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Week 23 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 06. Jun, 2014

Röyksopp’s Billboard extravaganza, Lido hype, Mayhem’s latest and Håkon Kornstad’s US tour-de-force – it’s the Music Norway Week in Review.

Strong Billboard debut for Röyksopp & Robyn 

Röyksopp & Robyn’s ‘Do It Again’ EP debuts with a bang on the Billboard charts this week. By placing 14th on the Billboard 200, Röyksopp & Robyn make history; no other Norwegian act (yup, we know Robyn is Swedish…) have had an album debut this high on the Billboard 200.

The trio’s ‘Do It Again’ global tour kicks off on June 13th with a concert at Barcelona’s Sonar by Night Festival.

Lido gearing up for anticipated EP release

Lido’s original track ‘Money’, premiered recently on Souncloud and with more than 177k plays as a result in its initial weeks. Adding to the hype: Lido’s remix of Aluna George with Cosmo’s Midnight reached 100k Soundcloud plays in 24 hours.
Lido is now gearing up for the release of his ‘I Love You’ EP, which is out on 23rd of June through Pelican Fly .

Ahead of the EP release, one of the outing’s tracks, ‘Money’, has been receiving solid DJ support from Crookers, Busy P, AC Slater, Zeds Dead, Wave Racer, RL Grime and others. Over the last 10 days, momentum has been building rapidly for Lido – his original tracks have been getting plays from key BBC Radio One DJs Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank.

Mayhem’s ‘Esoteric Warfare’ out now

Having completed an extensive 15-date European tour in May, Fri 6th of June marks the release of Mayhem’s first album in 7 years. Following up on the dark, haunting outing ‘Ordo Ad Chao’, black metal fans the world over have been anxiously awaiting the new release that is out now through Season of Mist.

Writes Pitchfork in it’s 7,6 review of ‘Esoteric Warfare’: ‘Esoteric Warfare isn’t as far-reaching as some of its predecessors, but it’s still an adventurous and energetic record built on stylistic explorations and enthusiastic shifts that you wouldn’t expect from a band that’s had three decades to codify its own sound. Where there once might have been a twist, there is now silence or a return to order. This is a less audacious Mayhem, then, but perhaps a more distinct and sustainable one, too.’

Strong US reviews for Håkon Kornstad

Tenor saxophonist/opera vocalist Håkon Kornstad played a string of solo performances in the US over the last week, including a stint at the Spoleto Festival http://spoletousa.org/ which has spawned a string of reviews praising Kornstad’s unique fusion of solo sax/electronics improv with opera vocals.

Writes the Charleston City Paper: ‘By all rights, no one person should possess as many musical talents at Håkon Kornstad. It isn’t fair to artists who devote their entire lives to a single instrument to see Kornstad picking up instruments and setting them down, producing tones and ideas that aren’t half-baked, but fully formed. Surely a few artists in the audience left the room either stewing with envy or brimming with inspiration. Masterfully trained in all of his disparate disciplines, Kornstad treated each element of his show with utter seriousness — and yet the result didn’t seem like a struggle, but a joy.’

The Post and Courier chimes in: Kornstad is on a journey that will take him who-knows-where. His solo sax set is surely interesting enough for him to keep doing; it’s unique, and musical in a spacey way. It improves with the addition of his voice, which gives his listeners something to really care about. But I would not be surprised if Kornstad further insinuates himself in the world of opera and classical music, eventually throwing himself all in. Apparently, he’s got the goods.

Nordic Playlist

A perfect way to cap off the week: the Nordic Playlist. Joining the ranks of notable contributors to the not-to-be-missed service is Sweden’s Shout Out Louds who are the curators of the latest Nordic Playlist. Some good choices have been made: Shout Out Louds add The Whitest Boy Alive’s ‘Intentions’ and Todd Terje’s ‘Strandbar’ to the perfect soundtrack for the upcoming weekend.

Full playlist HERE