Sónar Reykjavík 2014 takes place at Harpa – Reykjavik Music Hall, situated right by the harbor in the downtown area of the city, with five different stages – and will host many legendary electronic artists, such as Bonobo, James Holden and Paul Kalkbrenner. Among the local acts that were added to the bill yesterday were Möller artists Futuregrapher, Skurken and Steve Sampling. Exciting!
Futuregrapher (Sonar info): Icelandic breakcore
Futuregrapher is Árni Grétar, Möller Records founder (together with compatriot and producer Skurken) and is one of Iceland’s breaks scene’s most noteworthy musicians. His only full-length album to date (the appropriately titled “LP”) showcases his talent and love of fractured IDM, breakcore, jungle and broken beats in general. Among others, he has already shared line-ups with Biosphere, Mixmaster Morris, Solar Fields and Dave Clarke and those who have witnessed him on stage rave about his live performances.
Check out Futuregrapher on Soundcloud
Skurken (Sonar info): Variety is the spice of life
Also member of Möller label’s Futuregrapher, founded just two years ago, Skurken is another name to watch in the effervescent Icelandic scene. However Jóhann Ómarsson is no newbie, with two published LPs (2008 & 2011) and his recent single track EP “Arnþrúður” which includes remixes by some of the island’s most dynamic producers. His biography tells us of varied influences, from drill’n’bass to ’80s synth pop ballads, through to computer music, which is certainly reflected by his non-conformist melodic and rhythmically rich sound – with no adherence to a particular genre.
Steve Sampling (Sonar info): Contemporary Groove
The Möller Records factory is now one of the key representatives of Iceland’s electronic music scene. Another label mainstay (aside from its two founders Futuregrapher & Skurken) is beatmaker Steve Sampling, a devotee of soul and hip–hop, whose sound has evolved more towards the dance floor. Elegant ‘low revs’ house, contemporary grooves and plenty of bootlegs and remixes (Ghostpoet , Sisi Ey …) do nothing but confirm his talent and exquisite taste.
The final line-up will consist of more than 60 artist, bands and DJs so there is plenty more to come! Tickets are limited, so get yours now.
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Harpa Concert House
Monday to Friday 10-18h and longer during concert nights
Weekends: 12-18 and longer during concert nights