Iceland: Electronic & Garage Mixtape (#6A) Stream & Download

This mixtape – the first in a series of three on Icelandic music – focuses on electronic musicians and garage rock bands.


Over the course of three days, we will be rolling out a three-part, comprehensive mixtape covering many bases of the Icelandic music scene, to supplement our feature about The Real Icelandic Music Scene. The feature digs beneath Iceland’s obvious musical exports like Sigur Rós, Múm, and Björk, and finds out what everyday life is like for the average Icelandic musician.

This mixtape – the first in a series of three – focuses on electronic musicians and garage rock bands.

We contacted a number of Icelandic record labels and independent musicians to exclusive permission to host MP3s just for this mixtape. You will not find the majority of these MP3s available for free anywhere else on the internet… so enjoy!

Curated by Vivian Hua, Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE

 

Download Mixtape (132.5 MB)

 

  1. Bloodgroup – “My Arms” (Self-Released)
    Smart synthpop that waxes and wanes in expert fashion! There’s certainly a reason this band seems to be on the move throughout Europe.

    www.bloodgroup.is

     

  2. Who Knew – “Tranquility” (DevilDuck / 101 Berlin)
    “Tranquility” has rambunctious drumming and vocals that are slightly reminiscent of a Yeasayer track, but it’s arguably more fascinating, due in part to a near-operatic underlying layers!

    www.who-knew.it

     

  3. Yoda Remote – “Funky Blueberry” (Self-Released)
    Light-hearted electropop by a duo that simply loves electronic music and wants to have fun making it.

    www.yodaremote.tk

     

  4. Berndsen – “400 Trips” (Self-Released)
    Berndsen pays homage to ‘80s synthpop with “400 Trips.” His entire Lover In The Dark album, which came out in late 2009, does the same as well.

    www.berndsen.is

     

  5. Pornopop – “Little Kafka” (Ching Ching Bling Bling)
    Brothers Pétur Úlfur Einarsson and Ágúst Arnar Einarsson have created a masterpiece here, banking on a foundation of wicked manipulated vocals and electronic noise. Download four other tracks for free on Pornopop’s SoundCloud page.

    www.facebook.com/twolazytigers

     

  6. Ljósvaki – “All That Is (Akina Gegoo)” (Self-Released)
    Leifur Eiríksson creates minimal electronic pop with overt hip-hop influences and calming mantras.

    www.ljosvaki.com

     

  7. Evil Madness – “Free Magic Weed” (Hljóðaklettar / 12 Tónar)
    This supergroup, comprised of Stilluppsteypa, DJ Musician, Jóhann Jóhannsson, BJ Nilsen and occasionally Curver, glides with “Free Magic Weed,” in an appropriately dubby, ambient way.

    www.myspace.com/evil666madness

     

  8. Tarnús Jr. – “Silly Idol Little Boy” (Ching Ching Bling Bling)
    With an almost grinding industrial feel, “Silly Idol Little Boy” creaks and groans mechanically every instrumental turn.

    www.myspace.com/tarnusjr

     

  9. Borko – “Dingdong Kingdom” (Kimi Records / Morr Music)
    Solo artist Björn Kristiansson, known more commonly as Borko, combines the best aspects of pop music with electronic minimalism, to great success, in this lonesome and haunting track.

    www.myspace.com/borkoborko

     

  10. Reykjavík! – “The Blood” (Kimi Records)
    Here, the mixtape splits and shifts to capture Iceland’s more raucous side. Reykjavík! (or sometimes Reykjavik! without the í) came highly recommended by a host of other Icelandic musicians, and for good reason.

    www.myspace.com/reykjaviktheband

     

  11. Mammút – “Svefnsýkt” (Record Records)
    In “Svefnsykt,” this co-ed five-piece combines post-punk influences with female vocals, for frenetic, explosive results.

    www.myspace.com/mammut

     

  12. Black Valentine – “Ben Suala, Keep Walking The Walk” (Ching Ching Bling Bling)
    One half of the Icelandic duo Pornopop, Black Valentine presents a rockin’ track with psychedelic undertones, not unlike those one might find in the music of Black Mountain or The Black Angels.www.gogoyoko.com

     

  13. IKEA SATAN – “Sound Of The Planet” (Ching Ching Bling Bling)
    IKEA SATAN has quite a name, but it captures the band’s core nature, which splits between the accessible and the heavy.

    www.ikeasatan.com

     

  14. kimono – “Black” (Kimi Records)
    Kimono doesn’t really care about conventions, and certainly cram a lot of sonic information into 3 minutes and 20 seconds.

    www.myspace.com/kimono

     

  15. Múgsefjun – “Hagmunatikin” (Gúngala)
    As a five-piece indie pop band, Múgsefjun is influenced plenty by folk rock, which always results in a fascinating listen, with songwriting creativity brimming throughout.

    www.myspace.com/mugsefjun

     

  16. BONUS TRACK: Caterpillarmen – “Döðludans” (Brak Records)
    This mysterious Brak Records band breaks all molds in a noodling, irreverent fashion. Here is its unreleased and recently mastered track, which translates loosely to “Date-Dance.”

    www.facebook.com/pages/Caterpillarmen/122428376830

     

  17. BONUS TRACK: Hunk Of A Man – “Captain Of Love” (Hljóðaklettar)
    Boogie down with Maggi Lego, aka Hunk Of A Man, a self-professed “Captain Of Love.” If your disco self were ever to look for one, here would be a good place to start.

    www.myspace.com/hunkofaman

     

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Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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11 years ago

yes!

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