Food & Drink Jan 10, 2014

Discover Icelandic Music with Nordic Playlist

The new free service creates specially curated playlists featuring hand-picked Nordic musicians.

The Nordic Playlist has arrived! Providing a destination for Nordic music lovers searching for new sounds, the Nordic Playlist offers up a specially curated playlist every week, handpicked by your favorite artists and tastemakers.

Playlists are available to stream via Spotify, WiMP and Deezer. Nordic Playlist will also feature exclusive mixtapes, recommended up-and-coming artists and more! Click here to listen to the top tracks in Iceland.

Learn more from this Q&A with the Nordic Playlist’s editor, Francine Gorman. (Source)

What is the Nordic Playlist, exactly?

It’s a new way to track down artists and songs through the recommendations of people that you trust. Each week, we’ll be inviting musicians, directors, artists and tastemakers to curate a ten track list of their favourite Nordic tunes – two tracks from each country. The playlists will give a great insight into not only the taste of the curator, but also the incredible music being produced in the region, all with an aim of helping listeners to find new music to love. All you need to do is to click the play button, select the streaming service that you use, and get listening to a whole host of new music.

Which artists have you selected for the first Nordic Playlist?

Well, I decided to create a list which includes both new and established artists – people that have influenced the last year for me, and people that I’m hoping will soundtrack the new year. I love the Naomi Pilgrim track – she’s a really interesting new artist from Sweden by way of Barbados, who had a great year following the release of the track ‘No Gun’. Denmark’s MØ has had an incredible past 12 months, and the song I’ve included, ‘Waste of Time’ is absolutely killer. Then I’ve also picked some of my favourites such as Emiliana Torrini (her last album Tookahwas astonishing), Trentemøller, who’s consistently brilliant, and one of the Nordic region’s best pop stars, Annie.

Can you tell us about the other sections on the site?

There are three other sections to the site, in addition to the Nordic Playlist itself. The first is the Nordic Top 10, where you’ll find weekly updated top 10 sales/streaming charts for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Next up is an excellent section called DJ Mixes. In this part, we invite a DJ to create an exclusive mix for the Nordic Playlist website, and to then nominate the next DJ that should take part. We’ve kicked this off with an exceptional mix from Copenhagen’s Kasper Bjørke which you can hear in the DJ Mix section now.

Finally, we have the Up and Coming section where we shine a spotlight on new artists that we’re really excited about, and that we think our visitors will like a lot too.

What does the rest of the year look like for the Nordic Playlist?

52 curators, 52 hand-picked playlists to enjoy, a wealth of new music and some parties along the way!