SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND ON FACEBOOKYou can now follow us on Facebook for daily updates, www.facebook.com/smalltownsupersound We will also have a new website very soon (that is the reason that the updates on this site has been slow)
LINDSTRØM and CHRISTABELLE: MIXMAG ALBUM OF THE MONTHUK`s Mixmag Magazine has Lindstrøm & Christabelle`s "Real Life Is No Cool" as their album of the month. The magazine is in the stores now. The album is out the 18th of January.
PICCADILLY RECORDS` END OF YEAR REVIEWOne of our favorite store, Manchester`s Piccadilly Records has voted the best albums of 2009 and we are happy to see that they have Meanderthals as the 18th best album and Lindstrøm & Christabelle at 26. Check out their Year In Review magazine or their web site here.
MEANDERTHALS LIMITED EDITION VINYLMeanderthals` great Desire Lines album is finally out on vinyl. The album is limited edition of 500 copies and already sold out from us. There are copies in selected shops around the world. As Piccadilly Records says "Ultra-limited pressing. 500 copies only. YES IT'S FINALLY IN STOCK! No, you can't have an extra copy to sell on eBay." Piccadilly still have some copies left so you can get it here. But be quick!
TUSSLE WON THE SF WEEKLY MUSIC AWARD!Finally Tussle won the SF Weekly Music Award after having been nominated a couple of times before. They won it for best experimental album for last years wonderful "Cream Cuts". You can read more about the award and see the other winners here. Congratulation guys!!
ANNIE: 4 OUT OF 5 IN UNCUT MAGAZINE"Delayed second from Norwegian damsel. For all her impeccable pop credentials, Anne Strand has struggled to convince as a bonafide star, often through no fault of her own. "Let go" by Island, she`s taken last year`s shelved album, gilded with new Paul Epworth production, to Smalltown Supersound to exploit its riches, chief among them the powerhouse electro-pop of "Songs Remind Me Of You" (courtesy of Richard X) and "My Love Is Better" (by Girls Aloud`s team, Xenomania). Fragrant ballads "When The Night" and "Marie Cherie" add a softer dimension to a bold collection on which Annie rarely puts a foot wrong" (4/5, Piers Martin, UNCUT MAGAZINE
ANNIE: 8 OUT OF 10 IN NME!NME has Annie as their main review and gives the album a great 8 out of 10 review. The newspaper is in the stores now.
Annie: Don`t Stop with bonus cdWe get lots of questions, so here is an answer about the Annie bonus disc. The album will be released as CD, LP, DL and a special edition CD with an extra bonus disc. The bonus disc will contain the All Night EP which is the following tracks: All Night, I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me, Anthonio, I Can´t Let Go, Sweet. You can, among others, get it here
ANNIE LONDON SHOW AT THE SOCIAL 17. OCTOBERAnnie will do 2 gigs in London this weekend. The before mentioned Saint Etienne support show, as well as a solo show at The Social the 17th of October.
ANNIE: NEW TRACK + EMPEROR MACHINE REMIX AT iTUNESCheck out the new track My Love Is Better taken from the upcoming album. This and a remix of the same track by Emperor Machine is now available at iTunes.
LINDSTRØM AND CHRISTABELLE: BEST NEW MUSIC AT PITCHFORKPitchfork has a great 8 out of 10 review of the Aeroplane remix of Lindstrøm & Christabelle`s Baby Can`t Stop track. You can read the whole review here. The track will be released on a 12" soon (which will also include a Dølle Jølle remix). There will also be a second 12" with Baby Can`t Stop remixes from The Idjut Boys and Prins Thomas. More info here soon.
ANNIE TO OPEN FOR SAINT ETIENNE IN LONDONAnnie will open for her friends in Saint Etienne at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, Friday the 16th of October.
GET A SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND BAG FOR FREE!We have some Smalltown Supersound tote bags (black bag with white Smalltown Supersound logo, perfect to carry vinyl records in) to give away. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (with subject: bag) and we`ll pick out the lucky winners in a weeks time.
MUNGOLIAN JETSET: MOJO REVIEW"Oslo meets Ibiza meets Tashkent in this double set from the mysterious Norwegian nu-balearic collective who source nominal dance music from a smorgasboard of slow-motion beats, cosmic chants and pilfered bits of disco, prog and soft rock. It`s bonkers, but compelling" (3/5, MOJO)
SERENA-MANEESH TO SIGN WITH 4ADOur good friends Serena-Maneesh (whom we where lucky to release SM Backwards with) has signed with 4AD. This is a perfect match. Congratulations guys!
SOME OLD STUFF, NOW AVAILABLE AGAINWe`ve released some of our old releases digitally for the first time now. All these albums are out of print and hard to find. Still they are pretty good and we`re proud of our back catalouge. So here they are, the old Supersounds: Stuntbike "Gone", Epikurs Euforie "Heart Sounds" (check out the Oakland Rythm track, by far the scariest piece of music we have ever released. Maybe also some of the best), Elektro Nova/Electro Nova "S/T" and Continental Fruit "Mentor Mentee". They are available at iTunes everywhere as well as on Spotify.
MUNGOLIAN JETSET: 4 OUT OF 5 IN UNCUT!Mungolian Jetset gets a great 4 out of 5 review in the new issue of Uncut. "Extraordinary prog-disco extravanganza". We agree!
NISENNENMONDAI: GREAT NEW YORK TIMES REVIEWCheck out this great Nisennemondai review in The New York Times. Read the review url=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/arts/music/16play.html?_r=1&ref=music]here[/url]
NISENNENMONDAI INTERVIEW IN THE WIRECheck out the Nisennenmondai interview in the new issue of The Wire.
SERENA-MANEESH TO PLAY MY BLOODY VALENTINE`S ATP PARTYSerena-Maneesh has been invited to play My Bloody Valentine`s All Tomorrows Parties from the 04 Dec 2009 to 06 Dec 2009, Butlin's Holiday Centre, Minehead, England. Other bands on the same billing; Sonic Youth, Buzzcocks, Bob Mould, Primal SCream, The Pastels, J Mascis. Wow! More info here
ARP: MIXTAPE FOR VESSEL BLOGGCheck out this great mixtape that Alexis Georgopoulos aka Arp put together for the Vessel blogg. This give you a good insight of what inspires Alexis to create the Arp sound. We have heard the demo for the new Arp album, due early 2010, and we`re blown away. Can`t wait to get this released! Anyway, check out the mixtape first here
THE WINNER OF BIG CHILL FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE:We congratulate Scott Rapson from Scotland as he is the winner of two tickets to the great Big Chill Festival where he can see both Kim Hiorthøy and Lindstrøm live among others. Enjoy the festival Scott!
LINDSTRØM 12": STREAM AND REVIEW AT PITCHFORKListen and read about the new Lindstrøm 12" the "Leftovers EP" url=http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/11370-the-magnificent/]here.[/url]
LINDSTRØM 12" RECORD OF THE WEEK AT PICCADILLYAnd here is what they say: Introducing two brand new old Lindstrøm tracks: "The Magnificent" and "Disturbing The Perfect Symmetry". The "Leftovers EP" came about when Prins Thomas, Todd Terje and Smalltown Supersound were let into the Lindstrom vaults to have a nose about. With the amount of music Lindstrom makes he's bound to forget about some tracks, and these two were just found laying around on a shelf. When both these Nordic DJ / producers AND Smalltown Supersound insisted that the tracks had to be released, he decided it was maybe a good idea to actually put them out. "The Magnificent" sits somewhere between Roule era French house (big, anthemic, synthy) and Lindstrom's usual Balearic fair, while "Disturbing The Perfect Symmetry" is one for the cosmic / Balearic heads. If these two amazing cuts were left to gather dust, just imagine what else he's got squirrelled away!
WIN BIG CHILL FESTIVAL TICKETS TO SEE LINDSTRØM AND KIM HIORTHØY!Both Lindstrøm and Kim Hiorthøy will play at the great Big Chill Festival (Eastnor Castle Deer Park, UK, from 6th-9th August). Now you can win a pair of tickets (for you and a friend) to the festival. The only thing you have to do is send us an e-mail to email@example.com with subject "Kim and Lindstrom". Maybe say why you want the tickets. The festival is headlined by David Byrne, Basement Jaxx, and a specially-reformed Orbital, Spiritualized, Lamb, Amadou & Mariam, Friendly Fires and many more. Read more about the festival here
MUNGOLIAN JETSET ON UNCUT`S PLAYLISTMungolian Jetset`s fantastic double album "We Gave It All Away, And Now We`re Taking It Back" will hit the stores the 17th of August. And its not only us that love this album; Uncut has the album at no 6 on this weeks playlist, check it out here.
AND THE WINNER IS...We`re surprised how many people that joined our small competition to get the Lindstrøm test press 12". The lucky winner is Kristian Thorwart from Aachen in Germany. Congratulations Kristian! The 12" is on its way in the post to you now. For all the others, the 12" will be available in the shops in a couple of weeks. More info soon. Thanks to all who joined the competition.
LARS HORNTVETH LIVE AT THE SONAR FESTIVAL THIS WEEKLars Horntveth is doing a rare live performance at the Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Spain, this week together with the BCN216 orchestra. To get more info go to the Sonar site here.. Lars Horntveth`s wonderful "Kaleidoscopic" is out now!
WIN LINDSTRØM 12" TEST PRESSING!We will soon release a new 12" by Lindstrøm titled "Leftovers EP". We have just recevied some test pressings, and they sound great! There is only 30 copies made and now you can win one of these. Just send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will enter the competition (subject the mail with Lindstrom).
LINDSTRØM LIVE SHOW IN LONDON THIS WEEKLindstrøm will play live at Koko, London Thursday 11 June 7:30pm - 1am (1A Camden High St., NW1 T:0870.432.5527 Tube: Mornington Crescent/Camden Town £15) together with Glass Candy and Twisted Wires
LABEL NIGHT AT SLOTTSFJELLFESTIVALOur friends Sunkissed will host a Smalltown Supersound label night at the great Slottsfjellfestival in Tonsberg (outside of Oslo), Norway. The festival takes place 16-18 of July. Smalltown artists playing are: Mungolian Jetset, Diskjokke, Bjørn Torske with DJ sets from the Sunkissed crew. More info here.
INTRODUCING THE MUNGOLIAN JETSET!We are proud to announce that we have signed Mungolian Jetset. It is probably one of the best albums ever released on Smalltown Supersound! The double album "We Gave It All Away, Now We Are Taking It Back" is coming out the 17th of August. Check out this Resident Advisor piece here to get album details. To hear their wild sounds go to their Myspace site here.
K-X-P: LIVE AT MONO, OSLOK-X-P from Helsinki, Finland, will play live at Mono in Oslo the 7th of May. K-X-P has still not released anything (except the 18 Hours track on the On Fire sampler), but the debut album will be released autumn 2009. We have been listening to the demos for two years now, and we can promise big things coming. Trust us. At Mono also Deathprod, Alex Gunia & Bjørn C. will also play.
ON FIRE: NICE MONOCLE REVIEW"Joakim Haugland`s in-case-you-missed-em round-up of acts from the reliably surprising Norwegian label throws a hearish, lumberjack arm around a wide array of high-jinks and bliss. Lindstrøm and Diskjokke hustle for dancefloor attention while Arp`s Eno-ish euphorics and Meanderthals` Lemon Jelly-moulded relaxo-pop calm the fjord. Smalltown Supersound is ablaze" (Monocle Magazine)
GET "ON FIRE" FOR FREE AT RECORD STORE DAY IN UK AND USSmalltown Supersound`s label compilation On Fire (the CD version) will be our contribution to the great Records Store Day. The compilation will be available at selected stores in both UK and US. Show your support to your local record store!
KIM HIORTHØY LIVE IN COPENHAGENKim will play live at Second Society Festival in Copenhagen, Saturday the 4th of April. If you`re in Copenhagen, check it out!
ON FIRE: RAVING FACT MAGAZINE REVIEW!Our "On Fire" compilation that is free with the March issue of Plan B Magazine gets a raving 8,5 review at UK`s Fact Magazine who says "everything here is brilliant and it is possibly the best compilation I have heard this year". Wow, thanks! We will release this compilation on limited edition vinyl also soon. Stay tuned for more info. Read the whole Fact review here.
KIM HIORTHØY ART SHOW IN MALMÖ, SWEDENKim Hiorthøy will have a small solo show titled "Nu Ska Jag Sluta Spela Dum" in an apartment in Malmö, Sweden, opening is this friday April 3rd, at 6pm. There will be a special edition of the zine Fabrik available, consisting of six photographs by Kim. More info at Byrån
Byrån and at Fabrik
FREE SAMPLER WITH EVERY SUPERSTORE ORDERWe`ll give away the "On Fire" compilation for free with all orders (for physical products that is, not digital) from our online Superstore. It`s a brand new compilation that is coming with UK magazine Plan B`s March issue. All new tracks from among others Drivan, Lindstrøm, K-X-P, Nissenenmondai, Mungolian Jet Set, Meanderthals, Arp, Tussle (Prins Thomas remix), Sunburned Hand Of The Man (Bjørn Torske remix), Toy and Diskjokke. Artwork by Kim Hiorthøy. 80 minutes with new supersounds!
TUSSLE: US TOUR WITH RATATATTussle will in April go on a big US tour with Ratatat. For details and dates, check out the live section. And make sure to cathch Tussle live! They are amazing.
CLASH MAGAZINE ABOUT K-X-PClash Magazine live review from By:Larm Festival. "Rough, binary and depraved. K-X-P make accelerated krautrock which at points swerves into live three-piece techno. Disrupted soundscapes give way to layered synths given wings by urgent live drums. Yet with zero movement on stage this Finnish band are a rough prospect and have elements to hone. Occasional shouted vocals are reminiscent of DFA whilst the bass groove is all early Jimi Tenor, making it a must for a small club opposed to this echoing auditorium. Ones to watch." (Clash Magazine)
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN: VINYL VERSION (LIMITED ED)Finally the vinyl version of Sunburned Hand Of The Man`s great "Fire Escape" (produced by Four Tet) will be released. The LP is a limited edition of 1000 copies, no repress. The LP contains the new and exclusive bonus track "Spinefry" taken from the same Four Tet produced session. Also the LP version has new artwork done (as with the CD) by EYE of Boredoms. The vinyl will be released the 20th of April.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND COMPILATION WITH PLAN B MAGAZINESmalltown Supersound has a free CD with the March issue of UK`s great Plan B Magazine. The CD features all new stuff that will be released on upcoming releases in 2009. The artists on the CD are: Drivan (new Kim Hiorthøy project), Arp, Meanderthals, Mungolian Jet Set (featuring Lindstrøm and Dominique Leone), Lindstrøm & Solale, Diskjokke, Tussle (Prins Thomas remix), Nisennenmondai, K-X-P, Sunburned Hand Of The Man (Bjørn Torske remix) and Toy. So buy Plan B if you want to hear the supersounds of 2009! The album will also be released in Japan on CD and on a limited edition vinyl in Europe and USA (releasedate TBA)
INTRODUCING K-X-P (AT BY:LARM)Smalltown Supersound is proud to have signed K-X-P from Helsinki, Finland. K-X-P is a synth/drum/bass trio led by Timo Kaukolampi, known from bands such as And The Lefthanded, Op:l Bastards as well as producer of Annie. We first met Timo when he remixed 120 Days. K-X-P has not played live outside of Finland, and By:Larm is the first opportunity to see and hear them. You can see a clip of the band at YouTube here. We will release the album later this year, but before that, go check them out live if you have the chance.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND AT BY:LARMSmalltown Supersound have 3 artists playing at Oslo`s ByLarm festival this week. Lindstrøm, The Whitest Boy Alive and new signing KXP from Finland will all play. To check out the program of where and when they play go here. On Saturday the 21st all three artists will be performing at Sentrum Scene.
DRIVAN: KIM HIORTHØY`S NEW BANDWe are happy to announce that Kim Hiorthøy will return with a band called Drivan. The album is finished recorded and is in post production now. Releasedate TBA. Kim says: "Drivan is a collaboration between me and three girls from Sweden: Lisa Östberg, Louise Peterhoff and Kristiina Viiala (well actually Kristiina is from Finland). I made music for a dance performance they were in, and also some songs. I really liked their singing and asked if they would be interested in doing more. I produced the music and then we collaborated on lyrics and structure. The finished record is some kind of folky hip-hop loops meet Marine Girls maybe. I'm not sure. All lyrics are in swedish. Drivan means something like 'drift' as in 'snow drift' or snow storm."
LARS HORNTVETH: 4 OUT OF 5 IN MOJO"Delightful orchestral manoeuvers from Norwegian wunderkind. When Oslo`s Lars Horntveth isn`t lending his instrumental talents to one of the 50-plus albums he`s thus far guested on, he´s helming brass heavy soundscapers Jaga Jazzist and composing lovely chamber works such as those captured on his 2004 solo debut, Pooka. Not bad for a twenty something. Kaleidoscopic, recorded in Riga with the 41 piece Latvian National Orchestra, expands ambitiously on it`s predecessor – effectively one 37 minute composition offsetting Horntveth`s deadpan piano and discreet electronics with blissful, cinematic string cadences, querulous woodwinds, rippling harps and twinkling xylophones. Morphing from minimalist arpeggio to grand symphonic sweep at the drop of a baton , at times it recalls Basil Kirchin`s jazzily affable film music, at others it`s like Steve Reich`s Music For 18 Musicians glimpsed through an Ennio Morricone prism. Its hugely impressive and you get the feeling Horntveth is still just warming up" (4/5, David Sheppard, MOJO)
MEANDERTHALS: THE IDJUT BOYS + RUNE LINDBAEKWe`re proud to announce that we will put out the debut album by Meanderthals who are London`s Idjut Boys and Norway`s Rune Lindbaek. To get more details check out the Resident Advisor newspiece here. The album is titled Desire Lines and will be released the 11th of May. Artwork and photos by Kim Hiorthøy.
LARS HORNTVETH: 4 OUT OF 5 IN GUARDIAN"Reeds player Lars Horntveth was one of the brains behind Jaga Jazzist, the clubby, noisy mini-big band who gave an extra jolt to the already buzzing Norwegian scene several years ago. His new album, Kaleidoscopic, is more self-consciously grown-up, and, by its very nature, poses several interesting challenges. For a start, it is a continuous 37-minute piece for orchestra - a one-track CD that bucks the trend for shuffle-listening. Like a musical interpretation of Saul Steinberg's single-line installations, it delineates a rambling, picaresque fantasy that moves steadily through different moods and timbres. There are moments best described as classy post-rock; others are minimalist or even "light classical". There are portamento-heavy ambient strings, with echoes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Bernard Herrmann-like theme developments. It's no magnum opus, but what Kaleidoscopic lacks in single-minded intensity is balanced by its generous evocation of an expansive, continuous panorama of textures and motifs, given human scale by Horntveth's agreeably gruff bass clarinet." (John L. Walters, The Guardian)
LARS HORNTVETH: KALEIDOSCOPIC AVAILABLE FROM ITUNES AND SUPERSTORELars Horntveth`s great "Kaleidoscopic" is now available from Itunes and other downloadstores, as well as from our own Superstore.
LINDSTRØM: NORWEGIAN GRAMMY AWARDWe congratulate Lindstrøm with the Norwegian Grammy Award for best electronic album of 2008 with his "Where You Go I Go Too"
LARS HORNTVETH: 5 OUT OF 5 IN DMC UPDATE MAGAZINELars Horntveth is one half of Jaga Jazzist, and his second album 'Kaleidoscopic' was recorded with most of the Latvian National Orchestra. If you liked Johann Johannsson's outstanding 'Fordlandia' album towards the end of last year you'll definitely go for this, though on this occasion it's one, through-composed track that clearly gains intensity through its 37 minute span, as Horntveth tightens the screw. Best listened to in a quiet room to appreciate the softer textures, it hardly has any beats - but when percussion is introduced there is a pretty strong sense of rhythm. Even more effective are the sweeping unison string themes that bring extra warmth to the cool exterior. When listening to this you could almost be watching the Northern Lights, as textures dance and shimmer - and for staying in music in the January chill, it's a piece that takes some beating. 5/5 Ben Hogwood
LINDSTRØM: MOJO LP REVIEW"The Norwegian producer and remixer`s warmly received 2008 debut full-lengther, newly re-edited for vinyl. The Scando-Balearic title track appears in two segments, both pulsing, fertile electronic sweeps that seem to reveal the curvature of the Earth. The remaining tracks are similarly mountain-high, with the steely disco of Grand Ideas sustaining tension and The Long Way Home creating a lush Jam & Lewis-meets-Vangelis dance sound best enjoyed sitting down" (Mojo Magazine)
LINDSTRØM: USA TOUR IN LATE JANUARYLindstrøm will do a small US tour in the end of January, only playing 3 dates. You can see his live show here: Jan 29 at Studio B in NYC, Jan 30 at Smart Bar in Chicago and Jan 31 at Paradise in San Francisco.
LARS HORNTVETH: GREAT FACT MAGAZINE REVIEW"37 minutes long filmic compositions recorded with the Latvian National Orchestra don`t arrive at the Fact towers on a regular basis, but thats our loss if they sound as good and charming as this. Taking inspirations from Steve Reich, Jean-Claude Vannier and Stereolab, Jaga Jazzist leader Lars Horntveth`s Kaleidoscopic is, as the name suggests, a constantly evolving score, full of surprises" (Fact Magazine)
TUSSLE: 12TH BEST ALBUM AT EAST VILLAGE RADIOTussle`s Cream Cuts is voted the 12th best album of 2008 at East Village Radio. Other band on top 10 are: Last Shadow Puppets, MGMT, Vivian Girls, Glasvegas, Fleet Foxes.
LINDSTRØM: PITCHFORK`S 12TH BEST ALBUM OF THE YEARThe scruffy Norwegian Hans-Peter "Lindstrøm might still be better known for his collaborations with Prins Thomas, but he has on his own produced perhaps the most audacious musical statement of 2008. Inspired by the multistage epics from electronic music's past, Where You Go I Go Too nevertheless can't be explained away as a genre experiment. The centerpiece is the titanic, half-hour title track, where heroic Moog swaths meet beachy Balearic techno. The shortest of the three tracks, "Grand Ideas", might have sprung from new age composer Jean Michel Jarre's laser harp in 1981, but it would also kill on a contemporary dance floor. Throughout, Where You Go displays patience as it celebrates electronic music's origins in a way far deeper than Lindstrøm's previous disco throwbacks ever could." --Mike Orme, Pitchfork
TUSSLE AND LIQUID LIQUID DJ SETS NEW YEAR`S EVENathan from Tussle and Sal P from Liquid Liquid will spin records on New Year`s Eve hosted by Tristes Tropiques (Radio Rhythm) at Edinburgh Castle Pub, 950 Geary St, San Francisco, 9 pm – 2 am ($10/$12 after 11pm). Wish we could be there!
BJØRN TORSKE IN LONDONBjørn Torske will play live or DJ (we are not sure...) in London at Nodisko 5th Birthday, Saturday the 17th of January at Fabric Room 3. Other artists are Zak Frost, Lazersonic, Guglielmo Mascio. DJs in the other rooms are Jon Tejada, Luke Slater + more tbc. Bjørn Torske will return soon with a new 12". We are waiting for it as much as you are, and yes, we are pushing him to get it!
DISKJOKKE BAND AND SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND IN LONDONSmalltown Supersound and our norwegian friends Telle Records will host a night at Cargo in London together on the 11th of December. Artists playing are Diskjokke with his amazing live band and The New Wine as well as Hot Hot Hot DJs (Telle labelfounder Mikal Telle and DJ Asel) and Smalltown`s Joakim Haugland.
LINDSTRØM: ALBUM OF THE YEAR IN PLAN B MAGAZINEUK`s Plan B Magazine holds Lindstrom`s "Where You Go I Go Too" as one of the best album of the year (the list is in no particular order) describing it as "So Lindstrom, in sum: whales on pills at five in the morning, by a Balearic island". Not sure what to make of that though..
LINDSTRØM: MORE ALBUM OF THE YEARThe Quietus has Lindstrøm`s "Where You Go I Go Too" as the 22nd best album of the year. See the list here. Also Exclaim in Canada has the album as the 3rd best electronic album of 2008. London`s great Sister Ray store has Lindstrom as the 18th best album of 2008.
LINDSTRØM: 10TH BEST ALBUM OF 2008 IN IDJ MAGAZINEUK`s IDJ Magazine has voted Lindstrøm`s "Where You Go I Go Too" the 10th best album of 2008
LINDSTRØM: ALBUM OF THE YEAR IN XLR8RXLR8R Magazine in US has voted the 25 best albums of 2008 (in no particular order) and we are happy to announce that Lindstrøm`s "Where You Go I Go Too" album is in this list together with artists such as Portishead, MGMT, Flying Lotus, Spiritualized, Glass Candy, Foals and more. To see the full list go here.
LARS HORNTVETH: NEW ALBUM OUT 26. JANUARYWe are happy to announce that Lars Horntveth (of Jaga Jazzist) will release his second album, Kaleidoscopic, on Smalltown Supersound the 26 of January. This is the follow-up to his acclaimed Pooka album. Kaleidoscopic consists of one 37 minute long composition and was recorded with 41 members of the Latvian National Orchestra (34 string players, 3 percussionists, clarinet, flute, bass trombone and one harp), with Lars Horntveth himself playing piano, horns, and clarinets. The album was produced by Jørgen “Dupermann” Traeen. You can buy the album from our online Superstore now if you can`t wait till January. We love the album, and we think you will do so too.
LINDSTRØM: VINYL SOLD OUTLindstrøm`s Where You Go I Go Too, the double vinyl version is now sold out. The only chance to get it is if you find it in a store. The LP will not be repressed.
LINDSTRØM: SPECIAL EDITION OF WHERE YOU GO I GO TOOBeginning of December will see the release of a special edition of "Where You Go I Go Too" that includes a bonus CD with the Prins Thomas edits. Track 1, 2 and 4 on this bonus CD are edits made by Prins Thomas for the vinyl edition of the album, also available on STS153LP. Track 3 is a radio-edit made by Prins Thomas.
KIM HIORTHØY: ART EXHIBITION AT STANDARD OSLOKim has a new exhibition at Standard Oslo titled "FEAR FOLLOWED BY BOREDOM FOLLOWED BY FEAR FOLLOWED BY BOREDOM FOLLOWED BY FEAR FOLLOWED BY BOREDOM FOLLOWED BY SLEEP". The exhibition opens Thursday 2nd of October at 7 pm. For more information go to Standard Oslo`s web site here.
LINDSTRØM: LIVE IN LONDON AT 02 ARENA THIS WEEKLindstrøm headlines a This Is Not London show at Matter at O2 Arena Friday, 3rd October at 10pm. Other acts the same night are: Simian Mobile Disco, Dusty Kid, Shit Robot, Emperor Machine. Venue details:Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0AX, Nearest station is Tube: North Greenwich, BR: Westcombe Park Railway Station; Bus: 020 7549 6686
R.I.P. ADAM NODELMANAdam Nodelman member of Sunburned Hand of the Man died suddenly on Monday, August 25, 2008. Adam Nodelman, age 43, married and father of 3 girls, died suddenly at his Woodstock, NY home on Monday, August 25th. The cause of death is yet to be determined. Adam had a huge heart and the musical energy of 10 men. This is a huge loss for his family and friends. Memorial services and events are being planned right now for New York City, the Woodstock Area, and Western Massachusetts to commemorate him and celebrate Adam's life. If anyone has any photos or video or good stories about of Adam please contact Sunburned at email@example.com
KIM HIORTHØY: RARE OSLO SHOWKim Hiorthøy will play a rare Oslo show at Oslo`s best club, The Villa, on Saturday the 29th of August. DJs for the night is Pal "Strangefruit" Nyhus of Mungolian Jet Set fame, Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh head) and David Dajani of Pirate Love.
LINDSTRØM: VINYL VERSIONThe vinyl version of Lindstrøm`s "Where You Go I Go Too" will be ready in a couple of weeks. It is a double album and as the tracks are long the vinyl version consists of edits done by Prins Thomas. Perfectly made for DJs and for vinyl lovers.
LINDSTRØM: IN-STORE SHOW AT ROUGH TRADELindstrøm celebrates the release of his new album Where You Go I Go Too at Rough Trade in London. Here is what Rough Trade writes: "This is real treat, Lindstrom's new album "Where You Go I Go Too" performed live in its entirety. The Norwegian producer, perhaps best known for the more bite-sized cuts collected on 2006's fantastic "It's a Feedelity Affair" claims that the albums more layered approach is the opposite of minimalism & that the elongated track times help lend the disc a bit of drama & the feel of a long journey.". More info about the in-store here.
LINDSTRØM: GREAT 4 OUT 5 REVIEW IN GUARDIAN"Having kick-started the cosmic disco rebirth, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is now expanding it - in every sense. Where You Go I Go Too is a suite of three epic, shape-shifting tracks that take his key influences (Cerrone, Moroder) and build skyscrapers on them. Sometimes Lindstrøm rings his changes with flair, such as the introduction, seven minutes into the half-hour-long opening track, of a dramatic synth melody slashing through the clouds, or the triumphant handclaps, 17 minutes later. Other shifts are almost imperceptible, such as the tempo changes and the gradual layering of sounds that set the scene for the record's many peaks. Where You Go I Go Too is a triumph of sound design, as impeccably crafted as a Starck chair - and as geared to comfort, too. Every aspect of the record seems tailor-made to produce maximum pleasure: washes of sound soothe and restore, melodic climaxes send blood rushing to the head. Lindstrøm recommends listening while travelling; indeed, Where You Go I Go Too would make even the most hellish of journeys seem like a first-class trip." (4/5, Guardian)
LARS HORNTVETH: NEW ALBUMWe will release a brand new album by Lars Horntveth of Jaga Jazzist. This is the follow up to the critically acclaimed Pooka album from 2004 and it contains one looong track on 37 minutes(!). Recorded with the Latvian Symphony Orchestra (41 people) and produced by Jorgen "Sir Dupermann" Traeen. The album is titled "Kaleidoscopic" and will be released in November this year. Artwork by Kim Hiorthøy. It is all very very beautiful.
ORIGINAL SILENCE AND NISENNENMONDAI AT ØYAThurston Moore will join Original Silence after Sonic Youth`s concert at the Øya Festival. The Original Silence show will take place at Rockefeller in Oslo the 7th of August (doors open 22.00). This is their only concert this year. The gig will be recorded and hopefully it will end up on wax/digital some day. Support is Tokyo`s Nisennemondai. If you are in Oslo, this is a highly recommended evening.
LINDSTRØM: ALBUM OF THE MONTH IN IDJ MAGAZINELindstrøm`s Where You Go I Go Too is album of the month in the new issue of IDJ Magazine. Its a 5 out of 5 review and the album is decribed as "a modern electronic masterpiece". The album is out the 18th of August on double LP, CD and download.
XLR8R LOVES US!Smalltown Supersound is featured in XLR8R`s Labels We Love piece in their new issue that is out now. Also Lindstrøm`s Feedelity as well as Haugland`s (Smalltown founder) and Lindstrøm`s new Strømland label are both featured. You can read the Smalltown Supersound interview here.
