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NabibaKL.21.00 NABIBA (DK)
Within the last three years, Nabiha has catapulted herself into the arena of Denmark’s biggest pop acts. Nabiha’s sound is inspired by her North and West African roots as well as her love for pop, R&B and electronica. The release of Nabiha’s second album this year, “Mind The Gap”, has seen her go from strength to strength. “Mind The Gap” was certified with gold and platinum status for streaming and download, and the album was nominated for a Danish Music Award as Pop Album of the Year. The incredible success of the album ultimately led to a nomination for Nabiha as Female Artist of the Year.

After being a massive hit in Nabiha’s own home territory, “Mind the gap” has gone on to be an international hit in such countries as Hungary, Bulgaria, Holland, Belgium, and Poland. In the UK it went in at no.2 in the Urban Chart, no.3 in the Club Chart and no.5 in the Pop Charts. VH1 is already leading the support of the US by playlisting ‘Mind the gap’ and using her songs for several syncs on TV shows and other media platforms.

Nabiha is now looking forward to introduce a fresh and dynamic sound with her new single “Bang That Drum”. The single is also the official song for the European Championship in Handball 2014. It was released all over Scandinavia in January through Sony Music.

All-We-AreKL.22.00 ALL WE ARE (N)
3 piece, Liverpool-based All We Are write pop arrangements and house them within a psych-tinged, melancholic world. Self-described as sounding like ‘the Bee Gees on diazepam’, All We Are’s groove-led R&B, harmonies and lovelorn lyrics succinctly captures a universal quality.

The trio, made up of a Norwegian (Guro Gikling), an Irishman (Richard O’Flynn) and a Brazilian (Luis Santos), met whilst studying in Liverpool two years ago, and have since gone on to become a cornerstone of the city’s music scene.

Last single Utmost Good was released by local Liverpool label Obscenic in June and was described by Radio 1’s Lauren Laverne as her “favourite single of the year so far” and tipped by Huw Stephens in his ‘Ones to Watch’ in NME.

Following the release of the single, the band toured extensively including a tour with Everything Everything. Their hypnotic live show earned them an invite from Warpaint to join them on their UK and European tour* which kicks off in January. Not to mention a host of festival bookings for this Summer to be announced.

The end of 2013 saw the band sign to Double Six/Domino with their first official release due in early Spring 2014.

LintKL.23.00 LÍNT (N)
Línt are the youngest and perhaps most promising act yet from respected Bergen stable Klangkollektivet. They play experimental emotive post/noise-rock full of long guitar refrains, stark contrasts and dreamy melodies, they are meticulous compositions that form a powerful soundscape.

The band have quickly established themselves as hot property in their native Bergen and have of late sold out every show they’ve played. In May 2013, they released their debut EP on the aforementioned Klangkollektivet imprint, with a release show at Landmark. Of the show BT (regional broadsheet) noted that they were very much in the “one to watch” category. The EP was recorded by Greener Productions who have worked with the likes of Angelica’s Elegy, Dråpe and Highasakite, amongst others. The EP was subsequently hailed by Oslo hipster free-sheet Natt&Dag as Release of the Month in June.

Angelica´s-ElegyKL.00.00 ANGELICA´S ELEGY (N)
Angelica’s Elegy spiller nydelige popsanger gjennom ett eksperimentelt, melankolsk og lo-fi lydbilde. Med fokus på det melodiøse og stemningsfulle formes låtene av skitne gitarer, melodiske vokalklanger, grumsete stueorgel, myke pianoakkorder, og drivende bass og trommer.

Foruten en forkjærlighet for 60-tallets estetikk og nysgjerrighet er alt fra 80/90-tallets indie og shoegaze, til post-rockens atmosfære og gammel orkestral soul-funk, element man kan høre i musikken.

Disse elementene former ett drømmende og variert uttrykk i gata til band som Beach House, Deerhunter, Broadcast, Dungen og Cass McCombs.

Erlend-Øye-&-HjalmarKL.01.00 ERLEND ØYE & HJALMAR (N/ICL)
Erlend Øye, known from bands like Kings Of Convenience and The Whitest Boy Alive, has teamed up with Iceland’s Hjálmar.

The brand new project, simply called Erlend Øye & Hjálmar, is a genre-pushing collaboration between the Norwegian indie artist and the Icelandic reggae legends.

Hjálmar has previously played at Norwegian festivals Træna and Vinjerock.

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Comet-KidKL.21.00: COMET KID (N)
Comet Kid er et Oslobasert band som startet opp i januar 2013.
Allerede i juli samme år spilte de i Kronprinsens mye omtalte 40 års-lag, og snakkisen begynte for alvor å gå i hovedstaden etter en opptreden på Klubbøya som resulterte i spilletid på tysk radio!

Det er ikke lett å sette en merkelapp på disse guttene, men sjangermessig beveger de seg elegant mellom roots, pop, folk og rock fremført med lidenskap og ekte følelser. Den unike Comet Kid-sounden skapes av de ulike musikalske bakgrunnene som eksisterer i bandet, og inspireres av ulike opplevelser gjennom livet.

Å være en Comet Kid handler om å bli satt i en situasjon for så å gjøre det beste ut av det – noe denne gjengen gjør til de grader! Samspillet de fire har på scenen er få forunt, og gleden de har av å spille musikk smitter raskt over på publikum – en konsert med Comet Kid skal føles og ikke bare høres!

