Music from Iceland

30 Nordic Music Artists on the 2017 SXSW Music Schedule

Nordic Music at SXSW Music 2017

YOU GUYS, THIS IS HUGE. Today, SXSW festival and conference released their latest line-up of artists playing official showcases, and this batch brings the number of artists from Nordic countries to a total of 30! We’re so excited there is finally a spotlight at SXSW on music from the Arctic because we know (as do […]

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Nordic Spotlight’s Top 20 Songs in 2016 on Hype Machine

Nordic Spotlight's 2016 Top 20 Songs on Hype Machine

It’s that time of year again, where “Best Of” and “Top __” posts fill the interwebs as a way of recapping the year’s goodness, in case you missed some of the good. We’re jumping in with our own list: The 20 most popular songs on our Hype Machine profile. (If you haven’t already, I suggest […]

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Enjoy Our 5th Birthday Playlist and Party!

Nordic Spotlight's 5th Birthday Cake

IT’S OUR 5TH BIRTHDAY! We can hardly believe it, but it’s true…we turn half a decade young today, November 15. Being 5 years old is a giant milestone for a niche music website like us. A big deal, even. We’ve come a long way, baby! To celebrate, we’re having a Nordic music listening party at […]

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Next week, we’re going to post an amazing Nordic Spotlight Mix from Icelandic producer/artist KRÍA that could very well what you need to help recover from what will surely be a ridiculous Presidential election here in the U.S. To get you ready for the wild, woolly fun she has in store for you, we give you a […]

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Sturla Atlas (IS) – SEASON2

Sturla Atlas

When we hit up Iceland Airwaves last year, we spent a little time in the presence of Sturla Atlas, a young rapper on the rise from Reykjavik. In spite of a potentially questionable tune, we were completely charmed by his laid back demeanor and easygoing flow. The young rhymer is fulfilling the promise we saw […]

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Exclusive: Nordic Spotlight Mix #012: Hidden People

Hidden People

In Icelandic folklore, the Huldufólk or “hidden people” are elves that reside in and around the island, supernatural beings that like to sneak into people’s houses and hold parties. It is, in other words, the perfect moniker for a techno project from Iceland that thrives in playing at underground events and small venues around the […]

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Nordic Spotlight Monthly – Fall Album Preview

Johann Johannsson

The latest edition of our podcast Nordic Spotlight Monthly is here! This time around we’re looking to the future in anticipation of new albums about to be released by some of our favorite artists from the Nordic nations. We hope you enjoy the show! And if you haven’t yet, be sure to subscribe to our […]

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Samaris (IS) – “R4vin”


Icelandic synthpop trio Samaris have been getting a lot of attention in recent months thanks to their brilliant album Black Lights. That could be, in part, because the group is singing in English for the first time. But I’d like to think that it’s based solely on the strength of their songwriting, which equally inspired by […]

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