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Lofiles is a music and mp3 blog contains a collection of songs I love. MP3s are for sampling purposes only. If you like the music as much as I do, please go out and buy the records! .If you have a complaint about the ownership of a track, please contact me directly and I will be happy to take it down ASAP.
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Puzzled

October 9th, 2011

Not quite our day to day lofi harsh attitude and real poppy if you compare it to latest posts, but we couldn’t ignore those nice guys (from the great city of Reykjavik, a city we promised ourselves we would visit real soon) of this Icelandic label, Bedroom community, a record label/collective formed in 2006 by Valgeir Sigurðsson, with Nico Muhly and Ben Frost, who are using their incredible Greenhouse studio for their recording projects (check out the photo ). One of their artists is Puzzle Muteson, ,the alter ego of an songwriter from the Isle of Wight, with an incredible Tenor voice and real cool finger picking style. I couldn’t resist the sound of the first track from ‘En Garde’, his Bedroom community release, Arranged and produced by collaborators and labelmates Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurðsson. Real pretty songs, and I am back in my coffee shop, while ‘A tightrope dance’ and ‘En Garde’ are playing repeatedly on my invaluable Macbook. Buy the album HERE

 


Backyard – The movie

August 27th, 2011

Backyard – such a small name for a great little movie about the music scene in Reykjavík featuring great Icelandic artists ( Morr & Kimmi) such as Múm, Hjaltalín, FM BELFAST, Retro Stefson, BORKO, Sin Fang. It’s a Rock-u-mentary about a dude, Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson, who is also playing with FM BELFAST, who invited top Icelandic bands like Fm Belfast, Múm, Hjáltalin, Sin Fang and many more to his backyard have a block party (it is a 2 by 2 backyard), and while the viewer is flooded with wild Icelandic colors, tones and sights, I really wish I was there cause it seems so much fun, everybody seems so positive and in good spirit, and there is some great musicianship you catch, real inspiring, adit just explained to me how come this place has become the music Mecca of the north. Movie directed by Árni Sveinsson and it is 71 minutes long with 18 minutes of bonus material. Check out the awesome trailer and run tell your friends.

 


FM BELFAST ANNOUNCES US DEBUT

January 30th, 2010

After being one of the most talked-about bands all over Europe, due in no small part to their energetic and engaging live show, Reykjavik’s FM Belfast are set to release their debut album in the US, how to make friends. Due out in Spring 2010 on Kimi Records (Benni Hemm Hemm, Retro Stefson, Reykjavik!), how to make friends is a careening electro-pop album full of unexpected jolts and turns, including trumpets, cowbells, and plenty of seething synths. After a local release, how to make friends sold over 5,000 copies in Iceland, and with it the band is poised to bring the party to the states.

What started as an informal duo in 2005 has developed into a sizable army of anywhere from 3 to 45 performers (including members of múm and Benni Hemm Hemm). Despite not having an album out in the US last year, FM Belfast became a must-see band at SXSW ’09, giving out sticks of gum and drawings with their CDs and playing to packed venues. The Austin Chronicle listed them as one of their “Bands to Watch,” while the Denver Post named them one of the “Top 10 New Finds”, calling them “one of the most refreshing” bands at SXSW. SPIN soon joined the bandwagon, making them “Artist of the Day” and proclaiming, “It’s gloriously kitschy, Commodore-64-style digipop… kind of like a low-fi version of Royksopp.” The BBC enthused, “Last night I got as excited by a new band as I’ve ever been in my life… FM Belfast are utterly fantastic.”

In the meantime, FM Belfast kept busy remixing tracks for other artists including múm, Retro Stefson, Skatar, Nix Noltes, Gus Gus, and Kasper Bjorke. After years of playing their songs to live audiences, FM Belfast is set to expand their reach with how to make friends.

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