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Øye on Korean tour with Hjálmar in new video

Artist: Erlend Øye (and Hjálmar) | Single: Garota

The Norwegian singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Erlend Øye presents the music video for his new single Garota. Erlend Øye is best-know for being a member of both indie folk-pop duo Kings Of Convenience and Berlin-based dance-pop project Whitest Boy Alive. But since the latter has broken up and no Kings of Convinience release is planned, Øye has been working on his solo album Legao instead. We’ve already posted the first single Fence Me In, now it’s time for single number two; Garota.

For Legao Øye has rounded up members of the legendary Icelandic reggae band Hjálmar. On Fence Me In the reggae influences were obvious with offbeat guitar and organ-shuffle. On Garota the reggae sound is more toned down, but still colored with horns and hammond in a distinctive Hjálmaresque way.

The album was recorded in Reykjavik, but the video was filmed in South Korea by director Michael Beech. The beautifully shot film documents a stadium-size show in Seoul with Erlend Øye backed up by Hjálmar, but also tells a fictional romantic story about Øye and a Korean garota, which means girl in portugese.

The album will be released October the 3rd via Bubble Records.

Amaba Dama delivers Icelandic summer hit

Artist: Amaba Dama | Single: Hossa Hossa

Icelandic reggae? As matter of fact the Icelandic reggae scene has been thriving the last ten years. And it’s not as strange as it first may seem. Keep in mind that with 6-10 months of snow, rain, cold winds and gray skies, it is pretty logical that the warm Jamaican rhythms might appeal to the Icelanders.

This summer Amaba Dama has won the ears and hearts of the Icelandic nation with their dance friendly hit Hossa Hossa. The band sings in Icelandic, with their musical influences steadily rooted in the traditional reggae style. Singers Gnúsi Yones, Steinunn and Salka Sól make up the core of the band. Supported by a group of groovy musicians the band has built a reputation of delivering a great live set to clubs and festivals all over the island.  Amaba Dama aim to release their debut album this autumn.

The video for Hossa Hossa just came out, even though the single has been topping the Icelandic charts the last five weeks. The reason for the delay of the video was that the band only filmed when it was sunshine. There’s true Icelandic weather for you!

Cool video for Tilbury’s Cool Confrontation

Artist: Tilbury | Song: Cool Confrontation

One of last years best Icelandic albums came from Tilbury. Originally founded by Þormóður Dagsson as a solo project in 2010, Tilbury is now a band with members hailing from groups such as Hjaltalín, Valdimar, Sin Fang and Amiina. The album, Northern Comfort, is a beautiful piece of mellow and melancholy synth pop produced by Aron Þ. Arnarsson who has worked with artists like Björk, John Grant, Of Monsters and Men, Gus Gus and The Brian Jonestown Massacre just to name a few.

Now designer Sölvi Dúnn Snæbjörnsson has done a video for the song Cool Confrontation, taken from the album, where an strange animated version of the band performs.

Funky fashion film with new music from Sometime

Artist: Sometime | Single: I Will Run

The band Sometime just released the single I Will Run. These two Icelandic music veterans – singer Diva de la Rosa (Rósa Birgitta Ísfeld) and band founder theDanni (Daniel Thorsteinsson) – make emotionally charged pop music together. Their first album Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was released in 2009. Three years later came Acid Make-Out: Music from the Motion Picture, a soundtrack to a short film of the same name. Now they are working on their third album. Sometime will also play live at the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavik and Extreme Chill Festival in Berlin this summer.

The clip above features I Will Run in a promotional film for the Icelandic fashion designer K O L B R U N.

Kolfinna makes cover of The XX cover


Artist: Kolfinna | Song: Shelter

Young Icelandic debutant Kolfinna Þorgrímsdóttir has made a cover of Shelter by The XX.  And also made a simple, but nice video for it. Kolfinna is just starting her musical career, but says that she would like to be in a band and play music with others. She is learning to play the guitar and aspires to write her own songs in the future.*

The brilliant, very sparse, original by The XX has been covered by many other artists, with notable versions coming from Birdy – English recording artist Jasmine Van den Bogaerde – and Hercules and Love Affair. Kolfinnas version is so heavily influenced by Birdy’s version, that it’s actually more of a cover of the cover.

Here is Kolfinna’s new video for Shelter:

Here’s is Birdy’s version of the same song.

And here is the original in a vibrant live version:

* Source: Visir

Icelandic hip hop is alive and kicking Pt. II

Our last post about hip hop attracted much attention. So of course we want to continue to highlight some the interesting things that are happening in the Icelandic hip-hop scene. Here comes a report that contains both brand new single releases, fresh tracks from the past few months and some older stuff.

Gísli Pálmi was born in Iceland, but raised on the streets of west Los Angeles. After spending his childhood years in L.A. he dropped out of high school to move back to east Reykjavik, Iceland.  He dropped a new video today, titled Loftleiðir.

Emmsjé Gauti recently released a one shot video for a new single titled Þeyr. And he’s also putting on for his city shooting the video at one of Iceland’s most iconic landmarks Hallgrímskirkja.

A video from Cryptochrome aka Anik (Dark Circle) and Una Stígsdóttir released early this year. The Cryptochrome project is described as “alternative hip hop/ next level future rap”.

XXX Rottweiler hundar (XXX Rottweiler dogs) made successful albums in 2001 and 2003. The band pioneered Icelandic rap and hip hop and published the first all Icelandic hip hop albums. After ten years of silence they released a new album last year, which contains Klárum allt í kvöld (Let´s finish all tonight).

Herra Hnetusmjör (Mr Peanutbutter) is a rapper from Kopavogur, a suburb south of Reykjavik. Right now he is working on his upcoming mixtape Fresh Prince í Kópavogi. The track above borrows the beat from Eminem’s Real Slim Shady.