The year in review: Best acts of 2013, International

 

  1. London Grammar, If you Wait

The vocals of Hannah Reid are possibly the best of any British artist out there. Cast on a backdrop of minimalist, sparsely spread pop that triggers vague memories of bands like the X.X, make no mistake, London Grammar are the next big band . ‘Wasting my young years’ is the cream of the crop, easily the best song i’ve heard this year

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  1. Disclosure , Settle

Myspace starlights, Disclosure are two brothers from Surrey who’ve gone all the way to the top and beyond with their debut album. Theirs is a pop-esque, synth-rich universe that evokes dense euphoric landscapes that’ll be the soundtrack of some of the best times of your life if you let them. Epic showings at Roskilde and Vega this year are a testament to this.

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  1. Cut Copy, Free your mind

Australian band Cut Copy are the cool kids of disco these days, fusing a wonderfully vintage disco inclination with nomadic vocals and a lingering synth-kick that runs riot in ones mind. Their previous albums were equally overwhelming, albeit less libertine than ‘Free your mind,’ whose title speaks for itself.

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  1. Agnes Obel, Aventine

Denmark is the land of Kim Larsen, Aqua and Agnes Obel. Of the aforementioned, Obel is by far the most skilled singer and the most emblematic of the three. Dark, minimalist and meandering, ‘Aventine’ features the characteristic compelling piano arrangements alongside petal soft vocals that have come to define Obel’s sound.

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(telegraph.co.uk)

 

  1. Janelle Monae, The electric lady

Janelle Monae is sheer class and her second album is everything her last one was not. Spontaneous, elegant and diverse, Monae’s sound follows a typical r & b vocal trajectory spread over a varied, gentle backdrop of beats that give her the space to sing loud and clear. Collaborations with Prince and Erykah Badu strengthen the mould of a solid album.

 

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(npr.org)

 

BEST OF THE REST

  1. The Lumineers, The Lumineers
  1. Rhye, Woman
  1. Black Milk, No poison, no paradise
  1. Jon Hopkins, Immunity
  1. Daft Punk, Random access memories

The Year in Review: Best Concerts of 2013, Denmark

The Year in Review: The top 10 gigs of 2013 in Denmark 

1) Sigur Ros, Roskilde Festival, July 6

 

I didn’t see Sigur Ros, I experienced Sigur Ros. The Icelander’s music is some of the purest, soul-searching music you will find for miles around; a trance-like journey that rekindles deep-hidden fond memories with an edifying caress that no other band can muster. Sigur Ros were shamanic at their show at Roskilde.

 

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2) Charles Bradley & his extraordinaires, Lille Vega, June 17

The Screaming Eagle of Soul rocked Denmark to its core on his encore at Lille Vega this year. For a man in his sixties who only just rocketed to fame, Bradley’s teary, nervy, sweaty, emotional soul trip is the story of a man who made it in America, after decades of bad luck and strife. James Brown would be proud.

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3) Crystal Castles, Store Vega, March 2

Crystal Castles pulled off a seismic show at Store Vega towards the end of the winter, a chaotic, cathartic experience that saw lead singer Alice Glass crowd surf her way to what looked like the middle of the audience at Store Vega. I have never seen anything like it before or since

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4) Modeselektor, Store Vega, Feb 14

Berlin’s Modeselektor have been making music since the wall came down a good while ago. As driven today as they were back then, the electronic duo are a symbol of the German capital and frontrunners in the world of electronic music. Props for their party-starting credentials and props to Vega for a very well organised show (which included an ‘artist chat’ session in ideal bar).

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  1. Chinese Man, Roskilde Festival, July 4

French turntablists Chinese man were on cue at their show at Roskilde Festival, taking the audience on a journey through dubstep, drum & bass, hip hop and everything in between with a prowess that made it seem as if the genre of turntablism has been around since the dawn of time. Witty, daring and exceedingly cool.

