Out of the greyer climes of Oslo— particularly East Oslo with its drizzly expanse of apartment blocks and gas stations stocked with Kent cigs and smut mags— has suddenly come a burst of color by the name of Das Body. Ellie, Kim, Patrik, Didrik— all four were born and bred in Norway and have become fast friends making music that is listenably and undeniably pop, though just a little iffier— pop that feels like a newly-thrifted favorite T-shirt: comfortably worn, slightly sunfaded, and with a cigarette burn on its sleeve. Das Body is writing pop music without the sentimentality that oversweetens so much currently on radio rotation. Instead, to their vulnerability, they mix in a little vulgarity, or a little light-heartedness. After a few years deep in the studio, they have now emerged with already plenty of buzz from local fests and press, and their debut EP released in September 2018 on Luminelle Recordings. Das Body brings a uniquely Nordic odd-pop that is, nonetheless, destined for charts the world over.
Tiberius b is the solo moniker of Francesca Belcourt, a Canadian singer/songwriter and producer based in their birthplace, London England. Tiberius b chronicles the intimate and gruesome experiences of navigating the modern world with heightened sensitivity, atop a playful musical foundation. Under their own name, Belcourt has shared the stage with artists like Jenny Hval and TOPS, toured throughout North America as one half of the dream pop duo Mu, and collaborated with artists Cecile Believe and Project Pablo.
From Helsinki, now living in Falmouth, Inka Upendo is a musician and producer who crafts unique soundscapes of intertwined percussion, ethereal vocals, found sounds and synthesizers.
Her first track - Limbo, was released last year, and almost immediately found support on BBC Introducing in Devon & Cornwall. Since then her music has been spreading throughout Finland and the UK. Also a member of Eel, a record label and collective based in Cornwall founded by Hockeysmith, Inka released Mellow as part of the collective's debut compilation earlier this year.
As of April, Inka has signed with new music company archForm, and will be releasing a debut EP in September. The songs revolve around the contrasts in her production style, whilst exploring themes such as the feeling of inadequacy, the absurdity of love and the ubiquity of capitalism.