London’s foremost Nordic music night returns next week (Thursday 26th September!) featuring sets from frenetic post punkers Eye Emma Jedi (Norway), anthemic indie band Satellite Stories (Finland), and nocturnal electronica act Samaris (Iceland).
As we do every month, we’ve invited a curator with impeccable taste to put together a mixtape which will get us in the mood for the club night. This month’s mix was created by Rich Thane, founder of The Line of Best Fit, Best Fit Recordings and Nordic music expert.
The Ja Ja Ja Club will return to the Lexington in London on Thursday 26th September, and regular attendees can get hold of discounted tickets and other Nordic treats by signing up to become a Ja Ja Ja member. It’s totally free, you’ll get free goodies, cheap tickets and the chance to enter exclusive competitions, so sign up now by clicking here!
And make sure to RSVP to the Facebook event to find out more about the night and all of the acts playing.
Ja Ja Ja Club Mixtape: Curated by Rich Thane of The Line of Best Fit
Ja Ja Ja : What attracts you to Nordic music?
Rich Thane: That’s a question that I get asked on an almost daily basis and I’ve still not managed to explain it. There’s a nuance – specifically in Swedish pop music – that pushes it on a whole other level when compared to other regions of the world. Just like us Brits know how to make a good cup of tea, the Nordics know – and understand – what makes a good pop song a *great* pop song. It’s engraved in their DNA.
JJJ: Who is your favourite Nordic artist?
RT: The Radio Dept. are my favourite band in the world and I miss Air France on a daily basis. In terms of new songwriting talent, I genuinely believe Postiljonen are the most exciting new band to emerge from Sweden in over a decade. Which is why I signed them.
JJJ: Is there anything you think British artists could learn from their Nordic counterparts?
RT: Stop taking yourselves too seriously. It’s just pop music, guys.
JJJ: Who puts on the best live show of the Nordic acts you have seen?
RT: Well, in terms of a big show – you’d be hard pressed to beat Lykke Li in terms of pure production value.
Jens Lekman never fails to woo a crowd either. But if we’re looking at new artists, MØ is pretty much unmissable right now.