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(offkiltermusic.com)

BEST OF THE REST

  1. Shantel & The Bucovina Orchestra, Lille Vega, Nov 28

  2. Reptile Youth, Lille Vega, March 8,

  3. Of Monsters and Men, Roskilde Festival, July 5

  4. Tame Impala, Store Vega, Aug 9

  5. Animal Collective, Roskilde Festival, July 4

Year in Review: Best Danish music acts of 2012

December 21, 2012 – 13:57
Among our picks for best Danish acts of 2012 are (clockwise from top left): Tako Lako, Efterklang, Raske Penge and Tina Dico
 
1. Tako Lako
Tako Lako are a Danish band that make loud, chaotic Balkan beat with a gypsy twist. To pull off such a cocky concoction in a pop-obsessed nation is a bold move.  The band remains allegiant to their roots in Balkan music despite their meteoric ascendency to fame this year, the catalyst of which was being signed to none other than Sony records. An assault on the kitsch wasteland of mainstream pop music is nigh.
2. Raske Penge
Humility and honesty are as rare as moon pearls on the local dancehall scene. Raske Penge’s anthems have added a soulful stroke of genius and quick wit to Denmark’s music scene, and unlike many performers on the dancehall stage, the Nordvest resident hasn’t gotten ahead of himself.
3. The Rumour Said Fire
Just when we were starting to forget the familiar, friendly folk sounds of their amazing 2009 hit ‘The Balcony,’ the indie-folk band burst back on the radar with a stunning new album, Dead Ends. As lively as the blue and lilac cover art on this  album, The Rumour Said Fire are on course for a great 2013 if their achievements this year are anything to go by.
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4. Lukas Graham

He may be a tad too sure of himself, but Christiania-bred Lukas Graham has had a big year in 2012. His sublime vocal talents alone are worth credit and for a debut album, his eponymous work is something he can be very proud of. Watch out for this kid.
5. When Saints Go Machine
The Saints haven’t been as active this year as they were in 2011. However, a well earned ‘P3 Guld’ award back in April accompanied by a modest performance at DR’s concert house just about does enough to squeeze them into the top five.
The best of the rest:
6. Vessel
7. Klumben
8. Spleen United
9. CTM
10. Efterklang

Year in Review: Best albums of 2012

1. Of Monsters and Men, My Head is An Animal 
The epic rise of Iceland sextet Of Monsters and Men introduced the world the genre of chamber pop.  Hailed as the new Arcade Fire by some, in truth they sound more like a witty mix between Indie-rock starlets Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and popular folk rockers Mumford & Sons. Their debut album is a diamond in the rough and may be Iceland’s best export yet. (Read a review of Of Monsters and Men’s Store Vega concert here)
Beach House's Bloom
Beach House’s Bloom

2. Beach House, Bloom

The aptly-named Bloom represents a coming of age for the captivating, soul-stroking music of this enigmatic duo from Baltimore. Their fourth album is a sheer listening experience; a journey through time and space rather than solely an amalgamation of songs.
3. Mumford & Sons, Babel 
Outdoing a debut album like 2009’s Sigh No Moreseemed a daunting if not almost impossible hurdle for the now familiar Mumford & Sons,. Babel keeps the best of what we remember from its predecessor, which is rare for a second album. Little wonder that their 2013 show at Falconer Salen has sold out so quickly.
4. Grizzly Bear, Shields
Shields is as experimental and as contemplative an album as you’ll hear this year. Rock/electronica à la New Yorkers Ratatat meets alt-rock influences not too unlike those of Icelandic heavyweights Sigur Rós in a marriage woven in the clouds.
5. John Talabot, Fin
Barcelona’s John Talabot has somehow managed to weave a mix of house disco and indie together with the panache of a true innovator. Fin is Barcelona in an album; vehemently unique and ice cool  albeit welcoming and accessible at the same time.
The best of the rest:
6. Hot Chip, In Our Heads
7.  Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Here
8. Chromatics, Kill For Love
9. Grimes, Visions
10.  Orbital, Wonky

