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YOUNG KARIN – PYK EP (Alt/Indie – Iceland)

Young Karin

Emerging just over a year ago from the ashes of short-lived project Highlands, Young Karin is a Reykjavik-based band with a refreshing sound that sets them apart from pretty much everything else in the Icelandic indie scene. On July 3rd the young duo created by Karin Sveinsdóttir and Logi Pedro (better known as a member of Retro Stefson) released the Pyk EP, made in collaboration with clothing manufacturer 66° North and photographer K_Tanman.

Young Karin - Bones     

Young Karin - U     

With this new EP we get a glimpse of Young Karin’s singular sound, a wise mix of hip hop influenced beats and avant garde pop productions, based on creative sampling, moody synths and distorted bass.

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VIDEO : SIGUR RÓS – VARÚD (Ambient/PostRock – Iceland)

Four years after their last LP, Sigur Rós finally released their new album Valtari (which literally translates to “steamroller”) last May 29th via XL Recordings. To spice things up a little, lead singer Jónsi Birgisson and his mates launched the Valtari mystery film experiment. To put it simply, the band asked a dozen film makers to create short films representing whatever came to their mind when they listened to songs from album, and all this with a strictly limited budget.

The video for the entrancingly beautiful song “Varúð” taps into the talent of Icelandic film maker Inga Birgisdóttir. Watch it above…

Find out more about Sigur Rós on their official website or on Facebook. Buy their music on Sigur

RETRO STEFSON – QWEEN (Indie/Pop – Iceland)

Retro Stefson

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)     

Find out more on Retro Stefson on Facebook or check out their official site. Buy “Qween” on Gogoyoko or Retro Stefson

SIGUR RÓS – EKKI MUKK (Ambient/Electronica – Iceland)

Four years after their last LP, Sigur Rós have returned with the lead single from their soon-to-be-released new album, Valtari. To help their numerous fans wait until the official release, the Icelandic quartet have uploaded their captivating new song “Ekki Mukk” on SoundCloud. Stream it below…

Since the band’s last album Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust in 2008, front man Jónsi launched a side project with partner Alex Somers and he also wrote the soundtrack for the motion picture We Bought A Zoo.

Sigur Rós’ new album Valtari, which means “steamroller” in Icelandic, will be their sixth studio album and it is scheduled for release on May 29th.

Find out more about Sigur Rós on their official website or on Facebook. Buy their music on Sigur

FM BELFAST – DON’T WANT TO SLEEP (Indie/Pop- Iceland)

FM Belfast

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)     

For more info find FM Belfast on Facebook or check out their official site. Buy their music on FM