Free Palestine CD made in 2004

1. KK – Englar Himins Grétu í Dag
2. Vinyl – Lost in My Mind
3. Tenderfoot – Waterfall
4. Ske – On the Way We Lose It Some How
5. Lára og Delphi – Why*
6. Quarashi – Payback
7. Ensimi – Fairground*
8. Ghostigital – Bump*
9. Santiago – Road Lines
10. Touch – Justify*
11. múm – Once a Shiny Morning Puddle
12. XXX Rottweiler featuring KJ – Peningar*
13. Leaves – Favour
14. 200.000 naglbítar – Hjartagull
15. Worm is green – Push Play*
16. Bob Justman – Christmas Day*
17. Gus Gus – Ubeat*
18. Mugison, Ragnar og Rúna – Gúanó Stelpan Mín
*Exclusive tracks only available on Free Palestine CD
Free Palestine CD Information in English
Free Palestine


Sóley "We will put her in two graves" Video

We will put her in two graves

sóley | MySpace Music Videos
Sóley @ MySpace

Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band in the Spotlight @ IMX

The Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band – Iceland’s Funk Phenomenon
The Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band was originally formed in 2000 by Samúel for a set of live funk/afro/jazz performances in Reykjavík. The band released “Legoland”, a live recording from their debut concert, in 2000 and in 2007 reformed for a record called “Fnykur”, an old Icelandic word for something stinky, smelly or funky.
Samúel is also one of the leading members of smaller Icelandic funk unit Jagúar. The group has released five albums and toured trough Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK and USA including gigs at Londons Jazz Cafe and The Summerstages festival in New York. In 2004 Jagúar opened up for James Brown in Reykjavík.
Apart from working with Jagúar, Samúel has worked as an arranger and session man for various Icelandic artists such as Sigur Rós, Mugison, Reykjavík Big Band, Trabant, Mezzoforte, Tómas R. Einarsson and many more.

As he prepares to release a brand new Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band record, IMX catch up the funk phenomenon for a chat…
Sammi, when did you become a funk fiend?
I’ve always been a big funk fan, even before I knew anything about funk. I remember really liking Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson as a kid. Then when I grew up I heard some really funky stuff and there was no turning back. Kool and the Gang´s early stuff was a big mind opener.
Was funk your first (musical) love?
Actually I was really into film and TV music as a kid. I loved John Williams and Henry Mancini and later I fell in love with Ennio Morricone’s music. I used to sing along to all these TV themes.
When, where and why did you decide to form a Big Band?
I decided to do it when I was graduating from my music school. It was an old dream. I’ve been a big band fanatic since I first played in a school big band at the age of 14. But I wanted to give it a twist of my own. My band is not a traditional big band. We play funk with a mix of afro/jazz.
What was the initial reception to your funk sound in Iceland?
I’ve always felt a really positive reaction to what I’ve been doing. The funk scene – if you can call it a scene in Iceland – is very small.
The idea of such a potent form of black music being played in the particularly “white” arctic probably strikes some as novelty or a bit ironic.
We’re definitely not a novelty act. We are heavily influenced by black music – James Brown, P-Funk, Afro beat, but also a lot of other stuff. We are not copying others, we are doing our own thing within the tradition of the Afro-American musical tradition.
When was Jagúar formed and what are the main differences between that project and SJBB?
Jagúar was formed by Daði Birgisson, a great keyboard player. I met him and his brother Börkur and they invited me to sit in with the band. I never left. In contrast, SJSBB is a big band. In Jagúar we have three horns but in SJSBB there are three horn sections – one with four trumpets, one with four trombones and one with five saxophones. It gives me many more possibilities as a writer. Jagúar is a democracy; SJSBB is a monarchy. I love both projects.
What have been the highlights of both band’s careers so far?
Opening up for James Brown was one of the big highlights for Jagúar but also that we are still going strong. We’ve been through some line up changes but we are still writing new music and playing. For SJSBB I would have to say that touring Iceland in 2007 was a big highlight and also playing at Berlin Jazzfest and Nattjazz in Bergen recently.
What was it like to meet the Godfather of Soul James Brown?
“Fantastic” was what he said about us to his audience. When we met him he didn’t say much, though he complimented Ingi (bass player) for his great suit.
You have a new SJBB album coming: what can you tell us about it?
It’s titled “Helvítis Fokking Funk” and will be out on the 17th of June. We recorded it all together in one and a half days last April. It will be released on my own label SJS Music. Kiddi from Hjálmar recorded it. It sounds great.
Is there a new Jagúar record on the way?
Yes. We started working on it last year but only managed to record half of it. We’re waiting for the right time to finish it. I’m very excited about it.
What other plans do you have for either SJBB or Jagúar this year?
SJSBB will play and promote the new album. We will play with Jimi Tenor on the 1st of July at a new funk festival that I’m putting together. Jagúar will hopefully finish the 5th album.
Which other contemporary funk/soul/jazz bands worldwide have impressed you in recent times?
Antibalas, Budos Band, Jimi Tenor, Tony Allen, Hypnotic brass band, Jamie Lidell, Jamiroquai, Plantlife – to name a few.
Are there any goals you haven’t yet fulfilled as a full time funkateer?
Maybe working with George Clinton? Also I would love to bring more funk artists to Iceland…
Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band @ MySpace
Source: IMX

