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8:29pm

Tsugi & Super presents Electric Dreams @ Stratos

8:30pm

Lemaître (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ Stratos
    Lemaître are a Norwegian indie-electronic duo who formed in the Summer of 2010. Together, Ketil Jansen & Ulrik Denizou Lund create raging disco beats, blended with soft synths and gripping melodies. In their short career, Lemaître have gained a following all over the world. The Friendly Sound EP was released at the end of 2010, and the duo are currently working on new material and playing shows wherever the music takes them. Lemaître are influenced by artists like Justice, Phoenix, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Noisia, Ratatat and Röyksopp.
    Type Live


9:30pm

Korallreven (S)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ Stratos
    In the wake of singles “The Truest Faith” and “Honey Mine” the partnership of Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder (also of The Radio Dept) presents its debut album, “An Album By Korallreven”. The project was conceived after Joons returned from an extended trip to Samoa where he inspired by the music of the local Catholic choirs. Mesmerized by the beauty of the South Pacific and the exhilaration of travel, he shared his newfound passion with Tjäder and a partnership was born. One of the strongest traditions in Swedish Pop is escapism. For a country that spends much of its year in Winter darkness this should come as no surprise. The music of Stockholm’s Korallreven champions this tradition while extending it across a range of different genres. The result is a blissful journey through influences as far flung as Southern rap, dreampop, reggae, and minimal techno, among many others. The glittering, joyful production focuses on melodic evolution rather than structure; lush, dubbed-out instrumentals (on “Loved-Up”) perfectly complement trance-pop vocal cuts (“Keep Your Eyes Shut” and “Comin’ Closer”). Joining the duo for the ride are a host of collaborators including Victoria Bergsman (Taken By Trees, The Concretes) and Julianna Barwick. Released this November, An Album By Korallreven wistfully yearns for Summer days. As our days shorten and the cold sets in, take it from the Swedes: nothing quells the stirring for warmer months quite like the brightness of a sincere pop song.
    Type Live


10:30pm

GusGus (ICL) - Nordic Music Prize nominee
    Thursday February 16, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Stratos
    It’s a moving story, the tale of GusGus. Founded in the year 1995 by different artists such as Daniel August, DJ Herb Legowitz, cameraman Stephan Stephensen, musician Birgir Pórarinsson, producer Baldur Stefánsson and six more performers, the line-up shifted several times, some left and others joined as time went on. Since 2009, the year they released their album "24/7“, the band has had a stable line-up consisting of president Bongo, Biggi Veira and Daniel August. The three of them recorded the current album called "Arabian Horse“ which was released in May.
    Compared to their quite minimalistic former work, "Arabian Horse“ is by far more "in your face“.

    The songs are packed with gestures, thrilling moments, pop and soul. Doubtlessly GusGus has perfected the breach of the fine line between commercial pop and u-dance music on their 8th studio album. “Arabian Horse“ is a dance-pop album that reminds of the early 90’s house music as well as of the urban soul à la Massive Attack and which still is tangible contemporary. He who has already had the chance of seeing their live shows, knows how much power and feeling the 3 masters can deliver on stage. Now, saddle up your horses and head out to the next live show of the enigma that is GusGus!
    Type Live


11:30pm

WhoMadeWho (DK)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ Stratos
    WhoMadeWho (or Who Made Who) formed in 2003, with falsetto voiced bassist Tomas Hoffding coming from the Scandinavian rock underground, singer songwriter/guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg from the avantgarde jazz scene, and drummer Tomas Barford – who also records as Tomboy. The band released several 12-inches on German disco label Gomma Records including ‘Out The Door’ and ‘Space To Rent’, culminating in their self-titled debut album in 2005. In 2009 they released their second album “The Plot”. As a live band, WhoMadeWho have played alongside genre bending contemporaries Daft Punk, Soulwax, Hot Chip, Justice and LCD Soundsystem. After touring together Hot Chip asked them to remix new single “TV Friend”, and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age has covered their track “Space to Rent”. WhoMadeWho gained further popularity when they played a headline spot at Benicàssim in 2007 after a delay caused headliners, the Klaxons, to arrive too late to play their set.
    Type Live


12:30am

Maya Vik (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ Stratos
    Multifaceted musician Maya Vik plays bass in Spellemann winning pop-band Montée and has previously played with bands such as Savoy and Furia. Her first solo effort, the album “Château Faux-Coupe” (2011) is a beautiful funk laden extravaganza with reference points that stretch all the way from 70s jazz-rock via militant drum machine jackin’ funk and 80s soul to 90s hip-hop, all underpinned by the unmistakable sound of an Linn LM-1 drum machine, a sound immortalised by a vast catalogue of 80s hits. With clear references to Minneapolis-funk (Prince, Jimmy Jam og Terry Lewis/Flyte Tyme, The Time, Sheila E., Janet Jackson etc.) the album has already become a talking point for international fans of the genre. The album was mixed by sought after, four time Grammy winning producer Jimmy Douglass and formed part of a wider audio visual project including an exhibition and book including photography and artwork by Pål Laukli and Gary Swindell.
    Type Live