ØYA FESTIVAL: 9 SMALLTOWN ARTISTS TO PLAY THIS YEARS FESTIVAL!Oslo`s Oya festival is one of the best festivals in Norway, and this year we have no less than 9 bands and artists playing the festival. Lindstrom, Diskjokke Band, Lars Horntveth play at the festival site, Original Silence (with Thurston Moore) will play the Rockefeller Hall, Nisennenmondai will support Original Silence at Rockefeller, 120 Days will play the Oya Cinema and perform music to the film Unser täglich Brot. Bjorn Torske will play at Villa, Mental Overdrive will play Sunkissed at Fabrikken and Erlend Øye`s The Whitest Boy Alive will play at the Hot Hot Hot club. For details check out the Oya web site here.
NISENNENMONDAI: UK AND SCANDINAVIA TOUROur favourite instrumental trio, Nisennenmondai, from Tokyo, Japan are on tour in Scandinavia and UK now. Check out live dates for more details. We guarantee that you will be blown away!
TUSSLE: US TOURTussle is going on big US tour in September to celebrate the release of their great new album "Cream Cuts", to be released worldwide on Smalltown Supersound the 25th of August. For details check out our live section at this page.
SMALLTOWN GOES NORTHSmalltown Supersound's Kim Hiorthøy, Diskjokke and Joakim Haugland (DJ) will play at Norway's beautiful Traena Festival this weekend. For more info check out www.trena.net
TUSSLE: NEW ALBUM OUT THE 26TH OF AUGUSTWe`re happy to announce that Tussle returns with their third album the 26th of August. Its titled "Cream Cuts" and is produced by Thom Monahan together with the band and Andy Cabic of Vetiver. For mor info check out the Pitchfork newspiece here.
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE HAND: SUMMER TOUR EUROPEThe mighty Sunburned Hand Of The Man will go on a European summer tour in June and July. For all the dates and details of their Black Square Voids Tour, go to the live section.
NISENNENMONDAI TO SUPPORT ORIGINAL SILENCE AT ØYAWe are happy to announce that Nisennemondai will come back to Europe and that they will play support for Original Silence (Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love, Thurston Moore, Terrie Ex and Massimo Zu) at their Øya Festival show at Rockefeller the 7th of August. To buy tickets go here. Nisennenmondai will also do more European shows in the same period, we will come back with more info when dates are confirmed. Their Smalltown Supersound debut "Neji/Tori" will be released the 28th of July.
SERENA-MANEESH: RELEASE DATE FOR S-M BACKWARDSThe double album "S-M Backwards" by Serena-Maneesh will be released internationally the 22nd of September 2008. The album contains all the music by Serena-Maneesh prior to the acclaimed debut album. More info soon.
COPENHAGEN LABEL NIGHTFriday the 23rd of May Karrierebar in Copenhagen, Denmark, will have a Smalltown Supersound label night with DJ sets from Diskjokke, Bjørn Torske and labelfounder Joakim Haugland. So if you are in Copenhagen, come and check it all out!
ARP AND TUSSLE TO OPEN FOR CLUSTERBoth Arp and Tussle will open for the great Cluster on their US tour. Here is the info:
Thursday, May 22 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Friday, May 23 Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library (only 300 tixs sold)Support: Wooden Shjips , ARP, Jonas Rienhart
Saturday, May 24 Santa Cruz Mountains @ Historic Brookdale Lodge (only 300 tixs sold)Festival Support: Howlin Rain, Ariel Pink, Bronze, Ascended Master
Sunday, May 25 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall. Support: White Rainbow, Tussle
MENTAL OVERDRIVE: BRAND NEW ALBUM OUT 26TH OF MAYThe brand new album is titled "You Are Being Manipulated", and among others it contains a mental cover of Iron Maiden`s "Run To The Hills". The album is already out in Norway, and will be released in Europe and Japan the 26th of May, and the 13th of October in USA. For more info check out the new releases section at this site. Also check out the interview with Per "Mental Overdrive" Martinsen in the new issue of iDJ Magazine.
DISKJOKKE: 8,0 REVIEW AT PITCHFORKRaving reviews keeps coming in every day for Diskjokke`s great "Staying In" album. The album has now also got a nice 8,0 review at Pitchfork: "With two singles out on Prins Thomas' Full Pupp label, two more on Get Physical sub-imprint Kindish, and now, a debut LP on Smalltown Supersound, the 27-year-old Norwegian producer Joachim Dyrdahl (a.k.a. diskJokke) is building an impressive CV. But there's more to diskJokke than bulletproof connections; his spacey electro-disco is technically impressive and effortlessly appealing". You can read the whole review here
DISKJOKKE: LIVE IN LONDON 22. APRIL AT WHITE HEATDiskjokke will play his first London show the 22nd of April at the White Heat club. Diskjokke onstage time is 10.30 and the tickets are 5 £. The other acts playing White Heat the same night are: Hearts Revolution, Crystal Fighters & Slagsmålsklubben. For more info go here
LINDSTRØM: NEW ALBUM OUT 18TH OF AUGUSTDue to some delays with the mixing of the album, Lindstrom`s "Where You Go I Go Too" album will be released worldwide the 18th of August 2008 on Smalltown Supersound/Feedelity. More details soon.
120 DAYS TO PLAY COACHELLA FESTIVAL + NYC SHOW120 Days are recording their new album these days, but will take time off to play one of the greatest festival in the world, the mighty Coachella Festival in California. They play the festival the 26th of April. They will also play the Mercury Lounge in NY on the 28th of April. The band will be vacationing in Miami (April 19th-25th) for a week before the shows. If you want them to dj at a party or a club let us know (go to contact). More info on Coachella here.
LINDSTRØM TO PERFORM NEW ALBUM LIVE AT SXSWLindstrom `s brand new studio album will be released the 6th of June 2008 worldwide on Feedelity/Smalltown Supersound. The album is titled “Where You Go I Go Too” and this is actually Lindstrom`s debut album as last years “It`s A Feedelity Affair” was a collection of his 12”s. “Where You Go I Go To” consist of brand new material, none of it released on singles before. But if you can`t wait till June, you can hear the album at SXSW! Lindstrom will actually play the whole album live at SXSW. He will only do one concert at SXSW (and in USA) and he will play the album from start to beginning live! This is a one off concert. The album will be released on CD, download and as a double LP. Artwork is done by his Smalltown Supersound labelmate Kim Hiorthøy.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND AT SXSW AND US DATESNow all the details for the Smalltown Supersound showcase at SXSW on Wednesday the 12th of March is confirmed. Check out the live section for info. Here you will also find details for the other SXSW and US shows of the Smalltown Supersound artists.
DISKJOKKE ON UNCUT`S PLAYLISTAnd this is what they say; "A lot of love for Kelly Polar and Hercules & Love Affair in the blogsphere right now. But currently our nouveau disco album is this jolly affair from Oslo`s Joachim Dyrdahl. Hurrah!" (Uncut Magazine)
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND GOES AMERICA!Around the time of SXSW the Smalltown Supersound artists will do several other gigs around USA. Kim Hiorthøy will support Boredoms in San Francisco, Bjørn Torske will play at DFA`s 205 Tuesdays in New York, Diskjokke and Bjørn Torske will play Fader Magazine party at SXSW. And we`ll have a labelnight at The Empty Bottle in Chicago. Among others. To see all the dates and more details, please check out the live section.
NISENNENMONDAI: NEW SIGNING AND EUROPEAN TOUR NOWWe are very happy to announce our new signing the japanese instrumental girl trio, Nisennenmondai. We will soon release an album that collects the bands two EPs "Tori" and "Neji". More info about the release soon. But first; the band is on a European tour now, check out the live section for details. The band has got great support from No Age, Battles and Prefuse 73. If you are curious to listen to their sound, check out their MySpace site here.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND: CHICAGO LABEL NIGHTSmalltown Supersound will go to our favourite venue The Empty Bottle in Chicago on Saturday the 15th of March. The line up is Kim Hiorthøy (live), Diskjokke (live) and Bjørn Torske (live). If you`re in Chicago we hope to see you there.
TUSSLE: NEW ALBUM INFO + HOT CHIP CONTRIBUTIONUK`s great Drowned In Sound site is today revealing information about the upcoming Tussle album due summer 2008. Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip is contributing on the album. Check out the newspiece here for more information and tracklisting et al.
SXSW DETAILS NOW READYNow the details around the South By Southwest showcase is finally ready. The shocase will take place at Thirsty Nickel (325 E 6th St) on Wednesday the 12th of March. The line up is: Lindstrom, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Diskjokke, KIm Hiorthoy, Bjorn Torske and Arp. We hope to see you there!
KIM HIORTHØY: NEW BOOK AVAILABLE AT THE SUPERSTORE!In our opinion the best book yet from Kim Hiorthøy, now sold exclusively at our online Superstore. 96 pages of drawings and collages from Kim Hiorthøy`s Tago Mago show in Bergen Kunsthall earlier this year. Courtesy of Standard Oslo and Bergen Kunsthall. You can buy it direct from us right here.
DOWNLOAD DISKJOKKE`S BLOCK PARTY REMIX FOR FREEOur friends at Vice Records are giving away Diskjokke`s great Block Party remix for free. You can download the remix here. And here is what they say about it: "New Norwegian space-disco cadet Diskjokke introduces himself with an epic cure for Bloc Party's woozy hangover love song. Diskjokke's a disciple of Prins Thomas and M.A.N.D.Y, and a core of Oslo's genre-birthing club night Sunkissed. At over ten minutes long, this is a completely original and largely instrumental composition, with great moments of 70s strobe light disco, Italo-house ecstasy, and Underworld trance house. Kele's voice subtly pours down love at just the right moments." (Vice Records)
DISKJOKKE: ARTIST OF THE DAY IN GUARDIANDiskjokke is artist of the day in UK`s Guardian. Check out the whole Diskjokke presentation here. Diskjokke`s great debut "Staying In" is being released the 10th of March. He will also play at this years SXSW and several other US shows. More info about this soon.
LABELNIGHT AT BY:LARM FESTIVAL IN OSLOWe`ll do two nights of Supersounds at the By:Larm festival in Oslo, Norway, in February. The nights will take place in one of Oslo`s smallest, but best clubs, Nomaden. On the 22nd of February the line-up is Lindstrøm, Bjørn Torske and Sunkissed DJ G-Ha. The next day, the 23rd, the line-up is 120 Days (live) and Diskjokke. So if you are in Oslo come and party with us!
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND SHOWCASE AT SXSWWe`re happy to announce that we will have a showcase at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas in March this year. The line-up is now confirmed: Bjørn Torske, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Lindstrøm, Arp, Diskjokke and Kim Hiorthøy will all perform. We will come back with more info such as date and venue soon.
HEAR DISKJOKKE AT PITCHFORK!Pitchfork has a great review of Diskjokke`s "Some Signs Are Good" from the upcoming album "Staying In" (due March 2008) and describes the track as "bright, playful, spacey, and colorful, music for the nighttime that retains the warmth of an afternoon on the beach". You can also listen to the track here. Enjoy!
SERENA-MANEESH: DOUBLE ALBUM WITH EARLY MATERIAL ON SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUNDFinally we`ll get to collaborate with our dear friends in Serena-Maneesh. The 3rd of May we will release a double album of early material, available for the very first time outside of Norway. For more details, check out the Pitchfork newspiece here.
THE PORTABLE SUPERSOUND: GREAT XLR8R REVIEW"The 12 tracks here encompass a broad range of styles and moods to augment your headspace in multifaceted ways. At one extreme there’s Arp’s tranquil pulsations and pastoral melodies (quite Cluster & Eno); at the other is the Lift Boys (Eye from The Boredoms) taking disco the furthest out it’s ever gone, with tablas, sitars, nipple gongs, and maniacally manipulated jet-engine roars. In between those poles, Tussle tips its cowbell and hi-hats to ESG; 120 Days updates Hawkwind with an acidic motorik chug; Sunburned Hand of the Man offers a pan-ethnic, tribal-percussion workout; and diskJokke, Lindstrøm, and Bjørn Torske get both cheeky and elegant with cosmic disco tropes. There’s more, and it’s all mostly a weird, wonderful mishmash." (XLR8R Magazine)
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN IN ROCK-A-ROLLASunburned Hand Of The Man is voted the 23rd best album of 2007 in Rock-A-Rolla Magazine. The magazine also have a one interview with the band. Check it out at a newstand now. We get many questions about the vinylversion of Fire Escape; its coming and its going to be special. More info here soon!
TUSSLE: NEW YORK SHOWS COMING UPTussle will play December 5 at The Knitting Factory in NYC as part of the release party for David Shrigley's Worried Noodles (Tomlab) w/ performances by: Islands, Yacht, Tussle, Phil Elverum & Nick Krgovich, R Stevie Moore & Roger Ferguson, Christopher Franci. Then they will play December 7 at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn with These are Powers (ex-Liars) and Home. Tussle has just been in studio and recorded their new album so expect some new stuff at these gigs. More details about the album soon.
THE PORTABLE SUPERSOUND COMP: 4/5 IN IDJ MAGAZINE"As anyone who read our ´Norwegian Special´earlier this year will know, big things are going on in Oslo right now. Norway´s sleepy capitol is home to some of the most forward-thinking electronic musicians and labels around. The Smalltown Supersound stable are top of that pile, as this wonderful mid-price sampler CD proves. Boasting recent and forthcoming tracks from right across their roster, it´s a veritable feast of wonky Scandoleariaca, pulsating nu-disco and farsighted electronica, with the odd stylistic surprise thrown in. Highlights are plentiful, from the blood-pumping cosmic rock of 120 Days and analogue fuzz of ARP to Bjorn Torske´s wonked out electrofunk and the hands-in-the-air nu-disco of Lindstrom and Mental Overdrive. Best of all, though, is ´The Dinner That Never Happened´by diskJokke, an emotion-rich electronic disco epic of which Lindstrom himself would be proud" (4/5, IDJ MAGAZINE)
INTRODUCING DISKJOKKEWe`re happy to announce our new signing diskJokke from Oslo, Norway. We discovered him on the Sunkissed album that came out early this year. He has already done 12"s for Prins Thomas` Full Pupp label and for M.A.N.D.Y and DJ T`s Kindish label (a sub label of Get Physical) as well as remixes for Block Party, Lindstrom and Spektrum. His debut album is titled "Staying In" and will be released the 11. of March. We love it. And we hope you will to. More info about Diskjokke under the artists section. Check also out his Myspace site here.
ARP: 4 OUT OF 5 IN UNCUT MAGAZINE!Despite 'In Light' being almost entirely composed of puffy, slightly out of focus analogue modules, Arp’s Alexis Georgopolous would like you to know he does not now, nor will he ever in perpetuity, own an ARP synthesizer – the traditional tool for such creations. Nevertheless, it’s perpetuity that these slow ambient tracks are aimed at. “St Tropez” and “Potentialities” suggest a huge, arching, permanent structure, like a camera pan over the Golden Gate Bridge in Georgopolous’s San Francisco hometown; the murmuring piano on “The Rising Sun” recalls Cluster & Eno’s or Harmonia; and his “Odyssey” for doomed Dutch performance artist Bas Jan Ader is an appropriately dignified fractal fanfare. (4/5, ROB YOUNG, UNCUT)
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN: UNDERGROUND ALBUM OF THE YEAR IN UNCUTCongratulations to Sunburned Hand Of The Man! Their great "Fire Escape" album was voted underground album of the year in Uncut Magazine. Also Arp`s "In Light" album made it to no 13 in the same list. Check out both albums, you won`t regret!
BJØRN TORSKE VINYL IN STOCKFinally the Bjørn Torske "Feil Knapp" LP is in stock. DJ friendly double vinyl mastered at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin. Limited edition of 500 copies, and no repress. Will be sent out to distributors this month. We will also have some at the Superstore. Announcement will be made when its ready to ship from us.
