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Melodic and heavy rock from Kontinuum

Artist: Kontinuum | Single: Í Huldusal

Metalhammer has described them as “An astonishing cocktail of punk energy, post-rock weight and ambience, melancholic metal despondency and the occasional flash of Emperor’s ferocity”.

We don’t actually understand exactly what that means, but it sounds cool. All we know is that Kontinuum have a fresh single out now on their YouTube channel called Í Huldusal. And it’s a great example of classic quality rock in a retro style. Heavy, melodic and sung in Icelandic. Quit simply a power ballad that grows with every listening.

The single is from the band’s upcoming new album, whose title and release date are still unknown. Kontinuum’s previous album, Earth Blood Magic, was released in 2012 and was widely praised by critics.

New soothing track from Valdimar

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Artist: Valdimar | Single: Good Enough for Now

Valdimar is a true gem of a band. They have released two albums, both very successful on Iceland. Besides producing elegant, melodic, spacey and dramatic music, the band’s prime asset is singer Valdimar Guðmundsson’s gentle, sincere and soulful voice. Valdimar’s music is simply soothing to listen to. And if you haven’t listened to their music – don’t miss to check them out. Every track is worth your time. Promise.

This morning Validimar released a new single on Icelandic radio called Læt það duga. They also made an English version named Good Enough for Now. Click and listen below. Nice, isn’t it? That’s more than good enough boys!

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.

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.

Newcomers Milkhouse drip with musical honey

Artist: Milkhouse | Video: Hunang

Hunang (Honey) is the first song by newcomers Milkhouse. The members of the band are all music students and were only 17 years of age when they recorded the track. Now they have shot their first video. A strange story of power, domination and mysterious gatherings.

Recently Milkhouse entered MúsíktilraunirThe Icelandic Music Experiments, and was selected “Band of the people”. Músíktilraunir is the main venue for young and  uprising bands in Iceland. Up to 40 bands participate every year in great venues around the city.

What kind of music is it? Well it’s hard to tell after just one single. Indie music with a twist of jazz and pop, maybe?  Whatever, as soon as we heard Katrín Helga Ólafsdóttir sing we knew hers was our kind of voice. And that Milkhouse is a band to watch out for…

Really cool song and video from Grísalappalísa

Artist: Grísalappalísa | Single: ABC

Congratulations! Here’s a present for you. The first single from Grísalappalísa’s upcoming album Rökréttu Framhaldi. And we hand it over wrapped in a fantastic video. And the best part is yet to come. When it’s finally unwrapped you’ll discover that ABC is a really cool – and almost catchy – song. Here Grislappalisa sound like they are the long awaited heirs to Sugarcubes (without Björk) with a splash of Madness (the English ska/pop band from the eighties).

The video is a visual fiest; An oiled down Gunnar Ragnarsson prances around in an outfit heavily influenced by A Clockwork Orange. Flying band aids. A very handsome beard. Ham and other deli meats. And make-up, lots of make up. What can go wrong with that combination? Nothing off course.

Some facts about Grísalappalísa: The name comes from a song by Megas, the iconoclastic Tom Waits-ian Icelandic singer, and translates to something like “Pig Legged Lisa”. The band includes members from Jakobínurína, Oyama and The Heavy Experience. Quote from the band description on Facebook: “The group was founded on the idea of writing razor-sharp Icelandic lyrics firmly rooted in the Icelandic literary tradition and blending them with the groups raw freewheeling kraut and punk rock cocktail.” Rökréttu Framhaldi is released on the Icelandic National Day, 17 June.

The return of Benny Crespo’s Gang

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Artist: Benny Crespo’s Gang | Single: Birthmarks

It’s been a while, but now it’s happening. Seven years after the release of their first album, Benny Crespo’s Gang are putting the finishing touches on their second album Minor Mistakes.

They describe themselves as “A progressive rock band that evokes the quirky fuzz of Sonic Youth and the dirty sludge of Queens of the Stone Age The band is co-fronted by both Helgi and Lovisa and together they sound majestically refreshing.”

Their self-titled debut album came in 2007 and immediately received critical acclaim, earning them three nominations at the Icelandic Music Awards, including newcomer and album of the year .

You can get a taste of the new album and see the video for Birthmarks on their Facebook-page.