autarkic describe himself as first and foremost a songwriter but he has also made a name for himself as an international dj. over the past three years the musician based in tel aviv has, with great success, played clubs throughout all of europe. one extra memorable gig was on last year’s edition of convenanza in the amphitheatre in sete, france. rumour has it that the sea living mammals of the area flocked in large groups in the waters below during autarkic’s gig. this 12” picture vinyl is his first release on hoga nord rekords and the slightly psychedelic, sample- and synthesiser based club music that has become autarkic’s trademark sound is captured by an impeccable production. the music is playful, yet stripped down to the essentials and not overloaded. the vocal elements works more as percussive elements than the carrier of the storytelling in the music. if you missed him live or just don’t have the means to go see him, this record give a taste of autarkic’s hypnotic live performances!
mythologen, aka alexander palmestal follows last year’s debut album mythologen with the 12” ep “church music”. this ep is a love declaration to londons club scenes and some of the titles are named after parts of districts in south east london. the tracks on this record are free and loose in its melodies and you hear that palmestal has worked on pure intuition in the song making process, inspired by the surrounding smells, sounds and people. as explosively impressing as the album was, is also “church music” and the airy, uplifting sound that has become part of mythologens trademark, is developed with a sacral touch. alexander palmestal have since the days of pistol disco in the early 2000’s been one step ahead of most acts in leftfield and house music and have created an own musical space to exist in - something most artist never achieve! “church music” consolidates mythologen’s position as both a guardian and an innovator of modern dance music
antoine harispurus was raised by a robot called v.i.c.t.o.r. the robot took care of little antoine and early on he gave him music lessons and also the right equipment, for example a roland 808. robotic, mechanical precision became significant for antoines music and soon he left the safety of his mothers toy store for the huge european club scene under his new pseudonym golden bug.
this year he releases two songs as a 7 inch vinyl and in digital format on hoga nord rekords. the a-side, “viaje a tenderloin” sounds like the inside of an east german military liaison in 1975 where the tabulating machines haven’t had service since the raise of the berlin wall. on the b-side “hitodoma”, guest vocalist jessica ho plays with her voice in a bubbly way above golden bugs characteristic metallic, world music influenced sounds and beats. the music would fit perfectly in a vast alien mountain landscape.
in conclusion, the music on this 7 inch is the sound of human and robot in close symbiosis - golden bug is music by robot and human for robot and human.
last years (2017) edition of convenanza festival featured swedish band fontan, who have released material on hoga nord rekords, and that set the ground for a collaboration between the record label and one of the most interesting festivals around. the joint forces has resulted in the compilation album convenanza 2018 containing this years (2018) acts.
on ultra satans second 7inch release on hoga nord rekords, the band is developing a new genre and concept: “freedom rock”, which is also the title on one of the tracks. “freedom rock” is a step beyond world music which would be the wrong label when ultra satan sounds too spaced out and out of this world.
on the second track “anti clock”, ultra satan hit strikes against the hysterical swedish mortgage market, how safety destroys creativity and also against the worthless tokens of appreciation you receive from our corrupt and ultra capitalistic society.
ultra satan is like a space being, living alone in an enormously big and empty space station, orbiting our planet. with mathematical precision this genius creates music that effects us earthlings on a transcendental plane and shakes the foundation we lead or lives upon.
hoga nord rekords is finally releasing druk 11000! this 7inch is a collaboration between silverbullit, fontan and the bhutanese group aa yang - ensemble. the project took shape during a mythical trip to bhutan where the swedish composer and multi instrumentalist johan ‘the count’ westman who’s living in the country, hooked the altitude sick scandinavian musicians up with aa yang - ensemble. the local monks then blessed the musicians under mystical ceremonial procedures. with protection from the dragon of thunder, druk 11000 has produced some of the most powerful, loving and life embracing music yet to have been released on hoga nord rekords! the songs springs toward the top of gangkhar puensum, bhutans highest mountain, building a mighty storm, noticeable all the way to the scandinavian woodlands!
rickard jäverling, born and raised in borlange, sweden, and now living and working in stockholm is a wayward and productive musician. besides releasing material under his own name, jäverling is/has been part of constellations such as dodens dal, liljor and jäverling von euler. album 3, released on hoga nord rekords is his third solo album. album 3 breathes psychedelia, dub, swedish folk, progg and continental vintage electronic music. the songs on this album are in a way like a compilation of short stories rather than chapters in a novel. the common factor in this album is jäverlings exquisitely worked out melodies and the warm, round production but the songs can, due to the rich storytelling qualities of each one of them, almost be regarded as small albums of their own! the music made by richard jäverling is an embrace, a relative with a house by the swedish west coast or a day off, midweek in april. this album is inviting and calming but also as solid and mighty as a dalecarlian beech tree.