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN: 8 OUT OF 10 IN NME!"This psych-drone-folk digression was produced by Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet. Allowing Four tet to produce your record is like recruiting a third person into a relationship to spice it up: things will never be the same again. Which in this case, from the hypnotic freakout of "Nice Butterfly Mask" to the unnerving Zappa-gone kraut epic "Fire Escape", is a very good thing" (8/10, NME)
INDIE LABELS / FILE SHARINGCheck out this blog-piece about the file sharing written by our friend Vegard Waske (manager of 120 Days, Lindstrom, Jaga Jazzist, Lars Horntveth). It`s an interesting piece about how the file sharing is killing the indies. Please read it and understand the situation for small independent music labels before its to late and there is none left of us. Read it here.
KIM HIORTHØY: LIVE IN BELGIUM 29. NOVKim will play togehter with Caribou on Thursday the 29th of November at Palace in Brussels, Belgium.
KIM HIORTHØY: THE GUARDIAN RECOMMENDATION"My Last Day" in this weeks Guardian playlist: "Subtle and lovely electronic watercolours, with charmingly old-school breaks, a delicate, folksy sense of melody and, just occasionally, some ghostly italo-house piano" (David Peschek, The Guardian)
ARP: 9 OUT OF 10 IN VICE MAGAZINE"Serene sunset synth pootling from Alexis Georgopoulos, who used to be in the San Fran jam band Tussle, but decided to get to get a whole lot artier. In Light`s shimmering minimalism radiates fuzzily honeyed tones and if, thanks to "Odessey (for Bas Jan Ader)", only one person discovers the work of the Dutch conceptal artist, then Georgopoulos` efforts will not have been in vain" (9/10 VICE MAGAZINE)
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN NOMINATED FOR PLUG AWARDS: BEST AVANT ALBUM OF 2007!Congratulations to Sunburned Hand Of The Man! Their album "Fire Escape" is nominated for the Plug Independent Music Award 2008 for best avant album of the year. Please help and give the band your vote here.
KIM HIORTHØY: MUSIC WEEK REVIEW"The Norwegian electronic maestro returns with a new album which glides from streamlined electro to gentle piano loveliness. An instant and enduring set" (Music Week)
KIM HIOTHØY: NICE PAPER THIN WALLS SINGLE REVIEWNorway’s Kim Hiorthøy is a man of many talents: he designs album covers for Smalltown Supersound and Rune Grammofon, directed the Supersilent 7 DVD, illustrates children’s books, works as a fine artist and photographer… and makes music. If something’s getting short shrift on his multimedia resume, this isn’t it. This isn’t some dilettante hipster’s cut-and-paste beat pile or ill-thought ambient washout, but something that understands music as music: melody and rhythm, structure and space, sound and silence. “I Thought We Could Eat Friends” is his second album’s most dance-floor friendly track and one of its best, something like what Metro Area might create if Morgan Geist were to back away from Italo disco and toward mid-period New Order. Ideal for some Oslo or Soho or Ohio gallery, tipsy off of cheap art-opening wine but not so wasted that you’re trying to bite anyone. - KRISTAL HAWKINS
KIM HIORTHØY: GREAT THE CRACK REVIEW"Scandinavian dance supremo, Kim Hiorthoy produces hip hip-hop meets electro meets folk meets jazz sound using an MPC sampler, the original hip-hop instrument. The result is a great collection of futuristic sounds mish-mashed with loops of converseation and a sprinkle of a master at work" (The Crack)
BJØRN TORSKE: EARPLUG INTERVIEWBjørn Torske has done a big interview with Earplug. You can read the whole interview here. Also in the new issue of Earplug you can read reviews of the Sunburned Hand Of The Man album as well as Kim Hiorthøy`s great new book "Tago Mago". Check out all the Smalltown Supersound action at Earplug here!
BJØRN TORSKE: BIG XLR8R MAGAZINE FEATURECheck out the latest issue of the great XLR8R Magazine with a two page feature on Bjørn Torske. XLR8R online here. Bjørn Torske`s wonderful "Feil Knapp" album is out now on CD and digital. Limited edition double DJ friendly vinyl version coming soon.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND: 5 NOMINATIONS FOR ALARM AWARDWe`re proud to say that Smalltown Supersound has got 5 nominations for Norway`s Alarm Award. The Alarm is the cool and alternative Grammy in Norway. We have 4 out of 5 nominated in electronica; Kim Hiorthoy, The Whitest Boy Alive, Bjorn Torske and Lindstrom, as well as 120 Days in rock. Please help our artists and give your vote for electronica here and for 120 Days in the rock category here
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN: GREAT FACT REVIEWFACT’s favourite psychedelic collective return from darkest Massachusetts with Keiran “Four Tet” Hebden in tow. Fire Escape is their most accessible outing so far, yet the band bravely refuses to shave its balls in return for a shot at a Mojo-reading demographic. There’s something endearingly cantankerous about SHOTM: their tunes are like a bagful of slippery eels that slither off in every direction except the one that you expect them to. Their rhythm-section is Sunburned’s secret weapon, a musical pivot-point that can suddenly transform an amorphous jam into elastic-boned motor-funk. ‘Nice Butterfly Mask’ lopes along like a stoned wolf, propelled by rubber-thumbed bass, while frazzled free-jazz horns circle overhead. On the title-track, members of Can smoke DMT with a Pygmy shaman, then mud-wrestle him for possession of an 808. ‘The Parakeet Beat’ is built from dubbed-out afro-percussives that sound like some long-lost cousin of Skull Disco and 23-Skidoo- and I’m left wondering how it might’ve turned out if it had been produced by Shackleton, not Hebden.
TUSSLE ON DAVID SHRIGLEY COMPILATONTussle with David Shrigley himself on vocals performs "A Clash Of Heads" on the new double Shrigley compilation "Worried Noodles" out now on the great Tomlab label. Other acts on the album are Hot Chip, David Byrne, Franz Ferdinand, Liars, Grizzly Bear, Psapp, Deerhof and many more. Go here for more information.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND: LISTENING PARTY AT PAPERTINWALLSPaperthinwalls has made a listening party for our Portable Supersound compilation. Here you can hear the whole album and also get comments about the tracks by the artists themselves as well as comments/interview with the label. Check it all out here!
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN: ON GHETTOBLASTER MAGAZINES`S FREE ONLINE MIXTAPESunburned Hand of the Man Included in Ghettoblaster Magazine’s Free Online
Mixtape 2.0. GhettoblasterMagazine.com is currently offering a track from Sunburned Hand of the Man’s new album, Fire Escape in the latest installment of their free online mixtapes series, updated every other month. Offering the best in new music complete with jewel case artwork, Mixtape 2.0 also includes new music from the Fiery Furnaces, Robert Pollard, Enon, Pinback, Buck 65 and many more. You can download Mixtape 2.0 for free here.
ARP: GREAT TRACK REVIEW AT PITCHFORK!And you can stream the track here. "Arp is a new project helmed by San Francisco's Alexis Georgopoulos, formerly of Tussle. His presence in that minimalist funk outfit says little about the nature of his new undertaking; while Tussle seem perpetually driven to get the party started, Arp is all about the late-night/early-morning comedown. I associate the name with ARP synthesizers, the analog machines whose presence on an album from the 1970s meant long-form, spacey music for the heads was contained within the vinyl grooves. An ARP was used in an attempt to communicate with aliens at the end of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It seemed then that analog synths might speak the music of the spheres. Direct and easily understood communication seems to be what Arp is shooting for. "Potentialities", from the forthcoming debut In Light, is the sort of thing I hope becomes a trend in electronic music away from the dancefloor. It's all about simple, effective gestures and easy melodicism that still manages to maintain a sense of mystery; the steady bass pulse and drone provide hints of tension, while a soft, descending pattern repeats on top, as the piece slowly modulates in a manner that suggests both travel and stasis. It's a highly musicial approach that doesn't fetishize texture. While it certainly alludes to the world that includes early Kraftwerk, and Cluster, it doesn't seem bound by the era, and "Potentialities" manages to sound appealingly out of time.
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN: CD AT THE SUPERSTORE + AVAILABLE IN DIGITALSTORES NOWSunburnd Hand Of The Man`s great "Fire Escape" album is getting rave reviews these days. Its been released on monday the 1. of October in shops around the world. It is already now ready to order from our online Superstore. The album is also available already from most digital stores such as iTunes and Thrill Jockey`s Fina etc.
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN: NO 2 IN UNCUTS OFFICE PLAYLISTSunburned`s new album seems to be a big favourite at the Uncut office, right after Babyshambles and no 2 at their office playlist. This is what they say "New weird America`s freakiest jammers get straightened out by producer Kieran "Four Tet" Hebden. A suprisingly funky career high" (Uncut Magazine)
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN: DAZED AND CONFUSED REVIEW"Fans of experimental wig-outs, random noise, echo chambers and bongo breakdowns will get a buzz out of SHOTM`s new offering. Entirely produced by Four Tet, and with artwork by Yamataka Eye, it is much more accessible than their previous work, sonically falling in between afro-beat, Can and 23 Skidoo. Break out the bong" (Dazed and Confused Magazine)
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN: MORE UK SHOWS ADDEDCheck out the live section at our site for updated tour dates and more UK shows added to Sunburned Hand Of The Man`s European tour. Sunburned Hand Of The Man "Fire Escape" is out 1. of October.
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN: GREAT CLASH MAGAZINE REVIEW!“Produced by Kieran ”Four Tet” Hebden and boasting a seven –piece line up (which increases or decreases to a massive degree according to who fancies playing). Sunburned Hand Of The Man is an intriguing outfit. More a musical collective than a solid band, they were bundled into the studio by Hebden after supporting him on a tour. “Fire Escape” is the result. Hebden`s influence, and piano playing, are evident, and the record sits somewhere between hiss Four Tet noodlings and the mindfuck jazz of his Exchange Sessions work, with a large leaning toward the freeform elements of the latter. Suitably abstract and minimal at times but with a undeniable groove running throughout, the record has a nicely grungy ethic as well as lots of good old-fashioned experimental madness. Think Battles having an extended jam when they`re really stoned. Good stuff indeed” (Clash Magazine)
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN TOURSunburned Hand Of The Man`s great new album Fire Escape (produced by Four Tet) will be released worldwide on Monday the 1. of October on Smalltown Supersound. The band has now lined up a big tour in Europe (and some US dates). For details check out the live section or go to Sunburn`s MySpace site here. Check them out if you can!
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND AT NOTTINGHILL CARNIVALSunkissed With Smalltown Supersound & Death to all Culture Snitches presents
Bjørn Torske [live]
Mental Overdive [live]
G-HA & Olanskii [Sunkissed]
Alexx Sheridan [DTACS]
At the nottinghillartsclub, London, UK
4pm - 2am : £15
BJØRN TORSKE: NICE EARPLUG REVIEW"Norwegian Bjørn Torske's recording career has traveled many paths, zigzagging from driving techno to experimental electronica through deep house. But this wanderlust has kept his music innovative for more than 15 years. Previously, Torske provided synth accompaniment for ambient comrade Biosphere, issued singles on Djax-Up-Beats, and established his talents via a series of expressive, jazzy house singles on Sweden's Svek and Norway's Tellé. Feil Knapp (Norwegian for "wrong button"), Torske's first album in six years, is filled with sweetly adventurous instrumentals that satiate like Scandinavian milk chocolate. And in case we thought we had him pegged, two of the first six tracks ("Spelunker" and "Kapteinens Skjegg") are surprising, improv-driven dub tracks that resemble Deadbeat or Burnt Friedman. Torske also conquers Norse disco with two twitchy, conga-filled numbers ("Hatten Passer" and "God Kveld") and rejuvenates deep house on the jazzy "Loe Bar." With music this brilliant and far-reaching, let's hope he keeps hitting all the wrong buttons." (TAP)
BJØRN TORSKE: GREAT 7,9 PITCHFOR REVIEWBjørn Torske`s wonderful Feil Knapp is out now, and Pitchfork has a great review of the album here. Many asks us about vinyl on this album and it will be released as DJ friendly double LP theb 11 of September. Check out this space for more info.
120 DAYS: ANOTHER GREAT NME SINGLE REVIEW"As part of these Norwegians` mindmelting dreamscape valium drip of a debut album, Sleepwalking, is merely a three-minute, 28 seconds digression among much longer workouts where their psychedelic muscles are flexed a little better. Listening to it on it`s own, though, it seems a perfect introduction to Norway`s post-Kraut dreamers. It sounds almost like Martin Hannett dropping a a drim machine into the Baltic Sea, and lucidly captures the semi-transcendental experience of seeing them at a live show, which, let`s face it, everyone should do at least once in their life" (NME)
SUNKISSED: GREAT XLR8R REVIEW"Oslo, Norway may be a chilly place, but its music scene is currently one of the hottest spots around. At its burgeoning center sits Smallltown Supersound, crowded with crucial artists like Lindstr¿m, Tussle, Bjorn Torske, and Jaga Jazzist. The label's first mix CD, Sunkissed, helmed by G-Ha and Olanskii, not only pulls from the Smalltown imprint but also includes regional heavyweights like Serena-Maneesh, Prins Thomas, and Mungolian Jet Set. With silky and imaginative mixes and an intriguing roster of artists, Sunkissed is as comprehensive a survey of Norwegian hotness as you will currently find." — Steve Marchese, XLR8R
TUSSLE ON GLIMMERS` MIX COMPILATIONTussle`s ultrakool Warning track is being featured on The Glimmers` mix compilation Eskimo Vol 5 (on Eskimo) that will be released the 10th of September. "Eskimo 5" features 19 timeless tracks by such diverse names as Shirley Bassey, Primal Scream, Herb Alpert, LCD Soundsystem, Eugene Record, Trio, Tussle, The Caravan and The Glimmers themselves.
