Monday, August 19, 2013

Sofia Jannok

I once long time ago wrote something shortly about Sofia Jannok, but gonna write now a bit longer post about her, because she is quite amazing artist. Sofia Jannok is a Swedish Sami person. Sami people are the indigenous people of North Scandinavia who live in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Sami people have their own language and different dialects, own flag and own governing system, but have the currency of the country they live in and speak often also the language of the country they live in. Sami people have been opressed for very long time, though they were the first being in these countries. Nowadays they have big problems when big mining companies, often foreign ones, are buying their land. That messes up everything, because reindeer herding is important income for the sami people.

You can read bit more about Sami people here:

Sofia Jannok is also active to get the message about the situation of Sami people out to other people. I watched a good TED talk of her here:

A new album came this year from Jannok and it's called Áhpi. I have been listening it already so many times, but still love it. The songs are bit meditative sometimes. The music brings you really into the North and you can feel the same feeling when you are outside and are surrounded by a lot of snow. It is also nice that almost all the songs are in Sami language.

You can find the album in Spotify but there are only couple songs from the album in youtube or in internet somewhere else. I found this one from youtube.

Sofia Jannok and Kristian Anttila - "Golmma almmi baján"

Sofia Jannok - "Viellja Jearrá"

Sofia Jannok - "Áphi (Wide as oceans)"

Check her webpage here:
You can also download the lyrics for the songs at her webpage!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Massive spaces - massive sounds

For some time already I have wanted to go to listen to an organ concert in a church or a choir. I once had the chance just randomly being at the right time to listen some organ music in a church in Rotterdam. I really loved how the sound was everywhere, in big space like in a church the sound has sooo much more height for it, it becomes overwhelming. And it's sometimes good to get this feeling of overwhelming sounds around you.

I found this handy page if you are looking for concerts in churches in Berlin/Germany. It lists quite many of them, definitely going to head up some Saturday evening to Berliner Dom to attend a concert. Berliner Dom is anyhow extremely big and I think it will be awesome! I'll post more about it after a concert, hopefully soon!

Here's the link to the website!

I'll just link one choir music cd just started to listen, beginning is super beautiful, oh, it is the Agnus Dei part! But have to admit that I don't know almost anything about choirmusic, so just hit choirmusic and church to youtube and see what you find!

Sacred choir music - The choir of new college, Oxford

And a real classic choice for some badass organ music!

Johann Sebastian Bach - "Toccata and fugue in D minor"

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Just breasts...

Bara Bröst is a name of a Swedish feminist group who wanted to have the same right for women to swim topless on beaches and in public pools.

It is also a name of Berlin based DJ duo of  Benjamin Quint and Markus Schwarzbauer.
But, first I listened the set. I was like hey this is groovy and nice. But then when I saw them live it was different. The music was oke, but didn't stand up into same lenghts as the set in Soundcloud. I still though like the set in Soundcloud so wanted to share that!

And while on this...maybe when you are listening to this set you can update your knowladge about breasts here:

Or just stay staring this picture one hour 1 minute and 21 seconds and think why women are still oppressed nowadays.. women get smaller salaries than men, and women are very often used as objects in commercials. Since when did women became objects?! We need more strong women in this world!

And I will end it into this one:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sing, sing, sing

I was supposed to write about Krake festival here in Berlin, but not going to yet.. Go to check out the festival it is still till weekend. I'll write about it later!

Instead I cought up with this track, it's a great remix of the world famous Benny Goodman - "Sing, sing, sing" rarely the remixes of olders songs do justice but this does, oh I love that swing!

Benny Goodman - "Sing, sing, sing (Aydio remix)"

Here is the original too: 

Keep those dancing feet in the air!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Earcandy - Puresque

What to do when you don't have money to go out? Friends are somewhere else, or don't like the music you want to dance to? Headphones and Puresque is the answer! I don't know almost anything from this, except that he makes excellent techno and present great artists! I missed their gig some weeks ago but hope to hear this live. This guy has a FB page with six likes. Check his Soudcloud for something awesome!

At their cloud they say: "Puresque intend upon cultivating an up-tempo and dirty sound culture that is anything but digital—analogue music for analogue people."

Here is the longer answer:   And here the shorter:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sometimes you have to wait long for something good

Dreamboat crusaderz - photo from

After two months of silence I found something really great. In the form of Dreamboat Crusaderz. Behind the name is artist Jesse Gold from USA. I randomly ended up to listen her music and was immediately hooked! Got the chance to see her gig live in Waterloo in Berlin. After listening her two albums "Convent music" (2001) and "My bed the jagged cliffs" (2013) I was mesmerized by her voice. Gold has amazingly strong voice and can sing extremely well even the highest highest notes.

She has some songs that feel very meditative, like wondering in your day dreams and then back again into more disco sounds. Looping the voice creates this dream like state where the spectators want to stay softly wrapped in. After listening the songs in internet I had high expectations for the gig. But Dreamboat Crusaderz is even better live! The voice of Gold just takes over everything in the space. The concert was in a small place so her voice didn't get into its full rights. And in some points there was problems with the microphone. Gold should have a concert in a church like space where the sound would come to its rights! The looped voice would stay echoing from the cold walls. I hadn't heard for a very long time anything even close like this. Gold's music is a fine mix of electronic sounds and almost opera like singing. Only band that came close by to in my head was Planningtorock, which is still totally different but has the same playfulness.

I also liked a lot how Gold was able to play with her voice and not staying only behind the table and decks. She actually took the audience with her. It's music where you don't dear to clap in between to brake the atmosphere what it has created.

I happily bought her newest album "My bed the jagged cliffs" and got to ask if she has sung opera before, but only got back a modest answer that she really likes opera. While I was totally sure that she must have been signing opera somewhere to master a voice like that. I think this artist will be big in the future! As in the song "I know, I know, I know, I know..."

This one is a perfect song for a sunny day. And the bandcamp site of Dreamboat Crusaderz: Also check her facebook page: