Swedish duo Club 8 consists of vocalist Karolina Komstedt and multi-instrumentalist Johan Angergård (also known for his work with Acid House Kings or The Legends). Ever since they started making music together back in 1995, the pair have embraced musical genres ranging from chamber pop to disco chic, from bossa nova to trip-hop and pretty much every thing in between.
Club 8 - Hot Sun
Their eighth album, Above The City, released on Labrador, is just as stylistically diverse as their previous works. It incorporates, among other things, a children choir, Russian field recordings, samples from erotic movies and constructions sites, recorded in various places such as basements and staircases to get the right sound.
On the album, Club 8 largely maintain their distinctive elegance and familiar low-key reserve, but without ever losing focus of those vibrant yet melancholic pop melodies that strike straight at the heart.
For more info and music check out Club 8’s Facebook or visit the band’s official site. You can buy Above The City from Labrador’s online store or download it on
Formed in 2008, Pallers are a blissed-out electronica duo who make “Dance music for the lazy, the blazers and for the slightly depressed”. At the helm of this musical ship, long-time friends Johan Angergård (Club 8, Acid House Kings, The Legends) and Henrik Mårtensson build an ever shimmering mosaic of sounds in which every element is integrated with such ease it almost seems effortless.
Pallers - Humdrum
The duo’s monumental debut album The Sea of Memories was produced and recorded during three years’ time in apartments, basements, villas and cabins in Pallers, La mar, Stockholm, Miami and Cape Town. Ten tracks where the ever growing melodies and muffled beats beneath the surface transform the listening experience into a space voyage of emotional discoveries.
Pallers - The Kiss (Suburban Kids With Biblical Names remix)
Influenced equally by ambient, trip hop, electronica and pop music, The Sea of Memories is “difficult to describe in words,” Johan explains “but when music makes a three dimensional universe where you can really sink into the music, it feels like sounds are coming from everywhere, and it’s not like ‘oh, I can hear a guitar, and there’s a drum’, but to put parts together that sound a bit outer worldly.”
Want more? Here is Pallers’ take on “Western Hospitality” by labelmate Club 8.
Club 8 - Western hospitality (Pallers Remix)
Find Pallers on Facebook or check out their official site. Buy the music from Labrador’s online store or
Club 8 are an indie pop duo formed in 1995 in Stockholm by Karolina Komstedt (from the band Poprace) and Johan Angergård (Acid House Kings, The Legends, Poprace). They released their first single “Me Too” and debut album Nouvelle on Siesta before deciding to move on to other labels. Their sound at that point could almost be categorised as anorak pop with influences from Sarah bands, Jim Ruiz and The Smiths.
In 1998/1999, their 2nd album The Friend I Once Had and the single “Missing You” was released. This song became a club and indie-radio hit in Spain and somewhat of a college radio fave in the US. The band started playing live. Their first gig was in New York in 1999. Their sound had by now developed into a more bossa nova and dance oriented one.
Club 8 - Shape up!
Their seventh album, The People’s Record, was released in May 2010 on Labrador Records. Cooked up in their famous Summersound Studios, the album mixes Dub, C-86, triphop, chill out, 80’s and bossa nova, but without ever losing focus on those wonderfully Scandinavian and melancholic pop melodies. The first single from the album was “Western Hospitality” and the band distributed for free on Labrador Records’ website.
Club 8 - Western Hospitality
For more Club 8 music check out MySpace or visit the band’s official site. You can buy The People’s Record from Labrador’s online store or download it on