BJØRN TORSKE: 8,5 REVIEW AT PAPERTHINKWALLS!"On his second album, the reclusive Bjørn Torske jumps up to grab the space disco manufactured by fellow Swedes Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas, wrestles it back down to Earth, roughs it up and reintroduces it to the body. Not only figuratively, but literally: “Hatten Passer” is built around handclaps and whistling. Who among us can resist a song with clapping or whistling? With both of them, plus some syncopated percussion, one of the most irresistible bass lines ever to snake its way out of a fjord and the explosions that erupt in the track’s second half, Torske has cobbled together a winner. Check the full album for the Commodore 64 haunted house calypso carnival of “Spelunker.”" (8,5, Paperthinwalls)
SUNKISSED: RAVING REVIEW IN FACT MAGAZINE"Beginnings are so important. Sometimes, very occasionally, you can just tell that a record’s going to be great from the first few seconds, the introductory statement of intent. Take, for example, Johnny Cash’s rumble of, ‘Hi, I’m Johnny Cash, alright…’ over tangleweed guitar on the San Quentin album. And take the the first minute or so of this mix from the resident DJs at Sunkissed, a legendary ‘real house’ (their words) Oslo club. Serena Maneesh’s ‘Candlelighted’ sounds gigantic, a two note pulse of bass over drum clatter that forcefully says; we mean business with this mix, we’re not fucking around. Happily, G-Ha (what a name!) and Olanskii don’t betray the promise of their opening shot. As you might expect, there’s a good amount of the pretty Scandinavian neo-disco that’s been lighting up our days for the past few years here; from Bjorn Torske’s sleep-eyed shuffles to Lindstrom’s mix of Telex’s ‘Do Worry’, a lovely breezy flutter of a tune. But what pushes Sunkissed into the realms of something special is how this lighter fare is balanced with hardier, punchier sounds. The first half of the mix in particular, with tracks from Diskjokke, Blackbelt Andersen and Wekan, brings huge, saucer-eyed basslines to the party. They gurgle away happily, a marvellously lairy counterpoint to the cosmic spaciness that prevails elsewhere on the record. The highlight of the mix combines these two aspects, the earthy and the ethereal, to great effect: Mungolian Jet Set’s remix of Lindstrom’s ‘A Blast Of Loser’ sounds like a speed-freak era Hawkwind playing under water and occasionally bobbing up for air. You need to hear it. As global warming seems to have turned the UK summer into monsoon season, Sunkissed is a much needed hour of hot, sticky fun." (Fact Magazine)
SUNKISSED: GREAT BLUES AND SOUL REVIEWSunkissed Mixed by G-Ha & Olanskii Smalltown Supersound Oslo`s superclub Sunkissed release theirs and Smalltown`s debut mix CD mixed by residents Geir G-Ha Aspenes and Olanskii. This sixteen tracker features the latest electronic offerings from Norway. It opens with the big brass and distorted synths and effects, the cosmic rock of Serena-Maneesh Candlelighted. Other highlights include Bjorn Torske Spelunker which merges rock and filmscore, the twisted percussive and industrial foray of new guy DiskJokke Cold Out and the Latin tinged guitar and synth groove of Muydd 54b remixed by Rune Lindbaek. But then the magic really happens. Magnus International`s Kosmetisk with its lush synths, pads, nice syth bass and arps, then Crue-l Grand Orchestra Psycho Piano² remixed by Prins Thomas into a deep musical treat and Lindstrom A Blast Of Loser with its deep tribal and twisted distorted vocodered vocals. The jazzy Erot Haribo cools things down a touch before the electro tinged impact of LSB¹s Original Highway Delight. If you love latin-fuelled rhythms, soaring melodies, rock guitars and twisted synths, you`ll love this. (MM) 4
BJØRN TORSKE: 4 OUT OF 5 BBC REVIEW"Viking horns in zero gravity. Norway has always had an unusual musical climate. At one end of its spectrum is black metal; at the other, the sort of zero-gravity electronica that seems tailor-made for Cafe del Mar compilations. Bjorn Torske falls towards the latter camp - his remix of Royksopp’s Eple brought him brief recognition in 2001 - but he’s clearly also a fan of weirder sounds: The Residents and 23 Skidoo. Feil Knapp dances between genres so brilliantly that by the time you get to Kapteinens Skjegg, a mix of dark, digital dub and Viking horns, you won’t know whether you’re in Babylon or Valhalla. But you’ll like it." (4/5, BBC)
BJØRN TORSKE: 4 OUT 5 IN DJ MAGAZINE!"The title translates as wrong button in Norwegian, but Bjorn Torske is actually right on it. For although you can readily identify some of the influences he pours in - Metro Area-style disco, dub and lounge jazz - after being pickled away inside Torskes`s head they emerge as something bewitchingly unique" (4/5, DJ MAGAZINE)
SUNKISSED: GREAT FADER MAGAZINE REVIEW"Sunkissed is the mixtape version of G-Ha and Olanskii`s monthyly club night of the same name in Oslo, Norway, a dance party the duo claims is tied together by "a base of funk and leftism". I haven`t poped over there to verify - yet - but I can say that their mix is enjoyable diverse, all-Norge tracklist immediately sets it apart from the cookie cutter "space disco" mixes we get bombarded with daily. Swap the echo box edits for some plane tix, New York cosmic deejay bros!" (FADER MAGAZINE)
KIM HIORTHØY: NEW ALBUM TRACK AT MY SPACEKim Hiorthøy`s longawaited album "My Last Day" is now finished recorded. It will contain 11 tracks. Releasedate TBA. You can now check out a brand new track from the album titled "Beats Mistake" on the Smalltown Supersound MySpace site here. More details on this album soon.
CHECK OUT BJØRN TORSKE TRACK AT PITCHFORKNow you can check out one of the tracks from Bjørn Torske`s upcoming Feil Knapp album at Pitchfork here.And this is what they say about it: "Something about this track from the Norwegian house producer's forthcoming album Fiel Knapp reminds me of "Stop 4 Love" by Basement Jaxx. Part of it's the efficiency of the thing, the way Torske, like the Jaxx before him, milks a startling amount of poignancy from just a couple chords. But it's also the way the track provides bright space for relaxed contemplation in the middle of a dance-oriented record. Everything here is so simple and clean and bright-- the pitter-patter bongos, couple notes on guitar, and bass that lingers a half-step behind the beat, like, hey, what's the hurry? And then it's back to those two chords, as they continue to nudge all negative energy upward, pointing toward what you know is a clear blue sky." (Pitchfork)
NME LOVES 120 DAYS!In this weeks NME there is a great 2 page Radar feature on 120 Days. Among others it says; "We`re thinking Exterminator era Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Pink Floyd and Orbital. We`re thinking of the noises robots make when they fuck, or the theme tune to Star Track episode 3,780,666. We`re thinking fishing and football`s loss is music-to-take-drugs to`s gain". At the salesstands this week. Check it out!
ANOTHER GREAT SUNKISSED REVIEW: 5 OUT 6 IN TIME OUT LONDONEverybody seem to love the Sunkissed compilationn and raving reviews keeps coming in every day! Today a great 5 out of 6 review came in from Time Out London. "G-Ha and Olanskii are regulars at Fabric, but this is the sound of Norwegian electronica, space disco and percussive, rockin` dance tunes as championed at their seven-year-old club in Oslo. As the name of their label suggests, from small scene(s) a lot of super sounds and artists have emerged, of which Todd Terje, Lindstrom, Prins Thomas, Lindbaek (all of whom deliver remixes) and Bjorn Torske are most familiar, but there are many great, mostly littleknown tracks to savour" (5/6 Time Out London)
BJØRN TORSKE RELEASEPARTY IN LONDONBjørn Torske will play a release-concert at Nodisko`s Midsummer Love-In, Saturday the 23rd of June at Herbal in London, UK. Other acts on the same night are Cajuan and Ali LOve. This is what the pressrelease says: "We’re dead chuffed to be welcoming back an old friend of ours, the daddy (or should that be funny uncle?) of Norway’s electronic music scene BJØRN TORSKE. The man for whom if money were no object, Prins Thomas would most like to sign (“If I could lure him out of his cave”), he’s been a figurehead in Scandinavian dance music since the mid-Nineties and was an early mentor to Röyksopp as well as their world tour DJ. He’s back with a simply brilliant new album, ‘Feil Knapp’, out on Smalltown Supersound this month, and it’s as strange and beautiful a record as you’re likely to hear all year." More info about the gig here
120 DAYS: NME GIG RECOMMENDATION120 Days` gig at The Legion in London the 17th of May is recommended in NME this week. "No-one ever got laid by labelling their band "drone-rock", though Norway`s symphonic electro-atmosphericists might manage some heavy petting. With a sound located somewhere between Kraftwerk and Underworld, they make for an immersive listening experience" (NME)
SUNKISSED: 4 OUT OF 5 IN TIME OUT NEW YORK!"Norway, being way up yonder on top of Europe, isn’t usually thought of as a sunny locale. But for fans of leftfield dance music, especially the sort that’s often tagged with the “space disco” moniker, the country is a luminous paradise. In the past few years, producers such as Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, Rune Lindbaek and Prins Thomas have become semi–household names on the clubbing scene, delivering a blend of electronic disco signifiers silky melodies, bouncy basslines, bubbling synthesizers warped to the producers’ tripped-out visions. Oslo’s Sunkissed club is one of the style’s epicenters, and its resident spinners, G-Ha and Olanskii, are the mix-masters behind the new, cosmically inclined Sunkissed compilation. The CD opens with Serena-Maneesh’s krautrock informed “Candlelighted” - a move that makes sense, since so much space disco swipes freely from the chuggy and druggy krautrock paradigm. From there, the mix, which opts for fairly unknown gems over the genre’s hits, travels freely between disco’s light and dark sides. Magnus International’s “Kosmetisk” is what music in heaven might sound like (for those dearly departed who are disco acolytes, anyway), graced by angelic arpeggios and a paradisiac, uplifting melody. That grandeur is mirrored in Mental Overdrive’s remix of 120 Days’ “Come Out, Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone,” except this time the sound, laden with Spaceman 3–style psyche-drone, reeks of darker, claustrophobic spaces, suggesting a somewhat more hellish locale. It’s a moody trip, but Sunkissed travels in its kaleidoscopic style.—(4/5 Bruce Tantum, TIME OUT NEW YORK)
MENTAL OVERDRIVE: EXCLUSIVE 80`S ONLINE ONLY COMPILATIONFrom Earplug: "In a further fit of Norwegian madness, Mental Overdrive — who recently hit global radars with his throbbing 120 Days remix — tackles an hour of leftfield electronic jams from the '80s: ACR, Liquid Liquid, Cabaret Voltaire, Pigbag, and more contribute to a gloomy vibe that's capped by "In Heaven" (aka "The Woman in the Radiator Song") from Eraserhead." Check out the mix for free at Earplug here.
120 DAYS: LIVE THIS WEEK IN LONDON, BRIGHTON AND LYON120 Days will play 3 dates this week: on May the 17th they will headline Sonic Cathedral at The Legion, London, the day after, May the 18th they play the The Great Escape in Brighton before heading to Les Nuits Sonores Festival in Lyon, France, on May the 19th. Also check out new live dates added at our live section.
SUNKISSED: 4,5 OUT OF 5 IN URB MAGAZINE"Selections of the finest in Norwegian talent from the psychedelic (Serena-Maneesh) to the electronic (Lindstrøm) and almost always both. Norway is on the cusp of becoming the new Paris when it comes to dance-floor style. This mix, named after Oslo`s most eclectic night, reps to the fullest. Not a herring in the bunch" (Urb Magazine)
SUNKISSED: 5 OUT OF 5 IN IDJ MAGAZINE!"When it comes to making contemporary cosmic disco andf bizarre Balearic rock, no one does it quite like the Norwegians. God knows what they put in the water in Oslo, but unbelieveably brilliant "scando-disco" and "scando-learic" (geddit?) records are emerging from the city than you can say "pining from thne fjords". Don`t believe us? Then check this mix from Oslo DJs G-Ha and Olanskii, residents at Sunkissed, the city`s leading electronic club night. Its a brilliant snapshot of where Norwegian electronic music is right now, showcasing the best the scene has to offer. Expect wonkiness, weirdness and cosmicity aplenty, with quirky, downright deranged tracks and remixes from Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, Prins Thomas, Todd Terje, Magnus Internasjonal, Blackbelt Andersen, Mungolian Jetset (who`s bonkers remix of LSB stands out), Bjorn Torske, Rune Lindbæk and Mental Overdrive. It is, quite simply brilliant. Don`t miss out" (5/5 IDJ Magazine)
MENTAL OVERDRIVE 12" ON PRINS THOMAS` FULL PUPP LABELMental Overdrive's digital single release from 2006, "Spooks" and "Original Material" have been picked up by fellow Norwegian Prins Thomas' label Full Pupp for a vinyl 12inch release. It will be available from all good vinyl dance specialists in late March.
NORWEGIAN DISCO BLOOMS THIS SPRING (EARPLUG)"The Northern Lights look especially psychedelic this spring, as Norway's starry-eyed view of dance music shines on several new CDs. This month, Oslo's Smalltown Supersound label releases Sunkissed, a mix CD helmed by DJs g-HA and Olanskii in homage to their similarly named Oslo club night. Smalltown has long been known as an outer-limits label, releasing everything from free jazz (Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen-Love) to experimental electronics (Kim Hiorthøy) to post-rock (120 Days), so it's only fitting that the duo's mix travels to the furthermost orbits of disco. From Todd Terje to Rune Lindbaek to Lindstrøm, Norwegian artists stand behind every cut or remix, making Sunkissed a remarkable snapshot of a scene at the forefront of global electronic music." (Earplug)
120 DAYS: DJ MAGAZINE REVIEW"Cosmiche musik. Yet another export from Norway finds its way to these shores in the shape of the kraut-rocking tribute quartet, 120 Days. Taking cues from the bands that explores the true nature of the progressive groove - the spacerock of Hawkwind or the metronomic Can - this is a welcome addition to the SS catalouge" (3,5/5 DJ Magazine)
BJØRN TORSKE: NEW BOOKING AGENCYBjørn Torske has a new new booking agency call Support Agency in Berlin. They do cool artists like The Glimmers, Rub N Tug, Tim Sweeney, Headman, WhoMadeWho and many more. So if you want to book Bjørn, either as DJ or live, you should contact these guys. Contact info in the booking section.
SUNKISSED: 10 OUT OF 10 IN VICE MAGAZINE UK!"This exquisite mix by two Scando jocks who are old enough to know better showcases the spectrum of Norwegian dance from Rune Lindbaek through his cosmic heirs via remixes of spaced-out rocker guys like Serena Maneesh. Imagine Optimo but in Norway and way more handsome" (10/10, Vice Magazine UK)
BJØRN TORSKE ON PRINS THOMAS` MIX ALBUMBjørn Torske`s beautiful "Soloppgang Over Yukigaya" (taken from the Kokt Kveite 12") is one of the tracks on Prins Thomas` great new mix album "Cosmo Galactic Prism". This double album also features tracks by artists such as Holger Czukay, Lindstrøm, Parliament, Boards Of Canada and Hawkwind among others. The album will be released the 25th of June on Eskimo Recordings. This is one of the best mix albums we`ve heard and we recommend it strongly.
TUSSLE: LISTEN TO HOT CHIP`S REMIXTussle is now on tour in US with Hot Chip. Hot Chip has also done a great 10 minutes long remix for Tussle that will be released on CD and 12" in July on Smalltown Supersound. Now you can listen to the remix at Tussle`s MySpace site here. Check it out!
BJØRN TORSKE: GUARDIAN BAND OF THE DAYBjørn Torske`s new album "Feil Knapp" will be released the 11th of June on Smalltown Supersound. We are very very proud of this album and feel its a special album. Today Bjørn Torske is UK newspaper Guardian`s Band Of The Day. You can read the cool piece about Bjørn here.
SUNKISSED: REMIX MAGAZINE REVIEW"Heating up in Scandinavia. Sunkissed is Norway's long-running dance club with resident DJs — G-Ha and Olanskii — who are as good as the international big-name talent they bring in. Sunkissed is their first compilation, put together by the club's residents. Representing Norwegian dance flavor, they start as far back as the '80s with “Original Material” from Mental Overdrive. The next step is “God Kveld” from Bjørn Torske and then forward to the present with the varied styles of 120 Days and Serena Maneesh. Sunkissed proves you don't have to have English as your mother tongue to crank out a floor-storming tune" (Lily Moayeri, REMIX MAGAZINE)
R.I.P. SAN FADYLWe are sad and shocked that our good friend San Fadyl from Ladybug Transistor passed away on April 26th. We will miss you deeply San!
120 DAYS: NEW LONDON SHOW!This time 120 Days are headlining the cool Sonic Cathedral club at The Legion in London, Thursday the 17th of May. Other bands the same night are The Early Years, Kontakte and DJ Tim Holmes from Death in Vegas. For more info please go here. Hope to see you!
XLR8R OFFICE TOP TEN ALBUM PICKS:BJØRN TORSKE "FEIL KNAPP"
"Prins Thomas has boasted the talents of this Norseman and rightfully so. Feil Knapp is oddball disco that at one moment falls in line with Lindstrom, and in the next sounds like Larsen covering Crystal Castles. Bjorn runs his own surreal production circus like a true ringmaster."
