Photo by Ingrid Pop
The Norwegian space-electronic quartet 120 Days unexpectedly called it quits a few weeks ago, only a year after their second studio album and a rapidly growing career since their debut in 2006. In a musical landscape dominated by the likes of Todd Terje, Lindstrøm, and Diskjokke, Oslo might just have lost one of the more exciting electronic artists to emerge from the '00s. It is still interesting to see how Oslo's DIY scene has taken shape during the last couple of years, much of its success thanks to festivals such as Bylarm, annually introducing new, exciting sounds that seem to be springing up from the surface.
Having recently moved out of the safe surroundings of their hometown and into a small apartment of Prenzelauer Berg in Berlin, the techno duo Bloksberg have already established a certain hype around their surrounding Scandinavian inhabitants. The break-up of 120 Days had a big impact on the conversations between my Scandinavian friends, too, as I happen to catch a fragment of an interesting statement last weekend: "do you know who are the new 120 Days?", and knowing what was coming, I replied: "Bloksberg". Arguably, there's a big gap between them sound-wise, but a sparkle of truth may also be found in this remark: the space dipped, slow-building compositions, the energetic, dancey live shows, and of course (forgive me for sounding pompous), the fact that it feels oh-so-very 2012.
Bloksberg kindly provided us with this superb mix in true Berlin spirit below; featuring classics and newcomers side by side, as well as their own (but still unmastered) psych-jam "Goma".
Bjørn Torske: "Nedi myra"
Luke Abbott: "Brazil" (Slow version)
François De Roubaix: "La Frite Équatoriale"
Miles Davies: "One on one"
Model 500: "Night Drive"
Sven Nyhus: "Fanitullen"
Underground Resistance: "The lightning"