Premiere: Polkov Mixtape (Tallinn Music Week Edition)
Mar 27, 2015
Austrian band Polkov deals in glam—so it makes sense that their Tallinn Music Week inspired mixtape would feature the likes of Queen, Madonna, and Echo and the Bunnymen.
“Due to our time's aspiration for omnipresent supervision and because of the restrictive politics in our hometown Graz, we once played a live set made up entirely of cover songs from the year 1984,” the band explains. “This mixtape is more or less the recreation of the setlist.”
Premiere: Jennie Abrahamson Mixtape (Tallinn Music Week Edition)
Mar 26, 2015
In honor of her upcoming Tallinn Music Week performance, Swedish singer/songwriter Jennie Abrahamson made us a mixtape celebrating her country. She calls it, appropately enough, Swedish Awesomeness.
“I'm often asked what it's like to be an artist from Sweden, and especially Stockholm, and be part of the incredibly strong pop scene we have here,” says Abrahamson of her mixtape. “The answer is yes—Sweden's small and all that, and there's killer competition, but all the fantastic music that's being made around me is more than anything an incredible source of inspiration. I have such gifted friends and colleagues, and for that I'm forever grateful. I could've easily compiled a list of 100 favorite songs, but I narrowed it down and chose a bunch that I thought would go well together. Some old, some new. Some artists well-known outside of Sweden, some not so much. They're all great. Deportees, Nina K and Ane Brun have new and great albums coming out this year, look out for that! Amason, Winhill/Losehill and Linnea Olsson just released new material. And yeah, I threw one of mine in there too—“Entity”—the unofficial title track of my upcoming album Gemini Gemini. Hope you'll enjoy this list!
Premiere: JoyCut Mixtape (Tallinn Music Week Edition)
Mar 26, 2015
Today’s Tallinn Music Week inspired mixtape comes from JoyCut, who will be closing out the event on Saturday night. The Italian band has great taste—as evidenced by their inclusion of Under the Radar favorites John Maus, Nils Frahm, and The War on Drugs. They call their mix Tracks to Listen to While Running at Night Under the Rain. Listen below.
Premiere: Cirkl Mixtape (Tallinn Music Week Edition)
Mar 25, 2015
Cirkl make dreamy soundcapes and dig Goat, Amen Dunes, and Shabazz Palaces. Check out the Estonian/Swedish duo’s mixtape below.
“I picked out these songs because every single one of them has IT—meaning that I can imagine myself running around in an imaginary landscape while shouting, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’ and also because I think this variety of styles kind of sums up my thoughts on how I see my own music,” says band member Liis Ring. “At Tallinn Music Week I will be playing two concerts with very different sets—as different as some of these pieces are from one another—and having that in mind I've added two yet unreleased cirkl demos that represent those separate directions.”
Premiere: Holy Motors Mixtape (Tallinn Music Week Edition)
Mar 25, 2015
Fancy a new curated mixtape? Check out this entry into our Tallinn Music Week mixtape series from Holy Motors. It features Under the Radar favorites Echo Lake, Pure X, Tops and more. For playlists from more Tallinn Music Week artists, be sure to check out our previous mixes in the series from Futuregrapher, Deep Shoq, Jazzpospolita, and Julia Marcell. If you’re joining us in Estonia, you can start planning your festival schedule here.
Vök’s new single “If I Was” sees the Icelandic trip introduce a darker element into their serene trip-hop. Brace yourselves—The Knife comparisons are coming. Listen to, and watch the creepy visuals for the track below. The band’s new EP The Circles streets May 15.
Premiere: Julia Marcell Mixtape (Tallinn Music Week Edition)
Mar 24, 2015
Tallinn Music Week begins next week and we still have a whole slate of artists to introduce. Meet Julia Marcell, a Berlin-based singer/songwriter with a taste for My Brightest Diamond, Warpaint, The Smiths and more. You can listen to her contribution to our mixtape series below. She calls it The Car Tape.
"Me and my band are on tour a lot lately and that means hours and hours spent in a car," she cays of her song choices. "And it's a perfect place to listen to some great music and get lost in it. That's why I decided to make a car tape - a mixtape with some of my favorite songs - the dreamy, the relaxing, the ones with a drive."
Bonus: Get to know more great Tallinn Music Week acts and revisit mixtapes from Futuregrapher, Deep Shoq, and Jazzpospolita. If you’re joining us in Estonia, you can start planning your festival schedule here.
Premiere: Jazzpospolita Mixtape (Tallinn Music Week Edition)
Mar 22, 2015
It’s Friday, which is the perfect time to let someone else do the thinking…right? (Okay, maybe not when it comes to most things.) Enter our mixtape series, where we’re currently celebrating a few of the best and brightest bands to play the upcoming Tallinn Music Week conference/festival. This new blend of tunes comes from Poland’s Jazzpospolita who, as the name implies, throws a dash of jazz into their delicious post-rock tunes.
Listen to the mix, featuring Moderat, Kiasmos, Radiohead, and more below. For more Tallinn Music Week flavor, be sure to check out our previous mixes in the series from Futuregrapher and Deep Shoq. If you’re joining us in Estonia, you can start planning your festival schedule here.