Reykjavik’s indie pop collective Retro Stefson was born out of the ashes of an ill-fated rap group started by lead singer Unnstein Stefansson. The six members (who happen to be former schoolmates) gradually moved to a more pop-oriented sound, while also taking inspiration from world music. Now a fully-fledged band, Retro Stefson have released 2 albums, a handful of EPs and they recently shared a brand new song, “Qween”, the first single off their forthcoming third LP.
Retro Stefson mix rock influences, low slung bass lines, funk guitars, electronic beats and African elements to create a fresh and enticing sound. But the young combo also like to share their colourful music palette with other a artists. In the past, they have remixed songs for fellow Icelanders FM Belfast, who returned the favour on “Senseni”.
FM Belfast - Frequency (Retro Stefson Remix)
Retro Stefson - Senseni (FM Belfast Remix)
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An organically grown, highly addictive electropop outfit from Iceland, FM Belfast have been capturing the imaginations of constantly growing audiences throughout the world ever since they first appeared on Iceland’s notoriously vibrant music scene in 2006.
Some time last Spring, this happy bunch released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Don’t Want To Sleep, via Kimi Records in Iceland and Morr Music internationally, introduced by punchy lead single “New Year”.
FM Belfast - New Year
Adventurous, joyful and exciting, FM Belfast’s latest album is bound to put the entire world at their feet, or better yet, to make everyone jump to their feet and dance! It is melodic, electronic pop music with an incredibly uplifting vibe…
FM Belfast - Vertigo (Pink Ganter Remix)
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FM Belfast started out as a duo in 2005, around Christmas time, when Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson and Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir made a song as a present for their friends. What could have been a one-off collaboration actually turned into a full-fledged band the following year, when Arni Vilhjalmsson and Orvar Smarason joined the band. In October 2006 they were invited to play their first full concert at the internationally renowned Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavik.
The members now vary from three to eight depending on who can make it, but the band’s hard core is Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson, Árni Vilhjálmsson and Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir. FM Belfast’s debut album How To Make Friends relies heavily on programmed beats and synths, pumped up with the band’s innate sense of fun. The album oozes a retro 80s vibe and it will make you bob your head till your neck hurts.
FM Belfast - Underwear
Of course FM Belfast are not the first Icelandic band to make electronic music, but their sound is different from that of fellow Icelanders Sigur Rós or Eberg. Their songs are infused with a sense of derision that makes them instantly accessible and familiar. With their lo-fi casio keyboards and simplistic lyrics, FM Belfast make music for the 21st century, music for the club. Party on!
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“Underwear” is taken off FM Belfast‘s 2008 debut album How To Make Friends, released internationally via World Champion Records. The video was directed by DANIELS (Daniel Scheinert and Dan Kwan) with Douglas Burgdorff on camera.
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