Year In Review: The Best Concerts of 2012

1. The Roots
Roskilde Festival, July 7
The Roots are what hip-hop used to be way back when. The Philly natives shun the pathetic self-referential, revenge-tinged bollocks and swap it for purely eclectic, instrument-rich genius at its most refined. This is what the legendary crew managed to pull off at Roskilde’s massive Orange Stage. Read the full review.
2. Klumben & Raske Penge
Roskilde Festival, July 3
Roskilde’s bookers must have had their hearts in their mouths as the chaos unfolded at Klumben & Raske Penge’s show at Pavillion Junior. The stage is a breeding ground for some of Denmark’s soon-to-be-huge bands and rarely gets packed over capacity. This show was one of a kind however, crammed long before the dancehall dons even set foot on stage.
At his Lille Vega show in April, Kiwanuka showed that he was on his way to stardom (Photo: Søren Bo Basselbjerg / soerenbo@gmail.com) At his Lille Vega show in April, Kiwanuka showed that he was on his way to stardom (Photo: Søren Bo Basselbjerg / soerenbo@gmail.com)

3. Michael Kiwanuka 

Lille Vega, April 27
BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka’s soulful music has drawn comparisons to legends such as Otis Reading. Genuinely talented and refreshingly humble, Kiwanuka delivered his best on his debut on Danish soil at Lille Vega. This show paved the way for a second Danish appearance a few weeks ago, this time at Store Vega. Read the full review.
4. Coldplay
Parken Stadium, August 28
Despite their latest album being something of a disappointment, Coldplay’s live shows repeatedly prove why they are one of the best bands around. Glow-in-the dark bracelets, giant balloons, four huge screens and an explosion of special light effects made optimal use of the stadium space, so a good show was always guaranteed.
5. The Vaccines
Pumpehuset, October 24
In a country where audiences are, in the words of Mike Skinner of The Streets, “almost impossible to please,” The Vaccines set Pumpehuset aflame with their dangerously contagious infusion of driven indie-rock. Props to the audience for dropping their usual poised appearances.
The best of the rest:
6. Of Monsters & Men, Store Vega, September 19 Read the full review.
7. Paul Kalkbrenner, Roskilde Festival, July 7 Read the full review.
8. Charles Bradley, Lille Vega, April 29 Read the full review.
9. Tinariwen, Lille Vega, April 23 Read the full review.
10. Joe Sample & Randy Crawford, Store Vega, March 22 Read the full review.

Year in Review: Best Danish music acts of 2011

The InOut team looks at the Danish acts that made waves in 2011

1. When Saints Go Machine
With an opening spot at the Roskilde Festival, 2011 was a phenomenal year for Denmark’s electro-pop duo du jour, who followed up on the success of their debut album with the seminal album Konkylie, an EP that captured the hearts and souls of Saints fans old and new.

2. The Raveonettes
The endearing Shoegazing duo from Sønderborg have sailed casually through 2011, cementing their reputation as one of the best exports of the nation with their fifth album, Raven in The Grave, and solid performances at both Roskilde and Vega.

3. Wafande
Few artists have captured the spirit of the times as well as the nomadic Wafande. His seismic tune ‘Lang Vej Hjemme’ encapsulated the disappointments of a nation bored stiff by the growing popularity of a certain right-wing political party. His collaborations with the likes of rising starlet Lil Kaka have bred a new culture of critical thinking amongst Danish youth.

4. Hymns From Nineveh
After wandering about in Italy, Norway and The Netherlands, devotional folkpop band Hymns From Nineveh have finally started to garner success locally. HFN’s eponymous album hit the streets in February, featuring contributions from over 20 artists, and unsurprisingly skyrocketed up the charts. This was followed by an enigmatic performance at Roskilde and a string of fascinating shows at all manner of venues, from churches to prisons.

5. I Got You On Tape
Dreamy rock quartet I Got You on Tape have continued to surprise and impress as the years have gone by. 2011 saw the four mates deliver a poetic, contemplative and well-made album, Church of the Real, adding perspective to their intriguing musical repertoire and laying the foundation for what can only be a promising 2012.