120 DAYS: NICE NME ALBUM REVIEW"Who knew that Norway had a space program? The first beneficiaries - after the herring they sent into orbit in the `50s, obviously - are Kristiansund cosmonauts 120 Days, who have transferred the celestial humming of the Milky Way`s darkest corners directly on to tape. We jest, of course. They`ve been listening to a lot of Spacemen 3 records. But despite following every space-rock cliche in the book - enormous proggy synths, echo-drenched, hard-drug use with a religious epiphany - 120 Days have made a compelling debut album, largely because they never leave you drifting without a twinkling melody or a thundering Krautrock rhythm to cling on to. Fans of Spiritualized, Secret Machines and NASA-strength skunk should set the co-ordinates without delay" (Sam Richards, NME)
120 DAYS: THE HOTTEST NAME IN DANCE MUSIC (DJ MAGAZINE)DJ Magazine has a feature on the hottest four names in dance music and 120 Days is one of them:"Adding their distinctive Neu! and Spacmen 3 flavoured synths and atmospherics to tracks for Justice and Lindstrøm, they`re about to blow big style with their debut album "120 Days" out the 23rd of April on classy imprint Smalltown Supersound. The album is chock-full of melodious guitar epics, but drenched in iced-out reverb and swathed in curtains of psychedelic machine trickery that will appeal to any electronica head"
TUSSLE: GREAT TRACK REVIEW IN TIME OUT LONDONTussle "Kindermusik" (from Telescope Mind album)
"If you haven`t already had your fill of bands offering new spins on the late -
`70s NYC punk-disco formula then this gorgeously stripped-back slice of percussive, moody, liquid funk will be right up your street. But admittedly, that`s an increasingly big if. Then again, the cowbells might clinch it. Surely everyone loves cowbells?" (Time Out London)
SUNKISSED!"Smalltown Supersound has released its first mix CD and it smokes. Featuring , cosmic madness from Serena-Maneesh and 120 Days, this Norwegian label is setting us on fire and we dig it" (XLR8R Magazine)
Yes, we will release our first mix CD by Sunkissed DJs g-Ha and Olanskii. The mix features tracks and remixes from Todd Terje, Prins Thomas, Serena-Maneesh, Lindstrøm, Bjørn Torske, 120 Days, Erot, Mental Overdrive and Diskjokke among others. The album will be released worldwide the 7th of May. Check it out!
BJØRN TORSKE: XLR8R NEWSPIECE ON NEW ALBUMYes we know its our job to give you the news, but sometimes we are lazy and sometimes its better to let other do the job, so here is some new info about Bjørn Torske`s new album taken from XLR8R Magazine`s newspiece: "When asked by Fact magazine whom he would sign if “money grew on trees,” Norse-disco master Prins Thomas answered, “Bjorn Torske” (if he could pull him out of his cave). Despite his popularity (with Prins Thomas and others), the highly sought-after Norseman has not released an album since 2001’s Trobbel (Telle). Now, after six years, Torske is stepping out of his proverbial cave with Feli Knapp, set for release on Smalltown Supersound. Part Castlevania soundtrack, part future-dub-disco voyage, Torske’s new long-player is a step away from the melodic cosmic disco we’ve come to expect from Norway’s stomping ground (which includes Prins Thomas, Lindstrøm, Todd Terje, etc. Taking influences from long-running multimedia collective The Residents and Rasta mystic Count Ossie, Torske fuses chirpy synth leads and manic live drumming for a spacey sound he’s patented as his own brand of dance music. The magic man is also hard at work with remixes for fellow disco purveyor Lindstrøm and experimentalists Sunburned Hand of the Man. Also check his series of singles on the acclaimed house label SVEK, plus tour dates, and remixes of many of the aforementioned acts." (XLR8R Magazine)
120 DAYS: NME SINGLE REVIEWNice review in this weeks NME of the Come Out track. “Well, well someone`s angeling for a guest appearance on the new series of Doctor Who, arent they? This Norwegian four-piece have managed to create a rousing nine-minute hunk of space –rock that sounds as if it`s been influenced by a road trip across the moon, on a motorway where the service stations only sell prescription drugs drugs and Babylon 5 DVDs. Which sounds like a fun trip by anyone`s standards” (NME)
120 DAYS: LONDON SHOW THE 13TH OF APRILAfter a long US tour, 120 Days returns to Europe for a string of shows (see live listing) and they will among others play another show in London, this time Friday the 13th of April at Carling Academy Islington (N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, London N1 0PS). For more info and to buy tickets go here.
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN AND FOUR TET COLLAB ALBUM ON SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUNDWe are proud to announce that we will put out Sunburned Hand Of The Man`s new album "Fire Escape" produced by Kieran "Four Tet" Hebden on Smalltown Supersound. Hebden and Sunburned`s John Moloney dicuss the album in a Pitchfork newspiece that you can read here. The album will be released in August.
NME: 120 DAYS SECOND BEST BAND AT SXSW!NME has voted the best bands of this years SXSW festival, and 120 Days is number 2! NME writes among others “There hasn`t been a band taking drugs to make music to take drugs to that`s sounded quite this gloriously fuzzy and odd since Spacemen 3”. 120 Days` debut album is out in Europe the 23rd of April on Smalltown Supersound.
120 DAYS: EUROPEAN DATES + FREE REMIX BONUS CD!120 Days` great debut album will finally be released in Europe the 23rd of April. In Europe you will get a bonus remix disc for free with great remixes by The Secret Machines, T.A. Kaukolampi, Mental Overdrive + a brand new long remix of Sleepwalking done by 120 Days themselves. Also they will do a string of European tour dates and festivals, check out our live section for more details or check out 120 Days` My Space site here
TUSSLE: MORE DATES ADDED TO THE US TOURWe have earlier announced that Tussle will tour US with Hot Chip. Now more dates has been announced, among others some shows with Adult (Thrill Jockey). For a complete list of shows and details check out ourt live section or go to Tussle`s web site right here.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND: LUXEMBURG LABELNIGHTWe`ve never played in Luxemburg and are happy to announce that we will set up a labelnight there the 21st of April at Exit07 in Luxemburg-Bonnevoie. The artists playing are: Kim Hiorthøy (live), Mental Overdrive (live), Bjørn Torske (DJ) and labelfounder Joakim Haugland (DJ). If you`re in Luxemburg we hope you`ll join the party!
TUSSLE TO TOUR US WITH HOT CHIPWe are happy to announce that Tussle will tour US with one of the last years favourites here; Hot Chip. The tour will be like this:
Thu-Apr 19, 07 New York NY Webster Hall -
Fri-Apr 20, 07 New York NY Webster Hall -
Sat-Apr 21, 07 Washington DC 9:30 Club
Sun-Apr 22, 07 Asheville NC Orange Peel
Mon-Apr 23, 07 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse -
Wed-Apr 25, 07 Austin TX Antones
Thu-Apr 26, 07 Dallas TX Granada Theater
Tussle`s "Telescope Mind" is being released in Europe these days to critical acclaim everywhere.
LINDSTRØM GOES JAPANHans-Peter Lindstrøm is going on a 3 dates Japan tour this week. Check out the live section for full details. His "Its A Feedelity Affair" album is out now on Smalltown Supersound in collaboration with his own label Feedelity.
TUSSLE: GREAT DJ MAGAZINE REVIEW!"Rhythm masters. Born from the same big band as !!! and The Rapture, Tussle take the punk funk thing and shape their own omniverse. Using ct-up techniques and a reliance on ultratight drums&bass, on tunes like "Flicker/33.3" they mash up dancefloors and fly off in Krautrock dimensions simuntaneously" (4/5 DJ MAGAZINE)
TUSSLE: BIG FEATURE IN LOWDOWNLowdown is one of out favourite magazines. In their new issue they have a cool 3 page feature on Tussle. Check it out in a shop near you now.
A MODERN CLASSIC!Check out this fantastic review of Tussle`s Telescope Mind album in UK`s Flux Magazine: "Is it too early to start thinking about album of the year? The post-punk revival has been going on, with very mixed results, for quite a while now. Just as the movement was looking like it might have runits course, Tussle have unleashed a monster.Wading in like ESG meets Liquid Liquid, this is classic stuff. Fittingly, on the album closer Pow!, Tussle are joined by Sal Principato and Dennis Young of Liquid Liquid, marking a glorious end to a modern classic" (Flux Magazine)
120 DAYS TO PLAY SOLD OUT NME SHOW AT LONDON`S ASTORIA120 Days will play a already sold out NME show at London`s Astoria. Other artists the same night are Kings Of Leon and The Hold Steady. The event takes place Monday the 26th of February.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND: LONDON LABEL NIGHTFinally we will do a London labelnight again, this time together with the White Heat crew. Artists playing is 120 Days (live), Bjorn Torske (live) and Takka Takka (note; not a Smalltown band). The show will take place Tuesday the 27th of February at White Heat at Madame JoJo's (10 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0SE). Doors 8pm. £5 Entrance. More info here: here and here
LINDSTRØM US TOURHans-Peter Lindstrøm will play 3 dates in USA. He is playing Thu 02/08/07 at Funky Buddha Lounge Chicago IL, Fri 02/09/07 at Mezzanine San Francisco with Carl Craig, TK and ML Tronik and the tour is ending Sat 02/10/07 at Studio B Brooklyn. Lindstrøm is currently in studio working on his new album as well as producing new tracks for labelmates 120 Days.
TUSSLE: GREAT VICE MAGAZINE REVIEW"Junkshop percussioneers who remember the best thing about ESG is just how bare-bones they sound. Strickly drums, cymbals, keyboards, and lurking dub basslines, Telescope Mind is cool, disciplined punkdisco that makes the last Rapture album sound like som rank American jam band" (9/10 VICE MAGAZINE)
SUNKISSED MIX ALBUM AND OSLO RELEASEPARTYOn Saturday the 20th of January we`ll celebrate the Sunkissed mix CD on Smalltown Supersound. The album will be released the 22nd of January in Norway. International releasedate is set to May. But if you are in Oslo, come and join the party with Lindstrom (live), 120 Days (DJ set), Bjorn Torske vs Per Martinsen, Mungolian Jet Set with Bugge Wesseltoft, Olle Abstract and of course the guys behind Sunkissed, Olanskii and G-HA. The CD will include tracks from Erot, Lindstrom, Prins Thomas, Serena-Maneesh (Riton mix), 120 Days (Mental Overdrive mix), Rune Lindbæk, Kango, DiskJokke, Bjorn Torske and many more.
ARP: NEW SIGNING ON SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUNDWe`re happy to announce our new signing, Arp from San Francisco, USA. Arp is Alexis Georgopoulos formerly of Tussle. The debut album is titled "In Light" and is scheduled for a May release. You can check out his amazing sounds now at the Myspace site here. Enjoy!
120 DAYS: NICE MIXMAG 12" REVIEW"Norwegian long, dark tunnel synth-rock. Lesson for new indie-dance bands no. 2: if you`re going to mine the past, do it in style. This intense Scandi quintet are laden with cool influences - The Stooges, Spacemen 3, synthy Kraut-rock - but they deliver epic, throbbing tracks like this with such power (and great hooks) that they transcend retro" (4/5 Mixmag)
TUSSLE: THE URB REVIEWLike a hip-as-hell drum circle..without the Birkenstocks! Tussle should have broken up three times over by now. Not because of their music, mind you..it..s actually quite splendid, like Liquid Liquid with laptop pop condiments..but because only two of their original members were left standing as of last spring. (Bassist Andy Cabic quit to tour with Devendra Banhart and focus on neo-folk full time with Vetiver, while multi-instrumentalist Alexis Georgopoulos left not so amicably.) Lucky for us, a new, more-than-capable quartet has emerged from the ether with one of the greatest organic dance albums of the year. From filtered funk (the first half of ..Flicker/33.3..) to future-shocked drum circles (the charging herd of ..Elephants..), Telescope Mind might as well be a series of locked downtown grooves that jump from the jungle to the disco. And thanks to knob-twiddling mainstay Nathan Burazer, it..s made all the more interesting by a series of interludes (namely the ..Cloud Melodie.. suite) that point to an ambient and abstract plane Tussle has yet to truly tackle. Until next time; just don..t break up first. Reviewer: Andrew Parks
GREAT TUSSLE REVIEW AT TINY MIXTAPES"You know those times when you throw on an album, thinking you’ll play it
temporarily in the background, but before too long realize the album is practically begging you to give it full attention? Consider yourself warned with Tussle’s second full-length, Telescope Mind. While the instrumental nature of the quartet may encourage you to make the listening experience a casual one, the insistent and consistent pulse of the album will draw in anyone with an ounce of rhythm. If your head doesn’t bob and your feet don’t tap, you just might be hopeless.There’s something so intoxicating about Tussle’s beat worship. Sure, they use synths, samplers, and other electronic effects, but the core of their sound is the gorgeous interplaying of bass and drums. "Warning," with its bed of bad-ass bass and cowbell, gallops along so dirtily and funkily that it’s hard not to feel like the coolest kid on the block when you’re listening to it, while "Second Guessing" ups the tempo and makes its message more urgent because of it. Of course, their predecessors forged similar rhythmic paths — going back to the steadfast Krautrockers or the bass-driven minimalist funk of Liquid Liquid — but Tussle has since picked up the torch and is carrying it with much style.Far from resting on their established strengths, Telescope Mind finds Tussle stretching their sound ever further with backward samples, buzzing, and clicking (as evidenced by "Cloud Melodie" and "Cloud Melodie II"), offering a welcome counterpoint to the more organic compositions that dominate. Yet, in that these moments seem to be more palate-cleansing than integral, I can’t help but feel there’s a stronger statement Tussle could make in the future. Can the more experimental elements be wedded to the flawless groove? Are Tussle trying to upset our very concept of rhythm with their more challenging pieces? I, for one, will stay tuned to find out." (3,5/5 - TINY MIXTAPES)
BUY LINDSTRØM AT THE SUPERSTORE“Demonstrates why both he and his epic space-disco sound has been among the most ubiquitous forces in modern dance music” (8,4, PITCHFORK)
“Sublime nordic disco” (5/5 DJ MAGAZINE)
“Let`s ride the boat! Fast! And take the Lindstrom with us!” (9/10 LOWDOWN MAGAZINE)
“A joyous round-up of the vinyl only singles” (4/5 UNCUT)
“A set of sweetly flavoured mood music and contemporary cool” (THE INDEPENDENT)
“A refreshing counterpoint to repetitive styles” (4/5 MIXMAG)
This is some of the things said about Lindstrøm`s "A Feedelity Affair". Now you can buy the CD at our online Superstore.
TOY: LA TIMES REVIEW"This is delightful instrumental music that could work perfectly as the soundtrack for some oddball cartoon on Adult Swim. "Golden Fish … " features a euphonium, one of the black sheep of the brass family, and blips and blops that doff their sine-wave sombreros to Mr. Martini, Esquivel himself. The arrangement is space-age cocktail behind a theme that sounds like it was written for some one-season sitcom from 1968. Toy is a collaboration between U.K. composer Alisdair Stirling and Jorgen Traeen, a producer from Norway. A listener could guess that someone involved would be Scandinavian, natch, an area of the world that enjoys playing in the sandbox of electronic kitsch." (LA Times)
120 DAYS: GREAT ROLLING STONE SINGLE REVIEW"Hey, kids, its time for another revival of krautrock, the jammy psychedelia-meets electronica style conceived by the German groups like Neu! and Kraftwerk in the 1970s. On this nine-minute track, Norway`s 120 Days give the genre a more apocalyptic spin with frontman undertow, setting a Sixties pop melody over a lightb guitar jangle, then giving way to a big, dreamy refrain thats sounds a little roots rock and a little New Wave. "Sleeping Lessons" begins as a quiet slow-burner built around a spiraling keyboard loop, then turns into a hard-charging rave-up outfitted with another ace tune. More, please" (3,5/4 Rolling Stone)
KIM HIORTHØY: EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW WITH THE BOOKSKim is in the final stage of finishing his new album. But he takes time off for a exclusive London show with The Books at London`s great Queen Elisabeth Hall. The concert takes place Monday the 11th of December 7.30pm. His new album will be released in April 2007.