Release Concert of Kakali @ Sódóma Reykjavík 3. June 2010

Útgáfutónleikar / Release Concert
“The Cave”
@ Sódóma Reykjavík
Thursday 3. June 2010 @ 22:00
Doors @ 21:00
Admission: 1000 IKR
Supporting Act: Snorri Helgason

Song of the 166. Week is "Helmút á mótorhjóli" by S.H. Draumur

166. Song of the Week is on oldie of S.H. Draumur (Black/White Dreams) “Helmút á mótorhjóli” of the record GOÐ.
The band is making a comeback @ Airwaves festival in October, after 17 years!
GOÐ will be remastered & released @ that time by Kimi Records.

Deus does exist.
We want more comebacks!

Benni Hemm Hemm, Alasdair Roberts & The Reykjavík Wind Ensemble @ Icelandic Opera 3. June 2010

Ryk á Book
Benni Hemm Hemm, Alasdair Roberts & The Reykjavík Wind Ensemble
@ Reykjavík Arts Festival
3. June 2010 @ 20:00
@ The Icelandic Opera, Reykjavík
Admission: 2900 IKR
Icelandic & Scots are woven together in this brand new piece by Benni Hemm Hemm. The Reykjavík Wind Ensemble sneaks in between words, occasionally taking control and blowing the roof off.
Conducted by Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson
Another performance @ Akureyri @ AIM Festival on 5. June @ 3 pm

Ryk á Book is an hour long piece in 11 parts by Benedikt H. Hermannsson. Icelandic and Scots are woven together, making up a language which sounds familiar yet conveys no obvious understandable meaning. The two singers, Benedikt H. Hermannsson and Alasdair Roberts, sing very personal words in their native languages – at times they morph each other out, at others they help each other and magnify the meaning of the words. The Reykjavík Wind Ensemble is a stable ground under the songs, sneaking in between words and occasionally taking control and blowing the roof off.

Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish folk singer, guitarist and writer of songs. Active for the past 15 years in Glasgow, he releases records on the Chicago based Drag City label and has collaborated widely with musicians from all kinds of backgrounds. In 2010 he´ll release a collection of traditional ballads entitled Too long in this condition and is currently writing new material.
More information here
Benni Hemm Hemm Live @ Spot Festival Showcase (21. May 2010)
Video by Vasilis

BHH Website

Eimskip Ad with "Sjómannavalsinn" by Hjaltalín

Eimskip Advertisement
Featuring the fishermen’s song “Sjómannavalsinn” by the band Hjaltalín

Það gefur á bátinn við Grænland
og gustar um sigluna kalt,
en togarasjómanni tamast það er
að tala sem minnst um það allt.
En fugli, sem flýgur í austur,
er fylgt yfir hafið með þrá.
Og vestfirskur jökull, sem heilsar við Horn
í hilling með sólroðna brá,
segir velkominn heim, segir velkominn heim,
þau verma hin þögulu orð.
Sértu velkominn heim, yfir hafið og heim.
Þá er hlegið við störfin um borð.

En geigþungt er brimið við Grænland
og gista það kýs ekki neinn.
Hvern varðar um draum þess og vonir og þrár,
sem vakir þar hljóður og einn?
En handan við kólguna kalda
býr kona, sem fagnar í nótt
og raular við bláeygan, sofandi son,
og systur hans, þaggandi hljótt:
Sértu velkominn heim, sértu velkominn heim.
Að vestan er siglt gegnum ís.
Sértu velkominn heim, yfir hafið og heim.
Og Hornbjarg úr djúpinu rís.

Written by Svavar Benediktsson / Kristján frá Djúpalæk

Short version (60 seconds)

Long version

Hjaltalín @ MySpace