When you think of Iceland and the music that’s originated from this spectacular land-mass, your mind will probably wonder to the likes of Ólafur Arnalds, maybe experimental band Múm, maybe Kompakt’s tech-pop legends Gus Gus, and more than likely, our very own-dub-techno master-mind Yagya. Dig a little deeper and you’ll soon realise that despite his unique and pioneering style, Yagya’s dub-techno wasn’t the first to leave The North Shore

In the mid ’90’s Thule Records was releasing dub-inspired techno music from artists such as Sanasol, Exos, Thor, Octal and the man in question, Örnólfur Thorlacius aka Ozy.

Some of these artists, including Ozy, went on to wider international fame with records on the notorious Force Inc, the original home of Mille Plateaux, Yagya’s debut albumRhythm of Snow and Ozy’s second album Tokei in 2002.

Now, nearly 13 years later, Ozy returns with a new album on the Nothings66 label, titledDistant Present, it reminds us how far he has come since we last heard his music. Rooted in techno, but straying far outside any given boundaries he may have previously associated with, Distant Present floats between the ambient tides of Glace, the autonomic breaks of Clockage, the Yagya-esque dubby dwellings in Scaphoid and the glitchy-electronics in Chrome-dip. Try fitting in the rumbling bass and garage vocal formations ofArcane, and a bubbling electronica take from Laurel Halo on Black To The Future, and you’ve got yourself one-hell of an album (available here).

Given Ozy’s early productions and where he’s landed with his latest album, it was always a tough call to see where he would land with his isolatedmix. Ozy’s inspiration for varying production techniques and instrumentalism are evident, alongside an appreciation for composition, and the incessant journey ideation that’s always a winner within mixes. He talks progression, evolution and layering whilst combining 22 tracks from the likes of Tim Hecker, Neel, OPN and Andy Stott – a beautiful addition to the series from one of Iceland’s finest.

Isolatedmix 54 – Ozy


Isolatedmix 54 – Ozy by A Strangely Isolated Place on Mixcloud

Freitag, Januar 29th, 2016 Music.

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