Posts Tagged ‘Øya Festival’

Jamie xx : Far Nearer (Single)

12:16 PM

Since today Far Nearer the actual debut solo single by Jamie xx, the beat genius behind The XX and collaborator of the sadly recently passed away Gil Scott-Heron, is out via Numbers. Premiered already about nine months ago, the sweet title track now comes with its own website farnearer.com and contrarily darker B-side “Beat For”, which is even a bit rave-flavoured.

Jamie Smith can be heard on the label’s rinse.fm show tomorrow. He will also spend the summer playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Field Day, Øyafestivalen or Germany’s Open Source and awake Summer Break.


Jamie xx : Far Nearer


Jamie xx : Beat For

We recommend: Wild Nothing

11:42 AM

Warm guitar chords, vocal harmonies and here and then a little synthesizer: the composition for this apple pie of sound couldn’t be more simple, especially when its recipe has ‘teenage love stories and dreams’ written all over it. And yet one needs not only some passion, but real artistry and a few secrets to make a whole family (respectively, a whole crowd) go crazy for it. Your mummy surely knows a thing or two about this. And so does young US musician Jack Tatum alias Wild Nothing.

Well, maybe not in terms of making delicious pastries, but definitely in terms of writing great, melancholic pop songs. And even the title of his debut album Gemini (Captured Tracks) somehow fits this image, since it was only the alignment of just eight stars that made people from the classical antiquity until now imagine a pair of twins, with one of them even stealing a cattle, in the spangled sky above them. And of course the album has it’s starlit moments, too. Quite a lot to be honest. Songs like ‘Summer Holiday’, ‘Confirmation’ and ‘China Town’ get stuck in your head for days with ease, riding rainbows and waves in the bitter-sweet symbiosis of love and pain.

Tatum is currently touring Europe with his live band and the first live reviews pictured consequently enjoyable nights. So you better do not miss Wild Nothing, when they come to your town or to Oya and Way Out West Festival.

Wild Nothing live:
02.08. Soundlabs Festival, Roseto
04.08. K4, Nuremberg
05.08. Rhiz, Vienna
06.08. 59:1, Munich
07.08. King Georg, Cologne
08.08. Mondial Club, Hamburg
09.08. Bang Bang Club, Berlin
11.08. Oya Festival, Oslo
12.08. Debaser, Stockholm
13.08. Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg
14.08. Debaser, Malmo
15.08. Loppen, Copenhagen
17.08. Paradiso, Amsterdam
19.08. Plage du Glazart, Paris
20.08. Luminaire, London

We recommend: Øya Festival 2010

03:55 PM

Once in a year the ghosts of Norwegian capital Oslo’s founding fathers get awakened by a great mass of people dancing to the soundtrack of the summer: This strange spectacle is called Øya Festival and will take place for the eleventh time from August 10 to 14 at the Medieval Park, a garden of history-charged ruins surrounded by the beautiful Oslo Fjord and the city’s skyline.

Here and at 30 different clubs in the near more than 200 live acts will perform at one of the – in terms of line-up – best music festivals around. And this edition will be honoured by live appearances of a bunch of legendary acts. So we hope, that Iggy & the Stooges will immortal underground hits like “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “Gimme Danger” as well as “Search & Destroy” to Scandinavia. The US punk heroes are accompanied from Britain by the Modfather Paul Weller and Ska legends the Specials. Too, the genius behind Afrobeat, Tony Allen (currently well-known for his collaboration The Good, The Bad & The Queen with Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon), will come to Oslo and so will the re-united Pavement and the never-ending, spaced-out mega music circus that are Wayne Coyne and his Flaming Lips.

Speaking about living (US) legends: How, if not legendary, are the rap skills of OUTKAST’s Big Boi and Wu-Tangger Raekwon? Øya is also taking care of sophisticated rap fans and is doing that, not only by booking the two US heavyweight champions, but South Africa’s new global Zef sensation Die Antwoord and the by now highly controversial British rapper M.I.A., who’s riding the waves of anger with her brilliant “Born Free” and the ones of joy with super pop single “XOXX” at the same time.