pure ddr-groove! the exorcist is a gothenburg-based trio consisting of osynlige mann, pontus and petrus - members from bands as uran, tentakel and ultra satan. hoga nord invites you to their soundscape with their full length debut album the exorcist gbg: everyone could be an informant. the cold war is alive. dark cabaret. spy-theme-mode. david lynch-electro. italian horror. easily put - this is kinky organic acid-funk for all of you looking for a gateway - but know you have to stay.
“music of the stars” and “music to get lost to” are words thoughts expressed about tross’ music. the band have always had the ability to place the listener in a bubble of introspection and escapism.. in the most positive way! hence such opinions.
like a message in a bottle, carried round by the ocean streams for decades, henrik rylander’s album “fran en obestamd plats i rummet” has floated around in the space of swedish underground music. hoga nord pulls the cork and unfolds the message that is a piece of music that was ahead of its time, sounding now 20 years after its first release in the late nineties. this album is a well-kept secret even for the most initiated music lovers in sweden! the music, influenced by flying saucer attack and other reverb/distortion drenched acts from the early nineties, harmonia and some of kraftwerks earlier works and minimalism, still sounds fresh!
rylander, a member of legendary acts such as union carbide productions and the skull defekts, has been pushing the envelope for electronic music, varying between ambient and noise. rylander’s solo works could be described as sophisticated music and “fran en obestamd plats i rummet” combines the sophisticated sides with his band oriented works that holds another kind of tension.
this record is the first release on the sub label hoga nord arkiv on which releases from the past, that hasn’t got as much attention they deserve gets re-released in an appropriate context.
pete bain aka pete bassman, the pioneer and the true genius from spacemen 3, the darkside & alphastone releases his new single small town illusion/poison butterfly on hoga nord rekords on record store day. 10 minutes of pure acidfolk comin straight outta drugby. dont miss out on this baby.
finnish band jesse makes unsentimental and innovative music. what you hear on “fluids”, released as a 12 inch picture disc album on hoga nord rekords, is the sounds of four creative brains’ journey into the music universe of the future. their music is influenced by earth and space - jesse’s astral and cosmic disco is prospective, totally boundless, and vibrant of life and blood. the production sounds luxurious and helps the psychedelic qualities to shine through the sound.
we all know that when it’s a real vibe you can’t go wrong. if you add talent and hearth to that you got gunpowder for pure bangers. and that’s exactly what we at hoga nord rekord wanted to accomplish with the sixth release of our uk 12 inch series. consequently we contacted jo howard from sunderland in the north east of england. as a producer and dj he uses the alias bird of paradise. smoking weekend is the name of the four track ep.
as founding member of uran gbg, with a past in cult bands such as lava, and appearing on stage and in studio with some of gothenburg s more prominent acts, makes jerker jarold one of the cornerstones in the city’s psychedelic scene. by the name of vastlanken, jarold is now making his first release as a solo artist on hoga nord rekords.
the music on the tracks autobaba and moebel, is a mixture of dub, ambient and techno where few but tasteful components builds the sound. vastlankens transcendent qualities lies in jarolds ability to limit himself in matter of recording techniques and instrumentation, one synthesiser, one delay pedal and one mobile studio is all he need to make delicate dub.
activate your pineal gland and meditate yourself free from general angst with gothenburg’s last shaman!
a lot of bands are trying what the exorcist are doing, to make timeless, mind bending, dance music but they often fail in reaching all the way. the exorcist is the band that seem to exist in a dimension, much like ours but that lacks time as we know it, time is stretchable backwards and forward, and being in this dimension allows you to travel while, still staying in one place. call it time travel if you will or moving outside of time rather. the exorcist does this. also they reach our dimension.
