Drawing influence from their UK counterparts, Iceland, in particular the capital Reykjavik, experienced a healthy underground rave & techno scene in the early 90’s. Persevering through similar struggles faced by most promoters against law enforcement, parties took to abandoned office spaces, factories & even modified vans on the street. However by the mid 90’s it was the Rosenburg club, a 200 capacity basement that became Reykjavik’s notorious night spot for electronic music. During the day, Undirgöngin provided a hub for ravers & record collectors alike to dig through the latest Rave, Hardcore & Techno arrivals from England.
A key figure in bringing international attention to Iceland’s electronic music scene, next to DJ Frimann & Gus Gus was Thorhallur Skulason aka Thor. Owner of Thule Records, the heavily dub techno flavoured label serves as parent label to several other Icelandic labels of varying genres. Thule Records was arguably the first Icelandic label to specialise in House & Techno music & whilst it’s been dormant since 2003, last year saw a the repressing of many EP’s from Thor’s back catalogue. The past eighteen months has seen a growing interest from a new wave of crate diggers for not only Thor’s production but Thule Records as a whole, which has resulted in Skulason starting ‘Strobelight Network’ for all new releases.
Sanasol – a.m.e.p EP (Thule)
Thor teamed up with Aðalsteinn Guðmundsson (Plastic, Yagya, Rhythm of Snow) to create the Dub Techno project Sanasol; production that is a delicate balance between deep aquatic sonics washed in loops heavily influenced from Basic Channel.
Sanasol – Cosy EP (66 Degrees)
Thule’s House label 66 Degrees produces another outstanding EP from Sanasol.
Thor – Aliens Don’t Boogie EP (Æ Recordings)
Thor – Fishcake EP (Plast Trax)
Torul V* – Pooh EP (Tissjju)