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Bjarki - This 5321
Bjarki
This 5321
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Trip)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Bjarki leads a pack of international artists who in the past few years have taken a hauntological approach to re-moulding the scents of breakbeat, rave, jungle, trance and IDM into sounds that are entirely their own. Already this year he began his own label bbbbbb with artistic sparring partner Johnny Chrome Silver, released under new alias Cucumb45, performed his new live show at clubs and festivals from Mutek ES and Peacock to Printworks, and recently announced a US tour for July.TRP015 finds Bjarki in typical, monstrous, floor slaying form with four trance leaning tracks that have proved an inspiration for Nina Kraviz’s DJ sets over the past year. Bjarki takes key aspects of trance and takes it for a headspin into the unknown - mangled percussion, disorienting voices, unravelling textural layers, sub aquatic bass frequencies and intense melodies. All make for a uniquely irreverent take on a much maligned genre that most of us secretly adore..
Bjarki - AE
Bjarki
AE
3LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Trip)
25,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Æ is the third part of Bjarki triptych of LPs to be released this year. Æ is a particularly Icelandic form, pronounced “I” in English; Bjarki thinks it just looks good. Here it is a selection of music that is at its core quite simple, with restrained instrumentation, made on hardware and features a selection of older works and the most recent produced just weeks ago.Bjarki is from Iceland. Born and raised. Despite the fact that Bjarki is known for making extremely powerful dance floor tracks he doesn’t seem to belong to any particular genre. Something this triptych of LPs demonstrates very well. His music is at times cinematic and there’s a story behind each track. Bjarki’s music always has something to do with him personally, but he’d rather the listener lose themselves in the music than pay much attention to the man behind them. Either on a record or to one of his ever evolving live sets.
Bjarki - Geothermal Sheep Volume 1
Bjarki
Geothermal Sheep Volume 1
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Bbbbbb)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder 15.12.2017
The latest release from Bjarki Runar’s bbbbbb label sees Bjarki delving back into his vastarchives and shines a light on a bizarre detour during the early days of the label that involveda peculiar commission from the Icelandic state.Bjarki introduces the story;“It was back in 2015 and we were only just putting together the original plans towardsmaking bbbbbb a label. While this was happening, I got a call from a friend who wasworking for a local tech start-up and marketing company. They’d been contacted by theIcelandic Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture who came to them with a weird proposition.They were looking at the idea of marketing Icelandic lamb as this user-exclusive commodityfor high end restaurants, the same way they do with Kobe beef in Japan. His marketingcompany was going all in with this idea of creating an elite herd of sheep that would get the5-star treatment – fresh food and beer, shampoo and geothermal baths for their fleece, andentertainment such as TV and music for when they were in the hills. That’s where I came in”.The initial meeting between Bjarki and the marketeers however didn’t go as smoothly as theyhoped; “When I met my friend and his team, they were going to have music pumped througha series of remote speakers across the hillside” Bjarki explains. “But when they showed mewhat they were going to play to them, I almost fell of my chair laughing! It was all thischeesy, easy listening, orchestral Icelandic bullshit. I said to them ‘This is nonsense! Why areyou bringing me into this project if that’s all you’re going to be playing?’ In the end, I toldthem I would completely redo all the sounds and music they were going to be using. I wasgoing to drag the Icelandic sheep into the 21st Century”.Bjarki was as good as his word. Over the summer of 2015, he spent several weeks at farmlocations near Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Reykholtsdalur, walking the hills and playing avariety of sounds and beats to various flocks of sheep to see what the best approach was. Itwas tough going at first; “At the beginning, I was working totally blind”, Bjarki explains. “Imean how can you possibly know what sort of modern music and sounds Icelandic sheepwould go for?” But Bjarki persevered and he found certain sounds and tones made the sheepmore active and engaged.From this point, he began to make tracks that would encapsulate what the lambs were drawnto the most. “A track like Soda “Sugarlicious” for example, came about when I startedplaying Candy Crush on the hillside. As I kept playing, the sheep began to gather around meshowing interest in the bright chintzy sounds coming from my laptop and that deep voice thatwould keep speaking to you. I simply put together a track that was all shiny colours andheavy on the chimes. The sheep fucking loved it!” A track like “Drab” meanwhile was suitedfor less sunny moments. “I got caught in a nasty rainstorm, so I started playing these synthlines I had made, along with an improvised kick drum. The mix of the softness of the tonesalong with the hit of the bass cased the sheep to follow me all the way back to the farm I wasstaying at. The farmer wasn’t too impressed with that, but the flock was completelyhypnotized”.In the end Bjarki, amassed several tracks ranging from soft ambient to gnarly hardcorebangers to present to the Ministry. But in the end, they decided not to go with the wholeproposal. “These people were fools”, Bjarki says. “They just couldn’t get their heads arounddoing something completely different, that was a bit of fun yes, but was completely done in aserious manner. We all spent weeks doing this stuff so yeah, it was a bit gutting”.In the end though, there is a silver lining to this story as these efforts were not wasted for wecan now hear the best of Bjarki’s efforts from this admittedly weird project on a limited 12”release that marks a storming 2017 for the bbbbbb label.
Bjarki - Fresh Jive
Bjarki
Fresh Jive
12" | 2016 | EU | Original (Trip)
10,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Bjarki closes an epic year of releases on трип with a genre defying 12” harking back to the misty days of rave and acid house.The frenetic ‘Fresh Jive’ features Bjarki’s trademark ethereal pads, metallic percussion and a resonant bass melody to create the perfect dancefloor ear-worm. ‘Genat 8’ broods as it builds with vocal snips and jittery percussion, heavy bass and moody soundscapes. It’s an essential vinyl cut that will further define the Icelandic artists unique reworking of classic dancefloor elements into his own signature sound.
Bjarki - Lefhanded Fuqs
Bjarki
Lefhanded Fuqs
3LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Trip)
25,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Lefhanded Fuqs is the second of Bjarki triptych of LP’s to be released this year. Follow the stunning ‘?’ released in June this year, Lefhanded Fuqs and Æ are being released over the coming months and represent a snapshot of his archive, selected by Nina Kraviz for Trip. The tracks were produced months ago, years ago, or in the case of the last track just a couple of weeks ago. What began with 30 tracks are now 41. The three LPs aren’t albums in the traditional sense - the concept being to release the contents of his burgeoning hard drives. The music might fit together like an album, but Bjarki doesn’t see it that way. It’s essentially an archive that sounds like an album but none of the music was made with this in mind.Lefhanded Fugs is released this September to feverish anticipation. Whilst naming one of the tracks that he made with a left hand for the LP, Bjarki was so left-handed that he completely misspelled it. But in honour of all the left-handed people making mistakes because of tools made only for right-handed people, he decided to keep it. The LP contains the more experimental material from the archive, including one the first film scores he produced several years ago for a story he wrote himself.Bjarki is from Iceland. Born and raised. Despite the fact that Bjarki is known for making extremely powerful dance floor tracks he doesn’t seem to belong to any particular genre. Something this triptych of LPs demonstrates very well. His music is at times cinematic and there’s a story behind each track. Bjarki’s music always has something to do with him personally, but he’d rather the listener lose themselves in the music than pay much attention to the man behind them. Either on a record or to one of his ever evolving live sets.
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