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Timothy J. Fairplay

Pathfinder Theme / UFOs Over China

Timothy J Fairplay is back on the label with a 7” single containing two tracks cut from a rock of uranium. “Pathfinder Theme” and “UFO’s Over China” might differ in sound and tempo but are connected by a radiant feeling. The two tracks bathes in a greenish/yellow bright toxic aura.

This plutonium charged music carries with it some quality elements known from his earlier repertoire like for example a primitive yet crisp beat working as foundation to a few but very exquisite synth sounds.

Timothy J. Fairplay stands on the shoulders of past Italian masters and the works of John Carpenter but with an accentuated alien feel. Something otherworldly, maybe good, maybe harmful, is hidden in the vibe on both sides of this 7”. The balance between good and evil is very even - yin/yang from outer space!

TRACK LISTING

A. Pathfinder Theme
B. UFOs Over China

Black Bones

Nairobi Night Train / FAD

Shamanically leaning late night tribalism here from Black Bones with a unique take on afro, techno and post punk which puts the production duo firmly in the covenstead of Hoga Nord. This is their first 7" on the label but with the diecast sonic voodoo they're demonstrating here, I doubt it'll be there last display!

Black Bones use familiar components in surprising ways: electronics and loops swirl over sequenced pounding backbeats, but when the aggressive stereo bass kicks in on “Nairobi Night Train”, Kenya’s border stretches all the way up to the British Isles and a huge savannah opens its horizons just south of Belfast.

This is an alluring mix of European and African music tradition - harness by electronic wizardy and wrapped in a magic that'll tempt everyone into the dance! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Höga Nord Rekords continue to provide the aural spells for the witch's coven. Broomsticking into datura realms of sound and space. Only for the spiritually strong!

TRACK LISTING

A. Nairobi Night Train
B. F.A.D

Höga Nord Rekords kindly welcomes Teecwa back to the label, following up his last full length-album “Beyond the Altai” with “Elysian on Moon Lake”. He is still exploring the intersections between house, electro, techno and dub and once again he manages to harness the analogue electronics in his machines to produce modern psychedelia.

“Elysian On Moon Lake” is rawer, less airy and not as sparkling as his last album. This is a tighter, and slightly darker experience than Teecwa’s previous work, maybe caused by being in quarantine for extensive time during production, letting some of the dreaminess aside for the harsher reality in a pandemic world. Still, you get a mind-altering experience in a lot of tracks since the album starts off in a lighter tone than how it later develops. Switching from the A to the B-side works as a rite of passage going from dusk to night; the sun rays through the blinders are replaced by neon light dancing on the walls and ceiling.

Regarding the dramaturgy of “Elysian On Moon Lake”, this album has movielike qualities; a well-directed piece from the opening impact and setup through the confrontational part where intensity builds up to the climax in “Hythmdoser” to the cooling down effect of the peaceful closer “Celestial Trails”. The trip eventually ends up in a safe and happy place after the cathartic finale.

This is not a just collection of songs, this is an album made to experience in full length without interruptions. 


TRACK LISTING

A1. Never, There. Was
A2. Tropic Notations
A3. No Lies To Her Fire
A4. Hunting Lights
B1. Solar City
B2. Welcome Dystopia!
B3. To Reach Apogee
B4. Hythmdoser
B5. Celestial Trails

Rudolf Abramov

Paracetamol / Clonex

Rudolf Abramov is taking a step in a different direction from his last release on Höga Nord Rekords. This 7” contains the works of deep mining in an old hard drive during the introversion of the pandemic quarantine. These two gems have been given a bit of tasteful polishing before reaching the point of release and the result is a punk meets stoner rock experience propelled by hard sequencers and drum machines.

This record is as English / Irish as you find em: straight forward instrumentation and lyrical performance presented with a dirty and rough production. The beats are stripped with an edgy punch and the synthesizers are overdriven, giving them guitar like qualities.

The “Paracetamol / Clonex” 7” is a release of covid demons, and the sound of spitting out the bitter taste of isolation, or to use his own words: ‘On this 7" you will find absurd and desperate lyrics accompanied by heavy English and Irish accents, driven robotic drum machines, dirty synths, crunching bass, and as unpolished as your dad's old Angle grinder.’


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: One of the shining lights of the underground, Höga Nord Rekords, continues to usher in a crucial roster of artists eschewing music trends and Instagram stardom for a dark, nocturnal, gothy inspired sound all of their own. Equally at home in the rock club or warehouse; this is uncompromising music strictly for those who like it strange!