TUSSLE: GREAT EXCLAIM REVIEW"San Franciscan four-piece Tussle trounced all of the punk/electro/funk/disco acts in 2004 when they unveiled their dub-influenced organic rhythmic punch on debut album Kling Klang. With a shift in the line-up — bassist Andy Cabic left to join Devendra Banhart, drummer Alexis Georgopoulos filled in, and then Tomo Yasuda eventually took it over — and a guest appearance by heroes Sal Principato and Dennis Young of Liquid Liquid, Telescope Mind finds the instrumental quartet progressing beyond expectations. This time they’ve dug a little deeper into their stash of electronics and outside sources, but only to flesh out their experimental curiosities — this is still as natural as dance music gets these days. The throb of “Warning” immediately establishes just how adept and even stronger the band’s new line-up is, maintaining an untiring rhythm that is stubborn to shift. “Flicker/33.3,” on the other hand, is all about movement, establishing enough funk to conquer a small village, and “Trappings” owes its life to the more commercial side of disco. It’s “Elephants,” however, that stretches their imaginations furthest; moving from radio interference into a tribal gathering of skittering beats, the song amplifies into a showcase for the band’s industrious rhythm section that never relinquishes. Unbelievable. Telescope Mind is an inspired serving of progressive dance music. Anyone with an attention span for relentless but innovative grooves will hold this close to their heart… and feet." (Exclaim)
TUSSLE: NICE PITCHFORK REVIEWTussle`s new album is released now in US and will be released in Europe early 2007. Today Pitchfork ran a review which among others said "Despite some personnel shifts, this instrumental outfit-- two drummers, bass, electronics-- still sounds like a blend of Munich circa 1972 and the Dancetaria circa 1982". To read the full review go here.
TUSSLE: GREAT FILTER MAGAZINE REVIEWThere’s something refreshingly authentic about the music Oslo’s Smalltown Supersound cranks out, from Lindstrøm’s disco mayhem to 120 Days’ keyboard Krautrock, and the bustle of Tussle is no exception. The San Francisco-based foursome isn’t playing on irony, that old ecstasy haze or overblown self-importance. Instead, Tussle drawls out unrelentingly dance-worthy rhythm-and-bass anthems peppered by weird, Cluster-like atmospheric gems. And all of this using the mere talents of two drummers (Warren Huegel and Jonathan Holland), a bassist (Tomo Yasuda) and a knob-twiddler (Nathan Burazer). Add the iconic percussion additions of Liquid Liquid’s Sal Principato and Dennis Young to the closing track, “Pow,” and the album rounds out to a colorful ball of dance-pop made to enjoy, not to impress. And yet, that’s exactly what it does in the end. (87% Filter)
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND JAPAN TOURSmalltown Supersound is now on a Japan tour. There are two Tokyo shows left of the tour, Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of November. So if you`re in Japan, we hope to see you there. On sale at the shows: new Kim Hiorthoy book and a exclusive Japan tour t-shirts designed by Kim. The line-up is: Kim Hiorthøy (live), Bjørn Torske (live), Mental Overdrive (laptop set), Toy (live) and Joakim Haugland (DJ). Kim also has an art exhibition in addition to the tour, there are also made t-shirts for this exhibition that are sold at the shows and at the gallery. For info about dates, venues, prices etc go to the live section.
LINDSTRØM REMIXES THE KILLERSLindstrom is known for his great remixes for artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Franz Ferdinand, Annie, Roxy Music et al. He is now doing a remix for an upcoming single by The Killers. Lindstrom`s Its A Feedelity Affair is getting great reviews all over the world and is out now on Smalltown Supersound/Feedelity.
LINDSTRØM: 8,4 PITCHFORK REVIEWPitchfork has a great 8,4 review of Lindstrøm`s "It`s A Feedelity Affair" album. Here is some of what it says "This collection of the Norwegian producer's best-loved 12" tracks succintly demonstrates why both he and his epic space-disco sound has been among the most ubiquitous forces in modern dance music. The compilation largely foregoes the multi-hued fragrancy and soft-rock glide of Lindstrøm's recent work with frequent partner Prins Thomas in favour of ostentatiously astral motifs (particularly roaming, noodly synth solos) and more pronounced dancefloor grooves". To read the whole review go here.
LINDSTROM: 5 OUT OF 5 REVIEW IN DJ MAGAZINE!"Sublime nordic disco. For those who haven`t been near a dancefloor recently, Feedelity`s succintly collects the best bits from the first nine EPs by Norwegian producer Lindstrom. Performing a balancing act that features sloppy, unquantized beats and live bass lines (Can It For The Original Whities), freeform funk freakouts (There Is A Drink In My Bedroom..) with squelchy Italo grooves (I Feel Space), Lindstrom really excels when he combines these space disco elements on Arp She Said. It`s a midtempo track of such exquisite beauty that it sends shivers down my spine everytime I hear it. If it can have that effect on a cynical hack, just think what it could do to you" (5/5, DJ MAGAZINE)
LINDSTROM: GREAT UNCUT REVIEW"From Norway comes the scene`s poster-boy, Hans-Peter Lindstrom, remixer of Franz Ferdinand and LCD Soundsystem. An unshaven C&W fan and rugged outdoors type, Lindstrom`s intuitive, organic approach to disco and funk is celebrated on It`s A Feedelity Affair, a joyous round-up of the vinyl only singles on his Feedelity imprint. Lindstrom plays real instruments, samples himself, picks out melodies on guitar - and there is more than a hint of Moroder to the celestial twirls of "Music On My Mind" (4/5, Piers Martin, UNCUT)
120 DAYS: PLAYBOY.COM REVIEWNew Norwegian buzz band 120 Days may have picked its name as a sly reference to the Marquis de Sade's infamous novel of sexual fetishes and torture, 120 Days of Sodom (groupies beware). But a more apt title would've been 120 Minutes, since the Norse rockers' energy and charismatic singer Adne Meisfjord's bold delivery would make the band a high-rotation addition to MTV's old alternative video show. The self-titled new album plays like one extended movement pulsing with electronic drum cadences, taut bass, windswept guitars and edgy synth lines. While the band's Can and Kraftwerk reference points are blatantly spelled out within its looping rhythms, 120 Days isn't nearly as automated and dry as those influences sometimes imply. From the Timothy Leary-like exhortations of the opening track "Come Out (Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone)" to the menacing Stooges-like sax of "Lazy Eyes," this group isn't as robotic as it is trance-inducing, creating musical hills and valleys within tracks that wax and wane with the skill of a jam band. Hipsters hate the dreaded "jam" term, but 120 Days sounds like a jam band for kids raised on Brit-Pop and electronica instead of bluegrass and folk. Hell, they end the album with a 12-minute track.(3/4, Playboy.com)
120 DAYS: NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW"This Norwegian band has a new self-titled debut on Vice Records, licensed from the Oslo label Smalltown Supersound. But the sound of 120 Days will not be especially foreign to anyone who can imagine a contemporary gloss on Kraftwerk, or a keyboard-heavy take on the dance-punk of DFA Records. The album’s lyrics, sung in a straining voice by Adne Meisfjord, are in English. They tend toward cliché, but that’s beside the point. “Come Out (Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone),” the opening track, is much more noteworthy for its nine-minute sonic odyssey than for its message, which is fairly well articulated by the title. The same could be said for the album, an exercise in deep focus that achieves its aims through subtle manipulation." (The New York Times)
STOP PRESS: 120 DAYS LONDON SHOWS NEXT WEEK!120 Days are doing 2 London shows next week. The dates are: Monday 16th of Oct at The Fly and Thuesday 17th of Oct at Madam Jojos part of the White Heat clubnight. If you are in London we strongly recommend that you check them out. They are amazing!
120 DAYS: NEW ALBUM TRACK ON MY SPACESmalltown Supersound and Vice Records are releasing the 120 Days debut album this week in US. Norwegian release next week. Europe and Japan early 2007. Anyway, now you can listen to another one of the great album tracks "Get Away" at the Smalltown Supersound My Space site. Check it out right here!
KIM HIORTHØY: TOKION FEATUREThere is a great feature about Kim and his album art etc in the September issue of Tokion Magazine. You should check it out.
120 DAYS: US TOURFrom Pitchfork: "120 Days Announce North American Tour. In just 23 days, 120 Days will descend upon our shores. The Norwegian Kraut-rockers have their first North American tour all planned out, and it conveniently coincides with the music industry lovefest known as the CMJ Music Marathon. 120 Days are currently scheduled to perform four times at CMJ, including at a Vice afterparty, which you probably won't be able to get into unless you're the Cobrasnake or the Cobrasnake's underage girlfriend. In just 7 days, 120 Days' self-titled debut album detonates on Vice/Smalltown Supersound." Check out the tourdates at our live dates section.
120 DAYS: NME BUZZ"One band a lot of UK labels are excited about are Oslo’s 120 Days. They’ve got a debut album primed for release in the US on Vice Records (who also released the likes of the Streets and Bloc Party stateside) but as yet, the European deal isn’t closed. Why should you be bothered? Because all their songs sound like the trippy bit at the end of the Roses’ “I Am The Resurrection” played by Kevin Shields-era Primal Scream with added Doctor Who- style synth buffoonery. Sign them please" (NME)
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND: CHINA TOURWe`re happy to announce that we are doing a tour in China early October. Kim Hiorthøy will preform live while Mental Overdrive will do a laptop-set and Joakim Haugland will DJ. Part of this tour is also our good friends at Jazzland as well as Frost. Go to live dates to check out venues and dates etc.
THE RETURN OF BJØRN TORSKE!Yes! Bjørn Torske returns with a killer album titled "Feil Knapp" (Wrong Button in Norwegian) the 12th of January 2007. We have just heard the album and it rocks! Filled with typical Torske dub, some quirky electronica, some disco, some weirdness. But so melodic. So wonderful. And so Bjorn Torske! Fans of his other great albums "Nedi Myra" and "Trøbbel" will love this one. The 22nd of January we will release another 12" titled "Kokt Kveite". Before this Torske will tour Japan (see live dates). And in 2007 there will be lots of touring. More info soon.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND: JAPAN TOUR 2006We are happy to announce that we will return to our favourite country, Japan, for a label tour! The line-up this time will be: Kim Hiorthøy (live), Bjørn Torske (laptop set), Mental Overdrive (laptop set), Toy (live) and Joakim Haugland (DJ). Kim will also have an art exhibition in addition to the tour. For info about dates, venues, prices etc go to the live section. If you are in Japan in early November we hope to see you there!
LINDSTRØM: GREAT PITCHFORK TRACK REVIEWHere Green recycles a few scraps of melody from Lindstrøm's cinematic, slow-burning "Pesto Og Kolera"-- smart nips and tucks that don't revamp the original, just punch it up and make it better. He rubberizes the scrawny bassline, sneaks in a darting guitar, then hangs a swank filigree of live keys. All the while a lonely shaker snakes through the whole affair. Common to both remixer and remixed, a cocktail of groove and grandeur provides the glue. Ornate prog flourishes cool down the smoldering dirty disco groundwork. Radiating electricity and lust, the remix completes the bridge between Studio 54 and the Eighteenth Street Lounge. Hard to believe Green started with Scandinavian blueprints. (4/5, PITCHFORK)
BJORN TORSKE 12" COMPETITION WINNER:Is Nick Howells from New Zealand. Congratulations. We will send you the Bjorn Torske 12" test-pressing, edition of 10 (!). Hope you like it Nick! And thanks to all of you who sent us e-mails for this competition.
TUSSLE ALBUM FOR SALE AT THE SUPERSTORE NOW!Tussle`s masterpiece "Telescope Mind" has just arrived from the pressing plant. As always we make it available through our online Superstore right away. The official release date is the 30th of October. So to get it fast and first go to the Superstore here.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND: JAPAN TOUR IN NOVEMBERJust to let all our friends in Japan know that Smalltown Supersound will do a Japan label tour early November. Dates and venues TBA. The artists that are coming are: Kim Hiorthøy (live), Toy (live), Bjørn Torske (DJ), Mental Overdrive (laptop set) and Joakim Haugland (DJ). Both Kim and Bjorn will have their new albums ready for the tour (at least they say so...). We look forward returning to our favourite country after the great sucess of our 2004 tour. More info and details soon!
120 DAYS ALBUM120 Days` eponymous debut album will be released the 10th of October 2006 by NYC`s Vice Records in collaboration with the band`s home label, Smalltown Supersound. As a taster of this upcoming masterpiece, Vice and Smalltown Supersound will release the limited edition 12” single “Come Out (Come Down Fade Out Be Gone)”, which is the epic 9 minutes long opening track of the album. The 12” also features a 10 minutes long remix by Mental Overdrive. Norwegian release date is the 2nd of October. Release worldwide TBA 2007.
120 DAYS: 12" SINGLE FOR SALE AT THE SUPERSTORE NOW!Lots of interest for 120 Days after great reviews at both Pitchfork and Stereogum the last couple of days. The track that has been reviewed is now available on 12" vinyl only single and it contains the track "Come Out, Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone" as well as a great remix of the same track by the mighty Mental Overdrive. The 12" is not out in the shops yet, so the only place you can get it is at our Superstore here
120 DAYS: GREAT PITCHFORK TRACK REVIEWOur new signing 120 Days which we co-release with Vice Records in USA gets 4,5 out of 5 in todays trackreview on Pitchfork. The track that is reviewed is the album opening track and first 12" single "Come Out, Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone". And here`s the review: "For once, why don't we elide the obvious-- in this case, Norwegian band and recent Vice signees 120 Days' superficial resemblance to certain electro-and-Krautrock forebears-- and experience "Come Out (Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone)" as a first-order phenomenon, with its own heat and light. A lopsided parabola than spans nine tautly thrumming minutes, "Come Out" is a marvel of ethereal precision, immaculate pacing, Teutonic austerity, trance-inducing miasma, and dark euphoria. A supple motorik cadence and concentrated volleys of staccato bass inscribe concise glyphs on the air; iridescent analog synths leave ghostly phosphene trails; sine-wave guitars and judiciously deployed yet emphatic vocals push the rhythmic urgency into the steam-gouting red zone. There's a lot of song here, but no excess-- each strand is counterbalanced by another, so "Come Out" holds its perilous spin around a stable axis, twisting methodically skyward until, finally escaping gravity, it soars." (4,5 PITCHFORK)
WIN RARE BJORN TORSKE 12" (WHITE-LABEL)Bjorn Torske is returning with another super smashing 12" single, this time titled "Kokt Kveite". We`ve made 10 white-label test pressings of the 12" and we are giving away one of these to a lucky bastard. This is a collectors item as there is only 10 of the single out there. The only thing you`ll have to do is to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Bjorn Torske" in subject and your adress in the mail. Then we`ll pull a winner out of the hat in a couple of weeks time. The 12" will be out commercially in about a month or so.
LARS HORNTVETH ON FOUR TET REMIX ALBUMDomino Records are releasing a double remix album with Four Tet remixes. Four Tet`s great remix of Lars`s Tics track (taken from The Joker EP) is the opening track on the album, an album that also features mixes by Radiohead, Block Party, Beth Orton, Madvillain and Aphex Twin among others. For more info check out the Pitchfork newspiece here.
TOY: GUARDIAN REVIEW"It's impossible not to admire the ingenuity of Alisdair Stirling and Jorgen Traeen, the Anglo-Norwegian duo known as Toy. On the other hand, it's hard to take a whole album of their relentlessly cheerful electronica. The music they make is tuneful and up-tempo, and underpinned by a delight in childish things such as Stylophones and toy organs. Tunes such as Realistic Martian Landing Set and Sedan Through Tunnel show a mastery of arrangement and orchestration that recalls the glory days of the Yellow Magic Orchestra (recently revived by Señor Coconut's Yellow Fever album), and the Toy guys display a similarly cheeky sense of humour. The acclaimed Rabbit Pushing Mower is as kitsch as its title promises, but not quite as interesting." (3/5, The Guardian)
TOY: LIVE AT THE BIG CHILL FESTIVAL THIS WEEKToy will play at The Big Chill Festival. The festival takes place from 4-6th of August at Eastnor Castle Deer Park in UK. Other acts on the bill are: Vashti Bunyan, Coldcut, Francois K, Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid, Lambchop, Jamie Lidell, Nightmares on Wax Sound System, Gilles Peterson and Plaid.