And Øya could turn out to be a little family meeting for Mathangi Arulpragasam, since Sleigh Bells of her own N.E.E.T. Recordings label and ex-boyfriend and part-time producer Diplo with his fantastic collective project Major Lazer will play as well. They are one of our personal festival recommendations as well as the mind-breaking US boys of Yeasayer, moving UK trio The XX (see here for our interview), French cosmic popper Air (interview), Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox’ solo project Panda Bear and fantastic, but dark psych rockers The Black Angels, who are building up the festival’s rock front together with Norwegian icons Motorpsycho (performing their epochal 1994er album Timothy’s Monster) and Canada’s Fucked Up!.

But back to the girl power: Besides M.I.A., there will also be a strong pop fraction consisting three of best young talents (and voices) in the game. Just returned, body-talking Swedish fembot Robyn will bring her 2010er anthem “Dancing On My Own” on stage and UK pop wonders La Roux (interview) and Marina Lambrini Diamandis alias Marina & The Diamonds will try to steal her the show.

Need more convincing reasons for a trip to Norway in August? What about The National, Sigur Ros’ Jónsi, Girls, Surfer Blood, Ariel Pink? All really enjoyable acts. And there’s some Broken Bells and Miike Snow live action for you, too.

Finally dance music fans will get their money’s worth with probably the last gig ever on Norwegian ground, that James Murphy will play as LCD Soundsystem, and with Øya Nightime, the club program the festival will held at various clubs after outdoor events take a break for the night. Here the great likes of Jamie XX (Jamie von the The XX’ dubstep solo project), Hyperdub‘s Darkstar, Four Tet and The Whip will play some hot sets subsequent to daytime sets by Norwegian disco heads Lindstrøm & Christabelle or diskJokke (playing with Gamelan).

Oh and yeah, of course there will be quite a few other native acts from all different genres at Øya. So we picked two bands from Norwegian music scene’s spare head: number one is electro-pop act Pow Pow and number two Okkultokrati, who appear to have all the necessary features a really good metal band needs to have (interesting aesthetics for instance). Check them out, if you like.

A ticket for the entire festival costs about € 250 or £ 205. One-day or two-day tickets are available for smaller amounts. Check the official ticket site for bookings here. See the festival’s website here and the full line-up below.

Full Festival Line-up:
1349, Against Me!, Air, Altaar, Ariel Pink (performing Haunted Grafitti), Baroness, Big Boi, The Black Angels, Blood Command, Broken Bells, Camp Sounds, Casiokids, CCTV, Converge, The Cumshots, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Die Antwoord, diskJokke + Gamelan, Djerv, Field Music, The Flaming Lips, Fool’s Gold, Fucked Up, The Gaslight Anthem, Girls, Iggy & The Stooges, Imperial State Electric, Ingeborg Selnes, Ingrid Olava, Invasion, John Olav Nilsen og Gjengen, Jónsi, Karpe Diem, Kenneth Ishak & The Freedom Machines, King Midas Sound, Kråkesølv, La Roux, Lars Vaular, LCD Soundsystem, LidoLido, Lillebjørn Nilsen, Lindstrøm & Christabelle, Local Natives, Lucy Swann, M.I.A., Major Lazer, Marina & The Diamonds, The Megaphonic Thrift, Mhoo, Miike Snow, Motorpsycho (performing Timothy’s Monster), The National*, Navigators, Necessary, Obliteration, Okkultokrati, Oslo Ess, Ost & Kjex, Panda Bear, Paul Weller, Pavement, Pow Pow, Purified In Blood, Raekwon, Robyn, Rubik, Serena Maneesh, Shining, Sleepy Sun, Sleigh Bells, Social Suicide, The Specials, Surfer Blood, Susanne Sundfør, Team Me, Thom Hell, Todd Terje & Dølle Jølle, Tony Allen, Torgny, Trash Talk, Tune-Yards, Wardruna, The XX, Yeasayer , Youth Pictures Of Florence Hendersom

Oya Nightime:
Darkstar, Diplo, Eskimo, Four Tet, Jamie XX, Get Dancy, Kyle Hall, Kumar, Omar-S, Øyvind Morken, Punani SS Soundsystem, Sommerstad, Telephones & Chmmr, The Whip