Kom på konsert, slipp kroppen løs, og land et sted du ikke kjenner deg igjen; vær en Comet Kid!

LowingKL.22.00: LOWING (SE)
At the age of 23 Lowing moved to Los Angeles to nurture his strive for a career in music.
After three years he moved back to his native Sweden with a head full of songs that needed to be written and recorded.

Hailing from a small town in the southwest of Sweden, Lowing moved to Stockholm where he started to build a name for himself as a young and talented singer/songwriter.
All in all, it’s been a long but necessary journey to make, in order to transform bits and pieces into complete songs.

In may 2013 Lowing made his first stuff official via selected music blogs on the internet.
As a result the song I Will Wait For You rapidly climbed to #3 on highly acclaimed chart by

Oh!-(Foto-Marius-Fiskum)KL.23.00: OH! (N)
…like Frank Ocean, Stevie Wonder and Jamie Cullum’s enfant terrible.

Oh! is a soul band from Tromsø. With roots in hip-hop, neo-soul, the superheroes of Motown and R&B of yesteryear, the band writes music that you would usually have to travel far from these shores to hear.

Frode Larsen, Arnljot Nordvik, Morten Steene and Eirik Fjelde make up Oh!, and their debut release “Lesson One:” EP made the album charts upon its release in 2011. Fast forward to 2013 and the band is on the cusp of finishing their first full length proper with Popa Lars taking up the reigns as executive producer, as well as mixing the record. In the interim the band have been playlisted on the country’s biggest radio station NRK P1 with the track “Family” and have played approximately seventy shows up and down the country.

Oh! made their return to the live arena this past Autumn, playing a number of club and festival shows and (major regional paper) Nordlys had this to say of one performance:

“There are in fact some nights when you know deep deep down, that this is something completely different, something more than just ‘good’ or even ‘brilliant’, something memorable, something that reminds you that it is simply great to be alive.” – 6/6 Lasse Jangås, culture editor, Nordlys

HjerteslagKL.00.00: HJERTESLAG (N)
Punkere spiller pop. Poppere spiller punk.

In a bedsit in Skostredet some time in 2010, Hjerteslag was born. Robbie had been tinkering with his songs for long enough and decided it was time to put together the perfect line-up for his project. In Petter Sætre, Ole-Andre Hjelmås and Vilde Tuv he had found his musical companions. Together they were a band. After a couple of years of sporadic shows in Bergen, the band had built a solid hometown following. In early 2013, it was time for Vilde Tuv to move on with her own promising solo career, and so it was time to inject some fresh input in the form of two new guitarists Nikolas Aarland and Torjus Raknes. They played their first show together in the back yard of local record store Apollon, after one rehearsal.

Almost immediately, the results of that show bore fruit with the offer of a seven inch release from a local label, and a full length release has already been pencilled for the Spring. The greater part of the year has therefore been spent in the studio except for the odd out of town show, venturing as far as Stavanger, Oslo and even Kristiansand.

Satellite-StoriesKL.01.00: SATELLITE STORIES (F)
The group – formed of Esa Mankinen (vocals/guitar), Marko Heikkinen (lead guitar), Jyri Pesonen (Bass/vocals) and Olli-Pekka Ervasti (drums) – have generated a reputation for creating powerful indie pop. 2012 saw the band release their debut album ‘Phrases to Break the Ice’ before touring extensively through Europe. The same year the bands music spread through much of the blogosphere.

Revealing their new single ‘Campfire’, the band hailing from Oulu, Finland, have gone one step further, heading straight to No.1 on the Hype Machine most blogged about artist chart. Their energetic sound has led to them receiving comparisons with bands such as Two Door Cinema Club and Tokyo Police Club.

‘Campfire’ is the first single taken from the band’s forthcoming ‘Pine Trails’ album. The band’s second studio album is a record where the band has truly found their sound. Self produced and self recorded, the album sessions begun in the Swedish countryside in January of 2013, with only a field of horses as neighbours, the days spent filled with long jaunts in the snow filled pine forests, before night fell, and attention turned to writing and recording. Sweden moved onto sessions in London and Manchester, and ended in the bands decommissioned nuclear bunker turned studio in northern Finland, culminating in 10 stories of growing up, love lost and near misses.

New single ‘Campfires’ begins with a delicately picked guitar and vocal introduction, before the band explodes into the track. The hugely catchy work sees the members blending vocal hooks, guitar stabs and a huge four-on-the-floor beat. Paying testament to their incredible live shows, the single demonstrates why the group were such a resounding success at their summer Festival appearances – which included appearances at the Dot to Dot Festival tour, Spain´s

Arenal Sound, Finland’s Flow Festival, Sweden’s Hultsfred Festival and Holland’s Lowlands festival.

«Shrill tremolo guitar riffs and catchy vocal hooks about adolescent romance.» – NME

Energetic Fins who specialise in bright sounding indie pop.” – Q Magazine

Frontman Esa Mankinen has a lot of presence and a mercurial quality to his vocals” – Clash

Their set but it’s delivered in a way that only the cold and callous could refuse to enjoy” – The Fly

Upbeat Sunny Indie Pop” – MTV UK

Indie pop at its most brilliant” – The Line of Best Fit UK