There’s something almost unnatural about music from Iceland. A country with a population under a third of the population of Birmingham just shouldn’t produce so much good music.

But there’s more to the country’s music scene than the big hitters like Björk and Sigur Rós and our faves Dream Wife, so here are four of the best acts you should know about.

 

Mammút

Former Icelandic Music Prize winners, these guys encapsulate Iceland’s stereotypical sound of beautiful strings, subtle guitars and expressive vocals. But that doesn’t mean for a second that they’re sound is typical, check out their recent cover of Cher’s ‘Believe’, released last Friday, or ‘Salt’ or ‘The Moon Will Never Turn On Me’. In fact, just listen to all their stuff, you won’t regret it.

 

Reykjavíkurdætur

Translating to Daughters of Reykjavik, this 17 woman feminist rap group is unlike any act you’ve ever seen. Even without a full understanding of their lyrical manifesto, their energy, visuals and activism help spread their message about “rape culture, white male privilege, the first world, the feminist battles we face everyday, our right to dress ourselves as we want, and everything in between.”

 

Vök

Not to be confused with our faves Vōs, Vök too make perfectly chilled alt pop. With soulful melodies and subtle synths, these guys are definitely ones to watch. Check out their recent debut Figure, one of the coolest albums you’ll hear all year.

 

Gangly

We’ve covered this mysterious electronic group before, but there wasn’t really much information about them. All we knew was that these guys sound as amazing as their videos are crazy. So make sure to check out how their surreal, distorted visuals complement their airy, dramatic yet chilled sound.

 

Jófríður Ákadóttir

Jófríður Ákadóttir is the prolific genius making tracks as part of electronic trio Samaris, folk duo Pascal Pinon and solo project JFDR. Oh, and she’s even part of the aforementioned Gangly too. Noted as an influence to Björk, the 23 year old released her beautiful album Brazil earlier this year, all while working on another ‘secret’ project and now, her second solo record.