Like a message in a bottle, carried round by the ocean streams for decades, Henrik Rylander’s album ”Från En Obestämd Plats I Rummet” has floated around in the space of Swedish underground music.
Höga 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 Kraftwerk's 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 “Från En Obestämd 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 “Höga Nord Arkiv” on which releases from the past, that hasn’t got as much attention they deserve gets re-released in an appropriate context.
Tracklisting: 1. Organ1 2. Dansant Lösning 3. Som Att Tala Till En Vägg 4. Bländning 5. Kontakt 6. ...Och Plötsligt 7. Sommarregn Är Inte Farligt 8. Ängrar, Finns Dom? 9. 2-7-4-8-8-2 10. Snask 11. Somnambul Sorti
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 Höga Nord Rekord wanted to accomplish with the sixth release of our UK 12” 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. BoP came to prominence via his output on labels such as Jennifer Cardin´s Correspondant imprint and New Yorks Throne of Blood.
His debut E.P on the former reached number one in the Juno download techno charts in December 2015. As a DJ, he has honed his skills both at his own parties Cubik and Body Talk. As well as being a resident at Man Powers ´Tourist Parties´ wich have afforded him the opportunity to play alongside Todd Terje, John Talabot, Daniel Avery and Ivan Smagghe.
Jo is raised on a steady diet of punk/post punk, and learning to play instrumentation from an early age defines why Jo´s way of arranging music and his eclectic taste is different to his peers. Something that fits Höga Nord more than hand in gloves. We prefer to ride it like bareback pirates as you should know by now.
The Smoking Holiday EP opens with Tito. The spooky oblique intro will soon start to roll deep into a dark cadenced haunting and whispering tune that will twist, trance and tribal your mind back to the early 90s mornings. On a loving, yet a bit dark and grimey, dance floor in- or outdoors.
Second track Joy-Rides will lug your brains and fizzle your feet with its eclectic format. Ambient mixed up with rhythmic techno and bleep - a good appetizer of Bird of Paradises DJ-sets.
B-side chugs on with the title track and ends with a electro tune that sends funky fresh flirtations to Andrew Weatheralls and Keith Tenniswoods project Two Lone Swordsmen.
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 Västlänken, Jarold is now making his first release as a solo artist on Höga 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.
Västlänkens 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.
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. The members who also can be found in Uran, Tentakel, and Sork among others, formed The Exorcist in 2012 and started by playing illegal techno clubs for the true undercurrent citizens of Gothenburg, Sweden.
The reputation of this dangerous psychedelic band, who plays funk the way funk should be played soon reached Stockholm where they got a cult following just by word of mouth. Over the past four years their following has grown exponentially!
The recording of “II” was a trip into the abyss and back, with a lot of time and money spent, outrage from the members and record label executives biting their nails down to the bone. But that is how The Exorcist works – tension is a vital part of this bands nature, hence it’s sound.
The tracks’ aggressive approach and the feeling of being possessed by something evil lurking inside of you mirrors the process of making this album. But listening to the album back to back and hearing how the songs intertwine, lets the true face of The Exorcist shine brightly over you.
Tracklisting: 1. Pusher 2. Lyrica 3. Bahnhof 4. You Better Run 5. Duck Juice 6. Electric Wine 7. Morpheus Rising