9:30pm

Ignug (DK)
    Friday February 17, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ Stratos
    The band met in 2006 and started recording their first songs in an apartment above a brothel in the Red Light district of Copenhagen, Denmark. Prostitutes and drug addicts lay on the doorstep of their home studio in the mornings, and drunks littered the streets throughout the long nights. Amidst the chaos and debauchery of their living arrangements, IGNUG focused their energies into channelling positivity into their music to contrast their external world. They did however utilise the raw sexual energy that surrounded them and fused this with tough electronic rhythms and gritty synth riffs to encapsulate the reality of the seedy surroundings in which they lived. IGNUG’s songs tell stories born out of a chaotic lifestyle. Ruby’s incredible range punches out allegorical lyrics on some tracks, and in others he adopts a high pitched slow gritty nature to his voice that surreptitiously ensnares your mind and body to draw you into the story his lyrics unfold. Songs such as ‘Trail Of Thought’ and ‘The Power Of Truth’ possess truly fantastical qualities and other songs like ‘Tell Me That You Love Me’ have such finger licking passion you can’t help but become lost in them, leaving the mundane routine of the real world behind. In 2010 IGNUG decided to move to the UK to draw upon fresh inspiration for their debut album and to unleash their infectious new sound upon the British live scene. All IGNUGs’ music is produced in their studio at the Dairy complex in Brixton by the only member of the band you won’t see on stage – Ace Connor. Ace has remixed for the likes of Lady Gaga, Jamiroquai, White Lies and Coldcut. IGNUG can be categorised as Love, Chaos and Fantasy. All the music is written, composed, produced and performed by IGNUG, and they have performed gigs across London at nights and venues such as Proud Galleries, Potty Mouth Disco, Fiesta, 333, Fabric, Cargo, Notting Hill Arts Club, Shunt, The Garage, 93 Feet East and Bangers & Mash to name but a few.
    Type Live


10:30pm

Bendagram (FI)
    Friday February 17, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Stratos
    Bendagram feed off tickling, bouncing, slapping electronic apparatus and lush guitar strings like hunter-gatherers in the wake of a technological singularity. The Helsinki duo’s deeply penetrating, strange, pop songs have that rare quality of creating a warm, soothing atmosphere, simultaneously leaving one with a tingly sense of a small electric shock. Formed in 2010 in Helsinki by Lauri Solin and Pekka Tynkkynen, the band kept a low profile quietly putting together their debut release and drawing influences to their songwriting from occasional live shows. Apart from gigs in Helsinki’s main venues such as Tavastia, they’ve been received by small but devoted crowds in Turku, Tampere and recently Stockholm’s legendary Debaser Slussen. Bendagram has been named several times during 2011 by the Finnish media as one Finland’s most promising new acts.
    Type Live


11:30pm

Tove Styrke (S)
    Friday February 17, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ Stratos
    In the vein of artists like Robyn and Lykke Li – Tove Styrke has with self-titled debut won over fans and critics alike with her of intelligent “left of center” pop. Tracks like “Million Pieces”, “White Light Moment” and “Call My Name” have all topped the airplay charts helping this young talent to a gold certified album and securing licenses in various parts of the world. 2012 will be a busy a year for Tove Styrke.
    Type Live


12:30am

Sykur (ICL)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ Stratos
    Consisting of Halldór, Stefán, Kristján and new singer Agnes, Reykjavik-based Sykur (pronounced seek-er) quickly established a reputation for packing out parties with girls and boys looking for good times. So much so that Dazed and Confused described Sykur as “plucked from the top drawer, a morsel of such rare succulence that it is sure to gain attention even beyond the cordoning velvet rope that sequesters the art world’s N.I.P (Nearly Important People)”. The band released their first album, Frábært eða Frábært in October 2009 to much critical acclaim and commercial success in their native Iceland. The band already play a pivotal role in the Reykjavik scene and have collaborated with a number of the much of the hottest local talent, as well as sharing stages with international acts as Peaches, Familjen, Casiokids, Juvelen, Kleerup and Junior Boys. Mesopotamia, released through Icelandic indie Records Records on 12th October 2011, sees the band develop their much-loved electro sound. From the exquisite downtempo Battlestar, to the full-on party anthems of Messy Hair and Curling, Mesopotamia is the soundtrack of lost weekends and fun times. The first single from the album, Shed Those Tears, has already gained them international recognition, with The Guardian describing as “laser-guided synth riffs, bubbling beats and brilliantly detached vocals” and their September 2011 London show described by Artrocker as “one of the most memorable performances of the year”.
    Type Live


