“ I feel like Sting”AN OLD MASTER, AN UNRECOGNISED GENIUS AND A FLEDGLING FEMALE RAPPER: ERLEND OYE’s FIVE FAVOURITE TRACKS
Erlend Oye is a musical jack-of-all-trades: a DJ who sings, the head of indie pop band Whitest Boy Alive, the voice for electronic musicians such as Royksopp and one half of acoustic duo Kings Of Convenience. It was as part of the latter that the Norwegian had his breakthrough in 2001. The Kings’ melancholically mellow debut album, Quiet Is The New Loud, sparked a folk revival and influenced later bands from Fleet Foxes to Of Monsters And Men. Oye recorded his latest and second solo album, Legao, with an Icelandic reggae band:10 pop gems that sound like Paul Simon using The Police as session musicians. Here the 38-year-old picks songs he has always found inspirational.
Sound & Vision - A very bright idea - LightFreq
Recently funded on Kickstarter, this is a bluetooth and Wi-Fi-enabled light with a speaker in it, instantly turning any room into a dancefloor. It’s suitable for standard screw light fittings, and you control it via a smartphone app. The speaker is only 5W, but the sound is solid. In party mode, the light will strobe or pulse to the beat.
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