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Week 36 in Review – Sondre Lerche with album pre-listen, Ja Ja Ja club nights coming to Berlin and more

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 05. Sep, 2014

Sondre Lerche with Spotify album pre-listen, Ja Ja Ja club nights coming to Berlin, Kygo with major Sony deal and Dillon Francis creative partnership – this and much more in our Week in Review.

Sondre Lerche album pre-listen

Sondre Lerche is gearing up for next week’s release of his new album ‘Please’. Leading up to the 12th Sept album release, Lerche is running a Spotify pre-listen to the album, debuting one new track a day. Each song comes with an individual cover with a painting by Norwegian artist Lars Elling.
Follow Sondre HERE to get daily tracks over the next week.

On Sept 23rd. Lerche returns to the US to embark on a lengthty tour, followed by appearances in Europe from Oct 27th onwards – full tour details HERE.

Skuggsjá – Wardruna and Enslaved team up for unique premiere

Another premiere coming up next week: 13th of September sees Enslaved and Wardruna performing the world premiere of their original work ‘Skuggsjá’ at Eidsvoll, Norway. The grand work was commissioned for the 200th anniversary Norway’s Constitution and is part of an event that derives its title from an ancient Norse autumnal ritual; Eidsivablot. Next week’s Eidsivablot is staged as open-air all day event where that aims at honouring Norways Norse history with ancient Norwegian sounds and music, true Norse metal, photo exhibitions and guided tours to the viking graves.In addition to the premiere of ‘Skuggsjá’, the event features full concerts by Enslaved and Wardruna.
Full programme HERE.

Ja Ja Ja to Berlin

After more than five years, 35 shows, an inaugural festival and hosting more than 120 bands in the UK’s capital, the Ja Ja Ja club nights are finally ready to open up a second home – in Berlin. The Berlin edition of Ja Ja Ja will kick off on the 9th October in the stunning setting of FluxBau, where, on the second Thursday of each month, Berlin residents will be treated to the finest new talent, hand-picked from the Nordic countries for your listening pleasure.
Full programme HERE.

Nico & Vinz to Ellen DeGeneres

With their global hit ‘Am I Wrong’ still performing strongly on US and UK charts, Nico & Vinz continue their campaign with high-profile media appearances. Monday 15th of Sept sees the two performing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show – with a potential reach of more than three million viewers. Says Warner Music Norway’s Guttorm Raa to daily VG: – An Ellen appearance holds great importance and the timing is perfect for the upcoming album release.

Nico & Vinz’ anticipated new album ‘Black Star Elephant’ is set for release on the 16th of September.

Full Pupp celebrates 10th anniversary in London

Mark the date: 31st October marks the London celebration of Prins Thomas’ space disco house label Full Pupp’s tenth anniversary. Showcasing their trademark leftfield space disco music with the help of the Horse Meat Disco team, Lindstrom, Espen Haa, Blackbelt Andersen and a top secret special guest, this could definitely be one of those legendary club nights.
Programme info HERE.

Kygo and Dillon Francis join forces

This week saw two producers on an upwardly trajectory announcing that they were teaming teaming up in the studio: Norway’s Kygo and Dillon Francis – both producers that are in the midst of a massive year. Dillon’s upcoming album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, has been one of the most anticipated albums of 2014, and Kygo’s remix of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” has over 13 million plays, making it one of SoundCloud’s top 10 most played songs.

Recently, the Kygo inked a global deal with Sony Music/Ultra – a deal that showcases Sony’s prerogative to embrace the smooth, soulful side of electronic music. The President of Ultra Music and President of Electronic Dance Music at Sony, Patrick Moxey, said, – We’re delighted to work with Kygo, who is an extremely talented musician, with unique melodies.”
More on Kygo’s Sony deal HERE.

Young Nordic Jazz Comets – Krokofant to represent Norway

17th of September sees the Helsinki finals of talent programme Young Nordic Jazz Comets being held. For the 2014 edition, Norway is represented by vital new act Krokofant. This young, semi-improvising power trio – Tom Hasslan (guitars), Axel Skalstad (drums) and Jørgen Mathisen (saxophone) – typify a new and invigorating movement currently sweeping across the Nordic region: hard boiled improvisation and strong instrumental personalities bolted onto rock beats and driving rhythms. Live, Krokofant pull no punches, sounding off like some unholy three-way marriage of early 70s jazz rock (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Terje Rypdal, Ray Russell), the sprawling progressive odysseys of King Crimson and Henry Cow, and the fierce heat of Peter Brötzmann’s harsh free jazz ensembles.
More on the Young Nordic Jazz Comets HERE

New Nordic Playlist

A fitting start to the weekend: the new Nordic Playlist from Copenhagen’s Reptile Youth. The Danish duo – comprising the talents of Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen and Esben Valløe display impeccable taste: for their Nordic Playlist they selected Young Dreams and Jenny Hval & Susanna’s ‘I Have Walked This Body’ as Norwegian tracks.
Listen in HERE.