Best of the rest:
6. Reptile & Retard
7. Malk De Kojn
8. Sebastien Lind
9. Klumben
10. TurboWeekend

Year in Review: The best concerts of 2011

Original article: http://cphpost.dk/inout/year-review-best-concerts-2011

Some of our picks for the year’s most memorable shows

1. Reptile & Retard (Junior Pavilion, Roskilde, June 26)
Reptile & Retard’s concert at Roskilde’s junior Pavilion takes the crown for the best concert of the year purely on account of the manner in which the audience were flung into a roller-coasting two hours of sheer mayhem that culminated in the lead singer clambering onto the pylons supporting the stage before hurling himself into the crowd below. It’s seldom one sees a concert of such proportions and if it’s anything to go by, Reptile & Retard are definitely a name to watch out for in 2012.

2. Yann Tiersen (Rust, May 29)
French artiste Yann Tiersen was at his best at his performance at Rust back in May. The concert featured an intriguing blend of instrumentation that saw him showcase his penchant for multi-instrumentation, leaving the audience in a state of star-struck euphoria as they were treated to a blend of his older work combined with tasty snippets off his latest album, Skyline, which hit the shelves towards the end of the year.

3. When Saints Go Machine (Store Vega, November 5)
WSGM’s catchy fusion of the chaotic and the dreamy was executed with perfection and panache at their concert in Vega in November. Lead singer Jonas Kenton had the crowd in the palm of his hand as his falsetto vocals connived synonymously with layer upon layer of decadent drumbeats and roaring riffs.

4. Charles Bradley (Odeon, Roskilde, July 1)
The 62-year-old ‘Screaming Eagle of Soul’ gave one of the best Roskilde performances of the year, a soulful journey that saw him leave the stage in tears of elation and raw emotion. Bradley’s life story, a rags to riches fairytale that’ll touch most people’s hearts forever, shines through at his gigs, and at Roskilde, this was no exception.

5. The Strokes (Orange Scene, Roskilde, July 2)
In a festival in which the Orange Scene was something of a stranger to the spotlight, Julian Cassablancas and company were one of the few acts that played at the venue to truly set it alight. Their fourth studio album, Angles, is a pearl in itself and featured quite prominently in the course of the concert, a show that stitched the old and the new seamlessly together.

The Year In Review: The top 5 Danish concerts of 2011

 

Original article: http://cphpost.dk/inout/year-review-best-concerts-2011
 
Some of our picks for the year’s most memorable shows

 

1. Reptile & Retard (Junior Pavilion, Roskilde, June 26)
Reptile & Retard’s concert at Roskilde’s junior Pavilion takes the crown for the best concert of the year purely on account of the manner in which the audience were flung into a roller-coasting two hours of sheer mayhem that culminated in the lead singer clambering onto the pylons supporting the stage before hurling himself into the crowd below. It’s seldom one sees a concert of such proportions and if it’s anything to go by, Reptile & Retard are definitely a name to watch out for in 2012.

2. Yann Tiersen (Rust, May 29)
French artiste Yann Tiersen was at his best at his performance at Rust back in May. The concert featured an intriguing blend of instrumentation that saw him showcase his penchant for multi-instrumentation, leaving the audience in a state of star-struck euphoria as they were treated to a blend of his older work combined with tasty snippets off his latest album, Skyline, which hit the shelves towards the end of the year.

3. When Saints Go Machine (Store Vega, November 5)
WSGM’s catchy fusion of the chaotic and the dreamy was executed with perfection and panache at their concert in Vega in November. Lead singer Jonas Kenton had the crowd in the palm of his hand as his falsetto vocals connived synonymously with layer upon layer of decadent drumbeats and roaring riffs.

4. Charles Bradley (Odeon, Roskilde, July 1)
The 62-year-old ‘Screaming Eagle of Soul’ gave one of the best Roskilde performances of the year, a soulful journey that saw him leave the stage in tears of elation and raw emotion. Bradley’s life story, a rags to riches fairytale that’ll touch most people’s hearts forever, shines through at his gigs, and at Roskilde, this was no exception.

5. The Strokes (Orange Scene, Roskilde, July 2)
In a festival in which the Orange Scene was something of a stranger to the spotlight, Julian Cassablancas and company were one of the few acts that played at the venue to truly set it alight. Their fourth studio album, Angles, is a pearl in itself and featured quite prominently in the course of the concert, a show that stitched the old and the new seamlessly together.