Anna of the North is a collaborative project between Anna Lotterud, an electropop artist from Norway, and New Zealand-born producer Brady Daniell-Smith. The two happened to live in Australia a few years ago and they met at a show in Melbourne. They hit it off and started working together over Skype, which led to debut single “Sway”, released in 2014.
The song became an internet hit and was quickly followed by singles “Sway”, “The Dreamer”, “Baby” and most recently “Us”, which all together racked up over 40 million streams. Anna of the North also caught the attention of tastemakers such as Fader, NYLON or Noisey and picked up considerable airplay on Australia’s Triple J Radio and BBC’s Radio 1.
Released on Honeymoon/Different Recordings, brand new single “Oslo” was premiered in early January and is the official version of the track which surfaced online as a demo and has grown to be a fan favourite. It’s an icy, dark, chamber-pop tune which perfectly blends 80s tinged synths with beautifully delivered vocals.
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Norwegian alternative pop outfit Highasakite recently released their highly anticipated new full length Camp Echo via Propeller Recordings. The album is influenced by the realities and horrors of war. In fact, the album’s title is even taken from the name of a detention camp at the infamous Guantanamo Bay facility.
Camp Echo is a mix of rare musical landscapes, a place of long dark shadows, sudden flashes of glittering light, brooding silences and unexpected explosions of fierce percussion.
Vocalist Ingrid Håvik has said that Camp Echo isn’t about pushing anyone toward a political philosophy but more about how war has been central in her mindset for a number of years. “There are not many love songs on the album,” Håvik said in a statement. “Because I haven’t been in that state of mind for a long time.
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Named “Artist to watch” in 2016 by a group of Norwegian music journalists, selected to represent NRK P3 Radio at Eurosonic following two A-listed singles, Oslo-based artist Ary seems to have found her very own space among the vast landscapes of sounds and music. As well as writing and performing her own music, she is also a skilled producer. On new track “Higher”, her alluring voice thrives in a backdrop of booming beats and gripping synths.
The song is taken off Eskimo Recordings Presents: The Orange Collection, which is the latest installment in the Belgian electro label’s compilation series based around colours. Following the lauded first three chapters – Pink, Blue and Green – Eskimo once again selected 12 songs that create an effortless journey encompassing a range of sounds through indie dance, nu disco and electronica.
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Five-piece Norwegian pop band Highasakite have been captivating huge audiences over the past few years and their first releases were hugely successful both critically and commercially. Released on April 8th, their latest single “Golden Ticket” looks set to go the same way.
With this new tune, Highasakite keep creating lush pop soundscapes supported by elegant arrangements and powerful vocals. “Golden Ticket” is taken from Highasakite’s forthcoming sophomore LP Camp Echo – out May 20 2016 via Propeller Recordings.
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Norwegian synthpop princess Annie recently released a new 4-track EP called Endless Vacation and the second tune taken off this release is “Dadaday”. Following the single “Cara Mia”, this sweet-but-sad track feels like a long lost dance treasure complete with vocoder-heavy vocals, a springy bass line and 90’s inspired beat.
Like some of Annie’s previous hits (think “Chewing Gum”, “Anthonio”, “Songs Remind Me”), “Dadaday” is written and produced by Richard X, here joined by Jim Eliot and Stefon Storm.
Annie explained that her new songs are “like a perfect holiday which is actually a disaster. You’re spending time in a wonderful place but with someone who you don’t have anything to talk about with. But if you looked at the holiday photos everything would still look good on the surface. ‘Dadaday’ is a sad song from this holiday… like you are left alone in the hotel disco”
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