TRACK LISTING

A. Paracetamol Feat. Matthew Johnson
B. Clonex Feat. Brendan Cleary

Birds’ second Höga Nord offering is a 4 track EP created entirely during the first UK Coronavirus lockdown in spring / summer 2020. The themes throughout the record are inspired by various thoughts, feelings and coping mechanisms adapted by herself and her peers; from live streams to micro-dosing, to exercising patience and trying to feel comfort in the fact that there will be other opportunities and we’ve just got to wait this thing out whilst trying to stick together for emotional support. Sonically it moves around a lot from gurgling 303 bass lines, to breakbeats, to dubby guitar breakdowns, to heavy club inspired 909 kick drums, whilst always maintaining a droney undertone.

It's another wonderfully sincere and individual crafted document from this incredibly singular label - one of our 'best label's of 2021' infact! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Warehouse mutants and nightclub goths have yet another instalment of freakishness from our good friends at Höga Nord Rekords. Black eye-liner not included.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Solitary Dancers
A2. Night Time Life
B1. Dont Drink The Acid Water
B2. Young Blood

Fontän

Iriz / Mast

'This recording is dedicated to nomads, space travelers & free spirits that visit Earth for a brief time to make a mark here on their way to other worlds. They leave traces on tram wagons, walls and in our minds in our cities before moving on into the unknown. Especially one.'

A slow build up to a stoned and baggy downbeat is how “Iris” develops. Big bass plumes locking our gaze onto sweeping atmospheres as an end-of-night warmth emanates of this piece of cerebral after party music.

The dreamy music box intro of “Mast” falls into a deep half beat where warm E-bow guitars and sweeping synthesizers carry the music higher and higher away from the ground for another mind's-eye focussed trip that expertly guides us from acid house fallout to neo-spiritual shamanism.

Continuing to craft their own distinctly unique identity Höga Nord keep to the suspended and crystaline nature of Winter on this sincere release from Fontän - recommended!


TRACK LISTING

A. Iriz
B. Mast

Various Artists

Höga Nord 100 - The Effect Will Last Forever

    What better way to celebrate 100 releases than with a handmade box containing soul expanding music!? Höga Nord Rekords have reached an important goal and releases a rare box set containing all 12” from the HNRUK-series plus a new record from Birds, unique for this box. Except Birds, this compilation includes Dark Strands, High Boys, Vox Low, Timothy J. Fairplay, Fontän, Bird Of Paradise, Mythologen, Jamie Paton and Frak.

    The music is of course the main focus of all releases on Höga Nord Rekords but what birthday gift comes without a proper wrapping? This exclusive handmade box made in Norrmalms kartongfabrik in Stockholm, is a celebration to the Scandinavian Bronze age. You’ll find rock carvings like those on the artwork scattered over the land but mostly near Gothenburg, home of Höga Nord Rekords on the Swedish west coast.

    Archaeological evidence proves similarities in ornaments and pictures between the Nordic and European Bronze age, just like you find common features in the music released on our label. Though the acts in this compilation box come from all over Europe and beyond, they stem from an obscured and mysterious common source of escapism, purity and creativity.

    TRACK LISTING

    Dark Strands - The Last Ride
    Dark Strands - We Own The Night
    Dark Strands - Black Dog
    Dark Strands - Wandering Star
    Vox Low - I'll Save You Anyway (Evelyne)
    Vox Low - I'm Coming To Your House (feat. Tarik Ziour)
    Vox Low - Loving Hell
    High Boys - Drunken Master
    High Boys - Down With Chaos
    High Boys - This Is The Captain Speaking
    High Boys - No Hope For A Sexual Revolution
    Timothy J. Fairplay - Mindfighter
    Timothy J. Fairplay - Nightmare City
    Timothy J. Fairplay - Lost In The Mirror Maze
    Timothy J. Fairplay - Jennifer Has Some Strange Ideas
    Fontän - Sen Sen No Sen (Red Axes Remix)
    Fontän - Mangsebung (Timothy J Fairplay Remix)
    Fontän - Gangri (Khjinda Remix)
    Fontän - Bardo (Mythologen Remix)
    Fontän - Shadows (Pardon Moi Remix)
    Birds Of Paradise - Tito
    Birds Of Paradise - Joy-Rides
    Birds Of Paradise - Smoking Holiday
    Birds Of Paradise - Breather Resist
    Mythologen - The Joy I Feel
    Mythologen - Canavan's Peckham Pool Club
    Mythologen - Blackheath
    Mythologen - House Of Parakeet
    Jamie Paton - Enhance 224
    Jamie Paton - State Line
    Jamie Paton - Disk Memories
    Jamie Paton - Leviathan Aftermath
    Frak - Corridor
    Frak - Stetoskop
    Frak - Micro Fisson
    Frak - Arcitect
    Birds - Solitary Dancers
    Birds - Night Time Life
    Birds - Dont Drink The Acid Water
    Birds - Young Blood

    Stiletti-Ana

    I’m An Arpeggiator

      Stiletti Ana, part of the dreamy sunbathed electronic duo Jesse and top tier in Finnish music production releases a new solo album, “I’m An Arpeggiator” on Höga Nord Rekords. This album carries similarities to Jesse in both production and sounds but hides more ancient wisdom. A refined sound but with more edges left sharp and more of a mysterious vibe.