“ii”, released on hoga nord rekords is dimension expanding and time dissolving music.
dungeon acid, bred in gothenburg’s (sweden) obscure music scene during the eighties and nineties, releases his second 7inch on hoga nord rekords. dog acid and sex beat focuses on those remote corners where jean-louis huhta have rooted his musicality. with legendary bands like cortex, anti cimex and the skull defekts on his resume, huhta is most definitely one of the most interesting artists in sweden!
the music on this 7inch breathes sex, concrete and dark seas. the tracks differ in instrumentation but they expresses the same feeling: uncomplicated and straightforward components, perfectly balanced in relation to each other, shutting down unnecessary body function, aiming for your lower back. spastic curling synthesisers rests upon soundwaves heavier than the swell against the norwegian north atlantic coast.
dungeon acid is the miner of your record crate - hard at work finding the nuggets in punk, rock and electro to develop the strict techno.
swedes are known to have big confidence in authorities and conventions. among the people living in sweden, who take a stand against the above is one of the country’s most creative producers and musicians, jocke ahlund (teddybears sthlm, les big byrd, caesars etc.). under the pseudonym max von sydow his creativity shines brightly and here is some long awaited new material released on a 7inch on hoga nord rekords.
for starters: to pin down and value andrew weatherall’s musical deed takes more space than available in a press release text but here is some of many highlights. as a producer, weatherall has since he first shook the foundation for modern pop music with ground breaking and genre bending remixes of primal scream (loaded), my bloody valentine (soon) new order (world in motion) and many other influential acts, continued to push sounds in to unknown territories. his importance as a musician is as big, with bands like the iconic sabres of paradise and two lone swordsmen in the 90’s and top quality solo records from the 00’s up till today.
music must be free. freedom in music is often suppressed by lack of, or by obstacles for creativity, which stops forward progression. the development that fontan’s songs have gone through, reaching this ep is unexpected and surprising but still, the bodies and characters of the original songs are intact and recrafted with fingerspitzengefuhle. from the core of fontan’s psychedelic and dreamy music, the artists involved on this release have hit cuts and chips off like cro-magnon people creating specific tools. tools with the power to blow holes open in the listeners mind.
berlin based pardon moi, consisting of james brook and thomas freudenthal, makes music that would fit perfect as a soundtrack for a ride in a ferrari gto convertible, or on a transatlantic flight on a concorde. unfortunately, vintage ferraris are ridiculously expensive and concords are taken out of flight but still the music creates an air of luxury and decadence for you to fill your lungs and air with. this 7inch release on hoga nord rekords is the first on the label but the duo have released material on nein records and vocoder electro.
timothy j. fairplay is revisiting hoga nord rekords to release the 12inch ep mindfighter: photosensitive electronic music from one of the pillars of the modern meaningful dance music scene. together with scott frasier, t.j.f. is running the record label crimes of the future and he is also known as one half of the asphodells together with andrew weatherall. this is his second release on hoga nord rekords and his first ep on the label.
the systems that maintain the total spreading and keeps the western civilisation enslaved under the foot of capitalism are destroyed. the analogue reality reaches you unfiltered and seven billion screens show white noise. the fax network is the only thing working...
hoga nord rekords proudly present ultra satan! a body that have lent blood from other acts on the label, such as spr, tentakel, fontan and the exorcist gbg, are releasing their first 7inch. ultra satan displays with the two tracks usa and usb, an almost unprecedented unrestrained creative force, stemmed from the ambition to destroy and rebuild. rebuild something free and unexplored.
there are many ways for a band or an artist to compile an album: some make it in a week and some let the process go on longer. the latter approach does often mean that that the record will not be better than had it been recorded and mixed within a short amount of time, rather the contrary. however, there are those albums that just could not be made within in a week or a month, those compilation of songs that needed the time to melt together to form an album. fontäns third album titled fontän, released on hoga nord rekords is that kind of an album. put the opening track mangsebung on, then stay with the record until the closer shadows rings out and you will go clear, sharp, and mildly messed up by the listening experience because this is an extremely well directed trip in mind-altering music! this album needed time to reach such heights.
jean-louis huhta and joachim nordwall are high boys. together they share a deep interest in old school techno acid, aswell as electronic experimentalism and insane electro-acoustics. they want to make music that will mess with your mind, and make you move while your skull is melting. together they have served in the ritual rock group the skull defekts for over a decade but this is their first own project together. huhta also does is killer project dungeon acid amongst other important things, and nordwall runs his ideal label since 98 and makes electronic music alone and with other heads. high boys will not change the musical or political climate but they will make you feel... different.
san francisco based dj al lover’s list of collaborations contain names like the brian jonestown massacre, goat and white fence, and he has remixed bands like the night beats and thee oh sees. except from producing mind-altering music, al lover is also the official dj of levitation and tours europe extensively.
