magnoose

Is anyone in Iceland not a musician/producer? Given the island nation has an absurdly-tiny population, there must be some explanation that so much music pours out.

Well, we’re going back there again. This weekend’s selection is the lovely music of Magnoose, aka Magnus Skarp of Reykjavik. This little-known producer is putting out some really fine-quality music, in the form of clean, chilly-cool grooves. He labels these “dubstep,” and the tilt is there. But while there are some broken beat influences, the overwhelming impression is of pristine, perfectly-designed percussion, crystal-clear in the uncluttered foreground. Given the tendency of many emerging producers to produce dense, oversaturated tracks, the laid-back minimalism is welcome. (And we do eventually get a bit more experimental sound, too – scroll down.)

Let’s listen – or watch, in fact, as he is releasing videos alongside the tracks. They aren’t so remarkable on their own, but they nicely complement the aesthetic of the sounds, and they’re a big leap forward from just pasting in a still image.

Thanks to reader Magnús B for the tip.

Here’s where things get a bit more experimental:

Videos; the first is my personal favorite:

Magnoose – Viola from Magnús B. Skarphéðinsson on Vimeo.

Magnoose – Volska from Magnús B. Skarphéðinsson on Vimeo.

Magnoose – Voltron from Magnús B. Skarphéðinsson on Vimeo.

  • Guest

    Iceland is a gigantic hipster colony. I should know: I was born there.

  • Young

    this guy is great

  • Guest

    Viola is a minimal cover of Brahms’ Ungarian dance nº5 ?

  • Guest

    Isn’t “Viola” a minimal cover of Brahms’ Ungarian Dance nº5 ???

  • http://www.facebook.com/danio.catanuto Danio Catanuto

    Isn’t “Viola” a minimal cover of Brahms’ Ungarian Dance nº5???

  • 5kall

    And he’s one half of Quadruplos – https://soundcloud.com/quadruplos

  • Magnoose

    Hey wow Peter! Thanks for the feature. I’ve always been a big fan of your site!