Ja Ja Ja are proud to announce details of their next event on Thursday 25th April at London’s The Lexington. In keeping with their solid reputation for showcasing credible Nordic music such as Mø, Mikael Paskalev and Olof Arnalds in this series, the April Ja Ja Ja will feature bombastic r n b popstar Truls (Norway), blistering shoegaze from Oyama (Iceland) and heavy electronic rock from producer Slowolf (Denmark). Tickets are £5 in advance (£6 on the door), on sale now from We Got Tickets.
Truls is the solo project of Truls Heggero, formerly known as the frontman and songwriter of the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannprisen) winning band Lukestar and the acclaimed Truls & The Trees. Both bands can be said to stand firmly in the indie genre, in complete contrast to Truls latest incarnation as an r n b artist.
Truls has received much attention for his unique voice, which operates in a very high register. His voice is an instrument that makes him unique and helps create a very special character. This together with Truls´ roots in alternative rock, mixed with urban pop and electronica produces a result that is seen to be groundbreaking in Norway and has potential to travel internationally.
Lukestar broke up in 2012 but Truls has used this time well to work on his solo material, as well as collaborate with artists in wildly contrasting genres from his previous projects. Most impressively, Truls has collaborated with Norway’s number one hip hop act, Karpe Diem, on their two albums and on tour as well.
After recently appearing at By:Larm, Truls is already booked at Øya Festival, Hove Festival, Slottsfjell and several major Norwegian festivals. The highly respected P3 also hailed Truls as the “sound of 2013”, read all about it here.
Watch the surreal video for debut single ‘Out Of Yourself’, set in what seems like a dinner party from hell:
Oyama are a young Icelandic five-piece making shoegaze-noise-rock. Their compelling songs are built on multi-layered guitars that shimmer and roar, and sweetly discordant vocal harmonies that echo around the mind long after the song is over.
They played every night of Iceland Airwaves 2012, with packed crowds throughout and plenty of critical praise garnered from homegrown and international media alike, including XFM’s John Kennedy, The Quietus and Clash. Oyama and their languid, brooding sound were undoubtedly the Icelandic buzz-band of the festival, which also acts as an annual referendum on the country’s most promising new acts. Prior to Airwaves, London-based company Projekta signed Oyama for management off the back of their demo tracks and their captivating, impressively-tight live show.
Ja Ja Ja will be the latest of their overseas shows, what with the first happening last February at By:Larm 2013 – where they played a tent set in the snowy city square – and at London’s palatial Koko for Club NME.
The band – also known as Rúnar, Kári, Júlía, Úlfur and Bergur – are currently unsigned and recording more demos, as well as writing a debut album. Expect to see Oyama spread their wings internationally in 2013.
Stream the strident shoegaze of ‘Everything Some Of The Time’, taken from their debut EP ‘I Wanna’:
Slowolf is the ingenious creation of Danish producer, recording artist and drummer Andreas Asingh.
Hailing from the icy north of Copenhagen, Slowolf’s music has a reputation for combining the sounds of metal, hip-hop and dream pop and forthcoming new single ‘Dance Floor feat. Raekwon’ is an in-your-face, addictive track of the same calibre.
Right from the off, ’Dance Floor’ (Champion Records) instantly grabs you with a punch as the thunderous guitar tone is backed up by the introduction of Wu-Tang Clan’s legendary Raekwon, who later provides unparalleled flow that radiates attitude. Glittering electronic sounds are accompanied by a thumping beat and Andreas Asingh’s pitch perfect falsetto vocal line intelligently lifts the track and provides an infectious melodic hook.
Slowolf may have only existed for less than a year but he’s already experienced the dizzy heights of a Danish iTunes Electronic Album chart #1, and ‘Dance Floor’ is set to take him straight back there.
Watch the intense video for ‘Dance Floor feat. Raekwon’, as premiered by Noisey.com last week:
Founded in 2009, Ja Ja Ja is an established and trusted destination event for UK fans of Nordic music, constantly uncovering an array of up-and-coming talent from all over the culturally-rich region. Happening every last Thursday of the month, Ja Ja Ja is brought to you in association with The Line of Best Fit and Record of the Day.