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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

Pink Skull

Taki Chrome / Strummer Maxxx

Imagine Andrew Weatherall producing Pere Ubu. The 7” Taki Chrome / Strummer Maxxx single by Pink Skull released on Höga Nord Rekords give a hint of how such a collaboration would sound. Mid seventies kraut rock á la “Neu 75” meet leftfield and sophisticated punk. The record has an organic warmth to it yet the excessive use of electronics: most instruments on the tracks are synthesizers and drum machines – all Moog, Korg and whatnot.

In the warmth of the Pink Skull-sound you suddenly get a wash of cold, hard rain from all directions. These elements of surprise create edges in the round soundscape and brings chaos to the mix. This is of course all part of Julian Grefes (founder of Pink Skull) plan.

Pink Skull propels you out of the quarantine like a shiny metal free bird released from its rusty cage.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Taki Chrome
B1. Strummer Maxx

Sordid Sound System

Escape Temps Au Revoir / Beginning To See The Dub

Stuart Evans, aka Sordid Sound System is one of the founders of The Green Door Studio, a not for profit, analogue recording studio in Glasgow which emerged from an increasing disillusionment with the modern ways of music production. His sound holds outsider qualities, being everything but generic and predictable, mixing dub with movie soundtracks in the tradition of Carpenter and Italian likes.

On this 7” released on Höga Nord Rekords, SSS deconstructs and rebuilds music in an imaginative style, pairing tribe-ritual “back to ape”-beats with synthesized cosmic harmonies. In a way, we are enjoying straight up dub here but this record is also a display of the vivid and creative Glasgow scene centred round “The Green door studio” and record labels like “Invisible Ink” where krautrock and 80’s/90’s electronic music is part of the foundation. Boundless joy for every girl and boy!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Escape Temps Au Revoir
B1. Beginning To See The Dub

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

    The Exorcist GBG

    Stonerdisco / Superstandard

    What new can be said about this incredible band? They have played the most danceable electronic death disco on the planet since 2012…or was it 2112? The past and the future melts together, trying to draw their timeline but anyways, right now their new 7” ”Stonerdisco”/”Superstandard” is out on Höga Nord Rekords.

    Exorcist have embraced hard rock more obvious than before, especially on the A-side, which is a boogie nightmare with fuzz bass and totally freed from guitar solos. The rhythm section with Osynlige Mann on bass and Tentakel on drums, plows in usual manner down space and time while Vesslans synthesizers shoots gamma rays through Exo-universe. The B-side is haunting, unsentimental dystopic disco.

    The Exorcist prove that they still hold the powers of making supersonic dance music!

    TRACK LISTING

    A. Stonerdisco
    B. Superstandard

    Jesse

    Possibilites / Shazzy

    Jesse is one most interesting electronic acts of the Northern countries. Stiletti-Ana and Kalifornia-Keke make up the core of the band that plays with new genres and often explores new musical areas. In the bands residence, the studio in Helsinki with a collection of retro futuristic synthesizers that would make even William Onyeabor envy, the members are toying with new influences and creates deep pulsating and atmospheric songs. Höga Nord Rekords now release two of them as a 7”.

    This single has more in common with Stiletti-Anas solo record from 2019 than of earlier releases by Jesse and is more oriented towards and ambient- and leftfield sound than “Fluids” from 2018. The songs bubble and flows beneath a tense surface. The music is suggestive and soft, still with a club nerve in it.

    Jesse often chooses new musical paths and this release is the start of such a new direction.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Sticking with the hypnotic stylings of his killer 2019 LP (a personal fave), Stiletti-Ana teams up with Kalifornia-Keke for another batch of icy Nordic electronics perfect for cross country skiing and long winter days.

    TRACK LISTING

    A. Possibilites
    B. Shazzy

    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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