al lover’s double album release zodiak versions on hoga nord rekords (2015) opened up for a beautiful cooperation between the label and the artist and now the two parts are taking it to the next level with the release of the nymphaea caerulea ep. on this picture disc ep, a third player flavors the music and that is cairo liberation front (clf).
jamie paton, one half of the duo cage and aviary has in interviews expressed his thoughts about if slouchy techno can be viewed as an own genre. the answer lies in this 7” - “telefuture / blind summit” - released on hoga nord rekords, on which the label above is highly appropriate to sum up the sound. the tracks contain elements from your techno favorites dating three decades back, but the tempo and the production creates a slouchy (in the words most positive sense) feeling clearly influenced by the slow motion house of cage and aviary.
alexander palmestal was fifty procent of the electro duo pistol disco - a band that during the 00’s bustled around in the music scene of gothenburg and became known for having a certain sound and for their unpredictable and often magical live shows. the later incarnation of the band took a step away from the german 70’s influences to move towards a more club friendly universe. in 2015 the band released the 7inch goo/pool on hoga nord rekords which was their last release and now palmestal, under the name mythologen, make a release on hoga nord rekords.
second only to the jfk-murder, the investigation of the assassination of swedish prime minister olof palme in 1986 is the largest unsolved murder investigation in history. and like there s numerous of theories surrounding the assassination of john f. kennedy so is also the case concerning the assassination of olof palme: the pkk trace, the police trace, the military league are amongst many other explanation models, the headlines of the most popular conspiracy theories connected with this huge murder investigation.
in februari 2016, exactly 30 years after the shots on sveagatan in stockholm, f.a.t.m.a. laid the finishing touch on the two tracks cirklar and dirty beat which hoga nord rekords now releases on 7inch record. the genre can be labelled conspiracy funk, where the underlying message is thoroughly masked with a beat that only true professionals on funk, elektro and dub can mobilize. when the bass drops on dirty beat it is clear that the search for best dance track in 2016 is over!
in this age of pre-set play lists and total sharing of music, you more or less get served what you expect to hear. your musical preferences are predictable and you - with little or no effort - get access to music that suits your self-image perfectly and places you in a safe zone.
but what if these babysitting services went on vacation and you’re suddenly left alone in the post-industrial outback? where do you start looking? at first listen you might feel that the songs on loving hell by vox low, released on hoga nord rekords, might not suit your needs in such a cold, harsh existence. but that’s where you’re wrong. vox low’s sound might first appear frightening and cold to you but the tracks on this ep most of all carries with them depth, energy and persistence: the perfect soundtrack to reboot your system to and to get you going straight forward without looking back. this is music for the aftermath of a cathartic experience, music that generates a propulsion that makes you wanna walk on that road forever, music to help you rediscover what punk, rock and electronica really should be about - gut feeling.
for all the fucked up children of this world we give you a nuclear meltdown. this is what you get when you mix uran with gothenburg. so lets shut up and dance while continue being chaotically focused on that keep on keepin on, smashin, grabbin n kickin out the jams etcetera. and never learn to forget that no one loves uran!
when the psychedelic shafferson jetplane released their self titled, analogue recorded, debut 2010 it became painfully obvious that the band are among the key-players on that scene. the record sold out faster then pinochets fascist heart stopped beating after his attack 2006. and thats just one, among many, reasons to why we at hoga nord rekords feel extraordinary proud to release two new psychtunes from tpsj!
born to trinidadian and finnish parents in sweden, jean-louis huhta took an early interest in percussion punk, african, disco, dub, detroit techno and chicago acid were all early sonic influences. couple these genres with an interest in percussion, drums, synthesizers and skateboarding and you are half-way into describing the sound of dungeon acid.
on tross debut album 16:11 released on hoga nord rekords you hear influences from the city and the woods, the sea and space - inner and outer. tross deintellectualizes the jazz whilst taking clubmusic back to its roots. the kraut machine is motoring on some tracks, while others are more clearly driven by dreamy melodies than by a monotonous beat. feel the pleasures of participating in a playful context of mind expanding tracks put together to please the escapistic side of your soul!
lamagaia are a psychedelic rockband from gothenburg, sweden..its obvious that gothenburgbased lamagaia are the second generation musicians on the swedish proggscene when the needle starts to read information from the a-side space normal speed. the track will stone yer asses back to your momas wildest moments on kabul hashisch and red wine. before the b-side seebass fades out the fog is so thick that youll wonder if it was spacey sci-fipsych, trad, gras och stenarsalutes or a classic haschpsychosis that hit you. buckle up and stay fresh as kabul kids!