LISTEN TO HOT CHIP`S TUSSLE REMIXHot Chips` remix is long (10 minutes), but Tussle has put out an excerpt of the mix on their Myspace site. Here you can also hear the opening track, Warning, from their new album "Telescope Mind" due 16th of October. Check out their Myspace site here
TUSSLE WORK WITH LIQUID LIQUID, HOT CHIP AND OPTIMOFrom Pitchfork HQ: "It's 90 degrees outside, we're stressing out about the festival, everybody's computers seem to be breaking down at the same time, and the new Basement Jaxx isn't as good as we'd hoped it would be. In other words, Pitchfork's in the mood for a Tussle. Tussle the band are ready to satisfying the cravings of fighters everywhere with their second record, Telescope Mind, due October 16 on Smalltown Supersound. The San Francisco four-piece have pulled together 12 new tracks for the follow-up to 2004's Kling Klang, all of which were recorded last year with Quinn Luke. The closer, "Pow!" features Liquid Liquid's Sal Principato and Dennis Young, and the disc's artwork was created by Kim Hiorthoy. Tussle plan to release a limited edition 12" single titled "Warning" also on Smalltown Supersound on September 25. In addition, it features a 10 minute Hot Chip remix containing several TM numbers and a Optimo remix" (Pitchfork)
MAILORDER VACATIONOur online Superstore will not expedite orders after Monday the 3rd of July until Monday the 24th of July. You can still order, but the orders won`t be sent out until the 24th of July. This due to summer vacation. Orders placed on Monday the 3rd and before will be sent out before the vacation break.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND AT NUMUSIC FESTIVALSmalltown Supersound will definitely be present at this years great Numusic Festival in Stavanger, Norway. We have The Whitest Boy Alive, Kim Hiorthøy, 120 Days, Joakim Haugland (DJ set) and Lindstrøm (with Prins Thomas) all playing there. Other artists are Four Tet, Whitehouse, Pierre Henry, Mu, Andrew Weatherall, DJ Spooky, Maurice Fulton and many more. Check out their site here
LINDSTRØM JOINS SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUNDYes, Lindstrøm and Smalltown Supersound will collaborate! Here`s a news piece from Pitchfork: Break out that cool moon/mirrorball graphic and get Dominique Leone on the horn, 'cause it's space disco time! Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, the Norwegian DJ/producer at the forefront of the current cosmic house scene, will release his debut solo album, It's a Feedelity Affair, October 23. The LP is a joint release between Smalltown Supersound and Lindstrøm's own Feedelity label.Although Feedelity Affair is comprised of tracks previously released on 12", and contains no new material, it's still a big deal. For the first time, Lindstrøm classics like "Another Station" and "I Feel Space" (P4k's 22nd-favorite single of 2005, yo) are all gathered together on CD. DJ/producer Daniel Wang contributed the liner notes. (Pitchfork) To check the complete tracklisting etc go here
KIM HIORTHØY 7" BACK IN STOCKFinally the Kim Hiorthøy 7" is back in stock. This means that all of you who have ordered it will have it soon. Also there is more left of the 7" so buy it now as this is already a collector`s item and it will soon be sold out. Note that it is only sold here at the Superstore. Pressed in 500 copies only. Will not be re-pressed. This one will put your kids through college in 10 years time!
THE WHITEST BOY ALIVE: AT THE SUPERSTORE NOWThe Whitest Boy Alive is our friend Erlend Øye`s (Kings Of Convenience) new band. We are releasing their debut album "Dreams" in Norway and Denmark, but fear not, you can also buy it directly from our Superstore mailorder if you live outside of Scandinavia. The album has not been released anywhere else yet, so this is the only place you can get it now. To check out the sound of this great album go to their Myspace site here.
SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND AT MYSPACEWe`ve finally got a Myspace site up and running. Here you can hear a brand new track by Mental Overdrive, a brand new track from Tussle`s upcoming Telescope Mind album as well as Bjorn Torske`s great Ny Lugg track from the 12" of the same name. You can check out our site here:Smalltown Supersound Myspace
HOT CHIP AND OPTIMO TO REMIX TUSSLETwo of our favourite acts on the scene today, Hot Chip and Optimo, will remix Tussle material for an upcoming 12" vinyl single. The remixes will be of new Tussle material that will be released on the album "Telescope Mind" due sometime in the autumn. Watch this space for more info on the matter soon.
BJØRN TORSKE: GREAT DJ MAGAZINE REVIEW!Ny Lugg 12" review in DJ Magazine: "Just when you thought Bjorn Torske had fallen off the radar (his last output was the fantastic Trobbel LP on Telle a few years back) he resurfaces with three tracks that typify his lopsided take on the dancefloor. The EP opens with a percussive, almost gamelan slice of tech disco that teases with relentless analogue synth loops before bottoming out in a sea of reverb. Both "Skabbdabb" and "Dübet" take the outing down a gear or two and enter the realms of slo-mo dub, coming close to Burnt Friedman`s Nu Dub Players project. A quality EP" (DJ Magazine)
KIM HIORTHØY: 7" SINGLE SHIPPING PROBLEMSWe are very sorry but we`ve run out of stock of the new Kim Hiorthøy 7". We have new ones coming from Berlin, but didn`t know that we would get so many orders. Its all cool but we didn`t know that it would sell this fast. So please be patient, your orders will be expedited as soon as we have the 7" in stock, and don`t worry, we`re not sold out. And again; we`re very sorry about this!
KATECHISMUS DES NIHILISTENWe usually never sell other stuff than Smalltown stuff at our Superstore/mailorder, but we have made one exception for this great LP by a good friend of ours, David Gurrik. This is hot stuff. Weird, dark, scando electro rock with references to the first Suicide LP, early Cabaret Voltaire and This Heat. Trust us. This shit rocks weirdly! Check it out at the Superstore
KIM HIORTHØY: GREAT STRAIGHT NO CHASER 12" REVIEW"12 minutes of the kind of insane sonic science that only the Scandinavians can produce. Cheeky brass take turns with lonesome pianos to build the atmosphere until firing timpani, cymbals and syncopatet beats make way for distortet free jazz saxophone and a finale worthy of such an epic. A record that is difficult to play out, but is an essential addition to any forward thinking collection" (Straight No Chaser Magazine, UK)
KIM HIORTHØY: NOMINATED FOR NORDIC COUNCIL`S MUSIC PRIZE 2006We congratulate Kim with this nomination. Kim is nominated for his debut album "Hei". This is a funny nomination for us as this prize is for "serious" music and is mostly for high brow contemporary stuff, so its cool to know that we are "serious" and that pop music is taken seriously as well. Anyway, if you want to know more about this prize and want to read what the jury says about Kim, then go here.
KIM HIORTHØY: NEW 7" SINGLE AT THE SUPERSTORE NOW!We have a brand new limited edition 7" (only 500 made!) titled "I`m This I`m That" by Kim Hiorthøy. The single was made for his art exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in Berlin. The 7" contains the 2 brand new and exclusive tracks "I`m This I`m That" and "Sommaren är slut", both beautiful songs in typical Kim style. Bound to be a collectors item. Get it while you can. And note; you can only get them from the Superstore here
TOY TO PLAY THE BIG CHILL FESTIVALToy will play at The Big Chill Festival. The festival takes place from 4-6th of August at Eastnor Castle Deer Park in UK. Other acts on the bill are: Vashti Bunyan, Coldcut, Francois K, Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid, Lambchop, Jamie Lidell, Nightmares on Wax Sound System, Gilles Peterson and Plaid. More info about the festival here.
MAILORDER VACATIONOur online Superstore will not expedite orders from Friday the 7th of April until April the 18th. You can still order, but the orders won`t be sent out until the 18th of April. This due to Eastern vacation.
ERLEND ØYE`S NEW BAND ON SMALLTOWN (NORWAY/DENMARK ONLY)Erlend Øye from Kings Of Convenience has a new band called The Whitest Boy Alive. They are based in Berlin and their debut album "Dreams" will be released in May. Smalltown Supersound will release the album in Norway and Denmark. To check out this great new band go to their website here or check out their My Space site right here
EXCLUSIVE JAGA JAZZIST GIGJaga Jazzist will perform a exclusive gig at the Les Nuits Botaniques Festival in Brussels, Belgium on the 30th of April. This will be one of the few chances to see Jaga Jazzist perform in 2006. Don't miss it!
KIM HIORTHØY: NEW 7" SINGLE + BERLIN EXHIBITIONKim has some drawings and a new 7-inch in the exhibition "Happiness" at the Gagosian Gallery, Berlin, a part of the 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art. The new 7-inch has two tracks
and is limited edition of 500 copies only. We know you want this, so keep your eyes on these pages as we will sell this 7" at our Superstore as soon as we get it sent from Berlin. If you are in Berlin, the Biennial is here
BJØRN TORSKE: RECORD OF THE WEEK AT PICCADILLYThe new 12" by Bjørn Torske is one of the records of the week at Piccadilly Records in London. You can order the record from them here or, or you can order from our Superstore. Here is what they say:
After recent-ish releases on Telle (his last being 2003's "Trobbel" and his remake of Mental
Overdrive's "Diskodans"), creative Norwegian old hand (he was releasing 12"s on labels like Djaxx-Up-Beats and Reinforced as far back as th early 90s) and general leftfield genius, Bjorn Torske joins the Town Super Sound guys for this 30 minute long 12". The title track is one of those quirky avant-disco records that just seem to grow like mushrooms in Norway (maybe it's the extra-long hours of darkness..), complete with clanky percussion and creaking gate noises. It's joined by two extra-long tracks of dark, heavy psychedelic dub which will have you in a horizontal position within seconds; "Skabbdabb" and "Dubet" (think Duane Eddy in dub mode!) which features the Bjorn Torske Big Band, aka Jorgen 'Sir Duperman' Traeen of Toy, John Hegre of Jazzkammer / Kaptein Kaliber and David Asheim also of Kaptein Kaliber. Don't miss this one!
KIM HIORTHØY: UPDATE MAGAZINE 12" REVIEW"Based in Berlin, Hiorthoy makes all of his music with hip-hop's favourite old school toy, an MPC sampler, which explains the raw dynamics of his style, but not how he manages to keep it all together so well. "This Record..." lashes punch-drunk drums with cool saxophone riff and intermittent piano - the only other element being bass - and it gives it a live jamming-in-the-studio feel, but with structure. And, should you think that title isn't a mouthful enough, "The Shy Boys With Windbreakers & Thick Glasses Will Come & Take Revenge" pushes it further with similar themes, shifting towards acidic riffs circa Adamski 'NRG' era rave. Quirky, sure, yet also funkier than all this probably reads - check it out." (Update Magazine)
NEW BJØRN TORSKE 12" ON SALE NOW AT THE SUPERSTORE!Finally new music from the mighty Bjørn Torske! We are proud to present the first Torske release siince the 2002 album "Trøbbel" (Telle Records). The 12" is titled "Ny Lugg (kort bak/lang på siden)" and contains 3 tracks and 30 minutes of quirky Bjorn Torske style avant-dub-disco. To buy the 12" go to our Superstore (under merchandise). Get it while stocks last!
KIM HIORTHØY: LIVE AT IDEAL FESTIVALIts been a while, but now Kim Hiorthøy is finally ready to play live again, after months of making music to his new record due 2006. Kim will play at the great Ideal Festival in Gotenburg, Sweden, Saturday the 11th of March. Other acts on the festival are Mats Gustafsson, Earth, Wolf Eyes, Kid 606 and many more. More info about the festival here
TOY: BBC REVIEW"The duo of Alisdair Stirling and Jurgen Traeen met (allegedly) in the music department at Hamley's toyshop. A bond was formed among the Casio keyboards and xylophones, and thus Toy were born. Cooked up via the magic of the internet (Traeen lives in Norway, Stirling in the UK), this is the soundtrack to a dayglo, battery powered plastic world of robots, spaceships and drumming rabbits. Lopsided rhythms trundle away underneath shiny, synthetic melodies. If the Radiophonic Workshop had ever teamed up with the Yellow Magic Orchestra to produce themes for kids TV programmes, they'd sound like this. At their best Toy make a joyful noise; childlike (but not childish) and playfully evocative. They even sample "Sparky's Magic Piano" (possibly the scariest record ever made) and make it into something reassuring and innocently beautiful. Yummy." (BBC)
TOY: PLAN B REVIEW"Charting a cartoonish frolic through dolphin pop and Seventies sci-fi, Norway/UK duo Toy are a rabid, bleep-addled joy. They`re also the finest literally designated alliance since Chubby Checker And The Fat Boys. Asserting they met in the Casio dept of London plaything emporium Hamley`s, Toy are House Of Hiss/Sensible Twins stalwart Alisdair Stirling and producer/sound engineer Jorgen Traeen (Sondre Lerche, Jaga Jazzist). Together, they manoeuvre an iridescent voyage through aquarium lounge-bop, dulcimer wack-hop and madcap Japanese electronica. An oddly hypnotic and sunny diversion, Toy`s playful, trance-inducing ways range over loping Honey Monster dub (The All Seeing Eye); surrealistic cheeky beats (Rabbit Pushing Mower); and Atari fanfare cabaret (Googie Fream Home): a peculiarly brazen, Scandinavian gem" (Nicola Meighan, Plan B)
TOY: NICE UNCUT REVIEW"British-Norwegian pair`s quirky pop. Toy`s Alisdair Stirling and Jorgen Traeen claim to have met in the Casio department on the fifth floor of Hamley`s, and take inspiration from Pingu and noise music. We know for certain that their cascading reverie "Rabbit Pushing Mower" opened Annie`s recent DJ Kicks selection, and that Toy`s genial mix of library nuggest, found sounds, muzak and electronica recalls Luke Vibert`s more accomplished doodles. At times, on "Don`t Be" and "Valley Cars", these elements combine to produce Røyksopp-like moments of giddy wonder, but several similar squiggles, Toy`s faux-naïve Jean Jacquess Perrey bumbling cloys" (*** UNCUT)
TUSSLE: TELESCOPE MINDTelescope Mind is the title of the new Tussle album that is just finshed recorded. This is probably one of the best albums that has ever been released on Smalltown Supersound. We just love it, and it is in many ways the ultimate Supersound. You`ll understand when you hear it. The album will be released the 22nd of May, prior to that we`ll release one or two 12" vinyls with remixes. The guys from Liquid Liquid are guest starring on one of the tracks. Kim will make the artwork. More info soon.
EXCLUSIVE LARS HORNTVETH NEW YORK SHOWLars Horntveth is finally doing a show in US. It will only be one show and it will take place in NYC the 9th of February at Tonic. This is Lars` first US show and he will perform music from the critically acclaimed Pooka album. His friend Morten Quenlid and his band In The Country (Rune Grammofon) will also play the same night.
TOY: GREAT REVIEW IN FLUX MAGAZINE"British/Scandinavian duo Alisdair Stirling and Jorgen Traeen mix the space-age zaniness of The Residents with Cornelius`s TV show pop, Mouse On Mars` squelchiness and the bubblegum melodies of Super Mario bonus levels. The result should be an utterly disposable example of popular culture recycling itself into oblivion. It is, however, an avant garde pop classic, a secret album of 2006, and yet another triumph for this excellent small label" (Flux Magazine)