      As the sound professor he is, Stiletti Ana takes you in a tour of his vast collection of vintage synthesisers and in centre of attention sits the arpeggiator (hence the album title) which gives the sound much of its repetitive character. Recorded in the legendary Haista II-studio outside Helsinki, “I’m An Arpeggiator” channels the energies from the waters and forest surrounding the studio, giving the music its’s escapistic and romantic character.

      This record is a transcendental trip down the paths of Boards of Canada and Manuel Göttsching, dedicated to the ancient Babylonian fishing god, Dagan.


      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Light Chords
      A2. A To B
      A3. Piilevä
      B1. Pikku-Karhu
      B2. Waiting For EMP
      B3. Takaisin Pangeaan

      Rickard Jäverling

      Album 4

        Rickard Jäverlings music can deservedly be described as playful and searching but for that sake not fumbling or too loose around the edges. On Album 4, the second album release from Jäverling on Höga Nord Rekords, he dwells more in dub than on his prior album release, and Jäverlings skillful songwriting is carried smoothly by the soft and fluffy production: the rhythm section sounds as if resting upon a sun warm bed of moss and elements flows in and out of the production like a freshly rippling stream of water deep in the summer forest. Echoes shoots through the pines, the hills and the valleys and makes the album a premium dub experience which dominates large parts of the album.

        Aside the obvious references to nature that comes in mind listening to Jäverlings music, this album is more than a romantic view on the Swedish wilderness. It flirts, like all quality dub from the seventies and eighties with science fiction and space with broad synthesizer sweeps and delay drenched clouds like imploding and exploding stars somewhere in the outskirts of the Milky way, spreading dust over the Swedish forest. On the final three tracks, Ganjaman_72 takes the album out of the galaxy with spaced out-remixes on some of the songs.

        With his feet steadily grounded in jamaican music tradition whit a non sentimental and curious view on production, Rickard Jäverling have together with Johan Holmegård (Dungen, Goran Kajfes), Andreas Söderström (ASS, Goran Kajfes) och Ganjaman_72 created the natural follow up to Album 3.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Set Piece
        A2. Road Across World
        A3. Rising Skies
        A4. Bruised Banana
        A5. I Won’t Get Your Love
        B1. From Left To Right
        B2. Radiation
        B3. I Won’t Get Your Love
        B4. From Left To Dub
        B5. Radiation Dub

        The Mothership has come! It has arrived in the form of the strictly limited collection box “Upwards at 33 1/3 Degrees”. There’s only 50 copies, and it contains all the singles released on the label between 2017 and 2020. Goth electro, dark tape jams, fluffy krautrock and moist world music coalese with underwater techno, celestial rave and EBM-space-funk. Although, what it is that defines the Höga Nord sound is not genres, instead it is, to cite Mathias Nilsson, founder of and boss for the label, music ‘strongly connected to fantasy, to the creative world.’

        The collection is an overview on Gothenburg’s underground music and on an international scene that breathes similar air as the local Swedish acts that Höga Nord Rekords has chosen to highlight. The kinship between Pardon Moi’s 80’s varnish sports car-electro and DRUK 11000’s more traditional mountain sound can appear distant but the artists come together in their free spirited approach to their own productions – what all acts on this collection has in common is that they move toward something new, something beyond the genre they are in.

        “Upwards at 33 1/3 Degrees” mark the closer for Höga Nords first run. The 2010s are over and the 2020s lies open for further investigation of the cream of the Swedish and international of underground scenes!


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Quietly establishing themselves as a one-stop-shop for nocturnal misfits across the board, the Hoga Nord label expertly closes off the troublesome teens with this beautifully presented aural compendium.

        TRACK LISTING

        Pardon Moi - Power To The People
        Pardon Moi - Touch 2 Much
        Max Von Sydow - Insecto
        Max Von Sydow - Cardboard Pope
        Dungeon Acid - Dog Acid
        Dungeon Acid - Sex Beat
        Västlänken - Moebel
        Västlänken - Autobaba
        Druk 11000 - Zamboling
        Druk 11000 - Sibsoo Bazaar
        Ultra Satan - Freedom Rock
        Ultra Satan - Anti-Clock
        Golden Bug - Viaje A Tenderloin
        Golden Bug - Hitodoma
        Osynlige Mann - Airports
        Osynlige Mann - Exodus
        The IDEALIST - Inner Space Dub
        The IDEALIST - The Fire Of Moses (feat. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge)
        Al Lover - Dark Matter Discothèque
        Al Lover - Mark E. Moon


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