1:30am

Souldrop (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 1:30am - 2:00am @ Stratos
    After gaining increasing recognition from the Norwegian music world with their bass heavy, catchy, clubby remixes for the likes of Lars Vaular, Datarock, Razika, Susanne Sundfør, Thomas Eriksen, Gatas Parlament, Fjorden Baby! and many more, Souldrop are now ready to drop their debut E.P. of their own material. The idea to make the leap from remixers to artists in their own right came when Even Brenna, Pål Myran-Håland and Thomas Knudsen realised that the way they created the remixes was not to far off the way they would go about creating original tracks. Why not put a few together and see how it goes? The first track out, “Om Igjen” with vocal contributions from Lars Vaular and Store P went straight in at number one on the iTunes electronic chart and quickly became a DJ favourite. Souldrop decided to take it all a step further and begun to work on a live show. After a full house at the live debut and absolutely smashing it at their second show at Slottsfjell / Kastellnatt, the boys knew they were on to something. On “Prelude E.P.” Souldrop have put together a varied spectrum of guest appearances. From Swedish rap star Adam Tensta, to Norwegian pop hopeful Kinee, the band have clearly experimented somewhat whilst honing what defines Souldrop. Aftenposten described Souldrop’s remix of Gatas Parlament’s track “Jobbe litt mindre og tjene litt mer” as “…a production that Robyn would love” and decreed that “the track deserves to be a hit”. Head of music at NRK P3, Mats Borch Bugge, picked out Souldrop’s Lars Vaular remix as a personal favourite when writing on P3.no: “The remix takes the track’s clubby vibe seriously and and takes it in an out and out dance direction. The build-up and the drop are absolutely phenomenal, and reminds me of the feeling I had at Hyperstate in 1995”.
    Type Live


9:30pm

Lumeet (FI)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ Stratos
    The New Lofi on Lumeet – Isadora Mu: “The whole album is an epic intergalactic electro-disco journey… an audio adventure into some unknown science fiction future. One of my favorite LP’s this year” Lumeet is the synth disco lovechild of Finnish producer/musician Väinö Ala-Härkönen. His output of self-produced music started with old home computers and keyboards at the tender age of 12 and has spanned multiple genres during the past sixteen years. Never sticking to one style for too long, with Lumeet he has done a personal synthesis of influences such as classic synth pop of Yellow Magic Orchestra, Norwegian modern space disco of Lindstrøm and Mungolian Jet Set, Fennoscandian folk songs, old video game soundtracks and classical minimalism of Steve Reich & Philip Glass. The first self-published Lumeet album “Isadora Mu” was released digitally in August 2011 and a limited edition vinyl release followed in October 2011.
    Type Live


10:30pm

AutoLaser (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Stratos
    AutoLaser has been one of Trondheim’s best kept secrets for a while now. A buzz band for those in the know, who’ve mooted the band as one to watch in the coming year. AutoLaser are unorthodox, with an audacity that is refreshing and an ability to create a sound that gives a nod to both Skrillex and Deadmau5, to mention two other great all rounders. The result achieves the remarkable feat to be both headphone and dancefloor friendly at the same time.
    Type Live


11:30pm

Carl Louis & Martin Danielle (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ Stratos
    Carl Louis & Martin Danielle are two of the brightest new talents on the house scene with support already coming from major acts such as Sebastian Ingrosso, Tiesto, Axwell, David Guetta & many more. This Norweigan duo are already well on their way towards global domination. With a major new EP release on Steve Angello’s Size Records label they have been hugely acclaimed by a host of A-list DJs with tracks such as “Little Bit” & “I’m Coming Home With You” as well as the hugely massive “The Message” (Signed to Chris Lake’s Rising Music) which seems to have made Beatport’s Top 10 House Chart it’s home and is still consistently played all over the world. The young Norweigan duo kicked off their career in 2008 with releases on big US label Feljai Music, but it wasnt until 2010 that the world stood up to take notice of Carl & Martin thanks to the incredible release of “The Message” and it has snowballed from there, with shows in New York, Geneva, London, Miami, Berlin, Toronto, Oslo, Ibiza & Marbella. The duo have supported the biggest names in house such as Axwell, David Guetta, Dimity Vegas & Like Mike, Sandy Rivera, Steve Angello, Paul Okenfold, Roger Schanzes, Fedde Le Grand and Funkerman to name a few and combined with new Size Records label this list is to only expand. In 2012 They look to take there own UpNorth brand to all parts of the world teaming up with a host of artist agencies to turn the brand into the super power it promises to be!
    Type Live


12:30am

Charlotte Thorstvedt (N)
    Sunday February 19, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ Stratos
    Charlotte Thorstvedt is a model and sought-after DJ. Previously she has worked for MTV, hosting a variety of different shows, and now she has released her debut single Treacle. Her debut album Solomé is a project she has been working with since 2010 and will be released on Universal Music.
    Type Live


1:30am

Renaissance Man (FI)
    Sunday February 19, 2012 1:30am - 2:00am @ Stratos
    Renaissance Man are comprised of two former architects from Finland. Two former architects with an aptitude for driving, bassline orientated tech-house. After Dave “Switch” Taylor saw their potential and signed their first track to Dubside Records, Renaissance Man soon became a well known name in club-land. The Finnish duo followed that with an E.P. entitled “What Is Guru” for ultra-cred label Sound Pellegrino as well as three tracks for Jesse Rose’s label Made to Play. Then the remix requests started to come in, with work for Brodinski, Crystal Fighters, Wareika, Who Made Who, Crookers and Le Corps Mince de Françoise to name but a few.
    Type Live


 

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