnap Kid’s double A-side single right next to the atmospheric and lengthier ‘Stronger’.

Kidnap Kid has played this well as there is no declared B side, and quite rightly so as it is pretty hard to choose between the two tracks. We’d recommend serially listening to both; ‘Like You Used To’ at the pre-party and ‘Stronger’ during the party, but the decision is yours.

The singles are released under the umbrella of The Black Butter label (Rudimental, Solomon Grey, Gorgon City).

Sounds like: London Grammar, Disclosure, Erykah Badu, Aluna George, Ronika, Indiana, Rudimental, The XX, Clean Bandit, Röyksopp

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Röyksopp – Something In My Heart (feat. Jamie Irrepressible)

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Norwegian duo Röyksopp, having somewhat hidden away for the past couple of years, have now announced that they will be officially releasing ‘Running to the Sea’, which features vocals from Susanne Sundfør (who’s vocals feature on M83‘s ‘Oblivion’), with a B-side; brand new track ‘Something in My Heart’, featuring vocals from Jamie McDermott of London-based pop group the Irrepressibles.

Röyksopp have remixed the likes of Depeche Mode, Beck and Kings Of Leon, as well as written music for some of the most exiting female vocalists from Scandinavia, like Robyn, Lykke Li and Karin Dreijer-Andersson (Fever Ray / The Knife).

Last year the duo released their edition of the acclaimed ‘Late Night Tales’ compilation series, which showcased their diverse influences and impeccable taste, with tracks from Tuxedomoon, Vangelis, John Martyn, This Mortal Coil  and Popol Vuh, not to mention a spoken word piece by Benedict Cumberbatch of ‘Dr Who’ and Hollywood movie fame.

‘Running To The Sea’ will be released on Royksopp’s label Dog Triumph, via Wall of Sound and Cooking Vinyl in the UK.

Sounds like; M83, Junior Boys, Pale, Irrepressibles, Antony and the Johnsons

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Susanne Sundfør – Among Us

Susanne Sundfør

Susanne Sundfør

Susanne Sundfør is a singer/songwriter from Norway.

Sundfør’s first release dates back to 2006, but it wasn’t until 2012 when she released a collaboration with the Norwegian electronica duo Röyksopp for their track, ‘Running to the Sea‘, that she became noticed outside Norway.

The soundtrack for the film ‘Oblivion’ (composed by M83) was released in April 2013 with the title song featuring Sundfør as the main vocalist.

In June 2013, Sundfør appeared on Maps‘ single ‘A.M.A’, and she is now working on her 6th album.

The Evan McNary-directed video for her new track, ‘Among Us’ follows a group of gypsy-esque ladies taking heroine, drinking milk, and being driven down the highway by some sort of cowboy. The video definitely has some dark 70s vibes in it. Close your eyes now if you’re easily displeased!

Sounds like: OH Land, Bat For Lashes, Of Monsters and Men, Maps

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